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[INTERVIEW] B.A.P Discusses Stateside Love, Busy Schedule at World Tour Kickoff

The K-pop boy band says, “it’s really important to pay back the love from the States” before sending fans fainting at New York concert

With tickets sold out for their second New York concert in an hour, the stateside fervor for K-pop boy band B.A.P was reignited once ticket sales began. For their second U.S. tour in less than a year, gaggles of fans greeted the boys at JFK airport — documented by Mnet America’s “Go! B.A.P” series — and waited hours in line to get the best spot in Best Buy Theater’s general admission pit come showtime.

The stateside excitement is comprehensible: B.A.P’s fierce mix of hip-hop, pop, R&B and EDM likens them to a male version of 2NE1 — a group who just broke the record for K-pop albums in America. Plus, in the 11 months since NYC last saw the sextet, they released a new EP, full-length album, four music videos and lead single “1004 (Angel)” snagged the band their first K-pop music chart program win. Perhaps it’s why concertgoers weren’t allowed inside until paramedics were on the scene — there was a lot to be excited about.

Talking to Billboard ahead of their New York show, the B.A.P boys were equally pumped. “New York is beautiful and, thanks to our tour, we’re back again,” says Himchan. “We’re excited to meet all our fans. It’s especially exciting because we’re starting off our world tour in New York so that’s cool.”

After hitting the East and West coasts last year, B.A.P plays NY and Los Angeles again along with often K-pop-neglected Middle America for a Chicago and Dallas concert before going to Europe. “More cities and countries have been added to our tour this year so we’re really excited,” the group’s leader Bang Yongguk says. “That’s probably the biggest change, the scale and size of the tour versus last year. I think we’ve added new images that we haven’t been able to show in our past concerts. So, with our upgraded setlist our show will be more diverse.”

While their setlist last year consisted of B.A.P material along with fun covers — R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” a dance break to “Teach Me How to Dougie” — the boys performed only their material. Not that fans would have wanted to hear anything else: B.A.P has already snagged three No. 1s on Billboard’s World Albums chart and in February earned their highest position yet on the Heatseekers Album chart with “First Sensibility,” at No. 13, last February.

"The fact that we’ve been able to be No. 1 on Billboard three times means that we’re getting support from America and fans around the world," the band reflects. "For us, it’s really important for us to be able to pay back all the love we’ve received from the States."

The love was more than detectable before opening number — the dramatic, hard-hitting “One Shot” — even began. One fan had already fainted before the show started, the first of 29 a paramedic on site tells Billboard her team treated, requiring three oxygen tanks by the show’s end. The venue seemed prepared as a security team spent most of the show plucking passed-out attendees from of the pit while handing out boxes of free water bottles. A venue employee at the bar says she’d “never seen anything like this.” 

Looking more like bad boys than their last NYC show, the guys pulled off all their choreography almost too easily — looking ultra cool while just rocking their shoulders side to side during second song ”Badman” and spraying cans of fog on stage during ”Power.” But the band went unabashedly bold during cut No. 6, “Body & Soul,” when they got on the floor, spread their legs and collectively thrust their pelvises to the beat — adding to the delight of the already screeching audience.

And if fans’ jaws dropped during the sexy showing, well, they’ll have to get used to them staying there: B.A.P wants to get even sexier. When asked what concepts they’d like to try out, Himchan says, “More of the body-and-soul, sexy concepts,” despite the group’s youngest member being 17. “Even though Zelo’s a minor, I feel that he’s pretty mature and could probably pull it off,” before adding with a laugh, “I think I’m probably the least prepared for that concept, but I just want to try it.”

That’s not to say the concert wasn’t filled with tender moments. To perform 2013 single ”Coffee Shop,” the guys wheeled out a coffee cart and gave out cups of coffee and juice to lucky fans in the front row. Plus, every break to chat with the audience was filled with adorable messages like, “Don’t forget this!” or “We miss you too and now we’re back!” 

Most notably, each B.A.P member appeared to have a role onstage: Jongup is the dancer you can’t take your eyes off of, who performed a quick Michael Jackson-esque solo stage complete with a back flip; Daehyun is the vocalist belting on each track; Youngjae is the one who seems most interested in meaningful interactions with the audience, much to their delight; Himchan seems to be the member most interested in playing around with the audience (e.g., taking a selfie with a concertgoer’s cell phone), also to their delight; Zelo is the shy, but charismatic youngin who follows aggressive B-boy moves by flashing a smile; Yonggguk is the cool and collected leader who lets his bandmembers soak up more of the spotlight while guiding the group behind the scenes — the 24-year-old wrote on every track on “First Sensibility.”

While Yongguk says that he’s got “a few songs up my sleeve written for the next album,” the boys add that before they start recording more, they’re focused on the tour — and, hopefully, having some fun during this trek.

