K-BOY PARADISE

[#W_TRANSLATE] – 151116 WINNER’s Interviews for K-Boy Paradise Vol. 18 Japan Magazine!

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Seungyoon: “Let’s aim to be cute idol~”
Hoon: “We should do this cutely like an idol ♥”
Mino: “Roger~ ♪”

Mino: “Seungyoon is really good at Japanese!”
Seungyoon: “C’mon, I’m shy…”
Hoon: “Thanks to Seungyoon, we can do Japan activities”

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Hoon x Seungyoon x Mino Interview

Q. If you were to have a team name for the three of you?

Seungyoon: Combine all 3 of our names so SongKangLee?
Hoon: Then it wil be too boring
Seungyoon: Then human- (*magazine content cannot be seen)
Hoon: What’s that (Laughs) Please give us more time to think.
Mino: …I’m sure there wouldn’t be a conclusion so we’ll just go with SongKangLee.

Q. If the three of you were to create a unit, what concept do you wish to go with?

Hoon: The
especially cute members among WINNER are gathere here so perhaps it may
give off a feel of a popular idol group in Japan (He smiled like an
idol)
Seungyoon: That’s
good! (Laughs) The title song will have a cute feel. We’ll go with a
double title and we’ll go with hiphop for the other song. How’s that
everyone?
Hoon: I’ll decide after I see how Seungyoon does it.
Seungyoon, Hoon, Mino: (Laughs)

Q. If you were to compare each other to an animal?

Mino: Seungyoon would be a sloth.
Seungyoon: Mino would be a koala. Doesn’t his face look the same as a koala? Hoon would be a kangaroo. He looks like one (Laughs)
Hoon: Kangaroo! Ah, I think I look like one too…

Q. What do the three of you talk about normally?

Seungyoon: “You already ate?” or. We only talk about eating. All of us only talk about eating basically.
Mino: That’s right.
We often say “What do you want to eat?”. If we’re hungry, we’ll order
food. The food we order the most is bossam (boiled pork belly). All the
members LOVE♥ bossam.
Hoon: Mino buys for us often. Hyu~ Awesome~
Mino: (He pretends to pay with a credit card like a man)

Q. Please tell us a little bit of each other’s secrets

Mino: I think they’ll only be thinking of my secrets that cannot be revealed (Laughs)
Hoon: (Pretends to be whispering into the journalist’s ear) Mino is~
Mino: Wait wait! Please get permission from me first then tell him.
Hoon: Mino forgets
what he wants to say really fast. This incident happened when were
rehearsing for a live talk. “Hyung, let’s match our talk later. You must
wait. Because I will do it by today. Promise!” and he even did a pinky
promise but Mino only appeared after we decided on which talk comment to
use.
Mino: When did I do a pink promise!?
Seungyoon: He appeared an hour later than the promised timing.
Mino: It’s a
misunderstanding! Nobody contacted me! While everyone wen to eat, I
didn’t eat, and was waiting in the hotel room because of my diet! Later,
nobody contacted me so I fell asleep. And all of a sudden, I got a call
and they said, “What are you doing~ Come quick”!
Hoon: Alright, alright. Calm down (Laughs)
Mino: If I leave it
like this, the fans will misunderstand. I have never pinky promised or
broke a promise! Please write this down! Seunghoon hyun showers 5 times a
day.
Hoon: 5 times a day?! Isn’t that impossible?
Seungyoon: Then 4 times?
Hoon: (Laughs) 2 times! The most is 2 times.
Mino: He doesn’t like perspriting. He’s clean, surprisingly. (Laughs)

Q. Good points about each other?

Hoon: Mino is handsome and he’s bold. He buys often for the members.
Mino: (Pretends to pay with a credit card like a man again) There are better points.
Hoon: Yes~ He has a good sense in language! During interviews, he talks entertainingly. His gestures are exaggerated too.
Seungyoon: He’s the team’s mood maker. He’s overflowing with energy and we get energy from it too.
Hoon: Seungyoon is very careful like a leader. When he blocks our
congesitions, he’ll be too serious so there are times it gets boring.
Seungyoon: What do you mean by congestion (Laughs) And you just mentioned both the good and bad point (Laughs)
Hoon: But I am able to say this confidently. We’re able to be active in Japan because we have Seungyoon.
Mino: Because he’s
really good at Japanese, he’ll clarify what we want to say and convey
the message to our fans, he’s trustable, responsible, and the best
leader.
Seungyoon: Somehow it feels odd. My body feels ticklish from receiving compliments (Laughs)

 

Taehyun: “Let’s pull a prank to sleeping Seungyoon…”
Seungyoon: “Please stop it~ (laughs)”

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Seungyoon x Taehyun Interview

Q. What do you name this pairing?

Seungyoon: “Strong men” (‘KangNam’ from kanhannamja = strong man)
Taehyun: “Nakashima Mika” (Laughs)
Seungyoon: What!? Nakashima Mika!?
Taehyun: Because
she’s very beautiful, and you like her too, don’t you? It’s a joke. We
performed Nakashima Mika-san’s “Glamorous Sky” together in these concert
tours. So Nakashima Mika (laughs). I know I didn’t think before saying
it. (Laughs)

Q. What kind of topics do you two talk usually?

Seungyoon: We always talk about guitars because we both play guitar.
Taehyun: I began to study playing guitar for my role in a drama.
Seungyoon: I want to do a jam session of rock or bluese together in the near future.
Taehyun: That’s
cool! I’ll practice more harder! Before we knew it, we always talk about
music. For example, about future dreams as a musician.

Q. What kind of dreams do you have?

Seungyoon:
In the distant future, if we work individually each, we can always
gather as WINNER without disbanding. My dream is for us to become that
kind of group. I want to make like g.o.d or SHINHWA, though they are
much seniors. We talk those kind of things passionately.

Q. What do you want to do if only you two play together?

Seungyoon: Hm, do you mean ‘play’ about a musical thing or other?

Q. You can choose.

Seungyoon: I want to travel with him.
Taehyun: Me too! I want to go traveling around European countries together.

Q. Are there any good points or bad points to be changed about each other?

Taehyun: Seungyoon-kun’s good point is kindess to women (Laughs)
Seungyoon: Stop it! (Embarrased laugh)
Taehyun: And he’s cute like a dog. His bad point… I can’t think of anything.
Seungyoon: (Looks satisfied) Taehyun-kun is very cool. Like a cat. (Laughs) And he is handsome! He is an attractive in a good and bad way!!
Taehyun: What do you mean my attractiveness is a bad point? My charm is sinfu;.

Q. When do you think you matured or grew up each other?

Seungyoon:
We are ready for a new album now, I thought his way of thinking got
matured when he told about songs he composed. But I think he’s cute like
a child yet when I saw he loves cute things or playing with toys.
Taehyun: This gap
is my charm (Laughs). Seungyoon has grown-up very much since our debut.
Not only his looks but also internally. So I’m very influenced by him.
Especially I got many various inspiration from him about composing. Of
course, I was influenced by all of the members not only Seungyoon-kun. I
think members are reference of lifestyles or examples of how not to
behave. I don’t say who is who (Laughs).

