GQ’s Jang WooChul talks about Taeyang (131111)



GQ Editor Jang Woocheol was a guest on the Nov 11 broadcast of Lee Jin’s MBC radio show “The Morning Opens the World.” The guest chooses a topic of the day to discuss and JWC decided to talk about Taeyang :

Listen to it here on YBMania. Translations by Redsun.

LeeJin : Today’s first subject is – you can do it on your own…

JangWooChul : It’s TaeYang. TaeYang.

LeeJin : TaeYang?

JangWooChul : TaeYang from BigBang, DongYoungBae.

LeeJin : Yeah, why did you choose him for today’s subject?

JangWooChul : He’s making his solo stage on his own now? He released his new song.

LeeJin : He has begun his solo activity recently.

JangWooChul : Yes, He released the song named ‘Ringa-Linga’, and I always look forward to TaeYang’s solo stage. When I watch his stage, it feels like he’s doing what he wants to do, and it seems like he had been waiting to show the thing he wants to show. Maybe others do so too, but his stage is really special.. it feels like his stage is beyond entertainment. I sometimes explain it with the word ‘true heart’, but it’s…well.. he’s really special. Actually I have had quite a lot of interviews with him – maybe 5 times – and whenever I meet him, his words inspire me a lot.

LeeJin : He’s quite young, isn’t he?

JangWooChul : He is. He was younger then. He’s born in 1988, so he’s still very young, but he always shows the thing we can only see in that particular age.

LeeJin : Do you have anything special you remember?

JangWooChul : Hmm. It seemed like he had changed a lot once. It was, maybe our fifth interview I think… At that time, he hadn’t changed, but somehow I felt what he’s saying had changed a bit, so I asked him so, and he answered ‘Maybe because I have passed several seasons.’

LeeJin : Wow.. Awesome…

JangWooChul : It wasn’t that he wants to look good, it’s just himself. It just came out from him. Sometimes young people say something awesome, which surprises you right? It seems like that kind of thing, but those words and the thing he shows from his stage were so close, so it seems those words are from his true heart. Anyway I really longed for his stage, and finally he had a glorious comeback this time. He revealed a dance performance clip before releasing his music video, which was quite unusual. He showed great choreography with 12 top dancers in US, so I just realized again that he is really special.

LeeJin : TaeYang looks like – I don’t know what his character really is, but his image in public doesn’t look like he talks a lot. How is he?

JangWooChul : Yes, Yes it is. His character doesn’t fit in the entertainment field. When he appears in variety shows he’s shy and can’t show his ability well, but on stage, he is a born performer. I think that difference makes him more attractive, and feels more human. If someone make a concept of oneself and talks through the concept, like fitting oneself to the character… I have had so many interviews, so when the interviewee talks to me, somehow I can see the person’s attitude for the interview. Maybe other people would feel it too. For example, this man seems to speak frankly, but he would say different things at other times, or this man gave me a absentminded greeting first time, but when I turn on my voice recorder he became a polite person .. then I can see the false modesty in them right? But I’ve never had that kind of feeling from him. So, hmm.. when he’s shy on tv show, or never had an romantic relationship- which he really hates to hear about – anyway that kind of thing seems to show what he really is.

LeeJin : Even if someone doesn’t speak much, the truth from one’s heart shows more than the words. It’s much better than talking too much and decorating one’s words.

JangWooChul : Yes. Some people say it’s better not to talk at the moment when you can’t decide to say something or not. But I always do.(Laugh)

LeeJin : You have to say it first.

JangWooChul : How are we supposed to know if you are not telling us? The saying I hate the most is ‘Do I really have to say it?’ – This kind of thing.

LeeJin : Yes, they do.

JangWooChul : Or write it then.(laugh)

LeeJin : Yes, I hate it. Although they are not speaking their mind but they still want people to know their mind.

JangWooChul : Somehow we haven’t mentioned his new song at all.

LeeJin : Ringa-Linga.

JangWooChul : The way he sings and dances, they all seems sharper and more colorful. The style also becomes very bold, and outstanding. It’s really different from Bigbang’s stage shared with the other 4 members.

LeeJin : Yes.

JangWooChul : We always wonder about that part. How does he feel about the solo stage, since he has been with 4 other members all the time.

