[#W_INTERVIEW] 180504 WINNER’s Interview for Talk Talk Korea

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Pop Group Winner Talks About Korea

Winner is a four-member pop group at YG Entertainment that has made a comeback recently with its newest chill trap, future bass and EDM hits. Winner placed first on international iTunes album charts in 18 countries with its title track “Everyday” that was released on April 4. The official music video was viewed more than 10 million times in just five days, showing how wildly popular Winner is internationally. visited Winner as it was filming a short promotional video for the Talk Talk Korea 2018 contest on April 29. We were able to sit down with Seunghoon, Mino, Jinwoo and Seungyoon, to hear their thoughts on various topics relating to Korean arts and music, such as Korean cuisine, fashion and history.



Through this contest, people from all around the world will be creating works of art that show their interpretation of not only Korean music, fashion and arts, but also Korean traditions and heritage items, too, including food and clothes. Are there any specific topics that you look forward to?

Seunghoon: These days, Pyeongyang cold noodles are really becoming a sensation in Korea. So, in terms of food, I think Pyeongyang cold noodles will become globally popular.
Mino: It would be better if they were real, authentic Pyeongyang cold noodles, from North Korea! Seunghoon’s a huge Pyeongyang cold noodles lover!
Jinwoo: That’s right. He really likes them!
Seunghoon: Yeah, I go for Pyeongyang cold noodles quite often.
Seungyoon: Oh, and Seunghoon not only likes Pyeongyang cold noodles, but he writes a lot about food in general in our lyrics.
Mino: Ah, and we’re also very interested in fashion.
Jinwoo: Hairstyles, too!
Seungyoon: I think Korean beauty trends and fashion, too, will become globally popular!

What do you think is a “must have item” in terms of fashion or style this season?

Seungyoon: Hmm. I don’t think there’s one specific “must have” item. As time goes by, the music as well as other aspects of art and popularity are free from restrictions.
Mino: Yeah, we’re becoming free from traditional rules and restrictions.
Seungyoon: Yes, and I think becoming free from fixed stereotypes and having one’s own unique style is the only trend these days.

Your pop group, Winner, is known for writing its own songs all by itself. I noticed that you write a lot about regions across Korea in your lyrics. Where in Korea would you recommend for a vacation?

Jinwoo: Well, we actually don’t get to travel a lot, but there are definitely some great famous places.
Mino: As for Haeundae Beach in Busan, which is noted in our song “Love Me Love Me,” it’s Seungyoon’s hometown.
Seungyoon: Yeah, I’d certainly want to recommend Haeundae.
Mino: And as for Aewol-eup on Jejudo Island, I felt like it would be nice to actually visit the place we wrote about.
Seungyoon: Yeah. In fact, I think we wrote about these places in our lyrics because we wanted to go there.

Do you have any other songs to introduce Korea?

Mino: Previously I was on the TV show “Infinite Challenge” for their special episode about history and hip-hop. At the time, I performed the songs “Shoot!” and “Turtle Ship,” which introduced a bit of Korean history.

*Additional information: The lyrics of the songs “Shoot!” and “Turtle Ship” introduce Yi Sun-sin (1545-1598), a naval commander famous for his victories against invaders during the Imjin War (1592-1598) in mid-Joseon times. The songs highlight Yi’s principles and famous quotations from the war.

Due to our history, it’s been said that people here have an “emotion of sorrow” (han, 한). In contrast to this, most of Winner’s songs are very relaxed and have a tropical vibe. According to Winner’s style, how would you change your expression?

Seunghoon: I think people here have an “emotion of joy” (heung, 흥), to be honest.
Seungyoon: That’s right! People here are known for that! Psy, from our company, also showed the world that we have a lot of joy. We would also like to show people all around the world that we know how to express joy, even more than sorrow.
Mino: Yeah, these days, we’re trying to make songs with a positive vibe, something that can bring joy to the people.
Jinwoo: Heung!

Any plans after this contest, as global artists?