Q. Please tell fans your secrets secretly.

Seungyoon: About our private (lives)?
Taehyun: (After
thinking for a while) Seungyoon-kun is so straightforward. He is totally
same on stage or in prviate. So he doesn’t have any secrets.
Seungyoon: I can’t think of anything about him neither. Well, you must not tell secrets of others (Laughs)
Taehyun: Ah, Seungyoon-kun is a long sleeper. He can sleep forever if we leave him alone.
Seungyoon: I think this fact is already famous among fans (Laughs). I can sleep 24hrs all day long.
Taehyun: He can sleep for two whole days without compunction if we don’t wake him up (Laughs)
Seungyoon: I can’t
sleep that much recently because we are busy! But that’s exactly why I
can keep on sleeping forever if nobody wakes me up.
Taehyun: So he doesn’t notice at all if we do anything to him (grinning)
Seungyoon: Don’t do pranks on me!! (Laughs)

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Q. WINNER JAPAN TOUR 2015 comprising 17 performances spanning
across 10 cities across the country has successfully ended amidst rave
reviews. Please tell us your thoughts regarding the tour this time.

Hoon: It has been a wonderful 2 months of good memories and learning. (In Japanese) Japanese fans are passionate indeed!
Seungyoon: The
concept of our tour this time is “Napoleon”. We wanted to show everyone
our side as cool handsome men who possess power/real ability and are
equipped with everything.
Taehyun: Because we
only have a small number of songs still, I think there are people who
would think this year’s tour would be very similar to last year’s.
However, we have prepared a lot for the collaboration stages this time.
Hoon: Personally, I
think Taehyun & Seungyoon’s collaboration stage is really good.
They sang Begin’s “Koishikute” while playing the guitar!
Mino: Taehyun has
been practicing the guitar since last year. You can fully see the result
of his efforts. (Mino & Taehyun looking at each other) He looked
really cool!
Taehyun: Thank you! (Pleased expression)

Q. What did the other members prepare for the tour this time?

Mino: Japanese! “Please don’t worry, I’m wearing (it).” (Strikes a pose suddenly after saying it)

Q. What is that?

Jinwoo: Eh? Isn’t this a popular/trending in Japan now?

Q. Ah! That’s Tonikaku Akarui’s Yasumura’s gag, isn’ it?

Seungyoon: (Looks toward the agency’s staff) Staff-san! What is this? It’s not funny/well-received at all! (laughs)
Hoon: Mino, Jinwoo,
and I put all our power in our singing and performances, and also
worked hard on our talk. (Laughs) We started making arrangements for our
talk/ment immediately after arriving in Japan, and we thought of all
the comments ourselfves. We asked our Japanese staff to teach us what
are the popular gags in Japanese right now, and we were tiaght the gag,
“Please do’t worry, I’m wearing (it).”
Mino: We were practicigt he poses in the middle of the night at the hotel, while saying “Can you see it? Can you not see it?” (Laughs)
Jinwoo: Our desire
to make our fans laugh was so overly strong, we were laughing while
saying “What exactly is our goal here/What exactly are we aiming for
here?”

Q. So you even thought of all the talk/comments yourself! We are surprised by how good everyone’s Japanese is.

Jinwoo: (In Japanese) No no, not yet, not yet.

Q. Has your studying/learning of Japanese been going smoothly?

Hoon: We are working hard! We wrote our lyrics in Japanese for the sake of our live performances.
Jinwoo: (In Japanese) Lies!
Mino: (In Japanese) Liar!
Hoon: It’s true!
Although we still have far to go in terms of learning Japanese… While
singing cover songs during our live concerts, it felt like something was
missing in the chorus, and I thought of adding some phrases into it. It
is difficult to match the rhythm in Japanese.

Q. Who is taking the lead?

Hoon: Me!
Mino: (Suddenly bursts out singing in Japanese, “Our love is over~!”)
Seungyoon: Yes. Only that. (Laughs) The rest of the lyrics were written in English.
Hoon: But… but… but even son. Even if just a little, we wrote lyrics in Japanese!

Q. Whos’ the best in Japanese?

Taehyun: That’s definitely Seungyoon.
Seungyoon: (T/N couldn’t see the magazine content clearly)
Jinwoo: I think we all agree on this.
Seungyoon: I’ve
been memorizing Kansai dialect recently. I like it because the
pronunciation of words in Kansai dialect is really interesting.
Maido~~~! (literally “every time”, typically used by store staff to
greet/thank customers)
Taehyun: I would like to study the Kansai dialect more. Or rather, I would like to memorize Japanese using the Kansai dialect (Laughs)
Hoon: A while back,
I memorized/rememberd the Japanese word “idiot/bonkura”. Or rather, I
found out the original meaning of it. When I was a kid, my mom used to
say to me, “You stomach is bonkura”. In Korea, there are some Japaese
words that were left behind from history, which we are using
incorrectly. My mom uses the word bonkura to describe things that are
big and round. When the Japanese staff heard about this, they told me
that is not the (original) meaning of the word. I was shocked.

Q. You guys stayed a long time in Japan this time around.
During our last interview, you said you wanted to visit the Ghibli
Museum in Mitaka. Did it happen?

All: (Shakes head vigorously)
Seungyoon: Although
we were expected to get some free time after rehearsals ended smoothly,
it took more time than we expected… But I’ve always wanted to go to
Okinawa, so I was really happy that we managed to go to Okinawa for a
concert during this tour.
Taehyun: I was happy we were able to go to Sapporo.

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Q. So where would you like to go now?

Mino: Amusement park!
Hoon: Osaka’s Universal Share… (T/N: he mispronounced the word)
Seungyoon: Universal Share!?
Taehyun: You mean Universal Studios right? (Laughs)
Hoon: Although I
wanted to go to Universal Studios, I couldn’t go because there was no
time. Becase there are (comic/movie/cartoon) characters that we like, we
want to go to amusement parks where there are characters, such as Tokyo
Disneyland and the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. Like Universal Studios!
Jinwoo: Ah! That place! What is it called? That place with many scary attractions!
Taehyun: Fuji-Q Highland?
Jinwoo: Yes, yes. (In Japanese) I want to go to Fuji-Q Highland (Laughs)
All: Me too! Me too!

Q. There are many scary attractions such as high-speed roller coaters and haunted houses. Would you guys be okay with that?

Taehyun: No problem!
Mino: Attractions are totally fine! Frogs are scary!
Taehyun: What are you talking about? (Laughs)
Hoon: Indeed, indeed. Mino screams when he sees frogs.
Jinwoo: He gets scared even if he sees them in photos and drawings.
Seungyoon: …Shall we return to the topic? (Laughs)

Q. Indeed. (Laughs) Earlier, we talked about Taehyun playing
the guitar during the tour this time. What about the other members, are
there any instruments that you would like to learn to play?

Mino: Saxophone! (Mimics playing the saxophone) Wouldn’t I look super cool if I played it during our concert?

Q. I fell in love with you (Laughs)

Hoon: For me. It’s tennis!
All: (Shocked expressions)
Jinwoo: What happened? Do you have a fever or something? (Laughs)
Hoon: That’s not
it! I have challenged many musical instruments until now, but have given
up on all of them halfway. I want to stop learning musical instruments…
Taehyun: That’s why you suddenly mentioned tennis… (Laughs)
Hoon: I’ve liked
the Japanese manga “Prince of Tennis” since I was young (T/N: Couldn’t
see the words clearly), so I’ve always wanted to learn tennis.
Mino: I learnt tennis for two years, I’ll teach you.
Hoon: Can you really play? But I’ve never seen you play?
Mino: (Mimics striking and smashing the tennis ball)
Jinwoo: I want to learn scuba diving.
Seungyoon: (Dazed expression & sighs) But we are supposed to be talking about musical instruments (Laughs)
Hoon: (Ignores)
Jinwoo was born in Imjado, so he is really good at swimming. Because his
school was on the mainland, he went to school by swimming from the
island.

Q. Really?

Mino: I’m going to school! (Mimics swimming)
Jinwoo: Ahaha, it’s true that I am good at swimming.

