[VID+TRANS] 111105 YTN Phone Interview with Junsu
Anchor: Hello, Junsu-ssi.
Anchor: It’s about 10pm there, right?
Junsu: Yeah..nice to meet you..it’s morning here.
Q. It’s a day before the Berlin concert. How do you feel? Nervous?
A. Excited, rather than nervous. I think because we have an experience in Barcelona, Spain, the tension and excitement is lasting. We’re preparing well for a better stage.
Q. I’ve heard a lot about the Spain concert. Some says you danced more powerfully, encouraged by the fans’ wild appluase.
Q. How were the European fans’ response?
A. First, I was amazed that a lot of European fans recognized us when we were walking around. I think the response was so enthusiastic because Spain is the country of passion. We thought, the fans drew out something more than we got, not really because we worked hard.
Q. You answered modestly.
Q. An oversea concert is not an unfamiliar thing. Is there a paricular reason for choosing Spain and Germany, Europe among all the countries?
A. First, the geographical factor was dominant. We could embrace Western Europan fans in Spain, and gather Eastern, Northern European fans in Germany, so we put these into consideration. On top of that, in many apsects, we thought it would be meaningful to make a first step in a country where Kpop isn’t introduced directly.
Q. As you are the first to have a concert in Europe, it must have been not easy. I’m sure there were some hard parts.
A. First, it was a country that we, JYJ, have never been before even as a trip, and we were also worried about having our exclusive stage and performance in an unfamiliar country. However, we are so thankful that so many fans came, and it made us think we should make more chances to meet Euopean fans in the future.
Q. It was reported that you recieved favorable responses from the local press. Why do you think the Europeans like Kpop?
A. I think it’s probably because the Korean singers’ music improved so much and the music is so nice. A singer is defined by music, and I think there is a good response because the music is great. In addition, what should I say, Korean singers’ closeness? There is a sene of closeness, and through SNS, the effects related to that part amplified.
Q. They like Kpop because the music is great.. it is something natural, but it’s not easy to make the music ‘great’, right? I guess you’re proud about popularizing Korea by music to Europeans.
A. We are of course proud, but as much as proud we are, we feel heavy with responsibility, and it makes us think more about many things. When we take a step forward, we first think if this benefits JYJ, if this might be harmful to our country. Starting from there, we are working hard, thinking that nothing can be better than being able to let the world know about Korean culture, and show our own stage through these opportunities.
Q. You had concerts in Thailand and Japan. Isn’t the taste in music different in each countries?
A. Yes, I think the taste in music must be different in countries, but Kpop is especially recieving love all over the world. In that aspect, I think maybe Korean music has a special power, different from the power that other kinds of music have. Also, the fans who keep loving and listening to the music works as a motivation to make better music, and this circulates.
Q. You are saying the popularity of Kpop is global. Is there a moment you realized it?
A. As I said before, some people recognized us.. I walked around Berlin for a moment yesterday, and I saw JYJ posters hanging, and people recognized us. It was amazing, and pleasant. However, we should work hard and make a great show not to disappoint them.
Q. I’m sure you talked with other members. Have you ever talked about we made it this far?
A. It was rather more like, this is a chance to experience a new culture, and take a new step forward… if we stayed only in Asia, we could have settled for what we had, but taking this opporunity, a passion and desire to accomplish something more formed. And it also became a stimulation to us, to satisfy the fans with our music and JYJ schedules. Of course it’s meaningful to show our music through the Europe tour, but it also became a good stimulation for our music, and made us think we should work harder.
Q. What are you planning for after the concert?
A. This year, I think we’ll be having a short break after the Europe tour. We call it a break, but it could be a preparaion process for next year. Due to the individual schedules or the Europe tour, we didn’t have a chance to write many songs, so we’re also planning to write more songs for our next album, or our next step. We’re going to have a time to refresh ourselves.
Credit: YTN news
Translated by with junsu