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.