[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
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[TRANS] Chanyeol @ Instiz article: ‘You Don’t Know Love’ MV Filming site

Chapter 1

It is a day with the cool autumn wind blowing and the autumn rain falling! Covered in greenery, the lush and quiet central park of Seoul was bustling with many people. This place, full of people wearing raincoats and raising umbrellas to avoid the rain, was the filming site for the MV of K.will’s new song ‘You don’t know love’ For the music video this time, director Hong Won Ki from ZANYBROS has taken charge for us. This is also the team that made headlines by making the plot-twist drama in K.will’s “Please Don’t…” !

Also, the two people shining amongst the crowd were ‘You don’t know love’ MV’s main characters, this year’s hottest trend idol, EXO Chanyeol, and the fresh and rising model with versitility and charm, Lee Hojung. The filming which was conducted since early morning was carried out with feverish enthusiasm thanks to Chanyeol and Hojung’s enthusiastic approach to the filming, despite the tough weather conditions. ^^

Chapter 2

Chanyeol and Hojung who met for the first time through this time’s K.will MV! Their awkwardness at the beginning quickly dissappeared, they monitored each other’s acting, and the filming ended harmoniously as a result. Chanyeol eased up Hojung’s nervousness in a very oppa-like manner, and as for the sight of him leading, it seems that he showed an extremely manly image~ Although there were many difficult aspects at the filming location, the two projected a very professional image~ When the camera shutter was pressed around Chanyeol, he looked at the camera, and with a playful smile, he took on the role of “mood maker” of the filming set for us.

Chapter 3

The (off-site) location filming that took place in the morning has finished, and now the studio filming has started! Just by simply avoiding the wind and rain, the filming location was extremely warm and cozy. At the filming location, Chanyeol and Hojung together took a breath and did their filming, but now they each did their filming independently. There is a scene where after separating with the person they love, the characters are missing and reminimising about the person they love. The condition a person is in when they are alone after separating with the person they love— these two displayed these emotions all too reallistically. Based on how the filming is progressing, and how they’ve shown us a good image and seem absorbed in their roles, the completed music video is really anticipated and looked forward to!

Chapter 4

With the recording progressing, everyone was drained of energy and getting tired, but since there were two people in the staff sending their strength through the power of saying “Fighting!~”, it seems all the staff gained the strength to continue recording. Chanyeol and Hojung, the ones who made a beautiful drama for us! It was a time when K.will’s ‘You don’t know love’ MV was highly anticipated.

Chapter 5

A surprising guest has suddenly visited the MV filming location! K-wi-ll! At the apparance of K.will who appeared without prior notice, Chanyeol and Hojung became nervous~ Watching and very carefully monitoring from the side, although he (K.will) himself did not appear or act in the MV, his infinite love for the music video was 100% shown. And then, it’s said that Chanyeol was extremely happy at a comment verifying that K.will is an ordinary EXO fan~ ^^

 

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[TRANS] Kyungsoo’s Story @ Ize Magazine

After the outdoor shoot has ended, D.O. who is sitting down docilely and quietly with his head down got attracted to the small insects on the ground. “The feet are so small?”, after seeing the baby shoes in the studio, his round round eyes became even bigger.

Although during times like this D.O. looks like a child, but in reality, he is a “real man”. Like how once the group photoshoot started, D.O. who was sitting in the center position said “Okay, let’s start”, while trying to get the members to focus at the same time .
Like a child, yet giving off an indifferent feeling with his eyes, this kind of reversal is D.O.’s real charm.

D.O.: I was born on January 12, 1993.  I am EXO-K’s main singer. I played the role of being hit by Luhan during the EXO Music Video drama episode that was released not long ago, this role was decided by the director based on my image. But in reality this is not my real image… right? Do I really have that kind of image? The other members always tease me. I do not know why either. Because there isn’t really a way I can make myself look more authoritative, I still treat the members like I usually do. Sometimes I know that I should do some aegyo, but it’s really hard.