Q. I can’t tell what was true, and what was just a joke. (Laughs) Please tell us only the truth from now on.

Seungyoon: Of course, please take care of us.

Q. It’s the 2nd year since your debut, please think back on the past year and tell us your thoughts.

Taehyun: Because
we were writing songs and lyrics during our first year of debut, it
seems like we have grown up very fast. In this past year, we have been
thinking about our group’s future every single day. For example,
thoughts like “We want to write/make great songs and deliver them to
everyone! How can we make good songs”. If we can make good songs,
wouldn’t that mean more growth in WINNER? As more time goes by, there is
greater expectation that good songs will be produced.
Seungyoon: I feel
the same as Taehyun. Compared to the time we debuted, WINNER’s level has
gone up. There were more things we could do in concerts. In the
concerts this time, I think we could communicate with fans more
skillfully. We could make fans enjoy.
Hoon: When I was a
trainee, since I still lacked the ability, I was full of the feeling
that I wanted to stand on the starting point soon. I never imagine about
being number one on the music chart at that time.
Seungyoon: When we debuted, released the album, and got number one and
received the rookie awards… it was the year like a dream. The impression
of the momment we received the rookie awards still remains until now.
The first tour in Japan is also an important memory.
Taehyun: The moment
WINNER was born is the memory that still remains the most for me
because it was the moment we began our musician life.

 

 

Q. Animal House?

Taehyun: We live together. Therefore, not coming home alone makes me feel happy. it’s reassuring and not lonely.
Hoon: In the house,
there are my dogs and Jinwoo’s 6 cats living together, so it’s not
lonely. However, I sometimes don’t know if it’s a human house or an
animal house (Laughs)
Jinwoo: Rather than us, the cats stay in the house longer. Perhaps, we are freeloaders!? (Laughs)

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Taehyun x Jinwoo Interview

Q. If you add a name for this combination?

Taehyun: (In Japanese) Rock-paper-scissors. There’s no reason for it. Just like that (Laughs). Ah! NamJin!
Jinwoo: That sounds good, NamJin! Taehyun’s Nam and Jinwoo’s Jin.
Taehyun: It’s the same name with Korea’s trot singer NamJin sunbae.

Q. If you two work as a unit, what kind of concept do you want to do?

Taehyun: Of course, it’s trot.
Jinwoo: Taehyun will make songs.
Taehyun: Exciting songs which are cheerful and can bring up the atmosphere!

Q. Please tell us each other’s good points and things that you want the other to fix

Taehyun: It’s magnificent that Jinwoo hyung works out very hard.
Jinwoo: Because I got a pot belly (Laughs)
Taehyun: His concentration when working is the best among members. Things that I want him to fix is… his laughing voice!
Jinwoo: Ahaha!
Taehyun: Look at this! Isn’t it weird? He is good-looking but what a waste. (Laughs)
Jinwoo: Ahaha~
Ahaha~ (Laughing while trying to raise and low his voice) Taehyun is (in
Japanese) a guy that you can lean on. Not to mention he is a younger
member, but I also receie his help a lot. I think he doesn’t have
anything that I want him to fix~. Previously, he was too taciturn and
didn’t talk much to members. I said to him, “I hope you will communicate
with members more enthustiastically”, now he started a conversation
with members. He is sa guy who always does his best for everyone.
Taehyun: It was
hard since I’ve been doing everything on my own till now. So I thought
althought I didn’t force myself to talk, it was fine. But we’re a team
now. As a member of a team, I reflected on myself that communication is
important. At first, I was aware of it and tried to talk, now I feel
comfortable when we talk together.
Jinwoo: And Taehyun’s good point is that he’s good at cooking ramen.
Taehyun: …I was forced to cooking ramen everyday. It’s a joke (Laughs)
Jinwoo: What is the secret to make it delicious?
Taehyun: There’s nothing in particular. (Hoon butts in saying “Ramen that others cook is the most delicious)

Q. Then who do you think is the coolest member?

Jinwoo: It’s Taehyun.
Taehyun: (Laughs) Why???? (Hoon buts in again saying, “You’ll think about it from now on, right?” and left)
Jinwoo: We know
Taehyun’s private life. He is far different from his image on stage. Of
course, with a good meaning. He shows us a charismatic stage when he
works, but he is very delicate when it isn’t work. I think that gap is
very attractive.
Taehyun: (Suddenly faces the reporter) Thank you.
Jinwoo: You’re supposed to say ‘Thank you’ to me!

Q. A while ago, Seungyoon said that “Taehyun is the first one to be like a star after debut”, what do you think about that?

Taehyun: That’s not it (Laughs). Wasn’t it Jinwoo hyung? I think he became more polished and more handsome.
Jinwoo: (makes a I-don’t-hate-it-face)

Q. If you compare the other with an animal?

Jinwoo: An eagle! (*Translator couldn’t read past this sentence)
Taehyun: Jinwoo
hyung is a cat. He is cute and sexy at the same time, and also a
tsundere (a person who acts cold & hostile but is actually a warm
person). He has various charms.

Q. Cats don’t act that cutely to people, do they?

Jinwoo: Actually it isn’t like that. At least, my kids (his cats) aren’t like that.
Taehyun: That’s
right. Jinwoo hyungs cats like people very much. But what is that “my
kids”! (Laughs) Jinwoo hyung looks like a dad when he looks after his
cats.
Jinwoo: My kids are
really cute. I raise 6 cats but they always sleep together. I think I
can understand parents’ feelings who bring a child while raising cats
(Laughs). Ah ah, I miss them all.
Taehyun: Because we
have to be in Japan for a while, we left them at a hospital or members’
family houses. I miss them too. I want to go back to our dorm and touch
their fur. I think raising cats is a right thing when the time I spend
or conversations with members get longer.
Jinwoo: Right, right.
Taehyun: We used to
spend a lot of time staying in each room before raising cats. But now,
we gather naturally in the living room having meals and playing with
cats together. Thanks to the cats, we got closer.
Jinwoo: That’s right. Our kids are the existence that is indispensible to WINNER.
Taehyun: Ah, no. Jinwoo hyung’s stories of cats has started. He’ll keep talking until morning (Laughs). I want to run away!

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Hoon x Mino x Jinwoo Interview

Q. If you were to have a team name for you three?

Hoon: (In
Japanese) 3 generations. Ahaha, there is a ramen shop in Korea called
“–3 Generations”. There’s 3 persons so 3 generations. 3 generation
bonkura (dummy) or bonkura trio sounds good too.
Mino: I don’t want bonkura (laughs)

