Happy Together! Himchan and Youngjae’s special chemistry!
We met B.A.P’s oldest hyung Himchan and Youngjae who is cute but sometimes he even makes hyungs get scared. They seem to not have any similarities besides the fact that they are both “vocal lines”, their similar or not similar special collaboration. They started this interview with a lot of curiosity but their chemistry soon showed a synergy effect. You can tell just by looking at these two guys here.
Interviewer: Have you ever been interviewed by just the two of you before?
HC: It’s a first time for an interview. I was curious. Why us? We’re not similar.
Interviewer: If we had to connect, vocal line? And we thought that your chemistry and appearance will look good together.
HC: Alright. Besides Daehyun, we two are handsome. (laughs)
Interviewer: The reaction for Japanese 4th single <Excuse Me> is really good.
HC: Compared to when we first debuted in Japan, I think we are receiving more and more love so it’s amazing.
YJ: It’s a close neighboring country but being able to actually debut and promote… I knew we were going to promote in Japan before. So I continued studing Japanese. But when we actually went to Japan for a new debut, released albums, had concerts, and performed, I felt a close bond. I am very thankful for giving us so much love.
Interviewer: What is one thing you remember recently while promoting?
YJ: Every year, towards the end, the thing that stays in my memory is the tour. It’s been 2 months since the ‘2014 Continental Tour’ ended and we released a Japanese album as well.
HC: When the tour ended, we all had the same mindset. To be honest, when we first started, it was really difficult. Staying in different countries for awhile is part of why it was hard. But during the last tour in Bangkok, I wanted to go back to New York. New York was our first concert. The fact that we weren’t able to carry on the tour for awhile and had to finish it quickly is sad.
Interviewer: Promoting a lot probably gives you the satisfaction but you can’t ignore the stress you get. What is a way to relieve stress?
YJ: I like going out to get some air. It’s cool when the town is quiet, there are a lot of trees and I can also see the river. I walk around the town and go to the Han river.
HC: I use money. Buy something to eat; recently I have been using a lot of money on food.
Interviewer: A most memorable event during ‘(B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR)’?
YJ: Tour is a treasurable experience. Just the fact that we are going out of the country to perform already has deep meaning to us, and it is a happy moment for us but during the tour, every city, and the country had one or two days of a term. Because it is a concert and we have a schedule, we weren’t able to comfortably look around so it felt like we had the freedom but we didn’t at the same time. I think I am growing from each tour because there are more time to think about things and going around unfamiliar places and environment is a new adventure.
HC: Last year we has a tour in New York and LA. We went to the same place this year. It made me think of ‘I have came back to this ground after a year’. It reminded me of before, at the time I didn’t know anything but now that I have been here once, it had a different feeling. It was amazing that we went to new cities that we could only see in a movie.
Interviewer: During the tour, you probably went to countries that you have always wanted to go to. What country left you the biggest impression?
YJ: It’s different in every tour. First tour, I really wanted to go to America. It’s because I thought that since America is really developed with contents business I had a lot to learn. We were all excited at first when we went to America. This tour, because it was our first time going to Europe, we had a lot of anticipation for Europe. We visited England, Germany, and France, and it was really cool how all three countries had different characteristics. I received different feelings even though it was all in Europe. England had England’s own character, France had its own, Germany had its own, all the countries had distinct features. It was cool after I thought about it.
HC: The most memorable event was when I went out and drank wine in the night in France. The midnight streets were beautiful. I felt like I was really watching a movie. When I sat down in the outdoor terrace and drank wine while watching the streets left me a big impression. The cool thing was, Australia, Sydney, in the multi-racial country you could see little bit of Europe, America and all different countries.
YJ: Another cool thing is we went to Europe after America, and lastly Australia so we could really feel it. If you look at a building on this side it felt like Europe and the other side felt like Australia. It was cool.
HC: There is a separate China town, but it’s expensive. I heard that that’s why the labor payment is high.
YJ: They say that Australia has a high happiness rate. The labor payment is high but it makes you spend as much. The welfare system is well built too so I think that’s why a lot of people immigrate to Australia.
HC: It’s good to move to a different country but I heard the law changed so it’s harder to immigrate.
YJ: Most of the stores close before the sun goes down, it’s hard to witness that in Korea, night shifts are very common in Korea. We went to eat once and it closed at 4 PM. During the tour, I felt that because things close earlier, we are able to find time to enjoy the culture more. We can enjoy sports and music more but in Korea, it’s hard to enjoy the culture. I was able to feel the lack of that in Korea.