"Unfortunately, our concert, album preparations and promotions all happen at the same time so we never really get to do what we want to do," the band admits. "But during our tour this time around, we have a lot more free time in between the concerts so we’re excited to be sight-seeing together, resting, touring and travelling as a group."

As U.S. interest continues to swell with bigger and better performances in new territories — the non-stop, choreographed show lasted more than two hours — the guys certainly seemed to have earned at least a little downtime. 

© Billboard

Apr 18 14 with 315 notes
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[INTERVIEW] B.A.P for Rankingbox: Part 2

We are confident! Our music will spread with this single!

Q: Your 3rd single this time is a strong and catchy track, what kind of song is it to you?

HC: This song was released in Korea as well, it’s a very Hip-hop track with a bit of a bad boy image, and also has wild parts. It’s a song that we display that “We can do many things.”
DH: I think it was a new challenge. When we debuted we started out in Hip-hop, but this song also widens our musical range, so I think we gained confidence from it.

Q: Is the motivation for a song like this different when you sing it?

HC: We are motivated with any song, in any venue at any performance, but to show off the feel of the song each member thinks about it. Because this song is manly and hard, we show B.A.P that way.

Q: You can switch from one mode to another quickly, huh.

DH: Of course!
HC: Because we’re pros!
ZL: For me, more than being motivated in singing “No Mercy,” I’m having fun from the heart. Because of that, I can have a balanced mind without being nervous. Usually on stage I’m nervous and try to focus, but because it’s “No Mercy” I can do it without being tense.
JU: Compared with “Warrior” and “Power,” we can have fun from hearing the intro to “No Mercy.”

Q: What do you think about the lyrics?

YG: You can say up until this point we’ve done hardcore songs,  so we thought we could be confident in making Japanese lyrics. So, with this song we stand on stage and stand with confidence.

Q: With this release, what areas do you feel you have grown?

HC: I feel we have come to hold more pride when we get up on stage. Before we felt like “What should I do?” But now we’re able to enjoy our performances.
YG: I think there are of course areas we have grown, but I think we need to control things that can be controlled. Also, it’s necessary for us to get a better command of language. We have grown in being able to see the areas we need to work on.

Q: I think you saying that shows more growth than anything. As a leader, which member do you see showing the most growth?

YG: If I had to choose, maybe Daehyun? Of course everyone has grown too, but Daehyun has grown the most.

Q: How was filming for the MV?

DH: It was a really fun shoot.
HC: When I saw the set, I thought that we’d be able to make a really polished video, completing it was fun.
JU: The hamburger I ate after filming tasted really good, (laughs).
YG: There were more sets for the Japanese M/V than there were for the Korean one, it took 2 days to film this M/V. 
HC: We were promoting our Korean album’s “1004,” so it seemed like every week we had an M/V filming. We did 3!
DH: That’s right.

Q: 3?! Must have been confusing.

YJ: The presentation for “1004” was very important, and also we showed a different image in “No Mercy” so that was why it was difficult.
HC: However, we’re professionals so we did it perfectly!
YG: Since we’re promoting “No Mercy” right now, Himchan is overflowing confidence (laughs). We film the video as the music influences us.

Q: What do you think about the lyrics?

YG: You can say up until this point we’ve done hardcore songs,  so we thought we could be confident in making Japanese lyrics. So, with this song we stand on stage and stand with confidence.

Q: With this release, what areas do you feel you have grown?

HC: I feel we have come to hold more pride when we get up on stage. Before we felt like “What should I do?” But now we’re able to enjoy our performances.
YG: I think there are of course areas we have grown, but I think we need to control things that can be controlled. Also, it’s necessary for us to get a better command of language. We have grown in being able to see the areas we need to work on.

Q: I think you saying that shows more growth than anything. As a leader, which member do you see showing the most growth?

YG: If I had to choose, maybe Daehyun? Of course everyone has grown too, but Daehyun has grown the most.

Q: How was filming for the MV?

DH: It was a really fun shoot.
HC: When I saw the set, I thought that we’d be able to make a really polished video, completing it was fun.
JU: The hamburger I ate after filming tasted really good (laughs).
YG: There were more sets for the Japanese MV than there were for the Korean one, it took 2 days to film this MV. 
HC: We were promoting our Korean album’s “1004,” so it seemed like every week we had an MV filming. We did 3!
DH: That’s right.

Q: 3?! Must have been confusing.

YJ: The presentation for “1004” was very important, and also we showed a different image in “No Mercy” so that was why it was difficult.
HC: However, we’re professionals so we did it perfectly!
YG: Since we’re promoting “No Mercy” right now, Himchan is overflowing confidence (laughs). We film the video as the music influences us.

Trans Cr; Nicole @ Bapyessir.com

Apr 12 14 with 142 notes
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[INTERVIEW] B.A.P Youngjae for K-BOY Paradise Vol. 12

Q: You toured in different places in Japan last year, but where did you like it the most, and what food did you like the best?
YJ: All of the food in Japan is delicious. The ones that I remember the most were at an udon and tonkatsu (pork cutlet on rice) shop. The food came out on really big plates! I also had udon there, and the food was good and it was fun having such big sizes too.