Q. Please tell us the good points about each and points to fix.

Mino: Jinwoo hyung is so handsome and he is a kind person. He always say “Seungyoon-ah, you do it”.
Jinwoo: But it sounds like I’m forcing him to do it? (laughs)
Mino: No no. If
there is something we all want to do but only one person gets to do it,
Jinwoo hyung will give way. A point to fix would be… There are times
he’ll tackle us all of a sudden. It’s nothing much but he’ll suddenly go
“What’s that?” in this manner. He’s a tiresome person.
Jinwoo: (He burst
out laughing) Ah, that’s right, I talk in that manner. “Why? Why?” like
this (laughs). I don’t really know why but the switch will turn on
suddenly. Like when I’m sensitive due to lack of sleep.. Eh? Tiresome
person?… I’m unfavourable so let’s talk about Seunghoon. (laughs)
Seunghoon’s good point is… (Silence)
Hoon: (He looks at the time) You aren’t able to pick just one right. I have about 14,000 good points so you wouldn’t be able to pick.
Jinwoo: That’s not it (laughs). (Hoon whispered into Jinwoo’s ears who was still thinking)
Jinwoo: (He speaks
as if he just thought of something) Ah… During this Japan tour, I used a
hotel room by muself. At first, I thought it’ll be really great because
I am able to use it all by myself comfortably but in reality when I
sleep, it’s really lonely. Seunghoon who found out about that,would
leave Mino, who uses the same room as him, when he’s asleep and come
over to my room and sleep with me. Seunghoon has that kind of
warm-hearted side of him.
Mino: You didn’t think about me getting lonely. (Laughs)
Hoon: You’ be sleeping anyway
Mino: When I open
my eyes early int he morning, Seunghoon wouldn’t be around. I was really
lonely and (Following WINNER’s song title) empty~~!!
Hoon: Oh. It’s tiring for the popular person (Laughs). What about points to fix? Pick one among the 3.
Jinwoo: (Finds it ridiculous)… There isn’t any yet. Yet. For now.
Mino: His body touch is too much. He touches our bodies so much.
Hoon: Especially inside the elevator, beware. Huhuhu. (Laughs suspiciously)

 

Q. If you were to compare each other to an animal?

Mino: Seunghoon hyun would be a puppy.
Jinwoo: A young puppy.
Mino: Because he ke~eps running around.
Hoon: Woof woof (Acts like a puppy)
Jinwoo: The puppy Seunghoon keeps is the same too. It always runs. I think it’s true that pets are similar to their owners.
Hoon: Mino would be
a dolphin. Previously when we went to Jeju island, we saw a dolphin, it
was so cute, and was overflowing with energy so I thought it was just
like Mino.
Mino: Jinwoo hyung would be a meerkat. He looks like one too (Acts like a meerkat).
Hoon: (Looks around in the same position) Did anyone make a mistake? Did Mino do anything bad?
Mino: He’s looking around to be vigilant. (Laughs)
Jinwoo: Ah, what a mess (Laughs)

Q. Please tells u a bit of each other’s secrets

Hoon: (In a small voice) Jinwoo hyung.. This Japan tour was for 2 motnhs… (in a loud voice) But he only brought 3 outfits!
Mino: And! To make the clothes he brought look like other clothes, he’d cut up the sleeves bit by bit to trick us!
Hoon: (In Japanese) Really? This is shocking (laughs)
Jinwoo: I thought I could buy clothes in Japan. I planned to go shopping the moment I arrive in Japan but I didn’t have much time.
Hoon: It was a long sleeve in the beginning, but it got shorter and shorter…
Mino: Isn’t it going to turn into a tank top in the end?
Jinwoo: Then Seunghoon brushes his teeth 6 times a day.
Mino: He brushed 12 times a day previously.
Jinwoo: He changes his toothbrush once every 3 days..
Hoon: It’s clean!
Previously, I bought a toothbrush in Japan but the bristles of Japanese
toothbrush is too little. The sound is subtle too, like shaka shaka
shaka. I’m the type to brushing my teeth like chika chika with a
toothbrush with many bristles, so I felt it was a pity.
Mino: Is that why you brushed your teeth with toothbrushes in both hands?
I’ve never done that! (Laughs)

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Personal Interview – Song Minho

Q. Mino who’s baritone voice rap is charming. You’ve release a solo song, who do you wish to do a collaboration in the future?

Mino: Rapper
KOHH who’s active in the Japanese hiphop scene. I picked a Japanese
artist since this is a Japanese magazine (He proudly said it). KOHH’s
style is really cool… (The interviewer was interrupted at this point as
it was Mino’s turn for the personal shoot. Just then, Hoon was beside
said, “I think KOHH will be really bothered if he were to read this
magazine and would be going ‘Why did he pick me? Why?’ if the only
interview only had this one part” and burst out laughing)

(After Mino had returned from his
photoshoot) I’m back (laughs). I knew about KOHH when I was a trainee. I
really yearn for his sense of music or fashion, MV, all! KOHH is very
cool because he has a personality only he can show. I think I’ll be
really happy if I get to do a collaboration with him someday.

Q. You compose and write lyrics in the team, is there any other field you’re interested in?

Mino: MV
production. When I write a song, I’d create an image of the song’s view
of the world in my head. I want to try expressing that image through a
MV.

Q. The member you think is the most handsomest out of all members?

Mino:
(After being silent for a while) Jin…woo.. Hyung? (He looked at
Jinwoo’s face slightly after he said this) is handsome, there are times
I’ll be looking at him without me knowing. Do I envy him? That’s not it.
Because I’m quite handsome myself (laughs).

Q. What do you do when you rest?

Mino: I’d rest in the
dormitory. But if I keep staying at home, my body would itch (to go out)
so I would end up going to the practice room. (Hoon commented “Don’t
act cool~~ (laughs)”)

Q. What did you find out while you were active in Japan?

Mino:
The difference between a melody that matches well with a Korean and a
melody that matches well with Japanese. For example, ‘EMPTY’ in Korea is
pronounced “Gong-uh-hae” so it ends with a “hae”, whereas for Japanese
it ends with a “ii” from “Mu-na-shi-ii”. The image of the song changes
the much. It was my first time feeling such sensation.

Q. If you were to pick a part that’s worth watching in ‘WINNER 1st JAPAN TOUR 2014’ DVD?

Mino: Of course, WINNER’s cool side on stage and it also contains the side of us fooling around. Please enjoy the true side of us!

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Q. Handsome Jinwoo who has perfect facial features. In order to improve yourself, what do you pay attention to usually?

Jinwoo:
I work out at the gym! I am liking working out/sports more and more. As
I grow older, I will develop a belly if I don’t work hard, wouldn’t I?
In order not to have regrets in the future, I have started to work hard
now

Q. You will be debuting as an actor in the Korean-Chinese
drama “Magic Cellphone”, please tell us your thoughts about acting in a
drama for the firs time.

Jinwoo: Because
I am totally unfamilliar with TV dramas, I was very worried at the
beginning. I also learnt on the set that a single scene needs to be
filmed multiple times. Within 5 days, filming practically went on
constantly overnight, it was really tough. But because it is very
meaningful, I thoroughtly enjoyed (the process). And I want to act, I
want to be active in Japan as an actoor. Of course, the script/lines
will be in Japanese! Ten years later, as a singer for sure, but I also
wish to become the best artiste active in Japan or Hollywood.

Q. Are you a superstitious person?

Jinwoo:
With regard to superstitions, aren’t they products of your inner
consciousness? Precisely because they are things we manufacture/create, I
try my best not to believe in them/be superstitious,

Q. When you have worries/troubles, who do you turn to?

Jinwoo:
I will not consult/tell them to anyone. I guess I am the type who will
not consult others, but will bear through worries and stress alone. I
will explode one day… I also kow that it is not ideal if I don’t let
loose (my worries and stress) a little, but I am not good with it.
That’s my personality.

Q. When did you realize you have become an adult?

Jinwoo:
(In Japanese) Not yet x5. (Laughs) I’ve never thought of myself as
becoming a grown-up. It feels too embarassing to say things like “became
an adult” so I can’t say it. Of course, it’s the same for the other
members. (Laughs)

Q. As the oldest member of the group, what are the moments when you felt this way?

Jinwoo: When
I see the behaviour of the members, I will have thoguhts like “How
young/such is youth”. (Laughs) For example, when they are playing
pranks, or when they speak up daringly, etc. (Laughs) I will think, “If
it was me, I wouldn’t have done that. (They are) so young!” (Laughs)

Q. What are the charms of WINNER’s live performances?

Jinwoo: You
can see many different kinds of stage performances like rock, pop,
acoustic, etc. We will continue to showcase our strengths, and from here
on, I hope to continue bringing fans happiness through live performance
that only WINNER can do.

