[me2day] Young Jae~

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 My Baby들! 잘지내고있어요~? 나는 앨범준비를 열심히 하구있지요! 날 보고싶어한다는 소문이 들려 우리 Baby들에게 나의 Baby때 사진을 투척!

Mine babys! Går det bra (med dere)~? Jeg jobber nå med forberedelser til vårt neste album! Jeg hørte et rykte om at (dere) savnet meg, så jeg gir et bilde av da jeg var baby til mine Babys!

Kilde: Me2day

Historien bak en fashionista fra Mokpo~

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“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?”

With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well.

We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is the cute magnae of B.A.P, Zelo.

As the last person in the Hot Debut Story lineup, Zelo is the youngest of the members but also holds multiple skills in not only rapping but dancing and acrobatics as well. His skills were recognized through the promotions for unit duo Bang & Zelo last December with Bang Yongguk in promoting “Never Give Up.” On a random day in April, Zelo greeted the reporter with his bright eye smiles like any other magnae of a group would, his gaze different from the strong gazes he normally presented on stage.

“Hello, I’m Zelo and my real name is Choi Junhong. I was born in Mokpo of Jeonranam on October 15th, 1996 and I am the younger of two sons. The precognitive dream of my birth was my grandmother from my father’s side giving my mother a basket holding a giant potato. I think because of that dream is the reason why my skin is so pale (laughs). My grandfather from my mother’s side also had a precognitive dream of my birth in that he saw a dragon fly over the roof with a Buddha statue in its mouth.”

Since he was younger, Zelo held the type of personality where he had to accomplish what he wanted to do. Because he had a strong greedy side, it’s shocked his mother a lot.

“I think I’ve always fought since I was younger. I kind of have a troublemaker image so I would lie down across the middle of the sidewalk in whining if my mother didn’t buy me something I wanted. If I had the thoughts of always needing something, then I’d have to have it. Of course, the aftermath was me being in deep trouble from my mother later on haha.”

The dream of young Zelo was to become a soccer player. Every summer, he never grew tired of the humidity in that he always played soccer. It was a mistake to assume that soccer was a mere hobby of his as his passion for soccer alongside his skills accompanying it was popularly rumored around the area.

“In entering elementary school, becoming a soccer player was my dream. I only remember playing soccer every day and when I was in fifth grade, it was to the point where I was scouted to join the youth soccer team of our district. If I chose to go down the path of soccer opposed to the singer I am today, then I’d think that I’d be a soccer player as of today (laughs). However, with the disapproval of my parents, I had no choice to throw aside my dreams of becoming a soccer player.”

With his parents disapproving his dreams of becoming a soccer player, Zelo tried rebelling like none other. Although it was a decision made by his parents for the good will of his future, Zelo was still shocked at such a young age. But soon enough, Zelo began recognizing the charms of something else.

“I used to listen to songs with my MP3 player and having grown tired of soccer, all I could think about was the choreographies of senior idols on television one day. Since then, I’d copy their dancing and practice in detail. When I was at home, I’d practice in front of the mirror alone in doing things like beat boxing as well.”

“With my older brother going to study abroad, I was stuck at a dazed state. It’s because I spent every day with my older brother that I didn’t really know how to make friends. It’s also my fault that I have a shy personality haha. I remember playing hide-and-seek with the younger kids of our neighborhood.”

And in spending his days, it was the year when Zelo was in 5th grade that through an acquaintance that recognized his talent in which he was introduced to an academy located in Gwangju. It’s also well-known because Seungri of Big Bang had attended the same academy.

“In the end of 5th grade, I was introduced to the academy that senior Seungri attended in Gwangju and I was criticized a lot for my fashion sense at first. At the time, I wore pants that were three-quarters in length and dyed my hair blue in the front and when the director of the academy saw me, they told me, “If you don’t change your fashion sense, then we’re not accepting you.” Since then, I wore skinny jeans and started growing interested in fashion.”

However, this didn’t mean that everyone had hope for Zelo as majority had low expectations for his success and those types of responses are what motivated him.

