Q. What do you think is the reason only both of you are doing the shoot today?
Jinyoung: I think it’s because both of us are the hyungs in B1A4.
CNU: I think so too. They probably came up with this combination of the eldest hyungs…
Q. How was it?
CNU: I think it’s nice. The fans like the combination of the two of us. It’s the first time we’re shooting alone so it’s interesting and a different experience.
Jinyoung: The concept in itself is interesting.
Q. After ‘sprout-dol’ and ‘countryside-dol’, they are now calling you ‘trend-dol’ and ‘boyfriend-dol’.
Jinyoung: I feel like all of these changes with time. In the beginning we had a fresh green image hence the nickname ‘sprout-dol’. I like that as time passed, people felt us to be like ‘boyfriend-dol’.
CNU: But of course, it does become a burden. The word ‘trend’ has huge meaning to it. To be honest there is the sense of responsibility and burden to have to live up to that name.
CNU: We have heard the nickname ‘trend-dol’, but I don’t think of it often. It may turn into narcissism so I try not to think of it on purpose.
Jinyoung: Instead of calling us the trend for real, I think people just look at us cutely (laugh).
Q. The new album in general does not have an idol-like feeling.
CNU: It is a pity that from some point in time there is a prejudice towards idols. We debuted with the title of a singer, and in our own ways we are promoting with the mindset of musicians. But then there is the viewpoint by which we are evaluated with the standards of idols. It’s a pity but at the same time a stance that we have to take in stride. I think it’s a problem for us to solve in time to come. We will show everyone the artiste side to us.
Q. Are songs such as the title song Lonely, Baby or Pretty made from your own love stories?
Jinyoung: Haha (laugh). It is made up with our own experiences and the stories that we hear. There are also many love stories that I indirectly experience by watching movies. The lyrics of Baby Goodnight is a good example. It is the story of a guy who greets his girlfriend good night on the phone and heads out to the club after. That is not my own experience. Because there are things that I hear and see around me (laugh). It is a very possible thing.
CNU: I think I get a lot of inspiration from the things I have experienced personally. Honestly it’s not like I have experienced a lot and it’s also been some time since they happened, but I tend to recall them for when I write songs and compose lyrics. The song Seoul this time is also a song filled with my emotions. It’s a story about the fans.
Q. There are many self-composed songs in this album too.
Jinyoung: They are not my solo songs so I accept the opinions of the other members too. We tend to have a meeting together to decide on the direction of a song, or the concept of the album. It may not turn out well if there is too much of only my thoughts. I am very cautious about that. To be honest there have been occasions where I push ahead with my own thoughts. Of course there are pros when I do so, but there are definitely also cons.
CNU: That’s right. No matter what, it is necessary to get the opinions of the members from the start so as to have it in the proper direction.
Q. Is there a possibility that both of you will promote as a duet unit group?
CNU: Oh~ That’ll be nice. It’ll be interesting. Eldest hyung-line? The genre of music that we like is quite similar. Both of us like R&B hiphop. I think we will be able to show everyone a different side to us if we promoted as a unit by combining the genres that we like.
Jinyoung: It’s not an entirely impossible thing.
CNU: I have ever mentioned on a Japanese program that it will be interesting to come up with an album as a duet. There are several possible combinations in our group. It’s possible that the both of us do it, or I do it with someone else. I think it’ll be interesting for us to come up with a collaboration album by forming different combinations amongst the members.
Q. How is communication with your entertainment agency?
Jinyoung: They take into consideration a lot of our opinions, because we tend to give a lot of them… I think we communicate well with each other.
Q. What’s the possibility of being an ‘acting-dol’?
Jinyoung: Possible. I see all five of us as having the ability to act. We all have very different charms so I look forward to see which field of acting will we go in.
Q. ‘Suspicious Granny’ has surpassed the 5 million mark. Did you expect it to do this well?
CNU: I knew it would do well. I knew after hearing who was cast, and I knew after hearing a little of the content from Jinyoung. It was refreshing and interesting. The director is also an amazing person.