Seungyoon: We’ll be working on actively promoting our album that came out on April 4. We’re planning to be on a lot of TV shows, and to make more opportunities to meet our non-Korean fans. I don’t know when exactly, but we’re also thinking of making a new album, and going on a tour and even a world tour this year, too.

Seunghoon: As for the YG Family concert, it’s definitely happening this year. We’ll be able to meet lots of our non-Korean fans together with other YG artists.

[#W_TRANSLATE] 140428 Times When WINNER (Especially SEUNGHOON) were Funny & Very Sweet to Fans


((T/N: Pann posts usually have clickbait titles like this))

They’re so funny, seriously ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Q. Today’s photoshoot concept was you guys having a party. Have you had parties like this at the end of the year?

SY: Actually, we don’t really celebrate the end of the year with parties. Two years ago, when we were trainees with the iKON members, all 11 of us did a Secret Santa together. (T/N: He was talking about post-WIN when iKON had 6 members and WINNER were 5 members.) We had a really fun year-end holidays back then.

SH: I still remember it. We made the rules so that we could buy anything that doesn’t cost over 30,000won. We randomly picked out names and gave each other the gifts. Jinwoo-hyung said that he wanted to gift his person a hat so I followed him but the hat was so ugly. I thought to myself, “It’s such a bad gift. I feel sorry for the person who gets it” but in the end, I got that hat. I still have it (laughs).

Before debuting, WINNER and iKON did a Secret Santa together. Jinwoo said that he wanted to buy a hat so Seunghoon followed him to the store. Seunghoon felt sorry for the person who will get the ugly hat. But when he opened up his Christmas present, that ugly hat was there ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Q. Do you think you’re the most good-looking member in WINNER?

SY: Yes. I’m satisfied with my looks.

SH: Yes. If I don’t acknowledge my looks, I don’t think anyone will give me #1 in looks.

MH: No. Jinwoo-hyung is the best looking and I’m 2nd place.

JW: Not yes, not no. If you’re talking about #1 in looks, it’s Kim Jinwoo but since beauty is subjective and we each have different charms, I can’t give a direct answer.

WINNER answered a questions about whether they think they’re the best looking in the group

Lee Seunghoonㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ He said “Yes” because if he doesn’t acknowledge his looks no one else willㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

SH: Actually, our fans often tell me that I’m good-looking. But there is a difference when they sob and shout out, “oppa, you’re so good-looking!” with all the power of the universe in front of Jinwoo-hyung

Kim Jinwoo’s face that makes fans sob and shout with all the power of the universe

I’m ending this post with WINNER fooling around and wanting to cover all 4 of them with that tiny umbrella prop during pre-recording break-time…


H: Your blouse is so pretty~! Let me see your nails~ Show me your left hand too~ Your ring is pretty too!

F: Do you want to see my bracelet? It’s pretty, right?

H: Yeah, it’s pretty. Ok, now start singing the song you prepared for me!

F: ???

At a fansign, he gave compliments to a fan and then smoothly asked her to sing for him



[+373, -3] Lee Seunghoon is so sweet offstage… They were going to on a public fansign at Daegu but they made it private at the last minute so WINNER members said they were sorry and did fan-service to the fans [who just came to watch]. Lee Seunghoon caught the fence and the fans who were falling over and said, “Oppa saved you”

[+347, -2] Lee Seunghoon is the funniest person everㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ A fan said she wants to pierce her nose but he said, “Are you going to drop out of school?” and told her to just glue a fake diamond insteadㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Fan: Oppa, I’m going to pierce my nose

Other idols: Whoa~ Really? You’re going to look so pretty

Lee Seunghoon: Are you planning on dropping out?

