[Interview] GQ Korea Interview with TaeYang: January 2010

Boys Don’t Cry.

by WooChul Jang, Editor

Zero pretensions. 100% Real. Like a rock, a mountain range and the sun afar. TaeYang, who is soon to release his first full album, does not stop to cry. He does not pace or hesitate either. Because his performances alone speak loud and clear. A GQ interview with TaeYang, an unusual teen idol who possesses both sincerity and instinct.

TaeYang is an unusual teen idol. He is larger than life and free only within the boundaries of what’s “real,” which is defined by himself. When he asks, “I should just do my thing, right?” that is what he sincerely feels. What kind of an idol cares about sincerity?

Would you like something to drink? A beer?
Alcohol is not really…

Do you like winter? A weather like today?
I like winter because I get to put on a lot of clothes. And most of my favorite songs go well with the season, and, I don’t know, I like the warm feeling. Calm, medium tempo songs like this. I listen to Karina (Pasian)’s Slow Motion often these days. Michael Jackson’s old songs, too.

Remember? After we had our “Men of the Year” interview last year, we promised to meet again after you have gained lots of new experiences?
(Laughs) I really wanted to experience lots of new things, which you might call seductions, in 2009, but am afraid I haven’t had time to learn new things through first-hand experiences.

What were you so busy with?
To be honest, I spent over six months in the studio working with Teddy. When I wasn’t working on my album, I wanted to watch him writing and producing music to learn something from him. We just hung around listening to music together. Of course the biggest thought on my mind was the desire to make a great full album. We shared a great sense of achievement when we created something cool together and, I don’t know, a sense of happiness when we found great music and listened to it together.

Was it all good? Surely, it must have been different from when you were making “Look Only at Me.” This is your first full album we are talking about – you must have had to deal with the pressure to do better. The expectations were insanely high…
The pressure was great indeed. I’ve gotten over it a bit now but I had been all anxiety until my first single came out. To tell you the truth, this interview was supposed to happen in October but I had to postpone it because I was full of anxiety and felt that I had nothing to say. Probably I wouldn’t have been able to answer any of your questions in a prudent and proper manner.

You are such a strong-headed perfectionist, almost to the degree of recklessness. Now, tell us. What did you do with your first full album?
I wanted to make music that could most truthfully and accurately reflect who I am at the age of 22 – the most comfortable and natural music. And I also considered the global standards. I wanted to make music that could be heard and impress people anywhere in the world.

Yet the way you put it out was rather puzzling. You released singles, practically saying, “Well, these are not my title tracks. They are sort of a bonus and I’m not going to promote these singles.” From the public’s point of view, it was like, “Huh?”
True. I know what you mean. I’ll be frank with you. I don’t like the way things are being handled. I didn’t expect things to turn out this way. The original plan had been actively promoting my singles until my full album came out but there were simply too many other things I had to do, including the group stuff.

Are you talking about Big Bang’s promotional activities in Japan? Some people call them your “side gig (a part time job).”
Something I should deal with anyway.

If you ask me, it’s not enough even if you could focus all your time and energy on things you WANT to do. Isn’t that true?
Well, things turned out this way. Of course I wanted to do things right and make an impression but…

But instead of heightening the suspense and building expectations, the whole circumstances surrounding the releases of Where U At and then Wedding Dress gave people the impression that you were just giving them a taste, a teaser, if you will. Does it make you feel uncomfortable to talk about these things we feel unhappy about up front?
Not at all. I feel unhappy about those things myself.

Isn’t it about time for you to drop a major hint for your full album?
Given the situation, I think I have no choice but to come out with a really great album. As you can tell from my singles, the songs in the new album have been upgraded when compared with the ones in my EP. They will definitely break a mold.

Break a mold?
Meaning I want to break my mold to make progress. I’m not saying I want to break from the style or form of music I’ve done so far. I mean the new album will be a bigger picture than the one I was able to plan and paint before.

So when on earth is it coming out?
I want it to be early next year but have lots of other things on my schedule already so…

What you want is not exactly what your company has in mind, is that it?
I don’t know. (Laughs) This drives me crazy. The company knows that I usually have many thoughts on my mind and the company people also have many thoughts on their minds when they handle my plans and activities.

All these complicated, confusing situations – you might want to turn them into something positive, something that can help you grow. What do you think?
I hope so.

Over the past year, what kind of a man do you think you have grown into?
I feel like I have gone through puberty all over again. A period full of stress and anxiety.

How did you relieve your stress and anxiety?
They just disappeared by themselves. I think thinking about great music and the fact that I had the outcome I had wanted sort of made those negative feelings disappear. In a way, I was able to resolve the negative thoughts and feelings accumulated inside of me through music.

And Where U At and Wedding Dress were indeed good enough to show the hard work and effort you have put into them. However, they also make one wonder whether you focus too much on the conceptual aspects when compared with “Look Only at Me.” On one hand, they have too much added to the vividness you showed in LOaM, and on the other hand, they feel like they lack something – an outcome that came about because you focused too much on the music itself, if you will.
I think I know what you mean. I needed somebody to tell me about stuff like that.

