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Catch Up with B.A.P During MTV Sessions Media Interview

On the afternoon of September 11, just hours before the MTV Sessions with B.A.P, the members met with several media outlets taking time to answer questions. As the media has been requested to field only questions relating to their songs and performance, the questions submitted by Soompiers through Twitter hash tag #BAP_Soompi may have been rephrased to meet the requirement.

Let’s find out if your question has been answered through the round-robin style interview and other updates on the boys!

XinMSN: You guys are known as Best Absolute Perfect. Can you share with us your “not so Best” Absolute Perfect moment? Is there any embarrassing moment on stage? (Interpreter misheard the question as “Best Moment”.)

HC: Our best moment is when we debuted as new artists. That was the Best Absolute Perfect moment for us on stage.
DH: We debuted with this strong and powerful image but when we started to do some kind of different stuff like the song “Don’t Do That” and “Crash”, these are kinda mellow dance kind of song. So when we did that we feel a little bit embarrassed doing that because it’s different from what we’re from.

The New Paper: Where did Jongup get the inspiration to write his song?

JU: The thing is, Yongguk is the one who is actually writing the songs apart from me. I am still at the learning stage at the moment so I cannot actually have those kind of inspirational moments yet.

Today: This is your third time in Singapore in a year. How do you feel about coming back to Singapore?

YJ: Singapore is the country we performed in for the first time while overseas after our debut. The reaction from the fans in Singapore has been really great and that made us come back to Singapore.

Youth.sg: What are some of the challenges you faced as a young group?

YJ: In term of the music shows after we debuted, our schedules were really tight. Like doing live performances today, we have to do it over and over again the following days so that was quite hard for us to adapt to.

GoKPop: Recently you have a promotion in Japan. What’s the difference between promoting in Japan and outside of Korea? How are the fans like in Japan?

HC: When we first performed in Japan, the fans in Japan were different from the fans in Korea because the Korean fans are very enthusiastic and passionate when they see our performances. Quite differently, Japanese fans are quite moderate and they were listening to us actually not reacting. But nowadays the Japanese fans become more active, so we like this kind of changes of the culture. Japanese fans have the Matokki, so everytime we perform, the fans will wave the Matokki, and we like it!

Kavenyou: You have toured so many countries. Any memorable experience or unforgettable stage that you still remember?

DH: Every single stage that we performed overseas have been a memorable moment, especially when we were doing our tour in Europe for the first time this year. At this moment, the Europe tour has been the most memorable moment for us because we have experienced something that we have never experienced before.

Korean Indo: When will you have a comeback stage in Korea and when will you visit Indonesia?

YJ: We have no plan for our comeback in Korea at this moment. As for Indonesia, we always want to go to Indonesia because through SNS, our fans are so active and we look forward to going to Indonesia as soon as possible.

Korean Updates: It will be end of the year soon. What is your goal for next year?

YJ: We will be very happy if we can release an album for our fans or perform for our fans.

KPopStarz: It has been more than two years since your debut. So what does B.A.P mean to you guys now?

YJ: After being together for two years now B.A.P is more like a family rather than just members or friends. So as time goes by, we are going to be more comfy, bond more strongly and expect all of us to be a real family.

Officially KMusic: What are some of the variety shows that you guys are eager to be on?

HC: Rather than saying a variety show, we actually want to do a musical.

Soompi: Describe the current status of B.A.P in one word or phrase and the reason. (@daemchyoo)

HC: B.A.P is the best. Because we believe that we are the best and are number one.

Yahoo: What would you say to the fans who are not able to attend the MTV Sessions today?

YJ: I love you!
JU: Today’s program will be broadcast so many more fans can watch us from TV.

MeRadio.sg: Can you share with us what you like and dislike about the members?

JU: I like Himchan, he is very friendly and what I dislike him about him.. I can’t think of any because there are too many.

Teenage: Things have gotten really busy since your debut. Is there anything you miss about your normal private lives?

DH: There are many things that we want to do, but we can’t enjoy easily. I cannot go shopping by myself whenever I want. These kind of small minor things in our lives are the things that we miss the most.

XinMSN: Are there any plans to release the second season of “B.A.P Attack”?

DH: We are always ready to film for Season 2 if our company actually approves it.

The New Paper: You guys are staying together in the dorm. Please tell us one habit of each other.

JU: We sleep next to each other in the house and when Himchan is sleeping, he moves a lot. Sometimes he will cross the line and sleep on my side.
HC: Likewise. Sometimes we’re at the other side because we move too much while we’re sleeping.

Today: Every time we see you, you have a different hair color. Is it painful for you guys to go through the process?

DH: Every time we change our hairstyles, it’s really hard to maintain. Whenever we go out we have to do something to our hair to make them look nice so that was kind of a bother before. Now, we’re trying to cut our hair short so that we can maintain it easily. There’s nothing that is painful or anything.

Youth.sg: What is the most heartfelt song that Yongguk has ever produced?

YG: There are many heartfelt songs produced by me, I think songs with a little bit of political theme are the most heartfelt songs.

GoKPop: Is there any difference between B.A.P on stage and off stage?

HC: What’s most different between off stage and on stage is that when we are on stage we have our image which is strong and powerful, but when we go off from stage we are just normal, active, and energetic. We have different looks: professional and cool image on stage and being normal and ordinary off stage.

Kavenyou: You have tried a lot of different genres before. In the next album, are there any genre you guys would like to try or challenge?

DH: Yes. We would like to try a song like “Excuse Me,”  our latest Japanese single, which has a trendy vibe.