HC: I can feel my views expanding. It was amazing to see employees off their work shift at 4 PM and drinking beer with their friends when we went to eat.
Interviewer: But wouldn’t it be inconvenient for the tourists’ part? If you went to enjoy time and it closes?
YJ: That’s true. (laughs)
HC: But there are places you can go during the night too. Places like pub opens for awhile.
YJ: The nature is also really beautiful. We went to Sydney and Melbourne and because Melbourne is located a bit more outside, the landscape there was so pretty.
HC: This is starting to become a praise Australia talk. (laughs)
YJ: For people who want to go away but not too far yet not too close, I think Australia is a good place.
HC: No, but America took 12 hours to get there and Australia also took 12 hours, then isn’t it better to go to America instead?
YJ: It took 12 hours? Then back to America…
HC: Australia was great because we were able to experience many different countries and cultures.
Interviewer: Just like <Youth over Flowers>, if you get the chance to go backpacking around, where and who would you want to go with?
YJ: South America or Africa.
HC: Europe or America, I want to go tackle things by myself. I want to go with Youngjae.
YJ: Since he came with me today, Himchan hyung (laughs)
HC: When I go to watch midnight premieres, a text from Youngjae comes in like “Hyuung, where are you? Come in quickly. I love you.”
Interviewer: When we watched the shooting earlier, you express your love to hyungs easily.
YJ: I’m just fooling around. (laughs) But hyung is good at it too.
HC: I express it well. We do it to each other. If you were to go on a vacation, you really need to go on it with someone who you’re comfortable with even if you guys aren’t talking.
Interviewer: How about you two? Truthfully, among the members, there are members who are close to one than the others. Which member would you feel more awkward if you were alone with them?
YJ: I don’t know about the other members but Himchan hyung and I aren’t like that with the others.
HC: We go to cafes as members. If we don’t have anything to do that day, we go to a cafe and stay there for 4 or 5 hours. But we don’t say a word to each other. We all do our own things and when we speak up, it isn’t awkward.
YJ: As for Daehyun, he can be really impatient so if I want to look around this place more slowly, he can’t be slow. If we are finished, we need to go. That’s why I think it’d be hard to go on a vacation with him. Zelo only looks at things he is interested in and doesn’t really look at other things he isn’t interested in, similar to Daehyun. There are a lot of things Zelo is interested in. Then i’m happy but I act carefully when he isn’t interested.
HC: Zelo’s style is to really strongly focus into something he is interested in. For example, if I have an item, he keeps on asking me “What is that? Where did you get it? How is it?”.
YJ: The most comfortable ones are Jongup and Yongguk hyung. Jongup is the style to match up to you.
HC: If he likes it then he goes “Should we?” But lately, if he doesn’t like it he started to show the dislike.
YJ: Jongup has a diverse interest so he is kind of like ‘let’s try this and also that’. Yongguk hyung is the type to discover many different things by himself. If we want to go, he comes with us, if we want to go somewhere else, we can go there. Like that.
Interviewer: Are you guys the type to look at things a lot when you’re on a vacation or the type to slowly look at things and do what you want? Wouldn’t you have to be similar in that field to go on a vacation together?
HC: I don’t really think I need to look at everything.
YJ: That’s why sometimes Himchan hyung doesn’t go out. The person who tries to look at the trademark of that land is Yongguk hyung. He is the type to be like ‘Since we are here, let’s go see’ and Daehyun is kind of like Himchan hyung. ‘If we see it then we see it, going around town is also good’ type. Zelo and Jongup also likes seeing a lot of things. I’m half and half. I want to rest but I also want to go see.
HC: If we went by ourselves to see, I would’ve went too. But when we move, so many people have to move at once so I feel like my freedom is being taken away. Because we have to move in a big group, I don’t like that. If I go with Youngjae alone I don’t think I will clash like that.
Interviewer: 2014 is an unforgettable year. You had your first win since debut, what do you think of when you think about that moment?
YJ: To be honest, I couldn’t believe it. I wanted first place before but I wasn’t really like ‘I want it really bad’. That kind of mindset wasn’t big at all, but at the time our fans really worked hard to give us the first place.
HC: We are very thankful for that.
YJ: Of course, we were really grateful and honored because it felt like we were able to repay back to our fans’ hard work. The fact that we were even on the semi-finalist list was amazing and the fact that we received first place was even more amazing. Our fans really worked hard.
HC: February 14th, 2014, I think that fans made it happen. We know they are always working hard so I was really sorry. I always say this but I really thank you with my all of my heart.
