This is the full interview with Yoon Do Hyun from the recording session of Taeyang’s guest stint on Mnet’s MUST last December. Only a small part of this was included in the actual broadcast.
TY: Hi Everyone. I am Taeyang. Thanks for coming out today. Yoon Do Hyun-ssi should be here somewhere… Where are you?
YDH: I am here! Here! Wow! You look stunning! I almost lost my mind in admiration of you on the stage. I was like “wow…..” the whole time.
YDH: I actually wanted to make some small talk with you earlier, but I didn’t want to bother you since you looked exhausted.
TY: In fact…long rehearsal made me….
YDH: I saw you were taking a power nap to recharge the energy…?
YDH: Somehow the power nap helped you to show us an explosive performance on the stage.
TY: (shy laugh) I know… I fell asleep in the waiting room, sorry.
YDH: no no no. I just didn’t want to wake you up. So how are you? You must’ve been really busy these days. Thanks for coming out today despite your hectic schedule. I heard you are on tour in Japan?
TY: Yes, We, BIGBANG are currently on a Dome Tour in Japan. I just arrived from Fukuoka yesterday, came straight here for rehearsal. It’s physically intense but I love it.
YDH: Korean fans have been longing your concert. Any plan for performing in Korea?
TY: Yup. Bigbang’s final concert will be held in Seoul, Korea.
YDH: The date set yet?
TY: It’s January…..
—fans screaming 25th!!!!!!!——
TY: Fans are saying “25th?”
YDH: You actually have no idea when is the exact date?
TY: In fact… I really don’t know my schedule.
YDH: How do you keep yourself physically active despite a busy schedule? You are not only singing but also dancing on the stage. You must have tips for managing your energy level.
I heard the rumor that you do yoga.
YDH: I have to say you don’t look like yoga type of guy.
TY: I know, right? I am surprised at myself too.
YDH: Seriously you look more like a gym or skateboard guy. It’s a bit unexpected.
TY: Yes. I have been working out at the gym regularly and enjoying skateboard very often. But then recently, I started to feel a slight aching in my joints…my knees…
YDH: Oh no… Is it from your constant dance practice?
TY: It could be… So I wanted to try different type of exercise such as yoga and pilates.
YDH: What do you wear when you do Pilates? I am just wondering….
TY: I know all of you have this picture in your mind….like… tight pants…?
YDH: Can you show us some moves? Yoga, pilates, either one?
TY: Huh? Oh… But… Seriously I am not that good yet.
YDH: Don’t worry. We are all the beginner level here. Please? I would love to learn some.
TY: Are you serious? Yoga pose? Here?
YDH: Just one will do. Anything.
YDH: Your favorite one or the basic one. Please? What? Huh? A cat pose?
TY: For real? Um….Wait let me take off my jacket first.
YDH: (whispers) I think we got him on the right track. Kkk. Don’t you think your jacket is too heavy? Even closer look.
—TY took off his jacket—
YDH: wow, you look great without jacket.
TY: Let me tell you this, I am NOT that good at this.
YDH: So how long have you been doing this? (Yoga and Pilates)
TY: About 6 months?
YDH: That’s good enough time to…
TY: Well, one of the most important principles of yoga is the practice of constant remembrance.
YDH: So I am ready to learn.
TY: Then, let’s start with a standing pose instead of one lying down. I can’t remember what this pose is called… I have been told this pose is good for me. Stand straight with your feet at shoulder width.
YDH: Oh, now I am excited!
TY: Many of you might be familiar with this pose. Then go down slowly keeping your back straight.
YDH: Keep my back straight? How?
TY: Like this
YDH: Oh I like your rear view.
TY: Keep your posture like this, and press both knees down closer to the floor.
YDH: Wow, It looks…. even better from the rear view. It’s a good thing that you are facing your fans, I am the only one who get to see your rear view. I don’t know what’s going to happen if….
YDH: So, shall we all try this out now? You think you can do this?
YDH: Right, there’s just not enough room for everyone. It wouldn’t be fun. Let’s just save this for later and wrap this up.
YDH: Were you able to get some rest this year? Even a few days?
