[TRANS] EXO-M Interview @ Shanghai Newspaper Daily Newspaper

Reporter: EXO-M has had performances and schedules quite often in Shanghai recently, please talk about your impressions of Shanghai, like what dishes do you like the most?

EXO-M: Shanghai’s night view is very pretty, this world renounced business centre is quite a bustling place, we really hope to have the chance to explore it properly, but currently we do not have the chance to go out and do so, the food is very delicious too.

Yixing: Because we cannot go out, we can only order some Chinese dishes in the hotel to satisfy our cravings.

Kris: I like the stir fried rice cakes, when Shanghai delicacies are mentioned, naturally soy bean milk and fried dough fritters will come to mind, everyone really likes eating those, and also Xiao Long Bao.

Jongdae: Shanghai’s weather is very good and pleasing, the fans are also very passionate, last night I finally had the chance to try authentic Chinese cuisine, one of those was a very unique delicacy – Duck’s tongue, I felt very amazed, because I’ve never eaten it in Korea before, it’s a completely new experience. We also really want to eat 大闸蟹 (hairy crabs), we have always wanted to try it but still haven’t managed to eat it, the next time we must definitely try it.

Q: In the future will the Chinese market still be the main focus.

K: Yes, you can say that, EXO-M itself was created specifically for the Chinese market, we will definitely come to China frequently for schedules. Previously we had more schedules in China, because all 12 of us were together.

Q: What do you think is your advantage in having a strong foothold in the Chinese market?

YX: Do we really have a strong foothold? We still have many areas in which we are lacking; we are really just starting out, moving forward step by step.

Q: Previously you went to Germany to shoot for your photobook, when will this photobook be released, and did any interesting things happen? 

K: When the photobook will be released is still the company’ decision. Germany has this really special bicycle, six people can ride it together, sitting in a circle, with one person steering, it’s really amazing.

YX: It was the first time I went to Germany, and the first time I saw that all the taxis were all Mercedes-Benz and I got a shock, although Mercedes-Benz is a a local German brand, but it’s still surprising that the taxis were all from such a good brand.

Q: Do you have plans for a new album?

K: We are currently in the midst of preparing, and do not have a specific release date for now, we still have to keep the contents secret, but all along we have always sung both Korean and Chinese songs together.

Q: A group of young and energetic boys staying together in a dorm, what kind of roles do you play respectively, like who has better cooking skills?

YX: Normally in our dorm from Monday to Friday there is a auntie that helps take care of the basic household chores, helps us put our clothes in the washing machine, and hangs them up to dry after washing. During the weekends, we are all in charge of our own selves, whatever we want to eat we have to make it ourselves. Xiumin’s coffee is the best, especially fragrant, Luhan’s ramen is extremely good, Duizhang is in charge of inventing new dishes, I know how to do some homecooked dishes, like stir fried eggs with tomatoes and stir friend eggs with cucumbers. Although some of our members are from Korea and some from China, our tastes are very similar.

Q: Then who is the cleanest?
(All members point to Xiumin in unison) XM: The messiest is probably Manager Hyung haha

Q: What was your childhood dream, if you are not an artist, what career would you choose?

K: When I was younger I wanted to be a space navigator, and even naively wanted to invent a kind of medicine that makes people immortal, because I was a child then, and all kids want their parents to live for a long time. After I grew up I wanted to be a basketball player, my favourite basketball player is Kobe Bryant. Sadly, now I do not have much time to play basketball anymore, if in the future we are participating in any shows, Idol Olympics is more suitable for me.

YX: I’ll talk about the time when I was the most naïve and innocent, my first dream was to be the head of state/president, and be the one who manages the country. How old was I at the time, a five or six year old child talking about country matters, even my mum was laughing.

LH: Soccer player. I like Cristiano Ronaldo the most; since he joined Manchester United I’ve liked him a lot.

XM: A businessman

JD: Vocal teacher/trainer

Tao: Dance performer

Q: Your respective ideal types?

K: I like girls who are like angels, very innocent and have pretty eyes.

YX: I like the type that has a sultry/seductive charm, most importantly the girl must love me. (T/N: That’s the dictionary explanation of the phrase he used in the article, no kidding.)

LH: Long hair, white skin, a small face with big eyes, like a goddess.

XM: I have no specific requirement for looks, but she must be able to capture my heart.

