[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

[TRANS] “EXO is One Team” @ Ize Magazine Interview Part ②

We can only describe it as a surprising happening. The phenomenon that EXO recently showed was one that was unpredicted from a rookie who debuted just over one year ago. ‘Growl,’ which was released over a month ago is still in the top 5 on music charts and their first album and repackage album sales combined together surpassed way over 700 thousand albums. Debuting with ‘MAMA’ in April 2014, after having a hiatus of around one year, they passed ‘Wolf and Beauty’ and can now say they were a success by certainly stamping the name EXO with ‘Growl.’ And during the time of debut the 12 members that were split into EXO-K, Korean promotions team, and EXO-M, Chinese promotions team, have become one like their cheer, “WE ARE ONE” and showed a performance on the next level. In order to ask them how they were able to grow in such a fast time, met EXO. EXO interviews that will be revealed throughout four days, the second day, we prepared the way EXO practices together and the back story to their appearance on On top of that, you can also meet Suho and Baekhyun, Chen and Lay’s detailed stories.

Team Practices’ Value
How did you practice for the performance of ‘Growl.’ There must be members who are specialized in rap and vocals since the beginning.
Sehun
: For dance, during our trainee period, in the basic class we started learning from bounce and riding the rhythm and starting from the next level, we learned dances that were more and more harder. Because at that time we were individually judged, we needed to match the balance between the skills of a person who dances well and the skills of a person who does not dance well. That is why if we become one team, we try to hold onto someone who dances really well and tries to be in the spot light too much, and try to help someone who is lacking to be better.
Kai: Even after debut, we learned in the aspects that we individually lacking in and taught in the areas that we were good in. Suppose Chanyeolie hyung felt himself that he was lacking in his dance skills, he will go to a member that dances well and ask how he should practice. And because it was a whole practice, we tried to match the choreography angle the same.
Chen: While promoting ‘Wolf and Beauty’ and ‘Growl,’ I ended up using the same room as Kai and after finishing the day’s practice, before we slept, we talked a lot. They were conversations like ‘today it was like this, tomorrow I should do it like this.’ Although he’s a dongsaeng, I had a lot of things I could learn from him. When we practice, because Kai always matches to my level and teaches me how to dance, it was easy to take it in. After listening, the next practice I would do it the way Kai had told me and add gestures. And even then if it wasn’t working, Kai would fix it again.

You must have felt the value of practicing as a team.
Luhan
: The meaning was really big. If I was practicing by myself, my skills will exceed slowly, but if in front of friends that dance well, I learn a lot of good things and learn quicker.
Chen: Before I came into the company, I never touched the thing called dance and my training period was short as well. But seeing as how I debuted in a performance group, in the beginning it was really hard. However the members would come hand practice with me whether it be early in the morning or even late at night, and soon I was able to follow these friends. No matter how hard something is, I think we can do everything when with the members. I think that me being bale to dance on stage like this now is all thanks to the members.

When practicing, is there a rule that is autonomously decided.
Sehun
: There is not something that we decided on. It is not an atmosphere where we force one to practice. Because we all live together in the dorm and move together, there is no way there can be a member late to practice.
Xiumin: For now, it’s when we do it, let’s do it right.
Baekhyun: Because everyone works hard there is nothing like ‘today let’s do over four hours.’ If amongst the twelve members, one member doesn’t want to practice, we consider that person and let them go to the dorm and for those who want to practice more do it individually. But even then, I think basically we do over eight hours of practice a day. It’s because we must prepare perfectly so that we can show a different side.
Chen: Especially because our hiatus time after ‘MAMA’ was long, we prepared very hard amongst ourselves as well.

In a situation where everyone is tired to the point that they’re going to faint, who is the member that endures till the end.
Baekhyun
: If we feel like we’re going to die, then we all rest together. Because we can’t be tired tomorrow because we practiced one more hour today.
Lay: When I see it, I think everyone endures it well. When we really feel like we’re going to die, if we order hamburgers once, then we all gather strength again. (laughter) Once I thought, ‘why is it that when we order hamburgers, we gather strength,’ and I think it’s because when we eat, we gain weight, and then because we have to exercise, we practice harder. And if atmosphere maker Baekhyun makes a hwaiting atmosphere, we all gather strength together.

