– How did you feel when your new album was ready to get released?
YB: I’ve taken my time, very long 4 years making it so this album means a lot to me. I felt refreshed when it was out.
– There are different genres of songs and fans probably felt fresh. What is the concept?
YB: I had image in my mind of waking up to a new morning. This album is very different from the last one. As for SOLAR and HOT, I’ve done things that I was already good at and try to deepen those skills. But as time passed, I thought there is more possibility to my music. I think people will now feel the new possibility and emotions.
-What is your favorite song?
YB: LOVE YOU TO DEATH. It’s a memorable song because I worked on it with a producer I love, Happy Perez. I was so happy to work with him in the US and I really love the sound of this song.
-How did you work with G-Dragon?
YB: He is my closest friend so we didn’t have to spend a long time working. When we both feel “this is good” we just keep moving on. We’ve known each other from very young age and we are good friends that experienced many things together. And we are able to inspire each other because what we possess is different.
– Your first solo tour in Japan begins this August!
YB: I wanted to release an album because I wanted to go on a tour. I really wanted to express my world so I planned the videos and stage settings from 1 to 10. I want to keep making performances so I can feel close to and make good memories with each and every fan.
Q: How do other members feel about your album?
YB: They are jealous (laughs) Each of them gave me a message when they heard my album. They supported me because they knew how much time and effort I devoted on it.
Q: What is your daily routine?
YB: I wake up around lunch time 12, and I eat whatever there is at my house. But I don’t usually have food so I just go to YG Ent and eat at the cafeteria there. Then I workout at the gym for 1.5 hr ~ 2hr. If there’s nothing else to do, I go home and watch a movie or read. I go back to the office again and just have a long talk with GD and the producers because we are good friends. If there’s good words or concept from that conversation, we begin working on songs. Then we eat dinner and go home around 1am.
Q: Which part of your body do you like?
YB: My back. I’ve been working out from a long time ago so I have thick muscles.
Q: What do you want to do this fall?
YB: Eat persimmon. I love seasonal fruits. I also want to go see tinted autumn leaves.
Q: Which part of your room do you like?
YB: I live in a city tower apartment and feels so cold so I actually want to move to somewhere with warmness. There is a tree by the apartment so that’s my favorite place to go refresh.
Q: What do you do for health?
YB: Eat fruits and drink persimmon vinegar before I sleep. The taste is so bad (laughs) But its good for the body so I try to drink it.
Q: What is your favorite girl’s fashion?
YB: I love it when she wears the fashion that is the most suited for her. Skirts or street style, whatever that suits that person!
Q: Which member have you met recently?
YB: When I reached Japan I met GD and DS and ate shabu-shabu (one-pot dish made at the table by cooking vegetables and slices of meat in boiling broth) . We haven’t met each other in a while so we just talked what we were each doing. GD went to DS’s tour and told me it was awesome, so I was motivated to work hard too.
Q: What kind of things you think a girl is cute?
YB: For me it’s just the feeling. I don’t really look at the looks because I only look at that person’s aura. I think girls with my favorite aura and fresh/pure sense are cute.
Q: What kind of date do you want to go on?
YB: I want to walk and see the cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms in Japan is very beautiful! I really don’t care about what we go eat. If I’m with someone I like, I can just eat a simple rice ball (laughs)
Q: What happens when you like someone?
YB: I become more careful on my words and actions. I feel it doesn’t go well if I just be aggressive without thinking. I don’t want to make a mistake in front of my crush so I try to be more careful.