Then what about the promotions? I mean, the girlfriend issue alone. I find the press release that says, “a song truthfully describes TaeYang’s real life situation that he has never had a girlfriend” appallingly childish. Don’t you agree?
My sentiment exactly.

When it comes to things like dating a girl or singing a song, you should let things come naturally. Half-baked acting in a music video just wouldn’t do.
You’re right. I wish I could meet a woman I like and fall in love with her right away.

Did you say a woman? Right away?
Yes. That’s how I really feel. I am genuinely unhappy with that particular promotional tactic because it perpetuates my image as a young man who has never had a girlfriend. I seriously hate it when they try to put me in some sort of a box and present the image as if it were a real me.

I gather this is a very important time for you. It is a transitional period and you have to go through trials and errors that are absolutely necessary.
I’m really confident about my album. I worked on it for a long time and poured my heart and soul in it. I am not worried about the musical aspects at all but am not so sure about the rest. The biggest concern is that the timing of the release remains undecided.

I know you worry about many things but you may want to look at it from a different perspective. I mean, there are people who work their butts off but still don’t get even a single chance to shine. Compared to them, see how lucky you are!
You’re right. I should remember that.

Given the style of music you do, how favorable do you think the current music scene is in Korea? We don’t see you often enough on music shows as it is and then I hear that you will be on Strong Heart. I was instantly reminded of a phrase from the lyrics to Cho YongPil’s song – “Why does it make me sigh…”
It is difficult in many aspects. Be it stage performances or music programs, nothing is clearly defined or established. You can’t really do much if you choose to do strictly the musical stuff because there is only this one show that I can go on once a week like a weekly ritual.

The times are hard and musicians can’t go very far only by making good music and putting on great performances. You are a perfectionist. Doesn’t that make you feel all the lonelier?
Nevertheless I still feel motivated and privileged by the fact that I am living in the same era as so many great musicians are. I feel so small when I think about Michael Jackson. He makes me speechless. Come to think of it, that was the reason why I felt so sad but my heart swelled with happiness at the same time throughout the past year – thinking that the man lived the same time as I did, I lived the same time as he did. Although I knew I could never meet him now, I felt as if my heart would burst with happiness because I could listen to his music and watch him on stage.

That’s so great. All the more so because I know you will never use your respect for him as some sort of a gimmick to draw attention or do Michael Jackson impressions.
You’re right. It is not right to do that.

So what do you think Big Bang will do? Things happen so quickly in the current music scene that it feels like it’s been ages since Big Bang first came out.
The public image of Big Bang as a popular band is too strong and I think we are likely to choose to do easy-to-listen pop music. However, it is my personal opinion that we shouldn’t do that. We were loved by so many people and it would be meaningless if we continue to seek that kind of popularity. We should be able to use the popularity as a platform to bring our music to a higher level. I feel very strongly about it.

How does it feel to work in Japan? Must be a bit different from working as a solo artist. How does it affect you?
More than anything else, I love the fact that the system is so well established in Japan. They know exactly which shows/performances an artist should go on/do and what kind of stages the artist requires. But of course, a well-established system also has a downside – the fact that it is rather inflexible in many aspects. It is certainly demanding for me to fly back and forth between Japan and Korea but Japan is a much bigger market than Korea and this is an opportunity to lay the groundwork.

What your buddy and team mate G-Dragon has accomplished as a solo artist – did it make you feel motivated in any way?
I don’t know how to say this but, although JiYong and I are close friends, we are very different in terms of what we pursue musically. I really supported him in any way I could but I was never meaningfully influenced by him.

More than anything, I wish you could sing better. Of course you make people say, “How could he sing live without missing a beat while dancing so intensely?” or “Such fantastic dance moves!” or “How smooth and hip his performances are!” but these are all technical stuff. I wish I could experience the simple pleasure of listening to you sing – even if it is only you on the stage, playing the piano, and be able to say, “god, he is such a great singer!”
That’s exactly what I want to do. Actually I thought about it often. And I promise you that you will see me do that.

What are your fans like?
A lot like me. Not as much as I do, I presume, but they are a lot like me in that they have many thoughts on their minds, get anxious easily, worry about everything in advance and have bad feelings about everything.

How does that affect you?
They are music lovers before they are fans of TaeYang the musician and they keep me from losing direction. Sometimes I read posts made by my fans on the Internet. When I feel so utterly lost that I lose sight of my goals, I read what they wrote or watch the videos they posted and realize, yes, that’s where I was headed, that’s what I wanted to do and that’s what I should do.

This may sound awfully simplistic but at the end of the day, all that matters is that you do your thing.
Isn’t it? That’s exactly what I wanted to hear and say so badly. That all I’ve got to do is do my own thing. That’s the one thing I wanted to say most during this interview: No matter how many things I have on my mind, no matter how deeply I’m worried, at the end of the day, everything’s up to me. I just need to do my own thing. What else could there be?

