9 year old idol TVXQ is coming back after 1 year and 8 months of break to try the top spot again. TVXQ, who feel like grown up men now, returned with mass media appeal on their unique colour.
◇ “The elementary school students these days don’t know TVXQ very well”
Group TVXQ, who will not embarrass the title ‘the best’ 2nd generation idols, will meet its 10th anniversary next year. As TVXQ!’s debut song ‘Hug’ was played in the end of recently popular ‘Report 1998’ which brought back the 90s boom, it cannot be denied that TVXQ has entered the path of middle-aged singers.
However, it is also true that as TVXQ brought forth strong performance as its strength, there was a strong conception that TVXQ is ‘stylish’ rather than a ‘familiar’ group, and they could not reduce the distance between them and the mass media.
Uknow Yunho said that “we could not bring back a style like the last song,’Wae (KYHD)’. Under the goal of going closer to the mass media we tried hard to play out the melody easier while not losing our weapon.”
Apparently the producer and songwriter Yoo Young Jin PD also cared about this point as well for them. “He really took care of us because next year’s our 10th anniversary. He said that ‘I want at least you to go with mass media appeal in your mind’”
Uknow Yunho, who said that the elementary school students these days don’t really know TVXQ very well, said jokingly, “People who heard our music in their elementary school are all over 20 now. We were actually thinking about targeting the elementary school students this time. We had even made choreography that younger audience can follow along” to draw out big laugh.
In continuation, Max Changmin said “The younger friends don’t really know the 1st generation idols that we saw and grew up with. We thought that if we become singers who can appeal to fans of various age and if the younger people like our music as well we could pass this on to the next generation singers by showing us (like the 1st generation idols that we saw and grew up with)” to point out the importance of mass media popularity.
“As it has been about 10 years, we feel directly that the past trends are returning. Our goal right now is to try discover various genres and we’re still in the search for it. There are also lot of genres that we tried new this time as well.”
◇ Uknow Yunho – Max Changmin ‘Wae’ for just the two of them. “Activity that brought confidence”
TVXQ didn’t start out as duo from the beginning. It must’ve been not easy to fill up the empty spaces on the stage for TVXQ!’s Uknow Yunho and Max Changmin who started anew with the last 5th album ‘Wae’.
Max Changmin said that “It was very new to try music for us two after being active for over 5 years and to come out as the two after not so long hiatus. When we were doing the Japan, I was worried a lot because we had to sing 25~30 songs in 2.5~3 hours for just the two of us.”
However, he added that “I think we proceeded through with even more concentration than usual. After doing it, we knew how to make the stage with two. We felt that we could sufficiently lead long stages.”
TVXQ, who stuck together during not too short of a time and returned anew with confidence, said that the key point of this activity would be how to sublimate their unique strong performance and an easy-listening song.
Uknow Yunho said “I can’t say that there isn’t a difficult part in this song, because it has our colours in it. However, we made the chorus part – which is usually listened to the most- a little easier and put in lots of compromises in the album.”
◇ Uknow Yunho “More surprised at the news for being in the same company as Kim ByungMan than Jang DongGun”
Recently TVXQ!’s company SM Entertainment has took over AM Entertainment, allowing TVXQ to be in the same company as actors such as Jang DongGun and actresses such as Kim Ha Neul.
To this, Uknow Yunho said that “It could mean more opportunity if the company gets bigger. It is realistically true that as more professionals come the suport gets bigger. It seems like they’re trying to give lots of opportunity to the artists as well.”
He continued that he hasn’t met AM Entertainment’s actor Jang DongGun or the recently joined Kang HoDong yet and honestly revealed “I never thought we’d be working in the same company”.
Specifically, Uknow Yunho expressed his affection towards Kim ByungMan and drew attention “I was shocked more that Kim ByungMan sunbae and I are in the same company than with Jang DongGun sunbae. We were in the same tv show as well and I personally went when (Kim ByungMan’s) father passed away. I always thought he was a great person.”
He also said that “We talk to each other sometimes. I called as soon as I saw the news, but the phone was off. I think he must’ve been at the jungle” and revealed disappointment.
Kim ByungMan is currently in the middle of shooting SBS “Happy Sunday – Kim ByungMan Rule of the Jungle in Madagascar” so he couldn’t be reached by the phone.
As Uknow Yunho and Max Changmin both tried to transform into actors, they clearly stated their desire as not just singers but as actors as well. So it is a situation where synergy effect is expected as the grounds for actors is increasing in the company.
◇ Good Student image? “Think we can be a little more relaxed now”
TVXQ, who are always so polite, are so well mannered they don’t seem like a 9 year old sunbae idol. So there is a little disappointment in not seeing their easy-going and honest side.
Max Changmin said that “It is true that we’re keeping ourselves within a frame. But we can’t just act out or get ourselves into a trouble all of sudden. But I think we are at an age where we can be a little more comfortable than before. I think we have to break the old images”, making us expect their perhaps slightly changed selves.
Max Changmin, who’s known as the Kyuline by being close to Kyuhyun from Super Junior expressed his desire to appear on MBC ‘Golden Fishery – Radio Star’ by saying “I saw the ‘Radio Star’ and I really wanna appear in it. There wasn’t a friend that knows me a lot, but Kyuhyun is there as the MC so I’m thinking that he could slander and pick on me”.
However unlike Max Changmin Uknow Yunho expressed his desire to appear in SBS ‘Healing Camp’. He revealed that he’s “a mania for ‘Healing Camp’” and added that he wishes to reveal various sides that have been hidden until now to the national fans by appearing in various varieties.
TVXQ, who apparently goes onto the stage and put there life up there. They aren’t seasoned for 9 years without nothing. Although they’re already on top, they dream of a little bigger world.
“If we’re talking about international activities, we’d like to build new records that international fans in Japan couldn’t try yet, like increasing the size of the national tour n Japan to make it a dome tour. We also think how great it would be to grow up to be able to perform solo (*solo as in just TVXQ) on stages such as New York Madison Square Garden, which even world-level stars consider a dream stage”.
TVXQ puts importance on concerts, where their real abilities are proven and growth occurs as singers. “When we hold concerts in Japan people from various ages come to see the show rather than just the mania fans. We hope that we can become famous for holding fun team that’s worth watching the concert.”
“We dream of deviation too, but NO public lover!”
source: nate news
translated by: Fuzzybunny