Korean Indo: Among all the K-pop idol groups, which group do you consider as your rival?

DH: We don’t think of any specific Korean group as our rival because we can be combined. We treat all the K-Pop idols as our role models, at the same time as rivals. We have a lot of things to learn from them and compete against them.

Korean Updates : What have you learned in these two years since your debut?

DH: As we’re working in the music industry, we were able to meet a lot of people from different industries. So from that experience, I think we have learned a lot of different things to live our lives more maturely in different ways.

KPopStarz: What inspires Himchan to come out with cute and interesting social media accounts usernames?

HC: Berry Berry Strawberry? I live with my elder sister when I was young. My sister’s name is Ye Ji so we make these king of jokes. Her username was YeJiYeJi and my name is Himchan so… Himchanchan, HimchanHimchan, Strongchanchan. It’s also easy to memorize.

Officially K Music: What’s the best piece of advice you have received since debut?

HC: Somebody told me to keep the relationship between each member for a long time.

Soompi: What was the last song you listened to before stepping into this room? (@IrIda_space)

HC: Lost Star
JU: Change Your Mind
YJ: Swimming Pool
ZL: Last Kiss (instrumental version)

Yahoo: The K-Pop industry recently lost two artists. How does B.A.P feel about this and has your management do anything to tighten the safety of the band when you are travel?

HC: It was really heartbreaking and we all prayed for them. We really hope this kind of accident will not happen again.

MeRadio.sg : Which member is the most different from their on-stage persona?

DH: I think Jongup has the most different persona because Jongup is really manly on stage but actually in real life he is just a cute and shy brother.

Teenage: What is the one thing that you wish to be complimented on?

HC: I want hear “I love you” from Jongup.

Question: What do you think about the lip sync ban on music core?

DH: There must be some reason behind it if some of the bands are doing lip sync. Despite that, as a vocal group, we would like to keep doing it live because that is the most efficient way to express what’s on our mind. That’s why B.A.P is always doing live instead of lip sync.

The New Paper: What does Yongguk think about Jongup’s songwriting skills?

YG: I have never listened to Jongup’s songwriting because I don’t think Jongup is really doing songwriting, yet. So I would like each member of the band to do songwriting some day so that we can give compliments to each other.
YJ: Jongup wrote only eight bars of beats and he keeps listening to it. So it’s kind of irritating.

With Youngjae’s joke, the interview came to an end. We hope you have enjoyed the full list of questions and answers.

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Sep 12, 2014
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[Exclusive Interview] MTV Sessions with B.A.P in Singapore - Get to know more about B.A.P here!

B.A.P recently visited Singapore once again as the first Kpop act to be featured in MTV’s s music series MTV Sessions’ recording. The group, consisting of Bang Yong Guk, Zelo, Him Chan, Dae Hyun, Young Jae, and Jong Up greeted the press in Singapore via an exclusive interview session with selected media outlets few hours before the recording of B.A.P’s MTV Sessions. The boys shared a lot about themselves as well as their music and also their upcoming plans throughout the 45minutes of interview session.

Check out the full Q&A session below!

1) You guys are known as Best Absolute Perfect. Can you share with us your not so Best Absolute Perfect moment? Is there any embarrasing moment on stage?

Daehyun: We debuted with this strong and powerful image but when we started to do some kind of different stuff like the song “Don’t Do That” and “Crash”, these are kinda melo dance kind of song. So when we did that we feel a little bit embarrassed because it’s different from what we’re from.

2) Where did JongUp get the inspiration to write song?

Jong Up: The thing is Yongguk is the one who is actually writing the song apart from me. I am still at the learning stage at the moment so I cannot actually have those kind of inspiration moment for now. It’s more like a learning stage.

3) This is your third time in Singapore in a year. How’s your feeling coming back to Singapore?

A: Singapore is the first country we performed (in overseas) after our debut and also the reaction of the fans in Singapore were really great and that made us come back to Singapore.

4) What some of the challenges you faced as a young group?

A: In term of the music shows after we debuted, our schedules are really tight. For example we have to do performances over and over again the following days so it was quite hard to for us to adapt to.

5) Recently you have a promotion in Japan. So what’s the different between Korean fans and the Japanese fans?

HimChan: When we first performed in Japan, the fans in Japan were different from the fans in Korea because the Korean fans are very passionated and ethusiatic when they see our performances but for the Japanese fans, they are quite moderate and listening to us actually not reacting but nowadays the Japanese fans are becoming more active so we love this kind of changes of the culture. The fans have the Matokki, so everytime we perform, the fans will wave the Matokki, and we like it!

6) You have toured to many countries. Any memorable stage/experience that you guys remember until now?

Daehyun: Every single stage that we performed overseas are the most memorable moment especially while we’re doing tour in Europe for time first time this year. We got the chance to be in Europe because of the tour so at this moment, Europe tour is the most memorable experience for us because we experienced something that we never experience before.

7) When will you have a comeback stage in Korea and when will you visit Indonesia?

Youngjae: We don’t have any plan for our comeback in Korea in the meantime and for Indonesia, we always want to go to Indonesia because through the social media, our fans are so active and we hope to go to Indonesia as soon as possible

8) What is your goal for next year since the 2014 is coming to the end?

Youngjae: We will be very happy if we’re able to release an album for our fans or perform for our fans.

9) It’s been more than two years since your debut. So what does B.A.P mean to you guys now?

Youngjae: After being together for two years now B.A.P is more like a family rather than just members or friends so as time goes by, we’re gonna be stronger and we hope all of us could be a real family.