What motivates you these days?
Every time I go to Japan, I buy all the DVDs of my favorite musicians I can find. Watching the DVDs, I feel tremendously motivated, thinking, ah, I should do something like that, how I badly want to do something like that.

When I saw you in the WUA video with your hair the same as before and you wearing the same style cap you used to wear, I was almost brought to tears.

It is the feeling that you have when you meet someone you have trusted again and find him still committed and doing well.
Actually, I had to fight really hard to keep my style.

People wanted you to change?
Many people did. But I like comfortable clothes that make it easy to sing and dance. I don’t wear anything that is heavy or constricting. I stick to my current hair style because it never gets in the way while I dance.

But that doesn’t mean that you don’t care about your clothes or hair. You are particular and want things done exactly the way you want, right?
Of course. I am very particular in choosing what goes well with my music. The most important thing is how well certain style goes with my music. There is always a color or colors that look best with the music.

What would be different if you were 10 centimeters taller?
(Laughs) 10 centimeters are too much. How about 5 centimeters? No, if I had been taller, I wouldn’t have been able to dance like I do now. I never would have worked so hard to look larger than life on the stage. I know that it is not a matter of height that determines how tall or big you look on the stage.

Is there any particular place or way you want to perform these days? It doesn’t have to be a big, important stage.
Before it gets colder, I would like to sing with a great band on a small roadside stage where many people come and listen to me. I always dream of performances with a live band.

That is such an admirable dream. The fact that you are a teen idol signed with a major label could get in the way of your dream.
Just a simple dream of mine. I would like to create my own band and sing with them someday. I will continue to work hard to be able to make that happen.

If you pour your heart and soul to reach your goal, nothing would be impossible. You’re 22 now and life is longer than you might think it is. It’s past midnight. What’s your plan after this?
I’ll probably have something to eat and go home.

You don’t want to have a drink? Did you go out and inhale the night air tonight? How can you go home without having a drink?
(Laughs) By the way, I kept thinking about what you said during our interview last year – that I should let my self go and give in to temptation. But then I think I may end up dead if I start drinking and dating women because I would get completely lost in all that.

Don’t you think you might be able to come up with something unbelievably great while you are lost? I’m joking. You haven’t done it, so it doesn’t matter what I say. Makes me feel like you are the angel and I’m the devil here. Well, I’ve come too far to go back. I need you to promise me something, anything.
I’ll come out with a great album soon and hold the greatest concert. Isn’t that enough?

Are you going to turn the world upside down?
I don’t know.

What? Then what’s the point of doing it all? The world stays that same. Just another new song. He sings. His single is No. 3 on the chart. No. 2 on the chart. Oh, here he is again. What’s the point of doing all that? For popularity?
(Laughs) I get it. I have a bigger dream. I don’t know how long it will take or whether I will be able to make it come true. But even if it means that my life becomes short because I worry too much and that I have to give up other things in life, I want to prove that I can do really well on a stage watched around the world. I want my music I have made so far and I will make in the future to positively influence people all over the world. It is my dream that I become a musician, a singer who can do that.

What would you do if you have a piano in front of you right now?
I would like to sing and play Slow Motion I mentioned earlier. Suddenly I’m worried that my answers to your questions today might sound too mundane and boring because you asked me those questions knowing me and my concerns so well.

You worry too much. When you’re worried you might sound boring, say something sensational.
(Laughs) What should I say?

You shouldn’t ask me that. Aren’t you a good, well-behaved boy?
I don’t know. As I said earlier, I felt like I was going through a second puberty for the past year. I’ve gotten really rough. I often get cranky with people and say not-so-nice things to them.

What are you talking about? You can talk about an artist getting rough and wild at least when he has broken every one of the windows at either his company or a hotel.

What do you see outside your window at home?
I see Bamsum (Bam Island). When I get up in the morning and look outside the window, I feel calm and it is a nice feeling. I hear that people are not allowed there but sometimes I wish I could go there.

How does a news report saying, “Earlier this morning, singer TaeYang was spotted singing on Bamsum” sound?
(Laughs) I don’t know when but I often think that I want to leave somewhere far away. Travel with no itinerary and no destinations.

You can go but not before you release your full album. Oh, have you decided what it will be called?
“Real.” What do you think?

Makes me want to close my eyes. You are, I see.

[(c) GQ Korea]
[Translated by pgeorgie@AlwaysTaeYang | Please credit Alway Taeyang when taking elsewhere!!!]


58 thoughts on “[Interview] GQ Korea Interview with TaeYang: January 2010”

  1. omg! I just read this whole entire thing. YB has great taste in music Karina ‘Slow Motion’ is a good song.^^ haha everytime he is interviewed he gets the dating question. he will find that special chick someday (even though i don’t want him too..hes mine!) lol

    anyways, this is the perfect thing to read right before I go to bed so I can dream about my YB all night. lol jk

  2. Ohmagawd, thank you sooooooo much for translating!!
    I love reading Taeyang’s interviews. He surprises me with his honesty every single time. And I love this about him.
    Hearing him talk about his album almost makes me cry because you can see how much work he puts into it.
    But I worry about him sometimes, hope he doesn’t overwork himself!
    Aah, Bae, please release your album soon!

