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A blog dedicated to TS Entertainment's 6 membered Korean hip-hop group B.A.P, consisting of: Yongguk, Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup and Zelo!

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schedule
9/2 [JAPAN] “Excuse Me” Release Event Party @ NicoNico Channel (Stream Starts @ 8PM JST) [STREAM HERE]
9/3 "Excuse Me" Physical Album Release
9/3 [JAPAN] “Excuse Me” Free Live Event @ LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza (Stream Starts @ 6:30PM JST) [STREAM HERE]
9/6 [JAPAN] “Excuse Me” Release Event @ Osaka ATC Hall A (Event @ 3PM JST)

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Sep 02 14
[TRANS] 140829 B.A.P「EXCUSE ME」SPECIAL INTERVIEW

── In June, you successfully completed your “LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR” at Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Makuhari. Please tell us your thoughts and memorable episodes about the tour.

YG: I’m very happy that there were many fans who came, even people who haven’t been to our fan events before and there were places that we visited for the first time.

ZL: Each and every fan is important to me, but having so many people come to our concert has really reminded me of my responsibility.

DH: Being able to come in contact with Japanese culture and being able to communicate with fans at a deeper level was really nice.

── What do you mean by Japanese culture?

DH: In different areas of Japan they have ways of dress and speaking; dialects, right? I was able to learn some of that, and I’m becoming able to tell the slight differences in characteristics and buildings.

── By Japanese dialects, what do you remember?

DH: “Sukiyanen” (I like you)

HC: “Meccha sukiyanen” (I like you a lot), “meccha oishiinen” (it’s really yummy)

JU: “Nandeyanen!” (what the!)

YJ: “Honmani?” (Really?)

── It seems to be all Osaka dialect? (laughs)

HC: If you’re wondering why we remember it, it’s because we learnt it from a DJ when we guested on a radio show in Osaka. (laughs)

(Continuing on about the tour)

HC: Actually, these weren’t places that we went entirely for the first time. There were places that we’ve held fan events at before. For example in Osaka, we went to hold an event there when the sakura blossoms were at full bloom, and this time we felt an entirely different atmosphere so it was nice.

JU: It was amazing that we received such huge interest from fans wherever we went. It made me think that ‘there are fans who are waiting for us as well at places that we haven’t been~’.

YJ: I still can’t believe that we were able to perform at such big venues in Japan when we haven’t yet done so in Korea, I’m really thankful to the many fans who came.

── You went around in Japan for around a month in June, did your Japanese improve?

HC: I got quite used to it whilst being in Japan, so I managed to hold a conversation naturally, but honestly, after we returned to Korea and went to other countries I forgot it again.

── To Youngjae who’s good at Japanese, did you learn any new words?

YJ: More than learning new words, I think I’ve understood Japanese grammar more. I’ve been learning through Japanese dramas.

── The upcoming single release, “Excuse me” has lyrics translated from the Korean version, but what were your first impressions when you first heard the song?

DH: It felt very new when I first heard it! I thought it was a song that fitted us perfectly. I recorded it thinking the song was fun and full of confidence. It’s been a while since we recorded the Korean version and there are parts where it overlaps, so I think when we sing it in Japanese some parts are better expressed. “The Japanese version of “Excuse Me” is upgraded even more right?” is what I think.

── What parts are upgraded?

DH: Since our vocals and raps have improved from before, and the fact that we’re singing in Japanese has helped us (get stronger), I think various parts have gotten better.

── There was some time between recording the Korean and Japanese versions right? How was it to sing the song after this time?

YJ: Because we sang “Excuse Me” a lot at concerts, we fell in step with the song straightaway, and since we understood the song fully it was very fun. Whenever we’re recording a Japanese version, we try to use the original (Korean) song’s atmosphere, although we do change the way we sing for some of the more delicate parts.

── What’s it like to record the rap?

YG: There are many phrases that we don’t know after all, so I can’t say it isn’t difficult (laughs). The pronunciation of words have subtle differences, so sometimes I hear a word wrong. I was able to do the recording thanks to the help of the staff.

HC: Three quarters of my lyrics in this song is in English (laughs). So this time I didn’t have much Japanese and it wasn’t too difficult.

ZL: My parts in “Excuse Me” have rather difficult pronunciation so for parts where I thought I could improve, I practised them repetitively during the recording.

JU: If it was in Korean, I’d understand it and be able to express the meaning as it is, but if it’s in Japanese, I’d need to practise the lyrics to do the recording, so my expression may not be as good. That’s one of the more difficult aspects, so I think I need to do more practise.

── I heard that you added new dance steps in the Japanese version of the music video. What bits did you change?

ZL: In the Korean version, everyone got excited and danced along to the rhythm, but in the Japanese MV we added new choreography during the bridge.

── If you were to give a name to this dance, what would it be?

ZL: “Orangutan”? (laughs)

JU: “Nolja (“let’s play” in Korean) dance? (laughs)

DH: “Free hero dance?”

HC: Wouldn’t it be better if we let the Japanese fans make up a name? (laughs)

── What surprised me when I watched the MV was Jongup’s image change. He wore glasses and had a new haircut so I thought you added a new member (laughs). What did you think about your change?

JU: My image wasn’t planned to be like this at the start, but after wearing the clothes and putting on the makeup I listened to a lot of opinions and thus this concept formed. My member-hyung’s also said “it’s good right?”, so I went with it.

── This time’s MV gave off a chic and mature atmosphere overall didn’t it?

DH: We newly tried out hip hop style clothes as well as a clean and smart jacket style.

YG: Since it’s been a long time since we sang a bright hip hop melody, we shot the MV happily. HC: There’s not only suits, but hip hop style, and bad boy influenced clothes, so I think that you can see various sides of us.

── Did you have any interesting episodes from filming the MV?

DH: Due to our schedule we filmed the MV in one day, so we filmed, then ate, and filmed again, took a short break, and filmed again……. That’s how the day went so it was a bit tiring (laughs) HC: In the MV we added in dramatic elements little by little, so it was interesting and fun when filming it.

DH: Yeah, it felt new.

── After you release “Excuse Me” you’re going to hold a ‘gift-giving’ event right? I don’t think there are these types of events in Korea, so how was it to experience it?

DH: We hold fan signs in Korea, but in Japan it’s held at open spaces for many people to come right? I love how we can have a fun time with many fans at the event.

YJ: It’d be nice if I could converse with fans in Japanese more, but since it’s a short time we can only exchange a few words.

HC: When we have events in the colder months, it’s a bit troublesome since there are young fans. But because we can meet everyone directly, I’m happy about it after all and I can make good memories.

── Do you have any other happy memories from your time in Japan during the tour and events?

JU: Personally I was happy to see Gundam at Odaiba. There was smoke and lighting so it looked like it was really going to fly (laughs).

HC: But, that was it (laughs). I’d expected (it to move) more.

JU: I already like Japanese anime in the first place so it felt very amazing to see things that I’d only seen on TV in a physical form.

YG: Going to the sports centre (Round1) in Osaka was fun. I’d heard that there were such facilities in Japan, but there aren’t any places in Korea where you can play so many sports. I thought that it’d be good if Korea had laces like that. I played soccer, basketball and table tennis, and there was a batting centre as well. To be able to play all the sports I know in the one building was very wondrous and I was envious.

── To finish up, please say a point each about “Excuse Me”.

YG: We’ve sang it a lot during concerts so I think fans are already familiar with it, but I guess Japanese fans are more comfortable with singing Japanese some hope that they can enjoy it.

ZL: We worked hard on the new dance moves for the MV so I’d be happy if you’d come to like the song.

HC: The song “Excuse Me” is a fun song to listen to, but I think watching us perform it is fun to. So please look forward to our performances as well.

JU: Like Himchan-hyung said, to understand the full charm of “Excuse Me”, the best way is to watch our performances. Also, I hope you can see my image change on stage (laughs).

YJ: Since it’s a simple melody, I think it’s an easy song to sing together. The lyrics are fun too, so it’d be nice if you sing to it cheerfully whilst listening.

DH: I think there are even more parts in the Japanese version where we can commiserate with the fans, and I think we can show B.A.P’s coolest side at this point, so please look forward to our future activities too.

Trans: cassie_babyz

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Sep 02 14
[TRANS] 140902 KpopStarz Interview - “Excuse Me”

── Let’s start with the reason for choosing “Excuse Me” as your 4th single. In the album “Badman”, “Badman” was the title song, so this song choice is a surprise.

YJ: “Excuse Me” is a song that we’ve showcased one stage in Japan many times, and since many Japanese fans seemed to like it, we chose it.

◆So the deciding factor were the Japanese fans?