JD: Girls whose eyes look very nice when they smile

T: Pretty, have a good figure, regal, like a princess so I can “hold her in my palms” (T/N: Along the lines of treat her like the apple of my eye and cherish her like she is a precious treasure etc.)

Q: How do your view the miraculous album sales that you have achieved?

YX: We have currently gone past 910,000 already. This miracle is definitely due to all the people who have helped us, thank you to the behind the scenes crew who have worked together with us, and also to everyone who bought our album, not jus the fans, there are also a lot of people other than fans who like our album, and also thank you to those fans who are far away and we are unable to meet. We can only achieve what we have today because of them.

Q: How do you adjust after you have achieved such popularity/fame?

K: We don’t actually think we are very popular, our fans have definitely given us a lot of confidence, but also because of this, we will not let ourselves get arrogant, and will instead work even harder to repay the fans. (YX: Continue looking for ways to progress with our feet on the ground) Yes, because no matter what, there is still a long way to go, and a lot of seniors we can learn from.

Q: If you were to think of artistes that you want to pay tribute to, what will your list be like?

T: I want to become the best rapper in China, I have no one artiste that I respect the most, but there are artiste created music pieces I respect the most, their creations are all very outstanding.

JD: DBSK seniors. When watching their performances, they are doing dances that are very vigorous, but their ability to song and dance at the same time is very impactful/shocking, so every time I see their performance stages I am always full of respect.

XM: Me too, at least within the Korean entertainment circle. At the moment I have not had the chance to interact much with China’s artistes, I hope in the future there will be more chances to interact and meet.

LH: All the seniors in the company.

YX: I respect all the behind the scenes music producers.

K: Still Michael Jackson, he is a legend, even up till now, a lot of music elements originated from his creations, he is a very impressive and brave person. But I am just respectful of him, I still am not good enough to want to try and take on his dances.

Q: In the entertainment world, do the members have a “I want to become like him/her in the future” type of role model/goal that they work towards?

K: We hope that EXO-M can become a distinctive unit, and not become just like the rest. Our seniors are definitely deserving of our respect, but they are not targets that we must achieve, we hope to have better progress/development in the future, and have achievements that are our own.

Tao: We do not want to become followers of other people; we will let them become our followers.

Article Cr: 天天新报 2013年10月18日 版
Picture Cr: Fayore from weibo
Translations Cr: rellasoo

[TRANS] EXO @ So Cool Magazine, Nr. 96, October Issue Part ②

T/N: The magazine editors split the members into the 2 covers based on whether they thought the members were “Cat” or “Dog” type, so the “Dog” cover was Lay, Kris, Chanyeol, Tao, Luhan and Sehun. and the “Cat” cover was Kyungsoo, Baekhyun, Suho, Xiumin, Kai and Chen. 😀

Q

  1. The concepts of “Cat”-style boyfriends and “Dog”-style boyfriends are very popular now, which one do you think you belong to?
    “Cat” Style: Calm, intelligent, introverted, meticulous, lazy, willful, thinks too much
    “Dog” Style: Passionate, sporty, extroverted, hardworking, slightly insensitive, places a lot of emphasis on friendships and relationships.
  2. Other than your own songs, what songs have you been often listening to?
  3. If you were to get a one month-long holiday, what do you want to do the most?
  4. What do you think is your greatest change in the new album?
  5.  If you had the opportunity to be the first male lead in a movie, what character do you want to be?
  6.  Normally how do you communicate with your fans?

KRIS

  1. I should be a combination of both cat-style and dog-style, in front of my friends I can be rather crazy and a little willful; towards my girlfriend, I will tend to be 大男子主义(T/N:a man who can bring happiness and safety to people around him; believes his responsibilty is to protect his wife and children, hence receiving his wife’s respect), always wanting to protect her.
  2. Lately I been into listening to hip-hop style music.
  3. If the vacation break is one month long, I want to travel the world, go take a look at the world’s different sceneries and cultures.
  4. I feel like I didn’t have a big change, I am always this good-looking (laughs), just my hair just got shorter.
  5. Actually I am a little conflicted, on one hand I want to act a cool assassin, but on the other hand, I also want to act a rather tragic male-lead, I am confident that I will act the part very well.
  6. We have very few opportunities, so I find it a pity. If we have fanmeets, then I think this should be a very good way to communicate.

