110321 [INTERVIEW] MBLAQ "Activities with 4 members without Mir were very empty" (①)
MBLAQ's charm honest and non-innocent image. Don't you think that the mystery surrounding idols will be missing with this kinda of image?
We've been portraying this image ever since we debuted. We've also had problems because we were too honest. I think even if you try to cover up and act innocent on screen, your true nature will be revealed eventually. I also think that the public will be uncomfortable if you don't show your true personality. (G.O)
When I was younger, I always thought that whatever I saw on TV was a lie. I'm a person who hates lying, so I want to show an honest heart. If I have to watch out for my image, I don't think I can do it. (Seungho)
Who is the most attractive member as a guy?
We all have something we envy each other for. For Seungho's case, his determination. If he thinks something is right, his strength is that he will push for it all the way. Joon has a smooth charm to make his girlfriends comfortable. He also has a bit of a clumsy personality but that is also his other charm. Thunder is the member with the cutest charm, umm.. as for Mir, I'm not sure. No. Mir's charm is his wit and sense? (G.O)
The member who is the most sensitive about his own news articles.
It's Mir. Mir creates stories on his own for news and then worries and stresses about it. He has a habit of getting very worked up over events. Many times he called us up and asked us out of curiosity when his name occassionally appeared as one of the top-searched keywords on the Internet. (Seungho)
Music MBLAQ pursues.
I don't think there is a specific genre that is unique as MBLAQ and our colour yet at the moment. So, our first target is to achieve that image. Also, we want to make music that will make people think of MBLAQ upon hearing.
Imagine yourself within 10 years.
When I'm 35 years old, I think I will promote an album that is completely produced on my own. I believe this could happen even before I turn 35. I will date freely, be comfortable in my music and go on vacations. If I meet a woman I love, I also want to get married. (G.O)
I would have achieved all my dreams. My dream is to become a producer and a young father in my 20's but I think it is a bit too late to become a father now. After MBLAQ secures a strong position in 5 years' time, I will enroll into the army, fulfill my army duties, get married at 33 years old, and have a son before I hit middle age. (Seungho)
I'm not too sure but I think I will be studying acting or working harder in my music. (Lee Joon)
I think I will just be a free person. Someone who does whatever I want? (Thunder)
110321 [INTERVIEW] MBLAQ 'diversity' straightforward answers "To me, OO is?" (②)
Their answers varied widely for the same questions. The members' distinct individuality and various charms were proven in this interview.
This story is about MBLAQ who released their first full album 1 year and 2 months after their debut, and showed off their best work as chic idols with 'Stay' and 'Cry'.
During an interview with TV Daily recently, MBLAQ fully revealed unexpected images of themselves, showing a new image of them peeling layers like an 'onion' that has never been shown before in dramas, music programmes, variety, and more.
Fans see the image of stars on TV and are soaked into the illusions of those images. Although the image seen could be their actual appeal, but it is also possible for stars to think differently of their own attraction.
My appeal is my good sociability? I'm very outgoing so I can talk to anyone without a frown. For example, when I'm depressed, I will still show a bright image so that the other party won't know how I truly feel, something like that. (G.O)
I heard that I have a very cold expression I'm actually not cold. I may distinguish myself at first, but once we get along better I will take care of people and cherish them well. (Thunder)
Unlike the other members, Lee Joon who has been troubled for a while started speaking with difficulty. "That seems like a very difficult question. I still don't know specifically what my charm is."
On the other hand, Seungho spit out his reply at once without trouble. "Honestly? I don't tell lies. If I can I will say it, but if I can't, I'd rather not answer than lie". He also added some meaningful words, "That's why I've seen a lot of damage".
"In fact, I've always assumed that this is the kind of image I should live with. However, others regarded this as my extreme personal opinion and there were cases when people thought that I was egoistic. This can be perceived as a positive leadership trait, but on the other end of the spectrum, it could appear stubborn. So I'm working hard to change this." (Seungho)
What kind of women are you attracted to?
The opposite gender's style that attracts the MBLAQ members do not overlap at all.
I hesitated for a moment before throwing this to Seungho who said 'I'd rather not answer than tell lies'. But thankfully, Seungho consistently answered without fail.
