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SS501 Kim Hyun Joong articles ~ Start personal interviews
Q: Thanks for accepting our personal interview
HJL: (Speaking in Japanese) I should be the thankful one. I will try my best to answer in Japanese. Q: Thanks a lot. Let’s starting by talking about you childhood.
HJL: You won’t believe it. I had been a very quiet child.
Q: How’s that?
HJL: I was very shy and didn’t talk to other child much. If I knew that person or seen that person before, I would talk a little. If not, I almost wouldn’t speak at all. Even though I am still shy now, it is fine because we all know each other.
Q: What are you talking about at home?
HJL: I won’t speak at home very much. That’s why my parents totally don’t believe I am the one on TV. (laugh) If parents said “Dinner is ready”, I will just reply “Oh”, that’s it. I only speaks like 10 single word a day. Even though I don’t talk much, I still believe my parents trust me alot. My parent is like, they won’t say “Don’t do that” to me but “Let’s try it first” kind of parents. Especially in music, they give me lots of trust. I quitted school during my high school year to pursuit my interest in music. Even though my parents were not very happy, they still said to me “If that’s what you really want to do, then go for it.”
Q: They really understand and support you
HJL: However my parents said “If you decide not to go to school anymore, you need to learn and earn your own money.” and won’t give me any allowance anymore. That’s why I need to earn money by myself. However, I began to understand at that time, even music is very important to me, study is also very important to me. So, after quitting for one time, I went back to school until graduation. Q: So parents let you understand what is mot important to you
HJL: yes. Different parents have different education methods. My parents are using this method. You need to enter the society and earn money by yourself. Q: You want to be a Scientists as a child?
HJL: Used to be think like that before primary school year six. Even though it seems very naive, I want to make robot. I change my ambition to musician in High school year 1. Q: What make you change that?
HJL: There was a legend band called “SEOTAIJI and the boys”. I really like them. They disband when I was in High school year 1. However, Seo Taiji is still in the music industry. He is the one who let me into the Rock music world. Q: Then what make you so deep into the charm of Rock?
HJL: (laugh) Actually I still love to study in primary school time. However, the interest disappeared when I entered High school. At that time, I had the chance to learn Guitar. if need to talk about that chance, the story is like this. I went to church. They had a music department. I just thought “Let me give it a try”. That’s the whole story. Since then, I am totally in love with music instrument. I have lots of audio facilities at home, even 5-6 guitars alone. In order to facilitate play, I also have piano, drums, as well as composer equipment complete system. Although they are covered with cloth all the time until recently begun to write songs. I also brought two guitars to Japan. Q: I’m Looking forward to hear the song created by Hyun Joong one day.
HJL: (In Japanese) so stay tuned.
Q: OK. Hyun Joong also could play bass, right?
HJL: Guitars and bass are really studying. Now also practicing acoustic guitar. Q: Sorry to change the subject, when was your first love ?
HJL: Secondary grade 2 (smile shyly)
Q: What kind of memories is it?
HJL: First, she has the same birthday as me. Last name is the same also. In South Korea can not be married with the same last name. Although the law has been changed, it is a former banned marriage. While now may be married, older people have a lot of opposition, I also have been against it.
Q: Is the kind of love can not be achieved
HJL: Yes … it is very good memories.
Q: Do you have a student band group?
HJL: Yes. I had several group. Also had a band at the church has just said. Also starred at the Cultural Festival of the General Assembly.
Q: Do you feel the interest of Live performance at that time?
HJL: (In Japanese) yes, while preparing is very tired, is very interesting
Q: Any little interesting things to share?
HJL: During travel in freetime, there is a live band show I will never forget. At that time, we don’t have much money so can only lease the drum and amplifier. Teacher also give out some money for us (laugh). that’s why we need to do our best. We ask the help from teacher, very sincerely ask for help. Teacher gave us lots of money.
Q: Was that live show success?
HJL: I did not cry (laughs)
Q: What kind of efforts Hyun Joong made in order to become musicians?
HJL: I feel that I am putting a lot of efforts. Particular in intonation. Although I don’t practice a lot, but I think emotion is important in a song. Just like recording, I will love the song more and more while singing. Because the most important thing is you love the song, not using technique only.
Q: So you think using your heart to sing is important
HJL: Yes. Recently, I would try to consider what’s I should do next. If there is a concert coming, it need to be concentrated on it.
Q: Where do you begin to dance?
HJL: I think I dance about 2-3 years, after I become a singer. Actually, I wanted to learn guitar more than dancing in the beginning. Luckily, fans in South Korea, Japan, Asia like our dance, that’s make me more confident. Seems like, if you don’t have the heart to do it, you won’t do good in anything.
Q: What music are you listening lately?
HJL: The new album of Maroon5
Q: Hyun Joong had starred as a MC, also has done some personal activities. What do you want to do in future solo activites?
HJL: I still want to concentrate in my music. In the future, I would like to create my own songs, also like to have my own band.
Q: Previously you are very shy, now is able to communicate well, what is the reason of that?
HJL: I think it is because of music. Through music, I can meet people, as well as the most self-confidence I have come from music too.