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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

B.A.P- Himchan and Bang Yong Guk [INTERVIEW: ENG] 120208

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Himchan, “I want to become an artist that can move the hearts of their fans.”

We met with B.A.P who seemed to portray sextuplets with their blond hairs. At first, we thought they were all too similar looking but meeting them individually one by one, we were able to see their own characters and charms. And in midst of them all, we were able to meet the member whose eyes remind us of the color red. That was B.A.P’s Himchan.

Despite having been tired from a previous morning schedule as our photo shoot was until late in the night, we were able to sense his passion when seeing his active side. Our interview with Himchan, who’s very free-spirited yet made sure to voice out his thoughts, began.

The member who couldn’t suppress his nervousness even on the day of their debut. “The way our member lineup was formed was in a survival-elimination format, so I would always live each and every moment uneasily. I think it wasn’t as easy as we thought in rivaling one another because of circumstances. I was always insecure whenever the company told us that there can be changes made within the member lineup anytime. However, I’m able to feel at ease now in regards to that subject. I even made my debut now.

We were able to feel his burning determination that all he had left to do now was to keep running efficiently forward. Himchan says that despite making his debut, everything still feels surreal.

In living the entertainer’s life, there’s more sacrificed than earned in comparison to other college students his age. “They say that in order to succeed, you have to lose just as much, and essentially I did have to give up a lot. First off, I can’t go to school and how hard it is meeting up with friends. Before I was in preparation to become an idol artist, I honestly thought that celebrities had it easy but experiencing it for myself, it was truly a difficult task.

He says that he gave up a lot while going through the experience. “However, I don’t think of it as upsetting. On the contrary, I was able to work harder and mature more. Our team’s cell phones were taken away. Of course, it can be difficult not having a cell phone but I feel that although it seems as if we’re being arrested of our rights, it’s beneficial towards us since those kind of distractions makes us lose our attention spans.

How did he end up down this road? “When I was in high school, my major was Korean traditional music and gained experiences in this field and that. Then coincidentally, I got to know someone who worked on this end of the industry and I gained interest once I started taking part and experiencing it for myself. At first, I said I wouldn’t do it, but I should have started preparing beforehand. So now, I’m here. I’m really happy to be a member of B.A.P.

B.A.P received lots of attention and love from many fans even prior to debut. However, Himchan says the love he receives from his fans still feel surreal. He’s highly anticipating the day that he can interact and meet with his fans personally.

During the time in preparation for making his debut with B.A.P, we heard that he got close to leader Yongguk. “I did live with Yongguk in the dorms for the longest. We would talk a lot about our personal things. One time, we practiced as us two for the whole day in the practice room and I was tired having been there all day. Even then, Yongguk said there’s a movie he had to watch no matter what so we went to the movie theaters as us two due to Yongguk dragging me along since he wanted to watch it. However, Yongguk fell asleep 5 minutes into the movie.”

He said that despite being having fun and being happy while preparing for B.A.P’s debut, it was upsetting that he wasn’t able to see his family. “I always grew up with my family and while preparing for this, it hurt my heart to be apart from my family. I didn’t get to see them once for a whole year. I do think once in a while that I miss them but I know that I’m not the only one in that situation as all the other members are separated from their families as well, so I have to endure through it and it’s not bad since I do call them.”

Himchan shyly shows his gratitude towards his mother who always monitors the programs he goes on. He said that the time he’s separated away from his family allows him to feel the importance of his family and that he’s a lot happier. Although he’s at age where sometimes he’d want to whine, but contrarily he wants to be at a stable spot as a singer and return all the favor to his parents, allowing us to feel the mature, adult vibe from him.

Himchan’s ideal is a “woman who is kindhearted and nice.” “I believe that a person’s inner self is more important than their outer appearance. People around me have said that my standards are pretty low in terms of looks, but I think that a woman who has a beautiful heart is more beautiful.”

