[Interview] “I feel like I’ve become more of an adult…”


The passionate man who always gives his fans the best stage through sensible songs and performances, Taeyang is back.

Taeyang released his first full-length album ‘SOLAR.’ In addition to the title track ‘I Need a Girl,’ the entire album is filled with Taeyang’s own songs, Taeyang’s own performance, and Taeyang’s own feel.

We met with a Taeyang, who seemed much more relaxed and much brighter than before.

# Transformation
Beginning with his title track, there’s a much more comfortable feel to his music compared to before. Taeyang said, “I thought to do music that was broader even if it meant throwing away some of my greed. Those who have been enjoying my music may feel a little put down, but I want to say that this is the just the beginning,” with his trademark adorable smile.

He spent about a year and half preparing for this album. There were times he felt a heaviness during this period. He felt this way even moreso when he thought about his fans who were waiting for him. Thinking about it now, he considers those times a good experience.

He learned many things while getting ready for this album. He spent a lot of time thinking about relationships between people and learning about his future direction. No matter how much he thinks about it, interpersonal relationships are the hardest.

Taeyang said, “In life there are things you have to carry with you with conviction and things to come that you have to pledge yourself to. If I had simply held out on my stubbornness, this album probably wouldn’t have come out even in 10 years.”

# I’m brighter?
There are many times when we look at Taeyang and think that he’s serious. This time, the feeling we got that he was a lot brighter than before made us feel good.

Taeyang said, “I thought too much and so I had a lot of worries. And then I realized that in the end it wasn’t good to focus on one worry too much. First of all, I wasn’t happy when I had a lot of worries on my mind. I wanted to do music that was deep and wide but if I had been anything like I was before, brighter music would have been difficult to do. And it was hard to accept it too. So I decided to change. I decided to put my worries aside and put more energy into my music. But of course, I guess it’s hard to change my nature.”

# The music I want to do
Taeyang grasped the direction he wants his music to go while putting together his album. He revealed, “The kind of music that I ultimately want to do is the same kind of music, but will also make you bounce to the beat and give you energy after a long day’s work, will fill you up with hope, and will make you feel comforted and warm when you listen to it after a long, tiring day.”

Taeyang, who experienced this kind of change, felt that he had become more of an adult. The idea of being adult in and of itself is not awkward.

# I Need a Girl
This song describes the girl that could be the dream girl for men everywhere. Big Bang’s G-Dragon was featured. Taeyang said, “I think that when it comes to who fits the best with this song and who fits the best with my music, there’s only G-Dragon,” revealing how much he trusted G-Dragon.

Taeyang’s affection for G-Dragon did not end here. “I think Jiyong is the only friend I have left. The members of Big Bang are starting to feel more and more precious to me. Right now the areas that Jiyong and I are pursuing are little different, but you never know what kind of music we’ll be making as we diligently go forward. When I think about it, I get excited. He’s my biggest companion and we really care for each other,” he revealed.

We wondered about Taeyang’s actual dream girl. Taeyang said that his real dream girl is someone who sparks a curiosity when he sees her.

# Japan activities
Taeyang wants to work even harder in Japan from now on.

He said, “I think I have to do better with my activities in Japan. It’s a huge music market and performances are really well developed. It’s a country whose system works really well, where I can show my best stage as long as I’m in good condition.”

Big Bang will be participating in Summer Sonic, which will be held in Japan on August 7-8.

# My goal
When asked about his goal, Taeyang began by saying, “As Big Bang, the goal we set for ourselves was to become the world’s best.”

He continued, “Personally, I’ve made some changes. I could already be the best to someone. If that’s the case, I have no choice but to do my absolute best every single time. If I continue to put forth my all, I could become the world’s best. I simply work hard believing in that potential. Even if I don’t get to stand on a really grand stage, I want to become a singer that can convey that emotion to any passing stranger,” as his eyes began to shine brighter.

# Big Bang
Taeyang said that he would like to see Big Bang become a group like the Rolling Stones or U2. Rather than doing music that gives momentary pleasure, he wants to do music that will continue to move people 20, 30 years down the line.