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Personal Interview – Nam Taehyun

Q. Taehyun who debuted as an actor in “Midnight Girl”. After
that, you acted in dramas such as “Midnight Diner” that were the talk of
the town. Can you tell us what are the charms of being an actor?

Taehyun: Depending on the role, I can experience many different kinds of lives/lifestyles.

Q. What is your goal as an actor?

Taehyun:
I hope to act in a unique production that is full of artistic quality
someday. Because my main profession is a singer, I do not really hope to
be extremely successful as an actor. As an actor, I feel happy to be
able to show my fans a brand new side of me. When I receive a new drama,
I will thnk about what side of me I can show if I act in it, before I
decide whether or not to accept the drama.

Q. Did you check out the other members’ solo activities?

Taehyun:
I watched/saw practically everything. As an audience member, I am very
happy to see the members’ activities. If they looked cool, I would
praise them, “You looked cool”, but if I found it uninteresting, I would
tell them, “That was uninteresting.” It seems like I am surprisingly
strict. (Laughs)”

Q. When you have worries/trouble, who do you turn to?

Taehyun:
I have a doll that I received from my friend, which can help alleviate
your worries/troubles if you tell it to them frankly. So if I have any
worries/troubles, I would tell them to the doll. If I tell them to do
the doll, my worries will totally disappear. So I really like this doll.

Q. Who is the person that you have admired since before debut, and someone whom you felt touched to see in reality?

Taehyun: Our
company’s CEO Yang Hyunsuk. When you see him in real life, you would
think he’s really cool and tall. But it’s not the same as feeling
touched. (Laughs) It’s more like feeling shocked.

Q. It seems you like dipping barbecued meat in ketchup, what kind of taste is that?

Taehyun: It tastes like
bacon. It’s really delicious! When I pajeon(green onion pancake), if
there’s vinegar, I would dip and it with ketchup. It tastes even better
if there’s rice. It’s the best if there is also oyster kimchi.

Q. Can you recommend us any more simple useful dishes?

Taehyun: Basically, steak sauce. Even if there is no steak, you can mix and eat it with rice.

Q. What is that you can confidently say “I can win/I am better at this than the other members”?

Taehyun: (Hitting/patting his thigh while lifting it) I have the most strength here! (Full of confidence)

Q. In what ways have you improved yourself?

Taehyun: I
would like to become more mature. I would also like to become smarter.
As such, I have to read more books… That’s what I think. Please look
forward to an intelligent Taehyun.

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Hoon Solo Interview

Q. When you have concerns, which members will you consult with?

Hoon:
I’m the type that will work thinks out on my own and won’t pour out my
concerns to anyone. That’s my advantage as well as disadvantage. (Mino
who was next to him said, “Pour out your concerns. I’m ready to listen)
Please stop acting like you’re cool all alone (Laughs).

Q. What do you do when you take time off?

Hoon: I
play with my pet Otto. Otto is a puppy that I’ve received from my
acquaintance. 4 days after that, the name Otto was added. I just
happened to learn the chinese word for ‘man’ or ‘otoko’ on that day. It
changed from ‘Otoko’ to ‘Ototo’, ‘Oto’ and finally became ‘Otto’.

Q. 10 years later, what is Seunghoon’s image?

Hoon:
I think I will make them do battles and decide the team that will debut
just like WINNER was chosen by sunbaes (Laughs). Their fates are in our
hands…! Kyahaha (Laughs)

Q. In a previous interview, you said “When I have an
important work to do, I usually get hurt”. Until now, when were you
badly hurt?

Hoon:
I fell backwards down stage in YGFAMILY Concert in Singapore last
September. After the concert finished, I went to the hospital
immediately, the doctor told me “If you had fallen head down first, you
would have been badly hurt as you wouldn’t be able to turn your head
around”. My face turned pale. But I’m used to injuries. Ever since I was
a child, I usually got hurt because I did Taekwondo. It’s also called
“Dachyeotseu”. It’s nicknamed as “s” is the complex form of
“Dachyeoosseo” (meaning to get hurt in Korean). (Laughs)

Q. Beside that, do you have any jinx?

Hoon: Dream
interpretation might be different in Korea and Japan but it’s said if
you shed tears when someone dies or gets hurt in your dream, it means a
good think will come to you in Korea. I feel like a good thing will come
to me the next day, if I dream a dream that leaves such a strong
impression. It may be a superstition though (Laughs).

Q. If you have to choose worth watching scenes from WINNER’s 1st Japan Tour DVD?

Hoon: There
are scenes hwere we ate delicious foods from various places and went
sightseeing as well. I think just by watching it, you’ll feel like
you’re travelling (Laughs). Started from big cities, we visited various
places of the country so fans who watch the DVD will be satisfied.

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Personal Interview – Kang Seungyoon

Q. Seungyoon who guides the group as the leader. What are the
worries of the leader? Which member will you share your
worries/troubles with?

Seungyoon: Worries…
I guess that would be things like what kind of album should be make
next, how should we carry out our activities. I would not discuss my
worries with anyone. Even if I have worries/problems, I’m the type who
will tackle them alone.

Q. Which member do you think has shown the most growth in the past year?

Seungyoon: Although
we each have our own fields, I think all of us are growing at the same
pace. In particular, Jinwoo has shown the most growth. Working together
as singers, and as individuals, I feel there has been a lot of growth.

Q. You personally participate in creating and compossing the group’s songs. When and where do you write songs?

Seungyoon: There
is no specia setting. I write songs at oru dorm, as well as our
practice room. It is not the case that “I definitely have to write songs
at the studio, or else I can’t do it”. (Laughs)

Q. Recently, what have you been doing most of the time?

Seungyoon: Work.
Aside from that I am mostly sleeping, I guess. I don’t really have any
interests. During my days off, I play with the six cats that Jinwoo is
rearing at our dorm. I would like to have some hobbies that are healing!

Q. What kind of existence are the members to you?

Seungyoon: WINNER members are the best artistes! I find it exciting, just performing the songs we made together.

Q. Have you checked out the solo work/activities of the other members?

Seungyoon: Of
course. It gives me a great feeling. To be able to see their
attractive/cool side as members of WINNER, and to expand the
boundaries/width of our group activities. I will always support them.

Q. What is it that you can confidently say “I can win/I am better at this than the other members”?

Seungyoon: Style! I’m the slimmest among the members.

Q. Of all the people you admired before debut, who have you felt particularly touched by after meeting them?

Seungyoon:
The actrees Lee Minjung. During my first audition, she came to see it.
Because I’m a fan, I was happy to be able to see her, and felt
touched/grateful to be able to greet her.

Q. Please imagine yourself after 10 years.

Seungyoon: I think I will be singing just as I am doing now, and living life in a more calm/sedate manner.

 

Report about WINNER’s Japan debut 1st year anniversary: Seungyoon cried!

A happy surprise for the members from the staff during encore!

They had pictures full of memories since their debut, message flashed
on the screen saying “WINNER Japan 1st Year Anniversary,
Congratulations”, and cake put out on stage. And also, the venue filled
with devoted fans blessed/cheered them with “Congratulations!”.
Seungyoon, who was deeply moved by this surprise said, “Thank you,
really, for our 1st year anniversary since debut!!” It’s also everyone’s
first year anniversary since becoming a fan, right? Thank you very
much!” He said with tears flowing.

 

2nd year’s expression of resolution from WINNER to fans!

In the evening’s last stage performance…
Seungyoon: Everyone, please promise, let’s walk together until after 50 years… We will be back with new songs and album.

