SHINee Official Start! Strong Come Back! An Interview from Y. Generation

September 2010 Issue

Our shining boys SHINee are finally back. This time they have transformed from their cutey image to a more glamourous macho image! They have retained their passion, innocence, straight-forwardess, charming and gentle attributes, only this time they are becoming more mature and revealed that they want to give out a more manly charm for everyone! Plus their out-of-the-box image this time is a “visual shock”, charming all their fans! This 5 lads just give off a strong and lethal seductive performance when on stage, no wonder they are “branded idol”, only SHINee can achieve that!

Q: All are raving that your new hairstyle is very unique and cool, all feels that it’s very suitable?
Key: I actually had this hairstyle concept a year ago but it doesn’t fit the image back then. Quite a lot of people have this hairstyle before summer, actually I was a bit skeptical about this hairstyle but now a lot of people are having this hairstyle, so I’m relieved. But I’m starting to worry about what hairstyle to don for the following album! Haha~

Q: What are the image reviews from your Japanese fans? Which member is the most popular?
SHINee: Everyone said we have become “real men” in just a year’s time! And that Minho is “Kim Hyun Joong” No. 2! Taemin is the most popular member among the Japanese fans because whenever the camera panned his face, the fans will always shrieked “Wah! Wah!”

Q: The music in “Lucifer” gives off a more powerful music vibe?
Jonghyun: The songs in this second album were not prepared after completion of “Ring Ding Dong”, actually we started preparation for this album while recording our second mini-album. Some songs were even recorded a year ago, so compared to our first album, the 2nd album has an even more calming and attentive appeal!

Onew: Up till now, we have not sung any easy songs. To be contemporary, we have accept all aspects of complicated components, even though it was hard to digest and understand. But after each listen, you can always find “something new” in the songs, so in the end just keep listening to it! The songs in “Lucifer” have a wide range so it gets more interesting after each listen!

Key: This time the title track “Lucifer” is a lot more powerful compared to our previous tracks and this album took the longest time to prepare! The whole album displayed both “young” SHINee and “adult” SHINee appeal. This can also be our brightest and beautiful period of our lives! We have also come of age after cascading our newcomer stage, of course, as singers we have to work hard to reach even higher goals!

Q: What are your special thoughts on “Lucifer” MV?
Minho: To achieve better effects while filming “Lucifer” MV, we had a discussion with the directior and gave our views. In the end, the filming took 12 hours to complete. Maybe not many noticed but as the MV filming took so long, there is a discrepancy in the execution of the dance moves in the MV!

Jonghyun: Correct! “Lucifer” MV filming is the longest filming MV we did, there are different set-ups and individual filming. In the end, it took 12 hours to complete and at the last moment, all our energy were gone. If you take a good look at the MV, everyone will notice the discrepancy in the dance moves’ execution. Ha~

Q: What are the reviews and reactions you received from people around you about your lyrics?
Onew: Those whom seen it, said “You must have been in love a few times!” Haha~

Q: Jonghyun wrote two songs in this album, Onew wrote one, the feeling must be great?
Jonghyun: This time, I wrote 2 songs, including “Up & Down” and “Obsession”. I’m very happy to be able to participate in song writing because the songs were chosen among the other songs submitted by other composers under the same terms and conditions, so I’m very very happy! This is very meaningful to me and the other members also contributed in creating the rap, so there’s really a lot of love description moments~ Onew also wrote “Your Name”, even though he has already received a lot of training in song-writing, but sometimes he is still quite critical about his own work!

Q: What’s your feeling when you first started writing songs?
Jonghyun: I remember when I first started writing “Juliette”, it took a night to complete and I felt a little embarrassed after reading it the next morning! But the feeling was awesome after the lyrics were matched with an interesting tune!

Q: What can the fans expect from this album?
Jonghyun: Never thought about it during preparation! When we decided on the album concept, we were more focused on letting everyone to know more about SHINee’s uniqueness rather than purposely manufacturing it. From “Noona Nomu Yeppo” image to “Juliette” frail weak feeling, it wasn’t what we wanted to display, this is just one way of showing SHINee. So this time we created a stronger manly image, rather than saying emphasized, it’s more like what who we are~

Onew: It’s like a growing process, we have matured a lot!

Q: After coming back together, whom has changed the most?
Taemin: I feel Key has matured a lot, nevertheless, compared to the first time performing on stage together, he’s a lot more mature. We were also amazed at his performances during our variety shows’ appearances, he has really become more natural~

Minho: From appearance, Key has changed a lot but the feeling has changed too, more like a man now. Since he went to university, he’s a lot closer to his peers. From an artiste’s point of view, he makes everyone comfortable in his company. When out on a movie outing, he would always talk in funny mannerism and bright sparkling eyes to keep everyone awake!

Q: Heard that when “Lucifer” been No. 1 for 2 straight weeks on a music program, Onew cried?
Minho: Even though we have received a newcomer award, the other album has also been number 1 but it was only when “Lucifer” became number 1, Onew sobbed and we were all shocked by his reaction!

Key: Don’t know why Onew cried but it was so unbelieveable, so I cried with him, but the feeling was a bit bitter~

Onew: It was during a long and empty period of time, I was thankful because of the fans’ earnest support and love, so I cried…

Q: In this album, was it your intention to bring a mature manly image into this album’s concept?
SHINee: We need a change! This album is the first time all of us have contributed in hairstyles, clothings and songs!