I am better at barbecuing meat than the other members so I am in charge of barbecuing meat. Although there isn’t really any special technique, I usually get a feel of it while barbecuing, and this feeling is hard to describe with words. Ah, it must be really interesting if I can go for Happy Together 3’s Late Night Market, but as of now I still do not have any special recipe that I can show. Everyone thinks that I am very good at cooking but this is actually a misunderstanding, I only cook because I enjoy the process. It’s probably because during interviews, the other members always say I take care of them like a mother, hence this kind of image was created.

Q: Isn’t it the case that you are forced to cook because the members always ask you to cook?

D.O: Actually if they request for me to cook, I will not cook for them. It’s when I feel like cooking, then I will cook and share it with the rest.

I really like to sing along while Chanyeol plays the guitar. Probably because we have been training together since our trainee times, we are very in tune with each other. Even if I change the beat, Chanyeol will change along with me, and if Chanyeol changes the tempo, I will catch up with him too. (Chanyeol: The number of songs that we have prepared for performing after we debut, amount up to almost 15.) Ah yes. “Nothin’ On You” which we sang on KBS 2FM Super Junior’s KTR is one of them. I have been listening to a lot of R&B music since young, hence I really like it.

In the future when we have a concert, during my solo stage I want to have just a standing microphone, and use just my voice to properly perform African American music.

I like Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, and listen to their songs often. Actually up until now I still haven’t been able to get over the trauma of “Superior Orchestra”. Although I can’t seem to find any special method, but first of all I think I need to gather much more experience in order to overcome myself.

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Original Chinese translation by @idokyungsoo都暻秀吧 on weibo

[TRANS] Kai’s Story @ Ize Magazine


“Oh! There’s a modern choreography that I saw and cried to recently!” Kai’s voice loudened. The charismatic Kai on stage excited talking about the dance he likes is actually closer to being a boy his age, Kim Jong In, rather than Kai. He’ll become a boy again when he’ll strike a pose very sternly and D.. blows bubbles next to him, leaving him with his eyes curved and bursting into laughter. The continuing change between Kai and Kim Jong In could easily be found, and it was an interesting discovery.

Kai. Born on January 14th 1994th. Studied ballet since young age. I’ll watch Mnet’s <Dancing 9> and contemplate what would have happened if I continued ballet. Probably studied abroad and went ‘all-in’?

I have no other things I want to improve in, other than dance and music. If I could become a ballerino now, I want to create a choreography that holds the meaning that I can’t give up a girl I love and express that feeling with my body. I’m a perfectionistregarding performance so I criticize myself when I make a mistake. At home, I’ll think ‘Ack, why did I get it wrong there’, like that. I really like the R&B genre. If I have a unit or solo debut opportunity, I want to show an awe-inspiring performance with a strong beat and mild music. Men likeMichael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown are really sexy on stage.When I went to an Usher concert, I exclaimed ‘Wow! Really, how is that done?’ And I was applauding before I knew it. (Laughs) He really won over ladies’ hearts with simple gestures. The members danced recently on <Weekly Idol>. First off, I think Suho-hyung will be really good if he practiced a little more and Chen, like his nickname ‘Funky Funky Chen,’ has a unique rhythm sense and displayed the funky feel very well. I think he’ll do well in rocking as well. Oh, on <Weekly Idol>, Sehun kicked my butt and it’s not that my feelings were hurt, but I have a different reason as to why I was so shocked. Normally when people kick butts, you kick with the top of your foot. But Sehun kicked with his foot turned upwards. So… it went in between my cheeks. Hahaha. But I also kicked Sehun’s backside. I playfully kicked, thinking that I don’t get an opportunity to kick backsides so often, but I was flabbergasted since he kicked so hard. I’ve been watching EPL games since my first year of high school and I became a Chelsea fan. This season, I think Chelsea will probably place first or second? So if earthlings could migrate to EXO planet, I want to become either a ballerino or a soccer player. If I could compare myself to an animal, I am a jaguar. First off, I have dark skin, and jaguars are normally slow but when they are on a hunt, they change 180 degrees. I am usually lax but when I dance, I concentrate like no one else, so we are similar in a sense.

Source: Ize magazine.
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[TRANS] “Fifty Million People to Recognize EXO is Our Goal” @ Ize Magazine Interview Part ③

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 <XOXO> 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, <IZE> met EXO. EXO interviews that will be revealed throughout four days, the last is stories about EXO’s time, trainee period, and goals. With this sorry heart, let’s run by looking at Kai and D.O, Kris and Chanyeol’s sesame-like story.