Jinyoung: (in a tiny voice) I knew it would do well too (laugh).
Q. What genre or role would you like to try next?
Jinyoung: Romance! I want to try expressing a proper and strong love story.
CNU: I have ever said this before… The role of a father.
Q. This early?
CNU: I don’t know. We had an indirect experience of raising a kid through our reality program ‘Hello Baby’ two years back. Doing that program made me think a lot about the existence of a father.
Q. Are you ‘lonely’ recently?
Jinyoung, CNU: Lonely… (laugh).
CNU: It’s lonely.
Q. You’re 24 years old, you should be dating.
CNU: Dating? I’m not in a relationship right now. I have no choice. I’m not dating anyone now so I have to say I’m not.
Q. What kind of person do you want to date?
Jinyoung: I have a very detailed ideal type. In the past I was going up the stairs at the subway, and I saw a lady help a grandmother carry her bags. At that time I thought that that was something everyone should be going. But right now it looks very charming. That lady had short hair. Ever since then I have liked girls with short hair. My ideal type is an elegant lady with short hair.
CNU: This kind of question is really tough. Even though I have always answered this question with “a lady like my mother”…
Q. That’s very abstract, I’m not seeing your point.
CNU: I like a girl who is strong like my mother. But she cannot have a wild personality. She cannot swing me around violently just because she’s strong – she has to embrace me warmly. On the other hand, I like a tenderhearted girl who makes me want to hug her. A lady who is strong but soft instead, so that I can lean on her and hug her as well.
Q. You’re having concerts in March and April right?
CNU: We have spent time since last year thinking that spring means concerts. Next week is the Seoul show, March Busan and April Japan. I really like concerts. A concert in itself is very meaningful, but the more I do them the more interesting it gets. That entire space only has us and our fans. They are people who come because they like us. So I just really like it and I am so happy. Since it’s the first concert we’re holding after releasing our second full length album, it will be done mainly around the new songs. You will be curious as to how we will perform the new songs live since we have never performed them on stage apart from the title song. It’ll be good if you looked forward to our first live performance. We also tend to add musical elements in the middle, and this time we are doing so with a live band. It’ll be good to anticipate it.
Q. I heard you only slept a couple of hours today, trying to prepare for the concert?
Jinyoung: Yes. When we get less busy, I want to go to the movie theatres and watch 3 movies in a day. Not only do I like watching movies, I only like to eat popcorn.
CNU: What shall I do… A thoughtless drive?
Q. While sharing coffee with someone next to you?
Jinyoung: That is a leading question (laugh).
CNU: It’ll only be alright if there’s someone next to me right? I’ll probably get a girlfriend in future.
Q. I heard there’s some things that you haven’t gotten to say to each other?
CNU: There’s a lot…
Jinyoung: I have always thought that I should carry the burdens because I am the leader. But because CNU has helped me so much that I have come this far comfortably. Recently I think we have not been able to talk to each other frankly, so we have decided to have a serious talk together. (While looking at CNU) Let’s open the package of talks soon (laugh). Both of us tend to talk about the past, because we have a similar bond of sympathy.
CNU: Me too. We’ve spent a lot of time together… I think it’s been about 5 years that we spent together. It’s long, but it is also short.
Jinyoung: That’s right. That’s like a quarter of my life? A fifth?
CNU: Even though we think that we know a lot about each other… If you think about it there are many things that we might not know. As he said, we have to talk more so as to get to know each other better. Even if we have a lot of honest conversations with each other now. There is so much to talk about everyday. There are many things we want to tell each other while promoting too. And Jinyoung is really busy as the album producer. He was busy with having to produce the album and film for the movie at the same time. It is really cool to see how he splits his busy time as so to work hard and not lose both acting and music. I just wanted to say you’ve worked really hard. ♥
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