10) Please describe the current status of B.A.P in one word and the reason.

JongUp: B.A.P is the best because B.A.P members are always together.

11) Can you leave some words to fans who are not able to attend the MTV Sessions recording?

Youngjae: I LOVE YOU

JongUp: Today’s program will be broadcasted so fans can watch us from TV and we have prepared a lot for our fans and we will show you a cool stage. Hwaiting~

12) Can you share with us what you like and dislike about the members?

JongUp: I like HimChan and also dislike HimChan. HimChan is very friendly and what I dislike him about him..there are too many things! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

13) You guys have been really busy since your debut. Is there anything you miss (about your normal private life)?

Daehyun: There are many things that we want to do but we can’t enjoy easily. For example, I cannot go shopping by myself. Like this kind of small minor things in our life, are the things we miss the most .

14) Are there any plan to release the second season of B.A.P attack?

Daehyun: We are always ready to film for the season 2 if our company approves it.

15) You guys are staying together in the dorm. Tell us one habit of each other.

JongUp: Himchan hyung has a bad habit. We sleep next to each other and when Himchan is sleeping, he moves a lot. Sometimes he will cross the line and sleep on my side.

Himchan: JongUp is more or less the same. Whenever we wake up, sometimes we’re at the other side because we move too much while we’re sleeping.

16) Everytime we see you, you have a different hair colour. Is it painful to go through the process?

Daehyun: It’s hard to maintain our hairstyle everytime we change it because whenever we go out we have to do something make sure our hair look nice so nowadays we’re trying to cut our hair short so that we can maintain easily.

17) What is the most heartfelt song that Yongguk ever produce?

Yongguk: There are many heartfelt songs I produced and I think a little of political theme songs are the most heartfelt songs.

18) Is there any different B.A.P on stage and off stage?

HimChan: When we’re off stage, we’re really fun and playful. Once we got on stage, we will show the more cool and profesional side of us.

19) You have tried a lot of different genres before. Is there any genre you guys would like to challenge or try?

Daehyun: Yes. We would like to try song like “Excuse Me” , our latest Japanese single, which has a trendy vibe.

20) Among all the Kpop Idols, which group you consider as your rival?

Daehyun: We don’t consider any specific Korean group as our rival because we can be combined. We treat them as our role models as well as rivals because we have a lot of things to learn from them and compete against them.

21) What have you learned since your debut?

Daehyun: As we’re working in the music industry, we got to meet a lot of people from different industries. So I think we learned a lot of different things to live a more mature life.

22) What inspire Himchan to come out with cute social media name?

Himchan: Berry Berry Strawberry? I live with my elder sister when I was young. My sister’s name is YeJi. So I will call her YeJiJi and my name is Himchan so… strong Chanchan. There’s no meaning actually. And it’s very easy to memorize.

23) What’s the best piece of advice you received since debut?

Himchan: Somebody told us to keep the relation for a long time (between each other)

24) Kpop industry recently lost two artists. How does B.A.P feel about this and have your management do anything to tighten the safety when you are travelling?

HimChan: It was really heartbreaking and we all pray for them. We hope this kind of incident will not happen again.

25) Which member is the most different off stage and on stage?

Daehyun: JongUp because JongUp is really manly on stage but in real life he is just a cute and shy brother.

26) What is the one thing that you wish to be complimented?

Himchan: I want hear “I love you” from JongUp ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

27) What do you think about the lip sync ban on music core?

Daehyun: Of course there is reason behind it. But as a vocal group, we would like to keep doing it live because that is the most efficient way to express ourselves and that is why we keep doing live instead of lip sync.

28) What’s Yongguk comment about JongUp’s writing skill?

Yongguk: I never listen to JongUp’s song writing because I don’t think JongUp is doing song writing yet so I would like each member of the band to do song writing some day. Jong Up only write like 8 bar and he keeps listening to it. So it’s kind of irritating ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
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Sep 12, 2014
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[NEWS] TODAYONLINE: Why you won’t see B.A.P with long hair

SINGAPORE — We’ve seen and interviewed B.A.P three times in the last 13 months. And each time, the Korean boy band turns up in Singapore looking almost exactly the same as they did the last time — perhaps with the exception of their hair color.

But one member of the six-man group says he has had enough of complicated hairstyles.

“Every time we change a hairstyle, it becomes very hard to maintain, because we have to style it to make it look nice,” said lead vocalist Daehyun, who was speaking at yesterday’s press conference held at Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, just before B.A.P’s live recording session for MTV’s music series MTV Sessions. “That’s really troublesome, so now we are trying to keep our hair short, so we can maintain it easily.”

Although B.A.P intends to go easy on their hair, they have no intention of compromising the quality of their performances.

Responding to queries on their views on Korean broadcaster MBC’s recent ban on lip-syncing from its weekly music show Music Core, Daehyun reassured fans that the group will not be affected.

“B.A.P always sings live,” said the 21-year-old.

He added: “There must be some reason why some bands are lip-syncing. But as a vocalist, personally, I would like to keep singing live anyway, because that is the most efficient way to express myself and our feelings.”

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Sep 12, 2014
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[XINMSN] B.A.P’s Him Chan wants to hear “I love you” from Jong Up

The Korean sextet dished out some of their bad habits and what they like about one another

South Korean group B.A.P was in town last night for the live recording of MTV Sessions, their second MTV performance since their appearance on MTV K in New York City last year.

Before that, xinmsn got to meet the boys – leader Yong Guk, Young Jae, Dae Hyun, Jong Up, Him Chan and Zelo – in a 45-minute group interview where they gossiped about one another and shared their goals for next year.