 

Q. This autumn, what fashion would you want women to wear?

Hoon: Wear warm clothes, so you don’t catch a cold. Also, carry a thin cardigan in a bag.

Q. What do you think “I like this” of Japanese fans?

Hoon: When fans wear clothes that have my name on.

Q. Favourite motto?

Hoon: No experience is meaningless

 

Q. This autumn, what fashion would you want women to wear?

Jinwoo: Pants – light blue, Tops – stripes, Shoes – sneakers. The hem has to be tucked in the pants a bit

Q. What do you think “I like this” of Japanese fans?

Jinwoo: Japanese fans always laugh and are kind. They’re also cute.

Q. Favourite motto?

Jinwoo: Don’t be afraid to fail

 

Q. This autumn, what fashion would you want women to wear?

Mino: Cardigan with cute prints or pastel tone that gives a refreshing feeling

Q. What do you think “I like this” of Japanese fans?

Mino: They are purely passionate.

Q. Favourite motto?

Mino: Everything will soon pass.

 

Q. This autumn, what fashion would you want women to wear?

Taehyun: Plain clothes. Oversized shirt that goes well with jeans.

Q. What do you think “I like this” of Japanese fans?

Taehyun: Japanese fans have good manners. I feel very thankful that they respect us.

Q. Favourite motto?

Taehyun: Realm of nothingness

 

Q. This autumn, what fashion would you want women to wear?

Seungyoon: Slim
denim pants with white shurts tucked into the denim pants for chic
feels. To complete the fall fashion, wear a black ride jacket.

P.S. To make it seem we don’t overdo our fashion, wear a vintage low sneaker.

Q. What do you think “I like this” of Japanese fans?

Seungyoon: Their cute feels!

Q. Favourite motto?

Seungyoon: Change is the key to success

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[#W_TRANSLATE] WINNER Interview for K-BOY Paradise Magazine November Issue

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 participants in survival show to winners with 6 crowns – a winner’s parade

– 5 days after your debut in Korea you won first place on a music show, as a newcomer that is almost unimaginable, but how do you feel about it now?

Mino: I never thought or even imagined that we’d able to get first place. I didn’t see it coming at all. That we were able to get such a warm response right after debuting, that we saw our names on music charts was just…
Even if we have 5 trophies as a proof of us winning I still can’t seem to grasp it. It’s hard to even put how I feel into words because I’m so overwhelmed.

– But as a newbie group from YG Entertainment you must’ve at least had a hunch that it was a possibility?

Seungyoon: No no no, not at all. We were not even considering it as a possibility. As a newcomer to the music scene, winning first place is outrageous. We thought that if we could slowly go up in the rankings that would be enough. Though when we got first place, the ones who were the happiest were our fellow staff members, because they know just how hard we have worked.

– The group name WINNER comes from becoming the winners on a survival show, but what do they Team B members mean to you?

Seungyoon: Even though they are our rivals, they are also our comrades. We always talk about music when we get together. Our lead track Empty was created together with the members from Team B. Those guys are right now in a new survival show to get a chance to debut. I can’t wait until we get to stand on the same stage together once they debut, we have always talked about doing a stage together. When though we already got to do that on the YG Family concert I want us do something more proper. Like a throwback “WIN Concert”.

– By the way, that you were wearing short pants became quite the topic in Korea

Mino: Short pants, oh you mean in Color Ring

Jinwoo: Seunghoon’s outfit lol

Seunghoon: The first time I got to know that I was wearing that I was like “why shorts”

Jinwoo: (bursts out laughing)

Seunghoon: I never thought that my legs were that pretty, but our stylist pestered that I should wear it because I had pretty legs. So I did and in the end I felt quite comfortable wearing them.

Mino: It suited you! If it was Seungyoon wearing it I bet it would’ve looked odd.

Jinwoo: Yeah yeah, it suited you (still laughing)

Seunghoon: Jinwoo’s a bit weird today…

– We got to see a bit of what it looks like when you’re recording. You have a lot of retakes, you really do work hard.

Taehyun: It’s because we’re greedy people. And because we probably know that that person can do so much better than what they just delivered. When you do something over and over again, you will become better at it, because practice makes perfect, and you will overcome your own boundaries.

 

Seungyoon: He’s right.

– You debuted both in Korea and Japan around at the same time? Wasn’t recording tough?

Taehyun: It wasn’t all that tough, for me it was actually easier to sing in Japanese, because it doesn’t have as many stopping sounds as Korean. But of course there were some pronunciation difficulties.

Seungyoon: I agree with Taehyun that it was easier to sing in Japanese. But from a song writers perspective I was worried that the meaning behind our lyrics would get lost in translation.

Taehyun: I one day want to be able to write the lyrics in Japanese myself

Seungyoon: Well then you have to study harder lol

Seunghoon: I got so touched when I got to meet EXILE Jinwoo: I am in charge of the cuteness in WINNER Mino: When we placed first I was so shocked that I was spacing out Seungyoon: My aim is to get as famous as Big Bang and stand on the same stage that they are performing at. Taehyun: I want to be able to write lyrics in Japanese

– If you were to compare WINNER to a real family, who would be who?
Mino: Seunghoon and Seungyoon are both the moms. Seunghoon is the kind mom who makes us food and tidies up, but Seungyoon only nags at us.
Seunghoon: I’m the real mom of WINNER.
Mino: Jinwoo is the youngest son.
Seungyoon: What about yourself?
Mino: I’m the oldest son, and Taehyun is the little sister who just hit puberty lol.

– Do you think of yourself as the youngest son Jinwoo?

Jinwoo: Sorry what was the question, I was spacing out. (Mino repeats it for him) Aah, well to start off with Seungyoon is the mother, Seunghoon is the oldest son, Mino is the second son, Taehyun is the…. fath-, no I will make Seunghoon the father and Seunghoon the oldest son.

Seunghoon: Jinwoo you’re the family dog

Jinwoo: I guess I’m the puppy.

– You were the opening act for Big Bang’s Dome Tour. What were your thoughts about that?

Taehyun: Rather than the Dome Tour, I remember watching Big Bang walking on stage at A-Nation and how the 60,000 people in the audience got fired up the minute they stepped on stage. I wish we could get that response one day as well, only thinking about it makes my heart flutter.

Seungyoon: When I saw the whole audience waving Big Bang’s penlights it looked like a starry sky and I got deeply moved. I want us to experience that kind of view as well, so I want us to become a big name as fast as we possibly can.

– As Big Bang and WINNER are both 5 member groups, if you were to become Big Bang, who would be who? Or is there someone that you think is alike to a certain Big Bang member?

Seunghoon: Mino would be TOP, obviously. They are quite alike, both their charisma on stage, and funny manners off stage. Seungyoon is Seungri in the aspect that he takes care of all the speaking, especially here in Japan.

Mino: Seunghoon would be Daesung.

Seunghoon: My Japanese is still not very good, but I really try my best with the words that I am able to use.

– What about Taehyun and Jinwoo?

Seunghoon: Jinwoo would be Dara.

Jinwoo: Yeah yeah yeah!

Seunghoon: She officially scouted him to be apart of her YG Cutie line.

Mino: Taehyun is….

Taehyun: G-dragon!!!!

Mino: Snape from Harry Potter

Taehyun: What…

 

– So there’s no G-Dragon or Taeyang

Seunghoon: Not in WINNER!

– You previously came to Japan before debuting, do you have any spot that you like?

Seunghoon: Yeah we filmed most of WINNER TV in Japan. In Tokyo we went to Tokyo Tower, and Shibuya. But also I went to Kawagoe with Mino. It was a lot of fun

Mino: I want to go back to Kawagoe one day!