(T/N: Most high schools don’t allow students to get piercings)

[+227, -4] I’m a fan of a different group but Lee Seunghoon’s cuteness and kindness can be felt all the way here… Ah… And how it’s so obvious that he really loves his fans…

[+158, -0] WINNER interview that was aired yesterday… No, just please be reborn as WINNER in your next lives too…

Q. Who do you want to be reborn as?

SY: Yang Hyunsuk’s son


JW: Yang Hyunsuk’s wife

MH: Yang Hyunsuk

(T/N: They were joking around and said they chose who they chose because they would be rich)

[+125. -1] Whenever I see posts like this I yell this again, “What is Lee Seunghoon?? He is the best through and through” Alright everyone, please repeat after me, “Lee Seunghoon is the best through and through”

Fan: Seunghoon-ah, may I be the only flaw* in your life?  ㅠㅠㅠ I love you

SH: I’ll fill up the rest of the 95 points*

*”flaw” and “points” are homonyms so Hoon made a wordplay to simultaneously say that the fan isn’t a flaw at all and that he will be the one to complete her life

[+103, -1] Lee Seunghoon is so funny ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ One time, Seunghoon searched his name on a second-hand website (T/N: something like eBay) and he found that someone was selling his photocards and signed albums so he mentioned it on his Naver fancafeㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ So funny

Fan: I got randomly picked for the WINNERCITY streaming event!ㅜㅜ I got the poster of you!

SH: Are you going to sell that on that second-hand website too?


[+93. -0] It was so legendary when the bodyguards told fans to stop taking pics so when the fans became all ㅠㅠ and put down their cameras, Seungyoon said, “Everyone looks so heartbroken… Please let them do what they want” and let the fans take pictures. When fans came wearing skirts, instead of saying “Don’t wear skirts next time”, they said, “We’re sorry, we will hold the fansign at a lower level next time” and then had female staff members wrap blankets around fans’ waists ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

[+91, 0] WINNER’s optimistic flow of logicㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Why are they ok with everything

Screwed up the egg rolls —> We can fry it instead! —> Screwed up fried eggs —> We’ll eat steamed eggs! —> Screwed up the kimchi stew —> It tastes like Thai food, very exotic! —> Burned the rice —> We can just make crispy rice!

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ (T/N: This happened in Youth Over Flowers)

[+86, -1] Here’s a legendary fan account of Lee Seunghoon at a fansign

Fan: Oppa, please write me a message!

SH: I already wrote one

Fan: Can’t you write more…?

SH: If I write more, I’ll only look at the album, I won’t be able to look at you

[+83, -0] ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ This is the funniest

Q. Jinwoo, you were the youngest in other variety shows like “Wizard of Nowhere” while you were the oldest in “Youth Over Flowers”

JW: I’m not the type of person to make a huge deal over the roles of the youngest and the roles of the oldest. I don’t think it’s right to lead the boys and be strict because I’m the oldest. Whether I’m the youngest in a group of people or the oldest, I behave the same.

SH: Really? Then bring me some water.


Translated by: @chrissy96_

Source: Pann

[#W_INTERVIEW] 180420 WINNER Q&A for Dazed Digital

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A conversation with WINNER, the superstar boy band making K-pop history

Text: Taylor Glasby

WINNER’s Jinu, Yoon, Mino, and Hoony are sat, makeup- free, on the couches in of South Korean pop giant YG Entertainment’s sleek headquarters in the Hapjeong area of Seoul. The walls are black and reflective, and on the wall hangs a large clock. It’s 6.15pm; 15 minutes earlier, WINNER released their new video, “Everyday”, and album, EVERYD4Y. The former will go on to earn WINNER their first ‘all-kill’ two days later, topping all six of the country South Korea’s real-time charts. But for the moment, they’re admittedly nervous, and Yoon divulges they had no sleep the night before. “We weren’t really expecting this much attention,” Yoon says. “But we always appreciate our global fans for looking forward to our new album and comeback.”

As pop trajectories go, WINNER’s past five years have certainly been a rollercoaster. After winning (and taking their name from) WIN: Who Is Next, an idol survival TV program run by their parent agency YG, and achieving wildly enviable success in their first year, WINNER went silent, with a 12-month hiatus that saw them lose a band member. Despite this shock, they carried on. While it was always likely that their comeback would be a success – thanks, in large part, to their well-established fandom – no one predicted just how huge “Really Really” would actually be, leading WINNER to become the first boy band to break 100 million streams on South Korea’s Gaon chart.