Free Time
When you guys have free time, what do you usually do in the dorm.
Chanyeol: I shared a room with Tao in the past, and this friend does one man minor roles for fun. He acts like talking like this and then moving over a bit and then talking like that, and then he changes into a different character saying, “Ah, where is this place?”
Xiumin: He doesn’t do that when he’s by himself. When the members are just still or look bored he jokes around. It’s a type of aegyo but, I wish he didn’t do that. The person watching is uncomfortable. (laughter)
Tao: Hahahaha. Hyung does it with me too! We do it in the dorm together all the time? If I go, “Xiumin, let’s do it together,” you go “Uh, okay.”
Xiumin: Then I was bored too.
Tao: There is a fun act that we do together. Let’s show them. (laughter)
Xiumin: What is there to show. It’s always just shooting the gun and dying from a gunshot.

I also heard that you split into EXO-M and EXO-K team to play basketball.
Xiumin: Overall, EXO-M members are friends that liked to exercise since young. As predicted, we played basketball a lot and like it so our stamina is a bit higher. Even if you look objectively, our positions are split perfectly. The tallest Kris is center and fast Luhan is kind of like a guard feel. He’s really good at doing 3-pointer shots. Because Tao is strong, he is the power forward and Lay is also a forward feeling but he’s a bit different than Tao. Because I’m not good at basketball, I am the ball boy. (laughter)
Sehun: I want to first clap for EXO-M’s basketball skills. Kris hyung has skills of an athlete and the rest of the members are all good too. EXO-K members all really can’t play. (laughter) Because the level difference is so bad, we try not to play basketball. The fact that we played a game was when we were trainees.

Trainee Period
Whether it be long or short, you guys all had a trainee period but what influence did that time give to you.
Suho: When you go through the trainee period during your adolescence, you become more cautious and you tend to save your words. Because you have to compete with other friends and in order to achieve the dream of a singer, you end up living a working lifestyle kind of life. Not that I had another job but doesn’t social life always make one tense and give the burden of having to complete something. Because I endured that since young, I think there is a part of me where I’m a little careful in everything I do.
Baekhyun: On the other hand, if you have a long trainee period, your mental strength because really strong. Compared to people who had short trainee periods, I don’t think they go through slumps because of small things. Earlier this year, I went through a slight slump because of singing. It was because I didn’t know how I was supposed to sing. Because I already debuted and I have to show right away, I fell into worries on ‘what should I do.’ However, Suho hyung is not like that and is always maintains his composure. I think because his will power is strong, he can endure not going through slumps. Of course there are bad points too. Hyung’s personality is the complete opposite from me, because we’re stuck in formality, I want to break that.

How are your two personalities different.
Baekhyun: Hyung is the type that seeks practical rules and I am the type that seeks expediency. For example, if there was a math problem and someone taught me how to solve it, I always found an expedience. (laughter) I am the type that thinks a lot about ‘what do I have to do in order to find a faster way to solve this, what can I do to memorize this faster.’ Once when we were showering together, Suho hyung told me that because of me he became softer. I as predicted looked at hyung and thought, ‘a person can be that serious.’ Originally, I was a person that was like a feather that could soar through the sky but thanks to hyung I think I changed a bit.

How were the other members’ trainee periods.
Sehun: I was casted in sixth grade and officially started my trainee period in my second year of middle school. Because it was when I was really young, at first I was a bit confused and starting from my first year of high school I thought ‘I can’t do it like this.’ Because the other people’s dreams are solid and stuff. Starting from then I did dance practice a bit more.
Xiumin: I followed a friend to the audition and luckily passed and joined the company. At that time I was a high school third year preparing for the college entrance exam and because I wouldn’t be debuting right away but would have to go through a trainee period, I thought a lot. But because the only place to trust was the company, I think I just constantly faithfully practiced.
EXO’s Goals
How do you think it’d feel if you suddenly went to an ordinary young man from this situation.
Kris: Because I dreamed of being a basketball player before, to be honest I can be a basketball player again. However if I had to spend my life as a normal person, I don’t think I’d be able to accept that. Most likely everyone will be like that. Because in a foreign country, 4-5 years ago I came to Korea and tried really hard while practicing. If I suddenly lost this job, I think I’d be sad and taken aback.
Sehun: If I were to be honest, I think because there is freedom, there are some good aspects. However, I don’t want to go back. (bashfully laughs) Because I am EXO.

