Question #19: Favorite interview of a k-pop idol or group
The last time around, I tooted about Zach Sang’s AMA 2017 interview when BTS first exploded in the US’ main stream media. And it’s STILL my favorite interview because unlike the rest, this one gets real. It finally, gets real. It’s my dream to get a chance to speak to BTS just so I can ask them some deep questions about their work and their music… and their vision!
Zach Sang continues pleasing k-pop fans with his interview with Blackpink (among others like Day6 and NCT 127). I just feel he cuts through a lot of the bullshit and puts the artists more at ease. I hope he continues to interview more and more k-pop artists in the near future.
On the flip side from more serious interviews, there’s been some interviews I have loved because they are funny or endearing. I’d say since Zach’s interview with BTS, my favorite would be just how adorable they were with Jimmy Fallon. And of course, how adorable Jimmy Fallon was as well.
Not only did BTS look like they were having fun in the interview, their performance for Idol and I’m Fine was killer. In fact, this was the first live performance of I’m Fine I really felt emotional for. And the Fortnite sketch they did prior to the show added to their entire visit.
I would have chosen Buzzfeed’s Puppies interview but I’m not sure they are true interviews in the traditional sense but they are so much fun to watch. The one with BTS was fun but I loved the one with Jackson Wang!
[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge; Questions 20 & 21 will be a separate post! ]
Question #17: A k-pop idol you wish was your older sibling
I can’t believe I actually thought I could view J-Hope as my older sibling. I mean, after ANYONE sees that man live, platonic feelings goes out the door as fast as one can blink! Not to say I don’t doubt he would make a great sibling, but I saw the man do his iconic Bapsae hip thrust… LIVE! My life will never be the same…
My answer now would be, without a doubt, Jooheon from Monsta X.
Watching their Monsta X Ray ep 5, when they spent the day as daycare workers, it’s easy to see Jooheon actually takes on a fatherly role as well. I was impressed how he felt so natural around the kids and was able to diffuse problems by just talking to them in a way which grabbed their attention. I’m quite certain growing up with a brotherly figure such as Jooheon would have been a positive experience.
Question #18: A k-pop idol you wish was your younger sibling
LISA from Blackpink wins this year’s status as ideal younger sibling. She might be a bit overly affectionate for me to take (ask my family – while I welcome hugs and kisses, I hate being mauled and prefer an arms length bubble of air around me most times). She’s sweet and what a cutie she must have been when she was a baby or toddler.
I think for me, LISA would have been the type of sister to get me to enjoy the moment more often. She would have been the one to open my cold heart in order for me to accept love. LOL! Poor her would have had to deal with my over-achieving ass to ensure she’s on the right track, dates good people and strives for her best.
Question #15: A k-pop song that reminds you of of a time or moment you miss
The original question was which k-pop song reminds you of some one you miss. Other than my first answer, there hasn’t been any song which reminds me of anyone from my past.
However, music will, whether k-pop or non-kpop, remind me of a time or place from my past.
Super Junior’s One More Time came during a phase where a lot of k-pop artists were taking on Latin American vibes. This one in particular brings me back to all those trips I’ve taken down south, finding myself on white sandy beaches.
Question #16: Favorite k-pop lyric (and a translation)
BTS actually has a lot of deep and meaningful lyrics. I’m still shook with the double-meaning behind Pied Piper. It’s evident they are having a conversation with ARMY. On the one hand, there’s a seductive lure. Yet on the other hand, they warn ARMY not to fall so much into the obsession where it controls one’s life in a negative way. This duo-message is both playful and yet carries a deep warning. I imagine they are saying they can’t help how they might cause a magnetic connection which draws us into them… yet they ask us to be cautious with how far we may fall down that rabbit hole.
Along with the way BTS performs this song, it is quite captivating.