Q: Now all of you are concentrating on music activities, but is there anything else you want to try doing in the future like actor, or MC?
YJ: I’ve tried variety shows many times, it was difficult…(far away look). More than being happy that we’re getting on TV, I get nervous and feel scared (tears). That’s why I feel that I don’t really want to do any other sort of promotions. Saying I don’t have much confidence…that’s why I want to do more concerts and music promotions as part of B.A.P.

Q: If you were able to create a neighborhood, how would it be?
YJ: I want to make a neighborhood where everyone is happy. Without gathering up 1 person to be in power, I want to create a neighborhood where every person can enjoy equality and feel happiness.

Q: It seems you have many interests. I heard you like cameras…
YJ: the camera I have now is one I bought myself, so it’s my favorite.

Q: About other things you like, I heard you also like anime…?
YJ: (brightening) Yes!

Q: Lately, what anime do you find interesting?
YJ: (excitedly) Lately I’m watching “ONE PIECE” and “HUNTER X HUNTER” anime. I also enjoy watching (omitted) [T/N: I have no idea why the magazine omitted the title of the anime…].

Q: You’re called B.A.P’s “Brain,” and your memory is incredibly good, do you remember the faces of fans? What Japanese fans left an impression on you?
YJ: (looking terribly sorry…) Actually, I don’t remember people’s faces well. However, I’m trying to remember the faces of fans as much as possible. Ah yes, (chuckling) the fans who leave a lasting impression are the ones who have REALLY passionate cheers. I remember those fans. I am very thankful that those fans exist.

Trans Cr; Nicole @ Bapyessir.com

Apr 12 14 with 133 notes
[INTERVIEW] B.A.P for Rankingbox: Part 1

We want to change the world with music! B.A.P’s Group Aim

Q: It’s your first time with “Ranking Box” so first could you tell us everyone’s charming point?

Daehyun: Zelo is B.A.P’s maknae. Out of all of us, he is the most pure, he’s a cute, good person.
Zelo: Yongguk-hyung is our group leader. He’s usually silent, he speaks only when it’s necessary.
Yongguk: Youngjae is the group’s main vocalist along with Daehyun. He’s really pleasant and good at making everyone have fun.
Youngjae: Along with Yongguk, Himchan is the oldest member in the group. Because of Yongguk’s influence on him, Himchan acts a bit like an adult, but really he’s a goofball. He’s our mood maker.
Himchan: Jongup’s body is solidly built for his age, his muscle is incredible. He’s quite innocent so it’s a bit worrisome sometimes, but that’s his personality I think, and he has a lot of creativity which is cool.
Jongup: Daehyun-hyung is the main vocalist along with Youngjae. He’s in charge of the high notes, so he’s always belting it out for us, he’s cool.

Q: The way you are trying to reach your aim, do you change in either Korea or Japan?

Yongguk: Like our group name suggests, we aim for the Best, Absolute, Perfect stage. Also, we want to change the world with music. Of course we are living in a good world right now, but we need to help maintain it.

Q: You debuted in Japan in October last year, and won 2 awards in the 28th Japan Golden Disc awards. How does it feel to win awards outside your home country?

Himchan: It’s an honor to receive such prestigious awards. It’s unfortunate but we weren’t able to attend the awards, but we’re happy to accept such wonderful, meaningful prizes. Being awarded these, from now on we want to always give our best in our Japan promotions and be able to show a good image.

Q: You also went on an arena tour, but being able to fill venues with thousands of people is exceptional right after a debut. How was it with so many fans?

Youngjae: We were able to grow with our arena tour last year, and it’s good to say that our tour helped us grow. Up until now, this was the biggest scale tour we’ve done, we could do things we hadn’t before, and do things we wanted to do. Using this experience, we could get real feedback from that time, and we’ll be able to make our next tour even better, I think.
Himchan: A lot of people came to see us, so next time we will try and have more communication with everyone.

Q: What performance left the strongest impression on you?

Himchan: Of course, each performance has it’s good points and leaves memories with us, but I think the show in Tokyo’s Yoyogi First National Gymnasium when I did my “one man” performance (Himchan’s ‘Rainy Day’ monologue) in the tour’s largest venue left a really deep impression. Concerts are times to meet fans so it’s always fun and makes us happy.

Q: Lately you have had fan meetings and performed for TV events (PON! Spring Festival), it seems like you are getting used to promoting in Japan, how has your feelings changed from before your Japan debut up until now?

Daehyun: Before debuting in Japan, we were always very excited to be able to see Japanese fans here, with our debut we think when we can show our image to fans, and we think about what we will do. Before coming to Japan we studied and practiced Japanese a lot in effort to be in touch with everyone.

Q: During your stay in Japan, did you go out anywhere by yourself?

