Saturday, October 22, 2011

[INTERVIEW] Boyfriend "The competition with girl groups? We use our masculine charms to capture girls' hearts."

The idol group Boyfriend made up of pretty boys which debuted in May has a cute and refreshing charm alongside their nickname as pet-dol, obtaining the support of many teenage fans. After 5 months, Boyfriend who made their comeback with “Don’t Touch My Girl” has grown manlier. The pure and fresh image has disappeared, replaced by a charisma. Not only their concept, Boyfriend’s image has also transformed, showing confidence on stage. Unlike the previous interview filled with nervousness, it feels like they can joke around this time.

“When we first debuted, we were very nervous. Now we feel more relaxed, it’s starting to feel cheerful. Seeing our fans while we’re on stage, looking at their placards, our views have broadened. It feels more enjoyable. Even though we still feel that we are lacking, but we feel like we are improving little by little.”

The six members, Donghyun, Hyunseong, Jeongmin, Youngmin, Kwangmin and Minwoo all had satisfied expressions showing that the concept this time suited their preferences. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do. We prefer showing masculinity compared to cuteness, so we feel more at ease. It’s a bit more comfortable this time”, confessed Donghyun.

Jeongmin and Youngmin, Kwangmin, Minwoo, the dongsaengs are already so cute. It’s harder for me to look good because I have to smile nicely, it’s difficult for me to find that expression. I feel more comfortable now”, added Hyunseong. On the other hand, Youngmin from the maknae line commented that “It’s troubling for us when showing expressions, if we show intense expressions, it may turn out scary; if we try to open our eyes widely, we’ll look like we’re in a daze. But we feel like we’ve found the feel”.

The members added while laughing, “20% of our fans think that it’s a pity we’ve lost our cute image, but 80% thinks that the concept this time is better. Compared to being fully masculine, we’re satisfied because we can show the image of growing into a man”.

“Don’t Touch My Girl” is composed by hit song composer SweeTune, the cute and refreshing feel is the song’s unique point, singing out the song’s sorrow. SweeTune enables the members to sing the song not by using their skills, but by using their feelings, so the members individually expressed their skills.

“Actually, I didn’t have any relation to the song lyrics, I didn’t have any experience, and I cannot date now. Remembering the sunbaes telling me to watch sad movies in order to grasp the feel, I watched many sad movies before recording the song. “Giving you my first love“‘s lead male character feeling of sadness when we couldn’t protect his first love is similar to the song lyrics, after shifting the feeling, it’s finally OK”, said Hyunseong.

Donghyun stated that “The other members are in their teenage years, so they don’t have and experience in love, I am in my twenties, so I have experience. The feeling of being in love and english lyrics are connected so I can sing the song well”.

It’s been more than 5 months since Boyfriend’s debut, even though they are still rookies, it is observed that they are climbing up and growing up rapidly. As per usual, there will be international fans present during performances and fan meetings. They also received many love calls from Japan. After going on Japan NHK’s show “Enthusiasm Stadium”, they were appraised as the next k-pop celebrity.

“We have not held activities in Japan and China yet, but we saw many fans at the airport. We experienced the feeling of the popularity of k-pop, we really want to take part in the Hallyu wave quickly.”

Boyfriend who are currently doing their promotional activities while having fierce competition with girl groups such as Secret’s and Girl’s Generation’s comeback commented that “In contrary to that, we want to show the charm of men”, “We had a cutesy concept the first time, after transforming into a different style, everyone seemed to be shocked, we us our ability to show many changes to compete”, implying the challenge to girl groups.

When Boyfriend was asked about their long-term goal, just like in their interview 5 months ago, they stated that their wish to win the Best Rookie award is still there.

“We hope that we can obtain the Best Rookie award. Sistar sunbae from the same company as us got the Best Rookie award last year, this time we want to win it. We hope that after promoting our new album, we can hold on to the probability of winning it.”

Source(s): Article: Mini @ Weibo, Translation: boyfriend-champion @ Tumblr