Warning: lots of HimUp (Him Chan and Jong Up) moments ahead.

Having become roommates recently, Him Chan and Jong Up entertained us with what they like and dislike about each other, to much laughter (and approval) from the other members.

Jong Up revealed jokingly, “I like Him Chan’s friendliness, but I can’t think of what I dislike about him because there are too many! (guffaws)

The 19-year-old also exposed his roommate’s sleeping habits, complaining that the latter moves about a lot in his sleep and often crosses the “boundary” between them.

Of course, Him Chan did not let Jong Up off by adding that the latter actually has that same habit too.

“We often wake up in the morning either with our positions switched or rotated,” Him Chan said, illustrating with his hands how their bodies would turn 90 degrees from the position they had gone to sleep in.

The five-year age gap between 24-year-old Him Chan and Jong Up did not bother their friendship and the former calmly confessed he “wants to hear Jong Up say ‘I love you’ to him”, to the satisfaction of many HimUp shippers (people who like their moments together).

B.A.P, who held their B.A.P Live on Earth Singapore 2014 concert in May, was happy to return to Singapore again, a place that holds a special meaning in their hearts as this was where they had their first performance outside Korea.

Being the first Korean act to be featured in MTV’s music series MTV Sessions, they were exceptionally happy and Him Chan described his group as “the best in his heart”.

Responding to the recent lip-sync ban by Korean music programme Show! Music Core, one of the group’s lead vocalists Dae Hyun reassured fans that B.A.P always performs live “as it is the most efficient way to express ourselves”.

So are there moments where these Best-Absolute-Perfect boys feel otherwise?

Dae Hyun laughed shyly as he recalled their strong image when they debuted two years ago and felt embarrassed when they made a change for cutesy songs such as ‘Don’t Do It’ and ‘Crash’. But we’re sure BABYz (B.A.P fans) were gushing in front of their screens.

And if things go B.A.P’s way, fans will be seeing and hearing a lot more from the boys soon. The sextet revealed that they will be performing more in Japan and hope to release another album next year. In fact, they are looking forward to a second season of their variety show B.A.P ATTACK!, which Dae Hyun said they “are always ready for, if their management approves.”

Having been together for two years and travelled the world on concert tours, Young Jae revealed B.A.P is more of a family to him now, rather than friends. Him Chan added the best piece of advice the group had received was to “stay together for a long time and keep their relationship strong.”

To BABYz who were unable to attend the recording session last night, it’s alright, for Dae Hyun “loves you” and Jong Up shouted out, “Watch us on MTV Asia!”

Known for his song-writing skills, Yong Guk highlighted songs with “political themes are closer to his heart”.

The straight-faced leader also hopes his group will dabble in song-writing so that everyone can give one another comments for improvement.

It seems Jong Up has already been trying this out, to which Young Jae commented, “He only writes eight bars and keeps listening to it so it gets quite irritating at times.”

Dae Hyun teased Jong Up for being the most different member on and off-stage.

“He shows his manly side on-stage but off-stage, he’s actually a cute and shy dongsaeng (little brother),” the 21-year-old said, occasionally poking Jong Up’s cheeks during the interview.

An Indonesian member of the media gifted the group with an Indonesian Rupiah note as a souvenir so that they can visit the country for a concert soon.

Maknae (youngest member) Zelo was quiet throughout the interview and only laughed at his hyungs’ unexpected responses and reactions.

Him Chan is known for changing his social media account usernames to cheeky and quirky ones, and he thought of one on the spot: Berry Berry Strawberry, what do you guys think of that?

© XINMSN
Sep 10, 2014
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[INTERVIEW] B.A.P’s Message on Their Sensationally Confident Music

Their previously released song in April, “NO MERCY” was ranked 2nd on Oricon Weekly Chart. Also touring over 4 continents, their tour <B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR>, had their Japan final at Makuhari Messe which held 8500 fans. They convey their sensational message to us. 

■この曲の大きなテーマは僕たちの音楽に対しての自信です
This song’s largely based theme is the confidence we have in our music.

■日本のファンのみんなも気に入ってくれるといいな
We wish that our Japanese fans could listen to this song


—It’s almost been a year since your Japanese debut. Is there anything that you thought has changed in this one year?

DH: Rather than changed, in a few months, all six of us together are going to be adults in Korea, but I think we have all become adults more than before. With time people tend to grow, and I think that is what we did. Within this year all of us have experienced new things and we have matured very well. Zelo is the youngest in the group and in Korean age he is 19 years old, but because he is always around older people, like us, I think that he has gained a lot of experiences and also acts a lot more mature than his real age.

—You all have had so many new experiences within this one year, was there anything that left an impression on you?

HC: The biggest was probably touring all the countries. We got to look at things in such a different way. Our outlook on things grew so much. I think it was such a good experience. Something that left an impression on me, while on our Japanese promotions, were that we always get so much love from our Japanese fans, I always feel this every time we are here.

ZL: I think for me, is now, just the thought “It’s going to be one year since your Japanese debut” makes me think ‘oh, its already going to be one year’ is leaving a big impact on me. (laughs)

—It was such a busy year for you guys, it was gone in a blink of an eye right?

ZL: Yes. This year was super busy (laughs). Lately, though, it’s been a lot less busy you know. But because of that I am able to do things I haven’t been able to, and I’m having a great time.

DH: Yup, since the tour ended we have all been having time to ourselves. I’ve been meeting with friends I haven’t seen in some time and I’ve been having fun doing a lot of day-to-day things.

—What about the other members, what have you been doing?