YJ: Yes

◆What sides of B.A.P do each of the three songs included in the single showcase?

DH: For “Excuse Me”, let’s see… It’s quite B.A.P-like and fun, and is a piece that’s filled with confidence. For “Coffee Shop”, it’s a song where you can see another different side to B.A.P, and the song called “Zero” has quite a B.A.P feel to it and is a song filled with hope. I think you can listen and relax to the three songs with a natural feel.

◆Within these three sings recorded, please tell us any Japanese expressions that you’ve learnt.

DH: Please wait a moment.

YG: “♪ O’re no jingi” (♪ My moral code!) (laughs)

DH: I think it’s the first time for me to use this phrase, but it’s “tokeru hodo” (enough to melt). It’s the first time for me to use it…. There are these lyrics, “yami ga tokeruhodo~ ♪” (enough to melt the darkness~ ♪), and whilst I’ve heard of “yami” (darkness) before, I think it’s the first time for me to use “tokeru hodo” (enough to melt).

ZL: I also learnt “tokeru hodo” for the first time.

JU: It’s “tokeru hodo” for me as well (laughs)

Well then, your precious single “No Mercy” achieved 2nd place on the Oricon charts!

All: Yay! (claps)

◆It seems after coming so far, your goals are to be 1st on the Oricon charts, an arena tour and then a dome tour right?

HC: Of course I think getting first and [performing at] Tokyo Dome is good, but I’ll be happy if many people listen to our music.

ZL: (grins)

── After their interview (from above), they went around London, Paris and such before their Japan tour. Were there any memorable episodes?

JU: Previously the European fans supported us like they were at a soccer match. And the fans coming together as one to support us was memorable.

HC: You’re talking about Paris right? ♪Ohh ohh ohh, ohh oh!

JU: Yes, Paris.

◆Fans were very excited when you came down the stage during the Japan tour, please tell us your thoughts!

YJ: They were quite passionate. I thought that we were very loved.

DH: There might be surprises like this in the future (laughs)

YG: Maybe

HC: Those sort of events are a secret right!

All: (In Japanese) A secret!

◆How do you feel now after “Live On Earth” has completed?

DH: I guess the biggest thing is regret. We toured around multiple countries and met many fans, but it was regretful since we wanted to hold more concerts. That’s the most forefront thought I think.

YJ: Thoughts about holding a tour again soon to meet fans across the globe came to me.

HC: I really want to see them again!

JU: I want to see them soon too.

ZL: Pali pali! (“quickly quickly” in Korean).

◆By the way, does everyone like their own “voice”? What do you think about your own “voice”?

YJ: Yes I like it a lot.

Youngjae-san when around did your voice break?

YJ: For me it was around my high school days. Sometime between my middle and high school time.

ZL: It was first year high school for me! And then my voice stabilised really quickly (laughs). It was a confusing period. It’s around three years ago. So I think my voice broke until “BANG&ZELO” promotions.

JU: I’m not sure if my voice ever broke. Since I don’t talk that much (laughs). I didn’t mind too much and it seemed like it changed naturally, so I don’t really know when it really broke.

YG: Ever since I was born my voice was like this (laughs). Something like, a deep voice ever since I came out from my mothers womb?

YJ: Eh!? (laughs)

── B.A.P’s has been praised for their sense of style in clothes and individual quirks, please teach us some fashion pointers in summer airport fashion.

All: (looks towards Himchan)

HC: Me? (laughs) Ok, I’m the fashion icon. I am fashion! I am fashion and fashion is me! (laughs)

All: Ahahahaha (laughs)

YJ: He’s handsome so anything he wears will suit him~

HC: No matter what clothes I wear will emphasise my ikemen face, so if there’s a tshirt I want to wear I’ll go from there, and if there’re pants I want to wear I’ll choose from that.

◆So, how are the fashion styles of your members to you, the fashion icon?

HC: Each member has their original style and I think that’s good. In Youngjae’s case, he has a simple feel. He really likes grey. For Jongup, there are times where it’s difficult to understand, but still he has unique items that he likes. He’s one who suits rather flashy things. Yongguk too, has a pretty simple style and goes well with black. With Zelo, he’s one who suits a individualistic style. And then Daehyun’s style… I’m not too sure (laughs).

ZL: Daehyun-san’s style is fundamentally simple, but I think his speciality is that there are times where he uses colours and designs as a plus alpha to focus things into one point. And recently he’s gotten really cute! Right! (grins)

All: (Uh huh, nod nod nod nod)

◆Now we have questions gathered globally from oversea fans. “Is there any plan for BANG&ZELO to make a comeback? I want to see a Daehyun-Youngjae unit too.” (LA)

ZL: Thank you very much. However there are no plans for “BANG&ZELO” for the future. “BANG&ZELO” activities were held when was when I was still a student so we went with a “student” theme to strike a chord with many people. It may not be now, but when I grow a little older and if there’s a chance for a BANG&ZELO comeback, I would like to make a song that would resonate with people at my later-age.

YJ: Daehyun-Youngjae you say? (laughs) I think B.A.P activities are the most important right now so there are no plans for that.

◆“To the worldwide stars B.A.P, what do you thinks the reason for your international popularity is?” (London)

HC: Since we have music and performances that highlight our masculinity, so I guess our powerful performances has taken the hearts of many fans.

◆“Who do you think has grown the most since debut?” (Italy)

HC: All the members have grown and matured, but I guess Zelo has grown quite a bit! Since we’ve seen him from a young age, we’ve seen his height grow and his humanity mature as well.

ZL: I’m not too sure even myself if I’m still growing taller, but when I went to Brazil I took an immunisation shot and when I measured my height I was surprised that I had grown taller (laughs).

To Bang Yongguk, “What do you think about your lyrics and charitable intentions reaching the hearts of fans around the world?” (Poland)

YG: I am always very thankful. Not only to our fans, but to the many people who are hurt, I’ll be happy if B.A.P’s music will become your pillar.

◆“If B.A.P were to act, what dramas or movies would you like to be in? (Poland)

HC: A movie with B.A.P as the lead. Something here the six of us enjoy our youth. Something with that feel. A movie where we continue to grow right?

◆This time, of the places we received the most questions was from Poland, do you have any reason why?

All: We’ve never been there before.

YJ: Ah, but when we went to hold a concert in America we met some of them at a shop. We received many letters from fans who said “we were told by Polish fans to give these to you”. We haven’t been to Poland before but we can feel the love from everyone.

DH: (In Japanese) Exactly! (grins)

◆The next question is from Poland as well. “Are there any good luck charms or special customs that you have during concerts? (Poland)

DH: Before we go on stage and when the LED lights come on, I make a prayer just before I step on stage. It’s not to any god or religion, but something like “I pray for today’s performance to be successful” or if there’s something big; “please let everything will go well”. And after I step on stage, I will feel satisfied when the performance is over.

◆“What do you do for days where nothing seems to go right? What do you do to change the mood?” (UK)

YJ: For me, if something goes wrong I just leave it and search for things I should be able to do and challenge that. That way, I can attain courage and regain my confidence.

JU: When things don’t go well for me, for example when things are right up to my neck, I will exercise and go move my body around. Doing that will help my mood.

HC: (To Jongup) Doing that, you’re like the protagonist in “Slam Dunk” (laughs).

JU: Aha (laughs).

◆And finally, a message to B.A.P fans all around the world.

HC: (looks at Bang Yongguk)

YG: Himchan you can do the sum up.

HC: For the sake of the fans who are always waiting for our concerts and for us, we’ll go to you whenever and it’ll be good if we could hold even better concerts from now on. Let’s make nice memories. I love you!

Trans: cassie_babyz

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Sep 02 14
[TRANS] 10ASIA INTERVIEW (Himchan & Jongup)

Q: Lately, is there anything that makes you feel really “Up” (excited) or laugh out the loudest?
Himchan: Moon Jong “Up” ♡ (laugh). Although it’s a half true half joking answer, it’s true that I feel a little bit more “up” when I’m with Jongup. The other members seem to think so too. Maybe it’s because Jongup really pay attention to what people say and react to it as well. You will laugh a lot when you are with Jongup ㅋㅋㅋ There is something about Jongup that makes people feel relaxed. He said things that can not be considered as not crazy and made not only me but the other members and the staff laughed. The fact that he didn’t mean to make us laugh makes it more laughable.