“I think a lot of people around me didn’t expect me to succeed and especially the label of being “the country kid from Mokpo” became a scar to me and I started changing my mindset. I was driven to focus on each and every area, from my appearance to fashion and music as well.”

Zelo’s capability was beyond what one imagined and earned the title of being the student to learn the fastest and to apply the skills the fastest out of the students in the academy. His fashion sense also garnered attention and he rose as one of the greatest fashionable people of Gwangju. Having already been over 170cm in height during his elementary school years, his abnormal height helped the fitting of his clothes better as well.

“Because I grew more interested in fashion, I clashed with my parents a lot, of whom I was on good terms with before. Because I tended to want clothes that reflected my character best, the clashes between my parents and I happened since they wanted me to dress averagely (laughs).”

He didn’t learn about fashion only as he officially began learning dancing, singing, and beat boxing around this time as well.

“I think what I learned in the academy was a big help to me and due to my capability of being able to apply what I learned fast, people started calling me a rising star but I wasn’t really sure. I couldn’t be satisfied despite hearing compliments such as those and I don’t think I ever was in a state of satisfaction before.”

In attending an academy at such a young age, Zelo had hardships that came with his desires of increasing his skills and it was that he had to sell his possessions for fares to get to Gwangju where the academy was located, an hour distance from Mokpo which is where he lived.

“I took the bus every day from Mokpo to Gwangju to attend the academy and the fare wasn’t all that cheap either. In thinking of my parents who always covered for me, I was driven to work harder and since then, I learned how to save up my money.”

Those who had underestimated Zelo’s success started changing their perspectives into a positive outlook in seeing him grit his teeth to work hard. In not succumbing to the compliments around him, he was given the opportunity to meet the musicians of his dreams as he continued to work hard in increasing his skills.

“One day, seniors Dynamic Duo came to perform at the Gwangju Gwangcheon Terminal and the two of them took a photo with me. I thought that they wouldn’t take a photo with just me but they did and I was really happy. Since then, I started liking seniors Dynamic Duo (laughs).”

However, his fate with Dynamic Duo didn’t end there as he appeared as a guest of their performance.

“On Christmas, I remember seeing seniors Dynamic Duo at a performance in Gwangju and I even stood as a guest for their performance. I remember singing the song ‘Solo’ then and I remember asking for them to ‘raise me’ (in becoming a singer) but they said it would be difficult because they were enlisted at the time (laughs). It’s an unforgettable memory.”

Zelo didn’t let go of his studies to dance, but spent his days in school as he also had an unforgettable teacher.

“I attended Jeil Middle School in Mokpo and for all three years, I think I met good homeroom teachers, teacher Jo Hyunjin who taught science being the most memorable of them, all. Seeing my peers solve hard problems so easily during class made me wish I was studious also but in trying to start, it seemed difficult and my teacher at the time had given me the advice, “Do what you like consistently because that’s what’s important.” I gained courage from those words and worked hard in both dancing and studying.”

In attending an academy at such a young age, Zelo had hardships that came with his desires of increasing his skills and it was that he had to sell his possessions for fares to get to Gwangju where the academy was located, an hour distance from Mokpo which is where he lived.

“I took the bus every day from Mokpo to Gwangju to attend the academy and the fare wasn’t all that cheap either. In thinking of my parents who always covered for me, I was driven to work harder and since then, I learned how to save up my money.”

Those who had underestimated Zelo’s success started changing their perspectives into a positive outlook in seeing him grit his teeth to work hard. In not succumbing to the compliments around him, he was given the opportunity to meet the musicians of his dreams as he continued to work hard in increasing his skills.

“One day, seniors Dynamic Duo came to perform at the Gwangju Gwangcheon Terminal and the two of them took a photo with me. I thought that they wouldn’t take a photo with just me but they did and I was really happy. Since then, I started liking seniors Dynamic Duo (laughs).”

However, his fate with Dynamic Duo didn’t end there as he appeared as a guest of their performance.

