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This is part of a series of interviews Asiae.co.kr is doing with G-Dragon. You can find the other articles under the cut….
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(News on: November 19 2008)
Recently, there has been so much talk about group Big Bang.
The most recent one will be TOP and Lee Hyori’s kiss performance on MKMF, receiving heated discussion on the internet. And DaeSung on SBS ‘Family Outing’ which recently also broke record with the highest viewership. Their 2nd album title song ‘Sunset Glow’ flying up music charts, as always. And them doing so many endorsements lately, hitting into the CF world as ‘big models’.
With DaeSung absent for the interview away for the filming of ‘Family Outing’, the other 4 members opened up and talked about their recent news updates and also criticisms aimed at them about their dressing etc.
Their sense of humour increases with every interview, Big Bang confessed, “We are more worried about what to do in the future.”

Q: First of all, TOP, what are you going to do about all the talk regarding your kiss performance during MKMF?
TOP: I have to make do with whatever everyone make of the performance. Just accidentally. This is really worrisome an answer. (Laugh)
Q: Is there any special reason why TOP gets chosen out of the 5 members for this?
SeungRi : Because we need someone who has strong acting skills for this, we thought it is best we get TOP hyung to do this performance.
Q: Whose idea was it for SeungRi’s ‘U-Go-Girl’ performance?
SeungRi: Hyori noona made a male version of the song and was wondering aloud how it would be like to have me do it. I have no idea why too. (Laugh)
Q: Let’s go into our main topic of the interview. ‘Sunset Glow’ is a remake? Or is it a sampling?
SeungRi: It’s sampling, isn’t it. It’s like how previously Se7en hyung did a sampling of Seo Taiji and Boys‘ ‘I Know’. Part of the melody remains and the rest are new creations and compositions.
Q: Big Bang has received a lot of plus-points for their creativity. There was no thoughts of releasing the official album with totally new songs?
TaeYang: For our first official album, we did a little cynical rendition on the idea of ‘money does it all’ with ‘Dirty Cash’. The official album reflects on the social atmosphere.
When president Yang told us that we will be doing ‘Sunset Glow’ we were a little doubtful about it. But after finishing the album, the song was well received. We also thought that the elders will enjoy the album. We recorded it during our 3rd minialbum (promotion), it came out well and we thought it really should be used as a title song.
Q: Because this is an official album, so the promotional activities should also last for quite a long time.
TaeYang : We will be doing a concert next January. We will be promoting earnestly till then, and we will be heading to America after that.
Q: GDragon seemed unwell. You even had sunglasses on.
GDragon: No. Yesterday (17th November) I slept for a long time. Had eye infection. Will have to have my sunglasses on the whole day.
TOP: We all slept a lot. We are feeling a little nervous.
Q: Have your know-how to fight sleep increased a little at least?
TaeYang: Not for DaeSung who can overcome sleep. You have to sleep when you have to. (Laugh) Last time, when it’s time to sleep, it was all personal or work time. But now, when it’s time, everyone goes to sleep.
Q: All these shows us just how busy you guys have been. Big Bang’s position now, are you not satisfied?
TaeYang: We didn’t think it that way. The journey is still a far one for us. It’s been only 3 years since we started. We all are aware of the love that everyone gives us, whenever we think of that it makes us wants to work hard. We are actually quite worried about where our directions in the future.
Q: What are Big Bang’s strengths?
GDragon : The first will have to be that our specialisations are all different. Our team dimensions are also quite different and unique in our way. We have different talents in our team. Our weaknesses, none. (Laugh)
TOP: Until now we don’t feel that we have a weakness. If we think that there are limits, we will start thinking that there are things that we are unable to achieve and show to the world when we are performing on stage.
GDragon: Uhm. Sometimes because we are short of time, it is impossible for us to fix all the details during our practices. Due to the really short time duration we are given, we do have to use complements during our performances to make up.
Q: There is such a cute atmosphere to ‘Sunset Glow’. TOP ssi, you seems a little awkward. (Laugh)
TOP: No. It seems everyone says that about me when they see me. But I think I can be sufficiently cute too. (Laugh)