Q: Haha, seems like Jongup’s charm is really great. You and Jongup are roommates at the dorm, right?
Himchan: I’m room-ed with Jongup, Zelo and Daehyun are roommates, Yongguk and Youngjae each have their own room. The day we moved and arranged room was accidentally the day me and Jongup went out for dinner and came back late, the rooms were arranged and other members were asleep already. Jongup and I understand each other quite well so I’m very pleased with this arrangement. Moreover, mine and Jongup’s sleeping times are also the same (laugh). Recently, I’m the type that sleeps a lot. Jongup’s habit also fits with mine so we go to sleep and wake up at the same time. Our waking up time is a little bit different from the others. We wake up when the sun sets? Jongup ah, we should wake up earlier from now on ㅋㅋㅋ

Q: Living in the same room with Himchan and sleeping a lot together, now you even have the same thought of only sleeping.
Jongup: The other members also teased me that it seems like I spend most of my time sleeping with Himchan hyung. The everage time we sleep can be 15 hours a day.

Kor - Viet translation: HaeNa
Viet - Eng translation: KathyMyon
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Source: Himchan’s interview. Jongup’s interview


Aug 30 14

[TRANS] 140829 B.A.P「EXCUSE ME」SPECIAL INTERVIEW

── Q: In June, you successfully completed your “LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR” at Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Makuhari. Please tell us your thoughts and memorable episodes about the tour.

YG: I’m very happy that there were many fans who came, even people who haven’t been to our fan events before and there were places that we visited for the first time.

ZL: Each and every fan is important to me, but having so many people come to our concert has really reminded me of my responsibility.

DH: Being able to come in contact with Japanese culture and being able to communicate with fans at a deeper level was really nice.

── Q: What do you mean by Japanese culture?

DH: In different areas of Japan they have ways of dress and speaking; dialects, right? I was able to learn some of that, and I’m becoming able to tell the slight differences in characteristics and buildings.

── Q: By Japanese dialects, what do you remember?

DH: “Sukiyanen” (I like you)

HC: “Meccha sukiyanen” (I like you a lot), “meccha oishiinen” (it’s really yummy)

JU: “Nandeyanen!” (what the!)

YJ: “Honmani?” (Really?)

── Q: It seems to be all Osaka dialect? (laughs)

HC: If you’re wondering why we remember it, it’s because we learnt it from a DJ when we guested on a radio show in Osaka. (laughs)

(Continuing on about the tour)

HC: Actually, these weren’t places that we went entirely for the first time. There were places that we’ve held fan events at before. For example in Osaka, we went to hold an event there when the sakura blossoms were at full bloom, and this time we felt an entirely different atmosphere so it was nice.

JU: It was amazing that we received such huge interest from fans wherever we went. It made me think that ‘there are fans who are waiting for us as well at places that we haven’t been~’.

YJ: I still can’t believe that we were able to perform at such big venues in Japan when we haven’t yet done so in Korea, I’m really thankful to the many fans who came.

── Q: You went around in Japan for around a month in June, did your Japanese improve?

HC: I got quite used to it whilst being in Japan, so I managed to hold a conversation naturally, but honestly, after we returned to Korea and went to other countries I forgot it again.

── Q: To Youngjae who’s good at Japanese, did you learn any new words?

YJ: More than learning new words, I think I’ve understood Japanese grammar more. I’ve been learning through Japanese dramas.

── Q: The upcoming single release, “Excuse me” has lyrics translated from the Korean version, but what were your first impressions when you first heard the song?

DH: It felt very new when I first heard it! I thought it was a song that fitted us perfectly. I recorded it thinking the song was fun and full of confidence. It’s been a while since we recorded the Korean version and there are parts where it overlaps, so I think when we sing it in Japanese some parts are better expressed. “The Japanese version of “Excuse Me” is upgraded even more right?” is what I think.

Q: What parts are upgraded?

DH: Since our vocals and raps have improved from before, and the fact that we’re singing in Japanese has helped us (get stronger), I think various parts have gotten better.

── Q: There was some time between recording the Korean and Japanese versions right? How was it to sing the song after this time?

YJ: Because we sang “Excuse Me” a lot at concerts, we fell in step with the song straightaway, and since we understood the song fully it was very fun. Whenever we’re recording a Japanese version, we try to use the original (Korean) song’s atmosphere, although we do change the way we sing for some of the more delicate parts.

── Q: What’s it like to record the rap?

YG: There are many phrases that we don’t know after all, so I can’t say it isn’t difficult (laughs). The pronunciation of words have subtle differences, so sometimes I hear a word wrong. I was able to do the recording thanks to the help of the staff.

HC: Three quarters of my lyrics in this song is in English (laughs). So this time I didn’t have much Japanese and it wasn’t too difficult.

ZL: My parts in “Excuse Me” have rather difficult pronunciation so for parts where I thought I could improve, I practised them repetitively during the recording.

JU: If it was in Korean, I’d understand it and be able to express the meaning as it is, but if it’s in Japanese, I’d need to practise the lyrics to do the recording, so my expression may not be as good. That’s one of the more difficult aspects, so I think I need to do more practise.

── Q: I heard that you added new dance steps in the Japanese version of the music video. What bits did you change?

ZL: In the Korean version, everyone got excited and danced along to the rhythm, but in the Japanese MV we added new choreography during the bridge.

── Q: If you were to give a name to this dance, what would it be?

ZL: “Orangutan”? (laughs)

JU: “Nolja (“let’s play” in Korean) dance? (laughs)

DH: “Free hero dance?”

HC: Wouldn’t it be better if we let the Japanese fans make up a name? (laughs)

── Q: What surprised me when I watched the MV was Jongup’s image change. He wore glasses and had a new haircut so I thought you added a new member (laughs). What did you think about your change?

JU: My image wasn’t planned to be like this at the start, but after wearing the clothes and putting on the makeup I listened to a lot of opinions and thus this concept formed. My member-hyung’s also said “it’s good right?”, so I went with it.

── Q: This time’s MV gave off a chic and mature atmosphere overall didn’t it?

DH: We newly tried out hip hop style clothes as well as a clean and smart jacket style.

YG: Since it’s been a long time since we sang a bright hip hop melody, we shot the MV happily. HC: There’s not only suits, but hip hop style, and bad boy influenced clothes, so I think that you can see various sides of us.

── Q: Did you have any interesting episodes from filming the MV?

DH: Due to our schedule we filmed the MV in one day, so we filmed, then ate, and filmed again, took a short break, and filmed again……. That’s how the day went so it was a bit tiring (laughs) HC: In the MV we added in dramatic elements little by little, so it was interesting and fun when filming it.

DH: Yeah, it felt new.

── Q: After you release “Excuse Me” you’re going to hold a ‘gift-giving’ event right? I don’t think there are these types of events in Korea, so how was it to experience it?

DH: We hold fan signs in Korea, but in Japan it’s held at open spaces for many people to come right? I love how we can have a fun time with many fans at the event.

YJ: It’d be nice if I could converse with fans in Japanese more, but since it’s a short time we can only exchange a few words.

HC: When we have events in the colder months, it’s a bit troublesome since there are young fans. But because we can meet everyone directly, I’m happy about it after all and I can make good memories.

── Q: Do you have any other happy memories from your time in Japan during the tour and events? JU: Personally I was happy to see Gundam at Odaiba. There was smoke and lighting so it looked like it was really going to fly (laughs).

HC: But, that was it (laughs). I’d expected (it to move) more.

JU: I already like Japanese anime in the first place so it felt very amazing to see things that I’d only seen on TV in a physical form.

YG: Going to the sports centre (Round1) in Osaka was fun. I’d heard that there were such facilities in Japan, but there aren’t any places in Korea where you can play so many sports. I thought that it’d be good if Korea had laces like that. I played soccer, basketball and table tennis, and there was a batting centre as well. To be able to play all the sports I know in the one building was very wondrous and I was envious.

── Q: To finish up, please say a point each about “Excuse Me”.

YG: We’ve sang it a lot during concerts so I think fans are already familiar with it, but I guess Japanese fans are more comfortable with singing Japanese some hope that they can enjoy it.

ZL: We worked hard on the new dance moves for the MV so I’d be happy if you’d come to like the song.

HC: The song “Excuse Me” is a fun song to listen to, but I think watching us perform it is fun to. So please look forward to our performances as well.

JU: Like Himchan-hyung said, to understand the full charm of “Excuse Me”, the best way is to watch our performances. Also, I hope you can see my image change on stage (laughs).

YJ: Since it’s a simple melody, I think it’s an easy song to sing together. The lyrics are fun too, so it’d be nice if you sing to it cheerfully whilst listening.

DH: I think there are even more parts in the Japanese version where we can commiserate with the fans, and I think we can show B.A.P’s coolest side at this point, so please look forward to our future activities too.

trans: tvxqluff (cassie_babyz @twitter)

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Aug 20 14
[TRANS] B.A.P has transformed into sexy men holding flowers… fatal photoshoots revealed
Group B.A.P’s leader Bang Yongguk has shown fatal charm.