YJ: Our fans worked hard so when we got first place, the fans celebrated by themselves. (laughs) It’s cute seeing things like that. That’s why when we look at older sunbaes, I understand why they care about their fans so much. It feels like we are an old couple.
HC: Like a friend, like a family.
Interviewer: What do you guys think about each other on a regular base?
HC: Youngjae really studies and analyzes the person. Someone who knows me too well? I don’t even know myself that well but Youngjae really knows me well. I say “Noo~” but it surprises me.
YJ: You have to be precise about human relationships, I think that instead of forming light friendships with anyone it’s better to meet few good people. I think a lot of people feel uncomfortable upon meeting me at first. If you are close to me, I talk a lot but before that I don’t approach you and I’m shy. People told me that after they became close to me. I have to fix that.
HC: If you get to know him, he is a good kid and ser~ious person so he may be hard to approach at first. If he suddenly makes a serious poker face, I get scared too.
YJ: To describe about Himchan hyung, a good word to describe him would be ‘comfortable hyung’ but that comfortable hyung doesn’t mean that he is a shallow type of hyung, it means that he is very caring about the younger. He is different kind of older hyung than Yongguk hyung. Because of Himchan hyung, the members were able to become closer. If we do something wrong, he knows how to fix it, he talks to us and he knows how to comfort us.
Interviewer: Youngjae said relationships are important. You probably met a lot of people throughout your life, what do you think is the most important kind of relationship?
YJ: I think that trust is really important in any kind of relationship. The person who manipulates your trust when you approached them with your trust are the worst. People around me gives me a lot of advice. They tell me that in this society, ‘if you are honest, you will get hurt later’. I think it’s such a depressing statement.
HC: I also think trust is important. I think that if you approach someone with honesty, the person will also come to you with honesty. However, there are some people who think this method will work against it. In that case, its just very unfortunate.
Interviewer: Pick a charm from each other.
HC: He looks cute.
YJ: Himchan hyung gives off this foolish feeling? His charm is that he is able to approach a stranger well and have great social skills.
Interviewer: You guys are becoming more handsome ever since debut. Your most confident part of your appearance?
HC: Lately, I have gained weight so I am not confident. Nose? Eyes?
YJ: Body? The fit of the clothes when you wear them.
HC: Youngjae, isn’t your nose cute?
YJ: Actually, my nose is my complex. It isn’t that high and its round, but some people tell me that I got a plastic surgery so that was odd.
HC: It fits in well on your face.
YJ: People told me to get a plastic surgery on nose before. But i’m scared so I don’t want to do it. Fans and other people say that I got plastic surgery and misunderstood me. So I thought ‘Is my nose ok?’ and felt proud. Himchan hyung has a very slim and sharp face structure.
HC: You can’t see it because it’s buried under fat. You might misunderstand it.
Interviewer: No, looking at you in the past, there isn’t much that changed.
YJ: People say that Himchan hyung got plastic surgery so he got a lot of stress from it. Even when I see it, I see why people might say that because his face naturally looks like as if he got a plastic surgery.
HC: I feel that way too. So I thought about why not just get plastic surgery done.
YJ: So I always used to tell him ‘Hyung, if you do plastic surgery, you are getting a plastic surgery on the face that already naturally looks like you got a plastic surgery.’ I tell him this whenever he talks about plastic surgery stress.
Interviewer: You are both handsome.
YJ: You can’t even see us lately. Because there are way too many good looking people.
HC: I feel like I’m becoming a squid. There are a lot of men who are taking care of themselves lately.
Interviewer: The thing you want other person to fix?
YJ: Lately, Himchan hyung hasn’t been taking care of himself. Before, he was strict with taking care after himself. Since debut, we has free time for a month or half a month for the first time. He sleeps a lot and…..doesn’t…….doesn’t move around so I think Himchan hyung have to fix that.
HC: I know that too. I was the uncomfortable type of person who really looked after myself and calculated and times everything but recently…. But this is only temporary and if not now, when will I be able to be like this again. I will start soon.
YJ: Please start it soon.
HC: Moving became difficult. I shouldn’t get used to it. (laughs) I wish Youngjae would stop playing games. His old dream was to become a pro-gamer.
YJ: In the past, I really liked computer games but I haven’t really played any games for 3~4 years. Recently, app games are really developed. We each got our phones two months ago, and I saw a close hyung of mine playing this app game so I decided to play it as well. I started it and it’s just way too fun. I think I play it a lot too. If we are resting I continue it.