"I like girls who don't tell lies. Honestly, I'm very amazed when people say 'My ideal type looks like so and so'. I would think 'Shouldn't you meet up first?'. I feel that if you are attracted by someone's appearance, you should get to know the person's character first". (Seungho)
G.O's clearly showed his past experience in the matter. "I don't like people who don't open their hearts and say things out loud. Someone who keeps things inside will eventually lead to separation, I hate it when people think about the problems by themselves, get heavily influenced by the matter and make decisions on their own. I think it is good for women to talk about their daily lives and secrets often". (G.O)
Lee Joon's condition for his ideal type was clear and concise. "It is the best if she is really, really nice. It would be nice if she is pretty too?"
Thunder slowly began to talk. "Becoming more attached to each other after spending more time together and start dating in the future when you really like each other, I think this is better. Besides love at first sight, I don't think I have any other specific conditions".
To MBLAQ, OO is?
To G.O, moustache is?
"I don't think I can be separate from it even if I want to. It's my trademark? Even those who recognise me now remember that I used to have a moustache. Today's G.O exists because of that moustache".
To Seungho, dark circles are?
"They're the results of hard work. It is true that I was very bothered about it at first. I was also stressed out over it. But now I think nothing of it. I've never thought about treating it either".
To Lee Joon, pubic bone is?
"It's just a bone. I've revealed it once before on TV.. I haven't been exercising much lately so I don't want to show my abs, but they kept asking me to reveal them, so I showed my pubic bone. There isn't any significant meaning to it".
To Thunder, part-time ads are?
"They're just ads. The concept itself had comical parts so I felt pressured. So, I practised a lot and managed to film while acting in character.
110321 [INTERVIEW] MBLAQ G.O explains "'Pigeon folder' has porn files? The truth is..." (③)
Male group MBLAQ's G.O revealed the secret to his 'pigeon folder'.
During the 'Fragrant Interview' corner in cable channel Mnet's 'MBLAQ Sesame Player' aired on the 10th last week, Thunder exposed a secret that is hidden within G.O's computer.
In the show, Thunder said, "G.O's computer has 30 GB of porn. The name of the folder is called the pigeon folder". G.O was caught off guard with this revelation.
G.O strongly denied this during the interview with TV Daily, "Those are not porn".
He started clarify himself, "Honestly you can put a lot of things in a folder. You have pictures, music, other videos are also possible".
G.O explained, "So, I keep many videos of my favourite singers. Thunder saw the files in the folder and saw the faces of the female singers in the videos so he thought they were porn". He also stressed, "Those are definitely not porn".
The honest and sesame-like interview triggered explosive responses for 'MBLAQ Sesame Player' aired every Thursday at 5pm.
110321 [INTERVIEW] MBLAQ Lee Joon "Honestly I can't act well alongside female partners" (④)
Male group MBLAQ's Lee Joon revealed his true feelings about his recent collaboration with IU and T-ara's Jiyeon.
Lee Joon became a hot discussion topic when he recently participated in K.Will's comeback music video for 'My Heart is Beating' with IU. Besides that, he also attracted attention as he was casted with Jiyeon to dub the voices of the movie animation 'Gnomeo and Juliet'.
Lee Joon who has worked with female artists more often than the other members told TV Daily through an interview, "I never thought that I'm very lucky with female partners".
He further explained, "It is all for work, we work well with each other all for work, there is no other meaning to it, I've never once thought of this as luck. They are all good at what they do, and as colleagues, all I think about is that 'they are very good'".
Besides that, he also confessed, "Honestly, I'm the type of person who can't work well with ladies. So if I'm filming alone, I will tell them that it is okay if they don't help me. I can act while looking at their fists", showing a different image.
On a different note, MBLAQ ended the promotion activities for their first full album released 1 year and 2 months after their debut.
110322 MBLAQ Seungho, "Dark Circles the Result of Hard Work" Cool Man [Interview ⑤]
Macho MBLAQ who has the tendency to have it all. Amidst them in particular is the rough manly Seungho who is the man who profoundly makes the macho man and beastly man come together in harmony.
Seungho, although he debuted at a late age he made up his mind and ran solely looking at the top of the summit. Maybe that's why there's a charisma that can't be compared with others in his eyes and has the feel of a man.
Throughout the interview with TV Daily he only spit out the thoughts that he was thinking by himself. To the question of what kind of music MBLAQ wants to do he replied with "I don't think there's a genre that clearly fits with MBLAQ's color yet" in an assured voice.