He shared, “We’re still lacking, but I want to become a group that continues to improve our talent and lasts. I think I couldn’t be happier if we became a group like the Rolling Stones or U2 who can move people with our music.”

Taeyang makes us wait in anticipation for his future music with his feel-good transformation, his casual change. We send many blessings to Taeyang’s future path, as he continues to love the music he does and as his heart for his members grows bigger.

Original Here
Translations by Seungie

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6 thoughts on “[Interview] “I feel like I’ve become more of an adult…””

  1. Another fantastic article. When I listen to SOLAR I can hear the difference in his song direction. If he had put our an album made up entirely of songs like WD and WUA I’m not sure how well it would have been received. I love that YB has found some balance in his life and put that into his music. It’s such a bright and happy album that really showcases where he is right now as a musician. Last year he seemed so burdened by the time he had to spend in Japan but with the release and the success of SOLAR has come to see that this market is just another stepping stone to make all of his dreams come true. His dream to see BB go the root of U2 and the Rolling Stones….not to say that it couldn’t happen. I can see people enjoying BB’s music for years to come but as a group they would have to keep growing as not only men but as musicians. They could easily use their real life experiences to create some beautiful music together but they would have to be given that opportunity. To possibly go the same root as YB, to do the music that speaks to each of them. It would have to be more of a group effort in terms of writing and production. But it’s a lofty goal one that I’m sure they can and will accomplish if that’s what they want to do.

  2. “The kind of music that I ultimately want to do is the same kind of music, but will also make you bounce to the beat and give you energy after a long day’s work, will fill you up with hope, and will make you feel comforted and warm when you listen to it after a long, tiring day.”

    I hope YB is happy because this was how I felt when I listened to SOLAR for the first time and it’s still how I feel now. Each song gives me a differet feeling but the whole album puts a smile on my face no matter what. To become a better musician, he had to put aside some of his selfishness and it has succeeded in producing an album that will be listened to many years from now. He wants to see Big Bang become like U2 and the Rolling Stones and produce music that will still be heard 20 years down the road; well if all of the members continue to mature as YB did and become a little less greedy with their ideals, then I can definitely see this happening. Big Bang is unique in that they don’t do stuff to become popular, but rather instead end up making things they pursue popular. With all if them knowing or learning how to produce/compose music, I’m pretty sure we’ll see YB and his members/friends/BROTHERS long into the future.

  3. A great article. There’s some stuff that we’ve already known, but it’s still good. =)

    SOLAR is a really great album and it is indeed full of songs that will make you feel better, relax and soothe your mind after a long day.

    Sure WD was epic, but I don’t know if I would feel the same listening to an album like that…

    INAG is definitely a great title song, I love that the tempo is slow, YB’s sweet voice, and the cute lyrics… It’s all nicely put together. =)

  4. I REALLY LOVE THIS:

    Taeyang said that he would like to see Big Bang become a group like the Rolling Stones or U2. Rather than doing music that gives momentary pleasure, he wants to do music that will continue to move people 20, 30 years down the line.

    He shared, “We’re still lacking, but I want to become a group that continues to improve our talent and lasts. I think I couldn’t be happier if we became a group like the Rolling Stones or U2 who can move people with our music.”

    —–
    YEA! RIGHT ON BAE-BY!!! :))))

  5. YB indeed have grown to be a wonderful adult…he shines brightly for his fans..showing his gratitude to us fans by his amazing songs…he choose to change and thats what makes him today…he became more brighter i’m sure that his song will be heard throught around the globe…cause me and also all the VIPs will always continue to support YB and the BigBang……and i’m sure that Bigbang will be as U2 and Rolling stone in the future…YB FIGHTING!!!!!! BIGBANG FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  6. i think sum1 like Young Bae could be my soulmate :’)
    (well what he is seems like to be in front of a camera, lets just hope that is the reaal him :D)
    he’s so passsionate and deep and a gentlman which can also be funny and cool and everything.
    he’s also pretty shy and nice and SOO CUUTE, idk how he’d be like as a lover…but lets just hope its like an asian drama, LOL. jk…can’t expect too much from a guy xD

    GOO YOUNG BAE!!♥

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