  3. OMG this interview makes me wanna cry. I thank the interviewer for asking bae those questions and pushing him to really let out what is on his mind. This interview answered a lot of questions that’s been bugging us YB fans a lot. And he knows our worries too!
    Thank you for translating this! Totally made my day!

  4. He sounds kinda bitter… when he’s talking about promotions & Etc..
    : (
    I hope YG does what he wants ! It’ll make him happy!
    & The gf part too, he sounds.. bitter.. or maybe its just the way
    they worded it? LOL.
    Ill be your WOMAN ❤ hahahaha.

    I can't wait, YB's the REAL thing.

  5. i feel like the interviewer was a mad jump down your throat type of person. i didnt like how he worded some of his questions lol but i loved bae’s answers<3

  6. Omo… First of all, thank you for translating the interview. 🙂 The interview was really amazing! 🙂 My favorite interview so far…

    This interview is so “real”, no pretentions. You can really understand what YB has been going through as a solo artist and as a Big Bang member. All his answers speak right from his heart. All the questions asked i think have been some of the questions that most YB fans want to ask him.

    Speaking about his full album and how he worked so much for it makes me so excited for its release. I hope YG has definite plans on promoting him and his full album. Regardless, with an epic album from one great artist, it will definitely inspire a lot of people as what YB wants to achieve in the first place.

    I’m proud to be one of his fans. 🙂

    Young Bae Fighting!

  7. True. I know what you mean. I’ll be frank with you. I don’t like the way things are being handled. I didn’t expect things to turn out this way. The original plan had been actively promoting my singles until my full album came out but there were simply too many other things I had to do, including the group stuff.

    ^ OH GOODNESS I KNEW IT!!!! I knew something was wrong and thank goodness YB and I are in the same boat…YES YG, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING!!!!!!

    A lot like me. Not as much as I do, I presume, but they are a lot like me in that they have many thoughts on their minds, get anxious easily, worry about everything in advance and have bad feelings about everything.
    ^ omg yes..Taeyang I am exactly like you…a total worrywart LOL…your fansite doesn’t help me either! hah

    (Laughs) I don’t know when but I often think that I want to leave somewhere far away. Travel with no itinerary and no destinations.
    ^ aww…I know that feeling Tae!

    This interview was FANTASTIC…goodness its like learning about whole new person everytime he says something~~~

    Georgie, you know how much I love you right?~lol

  8. wow. this interview is just..wow. taeyang is such an amazing man. i mean, i thought i understood him before, but this interview (and probably mostly due to the interviewee) really opened my eyes to how much of a man youngbae is. is it weird that it took me almost half an hour to read everything?lol. I kept on going back and re-reading so many lines. his answers and descriptions really brought chills down my spine, goodness i even teared up..alot. lol. His description of his fans was so spot on! his future goals, his uniqueness. everything about this man is so…magical. i really cant think of any other word to describe him.
    Im so glad he is not afraid to be honest, and say what he really thinks. im happy that he has shown his frustrations and difference of opinions w/ the company. I know this isn’t what he wanted for his solo album, and I hope something is done. He is definitely ready for his album to come out, and if its pushed back again, YG better watch his back. lol. I will be sending a not-so nice letter to him.
    thank you SO MUCH pgeorgie for translating this. I KNOW he is def. going to take over. I can’t wait. 🙂

  9. wow! i think this is one of the best interview ive read of YB. thank you so much for translating. ^__^

    so glad he didnt change his style because ppl wanted him to! please dont change bcuz others want u to.

    “I know that it is not a matter of height that determines how tall or big you look on the stage” u got that right babe! =P..)
    “Are you going to turn the world upside down?” I believe you will YB, it’s only a matter of time =P

    Dong Young Bae, fighting! ❤

    (arggg.. i guess his album will be delayed huh … =T )

  10. omo…wow…i can soooo totally feel YB growing up (haha he’s 3 years older than me but still..hehe). he’s not just the sweet boy we know and love, he’s so much more tougher now. wow…this is the most mature interview i’ve read about YB. he’s growing up, not just thinking about others, but also about himself. it makes me want to cry…
    haha i’m kinda tearin up now. XD lol…
    i hope he doesn’t get depressed just like GD (even tho i’m starting to sense it from him from how he answered the questions). but if he does, i hope he can get up and be a much improved person. everything that i felt about his current situation is what he’s feeling inside too. he speaks the truth. we ARE just like him haha. omg…
    and that interviewer was awesome, always hitting on YB’s weak spots!!! thank you so much whoever you are. haha. now we know how he feels about everything that is going on around him. he’s just like us, he knows that YB hasn’t reached his full potential and continues to encourage him.
    and i agree about YB being strict about himself. guys his age let it ALL OUT (if ya know what i mean) when they get wild. i just hope he just chillax even just A BIT. he’s young and before he knows it, he might be too old to do the things he wants to do.
    Dear YB,
    Finding love doesn’t have a specific time or place. You don’t have to travel far or spend too much time to realize that you like someone. Open your eyes. That girl just might be standing in front of you right now.
    w/ luck,

  11. @kaykaynwhybee I felt the same way.
    the interviewer pushed right off the bat and I felt like he/she was suffocating him with hard questions.