TY: Since Bigbang wasn’t active this year, we spent a lot of time working on the new album. I really don’t recall if I took full day off. Oh, the summer vacation with my family. Other than that… I was busy with preparing the album and concert.
YDH: You have been working non-stop. No days off!
TY: Yup, well working on a new album is a break for me.
YDH: Let’s just say that you haven’t taken a break yet. Um. The prompter isn’t ready yet. It’s ok, no rush!
TY: May I please have a paper towel?
YDH: Oh, some paper towels for sweat.
—-One of fan saying “Can I give you mine?”—–
—-Fans screaming while TY is cleaning up himself—
YDH: Ok let’s resume. (Pause)
YDH: I read from somewhere that you would love to travel, since you spent most of your time in the studio to record new songs. Right?
TY: Yes that’s correct.
YDH: Where to? When?
TY: In fact, I have been dying to travel. But never enough time between schedules.
YDH: Where would you like to visit most?
TY: I have 3 countries in my mind now. The first one is Brazil.
YDH: Oh. Brazil. Have you ever performed there?
TY: No. not yet.
YDH: I hear it is quite far.
TY: Yup, it’s around a 20 hour flight.
YDH: So Brazil is your first choice. But haven’t you been able to take a short trip while you and other Bigbang members performed in other foreign countries? How was it?
TY: Well, whenever we are on international tours, the local fans would visit us at our hotel and wait outside. So we never really had a chance to explore much. It wasn’t easy to come out of the hotel room.
YDH: Fan would wait for you guys like 24/7?
TY: Pretty much.
YDH: Wow. I am so proud of you guys, but then, it wouldn’t be comfortable though. It’s like you guys are locked up. How about a spy disguise? Have you ever tried?
TY: I have never thought about it.
YDH: (staring at TY) um… I don’t think it would work for you. But wig or mustache? Ok….
Where do you see yourself one year from now?
TY: As I see it now, I would be busy performing in Korea, or Japan etc.
YDH: More concerts – I can see the fans here are happy to hear that. By the way, have you spoken to YG about your plan for a Brazil trip? Have you?
TY: He will somehow find out from some article sooner or later.
YDH: Hahahaha. From article? What an effective way to communicate! I got an idea, why don’t you speak to YG on air now ask him for a vacation? Please look at camera 2.
TY: Camera 1?
YDH: Oh. Yes, Camera 1.
TY: I will try to speak formally since this will be broadcasted.
TY: Yang Sajangnim (T/N: “Boss”) I have been working so hard last year, so please allow me a trip to Brazil. It could be a great inspiration for my music. I can assure you that I will come back in one piece without any accident. You can count on me.
YDH: Hahahah Have you ever got into an accident during trip?
TY: No. But just in case.
YDH: So… you are 26 years old, right?
TY: Yes. I am.
YDH: What are they saying? Being 26 is great.
TY: I know, what is this reaction about? (Am I too old?)
YDH: So being 26 in your prime, I am sure you are looking for someone to love. As we all heard from the media, you don’t have anyone particular at this point, but we never know you might secretly have someone. I heard you were saying “I want to love someone but it doesn’t need to be a relationship” I have to ask you this, what’s love to you Taeyang? It’s like we are doing ‘Radio Star’ [T/N: MBC Variety program]. Just out of curiosity.
TY: um. To me, love is…. I don’t know. It can’t be limited just to a relationship. Love is something that wakes up my inner voice and inspires me constantly.
YDH: Yes, agreed. You can always express your love in music. Ok, it’s time to ask for your next song.
TY: It’s “I need a girl”.
YDH: Would you like some water?
TY: Yes, please.
YDH: You performed many songs today, and there will be more songs following.
YDH: Thank you again. Help yourself with water, drink as much as you can (joking). Water is only thing we can offer you here.
YDH: So your single came out last month. ‘Ringa Linga’. It’s little late but I would like to congratulate you.
TY: Thank you.
YDH: Have you checked out the Ringa Linga dance cover Taekwondo version? Have you?
TY: Yes I have.
YDH: How did you like it?
TY: They were literally flying (joking).
TY: It was such a nice surprise to see how they recreated unique choreography for “Ringa Linga.” It was so cool.