{Immortal Song}
Does Baekhyun have a know-how on how to make the atmosphere better during a situation where everyone is tired.
Baekhyun
: For instance, if someone got a move wrong, I make everyone laugh by expressing that more ridiculously. It’s not like I say something funny and make the atmosphere better. (laughter)

A member that is in charge of that type of role, for your first appearance on you went with just Chen, and because you had to be more serious, it must have been nerve wracking.
Baekhyun
: If you look at it in one way, because it was the first performance where we were singing in front of many people representing EXO, it was burdensome. Maybe it was because of that, I’m not the type that gets really nervous on stage but I was really nervous then.
Chen: While singing I saw Baekhyun’s hand and it was shaking hard. (laughter) After that, the next time we appeared, we went with a lot of members, and for sure I was able to tell that the difference between when with the members and without was big.

Were the other members who went on able to adjust to it pretty quickly.
D.O
: Originally when I stand on stage, I get more nervous than the other members. And because Jeon Youngrok sunbae was in front of of us on I was so nervous I don’t even know if I sang.
Kai: On that program, the session is all live. But we weren’t able to match the song and dance to it because of the situation status. Our turn was the ending performance but because we went in late, the guitarist played for a longer time. (laughter) If we had matched it before hand or if we had more experience, we would have been able to deal with a situation like that better but because we were nervous and on top of that unable to prepare a lot, we were slightly taken aback. Although it could have been better, we worked hard.

{Promoting in China}

Even then, I think the fact that you guys were able to appear on a program like that, EXO-K and EXO-M promoting together, was something meaningful. Originally Chen and Xiumin debuted in EXO-M but isn’t it hard promoting in an unfamiliar place.
Chen
: When the company asked me, “we’re going to have a Chinese and Korean team, what do you think?’ I first answered without any hesitance that I wanted to go into the Chinese team. Of course my parents worried a lot. Because I didn’t even discuss with them and I just said it because I wanted to. But, after debuting and going to China for the first time till now, I think that I made a really good choice. Although there is a language wall between the Chinese fans and I, with just the fact that I can let them hear my song, I am happy. Sometimes fans ask me why I didn’t promote in Korea but either way, EXO is one team. Just because I debuted with EXO-M doesn’t mean I can’t meet with Korean fans and because I can go around with the other members like this, I don’t have anything I feel lacking.

Even then, was there not something that was hard to adjust to.
Xiumin
: It was the language aspect. Even if walking the street and I look at the signs, it’s in Chinese and because even the people talk in Chinese, I can’t understand. Because I didn’t go after I learned Chinese perfectly. However now because I adjusted well, the ear that listens and the eyes that see have been pierced through a lot. If I see a sign in Chinese, I end up going, “Uh, I know that!” Should I say that instead, when I go to China I feel a sense of closeness.

When you were tired, the other EXO-M members must have been of support.
Xiumin
: It was a relief that the Chinese friends can speak Korean well. Ah, but there were pros and cons. Because they are good at Korean, even when we went to China we communicated smoothly and my Chinese skills didn’t not improve. (laughter)
Tao: To be honest, even during our promotions in China, so we don’t forget, we talked to the hyungs in Korean.
Xiumin: In the end, we received and gave help to one another.

EXO-K members also officially started Chinese promotions starting this year but did you come to agree to these two people’s problems.
Baekhyun
: Chinese is especially hard. The intonation is all different and for most people, if they don’t live in China for a long time or study for a long time, it’s hard but the fact that these two promoted until now is really tremendous. When recording the album, because we had to record in Chinese without knowing anything, it was hard.
Chen: These friends are good as well. Although I don’t think it’s better than my skills from debut. (laughter)

