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110405 Exclusive Interview – JYJ Bangkok Concert: Part 3 Park Yoochun Feels Fortunate To Be Able To Sing JYJ’s Songs

Idol group JYJ held the first performance of their World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2 to 3 April.

The 2-day concert attracted more than 22 000 fans, and JYJ put in all their effort to perform ‘Song Without a Name Part 1’, which was recorded in JYJ Music Essay, as well as 4 other new songs, bringing happiness to the listening fans. Kim Jaejoong took up the role of Concert Director, attending personally to everything from stage design, sound to performance costumes, presenting an even more elaborate stage to the fans. With Thailand as the first stop, JYJ will continue their World Tour next in Taiwan on the 23rd, then on to Beijing on 7th of May, before moving onto 4 cities in North America and then wrapping up in Korea on the 11th and 12th of June in Busan, finishing the 8-months-long promotional activities of their worldwide album, “The Beginning”.

 

What the members learnt from Director Kim
“At first we called him Assistant Director Kim, but later on we wanted to call him Director Kim, so this became our nickname for him”. Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu’s praises made Kim Jaejoong feel embarrassed, which he expressed, “Because this is the first time I’m challenging (to be a concert director), I feel excited but also nervous, and through this chance I have learnt a lot. If the stage is not directed well singers performing will encounter huge barriers, and though the scale is smaller and not as large as our concerts when we were newcomers, we knew there were many details and areas that still require a lot of preparation.” When reporters asked if everyone is satisfied with this concert, Jaejoong stole a glance at Yoochun and Junsu before answering, “Everyone should be quite satisfied”.

Director Kim: Only cares about directing, and not singing and dancing?
Yoochun, as though he suddenly thought of something, was laughing to himself at a corner. Only when everyone was looking at him with curious eyes, did he open his mouth to say, “Jaejoong hyung was very hardworking as a director, but as a singer…”, laughing out loud before he finished his sentence. Upon hearing Yoochun, Jaejoong smiled and expressed, “There are many things to do as a director, such as going to the raw materials market for the costumes, as well as being responsible for stage design, so there isn’t any more energy left”, honestly revealing, “If everything was not standardised, there would be unhappiness, and I will not be able to sing properly, that is why I did not have more energy to care about performing. On the first day of the concert, I did not change my costume during the time I was supposed to, as I only cared about the set list and the stage”.

A satisfying performance, thanks to Jaejoong Hyung

In order to present a perfect stage, Director Kim flew to Thailand alone 2 weeks before the concert to prepare, and his passion and hard work were finally translated into his members’ satisfaction.

Yoochun: “I was really satisfied after it ended, because everyone was tight for time but still had to prepare for such a large-scale concert, therefore there will definitely be lacking areas, and since this is the first concert, there was unease and a lack of confidence. But all thanks to Jaejoong hyung, the level of completion was rather high.”

Junsu: “Due to my musical and Yoochun’s drama, we could only depend on Jaejoong hyung to organize (this concert), he must have been under a lot of stress and felt a strong sense of urgency. I am very thankful to him, because he prepared such a stage with the pre-knowledge of what a singer needs, and that is why we could stand on stage with the most comfortable and stable state of mind. It was really good.”

Jaejoong: “Compared to very elaborate concerts, I went with the feeling of ‘Hoping everyone would appreciate our own stage and songs’ to design the stage, and put in a lot of effort to completely showcase a concert that JYJ could present, that JYJ was best in, and I hope everyone would like it.”

A stage with only JYJ’s songs
Yoochun: “We were very happy to have songs enough for a concert, which means we could use our own songs to hold a concert. We wanted to leave a deep impression on everyone through our JYJ World Tour, so we worked very hard to not let everyone see our lacking areas, and to present our most perfect condition. Although we experienced quite a big barrier, but through the concert, I understood the standard I was at, which line I was standing on, and to me this has a huge meaning. At the same time, we were also given the chance to grow.”


source: [TV Daily][Korea Star Daily]
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110405 Exclusive Interview – JYJ Bangkok Concert: Part 2 Director Kim Jaejoong

Male idol group JYJ started their world tour at their first stop – Bangkok – with two concerts held on April 2nd and 3rd.