    I like how truthful Youngbae is and he answered what he could. Can’t wait for Real.

  12. Thanks again to our translator pgeorgie 🙂

    This is a ‘real’ interview indeed. If I recall correctly, this is probably the first time TY grouses about things being handled differently by YG and not the way he wanted.

    While reading this interview, there’s this nagging thought that our boy is indeed unhappy and I can’t help but wonder how long more it’ll take before he finally explode and call it quits. And since he isn’t really happy with the music BigBang is doing now, there’s no reason he would want to continue to stay on with the group right?

    But lol at the interviewer trying to be the devil here. And no, Taeyang, I certainly hope you don’t give in to temptation and start drinking too much and dating too many women!! LOL~~

  13. haha do u guys hate me or something? my comment wont post. hmm…anyway my comment was long so i’d just like to say this.

    Dear YB,
    Finding love doesn’t have a specific time or place. You don’t have to travel far or spend too much time to realize that you like someone. Open your eyes. That girl just might be standing in front of you right now.
    w/ luck,

  14. Mindblowing interview. Just amazing.. I liked this much more than the interview from last year.. feels like Taeyan knows himself much better.. Very honest, and straight forward.. Love it! I can’t wait for his album to come out!! And i’ll support him no matter what 🙂 i also love and agree with his future plans for his Music.. That the wants the whole World to listen to his music.. I’m from Denmark in Europe and without translation First i obviously dont understand the korean parts, but i’m still one of his biggest fans.. Because with taeyang’s Music to dont nessasarily have to know the words cause you FEEL his music.. And i think it’s fucking beautiful and absolutely amazing! YAY!



  16. LONG READ .
    taeyang is getting so much more mature .. growing up .. ahh .. man.
    some of the questions were a bit .. hasty and in your face, but i liked how YB acknowledges his wrong from his right and answers the questions truthfully .
    i truly can’t wait till this mans’ album comes out!

  17. My heart just talked to me right now when I read tht part where he says the first things he sees in the morning is an Island xD

    Its hard to say it cuz I have a really big ego and I’m a little bit stubborn and Im not like a Big fan of some sort of Group or band .. but I think so far in my life This guy is the only one who has make me wonder what is behind the sky.. ^^

    The first thing i see in the morning is a huge tree and a blue and big sky.. It makes me feel unhappy.. hahahaha Knowing tht is a such huge sky and I cant even Do anything I would like to do or reach
    idk.. Im weird and a teenager xD

  18. This interview was a feast for my eyes. So many new insights and thoughts from YB. Just when I think I can’t love him anymore, this gem comes along and makes me realize why I dig him and his music so much. I must have been frustrating for him to not to be able to perform as much as he liked. But the times he did I waited with bated breath and marveled at his ability. I never get tired of watching YB perform ‘Wedding Dress’. I’m glad he’s talking about his concerns about promotions, the difficulty of juggling both his group and solo career.

    Really excited about the album and I’m looking forward to hearing the new songs. I’m glad YB stuck to his guns and stayed true to his style. It’s great that he takes the time to find out what his fans have to say about his music. So often it’s hard for an artist to really know how their music is being received unless their popular on the charts. With the internet, message boards, blogs and YouTube YB knows in an instant what his fans think and that always good.

    There’s more that I want to say but it’s all jumbled in my head right now. This is the best interview I’ve read all year and it makes me even more happy to know that soon he’ll be reading our Christmas messages and getting more love.

  19. This article was the perfect way to end a busy day. God I fall in love with this boy more each time I read his interviews and I am already way too obsessed with him as it is. Thank you WooChul Jang for being a YB fanboy because only a true fan of YB would ask these questions since they are the ones bugging us all. I have so much more to say but there’s too much going on in my head right now. I am just so thankful for this interview. Thanks pgeorgie and ATY as always.

  20. I think the interviewer is a big fan of Taeyang, since he/she kept asking about things that we worried about now, even though he/she kind of pushy, but thank God! Some of the question answered some of my questions. Hehehe

    By the end of the interview, the questions and ethics of the interview became funnier. Ha ha ha

    I jut hope Taeyang could stay strong amiss the hard things he had to face now – his album delay, Big Bang promotions, performances, etc. Luckily, the hardship didn’t turn him into a person who is easily tempted to go the ‘bad side’ like the interviewer said. Good! 😛

    Oh… Taeyang and a band? Wow.. still can’t picture it..but I hope he could fullfill that dream. Hyun Suk-shi, did you read this? He he he

    Overall, a good interviewer. Love all the answers from Taeyang.

