Chanyeol – Lucky One keywords: Sentimentality, Care, Music
If you compared EXO to a movie, what type/genre would it be? What type does your life belong to?
I feel EXO is a rom-com. There are many moments of twists and turns, and also a lot of certain occurrences, but the conclusion is always happy. I feel my life is also a rom-com. (I) usually like to view things positively, and the life and music I pursue are all rom-coms.
Do you have lyrics you like?
I like them all!
What is your favourite moment of time and place?
I especially like the time before dawn. From 2AM to 6/7AM, I like this time of day. Quiet, silent, although there is a feeling of loneliness I just like the feeling you can only experience before dawn. When working with other people, (we) would normally begin working from 8/9PM to 12/1AM, when composing on my own I would work from 2AM to 6-8AM. There is more efficiency when working between these hours, arranging or penning lyrics, listening to music, playing with the phone lying on the sofa, watching tv etc. during this time, (I) really like this kind of casual feeling. The place I like would be my studio, so long as it’s a quiet place with no one else, I would like it. I previously preferred a lively atmosphere with many people, but now I like quietness.
Familiarity and unfamiliarity, which do you like more?
I like familiarity. I am a risk-taker, and recently there more instances of challenges, but I still prefer a familiar environment with familiar people, living a happy life.
Some things are better over time, some are better new, please explain.
Although I’m not really that old, I can find a lot of interesting, happy moments when looking back into my life, I feel that it’s really great. I fulfill my life. The merit of new things is the ability to meet more new people, to enjoy completely new things with people you’re meeting for the first time.
Has there been something you’re always curious about?
Music -smiles-, if not music then people? I like to meet people, although (I’m) not one that can be intimate easily, I feel that by meeting new people there will be mutual help, (and) happiness.
Is there anything you value that other people don’t seem to place importance to?
Being attentive/caring to minuscule things. Everyone values attentiveness to major things, (but) I’m talking about care and attention to little things. The type of care that wouldn’t be noticed by the other person. For example, passing napkins to the one beside you when eating? Something like this. I feel very satisfied by these. There was once, when arriving to my studio after wrapping up work, I found a grocery bag on my doorstep. There were six 2-litre bottles of water, vegetables, cherry tomatoes etc. and green onions and sesame leaves in it as well. What is this? After checking (I) found that it was delivered to the wrong place, it was supposed to be delivered to building next door. I just felt the things would go bad if left here. And so, I took those things to the next building, I felt very satisfied then (for doing so). I feel this is the kind of person I am, who feels satisfied over doing these things. Even though they won’t know, I would think ‘I provided them the convenience’.
When did you feel that you have become an adult?
When listening to other’s thoughts/feelings and discussing them. I am a great listener, and also like talkative people. When chatting or discussing, I would talk about ideas I’ve never thought about. Especially when hearing about other people’s feelings, assisting through discussion. During then, I would talk to the other person of more good things. After listening to my words some people would thank me sincerely, (and when) hearing this my heart becomes really satisfied.
(If you could) share your personality/a trait with someone, what would you like to share?
(My) positive attitude! Many people have told me that I’m a positive person, and personally I usually don’t feel too much pressure. I really dislike when people around me face difficult or tough circumstances. So I would share a lot (tn: of his positive attitude) with them, speak and chat with them. But there are also people who need to experience difficulties, and I understand that.
If you had a twin or clone/doppelgänger, what kind of person do you hope for him to be?
I (would) hope he is exactly like me. Through him, I would like to understand how others feel when looking at me.
Of tangible objects what is the most valuable?
Seriously (this) question in too difficult. I want to answer ‘love’. Tangible love, a love that can be seen and felt first-hand!
Any thing (you) want to remove from this world?
None. I am someone who believes every thing in the world is formed out of necessity. Really. (I) really think flies, mosquitoes, dust and other things also have a reason for existence.
What is something that’s rewarding to wait for?
I’m someone who doesn’t have patience, so it’s difficult (for me). And so (I would) follow this process. This is something I’ve been doing since I was young, for example I’ve agreed with my friends that we’d go on vacation in two months. Since I hate (simply) waiting for the two months to pass, I would do lots of activities within those two months. for example, buying things I like online and then waiting for it to be express delivered. Or going to outings with other people etc. Of course, all these (activities) won’t be as interesting as vacationing, but (would) still go out with friends, have a meal, and do it again with other friends next week etc. Going through each week like this, the most anticipated vacation time will arrive.
Are there moments in your daily life that you feel is perfect?
Quite a few recently. Living through a day, without making anything happen on purpose, passing time naturally according to things I want to do. I really especially like reflecting on the day alone quietly at 2AM, meeting friends over coffee after waking up, take a walk, eat, meet another friend, work alone at the studio etc. All of these are things that make me happy.
If there was the possibility to realise a dream in (your) life, what do you hope for it to be?
I am someone who easily feels happiness (even) through small things, unless I was busy, but lately I am very happy. My lifestyle lately is similar to my ideal lifestyle, (and) that’s how I’ve been living lately.
If you could time travel?
If it was possible, I want to travel to a very distant future or past. I am currently 25y/o (tn: Korean age), I would often say to people around me that this is the happiest time period in my life, that I am currently very happy. Living up till now, (there) isn’t a past I particularly wanted to return to. So if I could time travel, I want to travel to a time in the future or past where I don’t exist. A thing that I especially want to see, would be dinosaurs. -haha- Really, (I) want to have a look at the year 2800, 2900, (I) want to see how the world has changed.
When do you feel that time in a day passes by quickly?
(I) feel time passes by quickly when there’s no schedules. But the day becomes too long when there are schedules. When an entire day is packed with schedules, it would feel the time passed by really quickly, but after returning home (I) would feel ‘ah! This day was too long’.
At which time period do you feel that the sky is most beautiful?
I like when you see the sunset glow. A blue sky island that becomes orange in the sunset glow, in that instant where before it turns into orange (completely), when it’s still in that enigmatic ‘not purple but not orange’ phase – I especially like the sky at that moment. Secondly it’s when you see the sky filled with stars. I’ve liked stars since I was young. My dream when I was little was to become an astronomer, archaeologist. Because I liked stars when I was young I participated in a lot of astronomy-related camping activities, (and) the various stars I saw back then sparkly in the sky, it’s still an unforgettable scene.
What do you think is the greatest invention of mankind?
I think it’s music. I really like (it), and it’s also a career I am proud and passionate about. I would often desire something new, as my personality makes it hard to focus on one thing, but it’s not the case with music – continuing on for 12-13 years; continuing on for so long, indicates that I really like it.
Do you have any life objectives?
Definitely music. I hope to continue (doing music) until before I die. My dream is to have music activities with my partner after we’re married. Life = music, music is my life, I reckon by then I would be able to make a greater variety of music genres.
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