LeeJin : It should be such a burden.

JangWooChul : Of course he does. But I think he also has that kind of pleasure for the stage as well.

LeeJin : He started his first solo activity in 2008.

JangWooChul : Yes, yes, he did.

LeeJin : With the album included ‘Only Look at Me’.

JangWooChul : Yes, that one was a brilliant song.

LeeJin : Aww that song is classic.

JangWooChul : That’s the first time I found TaeYang’s charm.

LeeJin : Hmm yes.

JangWooChul : There was.. he wants to sing the song with his own way. I liked the kind of the confidence I can see in that song.

LeeJin : We are talking about the 3 things which can enrich our life – the first subject is ‘you can do it on your own’ and talking about TaeYang. We should listen to his music then.

JangWooChul : Yes. Here comes his new song – Ringa-Linga.

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11 thoughts on “GQ’s Jang WooChul talks about Taeyang (131111)”

  1. Jang Woo Chul’s series of interviews with YB are the best – they really chronicle YB growing up in his career – how he has changed and how he has stayed the same. Its clear that JWC is a fan, and its also reassuring that he can see the sincerity and consistency in YB – we’re getting much more than PR filler in every interview. It helps that they both have a real connection so that YB can be comfortable and speak his “true heart” with JWC. Even though we have 1384r47623 interviews in this promo run, JWC’s interview for the new album is the one I am really waiting for because he knows how and what to ask from the point of view of long time fans.

    1. Yes! My YBxJWC ship sails on! And forever strong.

      Someone PLEASE tell me that JWC will be interviewing YB for this album. I don’t think a solo promotion would be the same without a JWC interview. He just understands YB so well. And YB is extremely comfortable with him. JWC is able to sense when something is off or different with YB, and will ask questions and act upon that feeling. I can’t wait!

  2. this was great…i get the same “vive” when reading his interviews as Jang Woo Chul. I wonder how much better they read in the original language in which they were spoken/written. He’s such a thoughtful and wise guy to be so young. I’m almost 10 years his senior and I agree, its something motivational in how he lives his life and performs so earnestly. I loved him the minute I heard him sing and I’m proud to spread my love of not only his music, but him as a person.

    Enough mushy talk…but Taeyang makes me feel some type of way. Thanks for translating!

  3. Always love JWC’s interviews with YB. YB’s strength has always been his sincerity – whether in interviews or in his music. While I was reading this I was like ‘yes, JWC, yes! I agree with you! So much!” LOL.

    Looking forward to reading this once it’s up. Thanks for the hard work, and ATY staff are doing a great job so far!! 🙂

  4. Aww the bromance here is to die for. I love YB’s various bromances. And I gotta agree with JWC’s assessment of YB as an artist – his personality doesn’t really fit the entertainment industry, which makes him vastly more interesting to follow. And it’s that’s sincerity that really attracts me to him too. This isn’t just about his singing, but really how he carries himself, works (Remember Tablo saying how YB is still dedicated to the process of making music, even more so than himself), speaks, etc. Been saying this from the beginning, so I’m happy others have noticed too. In such a saturated and highly competitive industry such as Kpop, he’s such a refreshing character.

    And if I remember correctly, I think YB and JWC are actually friends outside of interviews and such, which explains a lot acutally. I’m sure YB invited him to his concert and gave a promo shout out of JWC’s book when it came out. In general, YB is well liked by the media? As in the interviewers/photographers/producers?

    1. I don’t think they are friends (as in they meet outside of interviews) but they have a good rapport that developed through the years. The media seems to like YB well enough and he is generally liked by staff in and out of YG.

  5. From the way he speaks about YB you can tell how much he dotes on him and he seems to know YB quite well, with all those interview sessions he had with YB. How lucky to be able to interact and see YB when he’s at his deepest thoughts haha but I’m glad JWC translates YB’s interview well into black and white. Is there an upcoming interview by GQ this time? 😀

  6. “Anyway I really longed for his stage, and finally he had a glorious comeback this time. ”

    lol. he’s such a fanboy. can’t blame him though. we’re on the same boat. XD

    although the song disappointed me, i really liked his stages a lot, especially his Sketchbook performances. damn, those were perfection.

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