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(News on: November 23 2008)
And the answers were “I’d like to take the subway”, “I’d like to ride on a bicycle through the streets of MyongDong”, “I’d like to eat Ddeok Bokki (spicy rice cakes) by the road sides”.
We see the pureness and youth of an ordinary 20-year-old in the Big Bang members, the ones who took the Kpop scene by storm this year.
Big Bang has started their 2nd album ‘Remember’ activities. Big Bang, who has been working without a rest for this 2 years and 6 months, was posed the question of what they would like to do if they can go on a vacation.
And the answers were “I’d like to take the subway”, “I’d like to ride on a bicycle through the streets of MyongDong”, “I’d like to eat Ddeok Bokki (spicy rice cakes) by the road sides”. We see the pureness and youth of an ordinary 20-year-old in the Big Bang members who took the Kpop industry by storm.
Q: This time for your title song ‘Sunset Glow’, it’s a remake of a famous song.
GDragon: We try to convey a message of hope for many people who are feeling wary of reality. Had wanted to do this since some time back and I had a talk with Yang president. So we took up the challenge and did the remake of this famous song.
Q: Helping the residents who are also the victims of the oil spill in the West Coast as the subject of your MV is really some refreshing.
TaeYang: We wanted to help out with the oil spill since last year but we couldn’t and it was a shame.”
GDragon: Even though we released a lot of minialbums, we try to put in a message for our full-length album. The release of our 1st album ‘Dirty Cash’ looked at the society at the time of a economy crisis. And for this 2nd album, we want to put in the message of hope.”
Q: You released albums after albums without rest.
TaeYang: Because we don’t want to forget. (Laugh) It will not be right if we take a rest. It seems that it is luck on our part that we can continuously release albums. And we thought it is something that we should do to produce enjoyable music at the right time to the masses.
Q: It seems that you guys have as little as no rest since your debut. When will your long vacation come?
SeungRi: It seems we can’t rest for even a day. But we would think that busy is a good thing too. We can’t do much to the fact that we are tired. We are in fact thankful that we can be this busy.
Q: What if, you are given 2 days of rest?
GDragon: I’d like to go to the amusement park with my friends. And I’d like to eat ddeok bbokki on the streets in a place with many people like in MyungDong. It’s been like 4 years since I last did this.”
TaeYang: Me too. When I was still a trainee with JiYoungie, we have a lot of fun taking the subway together to go for our training.
SeungRi: I would like to ride through the streets of MyungDong on a bicycle. I have been wanting to ride a bicycle a lot lately.
TOP: I’d like to find a quiet place and sleep during these 2 days. This is the practical way. Right now, we have to meet so many people in a day, this can be a rather tiring lifestyle.

Credit: sookyung
Source: sookyeong.wordpress.com


[Big Bang Interview Part 1]
Big Bang : “We lack sleep, but we’re happy”
Translated by melodygreenleaf.


G-Dragon “I lack sleep
The members sleep about four hours everyday. Because Big Bang’s “Lie” became so popular, their schedule got packed. Although it’s understandable that their manager would pack their schedules because they are a new group, and even though the members do not complain, they are continuously moving from one place to another. Their resting time has shortened especially from doing regional events as well. [T/N: regional events as in performances at colleges, etc. Stuff that usually doesn’t get aired.] G-Dragon said that he sleeps the least among the members. He said, “Honestly, the reason I wake up so late is that I stay up all night writing lyrics. That’s why I sometimes have less sleep than the other members. It’s never because I’m lazy. (Laugh).”

TOP’s and Taeyang’s Taste
When asked, “The member who is the pickiest when eating food?” the members chose TOP. The members said, “TOP-hyung worries for a long time when choosing something from a menu. If we say it in a good way, it’d be ‘taste’, if we say it in a bad way, it’d be ‘picky’. (Laugh).” However, TOP responded, “This is because I love food. I think Taeyang is picky.” Taeyang replied, “I’m a ‘food finder’. I look for food that I think tastes good. Among the ten foods I have found so far, I have already made two of them popular with the members.”

TOP’s dancing is weak?
When you hear Big Bang, you think of amazing rapping and fun dancing. When asked “Which member takes the longest time to memorize the the dance?” the members picked TOP. TOP said, “I agree. Compared to the other members, I have a jinx which prevents me from learning a dance quickly. During those times, I’m really embarrassed.”

Daesung “I’m a unique person”, Seungri “I’m sorry for being ‘over'”
[T/N: “Over” is what Koreans use to describe someone who overreacts]
Big Bang chose Seungri as the member that is most embarrassing to be seen with. Seungri said about this, “There has been times when I have been ‘over’ on a large stage. When I am feeling happy, I act weirdly, so I think the members are negatively affected by that. (Laugh).” The members chose Daesung as the strangest. Daesung said about this, “I have many thoughts that are a little different from what other people have. Rather than following other people, I see things from a different angle. I appear unique because I’m next to these kind of people. (Laugh).”

Big Bang: “Through our concert, we will return all the love we received from our fans.”
Big Bang said, “We want to have an enjoyable time with our fans during our “Big Bang 2007 Live Concert”, which begins on the 28th, and “2007 YG One Concert”, which opens on the 31st. We will return everything the members of YG family did for us and show our thanks to our fans by having an amazing concert.”

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Q1. Express V.I.P. in 5 letters. (latte)

jiyong= love of my life
seungri= forever together
daesung= veeaaiiipeee
taeyang= energizer
top= what we need to improve
(it was five letters.. in korean sleep.gif)

Q2. Tell us something that people are mistakened about bigbang (jakeunseunghyulnee)

=that we are short. well, compared to other singers we may be shorter because there are really tall people in other groups. but we aren’t like really short. we’re similar to other groups except the really tall ones in the group. but when we look at our pictures we do look short. it’s because we wear hip hop pants so it looks shorter than normal.