Having made their name as an idol group with mid-tempo melancholy (songs like “empty” and “color ring”) and timeless bluesy weariness (“Baby Baby”), it was frankly surprising to see them turn to a mix of trop-house, light disco, and funk on their singles of 2017. But with Yoon’s touch on every track as a songwriter and the members contributing lyrics, the step away from their beginnings was far less jarring than one might expect, and EVERYD4Y continues their ambitions as a group whose sonic boundaries are entirely malleable.

[#W_TRANSLATE] 180421 WINNER in Harper Bazaar May Issue Interview Translations


Q. Do you have a personal favorite on the full album EVERYD4Y?

MOVIE STAR. It might be because I know the production process behind the making of the song and the motive and meaning of the lyrics but the lyrics are very realistic to me. I’ve found that I really like that kind of realism. (laughs)

Q. Is there a song [from the album] that you want to recommend we listen during this current season?

I want to recommend EVERYDAY to listen to during the spring. All the side tracks are good though.

Q. You usually always don’t do much to your hair but your curls are really eye-catching. Whose idea was it?

While I was thinking about our concept, I found this hairstyle on the internet. I said, “I want to do this hair!” while showing the pictures I found to our staff members. They all liked it. Actually, I curled my hair for REALLY REALLY promotions too but no one remembers it. (laughs) I want to keep curling my hair until the end of this promotion. Since I’ve always kept my hair long, I also want to try cutting it short like a buzz cut.

Q. Following “REALLY REALLY”, the public has become more attuned to Jinwoo’s vocal color. Is there a song you want to specially remake while highlighting your vocals?

Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”. I sang it very often when I practiced my singing [during my trainee period]. I recorded it multiple times too.

Q. You’re constantly working on your variety show skills by appearing on “Infinite Challenge” and “Live a Good Life”. You’re a vocalist in WINNER but how do you feel when you appear on variety shows alone?

As a singer, I think I’m given two options when I get to appear on variety shows. I can either forget the characteristics I show as a singer and immerse myself in the variety show or sustain my singer image on the show. I do the former. When I appear on variety show, I forget all about WINNER Kim Jinwoo’s appearance and I try to show me, the 100% human being Kim Jinwoo.

Q. Spending time as 100% human being Kim Jinwoo must also be precious to you then.

Yes, I’m a homebody so the time I stay at home amounts to quite a lot. But through variety shows, I’ve met many different people and I’ve become quite extroverted. I go outside to spend time with people more often now.

Q. Who is the artist you respect the most?

The late actress Choi Jin-shil. When I first watched the drama “My Rosy Life”, I became obsessed with it. Naturally, the acting she showed on that drama was really good too. That drama was the reason behind my wanting to officially start acting.

Q. Many people always talk about how you are a “warm-hearted person who cries easily”. On the other hand, Seungyoon, who trained with you [for the longest time] said that you are tenacious and that you’re a “genius through effort”. Are you usually very generous to others while being strict on yourself?

That’s right. I really hate to inconvenience others. This makes me be really strict on myself. Because of that, whenever I get angry or sad, instead of depending on others, I tend to repress my emotions often. There are pros and cons to this kind of personality.

Q. Who do you think is the winner of life?

Myself (laughs). When I look back from the time when I was a child who grew up in the countryside to the present where I’m a member of WINNER, there have been many changes. I’m going to continue to work hard to go forward.


Q. Your never letting go of your camera on set really impacted me.

I’m really into photography right now. I started it as a hobby last year but I’ve become more focused(/serious) about it recently. But because of that, I’ve bought too many cameras that it’s becoming a problem. I counted the number of cameras I’ve bought so far and they totaled up nine.

Q. Do you like collecting things?

Actually, I love things(/objects) in general. Four years ago, I really loved action figures so I collected them. At the time, our dorm was small so organizing them into a cramped space was really exhausting. Now, I like things/objects that are useful and I like efficient things that I can create with more than things I just look at.

Q. What songs do you enjoy listening to these days?

Hmm, I’ll show you my playlist. My all-time favorite song is Childish Gambino’s “Redbone”. I’ve been listening to it on repeat today, here on set. I also like Bachi(?)’s “Beautiful”.

