[Interview] ARENA 37 ℃ SPECIAL ASIAN PLACE 2012.10

Beyond the concept of “Genre”,
The newest four-piece item is here!
JONG YONG HWA * LEE JUNG SHIN

1st Album [CODE NAME BLUE] Releases on 8.29!!
CNBLUE

Lately, I’m into 70′s music. I gave it a try, thinking “How would it sound if CNBLUE did it?”

-Your first major album is finally completed! Is there a theme that you had in mind while making the album?

JS: Since this is our first major album, we made it hoping that (the audience) would get to know the diverse dimensions of CNBLUE. Through the singles, we’d like to show the well known side of us, and during the recording of new songs, we hoped to show you our new dimensions.

YH: I thought, it’d be nice for this album to function as our name card. I hope it could introduce us in a cd.

-Is there a song you felt you could push yourself farther because it’s an album?

YH: I wished to include the songs that I couldn’t try out in the singles, for example, “No more.” A dance tune with synthesizer effects, I think a hint of disco adds to its appeal. Though playing it live may be a bit difficult, I’m very fond of how exciting it was to record it.

JS: The song makes you want to dance.

-It does. For those of us who are a bit older, it feels nostalgic. But to the younger generation, perhaps it could sound refreshing.

JS: I think so, too. The sentiment of the 70′s may bring back memories (for the older generation), while the younger audience might take it as something new.

YH: These days, I’m listening to oldies. I’m really into music from the 70′s, so I thought, “What if CNBLUE played such melodies?” and gave it a try.

-”No more” is co-composed by YH and JH, right?

YH: Yes. After JH started writing the song, he asked me for a little help so I came up with some ideas. It was such fun writing the song!

-The 4-beat rhythm in “Have a good night” was also great. The danceable numbers “Wake up” and “No more” follow with much lively vibe.

JS: The fast-paced and dashing character of the songs really suits live performances.

YH: “Have a good night” is also a song imagined from classic rock. It’s also a song written with our own live concerts in mind. Even the lyrics are along the lines of “Let’s have fun rocking it out tonight.”

-Did the lyrics come first?

YH” No. I wanted to write a song that embodies the sense of live performances, so I started out just with that theme at first. From there I wrote the song and the lyrics. More than anything, I wanted to make a fun song, so it’d be awesome if it brings up the atmosphere at our concerts.

-It sure would. Speaking of live performances, I really enjoyed the unison of guitar and bass in the first track of the album, “Intro 02″.

YH: “Intro 02″ was all arranged by me. I wanted to express the sense of starting with some tension and building up the heat.

JS: I believe the listeners can find a new side of CNBLUE through this song, too.

-On the flip side then, which song would you say holds the most essence of “CNBLUE” itself?

JS: I think it’s “In My Head”! I chose it because not only it is our Japanese major debut single, it’s the best song for listeners to feel the spirit of CNBLUE. I also consider it as our origin.

YH: I think the same. It’s also my composition, and I like it very much. It has a strong rock spirit, expressing the kind of passion that suits our generation. By the way, in my case, I really like the section starting with “In My Head” then going onto “Where you are” and “Time is over”.

-You mean, the first section of the album. It’s very energetic and nice. Did you write “Intro 02″ after finishing that part of the album?

JS: “Intro 02″ was actually used as a sound effect during the one man live held last year at the Yoyogi Stadium.

-Oh, so it was the sound effect for your concert!

JS: Yes. It was an intro that YH hyung had written for that occasion, but there were many fans who told us they liked this song, so we made it into a track and included it as the album’s intro.

YH: I think it made (the album) sound very much like a live concert.

-The flow of the album seems like a set list for a concert, then. After the dance tunes in the middle, come the ballads that emphasize your vocals.

JS: Right. Songs like “These days” and “Blue sky” in medium tempo with ballad elements follow afterwards. It’s the part where we hope the listeners would take time to listen.

-These kinds of medium rock tune really bring out how much you’ve progressed as a band.

YH: Yes. I think the moods of the songs were captured quite nicely.

-Is there a reason that “Blue Sky” and the straight rock number, “with me” were the only songs not written by the members?

JS: Yeah. Those songs are written by composers who had written for our indie releases. Now that we can write our own compositions and release many different songs, we asked those composers with gratitude, “We’re releasing the first major album, so would you please write a song for us?”

YH: We wanted to ask them especially because it’s our first major album.

-That’s a great story. It’s like you’re returning them a favor.

JS: Yes, that’s right!

YH: They’re different types of songs, but I think all of them were played and sung accordingly.

-For the fans, as well as for the four of you who came to Japan in 2009 to train and worked very hard, your major debut and now the release of your first album must be such a delight.

JS: Yes. We’re so happy. This album has so many meanings for us.

YH: Same for me. The album holds every emotion that I felt up to now.

-During the half-year training in Japan, you performed at live houses and held 100 street lives. Were those days tough?

JS: Yeah. But the members lived together, we did music that we liked, and there were fans who supported us. It’s not like there were times that we absolutely couldn’t take it. Still, living in a whole new environment was hard. We didn’t understand the language and we weren’t accustomed to the food. There were times when we weren’t feeling well or felt homesick, too. But in looking back, it’s because we had such experiences that we could release a major album like this. When it comes down to it, those really are the most unforgettable days.

YH: Same for me, too. I couldn’t understand most of Japanese and it was just hard to make a living because the costs were high. I got homesick, too. There were some difficult times, but like JS said, without those days we won’t be here. I’m really glad we were able to have that experience.

-But songs written during those days aren’t included in this album.

JS: Right. They’re included in the indie releases, but not in this album. But in comparison to those days, our sound as a band has really improved.

YH: The songs we write have gradually changed, or rather matured, over time. The lyrics too, compared to back then, have become more straightforward. For this album, I incorporated very candid thoughts in the lyrics. In “Wake up”, a B-side in the “Come on” single, I sang what was really on my mind. I like Bon Jovi and Oasis, but it’s not like I can be like them just because I want to. It’s okay to set an objective, but we really have to carry on with our own music that embodies who we are. I transferred such thoughts directly into the lyrics (of “Wake up”), I’ve had those thoughts from long, long time ago.

JS: Starting in October is our nationwide tour, so please give our album a listen and check out how much we’ve progressed at the performances!

YH: Although the venues are big, I hope to be close to you in spirit at the shows. Please look forward to it!

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Re-posted by yunhae@cnbluebeat

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