Seungho is a distinct person whos beliefs are as clear as the future he goes towards. In some ways because of his cool judgment and stubbornness he may give off a slight feeling of coldness but because it's Seungho it's understandable.
Honestly, it wouldn't be wrong to say that Seungho is the original cold and chic man. He began with "I couldn't express my heart well to the members when we first met. So they probably thought I was acting coy". Then he confessed his out of the ordinary personality with "I came thinking 'Why should I show my personality to people I'm not friends with?'".
Member Lee Joon recollected the past with "Seungho hyung really changed a lot. Back then his eyes had a violent look but I think it's a lot more good-natured now". Seungho concluded with "I think it's because I came through adolescence wrong. When I was younger I was really good-natured in pictures" with laughter.
The original cold and chic man Seungho also changed after meeting the members. Through spending long times of promotions he seems pleased with his inward perky heart.
We are suddenly getting curious about seemingly tough Seungho's ideal girl. "I like girls who don't lie. I find it interesting when ideal types are said to be similar to someone else." Of course it is a reply just like Seungho. Because Seungho is so honest, lies are like rat poison to him.
Even with a question on his ideal type he responded sternly. "I have to meet her. It's true that someone can be an ideal type by just looking at the face but I'm not that type of person. If I like how she looks I think that I should at least know her personality."
"At around 33 years old I'm going to get married and have a kid before middle-age. I really hope that my first-born is a boy!" Seungho doesn't just have his ideal type but has a 10 year program mapped out. "My original dream was to be a young dad at the age of 20 but it's too late now. So I want to hurry and achieve my dream of being successful as a producer and get married".
Same member Lee Joon's response to the question of his ideal type "If she's kind then ddaeng (T/N: I'm assuming that means that's his ideal type)!, Thunder's was "I never thought about it". Even though they're only one or two years apart, just by their views on their ideal type there is a clear distinction that maybe Seungho may be a little more mature.
The dark circles that have become Seungho's trademark is the result of confidence of a cool man. The full confidence of the 20 year olds, vigor, with the hottest Seungho, it would be good to anticipate MBLAQ activities.
110320 [INTERVIEW] MBLAQ "The confrontation was enjoyable" [Trendy Interview ①]
Five-membered male group MBLAQ who 'can actually be more successful...' are idols who are united in their musical voice and excellent variety sense.
MBLAQ managed to rise at a frightening speed and took on the challenge as a male group when the first batch of their comeback full-length album ran out of stock. However, bad fortune knocked on their door when their released album was overlapped with comebacks by some of the nation's top idols. MBLAQ's 'Trendy Interview' was conducted to expressed their feelings about the last broadcast of this special album.
✔ Last broadcast already, this album was released during the comeback of many great idols, do you feel any regrets or lacking while wrapping up the promotional activities?
It's really too bad. (MBLAQ)
There were always a lot of singers around during our comeback. After we debuted, we've also promoted during the same period as Jihoon hyung (Rain) before. We would just have fun. Rather than thinking 'other singers are out, what should we do if we can't make it', we never forget the in-between spaces and hope that people will still check us out. When we came out without anything in the beginning, we didn't have a goal to be No.1, so we just promoted with joyful hearts. However, we do feel regretful now because we really want to win No.1 but we've yet to reach this target. (Seungho)
But we managed to learn a lot when promoting together with fellow cool idols. (Lee Joon)
✔ This album portrays even more chic charm, you still want to be known as 'neighbourhood oppa idols'?
First and foremost, we definitely perform on stage in a way that is suitable for the songs, we want to show a more honest image in variety or reality programmes, so we feel that 'it is nice to be called 'neighbourhood oppa idols''. Our fans know about this, rather than hiding MBLAQ and becoming a lie, we prefer revealing ourselves without filter because this kind of image shines the most. It is great if MBLAQ is always this happy and comfortable. Jihoon hyung (Rain) initially planned for us to have a group image like our g.o.d. seniors. (G.O)
✔ MBLAQ's order of rank
Joon's birthday is in early '88, his birthday is actually earlier than my friends (in Korea, they refer to people of the same age as 'friends'). However, Joon entered school a grade lower than me, therefore I easily became his hyung. We entered the agency and started training at the same time. One month later, I received a text message from Joon which said 'Today is my birthday'. Then, I asked him 'Why do you call me hyung? We could just be friends'. He said 'I feel more comfortable calling you hyung'. Ever since then, he has been calling me hyung. So, G.O also naturally became his hyung when he entered our company. Nevertheless, I never saw Joon as a younger brother. I tend to set clear standards for this, if you're younger than me then you're younger, if you're older than me then you're older. Joon was very poor during our trainee days. One day, I decided to treat him for a meal and asked to drop the formal speech between us. In order to relieve the awkwardness, G.O and I also naturally dropped formalities with each other. (Seungho)
We're all very comfortable, just like friends. (Lee Joon)
✔ Any particular nicknames the members have always wanted?
