[TRANS] 2011 May haru*hana vol.004 – CNBLUE Interview


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Even if our surroundings have changed, we will never forget our first intention.

These boys don’t know how to stop, and they are going at full speed.
Their 3rd single album “RE-MAINTENANCE”, which was released in January 2011, achieved very satisfactory sales, and their Zepp Tour in four cities, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, which was held around the same time of the album release, was also successful. Their popularity increases after repeatedly releasing albums and doing live concerts in Japan, but they never lose focus and consistently moving forward.




YH: We have more opportunities to perform in big concert halls these days. And we now have a car for our own use in Korea, which we didn’t have before. But we will never forget our first intention.
The members nodding their head in agreement with that sentence.

The four people’s promise of “never wanting to lose that first attention and keep trying” was expressed in the first song of “RE-MAINTENANCE”, which is “Try again, Smile again”. Yonghwa took part in composing and writing the lyrics of this light rhythmic song.

YH: I created the melody first for this song. Recently there have been a lot of acoustic guitar sounds in many CNBLUE songs, it’s because I like the sound of acoustic guitars, so it just happened like that. The trend goes again with this song. The whole theme (for this album) this time is “RE-MAINTENANCE”, and it is also reflected in the lyrics.

JH: When we first debuted, I used to discussed how to sing songs with Yonghwa hyung . But these days, I know the feel of the song just by listening to it. And I think the song is expressed well with our combination.
MH: The contrast in this song is represented by its change in rhythm. I would appreciate it if you take notice on the snare sound.

JS: In the intro, I tried to harmonize well with the acoustic guitar. And I am determined to make everybody aware of the existence of the bassist, just when everybody takes notice of the singer.

“Don’t Say Good Bye” is also a song that Yonghwa participated in writing and composing. This song is kind of similar to “Y, Why…”, which is also popular among fans.

YH: The first thing that came to mind was the melody for the chorus, and the song developed from there. The song theme for this was “realizing something is precious after you have lost it”.

JH: The feeling of emptiness when you lose someone that you love, that feeling of loss … sing it with that kind of feeling.

YH: This time around, you can also feel our growth through the lyrics of our songs. Jungshin and Minhyuk have spent a lot of time and effort on analyzing the score to play their parts well.

MH: In the chorus when the emotion explodes, I want my drum sounds to be heard clearly, but I also don’t want to interrupt the flow of the other instruments and singing.

JS: The most important thing is to play my part to match with the vocals of Yonghwa hyung and Jonghyun hyung.

Their music growth can be clearly heard in the third song of the single, “kimio”.
Jonghyun answered in fluent Japanese: “This song was made while thinking of live performance”. This is a song where you can hear the four of them playing and singing powerfully.

JH: When I first made the song, the melody was a bit retro; I had trouble on how to make it more sophisticated. It was then rearranged with more of a rock feel to it, and the arrangement gave it a fresh feeling.

YH: CNBLUE hasn’t had this kind of song before. So we feel that our world is getting wider. Jungshin’s solo”도ㄴ~” (bass sound) sounds really good. (laugh)

JS: (In Japanese) Thank you. I play in a way to give an impact to the song.

MH: The drum part was also hard at first, so it was a good learning process for me. Every time I play, I feel that I’m improving. I hope you can get to hear it during live performances.

CNBLUE shines the most when they are doing live performances.
Moreover, CNBLUE are still growing – with a strong commitment.
Their first DVD CNBLUE 2nd Single Release Live Tour ~ Listen to CNBLUE, which was released in February, was recorded from their performance in Shibuya AX hall.

MH: I sweated a lot during that performance and kept wiping my face; people were asking if i was crying (laugh). The tour brings back good memories, but on the other hand, there is a lot I should reflect on.

YH: We feel disappointed that we couldn’t show our full strength propeperly. We will live and go out with that in mind next time and the next next time.

JS: It was hard to maintain the (body) condition during a long tour, but it was a good experience. We are changing slowly, and I hope everybody can see this.

