The lead song for their 4th single was decided from the fan’s heated response!
B.A.P who’ve pushed through with their Japanese activities with an opulent sound has released their 4th single with a catchy party tune, “Excuse Me”.
― It’s a rare case to release a song that wasn’t the lead track in Korea and then to choose it to be the lead track in Japan
YG: Yes it is. Actually, the atmosphere was really good when we performed this song at concerts and live performances, so we came about discussing to go with this song [for the next single]. DH: Himchan hyung’s “let’s getting’ high~ ♪” part is where everyone can have fun together, so please enjoy yourselves at the lives! HC: *Sings “let’s getting’ high~ ♪”* JU: *Claps to the beat reflectively* Yoohoo~!! HC: We so fly to the sky high~♪ JU: Yoohoo~!! HC: Nice~ (laughs) YG: The sound is really nice and I’ll be happy if you looked at the lyrics too. YJ: The title and lyrics both are filled with confidence and have a challenging feel. DH: Yes. We thought to “let’s show them the best coolest thing!” with our strong morale and confidence. HC: Hence, when we sing, we sing it coolly!
― I look forward to seeing the stage performance
DH: *Suddenly in MC-mode* For the point of the dance this time… Jongup-san? JU: I think that being able to communicate with the guests is more important that showing off our usual style for this music. So the MV and stage [performance] is slightly different in construction. YJ: So, I think what he wanted to say was, “it’d be nice if you enjoyed that difference as well” (laughs). ZL: Actually, we didn’t have that much time to film the MV so I’m happy it turned out nicely. Everyone has their own role, like Daehyun hyung is spraying graffiti and Himchan hyung is throwing money around, so please look out for that.
― It’s also interesting to see what you choose as coupling songs every time, what’s your favourite song in this single?
YG: For me it’s “Coffee Shop”. I like the acoustic and jazz genre in the first place, and it’s the first time for B.A.P to try out this genre so I think fondly of it. It has the charm of not getting sick of it even if you keep listening to it. YJ: I like the relaxed feel of this song as well. Personally I like these types of melodies, so I’m happy that we can deliver this type of genre when the majority of our songs are powerful. JU: It’s a song that fits any situation and makes you feel good, so I like it a lot too. I think it’s very fitting background music to when you’re doing any work. HC: That’s true. Even if you only listen to the instrumental, the piano melody is really nice! ZL: And, to choose the song that fits me the most in this single album, it would be “Zero”! YJ: Only for you Zelo (laughs). ZL: Huhuhu… *gets embarrassed even though he said it himself*
― Did anything change between your last round and this round of promotions?
YG: Hhh~m, we moved dorms (laughs). Up till now the six of us had slept in the one room, so we didn’t really have ‘roommates’. ZL: Now Daehyun hyung and I, Yongguk hyung and Youngjae hyung, and Himchan hyung and Jongup hyung share a room. [T/N: This was probably a translation error by the magazine….] YJ: We didn’t plan to split the rooms up like this in the first place, it just came naturally by choosing the member who matched with our own lifestyle patterns. HC: For example, Jongup and I sleep the most, so our lifestyle patterns match and we can enjoy many things together. I uploaded it onto Instagram, but we had like a meat party at midnight… (laughs). The two of us are basically always sleeping (laughs), so we don’t fight either. DH: These two have been called “koala” by the rest of us lately. Their average sleep hours exceed 15 hours (laughs).
JU: There’s not many episodes other than sleep… (laughs). However I’ve become able to talk a lot with Himchan hyung, and I think that we’re becoming a better combo. Spending a casual day together really makes me feel that we’re roommates, and I really like this feeling!
You performed in even more countries this time for your tour this year, is there anything memorable?
YG: Seeing people worldwide listening to our songs, liking them and welcoming us moved me and filled my heart. YJ: In terms of scale, the Japan venues were the largest weren’t they. I was happy that we were able to perform multiple times throughout Japan. HC: It makes you feel really good doesn’t it. There weren’t any inconveniences even when we stayed here for so long. DH: However we haven’t been able to go anywhere in Japan recreationally, so the only places we remember are concert venues (laughs). JU: That’s true… *looks to staff* Um, please take care of us [to play in Japan]! ALL: Hahahahaha! (laughs)
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In the Fukuoka episode of “B.A.P Attack” you showed that everyone used individual rooms, do you like your own or a shared room?
YG: Since we’re always together, having my own room at least when we’re overseas is nice. YJ: The shower and toilet is relaxed as well. [T/N: As in they don’t need to wait] DH: Well there’re advantages to both of them. JU: I don’t mind either~ ZL: Recently, if I sleep with the hyungs I can sleep in till late in the morning so having a room together is… (laughs) HC: Even when we’re using individual rooms we’re all gathered in someone else’s room right before we sleep, so I don’t feel that there’s much difference… (laughs).