Q. It feels like your rap style is constantly changing.

When I was in high school, I admired rappers with hard/rough voices. I liked rapping voices like DMX so I made my voice raspy and even shouted when I rapped. But you need a voice that has a wide spectrum rather than an aggressive voice when you need to be able to own all the songs in an album. I became aware of that and kept working hard. Once I changed my style, the spectrum of music I could rap to widened significantly. These days, I like to put in unique words into my lyrics. I’m working hard to be aware of the very thin line between childishness and uniqueness. I hope that even if I use a word that has ambiguous meanings, the way people understand it is straightforward. Including myself, I like it when lyrics are memorable to listeners.

Q. How do you react when you are suddenly inspired in your daily life?

I note it down no matter what, whether by writing it or drawing it. I really hate it when I forget something because I didn’t note it down. I usually go to sleep at late hours because I enjoy the time right before falling asleep. Out of all the hours on the clock, that’s when I get the most ideas. When I think while lying down, I get ideas even right before my REM sleep and I either write it down or end up falling asleep, without noting anything. Whenever I fall asleep, I always regret it when I wake up. I think, “Ah! I had something amazing yesterday!”

Q. When I looked at your Instagram, I could see that you’re good at drawing and that you even design goods. It seems that you have a talent in creating. Is there an Instagram account that inspires you while producing music or designing?

Ah, I don’t want to share this… (laughs) I enjoy looking at Matt Cunningham’s Instagram feed (@moon_patrol). He’s famous for making collage artworks. I really like his art.

Q. I just noticed that your phone case has blue roses on it. I also saw a blue rose on the goods you designed.

I’m obsessed with blue roses [these days]. [One time] I was spacing out while starting at them and I looked up the symbol behind blue roses. Because they were originally difficult to attain, blue roses meant “despair/hopelessness” but as it became easier to attain, the meaning changed to “hope” and “miracle”. I loved that so I changed my Instagram profile picture to a blue rose. From that time on, my fans have been gifting me with blue roses, which I am grateful for. One time, during a concert in Japan, I received a real flower [a blue rose] for the first time. I was so worried that it’ll wilt while we were coming back home that I was really careful even on the airplane.

Q. Just like last year, you had your comeback on April 4th. What do you think WINNER will be doing on April 4th, 2019?

Fascinatingly, I used to like the number 3. But we received so much love from our 4/4 comeback last year, and we included the number 4 in the album name (EVERYD4Y), so as the point of connection with the number 4 increases, it feels like 4 is now a symbolic number for WINNER. I even feel different whenever the hands of a clock point to 4. (laughs) Director Yang Hyunsuk also supports the concept with number 4 so wouldn’t there be a high possibility that you’ll be able to listen to new WINNER music on April 4th for at least a few years from now?



Q. Like the lyrics of EVERYDAY, what is something that feels “new every day” for you these days?

I’ve been taking photos. I like the texture of film cameras so I recently bought one. I take pictures of my members and of landscapes. I’m working on a photo album so I’m taking photos to put into it.

Q. I saw you taking photos of the flowers in the garden right outside. When you are publishing the photo album you’re working on?

It’ll most likely take some time since choosing which photos to include will take time. I’m thinking about including pieces of my writing with the photos. The writing will be about the inspiration I received from the photos. I’ll write the inspiration I got from the photo next to the photo and I’m going to leave blank spaces so people who get the photo album can fill it in themselves.

Q. Where do you usually get inspiration from?

I usually get inspirations from daydreams. With this album (EVERYD4Y), I got a lot of inspirations while thinking about our fans. Even just starting with the theme “fan” takes my thoughts to many different directions. For example, it can be about our attitude when it comes to working hard for our fans, something we receive from fans, or things we want to tell our fans. These are the strongest inspirations I received recently.

Q. Is there a song from this album where the recording process was very memorable?

MOVIE STAR, which I put the most effort and sincerity into when writing the lyrics. Most of the songs on this album can be enjoyed without much thought but we worked really hard to include our stories into MOVIE STAR. When my members wrote their rap lyrics, they tried to exert a lot of sincerity into each word so they kept revising their revisions. In the last part of the song, we all sing together and we sang it joyously as if we were out camping.