You debuted and now because you officially started gaining popularity, you guys started to get busy. For a while now you guys will be living a life like this, what are the things that you think everyone should keep no matter how hard they are.
Lay: It’s something we do even now but, it’s to not forget to say “thank you” when someone does something for another.
Chen: Proper man of his word. Because even if we really grow older and quit the job as an idol, if we were to show that we’re proper men of our word, we can leave a good image for people.
Baekhyun: I want to make a promise amongst the members. Even if we have a lot of free time, to only go home, to only meet male friends, or to only exercise. To be honest, I don’t think it’s a time for us to be having fun yet. That is my thought but… till thirty five? I wish that no one forgot the ‘person that they wanted to be’ when we debuted because we were so lost in pleasure. I hope no one forgets their own goals. Because of one thing like that, I can’t see EXO falling apart.
Suho: For me, it’s to love EXO members.  Not excluding a single person.
Baekhyun: Suho hyung will guide us all towards a good direction. Because he’s always a proper person.

Then what is EXO’s goal overall.
Lay: Right now, rather than a member individually being popular or showing, I think EXO being more known is more urgent. Our Suho, leader said this once, “Fifty million people in Korea recognizing EXO is our goal.” I think we still have a long way to go.

How many people do you think recognize EXO now.
Suho: I think for teens it is nine out of then and for twenties it is six out of ten. (laughter)

Lastly, if you were to define EXO with one word.
Kris: For me, EXO is a pizza. Each member is a pizza slice because all twelve members must be there for us to be one.
D.O: If only one is missing, then it is not perfect.

source: Ize
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[TRANS] Baekhyun’s Story @ Ize Magazine

With Baekhyun and Chen, who finished shooting first, we went out to the studio garden and started to talk while carefully looking through the LP that were prepared as props. Although we can see that Baekhyun is the center of EXO’s “beagle line” just by looking at his eyes filled with curiosity and mischievousness, his eyes that twinkle even more when he talks about his thoughts on singing and the future are a charm that I honestly didn’t know about. On top of that, I think it will be quite a fun time seeing how he who said “rather than being afraid of making mistakes, I think I will get better by going up against it at the actual fight,” will grow.

Baekhyun.  I was born on May 6th, 1992. With same-aged Chanyeol, Chen, we are called the‘beagle line, but from my perspective I think those two are easier to control. (laughter) When we first debuted, because I was not used to looking at the camera while doing even a short ment, my face was shaking, but because we kept doing it for a couple of months, it is a bit natural now. When I feel like I am lacking something, I monitor people who are good at it and learn. That is why I wasn’t shaking while thinking ‘this is scary what should I do,’ but because instead I let out a war cry, ‘I will fight with this!’ while looking at the camera, I feel like I was able to overcome it faster. Because I enjoy watching MBC <Sunday Night> ‘Real Man,’ I even thought of what I would do if I went out. But because I have a fear of heights… I don’t think it’d be easy if I had to go through helicopter drop training or water repel training, but I will try to overcome it! I can say that I am in the ranking for game skills in EXO. I think because I played a variety of games since young, I am a little better than the other members. One of the computer game genres that I am most confident in is the FPS game. Sometimes I make fun of D.O but I don’t make fun of it so that we get offended but it’s only to the extent where I give him fun nicknames. I think D.O really like’s it when I call him ‘dyodoro’ from boxer Fedor. However when I call D.O like this, the most important part is that I do it ‘as provokingly as I can!’ (laughter) Whenever I get to have a color stage at our concert, I want to use one pin light and sing a ballad song with the topic of separating with the piano. If I can migrate earthlings to EXO planet, besides singer, a role I want to take is a college student.