Key: Like putting on black eyeshadow and eyeliner, wearing tight-fitting netted outfits and bleached jeans, all these are part of our contributions for the album’s concept!

Q: Feel that after SHINee debuted, a lot of more younger hoobae artistes also debuted? How does it feel to be a sunbae?
Jonghyun: Now we have started to meet hoobaes at tv stations. We are still embarassed when we face hoobaes, there are also a lot of hoobaes whom are older than us, still finding it hard to get used to it~

Onew: At first it was still quite confusing, but now starting to realise “I’m already a sunbae” feeling!

Taemin: Now there are a lot of year 94 artistes starting to become active on the entertainment industry, so recently there’s a number of boy groups whom are high school students. When I see them it’s just like looking in a mirror to the old me, and I’m even addressed as “hyung”. Even though I’m still very young, but I’m starting to experience the feeling of being a sunbae~

Q: Are there any member in SHINee whom has the biggest difference on stage and off-stage?
Key: Everytime you can see Onew’s shy smile on tv but he’s not like that once off-stage!

Taemin: Even though Onew hyung is a model student and kind hyung, but in reality he’s very comical and four dimension. He will suddenly burst out into laughter in the car followed by shouting “bat” and begin to imitate a bat…

Q: Key has mentioned on his personal webpage that he wishes to go on a holiday, any destination in particular?
Key: It’s summer now, the temperature is very high and very hot. I want to go somewhere cooler for a holiday. I really like to go to Japan, also to the beach for sunbathing and having a good time with friends! This album’s promotional period is during summer so the summer promotional activities is really hot! Haha~We will work hard during this summer, please support SHINee!

Q: So you guys are still mindful about people saying that all of you “are slimmer than ladies”?
Jonghyun: Of couse we hate it! The truth is, our weight is more heavier! ^_^

Q: Onew whom has the musical experience, to you, what attracts you to musicals?
Onew: To be able to breathe together with the audience while performing a musical, this is the charm of musicals! It feels great because the audience can give you a direct feedback.

Jonghyun: After seeing Onew’s performance, he did really well, very meaningful!

Q: You guys have been together before your debut, it has been 5 years, do you know each other very well?
Jonghyun: For 5 years, we know each other too well, so even if we don’t talk…

Onew: No, we still have to talk, haha!

Q: Then what is SHINee’s unique charm?
Onew: To be able to show a lot of facades to everyone, this is our biggest charm! To see us maturing little by little, to let everyone know we can do this and also do that, to be able to face up to a lot of challenges!

Q: Saw your photos with Boa sunbae, seems to get along well?
Key: Boa sunbae has been active in United States for a while so we don’t bump into each other, very happy to be able to do promotional events together in Korea! We have become closer now through chatting. I like Boa a lot since primary school, I feel very honoured to be able to stand on the stage together with a famous sunbae. I will work hard, Boa sunbae has been very kind to me, I’m really very thankful to her!

Q: Do you guys like to get close to mother nature?
Onew: Actually, it’s not a bad idea to be able to live on a farm and be self-sufficient. The rest grew up in the city, so they are not interested.

Minho: If the tv program “Invincible Youth” invite us, I believe the most hardworking member should be Onew, haha! For Jonghyun, he’s already not a tidy person, so for him to do farming, guess nothing will be done!

Q: What is SHINee’s biggest dream?
Onew: Our dream is to be a good role model for all boy group hoobaes, it will be even better if our music can become part of the pop culture, we want to introduce to the world the best Korean music, this dream has not changed at all.

Q: Who are your inspirational artistes?
Jonghyun: Michael Jackson is the most inspirational to me! I also like T-Pain and R. Kelly.

Onew: I’m more inclined to old pop songs, so my favourites are Stevie Wonder and Elton John!

Key: To me, those inspiratonal artistes do not release albums, nobody can surpass their music, for now it’s a pity for the music industry. If I have to chosse an artiste, that would be Lady Gaga!

Q: What is your life motto?
Onew: To be able to have all types of experiences, one must always pursue something new.

Taemin: To believe in yourself and work hard, to always stay positive!

Minho: Never give up no matter what you encounter!

Key: To be happy!

Jonghyun: To be understanding from all aspects!

Q: Minho accidentally got hurt before the Come Back, do you have anything to say to SHINee World?
Minho: I couldn’t performed on Come Back due to my knee injury, I’m really sorry to our fans. I torn my muscle, need a very long time to recuperate, but it’s better now. ^_^ I will bear with it for the fans, please forgive my carelessness. SHINee World is our world. Our world revolves around them. Really appreciate our fans’ love. If I can bow to everyone of you, I will do that. “Thank you very much” may not be enough but I hope the fans can take heart, we really appreciate everyone, so thank you!

Q: Feel that Minho’s injury has recovered faster than expected, really?
Minho: Eh, it’s recovering faster than expected because I managed to received professional physiotherapy treatment through my dad whom’s a football coach, so it recovered very fast. I was very cautious in the beginning, not to do strenuous exercise but within my limit.

Source: Y. Generation Magazine
Translation: veyonce@soompi

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