Daehyun: We don’t go out without telling someone.
Himchan: Our schedule was full, (laughs).
Youngjae: This time when we were in Japan we had a little bit of time, so we played futsal (indoor soccer) with the staff. There were also places to eat ramen by our hotel, so we went out to eat ramen.
Daehyun: We were busy everyday, but our Japanese staff always thought about us. It wasn’t just futsal, but we also played table tennis, and were taken to eat at delicious places. That’s why, when we’re in Japan we feel very happy.

Trans Cr; Nicole @ Bapyessir.com

Apr 10 14 with 225 notes
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[INTERVIEW] B.A.P Daehyun & Youngjae for K-BOY Paradise Vol. 12

Q: If you two were to form a unit, what kind of music would you make? Please tell us about the song you would sing, the outfit you would wear and your unit name.
YJ: Our unit name…. "Mischievous Boys"? (In Japanese). Daehyun and I like pulling pranks at the dorm.
DH: Musically… rather than something like B.A.P’s style, something softer… no, no, while being B.A.P’s style…
YJ: Which one is it? (laughs).
DH: Ah, I think we’d suit music that is soft. Like R&B or ballads, something like that…
YJ: Daehyun, you’re dragging it~ (laughs).
DH: I’m still undecided, (laughs).
YJ: (laughs). As for me, I’d like to make music you’d want to listen to in the evening, while going home from work or school. Something not too noisy, melodies in minor chords, that’s the kind of music I’d like to promote with.

Q: Please tell us what kind of fanservice you’d do for the Japanese fans as this unit.
DH: There’s a lot! For example, the song "Nooneui Kkot" that is really famous in Korea is originaly "Yuki no Hana", right? It’s famous, right?

Q: Yes, it’s very famous, (laughs).
DH: I’d really like to sing it once. I feel our Japanese fans would be really happy if I sang it, (laughs).

Q: It’s a song a lot of Korean artists sing during their Japanese concerts, (laughs).
DH: Eeh~~ really? I didn’t know… If it’s like this maybe another song would be better… I’ll think about it, (laughs).
YJ: Then, while he thinks I’ll answer, (laughs). Daehyun and I really like to talk so I’d like to have an event in a small venue with only a few fans, where we could sing songs and have conversations.

Q: Other than music, what would you like to try doing?
YJ: I’d like to challenge manzai? (laughs). (T/N: traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japan)
DH: That might be good! (laughs).

Q: It seems that there are a lot of fans that like the Daehyun and Youngjae, but other than “We’re good-looking” and “We’re good at singing”, what do you think are the other reasons that you two are popular?
DH: No, no, no (laughs).
YJ: We’re born with it!!! (In Japanese)
DH: What’s that? Then, me too, (laughs).

Q: It’s going to be White day soon. If the person next to you were to receive chocolate from the girl they like what do you think they would give her?
DH: During the photoshoot for our Korean fanmeeting poster, we took pictures with a rose and Youngjae looked really handsome! I think it would be wonderful if Youngjae wore a nice suit and present her with roses, like that time.
YJ: Ah~ (laughs) (Covering his mouth with his hand) You understand.
DH: And me?
YJ: Daehyun has a masculine personality so he’s not really the type to say romantic things, except when he’s singing. So I think he’d put these feelings he can’t say with words into a song and serenade her sweetly.
DH: Ah~ (laughs). That’s good, that’s good! (laughs)
YJ: (hugs him and both pat each other’s back) By the way, Daehyun, did you decide what Japanese song you would sing? (laughs)
DH: Ah, then, maybe "Gamanhi Nuneul Gamgo" (Hirai Ken’s "Hitomi wo tojite")?

Q: That might be a common song too, (laughs).
DH&YJ: A~ah (laughter).

Trans cr; Julie @ Bapyessir.com

Mar 22 14 with 162 notes
[INTERVIEW] B.A.P Zelo for K-BOY Paradise Vol. 12

Q: Throughout your tour last year you visited various places across Japan. What place made you think “This is nice” and what food did you think was delicious?
Zelo: I don’t remember the names of all the food I ate…but everything was delicious. During the tour I ate a lot of bento (lunch boxes - you can buy them at any convenience store) but, I ate tonkatsu (deep fried breaded pork cutlet) and udon the most. The hyungs also said it but, the container the Udon was in was really big (laugh). It was very delicious.

Q: What is the place that left the biggest impression on you?
Zelo: I would look at Japanese fashion magazines and the place where they take pictures of stylish people I think is beautiful. Actually, when I went I thought it was really beautiful. What really left the biggest impression on me was that no matter where you went in Japan it’s all beautiful.

Q: Currently everyone is focusing on music activities, however, please tell us if there is anything else, such as being an actor or emcee, that you would like to try.
Zelo: First, I want to concentrate on music, but I do want to try acting. Also because I think it would be helpful if I experience many different things while I’m young. Before, I had the opportunity to take part in a musical and it was really interesting. There was a lot of pressure at the time (with a sigh and a small voice). Between you and me, I really didn’t want to do it, but it was an interesting experience. As time passes it became a nice memory and experience. I would really like to experience that again.