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[TRANS] Chanyeol’s Story @ Ize Magazine

Just 5 minutes. Just this amount of time is more than enough to feel Chanyeol’s affirmative energy. Bringing up the mood of the atmosphere is a part of his fundamentals and he says, “Think of it as March. Ah~ it’s warm,” as he films under the strong sunlight. Chanyeol, who is scared of insects but watches in fascination once he discovers a baby cricket, possesses a charm which makes it impossible not to smile even by just watching him because he really is bright and innocent. This is the reason that the image of his eyes twinkling whenever a question is asked, even as he plays mischievously with D.O by hitting him to the point of making a thwacking sound, remains in my memory for a long time.

Chanyeol. Born on November 27th, 1992. I possess a positive personality and I veer on the side of loving myself. It’s due to my parents passing down a lot of their positive energy to me. I’ve liked people ever since I was little and I received much love from people with the sociability I nurtured on the playground! I think that even now at funny moments, no matter what action I take the members enjoy it. Taking my health into consideration, nowadays I’m researching a way to make people laugh through words. But when I can’t do something I need to do because I’m in pain, I become down and receive stress. I fell hard for Muse after seeing them for the first time at the Pentaport Rock Festival when I was in my third year of middle school. It was so cool that they could create such an impressive sound with three members. If I were to go to a rock festival now, I would be shaking my head with everyone and thrashing. I’ve played the guitar since my first or second year of middle school. Maybe it’s because I learned on my own, but I’ve formed certain habits. So I don’t play along unthinkingly as I listen to music like I used to, and am practicing in order to lay down the foundation for the fundamentals. Oh, recently my father gifted me a good guitar as an early birthday present so I’m continuously touching it. Anywhere, all the time. (laughter) I’ve immensely liked rap ever since I was a trainee, but it’s true that there aren’t many opportunities to show it. I prepare in order to properly show it whenever an opportunity arises like on radio programs. Lately I’ve appeared on variety programs often, and I met Kim Bosung sunbaenim on KBS’s Happy Sunday – Mama Mia. I said that I would join the UFO association then, but I haven’t been able to yet. Because I haven’t seen sunbaenim after the recording. When playing rock paper scissors with the members, the trick to always winning is to trust only in myself. If earthlings could move to Exo Planet, aside from being a singer I want to try being an ordinary college student. I enjoy the webtoon Cheese in the Trap, and I want to become a heartwarming college sunbae like Yoojung sunbae and treat my hoobaes to a meal and enjoy the romanticized campus life.

Translation cr: 4rang

[TRANS] Kris’s Story @ Ize Magazine

Shortly but strongly. Even when he boldly gave off these precise words, Kris was full of confidence. Kris effortlessly and freshly laughed when the members looked at a larva and said lightly, “Let’s eat it!,” or when they bounced off the bed, he said, “Haha, I’m an action actor!” after they finished their photoshoot. The reason why Kris considers EXO as a pizza is because they have to be 12 members to form a whole circle.  The more we know about his world, the more we strangely get pulled into the whole new world.

Kris: I was born on November 6, 1990, in China but grew up in Canada. I am EXO-M’s leader and rapper.When rapping in Korean, the pronunciation was really hard. Because the pronunciation is stronger and clearer compared to how it is when we talk, even when doing it naturally, some may find it a little awkward when listening to it. In “Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio”, together with D.O and Chanyeol we had practiced Dynamic Duo’s 죽일놈 (Guilty) really hard so it was really lucky that the reaction was good. Besides rapping, I have a lot of interest in writing songs & lyrics, fashion designing, DJing etc. Among all the lyrics I have written, I am most satisfied with “Just one more time, one last time”. A handsome style starts from wearing the clothes which fit you best with confidence. And it is important to remember that you want to challenge a new style. Ah, I just remembered that in future I want to launch a brand under my own name, but it’s a secret.

Kai: If you talk about it now, people may steal your idea and do it first.

Kris: No they can’t. But even if it is handsome/cool, there must be a name which has a link to me. No matter who see it they will think “Ah, this is Kris’ brand”. Since a long time ago, I’ve been watching and studying Korean variety programs. But no one can do it like Chanyeol.

D.O: If you record a program for a long time you might feel really tired but Chanyeol can concentrate so well and not feel tired. It’s amazing.