B.A.P has covered the front page of the September 10+Star magazine that entertainment media is putting out. B.A.P is soon having their promotion in Japan with their 4th single album Excuse Me, so t
hey will be on both Korean and Japanese magazines.

B.A.P who has won first place for the first time after their debut with 1004, they showed B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR starting with Seoul, USA, Europe, Australia, and Asia for about 3 months. The six members, Bang Yongguk, Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup, Zelo, grown one step more through the tour, showed their matured sexiness with a flower that suits them at the September magazine photoshoot.

When the members talked about the recent happiness they felt during their short break before the promotion in Japan, they said, “it is when all B.A.P members gather at one place and eat” or “real family, it feels like all the family members are gathered so i really feel happy when we eat together”. Also, leader Bang Yongguk has talked about what makes him smile, it was cream poodle puppy Tigger that he started raising recently. “It’s a little creature but it made me warm up my mind and im gaining strength” said Bang Yongguk sharing his daily happiness. 

You can see B.A.P’s photoshoot and interview on the 10+Star September magazine coming on the 22nd.
© 10+Asia | Trans by Jiwon @ bapyessir.com

Jun 10 14

B.A.P Dazed & Confused / the conversation that didn’t make the final edit

(original article) (do not lift quotes without crediting)

YONGGUK

Many of the songs on the album are complex, emotional rollercoasters which have to be interpreted musically by members who may not share that experience. How do you direct them to deliver the right feel for each track?

"For one song to be completed not only B.A.P but a number of staff need to work together so we slowly make a blueprint through time and conversation. We all listen to the song together before working on it. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses so by talking about who’s voice would match which part and what each member thinks about the story or the message in the song is extremely helpful. Instead of me explaining ‘it’s like this’, we talk about our own experiences or add details into the situation to at least indirectly experience the emotions and identify with the song. All the members are artists, they have rich emotions and they’re very detailed so they’re good at immersing themselves. There are times when they surprise me because their expressions are better than what I’d intended!"

When 1004 (Angel) took first place you seemed relieved as well as happy. If that comeback hadn’t gotten you the firsts would you have begun looking at your career in a different way? Was there the thought of “if this song doesn’t get us that number 1, I’m gonna…”

"To be honest, whenever we start preparing for an album we don’t think “we must take first place”. But with ‘1004(Angel)’ we hoped to receive lots of love and we’re so thankful that an album with such a special meaning took our first first place. If ‘1004(Angel)’ had not won the firsts? Hmm… well, the only thing that’s changed is that we were happy and grateful for the fact that people are beginning to listen to our music. Our aim and responsibility to make better music remains. If we hadn’t achieved number one, then we’d simply try harder to make better music. B.A.P has always dreamed what people said would be impossible and our dreams became real. We’ve made music that does not get swept away by trend and music that includes truthful messages. Even if no one recognised our work, we would’ve continued to keep our unique style and beliefs and we’ll do so in the future."

DAEHYUN

As a lead vocalist you’re required to interpret and emote. How do you connect with what you’re singing, do you try and find a moment in your life similar or see the song like a film in your mind?

"The connection between the person making the music and the person listening is the most important. But to make this connection work, a sufficient relationship between the makers is necessary. We need to have the same emotions and thoughts to make a piecethat holds one whole message. We listen to common music with similar feelings and referencing films or music can help. You can organise feelings you’ve not directly experienced or find diverse choices in ways of expressing a feeling but the danger is you start to copy. So I just try to focus on our music itself and to understand how to directly pass on an emotion it’s best to be face to face, telling each other stories and sharing our experiences, feelings, discoveries. Not only when a member is recording their part, but from when we hear the song for the first time to the final mastering of the track, through the whole process. Our common goal is to make good music and that’s when we become the most honest with our emotions.”

You’ve said you were trying to find different sides of your voice by listening to a lot of varying genres… you feel you’ve achieved this yet? Or is this a continual learning curve?

"It’s very important to continuously challenge myself to new things as B.A.P explores a variety of music so I try to study a wide range of music to find the various colours that are in my subconscious. In the past I was limited myself by only listening to the genres and artists that I was interested in. Now I listen to everything, from hip-hop and R&B, to jazz and rock because of the others, they know a lot of good artists and songs. Honestly, I can’t say that I am satisfied with my singing. I’ve improved but because music is always changing and moving forward there’s still a lot for me to learn. Alone, I may not be able to complete myself but the members understand me best and follow the same dreams so in the future we’ll be able to make invaluable music. I’ll sing and work even harder until that day!”

YOUNGJAE

With some songs given new arrangements for the tour has there been a particular personal favourite or challenge? For example, for LOE 2013 Coma became quite rock and you got switch up your vocal style into a bit of a belting sound.

"As people give their precious time to meet us and hear us at the concert, we consider the preparation meticulously. We arrange our songs in a new format, re-create sounds through a band, add an acting part or a dance routine or a narration. The new arrangements mean we spend a lot of time practising but this is where we’re able to grow the most. Especially on this tour, I was curious about the audience reaction ‘Body&Soul’ but, personally, I have a recollection of my solo performance at Seoul. ‘It’s All Lies’ was one of my favourite songs but I felt the new version would fit my voice a lot better and I have a lot of affection towards this new arrangement because I’d always wanted to challenge myself with a deep, dream-like atmosphere, with an emotional vocal line."

HIMCHAN

During this new chapter of the LOE tour, what’s your favourite moment of each show – it can be a song or an interlude?

"Last year when we started the first tour, I liked the moments preparing for the stage after finishing all the rehearsals. I felt so excited waiting to meet the fans. I go over the show in my head once more, study about the city that we are performing in and look forward to the show every time, thinking, ‘what will the performance be like today?’. People may think that performances are familiar, daily happenings for B.A.P but as every performance is live, it’s a series of new moments. But as we started this year’s tour I felt happiest after finishing a performance well and seeing the smiling fans. It’s probably impossible to express it in words how moving it was, I guess it was like an exhilarating moment? That I was able to give the gift of a having good time even if only for a short while, I mean, I realised the fact that we, the fans and us as B.A.P together, have made a time that will be remembered as an amazing moment. It’s why during this year’s tour as I finish each performance I look carefully at the faces of each fan, one by one."

JONGUP

Your vocals have come a long way and your performance has become far more confident. How did you feel when you heard your parts on First Sensibility, particularly that sustained high note on ‘Body & Soul’?

"While working ‘First Sensibility’ I felt the need to strengthen my vocal abilities as a singer, even though my main role was focused on dance and performance in the past. So I listened to Daehyun and Youngjae to practise and learn. ‘Body&Soul’ was a challenge for me. The pitch was a lot higher than what I was used to and on top of that, I took on an important part for the flow of the song so I felt the pressure to do well. It’d be a lie if I said I hadn’t worried but I tried hard and experimented to do my best. There’s still a lot to be learned, but I was extremely happy to hear people say ‘I can see how much you’ve grown’ after listening to the album."

Even as you improved vocally were you at all nervous by the thought of having more parts written for you? How did you deal with that? In fact, how do you deal generally with things that make you nervous?

"I don’t think the amount of parts or performance that you have affects the amount of contribution you make in a song but I know how much influence it could have on the listeners and so I think having more parts, in that sense, is important. So when given more parts, I do worry and tense up but the feeling of excitement is actually bigger. When I’m standing in front of the mic in the recording booth, when I’m checking the mic before going up on stage, my heart starts to beat. In a song with more parts, this feeling of excitement lingers on for longer. I’m a very optimistic person so even in a nerve-racking situation, I feel stimulated more than nervous or worried. If possible, I try to keep calm and devote myself to each moment."

The difference between performing and off-stage Jongup is startlingly. When you’re on stage what goes through your mind? How do you tap into that powerful, sexier side of yourself?

"On stage there is no ‘NG’ and the attention of the entire audience is centered so I believe it’s the moment to show our most perfect image. That’s clearest when it’s my part as well as when I’m doing the choreography at the back with the other members. When I get on stage my entire head is filled with the thought of the song and I have no room for any other thoughts.

Before we get on stage, we tell each other to ‘do well today’. That might be when I am hypnotised as ‘Jongup of B.A.P’, or even the ‘lead character of the song’. When I’m completely absorbed in the song there’s no need to concern myself with other thing and as my image is not forced, my style and character remains. And I think that image of me is what the fans love most.”

ZELO

You’ve re-done three singles for the Japanese fans. When you have to focus on re-recording and doing new MV’s for them do you begin to see them differently? And which feels the most re-energised or new?