    Taeyang-ah~ FIGHTING!!!

  21. Thanks for the translations!

    I’m so happy that TY is finally speaking his mind. I just love his honesty. I feel for you babes; I said from the start I didn’t like how YG were ‘planning’ things for him. To be honest, TY should just take full control.

    This has got to be TY’s best interview up to date.

    Luv u Taeyang

  22. yeah, taeyang’s fans are so like him.:))

    This is a first time I’ve read an interview that is so long..
    I’m entertained by the way he asks the questions, and the way taeyang answers..

    somehow, there’s a certain feeling inside me that says taeyang isn’t happy with YG. (just a thought.)

    but in the end, Taeyang is right.. He just have to do his thing.:))

  23. by the way, i’m worried that his album will not be released by January..:( the way he talks about his events, specially the Big bang Concert.. *sigh*

    I just wish that Taeyang’s album promotion will be in the best time of the year..

  24. Thank you so much for the translation. I love you guys for the hardwork and dedication.

    it took me such a long time to read and understand him. OMG, he really surprises me with his answers. Straight from the heart and there was no pretentious. I guess he is a little bit down with everything is not really going according to what he had in mind.

    nevertheless, it showed clearly in the article that he had matured over the years. Despite being young (yes he is young compared to me) but his experience has gone beyond his age.

    I am so agree with the height thing. and it was well answered!

    All the best Taeyang. We are right behind you!

  25. taeyang-ah!!!!
    Why think so much? Don’t be sad boy..
    I dont really know about him but he don’t really seem to enjoy BB activities, even BB music.
    I am just wondering…
    May be someone can tell me more 🙂
    love his Look only at me..
    Keep smiling

  26. thanks for the translation 😀 😀 u guys are like super fast with posts and translations..

    back to the interview. i like how the interview seems to be genuine and theres no bs and just straight forward taeyang and what he wants…. i like the interviewer too i think if it was someone that did the interview for the sake of interviewing ty they would go on and on about how his not had a girlfriend and blah blah “all that matters is that you do your thing.” i like how the gq person actually mentioned this because it reveals how ty is feeling.

    “They are music lovers before they are fans of TaeYang the musician” i think this is true… when ty was in big bang i didnt really care all that much because well lets just say i wasnt really into big bang music … but when he came out and actually did his thing i actually i wanted to follow how well his music can develop because of his effects on stage and how much effort his put into making it into his own. you can really tell that his passionate and cares for music … some people say he might be the neyo or usher of korea blahblah and dont get me wrong i think neyo is a one out there thats doing r&b greaty its just that i see taeyang for taeyang he has his own ways in which he perceives how his music should be i find that i dont really get to compare him to anyone thats in the genre

  27. I really wish I knew how to say “avoir du plomb dans la tête” in english because that would be totally appropriate. So proud of the boy right now. And fdsgvfdxfg I want to marry that interviewer !
    Thank you so much for the translation ATY team, made my day.

  28. Dong Young Bae,you make me speechless.
    my heart always swelled with happiness thinking that a man like you live the same time as i did.
    although there is a zero possibility that i will meet you,my heart burst with happiness everytime i listen to your music and watching you perform live on stage.<3

  29. Some BB fans may get pissed some of his answers make it seem like BB is a Blessing yet Burden to him… but maybe not. good interview though

  30. I love this interview. It sounds so raw and yet so REAL (and it is the title of his full album). I can feel the frustration coming from a guy who is not completely satisfied with how he is presented, among other things.

    I’m still waiting for greater things Baebae. But you really need to chill a bit. =) It’s the Holidays. =)

    @tybb: it’s not that he does not enjoy Big Bang activities, I think he is just tired from promoting himself in S.Korea and Big Bang in Japan. He’ s not the person that forgets his roots. At the moment though, like he said, he’s hitting puberty again, like he wants to rebel again. =)

  31. ^bebeluv: same sentiments.

    i will forever love you and support you dong youngbae.
    for being who you are.
    for always being real.
    for sticking up and fighting for what you believe in.
    for believing. for having faith.
    for dreaming BIG.
    for fighting for your dreams.
    for your mere existence.

    you influence and inspire me in so many ways.
    thank you. 🙂

  32. This is the best interview that YB has had…. I give this interviewer and the article a 110%. Thank you so much pgeorgie for the translations!!! Can’t thank you enough.

    There’s a lot of stuff I liked about the interview, first is this quote….
    True. I know what you mean. I’ll be frank with you. I don’t like the way things are being handled. I didn’t expect things to turn out this way. The original plan had been actively promoting my singles until my full album came out but there were simply too many other things I had to do, including the group stuff.
    My thoughts exactly, I remember long ago a few weeks or days before Wedding Dress that YB was going to actively promote his singles until the album’s released… Yes, he has promoted… but it gone from twice to once a week again (correct me if I’m wrong) AND now there’s the flying back and forth from Japan, the concert IN JAPAN, and the BB concert in January. THIS JUST SUCKS! (Sorry, gotta let that out…) I felt totally sad and disappointed at how YG was managing YB’s schedule…. Not happy at all, seems YB felt the same way.