Q: If you could create any town you wanted, what kind of town would you create?
Zelo: Something like Vancouver, Canada. I want to make a town out of ice. If it was in Korea, I would want to create a place like Apgujeong.

Q: The fans seemed to be interested in your fashion. Recently, what is your favorite fashion item?
Zelo: Yeah, there are always people checking out my fashion and accessories, but I don’t really know a lot. Preference is different for each person (laugh).

Q: What is the most mischievous thing you have done recently?
Zelo: Ummmm, we always play around with each other, but during practice I make them laugh with my dance movements.

Trans cr; Luna @ Bapyessir.com

Mar 22 14 with 208 notes
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[TRANS] B.A.P in Japanese K-BOY Paradise Vol.12

Photoshoot inside story 03: Because Youngjae did a similar martial arts in another photoshoot, when shooting began Jongup suddenly put Zelo in a chokehold. Surprised at the sudden action, Zelo seemed happy ^^

Photoshoot inside story 02: This time we coupled B.A.P into 6 different couples. Youngjae and Jongup were especially entertaining. During shooting Youngjae assumed a kung-foo pose. In response to that, Jongup assumed his own pose.(>ω<)

Photoshoot inside story 01: B.A.P was photographed in regular and concept costumes. However, staff was agitated that change time took so long. During that time, Himchan was humming and made no effort to speed up even when Daehyun and Youngjae kept telling him to hurry up.

B.A.P have just won first place for the first time on the day before the photo shoot. It might be because they’re still excited but compared to last time, the atmosphere was a little odd. (laughs) Please look forward to the member that kept humming songs during outfit changes, the member that kept looking at the nape of the neck of a staff, as well as the different personalities of the members, all around the taciturn leader!

We B.A.P share happiness between us!

This took place in Korea, in the middle of february. The one who gathered the members, who were taking a break in the studio as they pleased, after saying “let’s start” only once is their unquestioned leader, Bang Yongguk. Then, Daehyun jumped on the candies that had been prepared and left in the room, but he was scolded by Himchan “We’re starting so you can’t eat now!”, while pocketing some of the candies himself. (laughs) Next to these two were Youngjae, completely ready, and Zelo, resting his head on the table. And then Jongup, who for some reason was staring at the nape of the neck of a staff member. Thank you for the perfect self-introduction!

Even if B.A.P are full of charming personalities, there was something we were aiming for from before the photoshoot. “We want to see Yongguk’s smile!” (laughs) So this is why we, all of the staff, aimed at Yongguk! We weren’t able to capture his smile from the beginning but, as we went on (for us who were really insistent) did you notice that he showed us a little aegyo? It’s probably thanks to Bang Bosal’s compassion!

After the photoshoot was over, Himchan came up to us and said “You were going after Yongguk, right?”. “We got caught!” we thought, breaking out in a cold sweat but, “Yongguk is a nice person” Himchan said. He then took out a candy from his pocket and gave it to us, saying “Let’s share my happiness” and left with a smile. Too much, too much, you’re too much~! …But, you’re close! Too close~!

I mean, that candy… is just the wrapper with nothing inside… was it on purpose?

Backstage anecdotes

Himchan and Daehyun that make the photoshoot location lively. Especially Himchan who’s on full throttle doing whatever he pleases from the beginning to the end. (laughs) But when we tell Himchan, who’s calm when Yongguk’s around, “You’re calm”, he insists that “I have the role of making things lively when I’m with the younger ones, but this is how I usually am!” I think it’s probably a lie.

When we ask them to make a cool pose, Jongup takes a strange pose while growling. Not able to contain himself, Yongguk starts to laugh and the other members soon follow. “You’re number one” Daehyun says, grabbing Jongup’s arm and raising it, while the other stares blankly. Even if he doesn’t understand the situation, for some reason Jongup looks happy ♡

The two that formed the unit “BANG&ZELO” before B.A.P’s debut. As expected, they take poses that match one after the other, without the need for words. Youngjae, getting worried because they’re speaking even less, mutters “yes, yes” along with the sound of the shutter. For some reason it was really funny. (laughs)

Zelo, who is well behaved when he’s with the older ones, is in a relaxed mode with Jongup. Without us having to say anything, they played in front of the camera. The staff really felt warm from seeing these two interact like brothers

Trans by Nicole & Julie @ bapyessir.com

Mar 21 14 with 334 notes
[TRANS] B.A.P in Japanese K-BOY Paradise Vol.12: SNS Q&A

Question to the members

YONGGUK

<memo> Bang Yongguk who didn’t complain once because of our persistent “aegyo attacks”. (laughs) During the camouflage photoshoot, he jumped, loosing his cap countless times. Every single time he would apologize and put his cap back on. But the ones that are in the wrong are us… we’re sorry.