JH: I would like to share with everyone through the CD and also through live performance. We will work hard so that everyone can have a good memory with us in 2011.



Jung Yonghwa Question!
Q: Feelings after debuting for 1 year?
A: It was a very unforgettable year, I was able to do a lot good things.

Q: In live concerts, parts that you felt have improved?
A: Of course my performance, and coordination (teamwork) between the members

Q: The first song you covered?
A: BLINK 182 – All The Small Things

Q: One thing that CNBLUE doesn’t lose to other groups?
A: CNBLUE’s own music as a band

Q: A song that make you feel good?
A: CNBLUE – Let’s Go Crazy


Q: Things from Japan that you use regularly?
A: Electronics

Q: Favourite movie and why?
A: A Bittersweet Life – Lee Byung Hun’s acting was really good.

Q: The happiest feeling while performing?
A: When I’m immersed in the performance together with the audience

Q: The difficult point of being a leader?
A: The members are doing well and they follow my words well so there are no difficult points.


Lee Jonghyun Questions!

Q: Feelings after debuting for 1 year?
A: It was a year where a lot of good things happened and a year where I was able to learn about a lot of new things. I think I won’t be able to forget it for the rest of my life.

Q: In live concerts, parts that you felt have improved?
A: I don’t think it’s about my own growth, though the stage is a place where I can learn a lot of things. I think our capability on stage is the most important thing for being a band.

Q: The first song you covered?
A: Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

Q: A song that make you feel good?
A: Bump Of Chicken – Tentai Kansoku

Q: One thing that CNBLUE doesn’t lose to other group?
A: Our strongest point is that we have a broad musical color

Q: Favourite movie and why?
A: Ray – I realized how magnificent music is.

Q: The most happiest feeling while performing?
A: I feel really good when singing “Thank You” at the end of a concert

Q: Besides CNBLUE, the band you would want to be a member of?
A: Hoobastank. I want to try to feel that enormous energy together.


Lee Jungshin Questions!

Q: Feelings after debuting for 1 year?
A: It felt like a very long yet short year. I was able to do a lot of good things, and experienced a lot of things. But most of all, I was pleased that we gained a lot of love.

Q: In live concerts, parts that you felt have improved?
A: The way we coordinate with the fans, my playing skill – I think it has improved

Q: A song that make you feel good?
A: CNBLUE – voice

Q: Favourite movie and why?
A:  Saw – It’s scary but I enjoy it.

Q: One thing that CNBLUE doesn’t lose to other groups?
A: Firstly the fact that we’re a band and when we do live performances.

Q: The first song you covered?
A: The first song I cover with bass was Radio Head’s “Creep”

Q: Besides CNBLUE, the band you would want to be a member in?
A: I haven’t really thought about it


Kang Minhyuk Questions!

Q: Feelings after debuting for 1 year?
A: There were a lot of things that I learned for the first time, it was a very valuable year.

Q: In live concerts, parts that you felt have improved?
A: Because we were able to perform a lot, my drum playing sense and flow improved. I was able to learn a lot of new things.

Q: The first song you covered?
A: BLINK 182 – All The Small Things

Q: Besides CNBLUE, the band you would want to be a member in?
A: Two Ton Shoe, Linkin Park. Music-wise, there’s a lot to learn from the veterans.

Q: Things from Japan that you use regularly?
A: Clothes

Q: A song that make you feel good?
A: CNBLUE “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Never Too Late”. Playing in a concert in front of fans also makes me feel better.

Q: One thing that CNBLUE doesn’t lose to other groups?
A: Members’ teamwork

Q: The happiest feeling while performing?
A: Communicating with fans and when immersed in the performance

Q: Your thoughts on doing a miniseries (drama)?
A: Because that was my first drama, I came to filming with the eagerness to learn. I received a lot of support and help from the people around me.






Source: haru*hana vol.004
Japanese-Korean Translation:
Yurerukaze Daum Blog
Korean-English Translation:
blue_jus7 @ Code Azzurro
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