This world tour is a part of the promotion for the album “The Beginning” that was released on October 3rd of last year. JYJ sets Thailand as their first stop, then Taiwan on the 23rd, and they will be at Beijing on May 7th. Ending their overseas tour with four North American cities and returning to Korea to hold their last two concerts at Busan on June 11th and 12th. Thus finishing their 8-month long promotion for their first worldwide album “The Beginning.”

The most intriguing thing in this world tour is Kim Jaejoong’s role as the stage director. Using this ‘creative challenge’ to repay the fans, he not only controls the stage, lighting, and audio – he even adds his personal touch on costumes, showing Director Kim’s responsible side. In response to this, Jaejoong replies, “To be honest, it is really tiring. During the set up process, there were a lot of problem with timing and other situational issues. These were very mind boggling and required help from other crew members. It was also because it was the first time so it was even more fatiguing.”

Lastly, Jaejoong claims, “Even if it will be more tiring in the future due to problems JYJ may face later on – I’m fine with that.” Showing a rare mature side of Kim Jaejoong.

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JYJ’s Junsu voted best singer

JYJ’s Kim Junsu was voted the best singer of all Korean idol group members, a survey in South Korea has shown.

A South Korean newspaper conducted the survey on ten vocal trainers to rank the Korean idol groups and their members based on how well they sing. The results showed 2AM, a four-member male vocal group, as the best. Big Bang took second place.

Girl group Kara, who gained sensational popularity in Japan, were selected as the worst singing group, with Afterschool, another five-member girl group, placing second.

In the best singer category, Taeyeon of Girl’s Generation ranked second after Kim Junsu of JYJ. Also in second place was Hyorin, a member from Sistar. Sohee of Wondergirls picked up the gong for worst singer, with Goo Hara from Kara second worst. Vocal trainers unanimously agreed on Hara’s pretty looks but nothing more.

A music industry figure was quoted as saying the Korean music industry was becoming dominated by idol groups. ‘Non-idol groups are losing their place in the K-pop industry and even if they do, they are separated from the idol groups like water and oil,’ he said.

‘Music programs, which are a great means to introduce Korean songs, are no longer a place for those solely committed to singing,’ he added. — KOREA HERALD/ANN

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110410 Exclusive Interview – JYJ Bangkok Concert: Kim Junsu Thanks Members’ Encouragement

Male idol group JYJ started their world tour at their first stop – Bangkok – with two concerts held on April 2nd and 3rd.

In the press conference held before the concert, Junsu revealed his thoughts on working under the name of ‘JYJ.’ The three members of JYJ left TVXQ due to the lawsuit with their former agency SM Entertainment, and then subsequently announced their comeback and released their first worldwide album “The Beginning” on October 3rd of last year. With the help of famous rappers Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins, “The Beginning” caused a preorder craze before the album even hit the stores – creating a record of 520,000 preorders and being sold out of both online and actual record stores. Furthermore, JYJ was listed as fifth on the Billboard’s 2010 Top 10 Favourite Albums – creating a stir in the music scene.

Regarding this, Junsu said, “Being listed in the Billboard’s Reader Polls, even before the album was officially released, was a very memorable achievement. We were proud of that.” He then continued calmly, “Mm, the only negative thing about entering the polls was that aside from us, no one else knew about it. There were also fans that only knew that our songs were being composed by famous singers. There were also people that thought we were just doing nothing during our break.” This revealed the pain that Junsu felt during that period of time.

“With this album, however, we are confident with its quality. The only thing lacking is that we can’t perform it on Korean stage. I feel that this is a major obstacle for us and we are becoming stronger because of it.” Junsu reveals. Lastly, Junsu doesn’t forget to convey his gratitude towards the other two members during the hard times, “To be able to complete this world tour was also due to the members’ support and encouragement. After meeting them, I feel that I am so lucky, because I can rely on them and they can rely on me. It is also due to this that no matter what problems we face, they are meaningful. Thank you very much.”

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