source: Ize
translation cr; nahbit @ exok-trans

[TRANS] EXO @ Kukie Interview Part ②

Q: Do you have complex about your appearances personally?
Chen: I have a beauty mark on my eyebrow. This is the first time i’m saying this. It looks like an blemish but it’s actually a beauty mark. I don’t really like the beauty mark that’s on the eyebrow.
Baekhyun: My [complex] is dark circle? In the early stages of debut, i didn’t have any, but i got them while promoting. I was pretty confident about my ‘bare face’ before.
Chanyeol: Mine is that my face gets puffy in the morning. It gets 3 times puffier. It’s worse because I have rhinitis.
Kai: My face gets puffy too.
CHANYEOL: Don’t you have rhinitis as well?
KAI: it’s not that. (laughs)
BAEKHYUN: I think Luhan hyung has no complex.
LUHAN: No, I do. My nose?
CHANYEOL: What the…
KAI: I have that one too. My nose appears crooked. But it’s okay nowadays.
CHEN: I have another one! Double tooth. It’s such a pity. If I didn’t have this one thing, I will have really healthy teeth.
XIUMIN: Having a short neck and short arms. My upper body is a little short.
LUHAN: Ah, i thought of one. The scar beneath my lips.
BAEKHYUN: Let’s pass something that can be covered by makeup. (laughs)
LAY: Mine is having a big face. My legs are a little short too. Also my forehead.
D.O.: Mine is having narrow shoulders. (laughs) I don’t have any complex about my face, but my narrow shoulders are a worry.
BAEKHYUN: But even though D.O. has narrow shoulders, he’s really strong within our team. His nickname is ‘Fedor’. Ice fist.
CHANYEOL: His nickname is ‘geodude’ from pocket monster.
SUHO: I don’t have one… particularly.
SEHUN: Mine is my smiling face. I’m really smiley, but my smiling face is not pretty.
TAO: I don’t have one particularly as well but… i’m conscious of the the pimple on my forehead. So i try not to bring down my fringe.

Q: EXO has a lot of noona fans. How about we give hopes? What’s the possible age difference for younger and older female [dating wise]?
Chanyeol: 40 years?
Baekhyun: You have to keep your word?
Chen: We’ll see in the future.
Baekhyun: So the most important thing other than age is the face value (laughs). Anyways, i’m [okay with any age] as long as our mind matches. As long as we don’t look like mother and son when together, it’s okay.
Chen: 5 years younger and older for me.
Kai: 12 years difference? But not younger than me. We’re in our 20’s so meeting someone in elementary is a little…
Lay: I like someone younger than me. Older is okay as long as there isn’t a big age difference.
D.O.: I don’t care about age. Just not grandmother or an infant.
Luhan: Me too.
Xiumin: I don’t really care either.
Suho: 8 year age difference for me.
Sehun: I like noona. Up to 4 years older than me.
Chanyeol: Who is it? (laughs)
Tao: 3 years age difference for me?
Chanyeol: You like a 3 year old?
Chen: Do you like an infant? (laughs)
Tao: 3 years younger or older than me.

Q: I’ve seen your ideal types on other interviews a lot. What are types you personally don’t like?
Lay: Rude people.
Baekhyun: Females who swear are also a little off-putting.
Chen: Ah yes. It’s a turn-off when a female swears.

EXO ON FANS AT AIRPORT:
Suddenly, Lay confessed his inner feelings about airport. He said that the fans’ cameras are overwhelming.
Lay: They followed us right to the front of the toilet and took photos. I was so surprised. They took photos while we were talking inside the toilet. It was so scary.
Baekhyun: I think following us to the front of the toilet is a bit wrong. I want something like EMP, so with one button, everything can be turned off.
Chanyeol: cellphones will be turned off as well? (laughs)
Lay: They don’t look around because they’re taking photos. Once, this fan at the airport bumped into a passing child while taking photo and the child fell over. I was angry.
Chanyeol: Because they all follow us, it’s really dangerous. There are times when injuries occur.
Kai: I want to say let’s be careful at airports.
Baekhyun: It would be nice if there was a ‘photo zone’ at the airport, so we make them takes photos only there.
Chanyeol: That’s correct.
Chen: Stare right, middle, left, well done~ and we leave.
Chanyeol: Should we send a request to Incheon Airport?

trans cr: ggamjongin