YDH: You should be really proud. And I also heard some good news that would make you proud as well. You and other Bigbang member TOP were competing for the first place, and then you beat him.
YDH: Congratulations! How was it? Was it a mixed feeling? Have you guys talked about it after that happened? Very curious.
TY: In fact, I don’t even think TOP-hyung knows that I won the first place.
TY: Yes, He has been really busy. When he focuses on certain things, he doesn’t really care what is going on around him.
YDH: Such a cool guy. Wow…. (Talking to TOP) If you are watching this now, just letting you know Taeyang won the first place.
YDH: So all the other Bigbang members are busy with their schedules, but I am sure your friends and family are aware of your achievement. Any text message from them? Kakaotalk?
TY: Should I exaggerate a story a bit since this will be on air?
YDH: No need. We don’t do that anymore (joking) I guess you got none?
TY: Yes…. As a matter of fact, we are all so busy. That’s ok. I already know it by heart anyway.
YDH: Now that’s such a sugarcoating! (Joking) You must been really busy… How about YG? Any message from him?
TY: He is not a type of guy who is texting often. We never got any congrats message when Bigbang was doing so well.
YDH: It’s nothing new that Bigbang won the first place.
TY: But, I recently received very sweet text message from him when Ringa Linga placed #1.
YDH: A sweet message? What kind of?
TY: It was ‘Congrats’. [T/N: YG’s tweet was ‘축하혀’ somehow cute and casual way of saying congratulations in Korean?]
YDH: ‘Congrats’? (Joking) That is the sweetest text ever. How about G Dragon?
TY: He is also extremely busy.
YDH: Aren’t you guys so cool? Hahaha. Speaking of G-Dragon, you stated that he has been a really special friend to you. If you were to marry someone, you would choose him – a match made in heaven? What do you guys have in common? And what do you envy of him?
TY: Well, since we were young, we admire each other all the time. We always have had different ideas about things so we learned from each other. If we had too many things in common, we could’ve had more conflicts. We always cheer up each other and visa versa. When bad things happen, we comfort each other.
YDH: You guys seem to be so close and respect each other. I heard you and G Dragon worked together on Ringa Linga? How was it?
TY: It got it done so quickly.
YDH: Did it?
TY: In fact, I was at the studio about to work on the initial track of Ringa Linga that we received from someone else. That night, Jiyong swung by and listened to it. He came up with this idea about the Korean Children’s song ‘Ringa Linga’, and he made the chorus part right there.
YDH: Wow, it was like improvisation. He was just stopping by and came up with this. Wow.
TY: Then I asked him, ‘Why don’t you finish the whole song, since we already got the chorus part?” So we got it done that night and I recorded the song the next day. Everything went well.
YDH: I see, once you got the right mood, you better get it done right then. This behind story is such a treat to us. Don’t you just love it?
TY: I didn’t think this was an interesting story or anything like that.
YDH: The audience was so focused. Recently, you had solo stage in US and you even revealed your new song.
YDH: Tell us more?
TY: I got invited to perform at MTV Music Experiment in San Francisco. MTV invites foreign artists all around the world and offers live streaming service.
YDH: Congratulations! You unveiled your new song there.
TY: Yes it is called ‘1 am’
YDH: Have you performed that song in Korea yet?
TY: Not yet.
YDH: Can we get to hear some of it today?
YDH: When are you expecting your second album? I am not talking about single. The solo album.
—Fans ‘Now!’ ‘Tomorrow!’ ‘ASAP!’—
YDH: Didn’t just he say, he wants to go on a trip? (…?)
TY: I want it out ASAP as well. It will be out soon. I can tell you this.
YDH: Soon, right?
TY: Yes. Soon.
YDH: I see. Will ‘1 Am’ be on the new album?
TY: Both ‘1 Am’ and ‘Ringa Linga’ will be there.
YDH: That means all the work is done already?
TY: Yes, all the work is done.
YDH: What’s the delay? Working on marketing strategy? Waiting for the right timing to release? Some video work? Did you hear that? The work is done!
TY: Yes, the recording work is done, the mixing part is in progress.
YDH: Sounds great, we look forward to hearing your new song, and it’s time to say good bye. Let’s hear Taeyang’s song. Thank you.
TY: Thank you.
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