2009: ✿ Dazed and Confused interview–Jonghyun✿
“Giving 100% of my all to someone needs a certain type of energy beyond just talking. That’s what I want to do with music.”
Q: I’ve been looking over you for a couple of hours and it seems like you have a blunt personality.
A: I do, and I don’t. I think I change depending on the day.
Q: Then what type are you today?
A: I’m active but somewhat cynical? (laugh)
Q: Ah, not a good day for an interviewer.
A: My mood changes a lot depending on the weather or my condition.
Q: If we changed positions and you were me what would you ask?
A: If I were interviewing a singer I would ask about their music, and what music is to them.
Q: Sounds like the last question of Golden Fishery’s Radio Star portion. “What is music to you?”
A: It’s something you’d need to think about if music is your job.
Q: True. So what is music to you?
A: Ah, asking it like this, now I’m embarrassed? (laugh) To me, music is a story. The lyrics, the song’s emotions, all of it is a story I’m telling. I have to get the listeners’ sympathy to give proper emotions through the story.
Q: When you walked into the studio, the song you were humming was one that came out before you were born: Yoo Jae Ha’s “Sad Letter.” Do you like old songs?
A: I like all of Yoo Jae Ha’s songs. I also like Blue Sky’s “7 Years of Love”. I think the songs I like change too. Right now I’m listening to more sensitive, emotional songs and hopefully I can understand them more and portray those feelings in my own voice.
Q: An important part of being a vocalist is conveying sensitivity.
A: Really? (shy laughter) I’m trying not to hide my emotions. When I was a trainee I would listen to sad songs and cry on purpose.
Q: Today’s theme is “Idols who aren’t controlled but lead their own lives.”
This is to overturn thoughts like “Even idols’ private lives are controlled.” What do you think of these stereotypes?
A: People who want to pursue music are obviously very sincere. We like it so much that we don’t want to turn our eyes to anything else. For example, a student who loves art might be in the studio and someone may misinterpret, ‘He’s just in there to look cool and maintain his image.’“ So an interview where we can talk about this is very welcoming.
Q: What kind of person are you?
A: I’m objective. So I can’t exactly understand everyone. But I am a type of person who can respect a variety of people.
Q: But you are proper and have a fair attitude which makes people say you hav a “seamless image.”
A: You always have to be careful of what you say. Remarks can always be misinterpreted in ways you never meant.
Q: I understand completely. As I was writing this interview I put in my usual “petulant” questions until I realized I was dealing with huge numbers of SHINee fans, so I deleted them.
A: Oh (laugh) We’re celebrities. And as I said everyone in the world is different. The same remarks can be interpreted completely differently among different people. So naturally we talk even more carefully.
Q: It’s wiser to be careful than to make a mistake and regret it. But that good trait might lead to boring interviews of you only spitting out correct answers.
A: True. That’s how it could be seen.
Q: When you are awake what occupies your thoughts most?
A: Words. The poetic lyrics don’t come from my imagination; they’re all things I’ve actually experienced. I’ve seen someone write “The world is making waves” whenever they see something sad, and I think about what that means. Wouldn’t the world be making waves when tears flow from departing eyes? The writer couldn’t have written that without experiencing it himself. Words that stay with you even if it’s one sentence. That’s what I want to achieve.
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