"I felt that it was more like recording and shooting a new song than ‘re-recording’ or ‘re-shooting’ due to the fact that it was in a new language and it had to be styled completely differently to fit the Japanese culture. When we worked on the Japanese versions of the songs, the atmosphere was naturally different from the Korean version. Perhaps it was because we’d grown since we first released the Korean version. The fans will probably find that the songs seem fresh as well. Mmmn, if I had to choose, I would say it was ‘No Mercy’. The Korean version of ‘No Mercy’ was fun in that it was the first time using saturi rap. It was hard to save that in the Japanese version and it was a shame. However, we were able to use traditional Korean instruments to create music and show traditional choreography. Through that, we received a lot of love so I was extremely happy."

(CR: Taylor Glasby)


Jun 04 14
B.A.P Interview with MeRadio in Singapore

B.A.P were back in Singapore for their B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Singapore concert last Saturday (May 31) and we met the charming sextet for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview prior, where they shared about their favourite place on Earth as well as stepping up to the challenge to film a self-video.

Having once again titled their tour Live On Earth, we were curious as too which were the member’s favourite place on Earth. After jokingly saying that their favourite place on Earth was … “Earth”, the members shared that they like Busan because of the lovely beaches like Haeundae and Gwangalli Beach. Not to be missed is also the fresh raw seafood, which tastes really good.

Bang Yong Guk wants us to give him a call?

The group also previously revealed in our earlier email interview that they would considerforming new sub-units like Moon & Zelo. With their senior Hyosung from SECRET having just released her solo debut album, we asked the boy band if they would like to make their solo debuts as well.

As if to reassure fans that B.A.P is here to stay, leader Yongguk quickly responded saying, “Currently, six of us are working together as B.A.P and we want to focus more on that in terms of music and our performances.”

However, he did add that if the opportunity arose, they would definitely consider the possibilities of releasing solo materials as well as new sub-units. Well, given the band’s track record of constantly pushing out new material, most recently with their Unplugged album, we hardly thing there’s time for the sextet to work on their solo debuts.

Yongguk had also previously expressed his interest in collaborating with Pharrell Williams to create music that B.A.P has yet to try. We thus asked him if there were any Asian artistes or perhaps even Singaporean ones in which he’d like to work with.

The 24-year-old replied that there are too many talented artistes in Asia for him to pinpoint an individual singer he’d like to work with. “Everybody is talented and I want to gain more experience working with a lot of musicians,” he shared.

When further probed on possible genres he’d like to dabble in, Yong Guk said that B.A.P has tried many different styles of music so far and they don’t want to confine themselves to a specific genre. “I hope to try as many as possible so please give me a call when you’re interested,” he said, flashing the hand sign for calling and smiling sheepishly. (He flashed the hand sign again as the translator spoke to us, sending chuckles round the room.)

B.A.P joins in on the World Cup fever!

It’s just a week from the 2014 World Cup and the six-member band are definitely getting in on the World Cup fever. The members shared that they are definitely rooting for their home team South Korea and are sure that they would perform well in the upcoming games. The boy band also wanted to personally express their support towards the team’s current manager Hong Myung-Bo.

The boys were all excited when we asked about their favourite player with most of them staring at Himchan, before Daehyun pointed out that Himchan’s favourite player is Lee Keun-Ho and that he was a big fan.

Sensing that there might be some big fan-boying going on because of the members’ looks towards Himchan, we asked him if he had gotten an autograph with Kuen-Ho.

Smiling gleefully, Himchan replied that he would be very happy if he received an autograph and added, “There are a lot of young players and players that have been around for a long time [in the current team]. I support everybody and the future of football in Korea is looking very bright. Regardless of the score or outcome in the games, we will always pledge our support to the team.”

It’s all about the chilli crab

The craze over taking selfies has swept the Internet by storm and was recently re-fuelled by the Chainsmokers’ song ‘#SELFIE’. We upped the challenge for B.A.P and got them to take a self-video instead.

Not one to shy away from challenges, Youngjae quickly stepped up to the plate and took our phone, turning the camera towards them and signalled the count-off for their impromptu self-video.

(Youngjae might have cut himself out of the video but we’re sure the boys would perfect the self-vid taking skill in no time at all.)

B.A.P further showed their love for chilli crab during their interview with 987TV as well, where they randomly injected the “chilli crab dance” into the interview whenever they could.

© MeRadio

Jun 02 14
[INTERVIEW] Backstage with B.A.P

We meet K-Pop’s premiere hip hop boy band to speak candidly about music, life and each other.

Bang Yongguk is attempting a behind-the-back pool table shot in the Brixton Academy green room. It doesn’t quite go to plan but his fellow members of B.A.P – Korea’s most progressive hip hop boyband – make encouraging noises anyway. The six-piece are in town to play the 5000-capacity venue and shoot the video for their new single ”Where Are You? What Are you Doing?”along the Thames. They got soaked, but, as 20-year-old Youngjae says, they weren’t bothered but excited.

The enthusiasm of the six is infectious. They’re still as wrapped up and creatively hands-on with B.A.P as ever, unusual for a boyband regardless of nationality. They debuted in 2012 with the electrifying, aggressive stomp of ”Warrior”, and after a relentlessly productive couple of years, the band scored their first wins on Korea’s music shows with the soaring midtempo “1004 (Angel)” earlier this year. Cut from a similar pop-hip hop cloth to boyband’s BIGBANG’s anthemic “Monster”, the track broke B.A.P into public consciousness, and propelled First Sensibility, their first full-length album, to number one on the Korean charts.

A hectic schedule means that getting in front of B.A.P – whose leather-clad limbs squeak across a leather couch – has been a herculean task. Even now we’re being filmed but the six members are grounded, shy and easy-going with flashes of self-deprecation. Daehyun, who fell over spectacularly on stage in NYC during ”Punch”, shakes his head. “I was too excited,” he says dolefully while Himchan and Youngjae suppress grins. “It was really embarrassing.” 

Zelo, who will later confidently wiggle his butt at delirious fans, is quieter. “I’m not good with my words, when I’m talking I miss my point. I end up talking about something else!” Meanwhile Yongguk discusses art, the Picassos and Gaugins he saw at MOMA. “Their personal influences and way of expressing it is all helpful to me. And when I get  tired art and film relaxes me,” he explains. Photos are taken, time skips past, the screams from the teenage girls (and handful of fanboys) in the main room intensify. There’s a perfect, though simplified, set – dancers, video backdrops, multiple costumes, no pyrotechnics – to be delivered, but over the next few days they want to talk again.

You worked with songwriters and producers on the BADMAN EP as well as (current album) First Sensibility, but how has your level of input changed over time?

Bang Yongguk: I’ve tried to contribute continuously. All B.A.P albums are precious but I feel more attached to BADMAN because I experienced the role of a producer and learned about the whole process. At that time I was hugely influenced by social issues, which may be why the message was stronger and the music rough and more direct. First Sensibility was where I could challenge myself to explore various genres and, due to experience on BADMAN, put input into videos, image and artwork. I’m still learning but I promise to mature in order to produce music filled with more of my style. 

Though you can come across as serious and quiet, a lighter side appears around people like Himchan and Jongup. What about them that makes you laugh? 

Bang Yongguk: I don’t think of myself as a fun person but with those who know me well I seem to turn into a young child! (laughs) They accept me and I don’t feel the need to be distant or make myself into something better. B.A.P, in particular Himchan and Jongup, are who I share everything with and we know how to make each other happy. Himchan has always been very cool and honest in an unpredictable sense, which makes me laugh. And you never know what extraordinary topic Jongup will talk about, he makes me laugh without me realising.

“Yongguk is not only the leader but the core of B.A.P. I depend on him and wanted to achieve recognition for my capability as a vocalist and for Yongguk to know I’ve matured well” – Jung Daehyun.

You spoke about your members on stage earlier this year and described Daehyun as “sensitive”, which was interesting as he comes across as noisy and fun more than sensitive. Who is the Daehyun that we haven’t yet seen? 

Bang Yongguk: Daehyun is an irreplaceable, talented vocalist. On camera he’s very upbeat and cheeky so people think he’s noisy and playful but that’s not all of his personality. Daehyun matured early, he’s someone who’d care for those around him by giving everything and trusting completely. Although he has a tender heart, when he acts strong I feel proud but also sympathetic. Daehyun doesn’t like to appear weak so this sensitive side of him may only be seen by us but with our support I hope he’ll be as strong as his powerful voice.

Yongguk took the time to mention each member during a show earlier this year and you became very emotional….