Q3. Each Bigbang members have their own solo songs. You probably like your own songs but whats the solo song you wanted to sing that wasn’t yours? ^^ (Now)

= i love think we have one because we each received what we like and our style.
taeyang= but i kind of wanted “bigboy” because it sounds so fun.
top= i liked “ma girl” i liked all the others too but i wanted to try “my girl”

Q4. congratulations on the 2 awards from MKMF. After the award what did CEO Yang Hyunsulk say!!!? and what did you guys say to eachother?! and did you guys have a party afterward? (ppippi)

jiyong= CEO Yang HyunSulk told us “Talented because can win but people who just try cannot” between the memebers, we just said “good job.” after party.. we didn’t have our own we just ate with the people from MKMF and went home and slept. we had practice the next morning.

Q5. Guys do it too but girls do plastic surgery to look prettier… what do you guys think about that? (bigbangbanjum)

tayang= i don’t think its bad. but if you depend too much on plastic surgery it’s bad. but if it’s because of a complex you have then its okay i guess.

Q6. V.I.Ps~ famous for the unique and funny replys~ you guys probably have seen them once in awhile right? that’s the one that you remember the most? (gogo)

taeyang= they reply with our name in them for example. “Gu Ret Seung Ri Ga” (properly “Gu Ret Seup Nee Ga” meaning oh really?”) etc. we call that “bigbang font” there are young fans replying but the older fans are really funny.

Q7. How did you feel when Seo Taiji allowed you to sample his music? (new beginning)

jiyong= YG took care of everything ^^;; ummm i feel.. well, seo taiji and boys weren’t our generation but we listened to everything starting from “come back home”. We listen to them til this very day .They are our artist idol. we are the first to sample his music and we worried a lot on whether we would mess up the song

Q8. What are some parts you feel that you lack as a singer? what do you need to work on to become a better singer? ^^ (JakSeungEeSaeSang)

jiyong= i think we lack experience. We received award ans 1st place but we lack experience. we need to work on our performance and the pose on stage. when we see people such as Insoonee we think “that’s a real singer”. we need more power on stage.

Q9. what’s different from the telzone interview you had in beginning of the year and now?? your the first star to do a second interview with telzone, how do you feel? (LeeMiYeon)

taeyang= before, the questions were sort of.. well, we were new singers but most of the questiosn were based on our personal lives but now its around where we stand and the responsiblities we have.

Q10. An episode while preparing the performance with wondergirls!! (YangGengTopKe)

TOP= After the performance with wondergirls people ask “are you close with wondergirls?” but our ages are similar so we become really shy around eachother so we didn’t really talk that much.
Jiyong= during practice, we didn’t use honorifics but the very next day we were using “–yo” (honorifics) again. but wonder girls is one of the close groups we know.
daeung= i didn’t really get a chance to talk to them too.

Q11. Say a word to people who could not buy the tickets to the concert due to the fast sell out! (singingjjiiyong)

jiyong= it’s sad but we’ll try to have more concerts so that other fans can come and see. i hope you guys win next time on the war of buying the tickets haha(? wtf is he talking about)
seungri= people around me and my family asked for tickets but even our company couldn’t get our hands on them.

Q12. If you can change into another member for a day who would it be? why! (thirtysixpointfivedegrees)

taeyang= top. i want to talk with his voice and rap with his really deep voice.
seungri= daesung. i want to sing with his voice.
jiyong= seungri. i wanna be seungri and…
daesung= youngbae. has the feel of a black person. i want to feel the groove. – –
top= daesung. daesung doesn’t eat unhealthy food for his body, i want to eat everything in this body. (HAHAHA so evil)
taeyang= i wanna be top and take off my clothes. he never takes his shirt off or anything. (uhh…)

Q13. Big Bang V.I.P. you love them but something that really annoys you. tell us teh truth~ we’ll change (: (TOBY)

taeyang= not everyone does this but some people touch us. a lot of the younger fans try to touch.
jiyong= there are times when we can’t give people autographs due to schedule and it’s heart breaking when i hear them talk crap because i couldnt give them an autograph.

Q14. i’m embarassed when this member(s) do this! (LeeJungHwa)

jiyong= when daesung does his jokes, when seungri all of the sudden over reacts because he sees a fan. youngbae overreacts when he sees a fan sometimes.
daesung= myself when my jokes has no response. haha. once there were fans in the brodcasting station and seungri was overreacting. he jumped over a sign and fell and the security guy asked him ” who the hell are you?!”
taeyang= when jiyong pulls pranks anywhere. when its just us its okay but sometimes there are situations when i wish he didnt pull pranks
top= i don’t think i was ever embarassed.

Q15. __member!! it’s different how this member treats m e now than before… (HoRoongee)

Jiyong= i don’t think any of the members change. Bigbang’s not that great but sometimes seungri says “but i’m bigbang” haha when everyones all nervous before performing he says “i’m bigbang” and stays put.
top= even if we changed we’re always together so we wouldn’t really notice the change

source: daum
translated by: 1tymforyomind@ygbb