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Male group quintet SS501′s member Kim Hyungjun (24) has now stood forth alone.
Kim Hyungjun who’s returned to the music industry after a year with
his first solo mini album ‘My Girl’. It’s his first time doing solo
activities so he does feel anxious but still, at every point during the
interview, he showed confidence. Last 10th on cable channel Mnet’s
‘MCountdown’, Kim Hyungjun did not feel the emptiness left by his
members and had put forth a perfect comeback stage. He succeeded in
conquering the audiences with a conceptual and more powerful stage than
the one he had shown with his members.
Kim Hyungjun said, “The charisma and power that our members have
portrayed will now be undertaken by me solely. I will show to you a
stage that does not lack in anywhere at all”, as he poured his
(Q) You’ve made your comeback after a year.
(A) It’s been a long while since I’ve returned to the music
industry, and I’ve apparently turned into a senior already. It’s the
age now for me to accept juniors already. The ranking of this and that
has turned so high and I’m amazed. Not long ago I went to music
programme and I saw G.Na, IU and Dalshabet. They’re really cute. I was
very delighted but in order to show my grand profile as a senior, I
tried to show a state of composure towards them. (meaning trying to act
cool ha ha ha ha)
(Q) The album jacket is unique.
(A) It is my solo album but I want to express the fact that I’m a
member of SS501. Even if people may be looking at the album jacket
only, they will have the thought like, ‘Ah SS501′s member Kim Hyungjun
is having his solo activity now huh’, that kind, and for that, I had
put in alot of effort to try to achieve that thought in people. I did
the design for the jacket. One who has properly morphed from five
people (SS501), that kind of meaning.
(Q) Response for title song ‘oH! aH!’ was good.
(A) Though oH! aH! is an exciting dance song but it isn’t that kind
of popular hook song of these days. Fans hoped for a more popular song
where they could hum after to sing but I wanted to show a song with a
new type of style. I worried if people would find me too stuck-up with
desire, but since response for it was good, I’m glad.
(Q) It was singing along with five of you all, but now that you’re to sing it alone it’s gonna be hard.
(A) You gotta dance and sing the full song altogether so it’s very
tough. When you stand onto stage you feel nervous and then on top of
that you need to coordinate it well together, the chemistry can seem to
easily lessen. All our solo dance singers are awesome.
(Q) It’s your first time doing solo activity. What’s different from doing activities with your group?
(A) Lonely. When the car is moving from one place to another or when
I’m resting, my members are not with me and I feel bored. And on
stage, when I think about it, I feel emptiness. It hasn’t been long
since I made my comeback so I think of this as my adjusting period.
(Q) When will we be able to see SS501 standing together on stage again.
(A) All our agencies are different and all our personal activities
are very tight and busy, so we still weren’t able to discuss about this
in detail. However our plan as of now is to release an album within
this year. When SS501 appears, all other groups have gotta tighten
themselves and get anxious already. Because SS501 isn’t a group to
prepare sloppishly for their comeback. Haha.
(Q) Do you contact often with your members.
(A) Busy so although we do meet at times, we also contact each other often. We sometimes meet up over drinks.
(Q) Your character business is flourishing.
(A) It’s truly beyond my expectation. Thanks to my brother Kibum
that’s why it’s flourishing. Kibum even did the packaging of products
himself, and also stuffed the cottonwool into the toys. The character
cushions that were supplied to us and meant to be sold over 1 year has
been sold out in only 2~3 months. Response in Japan and China is good
too. Not long ago we also recruited 2 employees who are good in foreign
language. We’ll start on aggressive overseas sales too. After the
character ‘Piro Piro’ that was already released first, will be followed
by another character ‘Siro Siro’. Our company is filled with the
Festival Atmosphere. Haha.
(Q) How do you distribute the profits raked in from your business.
(A) I give it all to my brother. Because he’s the one working more aggressively his guts out for this.
(Q) Your brother Kibum withdrew from U-KISS. How will his future broadcast activities turn out like?
(A) He’s looking for an agency that will blend in well with him.
Should there be any good agency for him, he’ll start his broadcast
activities thereafter. It’ll be good if Kibum could succeed at first
go, but I hope for him to become a singer who develops better and
better over each stage by each step consistently.
(Q) You seemed to have worried alot because of the Japan big earthquake.
(A) I wanted to leave a piece on twitter regarding the earthquake
victims but I don’t know how to write and what to write so I couldn’t.
But I will leave a piece on my official Japanese homepage. I’m
discussing with my agency on how to help with this. I’ve received alot
of love from Japanese fans. And it’s the time now for me to repay that
(Q) Aren’t you gonna love.
(A) Lonely. I really don’t have a girlfriend. I gave up on love. I’m
thinking if I should get matchmaked and then get married when I turn
(Q) What’s your aim for the year.
(A) I have plans to do aggressive activities overseas like in China,
etc. Also have plans to do a solo concert at the end of the year. I will
need to sing throughout a full 2 hours so I will be seemingly releasing
many albums in this year. 2011 will turn to be an extremely busy year
SS501′s Kim Hyung Jun who’s had captivated the passion of Japan as a
Hanryu singer 4 years ago is feeling awe-inspiring recently. With a
new title as Singer Kim Hyung Jun, he ambitiously released his first
perfectly done solo album as he gives an undertaking to make his new
stepping-out. However, his priority is something else. Because of the
Japan big earthquake, his worry for fans is significant too. He wants
very much to reciprocate the love he’s received from Japanese fans as
one member of SS501.