Jung Daehyun: Yongguk is not only the leader but the core of B.A.P. I depend on him and wanted to achieve recognition for my capability as a vocalist and for Yongguk to know I’ve matured well. Being together all the time actually makes it more awkward to say things like ‘thanks’, ’sorry’, ‘I love you’. I’m grateful but I felt ashamed for being unable to approach him when I’ve failed to express myself because I felt he knew everything anyway. Confessing on stage made Yongguk’s feelings a lot stronger because usually he doesn’t reveal himself immediately like that. It felt like I’d achieved everything with him watching over us quietly with his truthful voice. 

You’ve had time to settle into First Sensibility… which tracks still stand out for you?

Jung Daehyun: “BANGX2”! The vocal training was hard but I felt a great sense of accomplishment. “Body & Soul” was also difficult at first because it contains a sexual atmosphere and I wasn’t used to that mood. I took extra care to create a soft atmosphere that melted into the song and the fan response has been very good.

B.A.P work hard to achieve their dreams but it’s non-stop, even if one of you are sick or exhausted. Does the thought of burning out ever cross your mind? 

Jung Daehyun: With a tight schedule I can be very tired and feel physically unwell but I don’t get stressed or feel pressured. On stage I feel energized, it’s a place to show our existence and conviction and we want to do our best. I have a responsibility to the people who come see us, and the cheering and energy after a perfect performance is the biggest joy I can have!

Although Himchan takes a lot of photos, you’ve also bought a camera…

Yoo Youngjae: I’m the hidden photographer of B.A.P! (laughs) I’m attracted to it because besides capturing a moment it’s also a reflection of myself at the time. If I take a photo of something it means I find it significant. It demonstrates what I’m agonising about, what I’m interested in, and what moves me. 

Being the ‘chatty, brainy one’ is the way you described yourself around the time of your debut in 2012. Who is the Youngjae of 2014?

Yoo Youngjae: I’m certain the Youngjae of 2014 will be different from the past Youngjae. I found it difficult to express my true feelings but that side of me seemed cold and someone might feel hurt by it. At first I thought, ‘why don’t they understand?’. But I realised a relationship isn’t formed in just one moment, I always have to deliver my beliefs and affection. So this year I promised that to those around me. It’s still awkward and unfamiliar but I’m trying my best. I’d like to say the ‘Youngjae of 2014’ is unafraid to get a step closer to people with a warm truth. 

“We don’t hide anything from each other. We’re so close that we just know when to be considerate of each other.” – Zelo.

You’ve said that your first single “Warrior” was most representative of B.A.P. – but we didn’t really see something like it on the album. Is that a style you’d like to return to? Or is progression more important?

Yoo Youngjae: I still feel Warrior” maximised B.A.P in terms of music and message but since then we’ve learned and matured. Music and society constantly change so the stories we tell and the people listening will change as well. I don’t want to repeat a similar concept with the excuse of holding onto my style but instead sing songs of love, joy, anger, sadness and yearning that anyone can identify with. 

Would you ever consider bringing your Janggu (traditional style of Korean drumming) skills to the live show? You and the band having a ‘free jazz’ jam would be pretty cool.

Kim Himchan: Recently on TV I played the Janggu and I think a lot of people thought it was quite impressive. I prepared every day for a few weeks but I felt ashamed of not being able to fully show its true charm. If we can add the Janggu or other traditional music it’d turn into a completely different stage. To prepare that I’ll need to get back in the zone!

Your position as moodmaker/visual can sometimes mean what you bring to B.A.P as a talent is unfairly overlooked. Yongguk even pointed out that B.A.P’s songs don’t make full use of your vocal abilities. How does this sit with you? 

Kim Himchan: Although I’ve said ‘I’m the visual in B.A.P’, I was just joking. There’s still a lot for me to learn in terms of music so I want to find a unique role by trying different things instead of deciding on my position. The word ‘visual’ is a nice compliment but it’s, more importantly, a chance to shine. To take that chance I’ll need to develop my skills. I think I have a special vocal style but when I see the members practising without realising how tired they are I think, ‘you can only improve if you try that hard’. I’ll grow my strengths so please look forward to the ‘vocalist of B.A.P, Himchan’. 

We’ve seen you wearing that cheeky Chanel/Chanie shirt… would you design if you had the opportunity?

Kim Himchan: Of course! The symbol started because I thought it looked fun but now some people even come wearing clothes or jewelry designed as ‘Chanie’. It’d be fun to design the costumes of B.A.P or launch my own brand. I haven’t thought of a main concept for my own brand but the clothing I’m interested in ranges from street fashion to semi-casual, so I’d like to design with the same unlimited style. 

Daehyun has hinted that you dream noisily but is there a recurring dream or nightmare you have?

Kim Himchan: When I’m tired I sometimes get nightmares. Recently I had a scary dream that we were all running away from something chasing us. In the dream the dancers and our staff were running away with us. It might be because I see the younger members reading comic books or watching animations with frightening characters in them. (laughs).

You (and Zelo) worked out the choreography for ”1004 (Angel)”. How do you approach this? Is it intuitive or meticulously plotted out move by move?

Moon Jongup: Zelo and I came up with the intro dance because we felt we needed something to catch the attention of the audience from the beginning. We tried out various choreography to create the song’s emotion while highlighting our individuality. Although we have different styles we found a way to mix with each other. I felt like I was designing the performance and not simply dancing – so, if possible, I want to contribute more to B.A.P’s performances!

Your love of manga/anime is well known. If you had the chance to voice one character from any of your favourite stories or films who would it be? 

Moon Jongup: Olaf from Frozen! His positivity is similar to mine and not knowing the concept of the impossible is very attractive. I was into the film for so long I even tried imitating his voice. In the past I tried to imitate Haunter from Pokémon. It’s a shame that most of the Pokémon don’t have lines and only certain noises. I can try my best to imitate them if you’d like me to! (laughs).

Though you’re nearly 18 there’s some BABYs (B.A.P’s fan army) that would like you to remain the innocent Zelo of your debut forever. How do you hope fans treat your transition into adulthood?

Zelo: Being the youngest and getting all the hyung’s (Korean term for older males) adoration means mostly I don’t feel like I’m growing up. For a long time I think I’ve been in between the stages, looking at the professional world through a boy’s eyes. Sometimes I worry if I’ll make the right decisions but I want to be a good adult, to give back all the love I’ve received. The nature of me won’t change so I don’t think there’s anything for the fans to worry about. It’d be great if they can watch me grow and be proud.

You’ve been writing lyrics but we’re yet to see them emerge…

ZeloI’m still learning to find my own style! I’m inspired by new environments but on tour I don’t really have time to write. Normally I show them to Yongguk who helps. I took his advice on keeping memos when composing. Sometimes everyday thoughts can inspire you and I’d forget them if I didn’t keep memos! They might not seem anything special but to me they’re like a treasure box. I can’t yet write lyrics that I’m satisfied with so I’m leaving them behind but I believe it won’t be long until you can listen to my words.  

Your hyungs would often tease you in the early days and you’d take it but you now tend to give as good as you get…

ZeloNormally the members make jokes by pinching my face or trying to lift my shirt up on stage, but nothing serious. When I’m not in a good condition or in a bit of a mood to get back at them, I tell them honestly so there’s no misunderstanding. The hyungs only play with me because they find me cute, they care for me more than pulling pranks all the time. Actually we don’t hide anything from each other. We’re so close that we just know when to be considerate of each other.

© DAZED | Interview by Taylor Glasby | Pictures by Elliott Morgan | Trans by Katy Kyung-Min Kim 

May 31 14
[B.A.P] [TRANS] KUREASUTA Vol.22

B.A.P whose name carries the meaning of aiming to be “Best Absolute Perfect”, are known for their strong hip-hop based music and great live performances. Along with their activities in Korea, they are also very active overseas. As they have said to “conquer the universe with music”, they surely are spreading their music across the globe step by step!

They have now announced the “B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR”, covering the four continents, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania. Along with the release of their 3rd Japanese single “NO MERCY” on 2 April, they are gathering momentum! They have come visited Japan for their fan-meeting and single release event, and we deliver their most recent interview!

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——Your 3rd Japanese single “NO MERCY” has been released on 2 April. It must have been very busy for you to be working on the activities of the full album “First Sensibility” in Korea, while preparing for the release of a new single in Japan. What kinds of practices have you gone through before the recording?

DAEHYUN: Before the recording of the Japanese version of “NO MERCY”, though we were having activities back in Korea, we each went through image training while listening to the music (T/N: imagining while listening to the music). Also on the day, we sang a lot of times, and also communicated with our producer a lot while recording.

——How was the atmosphere like during the recording?

DAEHYUN: The Japanese producer understands our music style very well, and hence the recording was carried out under a very relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to the producers working with us at best possible, it came out fantastic.

——Were there any episodes during the recording?

YOUNGJAE: When Daehyun was recording, I did a bit of translating for him. When the Japanese staff had something to tell Daehyun, I translated it for him.