HC: Before sleeping, right away when he wakes up, but this isn’t only Youngjae’s problem.
YJ: Three or four members including me are addicted to this game.
HJ: They play it so seriously.
Interviewer: Did your company allow the phones?
YJ: At first I used Galaxy 1 but I decided to practice harder so I gave my phone back to the company. Now they said we could buy our phones so when I looked up cell phones, now they have iPhone 6 and Galaxy 5.
HC: I was using a flip phone at the time. I could only download ringtones.
YJ: After I bought a Galaxy, I used it for 3~4 months and the internet worked.
Interviewer: It must be like a new world to Himchan.
HC: I have experience because I had things such as iPods. (laughs) I am matching up the footsteps with the modern world but have not transformed yet.
YJ: When I first used LTE, it was so fast. Daebak! It was like a new world. I think a good thing about buying phones are when you can call people and the LTE.
Interviewer: If you two were making a unit, what style of the unit would you form?
YJ: Calm with a bit of acoustic feeling, or we can play around a little, between those two.
HC: Completely calm or songs with medium tempo but we will wear suits to be witty and absorb fun songs. I don’t think we will have big movements. It’s because I can’t dance that well. So like fun little gestures.
Interviewer: The most recent best moment and the saddest moment.
HC: The best moment was when we went on the stage in Korea since awhile ago. It was fun and entertaining. The saddest moment was when I heard the news about Ladies’ Code. It doesn’t feel unfamiliar.
YJ: Best moment…..
HC: When you watched a movie with Himchan hyung.
YJ: (hears Himchan’s words through one ear and says what he has to say right away) When I had a lot of free time. I lived without thinking so it’s been a long time. I have to continuously make something to do and if I don’t, I get nervous but for the first time after one month, I decided. To rest without thinking too much, but that was something to do with courage. I didn’t have much to do. Laying down in the dorm, sitting down in the cafe, it was between those two and that was the best moment. That is also the worst moment. The times I spent like that for a month didn’t have a lot of interaction with others so there were less people to meet up with even though I had a lot of time in my hand so I became depressed.
HC: We just meet up with the people we usually meet up with.
Interviewer: Earlier, you guys seemed like you were planning to go watch a movie together. You guys must really like movies.
YJ: Truthfully, we went to see movies because we didn’t have anything else to do but when we went, it was really great.
HC: We watched all the recent movies. <Sea Fog>, <The Pirate: Bandits who went to the sea>, <Battle of Myeongnyang>. We watched all the recent fun movies.
YJ: Watch one a day and 3 or 4 a week.
Interviewer: The best movie you’ve watched recently?
HC: <Begin Again>.
YJ: I also liked <Begin Again>. It was so so so much fun. I was so into it. Also, I liked <Into the Storm>. I wanted to watch <Hello, Hazel> too but they didn’t really play it. Because I watch too many movies, when I search for movies to watch on the plane, there aren’t too many options since I watched it all. Re-watching the ones I already watched.
HC: I think I’ve watched <Snowpiercer> 5 times. I went to eat after I watched <The Divine Move> and Jung Woo Sung came in. It was as if I was watching the movie.
Interviewer: You guys have been performing together for awhile now. Are there any times when you were happy or angry because of a member?
YJ: There a lot of times I was happy. The six of us, always, if we do something we fill in each other’s spots and help one another, and I think having the six of us really makes me feel more confident and feel supported. Angry.. Since we all live together, there are times someone does something that I don’t like but there weren’t anything that made me exceptionally angry.
HC: It makes me happy when just the six of us are around. When I feel that we are together. Recently, I am more thankful for my members. I don’t really remember when I got angry but we have this conference once in awhile. It’s where you comfortably talk to each other. We discuss like that regularly now but we really tell everything to each other when we have the meeting. We talk about our daily lives, little small talks, business matters, we talk about everything. Therefore, we don’t really have problems with each other. ‘You, you really aren’t buying food. Hyungs are paying for everything’ hyungs talk about these things too (laughs). We share with the middle child like Youngjae. ‘Since I’m buying food, you should buy coffee’ like this. Because we all get paid equally. (laughs)
Interviewer: Everyone is like that. When you are younger, you can’t do that but as you get older you meet people who you have met a long time ago.
YJ: I happen to hang out with a lot of people who are around their 30s, so i’m the youngest, and the hyungs worry about me. To go meet friends my age to play.
HC: 34. I meet people who are about to get married next year.