Before he began the interview on his solo album, he did not forget to
show his worry for Japanese fans first, “Because we’ve gotten so much
love from Japan, I need to start planning real soon on an event to
mourn for the Japanese citizens, no matter in what format it shall be”.
His solo album that was sincerely prepared may be important, but his
concern for Japanese fans is what makes him heart-warming to us.
Kim Hyungjun described his feelings of going solo as “the feeling of
debuting again”. He who has turned from the maknae in his group to a
solo singer now made us hear animation in his voice. His 4 other members
who were always beside him are not present now, but he has with
himself every day the determination of going towards a new beginning,
and this determination is the same as what a newbie would have when
he/she just debuts. Kim Hyungjun who illuminated gleam in his eyes
calls this his ’2nd debut’, and no sooner than later, he stood on the
(Q) First of all you’re now standing on stage alone and not as five. How do you feel?
(A) I’m not really that kind who gets nervous easily, but I don’t
know why I feel very anxious this time. Not like my style right
(laughs). Couldn’t control my expressions properly, and felt my
stiffening body when I perform on stage. Though my first stage was
quite awkward and a little pitiful that way, I don’t think it would
affect my outlook in performing too much. You will get to see senior
idol Kim Hyungjun’s adept stage manners in the next performance.
(Q) What disadvantages and advantages are there if you were to compare it against SS501 days?
(A) It was always doing activities with the five of us, but now I’m
turned to stand alone and though I do feel nervous, I feel great too
for being able to work alongside great people. The best thing of this
all is that I can get to subdue the camera all by myself. I feel very
excited everyday that I’d be able to show to everyone my different
profiles. Of course, that comes with huge responsibility too isn’t it.
My members are not with me so I need to work alot times harder right?
(Q) How did people around you & your members responded?
(A) It’s already been 6 years since I began standing on stage. I was
shaking furiously on my first stage but now I have got to put forth a
relaxing show for all. There was a good premonition at the beginning.
All people around me told me the music was good. Haha. However now that I
don’t have my members whom we always relied on and who always gave
encouragement for one another, I feel a little empty inside me. We
always play the role of support towards each other so I feel a little
lonely. For this too I gotta endure it alone.
(Q) Do you contact the SS501 members often?
(A) We monitor one another and also do not hesitate at giving
suggestions and comments to one another. We may be in different
agencies for now, but we do come frank during discussions on which
period to carry out activities at and the concept we’ll use. We joke
about doing that in a way our personal activities won’t clash.
Especially Park Jungmin who sent his support all the way by visiting my
music video shooting location and also came as a guest to my
fanmeeting venue. Our members are originally skilled by nature, so even
if we were to stand forth alone, all of us will be able to do it well
(Q) What is it you have in mind the most when you’re doing activities alone?
(A) More than anything else I want to let know of a brand called Kim
Hyungjun. It will be something that only I can do it, no matter what
it may be, and I want to show it to people. I want to make it in a way
that it will be oozing with a very liberated atmosphere once Kim
Hyungjun appears. That’s why I wore many different outfits such as
training uniform, formal suits etc and showed my various profiles in
the album; similarly in music wise, I also showed a huge change. It’s
really quite different from the strong stage atmosphere that SS501 had.
Vocal-wise and stage-wise, there was less strength used and instead it
was filled with a lighter spirit in the atmosphere. I want to become a
dance singer who has with me my unique characteristics, only.
(Q) If there are any distinctive features in this album?
(A) From hit song producer E-Tribe to rapper Dokki and all other
skilled veteran musicians who haven’t been able to collaborate during
SS501 days have all worked alongside me this time. Dance song ‘Girl’ is
my most favorited song and it was released first, while the song
produced by E-Tribe hyungs that carried with it a unique feel was then
selected to be my title track. If it has a popular melody, it’ll be
easier to get the attention of audiences first. I also tried my part at
being a lyricist for 2 songs. Because this is MY album, I want to fill
to my heart’s content with words that I want to say.
(Q) DBSG who used to carry their activities alongside you all is now divided into two people; how do you feel?
(A) It’s a pity, but I feel they will work out well. Many past memories float in mind alot these days.
(Q) Do you have any new determination on any thing, now that you’re doing activities alone?
(A) First of all, I’m determined to no longer hold that tinge of
shyness when I’m on stage. When I go on music programmes, I do start to
feel my status as a senior. I hope to make it to an extend like, when
juniors see me perform, they will feel proud and envious about me at
the same time.
(Q) What comes onto mind when you see idols these days?
(A) When they go on to music programmes, they mix around friendly
and seem to bond very well, and upon seeing that I felt glad. When I
was doing activities back then at our best state there were so many
male groups, but these days, it’s girl groups ruling the way. They even
exchange phone numbers. They look to be really bonding well.
(Q) If you were to say something to your Japanese fans with regards to this time’s big earthquake?
(A) SS501 invaded into Japan since 2008 and has been receiving alot
of love from Japanese fans. Though our members are now dispersed across
here and there ever since the end of our full time contract last June
with former agency, our members and I hope to give our helping hand in a
mourning manner in order to thank the love we’ve received from our
Japanese fans. My schedules in Japan may have been announced already but
of course it needs to be pushed back. Instead concern was shown for me
and I feel nothing but gratitude. Luckily our fans are safe and sound,
and instead they worried for me. Once again, thank you to the infinite
love from our fans.
(Q) What’s your aim for this year?
(A) I want to receive the Bonsang award with my solo album this
year. First and foremost would be to stand up high in this music
industry with my name. But still, I hope to do activities in Japan as
soon as possible, and also juggle musical activities. I want to do many