Q. WINNER has many hit songs but Kang Seungyoon’s “Instinctively” will always be remembered. Right now, as an experienced musician, is there a song you want to remake?

I feel grateful for “Instinctively” because it’s the first song that made it possible for the public to become familiar with my name. If I were to remake a song now, I think I’ll think about a lot of things before remaking it. When I covered “Instinctively”, I was young and inexperienced so I did it bravely, but now, as someone who lives as a singer who creates songs, the categories of worries I must go through while producing music has become more detailed.

Q. You are now in your mid-20s. Was there a recent moment when you truly felt like you were becoming an adult?

When I look at my past self, I think I wasn’t very understanding of myself and of others. I used to yell at myself, “Why is that all I can do? Why is this all I can do?” Now, I’m accepting of errors and mistakes and acknowledge my own. I also acknowledge that each person is different.

Q. Your members called you a “nagging mom” during their interviews. Which member does things that make you nag on them?

I don’t think I nagged on them that much recently… Actually, I nagged on Mino (laughs). When Mino becomes obsessed with something, he wants to buy all the equipments for that thing like an expert. Mino has been buying lots of cameras these days so I told him to stop buying them but he bought more (laughs).

Q. Who do you think is the winner of life?

Someone who achieves what they want to, someone who chases the happiness they define. In our case, many people liking WINNER’s music and remembering us for a long time, make us WINNERs, don’t you think?



Q. Just like last year, you came back with your full album EVERYD4Y on April 4th. What do you think you’ll be doing on April 4th, 2019?

Releasing a new album on the same date would be nice but personally, I want to show a new side of WINNER in a different season with a different vibe. We’ve promoted during spring and summer so promoting during winter would be nice too. If this becomes reality, we’ll probably be working on music [on 4/4] or we might be traveling.

Q. Which song in the album do you have special affections for?

Track 11, the song RAINING. This song is actually my first self-composition. I was treasuring it and didn’t include it in our previous albums but our Japanese agency said they wanted to release it so it was first released through our Japanese album and then released in Korea through this full album. It’s a very meaningful song for me.

Q. From your rap lyrics to your clothes, it seems like you’re a person who has your own specific color. Even when you wore the uniform for the Pyeongchang Olympic Torch Relay, there was a cheerfulness specific to Lee Seunghoon (laughs)

Whatever I do, I put storytelling as my first priority. That’s why even when I pick out what to wear, instead of something tasteless, I tend to pick out clothes that are cheerful and witty while thinking about my image. Generally, I like wearing comfortable clothes but I always make sure to color-coordinate well. Instead of black and grey, I look for colors that are fun.

Q. What’s the story behind the lunch box you posted on SNS? You posted it with the hashtag “#ihatecarrots” but the lunchbox has 6 carrots drawn on it.

The lunchbox is a goods I designed for our Japanese fans. We were able to choose the items. My members chose hats and bags but I thought a lunchbox would be fun. When I chose the band to be green and the lunchbox to be orange, I thought of carrots. The drawing of the dog on the lunchbox is my pet dog, Haute, but he doesn’t hate carrots (laughs). I was trying to come up with something witty and came up with that. Both clothes and items become memorable when there are stories attached to them.

Q. I saw the puppy academy diary you posted on Haute’s Instagram account (@maetamongisdad). There were detailed comments but which comment made you most happy as Haute’s dad?

There were many comments about Haute having a good personality. Whenever I see those kinds of things, I feel proud and think, “I’ve raised him well” so I like them (laughs). I think that dog-training is similar to human education so I make sure to be strict and establish order of rank with Haute.