HC: Youngjae and I went to go see a movie together.

ZL: I went out to see some of my seniors. A lot of the seniors I hang out with are doing things they are passionate about, I learn a lot by hanging out and talking to them. I have also been practicing my rap and performances.

YG: I met with my family. Since a young age I have been living alone and usually I can’t see them a lot. So the time I spend with my family is very important to me.

JU: I was just sleeping as long as I wanted, watching all the television shows I needed to catch up on, and eating pizza…. (laughs).

HC: You were a couch potato (laughs).

—And after all the free time, your new song “EXCUSE ME” was released. This song was in one of your Korean albums that was released and you made it into a Japanese version right. In this song what did you want to convey?

YG: One of the biggest themes in this song is how much confidence we have in our music.

—And that has been very clear in the Japanese lyrics right?

YG: Yes. In our Korean album “EXCUSE ME” is not the title song. However, it was a very popular song. There are a lot of other songs that display our “confidence” in music, but the people who listen to us and know us, I think that they would’ve thought this song was a good choice and also like the song a lot. I hope that our Japanese fans will like it a lot too.

—It is very B.A.P like, the toughness is great too.

ZL: I kind of wanted the rap to be a bit more bolder but what I value the most while recording is the pronunciation, so I tried and practiced a lot. I hope that my Japanese rapping skills translates well to the Japanese fans and if it does I’d be super happy.

—Well it is a song about your confidence, you have to show it well, that’s the most important part.

DH: Yes it is. For me, during the tour we sang this so many times it is now imprinted into me. That’s why with the Japanese version it’s a plus with knowing the song so well, but also like a fresh attempt.

—A fresh attempt?

DH: Yes. While singing this song during the concerts, I was able to get the vibe and feel for it, so when actually singing the Japanese version I could freely do what I wanted and have that concert like vibe to go with it, although it did turn out to be a little different from the original song.

HC: Yep, that’s correct.

■韓国語バージョンは足を踏みならしながら前に進むイメージだった
The Korean version has a strong image of marching forwards

■日本語バージョンでは余裕を持って人の間を縫って進んでいるような感じ
The Japanese version has a feel of a laid back setting and just passing by people freely

—Then it must be interesting listening to both versions

DH: Please do listen and compare both versions. I think we raised the bar a little higher with our Japanese version.

YJ: With me, when I sang the Korean version, I really only thought about the lyrics and sang a bit recklessly, but how Daehyun said, by singing more at concerts I got use to singing the melody. By the time we were singing and recording the Japanese version I was very confident with myself. With the Korean version, I always thought of the song as a fierce, moving people out of way to move forward type of song, but with the Japanese version, it is more like easily maneuvering through all the people to move forward type of song.

JU: For me, it’s still kind of hard to express myself in Japanese. I can express myself more naturally with Korean, but with Japanese it’s kind of different. With the Japanese lyrics unlike the other members, I cannot express myself freely yet, so it’s undeniably me just reading the lyrics. When recording in Japanese it’s hard for me to record, even though we’ve recorded it in Korean first, it’s like recording for the first time ever, it’s a very awkward feeling.

—That’s very humble and honest of you. Korean and Japanese is a little different when coming to vocalization too

JU: That’s right.

HC: Korean and Japanese syllables and sounds are also very different. For instance, a Japanese word may have only one syllable but in Korean it may have two. I have to admit, you do have to get use to it… But while recording it starts to get together and it makes me feel like I need to do better and makes focus. I think that’s a good thing.

JU: Oh! I forgot say something, but during this recording I was told that my pronunciation of “tsu” was the best out of everyone!

—That’s progress. After the very powerful and upbeat sensational song “EXCUSE ME” comes “COFFEE SHOP” a song that sings about a man who broke up with his girlfriend and feels regretful and remorseful afterwards. That’s very wimpy (laughs). This song is very melodic and the vocal line is very complex with the interchanging of everyone’s voices, it’s a great listening point.

DH: Yes. When you listen to the melody of this song it has little bit of a sad atmosphere to it, but it’s also soft and relaxing. If you look at the lyrics, it has the message of a sad song. To express that, I thought of a man, after breaking up with his girlfriend and going to the coffee shop that they both use to go to, and think about all the time they spent together and memories they had. Of course it seem like there is a sense of loss, but not only just thinking about the sad things, but also the happy times and the good memories they had. Instead of sulking anymore, it’s more like when he remembers his past he has a sense of happiness……Something like that.

—So he has not exactly overcome his breakup?

DH: Yup!

ZL: For me, to really understand the the meaning of this song is kind of hard; I haven’t had any love experiences so it kind of doesn’t fit me. However, for the part I do, I tried to understand it well and thought about the concept thoroughly. Understanding the type of character I am, Yongguk structured my rap part well so that I could be more confident while recording.

—Yongguk, you sort out the parts?!

YG: Yes. Not only the rap parts but also the vocals I sort out as well, every member is assigned a part that fits them the best, I always think “who should have this part?”.

—Your rap part “Long black hair, white t-shirt and sneakers”  is written out very specifically.

YG: Yes, this is my ideal type of woman. I just wrote it specifically.

—In the melody you write about the superficiality and visual scenes, but in the rap you write about the main characters thoughts and feelings in more depth.

YG: That’s right. Since that is a exactly it, I’m going to stop talking now (laughs).

—The third song “ZERO” is also very suggestive.

YG: This song is about those artists who are arrogant and self absorbed. Of course, not only is this song towards others, but to us as well. That is why when you listen or sing to this song, be self aware of yourself. That kind of song.

