[bnt interview] WINNER, Wishing to Walk Beautiful Future Paths at a New Beginning Point
[by Woorim Ahn] 4-membered group WINNER came back after a 14-month hiatus.
WINNER had an interview with bnt to commemorate its comeback in Mapo-gu, Seoul on April 4. Prior to the session, the members disclosed new songs ‘Really Really’ and ‘Fool’ as well as the music video and faced the press with exciting faces.
Kang Seung Yoon said, “I don’t think it’s been a while. I feel like I debut again whenever we make comeback. We now became a 4-membered group and I think it’s time to show new sides. As much as that, I expect and get nervous more” and showed strong confidence in his words.
Lee Seung Hoon said, “On top of everything, I was sad that I couldn’t see my Inner Circles (official fan club name). I’m so excited to see my fans through fan meeting, concert or other activities” and expressed his feelings to see his fans soon.
Despite of the hiatus that became longer than it was arranged due to Nam Tae Hyun’s leave, WINNER came back with its own color. They tried to color themselves in their style and they did their best working on their songs.
“Actually, we don’t think the hiatus was long. We tried to show ourselves to fans through V-app live or SNS. For better improvement, we needed the time and through the time, we did grow a lot.” (Kang Seung Yoon)
WINNER had an aggressive promotion by highlighting number ‘4’. The public was curious which meaning it contains. Regarding this, Kang Seung Yoon said, “As we became four, we decided to accept the situation; that’s what it means. So I don’t want fans or Taehyun to get disappointed at this.”
They tried their best to fill the empty spot. They faced hard times due to Nam Tae Hyun’s leave, but they can’t just take times because of the promise with fans.
Kang Seung Yoon said, “We can’t just sit down and let time fly. We got to work on our songs to see fans as soon as possible. Jin Woo is working hard on his role as the main vocalist, so I’m satisfied. Empty spot can’t be filled, but we are still working on it.”
Kim Jin Woo, who unexpectedly became the main vocalist of the team, continued, “Tae Hyun and my tone are pretty different, aren’t they? (laugh) I was worried how to digest songs as my part became a lot more than before. During the hiatus, I focused on vocal training and practiced hard. Seung Yoon did his best to catch each member’s tone and share the parts.”
Members actively participated in this album. Especially, Kang Seung Yoon joined composing and writing lyrics of both songs and Song Min Ho and Lee Seung Hoon helped him to wrap up the album producing.
Kang Seung Yoon said, “We have a structure filling up the spare spots when a person starts working on it. I was supposed to write melodies of ‘REALLY REALLY’ bridge part, but I had struggles at that time. When I asked SOS to Min Ho, he immediately completed the part” and Song Min Ho added, “I was his savior. (laugh) Good things keep coming up when we work together.”
Lee Seung Hoon also arranged choreographies of ‘Fool’. He said, “It seemed like it might take longer to complete the dance part, but my naturally born sense didn’t go away. I could express the song into motions with my sense. (laugh) Actually, after this, we will practice again.”
There was a well-defined synergy in their conversations. Even during the interview about for an hour, they drew a complete picture by filling up each other’s lack. They made us expect for the synergy that might be reflected in their album works took for several months.
During the interview, the term mentioned a lot was fans. As much as that, we could notice how much they care about their fans. Even in an answer for their ranks of music charts, Kang Seung Yoon said, “Rather than ranks and numbers, I wish our fans love it” and revealed his ‘fan first’ side.
WINNER will face the public with consistent activities this year. We wish they become a group that comes back as ‘comeback’, not debuting again and walk along the beautiful future.
Meanwhile, WINNER will continue their activities after releasing the album on April 4 at 4pm KST. (photo by YG Entertainment)
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Write: 2017-04-05 18:15:07 / Update: 2017-04-06 00:00:00
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