Taehyun: I remember running around like a fool in Shibuya. I usually don’t like moving around in haste like that, but I enjoyed that day very much. And when we found that statue, Hachiko? I was almost moved to tears.

Jinwoo: I went to Tokyo Tower alone, the view was amazing.

Seungyoon: I want to take Purikura again, we have something similar in Korea but the Japanese purikura is so different. Technology is amazing. Also I want to eat Ramen again.

– Any place that you’d like to visit next?

Jinwoo: I have one! I don’t know where it is but it’s from a drama I watched…. (Everyone bursts out laughing) Why are you guys laughing..?! It’s a hill called Hill of the Wind from the drama Engine. (T/N: It’s actually located in Tokyo)

Mino: I want to experience the Japanese country side!

Seunghoon: I want to go to the Studio Ghibli theme park!

WINNER SOLO INTERVIEW

Kang Seungyoon

– What’s your charm point?

Seungyoon: Hello I’m everyone’s leader Seungyoon! I always introduce myself as the leader with the charming smile. So I’d say my smile. But other than that, I’d say my peculiar sense of fashion and manly voice?

– Your Japanese is really impressive (he answered the following question without the help of an interpreter)

Seungyoon: I studied on my own prior to WINNER, and also we have a Japanese teacher at the agency.

– If you were to sum up your personality in one word, what would it be?

Seungyoon: I’m a good-natured person. It’s not like I’m a reallyyy good person, but I wouldn’t say I’m a bad person.

– If your dream of holding a solo concert at Tokyo Dome as WINNER, what would you ask from the CEO?

Seungyoon: To give us some freedom. I’d want a 3 month break to do whatever we want. Not saying that we’d put our activities at a halt if that times comes, but that we get to prepare for it in our own way.

– What’s the difference between promoting as a solo artist and as WINNER?

Seungyoon: I don’t feel lonely when I’m with WINNER. Also the music I did as a solo compared to the music we’re doing as WINNER is a different, my solo songs are bit more rock-ish. As I’m the leader, I feel like compared to when I was promoting solo I have become more mature, because I have to look out for our group and members.

– As the leader, do you have anything you want to say to your members?

Seungyoon: I don’t have any complains. I just wish for us to never forget our passion about music. I hope that we can be together even after 10 or 20 years has passed. As we grow old, I want us to stand on stage together instead of breaking up.

Nam Taehyun

– What’s your charm point?

Taehyun: It will be hard for people who have not met me to understand, but people tell me that I have this charm that will make people want to get to know me more.

– If you were to sum up your personality in one word, what would it be?

Taehyun: I don’t know… I have a lot of different charms?

– If your dream of holding a solo concert at Tokyo Dome as WINNER, what would you ask from the CEO?

Taehyun: If we were to become an artist that’s able to fill up all the seats at Tokyo Dome…. I would want to try calling our CEO “Hyung”, lol.

– That’s pretty bold of you.

Taehyun: I know but, I sorta became jealous of the Big Bang members calling our boss “Hyung”.

– As the fashionista of the group, is there anything you look out for?

Taehyun: I don’t really have a particular style, I like getting inspiration from people on the street our internet. And I always check out the new collections of my favorite brands. I’ve always been interested in fashion, and I like looking for clothes that suit me.

– In WINNER, who’s fashion is a bit “….”?

Taehyun: That’d be Seungyoon. Sometimes I don’t understand what he’s wearing lol. But I can’t bring myself to say it because he doesn’t seem the fault in his fashion so to speak. And I’m a pretty open person, so as long as he’s happy and content with it I don’t see a reason why he should change it.

– In the interview with Seungyoon he answered that his fashion was one of his charm points.

Taehyun: That’s pretty dangerous. But I will keep that in mind that he has a reason for why he dresses the way he does then. Haha.

Lee Seunghoon

– What’s your charm point?

Seunghoon: My body? It used to be my complex, because I was skinny, but after I started working out I’m more pleased with it now. But I won’t show you yet, I always leave the important things to last.

– If you were to sum up your personality in one word, what would it be?

Seunghoon: Orangutan?

– Really?

Seunghoon: It’s pretty simple actually. I like eating and leisurely hanging around.

 

– If your dream of holding a solo concert at Tokyo Dome as WINNER, what would you ask from the CEO?

Seunghoon: To unban the no love-ban? Hahahaha. No I’m just kidding. Maybe a car? But I guess I could buy that for myself…. Oh I know! A solo album!

– During WINNER TV, Seungyoon confessed that you nag a lot, what do you usually nag about when it comes to the other members?

Seunghoon: Back when we still didn’t know each other it could be all the little small things, but now we never complain.

– You used to live close to the agency because you really wanted to join YG, did you ever bump into any of the artists?

Seunghoon: I once saw SE7EN in his really cool sports car, it felt really surreal when I finally got accepted into YG.

Kim Jinwoo

– What’s your charm point?

 

Jinwoo: My big brown eyes? And my white fair skin? Hahahaha.

– If you were to sum up your personality in one word, what would it be?

Jinwoo: I’m quite reserved. I don’t open up to people that easily, but I let out my fun and crazy personality once we get to know each other.

– So what happens when you become friends with someone?
Jinwoo: Well, I start talking using informal speech, it’s all very polite until like our 4th meeting maybe.

– If your dream of holding a solo concert at Tokyo Dome as WINNER, what would you ask from the CEO?

Jinwoo: I’d ask him to buy me a house, or hopefully I will be able to afford it by myself by that time, so I guess… that he won’t ever kick me out of the agency or something along those lines.

– As you and Seungri were acquainted with each other prior to WINNER’s debut, did he give you any advice?

Jinwoo: When I was a trainee he told me not to give up until the end. And when our debut was announced he became as happy as if it was his own dream that came true.

– I heard that even if you’re usually very calm, you sometimes get in very high spirits all of a sudden. How do the members react to you in situations like that?

Jinwoo: Sometimes I can’t really read the mood, so sometimes I will be down when the others are cheerful, and sometimes I’m happy when the members are bit blue. But please don’t think of this as a bad thing. Haha.

Song Minho

 

– What’s your charm point?

Mino: My positive personality? Even if something bad happens I try to look at it from a positive angle and try to move on. Looks wise. I’d say my eyebrows, not like Taehyun, but mine are pretty thick, so even without make up they stand out.

– If you were to sum up your personality in one word, what would it be?

Mino: GENKI!

– If your dream of holding a solo concert at Tokyo Dome as WINNER, what would you ask from the CEO?

Mino: What would I ask for…….. A recording studio of my own?

– As you recorded a solo, and it even got a PV. What’s the difference between promoting as a solo artist and as WINNER?

Mino: That I get to do exactly what I want to do. That I get to show a different side of myself?

– You were quite active as a underground rapper, and you’ve already debuted once. Did that experience help you?

Mino: Of course. There’s no such thing as a worthless experience, there’s always something to learn. I guess I’m more used to the stage thanks to that I performed in live houses and such, and I don’t get nervous on TV or during events because I’ve done that previously as well.

Kang Seungyoon x Kim Jinwoo

– What was your first impression of each other?

Seungyoon: Ikemen!!
Jinwoo: I had previously seen him on Super Star K2 and I thought that he’d be cocky because he was a bit famous, but that was not the case at all. He was super nice and really nice kid.

– Is there anything that you’d like to do on stage together, the two of you?

Seungyoon: Actually yes, and I already have a song in mind. A RnB duet, it would be Jinwoo as the main and I’d just be featuring.