Kris: There was this time when I stood outside the bathroom watching out for Tao for 30 minutes. That was when I thought, “Ah, Tao is still really young.” But because now we don’t have enough time to sleep properly, I can’t do it anymore. But even with insufficient sleep my skin is still good…I was born with it. Wasn’t I? (laughs) I don’t have any special treatments for my skin but I do wash my face well.I think I have a lot of interest in acting. That’s why I’m watching a lot of Korean, Chinese and Hollywood movies. Even though now I can’t show much of my acting right now, in music videos I still work really hard to show it in that short period of time.

source: Ize
trans by: WeiTing @ 901106.net
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[TRANS] Yixing’s Story @ Ize Magazine

His long lithe neck and deep deep eyes, unconsciously lead people to think of herbivores, this kind of mood will allow us to taste/slowly enjoy his quiet and considerate personality. But the Lay that can do a Kristina voice imitation of “Kim~Chi~Jji~gae~” with a sincere expression, is indeed a man with the charm of reversal. Answering any question with no hesitation, using a large amount of vocabulary that is seriously surprising, and the way he answers questions enthusiastically, makes us anticipate his extremely unique personality. As though it is rightfully this way, no matter how busy, how tired and how hard it is, he definitely will not forget to say “Thank you”, like he will never stray from the promise he set for himself no matter now or in the future.

Lay. 1991.10.7. When I was asked what should be filled in after KaNaTaLaMaPaSaAjaChaKaTa’, of course it must be ‘Pa’. Pa, Pa, Hip hop~ Yeah~ (Laughs) I have always been learning Korean meticulously. I learnt “cool” phrases from Sehun and used it on broadcast programs before. (Laughs) Baekhyun also taught me a low of amazing phrases, lately I learnt the word “Vitamin”.

Because I like to shower, it’s until the extent that if I’m soaking in the bath I can last in there for up to 10 hours. But we can only have showers in our bathroom, if the dorm suddenly has no more hot water it would be terrible. Fortunately, our dorm is really not that bad, we can keep having hot water to use. Haha! I like the majority of Stephen Chow’s movies. I like Shaolin Soccer the most out of all of them.

I really want to eat a meal with Mr. Lee Soo Man. If it’s me ordering I will probably order Pasta or Pizza, but since our Chairman seems to like Kimchi Jjigae, so I will probably get Kimchi Jjigae.

In EXO, my role in healing. Although I cannot heal my members much in reality, no matter what happens I will always pray and be happy for them. If EXO planet can have humans living in it, I want to make delicious food and share it with everyone in the world. I want to be able to eat delicious food and live happily with the people I love.

English Translation: rellasoo
Original Chinese translation by @_原博易主_ on weibo

[TRANS] Suho’s Story (ft. Lay) @ Ize Magazine

Suho: I was born on May 22nd, 1991. I am EXO’s leader. I often buy food for the members, and I feel proud when the dongsaengs thank me and tell me they want to buy food for me too after deliciously eating the food I bought them. On the other hand, when I confidently buy food that I think is yummy but they don’t finish it as if it tastes bad, I feel a little empty. (laughs) I think of golf as a hobby rather than a specialty. When I was in middle school, I tried learning golf for about 6 months at a fitness club out of curiosity but I wasn’t really that good. As the leader, soon after our debut I was in charge of answering questions about EXO’s meaning or album concept, and because of it, I was seen as a stiff and exemplary kind of character.

Lay: Our leader is really dignified and he works hard in everything. He’s awesome.

Suho: However, I’m surprisingly a fun person. (laughs) People who have never talked to me and just seen me from afar might not know, but if we talk or message for 5~10 minutes, then you will know that I’m a fun person! On MBC Weekly Idol, D.O said regarding my face, “When he just sits there, he’s handsome, but when he smiles, he’s ugly.” But rather than ugly, I think the expression “less handsome” is more correct. I know D.O was being funny because it was on an entertainment program, but honestly… I do agree that I’m not very handsome when I smile. (laughs) When I watch MBC I Live Alone, I feel good about living together with the members. Nevertheless, when I’m really tired and want to sleep and the members come into my room one by one to say something to me, I sometimes think that I need some time to myself. If Earthlings could migrate to EXO-planet, I would want to try being a teacher who teaches knowledge to students and values empathizing with them.

trans credit: dyonut