—Okay, so lastly comments on anything for working hard for almost two years?

DH: All of our work released here in Japan are originally all Korean and then making them into Japanese and performing them here. But in the future, I want to make original Japanese songs and to perform them for everyone. Then when coming here I want to have fun and have a great time with all the fans. I think we can show a more carefree B.A.P in Japan. We all hope you enjoy our new single “EXCUSE ME”!

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Sep 10, 2014
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[TRANS] B.A.P for Hallyu Pier

Q. What does human loyalty mean to B.A.P?

Yongguk: Before, I lived blinded by those human loyalty and rules, but lately I have been thinking that I think I bind myself too much. Maybe they are bending the way I think about different things. When I was younger, it was necessary but now I want to be more free so I am not purposely doing things while only thinking about human loyalty.

Himchan: “Do everything you need to do!” I think that doing all the things you must do and protect the things you must protect is my own ‘human loyalty’.

Daehyun: Should I say that it’s my own rule? I always try to achieve what I set as my goal no matter how hard they are. Never giving up till the end and finishing it is my ‘human loyalty’!

Youngjae: ‘Responsibility’. The fans who have always been beside me and cheered me on really became a big support to me. I think I should become an artist who can proudly face my fans. That’s why I am not skipping practices and really doing my best to grow more!

Jongup: “Live a life without regret!” There are a lot of times in life where I regret doing some things but I’ve realized! Live a life without regret! Is like my motto.

Zelo: Looking at good things, hearing them, and engraving them in my mind. I think that I grew up along with the fans because I debuted when I was in 3rd year of my middle school. I believe that I should become a role model for those who are supporting me. Therefore, I want to be influenced well by hyungs around me so that I can also be a good influence to you.

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[TRANS] B.A.P for Ten Asia Member Interview: Zelo

Q. 19 this year, you are spending your last year of your 10’s.

ZL: I am experiencing many things and making my dream in love of many people. So happy and amazed because people listen and love our music from the opposite side of Earth. I’ve been only imagining it. Because i received so much love, i could make my dream of becoming a singer to a larger dream. When i get into my 20’s, i want to start on my dream and give back all the love that i got.

Q. Do you have any fantasies of the age 20?

ZL: I felt that it will be very exciting and special but now since i’m about to be 20, it is not like that at all. I just think that to accomplish my goals, I need to upgrade myself, not about age at all. For me every day is a new start line. I’ll be able to challenge new things more easily and freely, but I will have to have more responsibilities for myself.

Q. If I look at the conversation up till now, it looks like you already became an adult.

ZL: I could experience more since I started working in the society earlier than friends around my age, so I learned a lot of patience and tolerance. I may look very young, and lack in experience and thoughts, but I never thought myself as “young.” Since i’m already in the world of professionals, age does not matter. Because you get judged by your skills and potential, and value. Not your age. So I don’t want to cover up my lacking part because i’m “young.” I want to try my best as a member of B.A.P and as an artist to be judged correctly and show everything.

Q. Other members will still think of you as the youngest. Did you ever think that they are over protective?

ZL: They will sometimes want to protect me since they saw me growing up when I was very young. There are times when their advice and love feels like over protection, but I know their sincerity, I don’t hate it or want to get out of it. I just decided to have fun with their attention to me. I experienced more than my friends, but I know my lacking parts so I ask for advice and communicate to get help.

Q. Were there any times that you thought other members were mentally younger than you?

ZL: Ah! This question..(laugh) there are times like that but because I love them, i’ll make it a secret that I cant tell. Hyung.. i love you.

Q. Haha… I will ask a hard question again. Who takes care of you the most?

ZL: All of them. Since their personality varies, the way of taking care of me differs. There are hyungs who leads me to the good way without saying a lot, or hyungs who pour their love and compliments on me. But if I had to choose one, it would be Jongup because our age difference is small and we have similar hobbies. Haha.

Q. Sometimes it looks like you are a friend with Jongup.

ZL: He feels like a friend when he’s smiling, and since he is so positive. Because Jongup thinks differently from others, even in the same situation he picks out the good parts slight differently from the others. It seems that Jongup would say “it’s nothing (you’ll be fine)” when I tell him any worries I have. When I see him like that, I just feel like he’s my friend.

Q. You are sharing a room with Daehyun.

ZL: Daehyun and I have similar personalities so we get along well together. I thought that it would be nice to use a room together with Daehyun because we both like to get things done quickly and cleanly. So I thought first that Daehyun and I should use the same room. Gerenerally, other members have a well fitted room mate. They all have similar life patterns and personality. Ah! One thing to say. Daehyun make reactions while watching dramas, but he has a strong voice so I get startled sometimes. Daehyun, please lessen it. (Laugh).

Q. You’re very calm and quiet. But you also have so much energy to go with the beat made from an African American on the street of America.

ZL: I’m mostly like that when it deals with music. At recordings or practice, filming a music video or getting on stage. I get hyper when I focus on music not caring about time or location. Sometimes I cant even control it. I think controlling myself is what i’m learning also. I’m just happy that music exists, but having it as a job is so fantastic.

Q. How much progress did you make on writing your lyrics.

ZL: That is a secret.(laugh). I tried to not make composing and practice a task. I believe that doing it when I want to creates a great result, so I try to have fun with it. I started writing to read and study more diverse texts. I’m having fun with writing my thoughts than speaking it.