“On Christmas, I remember seeing seniors Dynamic Duo at a performance in Gwangju and I even stood as a guest for their performance. I remember singing the song ‘Solo’ then and I remember asking for them to ‘raise me’ (in becoming a singer) but they said it would be difficult because they were enlisted at the time (laughs). It’s an unforgettable memory.”

Zelo didn’t let go of his studies to dance, but spent his days in school as he also had an unforgettable teacher.

“I attended Jeil Middle School in Mokpo and for all three years, I think I met good homeroom teachers, teacher Jo Hyunjin who taught science being the most memorable of them, all. Seeing my peers solve hard problems so easily during class made me wish I was studious also but in trying to start, it seemed difficult and my teacher at the time had given me the advice, “Do what you like consistently because that’s what’s important.” I gained courage from those words and worked hard in both dancing and studying.”

As Zelo raised his dancing and singing skills in Gwangju, it was until he caught the eye of a representative of an entertainment company that he moved to Seoul after being casted.

“I ended up moving to Seoul when I began a trainee life for a certain entertainment company. Of course, I had fears of my fellow peers in Seoul and due to my height – almost nearing 180cm – I was picked on a lot. I acted confident on the outside but on the inside, I was a bit scared (laughs). However, I soon adjusted into the lifestyle and had fun in school.”

Zelo had his hardships in having to juggle his school life as well as his trainee life, but he overcame the obstacles in reminding himself that soon he would be able to accomplish his dreams.

“It wasn’t easy multitasking both my studies and training, but I think I spent the time in a fun manner. I just had a strong urge in wanting to debut already and in seeing the image of myself having already accomplished my dreams right before my eyes, it made me practice harder.”

However, his debut was pushed back a little due to the state the company was currently in and instead, he was able to stand on a stage for a musical as he got a taste of a whole new world.

“In my third year of middle school, for a semester I performed on a teenage musical stage for about a month. I learned then on how to interact with the audience and because of the state the company was in at the time, I ended up leaving and took a break for a few weeks afterwards (laughs).”

His break didn’t last long however, as a representative of his current company had noticed his skills in leading him to another trainee life.

“The first person I saw at the company was Yongguk hyung. In seeing his skills, it made me think, “I can’t fall behind him.” I was driven to do better than Yongguk hyung and that thought hasn’t changed since (laughs). I had a lot to learn as well and in living with him, it made me think that I’ll never falter and how I’ll always be at standing at the same place (if with him).”

And suddenly, the time has neared to an end for our interview with Zelo. He delivered his message of determination as not the magnae of the group, but as a member of B.A.P.

“I like acting like a child in running and jumping around the hyungs but I still have the thought to respect the boundaries I’m given. I do often think that I have to act adult-like and I plan on working at my hardest to become a figure that this team will need. I will continually run towards the top without faltering to conceit so look out for me (laughs).”

And that is the end of the Hot Debut Story interviews we held with the six members of B.A.P. In being able to feel the innocence, their passion for music, and how much they treasure their fans the most, something we normally couldn’t see from their stage performances, we were filled with maximum expectations in how the group B.A.P will evolve in the future.

Kilde: Heodang, Herald


Historien bak en YMCA bølle~

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“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?”

With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well.

We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is B.A.P’s Jongup, who is one members of the heartwarming magnae line.

Jongup greeted the reporter with a smile full of mischief following after Youngjae. With his baby face, the reporter was able to get the vibe of his average, yet cute younger brother image when he asked the question, “What kind of things do I have to talk about?”

“Hello, I’m Jongup., I was born in Siheung of of Kyungkido on February 6th, 1995 and I was born very healthily. When I was younger, I was fairly chubby (laughs). Out of the three sons, I am the youngest and I was a mischievous kid who liked to play with his hyungs. An anecdote of when I was younger? Hrm..my mother told me but when I was two years old, we went to America (where my relatives lived) for vacation and said I got lost. Thankfully, I stayed in the same place and they were able to find me. Although I don’t remember it, just thinking about it now is horrifying to know that I could have been a missing child in a foreign country haha.”

Jongup in his younger days held a personality that goofed around a lot, of whom he hung around with his older brothers more than he did with his peers, showing his love for his brothers.