– Seems like you already have it planned out.

Seungyoon: Pretty much

Jinwoo: That’s completely the opposite of what I thought he would answer. I would actually like to cover Crooked by G-Dragon together. I feel like the song is of the genre that Seungyoon likes and personally I really like this song, so I thought that it would be a fun thing to do!

Seungyoon: Ooh! I like that idea! You know, instead of covering it I might as well make us a rock-ish duet song!

– Do you promise?

Seungyoon : I promise to try to make a song! Please look forward to it!

Jinwoo: I’m looking forward to it!!

– What would be your duo name then?

Seungyoon: What could be good… Seungyoon… Jinwoo…. Jinwoo…. Seungyoon…

Jinwoo: I know! Roommates!

– While watching WINNER TV, it really felt like the two of you were real brothers, with Seungyoon being the older one (lol). How is it in reality?

Seungyoon: Actually, due to that we fight a lot, lol. Or more like we tell each other off a lot.

Jinwoo: I’m the oldest and he’s the leader, so it’s natural for these kind of things to happen.

Seungyoon: As the leader I have to tell the members off and be strict, and sometimes Jinwoo comes up to me afterward and gives me advice on how to rephrase things in a nicer way….

Seungyoon: He also wakes the other members up

– Who tends to oversleep the most?

Jinwoo: We’re all about the same… I mean I do it sometimes too, then it’s another member who wakes me up. But it’s not one member who does it more often than the others

Jinwoo x Seunghoon

– What was your first impression of each other?

Seunghoon: It’s okay to be honest? Haha

Jinwoo: Tell me the truth!!! Anyways I felt right away that Seunghoon would become someone who’d be very useful to the team. That we could not be without him! So he had a very strong first impression.

Seunghoon: Well…… Jinwoo…… he was very nice. But on that day, he was not very neat. I mean I came in the middle of practice and his hair was a mess and he was dripping with sweat, yet he still helped me with the luggage. But it was hard to believe that he’d be the visual.

– Is there anything that you’d like to do on stage together, the two of you?

Seunghoon: Something that has never been done before, like trot!

Jinwoo: Ahahaha!

– Then what about your duo name?
Seunghoon: Team Boroboro (T/N: Boroboro is the word Seunghoon used to describe Jinwoo, boroboro means messy or scattered)

– It’s said that the two of you are the ones who shed the most tears in WINNER, is that true?

Jinwoo: Yes, but Seunghoon is actually the one who cries the most.

Seunghoon: Yes, I’m very emotional and I cry quite easily. I cried after we finished the recording for Color Ring. It was a mixture of feelings, but it was not because of that I was sad or anything. It had been a rough day.

Jinwoo: It’s actually very hard from me to cry, but I start to cry instantly when I think of my family.

– It feels like you have an calming effect on the rest of the members, but how is it when it’s just the two of you alone?

Seunghoon: Jinwoo uses me as his punching bag.

Jinwoo: I don’t!!!

Seunghoon: I think it is because he feels at ease with me but he teases me a lot and bumps into me on purpose.

Jinwoo: Haha… yeah. It’s because you are the most gullible!

– Who has the most aegyo within the group?

Jinwoo: I might look like I have it but, it’s actually Mino.

Seunghoon: He’s very affectionate, you can tell that he was raised with a lot of affection from his parents.

Song Mino x Lee Seunghoon

 

– What was your first impression of each other?

Mino: I knew who he was from watching him on Kpop Star, so I had the image of him being a really witty person but when I first met him he was super serious, and I got a bit disappointed because he was more boring than what I expected him to be.

Seunghoon: Well the same goes for me, when we heard about Mino he was referred to as a “member of Block B” and I thought someone like Zico would be enjoying us. lol

– So both of you were a bit disappointed with each other?

Seunghoon: Yeah you could say that, no but, what I remember about Mino from our first meeting, was that he was a tanned and chubby guy.

Mino: That’s mean! First you treated me coldly because I was the Block B guy, and now you say that I was a fatty!

Actually before I met Seunghoon I had already lost 30 kilos, and then after meeting them I lost another 5.

Seunghoon: When was this?!

Mino: During my first year of high school, I had a pretty round face compared to now.

– Is there anything that you’d like to do on stage together, the two of you?

Mino: Actually during the ZEPP tour we did a cover song together, but I would like us to release something just the two of us from WINNER. Something more hip hop styled as we are the rappers.

– What would be your duo name then?

Seunghoon: Seungho

Mino: …..but that would be the same as someone’s name!

Seunghoon: then lion!

Mino: Something funnier!!

Seunghoon: Tiger fang

Mino: I give up.

– I was told earlier that the two of you have a lot of aegyo. Even though you have more of a cool image.

Mino:Yeah… that’s right haha.

Song Mino x Nam Taehyun

– What was your first impression of each other?

Mino: He left a very strong first impression, he was very good looking and had a very alluring atmosphere to him. Now he has become very mature, but at that time his appearance was still very childish.

Taehyun: I was a baby huh~

Mino: At that time yes, but your attitude was more mature than the rest of us. Or it was more like you didn’t talk much so, we didn’t know about any of your hobbies

Taehyun: Hahaha! When I first met Mino I thought that he had just returned from the army.

Mino: I’m a soldier.

Taehyun: But yeah, he looked like he had just been discharged from the army. He looked kinda strict and very strong so..

Mino: Because of my skin color?!

Taehyun: I remember you wearing a hat so you could only see a glimpse of your eyes, but you glared at me with a scary face.

Mino: I did not! I actually tried to make a good impression and said “Hello~” to you properly

Taehyun: Really, you did? I didn’t notice…..

Mino: …….

Taehyun: I even heard from the other members that you’re hard to get along with. But when I got to know you, you were not a scary person at all!

– If the two of you would form a duo, what would you like to do?

Taehyun: I feel like we’d be able to pull off a sexy concept pretty well!

Mino: I also feel like we could do something more adult. Or very manly, wearing suits, and the song would be really sweet.

Taehyun: Sounds good!

– Then what about your duo name?

Mino: SEXY BOYS!
Taehyun: ……..

– Even amongst the fans, the two of you are known to be close friends. So take this opportunity and say something nice about each other.

Mino:Really for Taehyun, everything about him is charming and intriguing. He can make anyone fall for him within seconds.

Taehyun: I’m really jealous of Mino’s voice. It has such a pleasant tone. And I’m also jealous of his personality. And…

Mino: You mean there’s more?

Taehyun:Yes, of course! I’m jealous of how he can wear anything and look good in it, even though he might look like the type that would only suit baggy styled hip-hop type of clothes.

Mino: Oh…

Taehyun: And that’s not only concerning fashion either, he is a fantastic rapper in that sense that he can work with any type of music. Before I was under the impression that people in the hip-hop genre could not mix with any other genre, but he proved me wrong.

Mino: Thank you! Hehe

– When you’re alone what do you usually talk about?

Taehyun:Girls

Mino:….?

Taehyun: Okay, no that’s a joke. Our conversations are usually really trivial.

Mino: Yeah, everyday type of conversations

– Mino said earlier that when he’s with Seunghoon, they joke a lot and try to come up with gags together. How is it when you’re with Taehyun? Do you make jokes together?

Mino: Nah, if something it would be me telling a joke and even then Taehyun won’t make a reaction

Taehyun: That’s not it!! I’m just bad with expressions, I’m usually really happy when you tell jokes I just don’t know how to react, so sometimes it just comes off as cold!

Mino: Oh okay!

Taehyun: Thanks for understanding

 

Translated by admin Isabella @ fy-winner / TAKE OUT WITH FULL CREDIT

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