Q. What are you currently reading?

ZL: I’m in love with poet Hoseung Jung’s books. I thought it was amazing that you can portray different ideas from such common words. I read “a word that gave me courage in my life” and “patience determine what it is used for” really came across my heart. I thought that patience I learned through being in B.A.P fits well with the meaning of the phrase, even hardships come, the people who can endure it can stand on bigger and better positions. What ever it is, learning is hard. But if you get it once, than you have it forever, I tried to keeps these words in my mind.

Q. Asking the youngest, Zelo. What do you think about aging.

ZL: I don’t want to apply any meaning to it since everyone gets old. However I want to become a great person. Later, it would be better if I had my own color as a producer and continue on many challenges.

Q. Lastly, anything to say to Babys who misses B.A.P.

ZL: Everyone of babys are like my family. I hope we can be together for a long time without your heart changing. Everyone! Thank you so much for always being there for me when i’m tired and comforting me. I love you!

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Sep 08, 2014
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[TRANS] 140908 Kpopstarz: Backstage Report

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(Only parts relating to B.A.P translated)

This time our plan was to interview B.A.P about their 4th single “Excuse Me” that was released on September 3. After touring around the world with “LIVE ON EARTH 2014 CONTINENT TOUR”, they moved onto releasing a single in Japan.

Opening the door to the studio, B.A.P were in the middle of a photo session [T/N: for another magazine] right before my eyes, with Himchan’s solo shot being photographed. He greeted me with his eyes and I nodded in return. The sound of camera shutters resounded through the quiet studio.

We started with the interview first this time. The questions from the fans around the world always have something different and the members seemed very interested. When we started to talk about fashion, Himchan’s “I am a fashion icon. I am fashion and fashion is me! (laughs)” swept me away. It seemed like they weren’t often asked about when their voice broke, so whilst listening to each other’s answer there was a cheerful atmosphere that one would really want to be a part of. Even when Jongup said “I don’t really know if my voice broke, since I don’t talk much” and chuckled, Youngjae joined in and laughed. But really, leader Bang Yongguk’s “When I was born, I already had this voice” couldn’t be ignored, although I only gave an “Eh?! (laughs)”. He smiled at that. During the interview, I said to the continuously-smiling Zelo “you’ve been smiling the whole time haven’t you”, and his reply, “you’re reacting so naturally to everyone’s comments, thank you very much” made me very thankful (sweats). 

The preparations were complete, so we finally started the photoshoot. We gathered the members and explained the details for the shoot. When we said that “we didn’t take any solo cuts last time, but from Zelo’s request about wanting them, we’re going to take some!”, Zelo was all smiley. First was the shoot with them imagining the streets at night. The image was something like a silhouette shot from being shone by car headlights. After a few shots in this manner, the members went to the monitor and went “Ohh~!”. Yongguk said “it’s B.A.P’s image” and smiled. Finishing the photoshoot with a cool expression, they moved to the white-walled set for their solo cuts.

Please take notice of this making-cut happening! You know, when the main member is taking their photo and then turning around to see what the other members are up to, there were laughs all around! The “1004” pose, a three-man group pretending to be paparazzi, playing studio assistant, giving piggybacks, even Zelo playfully slapping Daehyun… all their little acts (laughs). Himchan and Jongup were together the who~le time. Soon they couldn’t stop laughing, and in the end Jongup fell to his knees laughing. Himchan’s report of “I’m sorry! We can’t control Jongup now!” saw himself bursting into laughter on the verge of tears. 

When the cameraman was adjusting the lighting, I asked for the camera to let the members check the photos. I wanted to show them the photos, but I wasn’t too sure how to use the camera and fumbled, and then Youngjae came in a flash and expressed something like “let me see?” through eye contact. Youngjae fiddled with the camera and when the screen came on, he gave a smile with a “here!” feel. So reliable! In that way I received help from the members, and in the midst of all the laughter (the staff watching the photoshoot laughed heaps as well), the photoshoot finished without a hitch. 

Source: Kpopstarz

Translation: cassie_babyz

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[TRANS] B.A.P for 10 Star Magazine Interview (Excuse Me)

B.A.P’s Favorite Song

Yongguk: There are so many hip-hop albums to choose from, it’s hard to pick the best one; with jazz albums I feel that there needs to be some sort of familiarity. (I also listen to Jazz and it is a genre that is very interesting and makes me feel very free!) When I was in High School I was really fond of listening to Anthony Hamilton’s “Comin’ From Where I’m From”, I really recommend it. I would explain this song in one word as marvelous!

Himchan: Recently I’ve been listening “Easier Tonight” by Matt Wertz. It has a soft melody that goes very well with his alluring voice. Just listening to this song makes me feel very relaxed, and the acoustic guitar is probably the best point in the song. Probably one of the best albums I recommend is Mr.A-Z by Jason Mraz. All the songs are amazing! With Jason Mraz’s music you can come across a variety of genres and you can really tell how he sings with unfailing musicality and sophistication especially with this album.

Daehyun: I listen to a lot of Trey Songz’s songs. I’ve been listening to his new album Trigga that came out the other day, its trendy yet it has a sense of freshness to it. I really like it. If you like R&B you should definitely trying listening to it once. Some musicians I admire are Ray Charles, Gregory Porter, Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight; they are all impeccable musicians. These were some of the artist I listened to while working towards my dreams; they have a strong influence in my life and I still listen to them even today. When you find a great artist to listen to, you can find special charm in them at anytime under any circumstances; that is when you know you have found a great artist to listen to. And of course, even when time continues their songs are always truly a masterpiece.