Q. I saw that you also posted pictures of tasty hamburgers you’ve eaten on SNS. Can you share the #1 tastiest hamburger?

I pick New York Shake Shack burger as #1. When we went to New York to film our music video (2014 S/S), my members were very jet-lagged and tired so I searched up hamburgers and went to Shake Shack by navigating on my phone map. Rather than thinking they’re the best brand, it was memorable how it was in another country and I went to the store without depending on anyone and ordered hamburgers with limited English. I remember I said, “The taste of America!” while eating it (laughs). If I was told to go eat the same hamburger right now, I don’t think it would taste the same. Like I said, stories are important (laughs).

Q. Is there an artist who inspired you quite recently?

Chef Choi Hyunsuk. I went to one of his restaurants recently. I like what he shows as an entertainer on TV but the moment I ate the dish he made, I strongly felt the feeling of eating a piece of artwork. Experiencing the tastes and looking at the stories, decorations, and assortments that were created with the course in mind made me think, “He’s a real artist.”

Credit: @chrissy96_

Picture by: @benice_bekind33

[#W_TRANSLATE] 180420 WINNER’S XSports News Interview Excerpt Translation

[X’s Interview (1)]

WINNER, “In Our 4 Years, There Wasn’t A Time We Stood Still”

[Xsports Kim Miji] From ‘EMPTY’ in 2014 to ‘SENTIMENTAL’ in 2016, ‘REALLY REALLY“ and ‘LOVE ME LOVE ME’ in 2017, and to ‘EVERYDAY’ in 2018. In the 4 years since their debut, WINNER have always come out with a genre they haven’t tried and a new look to meet the public. Now, they have become a team that dominates the music chart with each new release, and furthermore, a team whose music the public awaits. This is exactly ‘that‘ place [in the music industry] where all musicians dream to be‘

For WINNER, their evolution and developments have become the team’s source of self—prides As there aren’t many groups that are within the category of idol group and yet manage to have both quality musicality and wide public appeal, the fact that WINNER have worked with painstaking attention to their music during every moment of the past 4 years has developed into their self-esteem.

“The reason why we can be confident about the team WINNER is because in our 4 years since debut, there wasn’t a time we stood still. I think we have always strives for a more advanced WINNER than before. I can say this with confidence that, unless it’s from someone who does not like us, we have never heard from others critiques such as ‘you always make the same kind of music’ or ‘how come you haven’t progressed’. I think this (the fact that we haven’t received such critique) can be a good representation of how we may self-evaluate our past 4 years.” (KANGSEUNGYOON)

“It’s great and it makes me happy that as time goes by, I can feel that the team is growing tighter and pulling closer together, rather than breaking apart. This allows us to really enjoy our promotions and activities more. The staffs also tell us that they always have fun when they are participating in our promotions and activities. We are happily doing what we do with great joy.” (LEESEUNGHOON)


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[#W_NEWS] 180417 WINNER’s Interview with Sports Korea

The year 2017 was precious for group WINNER. They released their single album FATE NUMBER FOR after 1 year and 2 months long hiatus and they swept up wins in music charts and music shows. Although they had reformed themselves as a 4-membered group, the comeback brought them rewarding outcomes after a long hiatus.

Now, they’re back with their second full album EVERYD4Y. WINNER’s last full album was in 2014. As much as it took them 4 years to release a second full album, Kang Seungyoon, Lee Seunghoon, Kim Jinwoo, and Song Mino are confident with all 12 songs.

Kang Seungyoon, “When we were preparing this album, we worried a lot. We mulled over what kind of WINNER we wanted to show to the public since this album displays our identity. The conclusion we came to was that the album should have messages that many people can relate to. The messages of each song are all different but we all have the goal of giving hope and comforting people who listen to our music.”

Song Mino, “Since it’s a full album, there were many different concepts we could try. Since we’re greedy, one of the things we worked hard to achieve was to touch the heart of the listener. There are songs that leave a mark in life and you listen to it no matter how much time passes. They’re different from songs that you listen for a few times and never look for it again. We wanted to make songs that would leave a lasting mark on listeners and also contain our unique color.”

Among the 12 songs that all the members played a part in producing, EVERYDAY is their title track. This song is about a fresh love that is like a flower that has just blossomed. Kang Seungyoon, Lee Seunghoon, and Song Mino worked together to create this song. With its release, EVERYDAY swept up #1 on numerous music charts and further proved WINNER’s value.