    Second is how well YB knows his fans!!! Aigoo~~~~ I’m a worrywart… My parents and sister say I shouldn’t worry so much, and most of what I worry about aren’t that serious or important… just trivial stuff… LOL
    Guess that’s how I’m so drawn to YB, plus that I’m not an outspoken person as well…Haha (trying my best to change that!)

    Overall, this interview really showed a real, if not more sides to YB. There’s no pretense between YB and the interviewer. If I had to write a feature article based on this interview transcript, I know it’s going to turn out great. The quotes and the honesty that YB presented can really move people. He just makes me love him more and more!!! Every interview he has made me know more about him, but this one really takes the cake. It’s like the floor’s open wide for depth and truth to be in here. Either this interviewer did his/her research very well on YB, or he/she’s known a lot more about YB from their previous interview (like mentioned in the article) and kept himself/herself up-to-date with YB’s current issues.

    Love YB, love him a lot. This was a wonderful interview… I wouldn’t mind reading it again after I finish writing this comment…. And thanks again pgeorgie, wish I could show how much I appreciated you translating this!!! ❤

  33. woa… this is a really open, in-your-face and honest interview…. My fav TY interview ever. Thanks for translating this!!
    there are some parts in the interview that had caught my attention like when he mentioned how he wasn’t happy about how they handle his promotional activities.. I thought he’ll try to avoid it but he was so honest! So YB knows that the response to his single wasn’t as expected and he didn’t like how they(YG) handle it..

    another thing is how he knows we behave.. lol. Get all worried and all that… jeez, YB. XP haha..

    i wonder how rude he can get? since he’s cranky and all that…lol…

  34. It seems like it’s been a year of highs and lows for YB. He’s accomplished so much yet still feels there are things lacking. Seeing as I am a new fan to his music I can’t help but feel great joy at discovering him at such an exciting time in his life. His performances this year have kept me spellbound and glued to YouTube and I’ve enjoyed the times where he can both be part of Big Bang and still continue to do his solo thing. Behind the scenes it seems to be a different story. Whatever the New Year brings I hope YB can take the time to see all the good he’s done and realize how much his music has touched people all around the world. When YG get their act together and promote this young man the way he deserves I’ll be here waiting. I want to get my hands on his new album and hope and pray that he does a tour. He needs to see that despite the many setbacks his music is still being enjoyed and heard.

  35. my favorite:

    What would be different if you were 10 centimeters taller?
    (Laughs) 10 centimeters are too much. How about 5 centimeters? No, if I had been taller, I wouldn’t have been able to dance like I do now. I never would have worked so hard to look larger than life on the stage. I know that it is not a matter of hei…ght that determines how tall or big you look on the stage. ~~

  36. This interview made me smile from the beginning to the end.
    Like the writer said, Taeyang is an “unusual” idol. And as a man, I think he is one of those that are really hard to find.
    I just love how sincere he is about himself, his ideals, and sentiments. All he wants is people to realize that he is just like any of us, but with the difference that he breaths and lives for music.
    Every time, he mentions how he wants his music to touch hearts and reach people from all around the globe, I feel like telling him how my cousin, brother, and I are South Americans and big fans of him lol. His music has already transcended frontiers and I just wish he would be aware of that.
    YG has been through a lot this year and it has always sucked at promoting more than one person, so I feel that now that 2NE1, Se7en, and Gummy are also on-hold, Taeyang is getting pushed to the back too. Hopefully, he’ll get to promote his album the way he wants to. It is, after all, his first full album as a solo artist.
    Youngabe fighting! I’ll be wishing him all the success he can get for next year!

  37. i hope YG reads this interview .. YB deserve better than whatever he gets right now… i feel bad for YB. it’s unfair that GD got to release his album exactly how he wanted, even coordinating the release date with his birthday, and yet YB`s keeps getting pushed aside for the x time, adding BB`s activities to YB`s schedule while he is suppose to promote FULLY … i dunno what`s going on behind the scene but if YG keeps treating YB`s career like that YG might lose one of his most talented artist ever just like he lost WheeSung, Ji Eun…. =/
    what he said about BB – i totally agree with him and love him for saying it.

    YB, dont EVER change! ❤

  38. OMG. im so speechless. this is the best interview ever. not just from YB but from ALL the interviews i read from a musician. LOVE IT. i love seeing this side of him. totally different. he has substance. he is true. HE IS REAL.