Youngjae: Similar to Daehyun, I also enjoyed listening to Trey Songz’ album! It contains R&B Hip Hop feel which he composed most of the songs in the album. I’ve listened to the entire album without having to choose one favorite. I hope all of you Babyz will listen to it a lot as well! The song I would recommend is [Brown Sugar] by D’Angelo from the (D’Angelo) album. D’Angelo had this soul feel which when you listen to it, you’ll immediately love it like me. In the debut album, the song [Brown Sugar], as well as all the songs that was recorded in the album, I’m really attracted to it. To be honest, I don’t think there’s a song that I find it addictive, but I absolutely love the album for its carefree feeling that uses light rhythm.

Jongup: I also choose Trey Songz, but it’s his most recent album called [Trigga] which I listened to it a lot. I might sound exaggerated, but I’ve listened to the album the whole day. It has the R&B Hip Hop feel and I really hope you guys listen to the musical quality in the album. There are so many reason why I love this album. I hope you guys listen to it a lot as well okay!

Zelo: I choose a Korean artist, Kang San Eh’s [Salmon], which I listened to it a lot. You guys might think it’s a very surprising choice, but I actually knew this song by chance although it was released back in 1998. Even if this song was released a long time ago, I thought the word does not change the value of masterpiece. I like all about it, which I can’t even choose a single line to capture the lightness of the lyrics. First time I heard it, my impression was [WOW]!

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Sep 05, 2014
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[TRANS] B.A.P for Ten Asia Member Interview: Jongup

Q. It’s been past 8 months since you became 20, was there any difference from when you were in your teens?

JU: The fact that there are more things to experience. A hot summer night like nowadays, I can drink with some delicious food. Haha. Most of all, I feel more responsible since I am not a minor any more. I think that I should be responsible for my actions since I am not a minor. Honestly, I had responsibility since I was a minor because I started working in the society early, I think that the responsibility of 20 years of age is different.

Q. I heard that you started writing lyrics since you became 20.

JU: I don’t have a lot. I want to write even the most ordinary events to most unusual events. I’m trying to write even though it is not great to find my own style by going through all the failures.

Q. Most of the members say that it is fun to be around you. Do you have your special jokes?

JU: Um… I don’t try to make them laugh but i think there are points that is funny to them. I guess my actions and my thoughts are different from others. But i like how people think it’s funny and accept it. Especially the members, they have some connections going on with me. It’s a success since the people that i love and do music with get along together well. ( laugh)

Q. You named the koala plush kopeter (kopi + peter) that you bought at the gift shop in Australia. Did you bring them to Korea safely?

JU: Kopi peter… ran away. Haha, just kidding! They arrived to Korea safely and I sent them to a new family. The reason i brought them to Korea was to share the mood and the feeling in Australia to the fans in Korea. I was thankful that i was able to perform on awesome stages in the love of fans, and eat good food while looking at the amazing landscape. So, when i was choosing a gift for the fans to show my heart i chose kopeter that represents Australia. Kopeter is probably receiving a lot of love and sleeping at a fan who loves B.A.P. Kopeter, where are you? What are you doing?

Q. You are famous for your interest in animes. If you get a chance to meet a character in real life, who would it be?

JU: I would choose Poketmonster’s Snorlax. His stomach looks very comfortable so i want to sleep on it. It will be really comfortable and i’ll have a nice dream.

Q. I heard that you sleep a lot with Himchan, sharing the room together. And you chose Snorlax.

JU: Other members always make fun of us since all we do is sleep. They say that we probably sleep more than 15 hours.

Q. You have such a positive personality, so you said that you were happy when you got sty for the first time.

JU: I was fascinated by sty when i first got it because i finally got to experience it. Now i can go anywhere and talk about sty! But if i do get sty again i probably will be angry and frustrated. Because i experienced something that is not fascinating nor fun. (Laugh) even i think that i’m positive so i don’t really get angry. Of course there are times when i am angry, feel hatred, and scared. But if i cant avoid it, i try to take it in a positive way. I do express and relieve my stress in my own way.

Q. How do you relieve your stress?

JU: I listen to my favorite song the whole day. And if i feel better i also dance. I don’t do anything special, but listen to music which i love and settle my mind, and try to erase any bad memories.

Q. When was the last time that you laughed really loud.

JU: I cant really choose one moment since i laugh so many times nowadays. I’m living happily with the members and resting.

Q. Have you ever been upset at the other members?

JU: Everyone lived their own life pattern for their lives, of course i had times when i was upset. Like Yongguk said, if you didn’t have any complaints that is more weird. There were few rime like that, but i don’t really remember why i was upset. It was probably a small thing. Now, we know each other so well, so there is no need to get upset.

Q. You are not the youngest, the middle nor the oldest. Are there any time that you feel Zelo as your friend?

JU: Not just Zelo, but hyungs are not strict about their position, so we live very comfortable. We make jokes and make one person it and make jokes on that person. (Laugh) many think that we are not comfortable with Yongguk, but if he is not producing then we just get along easily. That is why i like my members.

Q. After 10 years, you will be 30. Did you ever thought about who you might of become?

JU: I never actually though about it. I want to age up. It might be greedy but i want to stay like this right now and do music with the members. Haha. But 10 years will pass by for us too?

Q. What is your dream?

JU: Myself and my family, B.A.P members and their families, and our fans, i mean the whole world to be happy. That is my dream. It is a small start but i can say that my dream is accomplished if the music and anything that i do make someone happy?

Q. Lastly, anything to say to the fans?

JU: Everyone i love you. I’m really not good with saying these kind of things, but i’ve been trying to lately. Did you guys notice that i was trying? I will express more and show more from now on. We will meet again soon so wait a little bit more!

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