Mine is 'Jjang (best)-dol! I want to be the 'best idol'. Haha (Lee Joon)
Ah... 'Jjang-dol' is too much... Um I want to be macho-dol! Our released songs are very manly so it would be good if we can deliver it that way. (G.O)
I think I like the one we've been using from the beginning 'chic-dol' since I'm no different on stage and off stage. (Seungho)
I'm the 'torn-comic-dol'! I think I like it the most when people say I seem like I appeared from torn comics. (Thunder)
✔ Teacher Rain, have you seen him lately?
Not long ago, we went to see him when he was filming his movie next to the M Countdown building. We waited while he was filming and managed to greet him after that. The people closest to us were never able to receive a CD from us, hence this time we would like to deliver this repackaged album and apologise. All the best in your filming, we will always cheer for you. (MBLAQ)
✔ What are your future plans now that your advancement to Japan has been affected by the earthquake aftermath?
We're sad because we did have plans for activities in Japan. We don't have anymore specific plans yet at the moment. We still have songs in the works and we need more preparations. There are no fixed plans on whether we would have activities in Japan for a while or release an album in Korea consecutively. No matter what, we will continue to study music and we may have plans to come up with good music whenever we can. (G.O)
MBLAQ's Japanese activities have been extended indefinitely. There were many casualties caused by the earthquake, I hope that the situation will be restored fast. (Seungho)
We're only taking a break from activites in music shows from now on, we will continue appearing on other variety and reality programmes. (Lee Joon)
I was very busy with our promotional activities during the Japan earthquake, I didn't know my sister (Sandara Park) was in Japan. I found out after my Mom called me. I was a little shocked when I got the news because I was worried. I hope they will stay strong. (Thunder)
110320 [INTERVIEW] MBLAQ "We play on our own in the waiting room" [Trendy Interview ②]
Are 'chic idols' MBLAQ really chic off stage? 'Trendy Interview' found MBLAQ backstage during their preparations for the last stage for 'BLAQ Style - 3D Edition', their hidden images will be revealed in detail.
✔ How to play in the waiting room?
We all have something in common, but I sleep the most. (Lee Joon)
Nowadays we are living in the smart era, I do a lot of web shopping and monitoring. (Seungho)
I always have a change of mind on Twitter. There were times when I posted lyrics as well. Writing on Twitter can resolve things. But fans have been concerned about us dating, there is no such thing. Something like that won't even reveal a portion of it. Haha (G.O)
✔ Do you play with other idols in the waiting room?
We play on our own. (G.O)
Unlike other groups, we have yet never played in other singers' waiting rooms. We only meet and greet idols who pass by, we will only call out idols whom we want to speak to. (Seungho)
✔ Idols you always play with in the waiting room?
I'm close to Onew (SHINee), not long ago I also played with Kwanghee (ZE:A) on M Countdown. (Lee Joon, in the middle of this interview, Onew came to the waiting room to look for him).
I'm good friends with Seulong (2AM). I've always wanted an older brother since young, so I'm also close with some singer hyungs. (Seungho)
I'm also close to Seulong (2AM) and Junsu (2PM). I'm usually very close to a lot of my peers. MBLAQ may be juniors, but when comparing year of debut I'm the most senior. I also have friends I've known since my days in TyKeys. Anyway, I don't nitpick same aged friends, seniors or juniors, I get along well with everyone. (G.O)
My personal connections with idols are Seungri and I'm also close to IU. (Thunder)
✔ Food most eaten in the waiting room?
We really eat a lot. We eat various Korean dishes the most, we also eat pizzas occasionally. (Thunder)
My style is to put everything together and consume them all at once. G.O is a quantitative eater, he eats a little bit each meal but many times a day. So when people say I 'inhale (food)' or 'eat a lot', I think G.O eats more than I do. (Seungho)
I agree. (G.O)
✔ Is there any difference between meals during your debut and now?