Q1: What do you often drink at a café? Q2: If you were to give an example of your members in relation to coffee? Q3: The member who seems good at creating a menu and managing a café? Q4: There are the lyrics “I’m from Zero, I’m hero”; who was your childhood hero? Q5: Hashtag talk
Yongguk A1. Americano. The aroma is nice so I like it. A2. Hmm.. Nothing comes to mind. Seeing everyone answer, I feel like everyone is correct (laughs). A3. Himchan. He loves coffee in the first place and drinks it often, going to many different cafes. So of course other than running a cafe, he seems good at making a menu that matches the drinks. A4. Hepoi from the anime “RPG Densetsu Hepoi”. He’s a youth who’s a living stuffed doll, and fights with sword even though he has no fingers. I find that cool and think of him as a hero. Well, of course that was when I was really young (laughs). A5. #hairstyle #hairstyle that you like #short hair : I’ve tried out many hairstyles up till now, but really, if it’s short hair, it’s better short. In the past I had a haircut like a monk and it was comfortable so I liked it.
Himchan A1. Americano. I like anything coffee flavoured, but espresso is too strong so… A2. Jongup is the buzzer you get when you wait for your drink. Don’t you feel happy when your drink is done and the buzzer buzzes? A3. Daehyun. He likes to eat, so he seems able to make a menu that combines the delicious food he’s had till now. Also, I can vouch 100% for the kitchen hygiene because he’s very clean and it seems like he’ll be popular with the customers because he’s so friendly. It seems like it’ll be an enchanting café where you’ll want to visit again and again because of him. Of course I’ll go there first to investigate the taste and upload my report on foodstagram! A4. My father. When I was young I never won against my father in games and sports, so I admired him greatly and thought “I want to win”. A5. #foodstagram #trigger #the next candidate : At the start it was focused mainly on scenery and selcas, but from some time on I felt like sharing the delicious foods I eat with the fans. They say that you want to share your happiness with the people you love right? That’s what I felt when I began and I was surprised at the huge reaction. I’ll upload [pictures] when I’m in Japan so I hope I can convey the refreshing charm of Japanese cuisine! Please anticipate it!
Daehyun A1. A drink with mango in it. It’s delicious, the aroma’s nice and it’s sweet. It’s a taste that I like. A2. Yongguk hyung has a strong feel like a black coffee, Youngjae is a soft caramel macchiato, Jongup is a cold ice tea and Zelo is a sweet frapped with fresh cream on top. A3. Jongup always comes up with unique ideas so he seems like he’s good at coming up with a menu. A4. I didn’t have a childhood hero, but musically, I want to be someone that everyone looks up to. A5. #B.A.P Attack! #the most appearances #famous cameraman : I call myself “Reporter Jung Daehyun” so I had a responsibility, hence I appeared the most (laughs). Whether the fans were curious, we wanted to show what it was like backstage in its natural state in “B.A.P Attack!”. For example, fooling around whilst we’re eating, our daily selves going shopping, how excited we are before we see the fans, and so on and so forth. Our filmography is still of a rookie, but the staff edited it nicely and pointed out interesting things that even we looked over. Thanks to that, we were able to enjoy ourselves, and more than anything, I’m very happy that BABYz liked it!
Youngjae A1. Americano. Because it has a nice aroma. A2. Zelo is ice. An iced drink is only complete with ice. The shape and variety changes with the franchise, it’s very important. A3. Himchan hyung A4. My older brother. The older brother that I saw when I was young could do anything and looked really cool. I always followed after my brother whenever I did anything. Even now he’s a very special existence to me, he’s someone who understands me the best and is always on my side. That dependability cannot be compared to any hero. After I dreamed of becoming a singer, musicians were also heroes to me. I want to become someone’s dream as well and become a person who can make hearts pound. A5. #photos #photo subject #method to enjoyment : I don’t know if I’ve improved, but I take many photos as I usually do. Originally I liked to photograph scenery, but I got given lens that would photograph fans and people prettily, so I take a lot of photos of the members when I use it. I took photos like of people on the streets when I was overseas. It was gruelling at first when learning about songs and music, so I don’t want to be bound by that when I learn other genres. Thus I take photos the way I like, freely and for my interest.
