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?