01: @izumin1219 Is there something you put effort in to appear cool? Please tell me what you think is cool about yourself.

Rather than for myself, I put an effort for B.A.P. Especially for concerts, I think a lot about how we can show our good points better. What I have the most confidence in is my unwavering awareness of our goal. Our appearance and voices might change with time, but I think my goal of “going forward with the members and BABYs” won’t change.

02: @suzukasu_bap Please tell me your favorite B.A.P song.

"Warrior" It’s our first song so it holds a lot of deep memories. Also, "1004 (Angel)" that we released recently is a special song as it has become a turning point for B.A.P.

03: @sjsalang A questions for B.A.P. Is there anything a girl would say while confessing to you that would make you agree to it without even thinking?

Rather than a hundred words, I believe that you can know someone’s heart by looking at their eyes. I think it’s enough if I see sincerity and truth in someone’s gaze.

04: @0622Lee A question for all the members. Until now has there been someone you thought of as 1004 (an angel)? You can’t answer “BABY”.

My grandmother and grandfather. They taught me a lot about “living and sharing” when I was younger. It’s thanks to them that I am the person I am today.

HIMCHAN

<memo> Handsome Himchan was in high spirits from beginning to end. When we gathered for the interview, he stuffed a bunch of candies in his pockets and was engrossed in scribbling. (laughs) Moreover, when it was time to change outfits, he was humming enthusiastically and so loud that we heard him all throughout the studio. Because of this, the writer said that they couldn’t hear Yongguk’s answers to their questions. (laughs)

01: @izumin1219 Is there something you put effort in to appear cool? Please tell me what you think is cool about yourself.

Actually… even if I should be used to be in front of a camera already, when I look at videos or pictures of me it feels like I’m looking at a different person and sometimes I get shy about it. So I’m researching how to look good by monitoring the fans’ opinions. (laughs) The thing I like most about myself… appearance-wise it would be my nose? If we’re not talking about appearance… “When I look at BABYs, I know right away who it is”, my excellent memory! (laughs)

02: @suzukasu_bap Please tell me your favorite B.A.P song.

"No Mercy" It’s a song that mixes traditional music as well as dialects and it was a new challenge for B.A.P. It’s also our next Japanese single, so please look forward to it~

03: @sjsalang A questions for B.A.P. Is there anything a girl would say while confessing to you that would make you agree to it without even thinking?

"I’m a BABY"! As a B.A.P member, there’s no confession more perfect than this, right? (laughs)

04: @0622Lee A question for all the members. Until now has there been someone you thought of as 1004 (an angel)? You can’t answer “BABY”.

I can’t answer “BABY”? That’s too much~! If that’s how it is, I’ll choose Yongguk. Because, thanks to him, the members have taken interest in volunteering and donating, and more than anyone, he has the heart of an angel.

DAEHYUN

<memo> “I’ll take an orange juice please~” requested refreshing boy Daehyun with a bright and beautiful voice and a smile, right before we started. (laughs) Even if he’s flawlessly handsome, it seems that he has his unguarded moments in front of Youngjae. During the photoshoot, Youngjae suddenly hugged him, causing him to lose his composure and turning completely red ♡

01: @izumin1219 Is there something you put effort in to appear cool? Please tell me what you think is cool about yourself.

Practice. If I practice properly, I can show a cool “Daehyun” on stage. Personally, I’m most confident in my singing abilities. I’m still lacking, but I’m planning on getting better until I’m not lacking anymore!

02: @suzukasu_bap Please tell me your favorite B.A.P song.

"One Shot" It’s a song that helped B.A.P be known around the world and not just Korea. Every time I listen to it, every time I sing it, the message from the lyrics shoot right through me. (laughs) It’s a song that makes me think that I have to work harder.

03: @sjsalang A questions for B.A.P. Is there anything a girl would say while confessing to you that would make you agree to it without even thinking?

Probably “I love you”. They are very simple words, but I think that they are beautiful words that can express everything. But because of this, you need a lot of courage to say them out loud. (laughs)

04: @0622Lee A question for all the members. Until now has there been someone you thought of as 1004 (an angel)? You can’t answer “BABY”.

The teacher that taught me up until I became a singer! He guided me on the path of music. He’s also the the one who helped me with opportunities for me to become a singer. So for me, he’s like an angel fallen from the sky.

YOUNGJAE

<memo> Youngjae, who is too cute when he wears a hat. He was a model student during the interview, but when I asked him “By the way, you like anime, right?” he changed right away! (laughs) He told me about his love for anime to his heart’s content. Of course, most of it has been cut from the interview ♡

01: @izumin1219 Is there something you put effort in to appear cool? Please tell me what you think is cool about yourself.

The stage is a performance. So rather than simply singing or performing, I pay attention to my expression and gestures. And recently, I’ve been doing my best with trying to have a strong impact with my eyes and gaze but did the fans notice? (laughs)

02: @suzukasu_bap Please tell me your favorite B.A.P song.