  39. ” I don’t know when but I often think that I want to leave somewhere far away. Travel with no itinerary and no destinations. ”

    he coming to find me
    he coming to Toronto,Canada XD

    luv you youngbae ❤

  40. Ohh this interview makes me little sad. He seems so worked out and exausted from everything. ( Like he wants to leave and need a get away ) The reason i kind of feel little drained is cause i just saw YB’s training days and how YG was really hard on him. =( He seems so mature, serious, and in deep thoughs. i feel like only thing that makes him keep going is his passion for music. =( Ugh i cant go to sleep now. I hope YB gets what he dreams of. He is not in it for the fame or the money, he is in it cause he truly loves making music that makes people happy/comfort them. I felt that he got little pissed when he was compared to GD ( i can understand why because since training days they have been compared by everyone) TaeYang is so much more special than anyone because he has a heart for music. I hope that he wont feel lonely and depressed because he is single, although he can be happy sharing his lonelyness with a person he can also get hurt from them too if the gurl is not the right one. ( that will bring him more pain) I hope he does what he does and be happy with his decisions. No matter what his fans are behind him… =) YB your somekind of an angel sent from music GOD lol.. FIGHTING.. =P
    ❤ much love from Smiley ❤

  41. Reading this was definitely the perfect end to my day… 🙂
    It’s really nice to be able to read up about YB. He’s really deep and a sincere person. REAL is an appropriate title for his full album… suits him well.

    Looking forward to it. Keep up the great work, honey!

  42. I was impressed how honest he was about everything. I mean most idols would just suck up to their CEO and company, but he really just expressed what he really felt.

    I felt the interviewer was a bit…opinionated at times though. However this interview is much better then the average, what’s your album about, when is it coming out etc.

    Hahaha wow this really clears things up, so would it be right to say that YB doesn’t actually love doing so much dancing and choreography to his music?

    Also I’m a bit confused..by releasing WUA and WD hasn’t that helped build up the expectations and hype. I mean i definitely cant wait for his album after hearing those 2 songs.

    The thing i love most is at the end of the day if he’s doing what he wants to do then that is all that is needed. Despite getting high rankings in the chart and winning awards. I would just like an album which he and Teddy are proud and happy with. Cos you know the standard they produce is always high quality. The recent MAMA and GDA shows how shaky the kpop industry actually is….more concerned with popularity and idols rather than music. Isn’t producing good music the real goal of any musician?

    YB Hwaiting! Thank You Georgie!!!

  43. Love Him
    everytime I read a interview I fall in love with him even more. Tae Yang You have influenced me so much I wished I had a way to tell you that.

  44. Wow, I’m speechless after reading this interview. Thank you so much for translating this, and this must the best interview i’ve read EVER. It reminds me exacatly why I fell in love with Taeyang-because he’s “real”. His music is something you can feel, his personality, everything about him is 100% genuine. I love how he is comfortable of who he is inside and even though it may not be whats “in” he truly wants to share this music with the world. I have have never fell for any other artist untill Taeyang, maybe because they all seem so fake and plastic and they say what people want them to say, they make music people want to hear, and they do all these fake things to market themselves out. Taeyang is such an inspiration because he doesn’t follow all that crap; he shows the public what is him whether they like it or not. From him, I’m starting to see how important music is, and how lucky we are to have taeyang share this with us. He isnt doing this for himself, he does this because he wants us to discover this passion for music and this love that he has for it. I definetely agree that I am so much like him. I worry about everything in advance and I’m such a perfectionist. You are such an inspiration to me, Dong Yong Bae, and it would be such an honor to meet you someday. Like MJ is to you, thats how big you are to me.

  45. it’s my first time here and after i read this interview i felt so ! what i can’t express,i remember the same iterviewer of GQ who interviewed YBlast year.obviosly that guy likes YBafter that interview.
    “real”it’s how YBis living,and look forward to his album,and i will forever with him
    by the way thankfor translating!!i will come back to here again ,and i like here very much~~

  46. Sigh.. I kinda feel bad for YB.. It seems like his schedule is all messed up because of the BB activities. In one of his answers, it gave off the feeling that he’s kinda feeling “bitter” that he had to re-group with BB now. His album hasn’t even pushed through yet…

    Although, don’t get me wrong, I know he treasures the boys like his real family.. I just this the timing is off.

    This interviewer feels too opinionated sometimes.. Is he and YB close? I was feeling pressured just reading his questions. LOL good job YB for the good answers though. heehee

    **thanks for translating! **

  47. Aww, things must have been really hard for him >.<
    I hope a lot of fans will like his album and he will have a huge success, even greater than GD!

    OMG I agree with 'irish'….I felt like the intereviewer was mean and like RUDE to Taeyang!!! But my boy managed to give good answers!

    Taeyang Hwaiting~! ❤

  48. As much as i loved this interview and the integrity that is overflowing from his answers, it saddens me. I mean, I love Taeyang but i love big bang–together–first and foremost. I’ve always admired him most because he sticks to what he likes and is completely “real”. I don’t know how to express how appropriate that title is for his album. He is so sincere.

    I’m just sad that he has to experience this. It was inevitable to find his needs conflicting with his idol status. Honestly, i feel as though GD and TOP too, feel restricted. I’m selfish and i want to be like they have been but i also want then to pursue the type of music they like. This is why i really didn’t mind all the solo promotions.

    God, i feel conflicted now!

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