Pied Piper Lyrics (Translated/English)
[Verse 1: Jungkook] It’s bad so it’s better You know on the inside You can’t stop it now (you can’t stop) So be honest with me
[Verse 2: Rap Monster] Stop Now stop watching and study for your test Your parents and boss hate me Video clips, pictures, tweets V app, Bon Voyage I know, you can’t help what you like But stop, interpret the music video later You have so many pictures of me in your room anyway It’s not just one hour, it’s a whole year that’ll disappear So this song is an award I’m giving to you Good
[Pre-Chorus: Jin, V] You’re not being punished Come here, I’m your paradise Can’t close your eyes Can’t close your eyes You can throw a fit but it’s no use (Don’t reject me) Just close your eyes, tune your ears
[Chorus: Jimin, Jungkook] Follow the sound of the pipe, follow this song It’s a bit dangerous but I’m so sweet I’m here to save you, I’m here to ruin you You called me, see? I’m so sweet Follow the sound of the pipe I’m takin’ over you I’m takin’ over you
[Verse 3: V, Suga] You know that it’s already begun The moment you hear that sound Maybe I’m a bit dangerous Like the pied piper I’m testing you Like the fruit from the tree of good and evil
[Verse 4: J-Hope] My pipe awakens everything That sound burns you up even more You’re pulled by it, you react I’m endlessly blowing I’m your guilty pleasure You can’t escape Never
[Pre-Chorus: Jungkook, Jimin] You’re not being punished Come here, I’m your paradise Can’t close your eyes Can’t close your eyes You can throw a fit but it’s no use (Don’t reject me) Just close your eyes, tune your ears
[Chorus: Jin, V] Follow the sound of the pipe, follow this song It’s a bit dangerous but I’m so sweet I’m here to save you, I’m here to ruin you You called me, see? I’m so sweet Follow the sound of the pipe
[Bridge: Jungkook] Yeah, I’m a bit dangerous I can’t even handle myself Don’t worry, my hands They’re only warm for you
[Outro: Jimin, Jungkook] If I’m ruining you right now Please forgive me Because you can’t live without me Because you know all of this I’m takin’ over you I’m takin’ over you
I am changing it to the first song which got me totally hooked in this entire world of k-pop. That one song which had me researching for more and more k-pop songs on YouTube. And that would be…
EXO’s otherworldly superpower theme (which we still see in most of their videos since then), really appealed to me. The song itself was energetic, dark and filled with angst. I was impressed! MAMA is still one of my favorite EXO songs ever to this day.
Question #13: A k-pop group/artist you recently discover
I changed this question as the original was, A k-pop group you dislike and why. My answer hasn’t changed either – there’s no k-pop group/artist I find myself disliking enough to rant about.
TAEYEON is not a new artist. Not by far. She debuted with Girls’ Generation in 2007 and has since become quite the solo artist. While I heard of her (a lot – she’s quite popular), I hadn’t had a chance to dive into her music. And my discovery of her was quite accidental.
I was browsing through YouTube when I discovered her official Disney/Vevo music video where she performed the OST, Into the Unkown, for the upcoming movie, Frozen 2. First of all, I was impressed Disney had the sense to branch out to international artists. I believe this will be released with the Korean soundtrack.
Secondly, TAEYEON’s voice! Oh wow! Her voice is so strong and crystal clear. It wasn’t long before I started to stream her latest album, Purpose. I can’t say there’s one song on the entire 10-track album I dislike. Here I Am, the first track, set the bar pretty high, but the rest of the album didn’t disappoint. The sound is very blues and jazz, so it may only appeal to those with that specific taste. However, this is a great one to listen to during the colder months. It has that beautifully haunting sound to chill out with.
Question #14: A k-pop song that makes you smile
This one goes with what currently has made me smile… a lot!
How can one not like this song? It’s catchy, the vibe is carefree… I mean, every time I hear this song I am back in a night club when I was in my 20’s dancing in the middle of a packed large dance floor until 2AM in the morning.
Well, I haven’t fulfilled my wish to learn Blood Sweat and Tears and at this point I think it’s safer for my knees to abandon that idea.
Since then, I have learned the main parts of many k-pop choreography thanks to the downtown drop-in dance studio featuring many original k-pop dance covers (just of the chorus parts). My ultimate fave choreo was MIC Drop Remix with Anpanman being a close send.
At the moment I think I’d like to do (G)I-dle’s LION. It looks hard! But I’d be up for the challenge!
Question #11: Favorite k-pop music video
While BTS’ MIC Drop Remix music video is still one of my all-time favorites, their other classic will always be Blood Sweat & Tears. The visual creativity, imagery and theme which went behind this video is something we just don’t see much in general these days (k-pop and non-kpop alike). And so I deem this video my #1.
Having said that, there’s been so many great music videos since – from both BTS and others.
At the moment, I’ve been watching a lot of WayV music videos. Moonwalk being my favorite of theirs. The rest of WayV m/v’s so far, I have to say while the visuals are great, are not really anything other than letting their dance skills dominate the videos (which is fine – they are skilled dancers!)
TXT’s Run Away is another one I frequently watch. I look forward to more videos from TXT as they have adapted BigHit’s formula of tying in symbolism and themes so well from video to video. Also, any of SUNMI’s videos are fun to watch!