LUHAN

  1. I feel like I am a dog-style boyfriend, because I am rather extroverted, passionate.
  2. I normally listen to R&B music more often, i’s quite similar to my personality – lighthearted.
  3. If I really had a one-month vacation, I wish I can go home and spend it with my parents.
  4. I think my biggest change is still my hairstyle, the styling compared to last album’s, it’s very different.
  5. I think that as long as it is the male lead, I can accept it (laughs), and will earnestly try to act it.
  6. During our performances and at airports, is when we communicate with our fans relatively more, it’s always a pleasure to see them.

CHEN

  1. I think I am a dog-style boyfriend, because I tend to place a lot of emphasis on relationships.
  2. Usually I listen to a big range of music styles, I listen to a lot of different genres of music,
  3. I really want to travel with my family, together experience a family like feeling.
  4. I think that there wasn’t any changes, if I had to mention one, it should be my dance abilities, I am probably more adept now on stage.
  5. If I have such a great opportunity, I want to play the role of a villian even more.
  6. My method is rather easy, I smile brightly and wave to our fans who come to see us.

XIUMIN

  1. I think that I am a dog-style boyfriend, my personailty is more like dog-style too.
  2. Lately I have been listening to Kangta sunbae’s songs.
  3. If I had a vacation, I really want to meet up with friends, together go play freely or drink a few cups together (laughs)
  4. I think that my biggest change is on my outside appearance, because during our last album I still had a little baby fat, now I have lost more weight. A second change is that I can perform on stage with more ease.
  5. I think for acting, there is a greater possibility that I will be a cameo, because I still want to put more energy into singing and dancing.
  6. There is rather more interactions during our fansigns and there are performances in which we interact with everyone, if in the future there is a possibility of holding a concert, I wish we can interact with everyone even more.

SEHUN

  1. Cat (-style), but I emphasis a lot on feelings!!
  2. I personally like the more soothing ballads, some R&B and soul style music.
  3. Go to a rather crowded place and freely play, and I also want to go to a peaceful place to enjoy my personal time.
  4. We have changed a lot in every aspect, for example, all of us have grown/matured, in our dancing, singing, little movements, facial expressions? etc. Although we are still lacking, we will still continue to grow (do better).
  5. Chaebol? (laughs) Actually any role is fine with me.
  6. I think that through our official homepage or during fansigns and stage performances (do we communicate with our fans), actually there are not a lot of chances, I wish in the future there are even more opportunities to get to know everyone.

TAO

  1. Probably cat-style boyfriend, I think I am a rather meticulous, stubborn, like to think a lot, kind of person, which is why I think a cat-style boyfriend is more like me.
  2. Usually I like to listen to some R&B music, lighthearted-style music can make people become happy.
  3. If I am allowed to, I would like to spend time with my parents, and use time wisely to improve my Rap skills and variety skills.
  4. I think my image had a rather big change, compared to the previous album, there is more personality.
  5. i think that no matter what role, I will challenge and digest it, and express it in the best way.
  6. Our meeting methods are very special every time, most of the time it is at the airport, so there are times when we see our fans and talk a bit, also during our fansigns or at performances.


Q

  1. The concepts of “Cat”-style boyfriends and “Dog”-style boyfriends are very popular now, which one do you think you belong to?
    “Cat” Style: Calm, intelligent, introverted, meticulous, lazy, willful, thinks too much
    “Dog” Style: Passionate, sporty, extroverted, hardworking, slightly insensitive, places a lot of emphasis on friendships and relationships.
  2. Other than your own songs, what songs have you been often listening to?
  3. If you were to get a one month-long holiday, what do you want to do the most?
  4. What do you think is your greatest change in the new album?
  5.  If you had the opportunity to be the first male lead in a movie, what character do you want to be?
  6.  Normally how do you communicate with your fans?

BAEKHYUN

  1. I am a dog-style boyfriend, because I am rather extroverted, passionate, so a dog-style boyfriend is more like me.
  2. Lately I have preferred listening to ballads, some R&B and soul style music.
  3. On a vacation, the thing I want to do the most is go home and eat home-cooked food, because we usually have a tight schedule, so we often tend to buy delivery, so I really miss the taste of “home-style” food.
  4. My greatest breakthrough in this album, is gaining some improvement on my dancing (skills) and on stage gain a bit more of an at-ease type of confidence.
  5. Actually I really want to try to play the role of someone who is likes to joke around, makes the audience want to dislike him a little, yet can’t seem to dislike him.
  6. Normally there are not a lot of chances, it is mainly through our performances that there are more interactions.