YJ: I think hanging out with people is hard too. During the one month when I was resting, I was dazed. I don’t think there was a time where I had so much fun I was like “Woah~”.
HC: When I wake up in the dorm, it’s already too late, and the members are all there. Then I suggest to go eat or go watch a movie.
Interviewer: What are you recently burning?
YJ: There’s the game but also chatting with people around me. However, the hyungs who i’m usually close with all plays the game so we just all play the game together. (laughs)
HC: Human relations, there are people who we just pass by casually and there are people who we don’t, so i’m thinking a lot about clarifying my relationships. I used to not be able to do this kind of thing. I knew a lot of people here and there and as I was living I realized that there are some people who you shouldn’t approach even with a honest mind. I wasn’t hurt. I just pondered a lot about my future. Luckily, I have the 5 people who are always on my side.
Interviewer: Your 1000th day since debut is coming up.
YJ: Ah~ I didn’t know.
HC: I didn’t know. It’s already been like that. Should we do something?
YJ: To be honest, we have in mind that we’ll buy food on the Sunday of our next fanmeeting of the comeback. It’d be nice to do something like 1000th day fanmeeting but there isn’t much time to organize it right now (laughs).
Interviewer: The word ‘1000th day’ must really feel great.
HC: I have realized that time really do fly by.
YJ: It’s cool. Before we knew it, it’s been 2 years and more since our debut, heading towards the third year, when it only feels like I have debuted yesterday.
Interviewer: If the 1000th day rolls through your head like a movie film, what is one memory that stands out?
HC: If I think broadly, from our debut on the Jangchung Gymnasium.
YJ: There isn’t a moment where it hits me like “BAM” but there are a lot moments where I want to capture them. Since you asked, I thought about it but there are way too many moments. I think I am very happy. It makes me happy that there are a lot of happy memories for me to think of.
Interviewer: Since we thought about the past, now what about the future?
YJ: I think we’re going to do more tours that we are currently doing right now. I think that if we study more music and improve, we can be more a matured B.A.P. Hopefully we can prove it to you guys through the albums.
Interviewer: Do you want to do a solo activity?
HC: First of all, as B.A.P we should do some promotions in Korea and rather than satisfying our own greed, I think having a comeback is the first priority. There are a lot of people waiting for us so I will think about that some other time.
Interviewer: There were probably a lot of stories the fans have told you guys. What is one of the most precious one?
YJ: There are a lot. The most thankful thing is that, if you look at it, there is no need for the fans to thank me. However, they still thank us and I really appreciate that. Hearing our music and saying that it gave them strength with all honesty I really really am thankful. It’s a phrase where I feel like I need to improve and be more responsible.
HC: I am really thankful for all those phrases and such but right now, I can only think of funny ones. One time a fan sent me a poem, “I wish I can switch places with you for once”. It was a sad poem full of love but I mentioned it saying ‘I know how hard the ticketing is and how hard it is to come to the concert after the ticketing, and do the streaming’ it was something like that (laughs). I wanted to let them know that I am sorry about it because I also feel it deep inside my bones.
Interviewer: Since we interviewed you guys like this, is there anything you want to tell each other?
HC: When it’s over, let’s go eat spicy pork bokeum.
YJ: Please take care after yourself.
HC: I am going to eat two bowls.
Interviewer: What is your future plan?
HC: Another Japanese album will be released.
Interviewer: Send a message to the fans.
YJ: We really want to go meet our Korean fans who are always waiting for us and working hard for us. We will produce a good album soon to repay back to all your anticipations so I will be thankful if you can wait a little more.
HC: All the fans worldwide, we are always working hard to show you guys the best. The fans in Korea talks a lot about it lately.
YJ: They are a bit annoyed.
HC: I’m sorry. I always repeat words. I’m sorry I said that there will be an encore concert. I know how you feel so keep up that mind and show it to us for our next album, show us your power!
Interviewer: I think that’s why Korean fans are a bit upset.
HC: I spilled oil onto the fire.
YJ: They are cute. (Youngjae who is eating the candy for the shoot and laughing while calling fans cute…)
HJ: The older fans are going to say ‘who are you calling cute’…
YJ: I always get scolded.
HC: He gets scolded a lot not to act like an oppa.
YJ: They scold me saying ‘I am your noona’.
HC: I know how the fans feel. Please keep those feelings and show it to us on our next album. Your strength.
YJ: Pfft hahhaha
HC: I’m sorry, it isn’t our decision.
YJ: We can watch movies, we are the only happy ones here (laughs).
HC: I’m sure they understand us. I hope it’s delivered well.
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