"Shady Lady" I like the gentle lyrics that overflow with emotions. It’s a content women will surely relate to so I’d like to sing it in Japanese one day.

03: @sjsalang A questions for B.A.P. Is there anything a girl would say while confessing to you that would make you agree to it without even thinking?

I think I would feel really strong if I was told “You’re the best”. (laughs) It’s because “the best” means that she respects me the most!

04: @0622Lee A question for all the members. Until now has there been someone you thought of as 1004 (an angel)? You can’t answer “BABY”.

All children are angels! They’re lovable when they laugh, cry, eat, whatever they do. I feel happy just looking at them. If someone has the ability to make those around them happy, I think it would be right to call them an angel, right?

JONGUP

<memo> Jongup who turned 20 and has incredibly good looks. I was startled when he sometimes shared mature opinions but I was relieved when I saw how he was during the photoshoot. He became engrossed with a staff’s neck nape and mumbled “Vegeta, Vegeta (Dragon Ball)”. I guess that it really looked like Vegeta’s forehead ♡

01: @izumin1219 Is there something you put effort in to appear cool? Please tell me what you think is cool about yourself.

I have confidence when it comes to a performance like breakdancing. But if I don’t practice my body become stiff fast so even when I’m not performing I’m always practicing behind the scenes. (laughs) My arms are a little long and I’m muscular so apparently, when I breakdance, my movements look large and energetic.

02: @suzukasu_bap Please tell me your favorite B.A.P song.

"B.A.B.Y" It’s a special song because it’s for the BABYs that love us. There’s even the cheers of the fans in the song!

03: @sjsalang A questions for B.A.P. Is there anything a girl would say while confessing to you that would make you agree to it without even thinking?

I like the words “I’ll always be with you.” When recording the song “With You”, I thought about how much a girl’s words could give me strength.

04: @0622Lee A question for all the members. Until now has there been someone you thought of as 1004 (an angel)? You can’t answer “BABY”.

My parents. If we think about it, not only my parents, but all the parents. Parents that always pray for their children’s happiness might even be more than angels.

ZELO

<memo> Last time, Zelo was slowly eating Pocky as soon at the we finished finished. This time as soon as it ended he collapsed on the floor, in a 大. (T/N: It looks like a person…) Not letting a prey like this get away, Himchan and Daehyun straddled him, not wasting a moment before using him as a bed. (laughs) Zelo just laid there so he must have been very tired.

01: @izumin1219 Is there something you put effort in to appear cool? Please tell me what you think is cool about yourself.

I’m doing my best learning about writing lyrics! Maybe one day I’ll be able to reveal a song that I wrote. What is cool about myself… When I’m engrossed by the stage. When I’m trying to reach a perfect freedom! I wonder if that’s what our fans have come to like the most about me.

02: @suzukasu_bap Please tell me your favorite B.A.P song.

"Unbrealable" I really like the lyrics of this song. Especially this part: "Chased by time, chasing out sleep, the drooping shoulders of six guys running towards their dreams, shadows of youthful days" Also, I like songs like "Excuse Me" and "Check On" that represent B.A.P’s confidence when we stand on stage.

03: @sjsalang A questions for B.A.P. Is there anything a girl would say while confessing to you that would make you agree to it without even thinking?

"I believe in you" I might open my heart if I hear these words. (laughs) I don’t think there’s anything that makes me more happy than having someone believe in me. Personally, I am more touched by words like "I trust you" rather than "trust me".

04: @0622Lee A question for all the members. Until now has there been someone you thought of as 1004 (an angel)? You can’t answer “BABY”.

Jongup hyung, of course. (laughs) He always makes us happy with his smile and fun stories that you couldn’t even imagine.


