[TRANS] 100427 ELLE Japon Junsu – Interview Q&A

Xiah Junsu– A Brand New Future

Tohoshinki, a mega-popular group, can be viewed as a type of social phenomenon
And a member of the group with a God-given musical talent that seizes people’s attention, Xiah Junsu, will release his first solo single in May
This will be his first step in coming out as a solo artist in the name of “XIAH junsu”
Right now, he has many ideas that depict what will happen in the future

23 year old true side zero-contact!

ELLE JAPON Q&A

Q. A game you often played as a child?
Soccer. In my elementary school journal, about 80% of the contents were about soccer

Q. Do you still like it now? 
If I have the time then I will play soccer. The position I play is left-forward

Q. Who’s your favorite soccer athlete?
Before, I used to like Thierry Henry from France, but recently, Lionel Andrés Messi from Argentina

Q. Did you have an enlightening moment in wanting to become a celebrity?
After seeing how handsome Korean group HOT were singing onstage

Q. Dancing or singing, which one do you like better?
I like both. Using your voice to present and using your body to present are two entirely different things and each have their own uniqueness

Q. Something that you are very conscious about yourself and take care of well?
The management of my voice. Compared to headaches or stomachaches, the damage of my voice makes me the most depressed. My condition will then follow and drop down

Q. What do you carry in your bag?
Recently, it would have to be razors. In comparison to other men, my beard isn’t as thick. But from one year ago, there were suddenly a lot growing out…

Q. Your favorite place in Korea?
Near the Han River

Q. Your favorite place in Japan?
Odaiba, Tokyo. You can see the water from there and the night scene is very beautiful

Q. Your most cherished item?
Wallet. If I didn’t have money and my driver’s license, then it would be very painful for me…

Q. What Japanese celebrity do you have a close relationship to?
Tachibana Keita of W-inds. He really is a guy of great personality!

Q. Favorite color?
Purple. I liked blue as a child, but once I reached 20 I started liking red. But because I still liked blue alot, I didn’t know what to do! I thought and thought and realized that mixing the two colors together would make purple!

Q. It has been said that you own a dog. What’s the breed and name of it?
I have 3 at home now~ Shaki, who is a Samoyed. A Golden Retriever named Hoky, and (no translations)

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As Korean celebrities, Tohsohinki has gained plenty of attention and popularity through commercials and variety shows, while at the same time, establishing extraordinary achievements in the Japan music industry. Starting from this spring, the members have taken the first steps in their individual solo activities.
As the other members are participating in the filming of Korean and Japanese dramas, Junsu has remained persistent with his music, debuting as the soloist, “XIAH junsu”. Junsu will produce his own special features as an artist that includes a charisma that solely belongs to him. At the same time, he will show off his sexy side to us. Wanting to show off his own individual image, he especially lost 3kg before the shoot! Right now, he is fully concentrated in the producing of “XIAH junsu”.

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Q: (no translations)

Q: What type of contents will it include?
There is one song that I arranged and composed myself. The lyrics have only just been written (handing the lyrics over for everyone to see)

Q: What I should say is, is it more mature? There is a very sexy atmosphere in here…
Success! These type of lyrics can only be deduced by XIAH junsu. Not being restricted by the style of the songs, I want to present the dances, but also to expose everyone to the more emotional sides to the songs.

Q: Your singing is always sentimental and full of feeling, touching the hearts of numerous people. Is there a specific way that you sing?

I normally follow the feeling of the song. You can say that I wing it while singing at the same time, trying to figure out the best way to go. If it wasn’t like this then I wouldn’t be able to convey the sincerity and true feelings of the song. I believe that a song without feelings is unnecessary and phony. The most important factor in singing a song is not about techniques, but rather the feelings. When I sing sad songs, I become the most sorrowful man on earth!

Q: When did you get the inspiration for your composition?
I got the sudden inspiration while making “XIAHTIC”, and the ideas of this solo song were all conceived in the car

Q: Is the feeling of debuting as a solo different from debuting as a group?
In a group, the members have to think of their characters and roles in the group and there must be a great level of cooperation between members. As a soloist, I only need to focus on presenting the best of myself… However, I still have an immense amount of pressure on my because I don’t want to disappoint everyone’s expectations.

Q: What are your future activities? 
I don’t have a definite plan yet. Maybe this type of feeling… (uses a mixture of gestures to represent his uncertainty)

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(t/n: The Q&A above is a draft and not the whole thing. The translations from Chinese were a little inconstant so once the real interview is released, this will be changed along with it… Thanks for your patience!) 

(t/n: updated 100428- continuing from above)

Q: What are your future activities?
I don’t have a definite plan yet. If there are people who like my music, I will continue to sing no matter where I go. Even if it means going to Africa (laughs)

Q: You have to go through your hectic schedule everyday, so do you have a secret in throwing away your identity? (t/n: meaning blending in in public places)
Because of the fans, I don’t really have any ways of disguising myself. Although I may feel frustrated sometimes, I’m still very grateful in my heart for everyone’s love

Q: How do you recover your spirit when you’re feeling down?
I’m the type of person that isn’t easily depressed or annoyed. But I listen to music when I feel sometimes pressure. If I were in Korea then I would go out for a drive, but of course I’ll drive safely! (laughs)

Q: This year January and February, you participated in the musical Mozart in Korea right?
At first, I rejected the part because of my schedule. But I’ve always had the heart for music, so when I listened to some of the songs in the musical, I felt the urge to sing it myself. I don’t know if others are satisfied with my performance and execution of Mozart, but I really put all my effort into it. I practiced and prepared a lot with the other actors and didn’t make myself seem like the special guest

Q: The subject of one of Korea’s top singers challenging musical acting has become a rather hot topic…
Although you have to have experience, you still have to have the passion. At first, I didn’t have the confidence at all and didn’t know where or how to begin because I haven’t tried this type of acting before. Comparing myself to Korea’s top professional musical actors, I felt very nervous and concerned. But because I already have this chance, I have to do the best I can– I’m a rather big perfectionist. Everyone has their own thing to brag about right?

Q: What did you learn from the experience of the musical?
I have been worrying about how to present the character while singing at the same time. Most of the actors that I worked with were all professional vocalists, so even if I started training now, I wouldn’t be able to catch up! But then the supervising teacher said that I could use “Junsu’s” way of singing to express Mozart. I was really happy, and even asked several times if it was real!

Q: Was this your first time seeing a musical?
Yes, it was my first time. And my first time was seeing myself acting as the main character! (laughs) Why didn’t I watch any musicals before? If I have the time in the future, I really want to watch a musical

Q: Since you already acted in a musical, what thoughts do you have about being a real actor?
Although I haven’t really acted before, my acting skills come naturally as the narration of the songs depicts a real situation. But if suitable chances come and there’s a role that suits me, I will definitely choose the best I can and try it out

Q: Is it true that you were in the Acting and Arts Department in your university?
I used to be, but then I switched to the Musical Department. I felt that since I could learn how to sing, dance, and perform all at the same time, I switched to this department.

Q: What type of music-plan do you have for yourself?
I want to do forms of musical performances like Mozart. Singing while acting is something I’ve been thinking about lately…

Q: When you’re 30, how do you think you’ll be?
There probably won’t be too much of a big difference compared to now. There will be a surge of younger generations after me and when I’m 40, maybe I’ll be an uncle that just loves to sing! (laughs) I’ll continue with music related work, and take rests when it seems fit. Singing… if I want to sing then I’ll sing. I want to live a more carefree life…

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