Jongup A1. Iced chocolate. A2. Daehyun hyung is the remaining beans of a drip coffee (laughs). Because it’s dark in colour. A3. Himchan hyung, Youngjae hyung. Himchan hyung is knowledgeable and Youngjae hyung is the type to see it through to the very end if he does it. A4. My parents. Because they gave birth to me and my sibling(s), loves us and brought us up to be simply sincere. Finding what I wanted to do, and afterwards, what I’m good at, they nurtured my dream - physically and mentally - so that I’d be without regrets. Being a monosyllabic son, I can’t express myself well usually, but I really respect my parents who gave me this dream, and so much love and trust to me. When I have a family in the future, I want to become someone like my parents. A5. #Peter #English name # reason : There’s no special reason, I was just given this name by the church pastor who chose it from the bible when I was a kid. A name is something you give after giving it a good thought and love right? I believe that my name too has received a lot of good thought when I was given it so I’m thankful. Now as B.A.P, not only in Korea, but Asia, America, Europe and elsewhere, my name “Moon Jongup” is being called, so I’m thankful as well that it’s not an English name.
Zelo A1. I eat bread and sandwiches but I don’t order drinks. A2. Himchan hyung is an Americano. He may seem cold and moody, but he’s actually kind and takes care of us, and is a bright, easy going, loved-by-all character. He overlaps with the Americano image of “once you’ve had a taste, you’re hooked and you’ll only drink that”. A3. Menu curating will be Himchan hyung. He has an excellent aesthetic sense, so I think he can make something that looks good as well. Managing will be Yongguk hyung. He looks like he can bring the café into a good direction just like how he pulls B.A.P. It seems like he’ll think deeply about the customers and create a charming place. A café opened by the two of them… Don’t you think it just suits them perfectly? A4. My mother who supported me so that I could succeed. She’s been my hero ever since the past. A5. #B.A.P Attack! #camera angle #fixation : I’m the type of person who is excited at new things, and interested in things that others aren’t, so I always want to do something different for selcas and even magazine photoshoots. In “B.A.P Attack!”, I did things like putting the camera on top of my bag to film, trying out uncommon angles to usual programs. If we were to make a second season, I want to try out even more striking angles (laughs).
From the lyrics of “Excuse Me”… Q1. More than “exclusive”, who’s the member that doesn’t have “limited edition” “limited items”?
DH: Ok let’s publicise it~ YJ: Oh, I thought we were all going to vote for Yongguk hyung, but surprisingly the votes are split. Yongguk hyung – 3 votes, Himchan hyung, Zelo and Daehyun – 1 vote each. HC: Yongguk is has quite the collecting mania. Things like fashion items and a variety of other stuff. And well, there’s Zelo. The remaining four are pretty much the same. YG: Mmm. I chose Zelo as well… More like, why did you make that comment when you wrote your own name (laughs). JU: What’s the ranking for Youngjae hyung and I who got zero votes? ZL: Scissors paper rock? (laughs) DH: Ready, scissors paper rock! The winner is Youngjae!
From the lyrics of “Coffee Shop”… Q2. Which member will be the most picturesque in a “Coffee Shop”?
YJ: Himchan hyung and Youngjae gets 2 votes each, Yongguk hyung and Daehyun get 1 vote each. HC: If only I wrote my own name I’d be first! YG: Well Youngjae and Himchan drink coffee often. YJ: I have a MacBook which is the essential item to be a picturesque guy in a café, so of course I’m first! DH: Huh…? (laughs) Well, putting that aside. Then, let’s say Yongguk hyung and I are equal third, and the maknae line are fifth.
From the lyrics of “Zero”… Q3. More than “just like Superman, no, Batman?”, which member is the most superhero-like?
ALL: This is Jongup! DH: He’s healthy, got a fit body and never tires. HC: He definitely doesn’t take medicine even when he’s sick. YG: Even though he doesn’t take any supplements or health foods. JU: But I eat very often. I have lots of what I want to eat. ZL: His driving force is hamburgers. Even though it’s an unhealthy food. JU: But there’s meat in it so it’s full of protein. YJ: Zelo is in second place. Because he’s tall (laughs). Since he’s young, he also has a lot of energy. DH: The remaining members are common humans who are saved by the super maknaes (laughs).
From the lyrics of “Zero”… Q4. More than “as long as we know our rule breaking limits, we’re free butterflies”, the most “free butterfly” member is?
HC: Jongup is amazing isn’t he. He sleeps when he wants to, eats when he wants to, an unruly lifestyle. Not unruly, there are no rules! JU: Himchan hyung himself is the one who suits the phrase ‘butterfly’. ZL: I’m envious that they can go anywhere freely. YJ: Zelo has age limitations you see. YG: I don’t exactly have rules, but Daehyun is very proper so I’m last. JU: Daehyun-san being fourth is nice. DH: Why? (laughs) Different to Jongup I live according to the rules! HC: There it is, the free person’s wild words!