MBLAQ has very human qualities so we don't have money problems! If we tell our company that we don't want to eat, then we have to eat money. I believe that we should always eat properly, eat and work... (Seungho)
We've been earning a lot. We're eating well. (G.O)
I also came to eat today, let's have a jajangmyun (black bean paste noodles) party. (Thunder)
✔ Member who monitors other groups the most in the waiting room?
Thunder and Mir are good at it. (G.O)
It's Mir! I think Mir can be an entertainment representative in 10 years. Haha he is the type who doesn't go together with the rest of the members when he monitors idol groups making a comeback on his own. (Seungho)
✔ Seungho's charm has increased compared to before debut?
I've always had charms to a certain degree. But if you naturally ask me to 'do it' that I can't do it even if I die. Honestly, I've never monitored myself even once after I attempted to show my charms. I can be charming to the people I'm close to, but this is asking me to show display my charms to people who didn't do anything. Honestly, they aren't considered charms if you do it for other people. (Seungho)
He's more charming now. (G.O)
✔ When will G.O show his abs from debut?
That was actually an old photo but it appeared again suddenly. He didn't have hair back then. (laughs) But he actually does! Was it Photoshopped? (Seungho)
No, at the time my (body) hair was just moderate, but suddenly I became more manly haha, I think I should be able to show how my hair has grown. It is really cool if you actually see it, but viewers might be horrified if they see only portions of it... After cleaning up well, I will show a cool and complete look through pictorials. (G.O)
✔ Reason Lee Joon is the only one without Twitter?
At first I came here thinking I just won't do it. I've always been comfortable with a mini homepage since middle school. I still don't plan to have Twitter for now. (Lee Joon)
✔ Thunder when you exposed your abs, how did your sister Sandara Park react?
I worked out a lot. I don't have many parts so I wanted to leave a strong impression. I wondered if it would be memorable, I wanted it to see 'Abs exposure better than unique dance'. I kept missing the timing during the first week, so I did it again in the second week. My sister complimented, 'Very cool. Looks like you're doing well on stage now'.
✔ MBLAQ's unusual love for nephews, plans after marriage?
My nephews are very cute, right? Since I'm a guy, of course I'd love to have a daughter. (G.O)
I don't have specific plans to have a son or daughter. Just let it be a natural birth! I'm not a calculative person. (Lee Joon)
I want a son no matter what! The firstborn son must carry on the Yang family name. I know there are Yangs in places like Jeju and Namwon, I'm a Cheongju Yang. If I meet someone outside with the surname Yang, that person is my relative. Because of this, I must have a son no matter what. (Seungho)
I will raise a handsome son first then I want a daughter as well. (Thunder)
▶ Speed interview 'MBLAQ's...'
MBLAQ's likability > Don't tell lies (Seungho), handsome (G.O), kind (Lee Joon - Thunder)
MBLAQ's bad points > Too honest (Seungho), temperamental (G.O), easily swayed (Lee Joon), timied (Thunder)
MBLAQ's unique points > Fearless (Seungho), heavy eater (G.O), pure (Lee Joon), serious (Thunder)
MBLAQ's taste in women > Personality (Seungho), honest (G.O), kind (Lee Joon), innocent (Thunder)
MBLAQ's relationship > Takes the lead (Seungho), adjusts accordingly (G.O), does everything (Lee Joon), must lead (Thunder)
MBLAQ's alcohol tolerance > 1 and half bottles (Seungho), 2 bottles (G.O), can't drink 1 bottle (Lee Joon), allergy (Thunder)
MBLAQ's hobbies > Gadgets (Seungho), movies (G.O), sleeping (Lee Joon), imagination (Thunder)
MBLAQ's first class spoiler > Piano (Seungho), composing (G.O), spring reform (Lee Joon), cats (Thunder)
A+ to MBLAQ > Energiser (Seungho), friend (G.O), heart (Lee Joon), oxygen (Thunder)
S: TV Daily via Nate 1, 2, 3, 4; TV Daily; bnt News 1, 2
T: Choi Yoori@AbsoluteMBLAQ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; J00NiEx@AbsoluteMBLAQ
Both are good interviews, well worth the read.