Kang Seungyoon, “I don’t think it’s groundbreaking to make self-composed music. Almost all groups promote with self-produced music now and they’re talented at it. We don’t think we’re radically different from other groups but our strength would be that our unique color shows itself naturally in our music. We released four songs last year and [three of them] were cheerful and energetic songs. We want to give many people the feeling of becoming youthful.”

Lee Seunghoon, “I think WINNER’s music has an energy that makes the listener feel good. Each group has their own distinct characteristics and those characteristics are their strengths. There used to be a stereotype that YG groups get swept away by their own coolness and overflow with swag. I think you can say that WINNER is an energetic boy group. I think our bright and cheerful energy make people happy.”

Among the four of them, it was the first time for Lee Seunghoon to have his self-composed songs be included in the album. He participated in all 12 songs but he has special affection for ’SPECIAL NIGHT’, a disco song about enjoying a fancy evening, and ‘RAINING’, an emotionally sensitive song where one feels the absence of a significant other because of a rainy day.

Lee Seunghoon, “I made ‘RAINING’ because I love rainy days. I made ‘SPECIAL NIGHT’ because I enjoy listening to disco funk and I wondered what it would be like to make a song of that genre with WINNER’s style and color. I took part in producing [for the first time] and I’m shy to say this but I think it was meaningful since I was able to show my potential in producing in this way.”

Kang Seungyoon, “Director Yang Hyunsuk directly praised Seunghoon-hyung for his songs. He said that if we didn’t have any songs to show him until the weekend, we would have to release a mini album so we stayed up all night for a week straight and had him listen to 2 to 3 new songs all at once (that week). He praised us for each of us having a distinct composing style since that’s what makes listening to the album enjoyable.”

The most eye-catching member of this “self-produced idol group” WINNER is none other than the eldest, Kim Jinwoo. In an interview last year, he revealed his personal thoughts, “I want to raise my discretion and release a solo song or anything [that showcases my abilities].” While talking about how he didn’t compose any songs on this recently released album, he stated that he was in the middle of preparing his solo song. It seems that this song has a different color from WINNER’s Kim Jinwoo.

Kim Jinwoo, “Many people ask me about composing and writing my own lyrics but I don’t have the confidence to do well. I think I haven’t prepared myself enough for that yet. I’m constantly working on it. I think that if I work hard, it’ll be possible. Director Yang Hyunsuk also agreed with me. Right now I’m working on my solo song. WINNER songs need to be good and sophisticated so I want the members to keep making our group songs.”

Kang Seungyoon, “Right now, Director Yang Hyunsuk is overlooking the production of Jinwoo-hyung’s solo song. We all thought it would be nice for Jinwoo-hyung to release a solo song so the workings are in progress. We don’t know yet if it’ll be a solo album or a side track on our group album. We haven’t listened to it either so we’re curious too. Jinwoo-hyung should promise that he’ll work hard to release it as soon as possible (laughs).”

From releasing their album to preparing for solo songs, WINNER’s versatility makes them a busy group. Recently, they are in the middle of preparing a concert tour to meet with their fans in Asia. Within their busy schedule, it wouldn’t be surprising if they faint from exhaustion but they are as energized as ever. When asked about the secret behind their energy, they replied, “It’s because of our good teamwork.”

Kang Seungyoon, “During our last 4 years of promoting, there were incidents and hardships. It wasn’t obvious to the public but during hiatuses, we started taking the time to talk to each other more often. From last year, we started making really happy memories and we keep wanting to make happy memories. I think this kind of conversation help us maintain good teamwork.”

Song Mino, “I think the main reason we have good teamwork is thanks to Jinwoo-hyung and Seunghoon-hyung. When there is an absence of conversation within a group of people, things build up and then explode uncontrollably in the end. We tend to share our thoughts right away. Whether it’s Jinwoo-hyung, Seunghoon-hyung, or Seungyoon, we always listen to each other’s stances and talk it out to resolve it no matter what.”

Source: Sports Korea

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