CHANYEOL

  1. Probably a dog-style boyfriend, because I especially emphasize feelings, and rather affectionate,  enjoy interacting with people, so I am rather similar to dog-style.
  2. Skrillex, Draft Punk, Beenzino, Jazzyfact, I mostly listen to electronica or Jazz, Hip-hop more. Lately the song I’ve been listening to the most is Daft Punk’s “Within.”
  3. I want to go to the shore with the rest of the members and play freely, or go visit my teachers.
  4. The biggest change is that there are more singing parts for me…haha~just joking~ compared to “MAMA,” now I have participated more in subvocal or back-up vocal.
  5. I want to play the role of a rebellious student or  a Church oppa/hyung, or a extremely free neighbour oppa/hyung, etc, hehe~ there are a lot of role I want to try!
  6. On stage through music or through fansigns that we communicate with our fans, I wish we can as soon as possible hold a fanmeet.

LAY

  1. I feel like I am neither, I should be a “lamb-style” boyfriend, the type that is rather gentle, like to take care others, of course during many occasions I too wish I can be the taken-care of person, also I tend to be more stubborn and a little persistent.
  2. I tend to listen to Western music more, also some C-POP. Entertainers I admire the most are Jay Chou, Wang Lee Hom and Fang Da (Khalil) Tong.
  3. The previous vacation break, I spend it with family, this time I want to travel, go see the world.
  4. I feel like I became a bit more MAN (masculine), there are some aspects in which I became more mature, of course there are a lot I still need to work on, I will continue to work harder to show a much better self.
  5. I think that as long as I have time to act, for me this will be a challenging opportunity. This is why I will earnestly portray my best with any role given to me.
  6. The place that we usually communicate with fans the most is at the airport, also at the concert venues, as long as they are beside us, we will talk to them, though we tend to worry about their safety, that they will get squished and that they will fall.

SUHO

  1. Probably dog-style boyfriend, because amongst men, I am rather loyal, take my friendships seriously, am polite to girls, and am the more gentlemanly kind.
  2. I especially like to listen to Maroon 5’s songs, when you listen to their songs they give you a lot of feelings.
  3. If there is a holiday, I really want to go back to my old middle and high schools and visit my teachers, and see my friends during middle school, high school and university, also visit the friends that we worked together with.
  4. For this comeback, during my singing parts I jump around a lot, and look very cute, but at the same time show a hint of sexiness, so I really enjoy the times I get to perform on stage.
  5. I want to try to act as a trustworthy school sunbae, or a cute, mischievous, slightly crazy, but dares to take the first step and confess to girls kind of role.
  6. Most of our interactions is through fansigns, or through leaving messages on the official homepage, every time we leave messages on the homepage I always ponder for a long time what exactly should I write.

KAI

  1.  I am half cat-style and half dog-style, so I think I am a cat-dog type. I love to sleep and am more meticulous, but I will work very hard to achieve the things I am passionate about.
  2. I love to listen to Michael Jackson, he is a legend to a lot of people, I will listen to his songs when I am thinking.
  3. During “MAMA, ” I appeared with a more strong image, this time it’s a more “student” kind of feeling.
  4. I prefer to film a biography kind of movie, to talk about my life story, starting from debut to our peak, to how I lead the rest of my life, it does not have to be my own life story, it can be another person’s life story too.
  5. Of course there is a need to see my parents, usually because of a lot of training practices, there is no time to interact with them, I really want to go the shoreline with my parents and play.
  6. Because I have no Weibo or SNS or any social media contact of the same kind, I will dance extra hard on stage for everyone. I also will look at the messages left by everyone on the official homepage, not too long ago, a fan made a video compilation of all my dance moments in chronological order, when I saw itI was very moved .

D.O.

  1. I think my personality as a whole points to me as a dog-style boyfriend, because I place a lot of emphasis on relationships.
  2. Lately I prefer to listen to R&B songs, there is no specific singer.
  3. If there is a holiday, I really want to rest, and if I can, I want to go on a backpacking trip.
  4. I am more mature than before, and am more comfortable with being on stage, my singing abilities probably also improved.
  5. No matter if it is the male lead or not, if there is an opportunity to act, I will put all my heart and energy into portraying the character to the best.
  6. Right now there isn’t a special way to interact with fans, it is still mainly through our fansigns.

Magazine interview transcript by: skychwu88 on Exo’s Tieba
Translation Cr: Icingonyou