Trans by Julie @ bapyessir.com

Mar 21 14 with 435 notes
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[INTERVIEW] B.A.P Yongguk & Zelo for K-BOY Paradise Vol. 12
Q: If you two were to form a unit, what kind of music style, song you would sing, the outfit you would wear and your unit name would you choose?
BYG: With the two of us, we would continue our activities as Bang&Zelo. As Bang&Zelo, we used a school-theme because we wanted to convey the story of worry, the future, and dreams. If we did it now I would want to tell the story of two rappers troubled about music. (laugh)
Q: Please tell us about what fanservice you would give to Japanese fans as a unit.
Zelo: (Raises his hand) I have a good plan! In “Never Give Up” Youngguk hyung has this part “I wanna draw you during Art class, I wanna make a song for you during Music class” and so I want to draw a picture of the fan and give it as a present. Fans think that we cannot see their faces from the stage, when in reality we actually do see fairly well. Each fan who comes to the concert, I see all of your faces!
BYG: If that’s the case, just like Zelo’s part (lyrics) “Buy bread” we should present it together. (Laugh)
Zelo: Good idea! But, I wonder if the fans will be pleased. (Laugh)
BYG: On the contrary, what if they just went home (laugh)? Just kidding, it’s a joke (laugh).
Q: (Yongguk said a joke…) Speaking of which, Yongguk, on twitter, you uploaded the sleeping face of Zelo and made a fatherly comment “Become an adult that brightly shines the world”. Zelo, what do you think is a point about Yongguk that makes him fatherly, and vice versa, Yongguk what is a point about Zelo that you think is child-like? 
BYG: When I first met Zelo, he had a strong passion, yet he was still a child. However, now he has matured into a full-fledged artist. Even so, (stretches out a hand to his head) he has become this tall (laugh).
Zelo: (smirk)
BYG: But, when he comes down from the stage, even now he is the beloved youngest full of charm.
Zelo: Hehehehe, thank you. Well then, this time it’s me. To me, Yongguk hyung is a role model I always want to follow. He is a leader that I have absolute trust in. Also, when I practice writing lyrics, I openly show only to Yongguk hyung and receive advice. I find that that reliable point is fatherly.  In addition, he generally moves slowly (laugh).
Q: Lastly, if the person next to you received chocolates for Valentine’s Day from a girl, what do you think they would give in return for White Day? 
Zelo: Because Yongguk hyung always someone who thinks to express himself through music, he would probably write a song to convey his feelings for her. It’s really simple, but is that not where a warmhearted song is born?
BYG: Zelo, outside of the stage, has a quite bashful and charming character, when need be, I think that he can show courage and is a cool guy. Therefore, like a man, I think that along with his white day present he’d surely express his feelings.
Trans cr; Luna @ Bapyessir.com

Mar 19 14 with 442 notes
[INTERVIEW] B.A.P Himchan & Daehyun for K-BOY Paradise Vol. 12
Cross Talk: Attentive Visual Duo
Q: If you two were to debut as a sub-unit together, what musical style, costumes, unit name and type of songs would you like to sing? Please tell us.
HC: Hmmm, because Daehyun’s singing in B.A.P right now is pretty powerful, it’s similar to rock vocals. It’d be meaningful to show a different, original face with a sub-unit.  That’s why, it would be fun to try singing sensitive ballads. I’ll play the piano!
DH: Eh?! Himchan-hyung won’t sing?
HC: I won’t sing. (for some reason he’s in a bad mood)
DH: Eeeh, that’s too bad. Speaking of that, while we are practicing, there are times that Himchan sings ballads with really good atmosphere. Aren’t you interested in Himchan-hyung who has the gentle voice singing ballads? (Sneaking glances at Himchan) For doing concerts, Himchan’s narration is really cool, I think it’s great. (Sneaking glances at Himchan)
HC: (Dramatic laughter) Well if Daehyun is going to talk me up that much, I guess I could maybe try.
DH: (grinning)
Q: What would your unit name be?
DH: Hmmm, “Himchan & Daehyun” is good, isn’t it?
HC: Then “Him Daehyun”?
DH: HAHAHAHAHA!
Q: Seems like there would be people with that name (laughs)
HC: There are! In Korea there’s probably about 100 people [with that name]. (laughs)
Q: Alright, so as a subunit, what fan service would you like to give to your Japanese fans?
HC: We would change the image the two of us always have, with Daehyun overflowing with lovability and me showing a cool male image, how about that? Both Daehyun and I are bug talkers, so we could have a “Talk Concert” with fans, it would be a special time with honest talk.
DH: Fans would have no chance to talk since Himchan would be doing all the talking (laughs).
Q: You are both the “visuals” and “talkers,” as well as the big “eaters,” but has there been anything that you have eaten too much of that has been too delicious? 
DH: The love of our fans, perhaps? (laughs)
HC: It’s delicious! (laughs) But it’s not true about the “visuals!”
DH: Ahahaa. But I do eat a lot, right!
HC: Me too, I eat anything, but when we come to Japan I really like melon bread. the other members also really like it.
Q: What kind of melon bread do you like?
HC: Melon bread is melon bread. Are there that many varieties?
Q: There are ones with cream inside, and also ones that have fruit jam inside…
HC: Eeeeh, there are ones like that? I’m going to tell everyone!
DH: “Yabai, yabai” (said in Japanese) [T/N: Yabai has different meanings, in this case Daehyun probably means “Oh my god/Oh crap/I’m in trouble [I’m going to eat so much]” ^^]
Q: This is the last question. The person next to you received chocolate from a girl, how would they repay that girl on White Day? You can imagine it.
HC: Daehyun would…wouldn’t he repay her by singing her a love song? Because watching Daehyun sing means you can’t look at anyone else!
DH: Himchan would give her a letter, I think. With a lot of deep feeling, he would write in detail, and the contents of his letter would be really romantic. The girl receiving that letter would be really moved.
HC: Looking that way, I’m really diligent! (laughs)
Trans cr; Nicole @ Bapyessir.com

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