B.A.P’s Himchan who shows his desire to become an artist that can make the hearts of his fans cry and being able to move their hearts. We believe that his courage and honest charms which he showcased when answering all of the questions throughout the interview will be able to reach out to others. Thrive, Himchan.


Bang Yong Guk, “I want to make even the underground scene mine.”

We were able to meet with rookie group B.A.P who had recently succeeded in holding their first, extravagant showcase held on January 28th, 2012. With their strong music video and garnering popularity through their song, we were curious on who they were. The first introduction was B.A.P’s leader Bang Yongguk, who holds a thick and strong voice.

Unable to hold back his various facial expressions, he always stole the attention during the photo shoot and we were able to hold an interview with him. How does he feel in achieving his dreams as he makes his debut through B.A.P?

“I promoted in 2011 before but the difference is that I’m really happy to be able to have our team B.A.P who waited for this to have made its debut in 2012. Because this was a moment we’ve anticipated a lot for, it’s still fluttering and overwhelming for us. And seeing that our promotions are establishing better than we thought it would, I’m relieved.”

From being the eldest member to the leader, his responsibilities are more than likely different than others. “I’ve always done music since I liked it ever since I was younger. So whether it’s our company or our team, I’m musically involved. I participated a lot in the music making and finding a concept. I’m always thankful for my team members following a lot into what I do and giving me strength. There are a lot of days before us and I hope to be able to show a more solidified friendship and teamwork from us.”

Before he became a trainee in his 3rd year of middle school, he’s always done Indie music. In promoting as a rapper in the underground scene, he coincidentally met with current company label-mate Untouchable and while establishing their friendship, the rest is history in him making his debut to the music industry under B.A.P.

“I’ve never had interest in anything outside of music and I still don’t, so I guess that’s why I never think that I lose out on anything. I’ve always done what I wanted and in being able to enjoy that, that’s happiness.”

Bang Yongguk is able to feel the love of his fans through SNS. He said that whenever he reads the messages his fans leave to him on Twitter, he gains strength. Although he hasn’t had the chance to meet with fans personally, he said he wants to express his love for his fans in the many opportunities that lie ahead of him.

“I’m appearing on a cable TV program right now and some people call me a ‘variety dummy.’ Oddly enough, I don’t really have anything to say and it’s just awkward for me; the staff of the show tell me to just stay as I am. Even our company tells us to win musically rather than through variety shows, however I haven’t given up just yet.”

There must be a member he’s close to if he’s living in a dorm while promoting with B.A.P as a group. “Of course I’m well and close to all the members of the group, but I’m honestly closest to Himchan. I think it’s because we’ve lived in a dorm longer together and we’re the same age, so we tend to talk more.”

There must be difficulties when having prepared for the debut. “Difficulties, of course there are a lot since I was the member of the group who trained the longest. First off, it took a long time for us to finalize the members of B.A.P.”

Bang Yongguk who doesn’t dance well because he’s a rapper. “I did get into a lot of trouble, but I put just as much effort in how much I lacked. Even if the other members would go home, I’d even cry practicing alone. I didn’t know it before, but I eventually progressed.”

He likes the word ‘prove’ because he’s the type to grit his teeth and win in the end. “I want to show the people that tell me I won’t make it or I won’t be able to as I succeed. I think when I’m able to prove myself, all the stress I have flies away.”

Who is the celebrity that fits into Bang Yongguk’s ideal? “I like a “woman with morals.” Of course, me saying that I don’t look at physical appearances is a lie, but I think it’s nice to see someone help an elder grandma or grandpa on the street despite not having a pretty face. Whether it’s someone who picks up the trash or someone who’s formal that’s truly from their heart, I think seeing that is truly beautiful.”

Bang Yongguk says that as his personal goal, he wants to become an artist who has various sides to him musically. In 2012, receiving a rookie award is his dream as well as B.A.P crossing outside the borders of Korea for B.A.P to become international artists, as we were able to feel his determination and passion from his words. We’ll be rooting for his dreams.


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