——It’s very reassuring to have members who speak Japanese. You are probably going to sing more songs in Japanese in future; are there times when you mix up the Korean and the Japanese lyrics?

DAEHYUN: It sometimes happens on stage.
HIMCHAN: Actually back in Korea, there was once when Zelo did the Japanese rap instead (laughs).

——Were you able to correct it immediately?

DAEHYUN: It’s not only Zelo, there are times when other members mix up as well, and we laughed at each other.
JONGUP: It was during rehearsals, and we all laughed so hard at these mistakes, hahahaha (laughs).

——Your outfit this time are very special as well. Do your own opinions on your outfit and hairstyle get reflected?

HIMCHAN: We decide on the most suitable style after discussing with our stylists and hair stylists. A lot of our own opinions are taken in.

——Himchan also designs his own T-shirts; have you also taken care of B.A.P members’ outfit as well?

HIMCHAN: My skills are still immature so I have to study more for it. After studying more and if given the opportunity, it would be great to be able to get my designs published some day.

——The MV of “No Mercy” Korean ver. was very cool, and your Japanese ver. is very eye-catching as well. How was the filming?

DAEHYUN: Was there anything, Jongup-san? (laughs)
JONGUP: Mmm. We filmed the Japanese ver. of the MV in Japan, and there are differences with the Korean ver.. In the Japanese ver., during the dance break, the drummers actually came and filmed with us together. …Daehyun-san, it was fun right?
DAEHYUN: Yes it was. I enjoyed it a lot. A lot of people were playing the drums really hard for us. The drums were very loud in the filming studio, and we had a lot fun filming while dancing to that.

——”NO MERCY” has combined traditional Korean music with hip-hop. What new challenges would you like to see in future?

DAEHYUN: Himchan-hyung is very talented in various musical instruments…
HIMCHAN: I have come a long way (laughs).
DAEHYUN: He is good at the piano, and also the guitar.
HIMCHAN: Yeah (laughs).

——In the lyrics of “NO MERCY”, you mention ‘unexperienced zone’. Are there any new things that you would like to experience?

JONGUP: There are many things that I haven’t experienced before…
DAEHYUN: I wonder what they are (laughs)?
JONGUP: To carry out concerts in countries that we haven’t been to… As for personally…, I would like to go to Disneyland (laughs). 
DAEHYUN: I would like to go to Okinawa. Since I haven’t experienced that before (laughs). (T/N: He is referring to the lyrics) I want to visit Okinawa!
YOUNGJAE: Although I’ve been talking about wanting to go to hot springs since two years ago, I still haven’t! I would definitely like to go to a hot spring!
ZELO: I would like to visit places in Japan that we haven’t been to before.
YONGGUK: I would like to go to space.
HIMCHAN: I would like to go travelling alone, since I haven’t tried that before…

——Whereabouts?

DAEHYUN: The park in front of our home? (laughs)
JONGUP: Itaewon? (laughs)
HIMCHAN: First of all let’s start with Tokyo!

——This time you are staying in Japan for quite a while as well. Having been to different places, what is the most memorable?

HIMCHAN: Beef tongue! (T/N: gyu-tan, speciality of Sendai)
YOUNGJAE: The love from all our fans!
JONGUP: While having the beef tongue,I got confused between my own tongue and the beef tongue and almost bit myself (laughs).
DAEHYUN: You’re joking, right? (laughs)
HIMCHAN: Although we have had Okonomiyaki in Tokyo before, the one we had in Osaka was completely of a different level. (T/N: Okonomiyaki is an Osaka speciality) It was very delicious. We have also visited the Osaka Castle for the first time.

——What are some of the Japanese phrases that you have learnt?

ZELO: It’s “I like you a lot~” (T/N: in Osaka dialect). I just learnt it last time, and this time I have learnt it well.
HIMCHAN: "Chanchara okashii" (T/N: Osaka dialect, meaning ridiculous, funny in a weird way)
DAEHYUN: "Pachi-pachi-pachi-pachi" (T/N: onomatopoeia for clapping sounds)
ZELO: Also, “Don’t cheat on us~”.
JONGUP: For me, it’s “I can’t hear you.” When the other members say weird things to me, I use “I can’t hear you” (laughs).
YONGGUK: "Doki-doki". (T/N: onomatopoeia for heart beats)

——How about Youngjae?

YOUNGJAE: "Chanchara okashii" is mine (laughs).

——Himchan has taken Youngjae’s phrase then (laughs). Although you are all very close with each other, what do you feel like “I can’t lose on this!”?

JONGUP: Drawing weird faces (laughs).
DAEHYUN: Regarding getting up early, I am the first place.
YOUNGJAE: My emotional ups and downs are huge, and my mood changes very quickly.
YONGGUK: It’s because Youngjae’s blood-type is AB (laughs).
DAEHYUN: He switches between type A and type B (laughs).
YONGGUK: For me, it’s my big mouth.
ZELO: I won’t lose on height.
DAEHYUN: You breathe air from a place that’s higher than everyone else (laughs).
HIMCHAN: For me, it is eating and sleeping. I am always sleeping. I eat a lot as well…

——It’s like a bear before hibernation (laughs).

HIMCHAN: (laughs) A bear that eats a lot before sleeping a lot (laughs). In the past, there were times when I got up and no one else was in the dorm (laughs). No one woke me up… (laughs).

——Yongguk’s birthday is on 31 March, so you have spent it in Japan. I have heard that you have celebrated in the fan meeting…

YONGGUK: A lot of Japanese fans have celebrated with me, and I was very happy.

——Do you celebrate the other members’ birthdays a lot as well?

DAEHYUN: We are the type to celebrate our birthdays as far as we can. When we can’t make it big, we would have a meal together to celebrate.

——Yongguk and Zelo had activities together before the debut of B.A.P. It you are to form a new unit within the group, who would you want to be with?

DAEHYUN: For me, it’s Youngjae.
YOUNGJAE: I would like to form a vocal group with Himchan-hyung, Jongup and Daehyun.
YONGGUK: I would like to collaborate with each of the members one by one in order.
HIMCHAN: I would like to collaborate with each member as well.
JONGUP: For me, it’s Zelo.
ZELO: For me, it’s Jongup as well.

——Zelo and Jongup’s thoughts suit each other. If you are to form a unit, what sort of image would you like to show?

ZELO: Aren’t we both the youngest in the team; we can present a youthful feeling in our music. I would like to try a unit with a strong naughty, mischievous image.
JONGUP: Yes, we can have a stage where we run around in some very loud exciting music. Coming soon (laughs).

——I am looking forward to Zelo and Jongup’s unit! Also, you are going on a Continent Tour covering 4 continents, America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia, with 20 concerts. Is there a difference for you between the Korean concerts and the foreign ones?

HIMCHAN: Concerning concerts, we hold them all with the same mentality and feelings regardless of being overseas or not. But for overseas concerts, as the language spoken is different, we have to prepare for what to say. Of course, we prepare a lot for our Korean concerts as well…

——What are you looking forward to in the Continent Tour?

DAEHYUN: There are a lot of countries that we are going for the first time, and I am curious as to how they are going to accept us. I am also interested in the different cultures of different countries, and I will definitely try to experience that.
HIMCHAN: Also, it’s almost been a year since we’ve been to some places last year. I hope we can create more new memories.

——Having to travel a lot, Yongguk, do you have enough time to compose music? I have heard that you like working while no one else is present…

YONGGUK: I work when everyone is asleep.

——I see. Composing requires various kinds of experiences, so do you have plans to incorporate what you have experienced in Japan and other places?

YONGGUK: Yes, I do. It would be great to write a song on the feelings of the different things around us during the Continent Tour.

——The fans must be looking forward a lot. At last, please give the fans a message.

YOUNGJAE: The fan-meeting in Japan was carried out successfully. Thank you everyone who came to the fan-meeting. “NO MERCY” is going to be released on 2 April. Please give it lots of love. Japan is also included in the Continent Tour, so please give attention to that as well. Thank you.

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Feel free to take out or do whatever you want with this as long as you credit :D

Original scans can be found here.

T/N: This is a fun interview that I feel a lot would enjoy, and I looked around and there doesn’t seem to be a translation so I did this! (definitely not procrastinating work) I hope you enjoyed, and as usual, comments, advice, anything from you would be great! (Jongup is so active in this one I want to give him a big hug. He wants to go to Disneyland T_T)

[As a side note, I would like to also mention that Himchan has described himself as a bear in a Japan TV show that was aired recently, and I think it should be recorded some time around this interview when they were last in Japan. In the same TV show, Youngjae again mentioned “Chanchara okashii” as a phrase that he has learnt, and the host told him it’s a weird phrase that no one really uses and that he got tricked by the fan who taught him haha. I was looking around and apparently lots of Japanese BABYz think that the actress in this commercial looks a lot like Youngjae, and one of her lines in the CM is “Chanchara okashii”, so this is probably why the fan taught him the phrase. Would be great if Youngjae can film a CM cute like that as well ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ ]


May 31 14
B.A.P Live on Earth Press Conference: Zelo and Jong Up: the “aliens” of B.A.P

Before Professor Do Min Joon charmed legions of fan girls with his dreamy alien self on You Who Came from the Stars, six other extra-terrestrial beings were poised to take over the world as scream-inducing idols.

At least, that was the concept TS Entertainment came up for their then-upcoming sextet B.A.P’s pre-debut reality show Ta-Dah, It’s B.A.P in 2012. The SBS MTV program featured Bang Yong Guk, Him Chan, Dae Hyun, Yong Hae, Jong Up and Zelo as blonde-haired beings from a different planet who invade earth and form their tough-as-nails boy band.

Since then, the boys have moved on from their introductory otherworldly image and dabbled in other styles, such as the urban badass for ‘Warrior’ and, more recently, the sunshiny hipster cutie for their impending comeback with fourth album B.A.P Unplugged 2014.

However, it seems that there are still two aliens left in their midst.

When xinmsn asked which of the members is the most alien-like during yesterday’s B.A.P Live on Earth Singaporepress conference, Jong Up’s and Zelo’s names made the ballot.

“I think Jong Up has quite a cool life,” Him Chan said of his bandmate. “He can fall asleep and wake up whenever he wants to.”

As for Zelo, the group’s youngest member at just 17 years old, Dae Hyun picked him because of his unusually quick growth spurt that propelled him to a towering height of 184cm. “He has grown so much since our debut,” Dae Hyun explained. “I think that’s quite rare for somebody from this earth.”

In addition to that, Zelo’s – a.k.a the “giant baby” – belief in horoscopes, as revealed a little while later, prompted Young Jae to quip, “That’s why he’s the alien!”

Despite being relatively fresh in the fiercely competitive and ever-expanding K-pop industry, B.A.P has already had the opportunity to hold concerts in many cities as part of their tours. (By the way, Him Chan affirmed that Singapore remains dear to their hearts because it is the first location they performed in outside of Korea.)

The increased exposure has helped the band to grow in many ways, particularly the way they present themselves during their showcases. “We recently watched the video of our debut, and I must say that compared to that, we are a lot more relaxed on stage,” Him Chan revealed. “We communicate and interact more with our fans, which is why we’re able to have more fun.”

Thankfully, the fun has not been spoiled by any unpleasant encounters with inappropriately overzealous enthusiasts. “Our fans are quite courteous and have good manners,” stated Yong Guk, the leader and oldest member.

In fact, the “craziest” meeting Him Chan could recall was when a pregnant Korean fan asked if she could name her baby after him. “It was very amusing because it’s not something that happens to you every day,” he expressed. “’Him Chan’ means ‘energetic’ in Korean, so I hope the child has a very energetic life full of good experiences.”

When we spoke to B.A.P’s label mates SECRET back in March last year, the girls named them as one of their main rivals. The boys, however, refrained from dropping any specific names when presented with the same question (the same topic evasion was shown in an earlier e-mail interview with us, where they named themselves as their biggest competitors).

“There are a lot of bands in Korea, but there are many elements that we can learn from each of them, and they can learn from us, regardless of whether they are our seniors or our juniors,” Yong Guk said. “I won’t call it a competition, because everyone is growing up to be better musicians together.”

© Xinmsn

May 17 14
[INTERVIEW] Which B.A.P member is most like an ‘1004 (Angel)’?

Just 2 weeks more to B.A.P Live On Earth 2014 Singapore happening on 31 May. After sharing about their thoughts of forming sub-units and what to expect from the concert, we bring you part two of the e-mail interview with the sextet; where they revealed more about their first full-length album First Sensibility, and more insights as to who is the most angelic member in the group.

A smile that will “melt your stress away”

The South Korean boy band released their first full-length album two years after their debut and First Sensibility was received with much fanfare. With the album title in mind, we were curious as to which member was the most sensible.

Leader Bang Yong Guk said, “Most of our performances are very charismatic and tough; although we are quite sensitive and emotional offstage. If I have to pick the most delicate member, it would be Him Chan. He enjoys communicating with people via SNS (social networking services) and often writes some letters to fans at the fan cafe. You can see how much he cares about people around him. He’s very outgoing and honest and he knows how to express himself. I envy him sometimes, haha!”

Lead vocalist Dae Hyun added that fellow lead vocalist Young Jae is also a sensible one. “He’s very calm, organized, and you can see that he thinks and talks very logically. That might make you think of him as a sort of a cold person. But if you get to know him in person, Young Jae is very sensible and caring. He knows how to control himself but also when to loosen up,” shared the 20-year-old.

Given that their title track is ‘1004 (Angel)’, we also asked the group which member was most like an angel, to which Him Chan said, “I must say Jong Up! Everybody calls him ‘Moon 1004(Angel)’. He’s got that something special that even when we have a long day full of promotions scheduled, he never pulls a long face and takes care of the other members, even the big brothers. He always smiles and that melts all our stress away. Jong Up listens carefully to other people and shows how much he concentrates on your story. That’s what people love about him! Isn’t he a true angel of B.A.P?”

Well, from Him Chan’s description of Jong Up off-stage, we definitely agree that he is possibly an angel in disguise.

Shedding away the tough boy image

The group also seems to have taken a step away from their tough image, where they often sang about social issues, adopting a more mature image.

Main dancer Jong Up shared that since First Sensibility is the first record from B.A.P, they have to show how they’ve grown as artistes; but above all that, they want to connect with fans and share what they feel.

The 19-year-old added, “We know it’s a big change for us, but all of us were quite sure about what we’re going to do. B.A.P has worked very hard to showcase our versatility. This new album has crossed all different genres on top of hip-hop. We’d like audiences to enjoy all the various colours that we have on our palette. We hope that we’ll become a good artist who influences people’s lives with positive and better music.”

Will there be another B.A.P album this year?

When B.A.P first debuted in 2012, the group produced up to five songs. Last year, B.A.P returned with two EPs, One Shot and BADMAN; with a record of churning out fresh music constantly, we asked them if fans could expect more new material before the end of the year.

Yong Guk revealed that he hasn’t stopped working on new songs even when they are busy with their album promotions. He further shared that he would often stay up in the middle of the night or wake up earlier to write songs as there’s very limited spare time while they’re having their promotional activities.

The leader also added that touring the world and meeting new people also helps to give him inspiration, with the fans love and cheers giving him the energy he needs to get on stage. From watching movies, to reading books and listening to music, Yong Guk pools all the inspirations into his song writing and hopes to present a new album to fans soon.

© MeRadio

May 12 14
Billboard Exclusive: B.A.P’s Top 6 ‘Best Absolute Perfect’ Songs

Any fan of B.A.P knows their name is derived from an acronym for “Best Absolute Perfect,” but what music does the K-pop boy band consider the “B.A.P”? When the sextet was in New York to kick off the U.S. leg of their B.A.P Live on Earth 2014 Continent Tour, Billboard found out about the most meaningful music for each member.

Over the weekend, the B.A.P boys performed two shows in Australia, hitting the fourth continent (so far) in their truly global world tour. With such busy schedules, learn about — and listen to — the music that inspires and keeps the group going below.

Miles Davis, “So What” - Yongguk (B.A.P’s Leader, Rapper, Songwriter)

Yongguk: “I really feel like this song took music to a whole nother level for me.”

Chris Brown, “With You” - Jongup (Dancer, Vocalist)

Jongup: “When I first started to explore Chris Brown, this is the song that he released really got to me. It’s really the song that made me dream about becoming an artist and a musician.”

Musiq SoulChild, “Love” - Youngjae (Vocalist)

Youngjae: “It’s the track that got me inspired to want to explore music more. It’s probably the most meaningful song to me.”

Stevie Wonder, “Lately” - Daehyun (Vocalist)

Daehyun: “‘Lately’ is the song I loved even when I first started singing and I still love today. It continues to challenge me when I listen to that song now.”

Eminem, “Lose Yourself” - Zelo (Rapper, Dancer)

Zelo: “After I really started taking on the rap role in the group, I really started exploring that space and Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ became my inspiration.”

B.A.P, “Warrior” - Himchan (Vocalist)

Himchan: “Not only is ‘Warrior’ our debut song, but it’s the song the six of us formed together. So, the ‘Best Absolute Perfect’ song is probably that song.”

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