“When I was younger, I was close to my brothers and I never knew time was passing by when I played with them. Other people said they weren’t close to my brothers but I got along with them as if they were my friends. Thinking about it now, they were kind brothers who’d listen to the request of their younger brother (laughs).”

In being a mischievous kid, there were lots of conflicts he had with his peers as well. Like any other kid, Jongup also had a strong possession over his items.

“When I was in kindergarten, I fought for no reason every day. I would be fine playing until I saw my toy in another kid’s hands and when seeing that, I’d fight with them (laughs). There was also a time when I needed money for kindergarten and I remember I took my piggy bank with me. Later on, I got caught by my mother and got in trouble. I didn’t even have something in specific that I wanted to buy, but I think I just had a lot of greed for money haha.”

And kindergartener Jongup who was full of mischief, faced a hardship in his life which was none other than entering elementary school (?).

“On the first day of elementary school, I remember whining about not wanting to go and was eventually dragged by my mother. I don’t know why I didn’t want to go to elementary school then, but I felt better when my mother bought me a backpack that had my favorite cartoon character, so I decided to go to elementary school hoohoot.”

Jongup transferred elementary schools after a month from the one he was originally attending in Siheung and even then, his mischievous tendencies still continued.

“Till first grade, I stayed quiet because my surroundings were unfamiliar and I didn’t fit in with my peers all too well. However, I started gaining more friends in second grade and played a lot. I would use an abandoned mattress in our neighborhood as a toy and think of a stick as a weapon to play fight with my friends all over our neighborhood. Even when I think about it, I was a mischievous kid.”

However, in playing like this every day, he would put his studies behind, spelling tests especially being one of the most difficult tasks for little Jongup.

“Playing with my friends every day, my spelling tests were always marked up as 0 haha. There was a kid I played with who always got 100 that I started to become jealous of one day and so I began studying. Studying for about a month, I got a 90 on my test and even my mother was surprised (laughs).”

In his elementary school days, Jongup was a popular kid, his personality of being able to get along with others being one factor but his mother being another huge influence as well.

“Since first grade, my mother started up a restaurant and at first, I complained because I couldn’t adjust to a room where there was no one. Later on however, I knew my mother was sacrificing for me so I would help out with dish washing at her restaurant. On days off, she would make hot cakes or other delicious foods (since she had a chefs license) and that’s how I was popular amongst my peers (laughs).”

Like any other kid, when Jongup entered his older elementary school years, he fell into computer games. However, he wasn’t necessarily so into computer games since he had one computer in his home as he and his brothers all had to share one.

“Since we would use it on rotation between my brothers and I, there were days where the computer would be on all day and we got in trouble because the electricity bill came out high haha.”

Jongup who enjoyed playing with his friends opened his eyes to a whole new world when he moved onto middle school, officially taking an interest in dancing.

With Jongup graduating elementary school, he moved onto middle school where he faces a whole new world. To Jongup – who had just entered middle school then – everything was fascinating in his eyes and different kinds of extracurricular activities garnered his attention.

“I did extracurricular activities in my first year of middle school and joined cross-stitching with my friends and I don’t really know why I did choose cross-stitching then haha. Finding out that there was a club for dance was later on and after following my friend to the dance club all the time, I ended up joining as well.”

Jongup fell for the charms of charms of bboying when he saw his seniors in the dance club bboy and for a good while, he couldn’t find himself to detach away from it; he even hoped to become an awesome senior of the dance club in the future.

“Seeing the seniors dance, it made me think of how I wanted to try it for myself and since then, I literally only practiced. It was to the point where I’d go practice during school vacations. Around the end of my first year in middle school was when I went out to bboy competitions or school festivals the most. It was really fun to the point where I’d practice dancing more than playing with my friends.”

And it was during this time that Jongup tested his competence when entering official competitions. Despite being at such a young age – his second year of middle school – he was chosen as the representative of Bundang-gu to enter a competition where he showcased his skills. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to win a trophy but he claimed it to be his most memorable competition. Despite moving up grades in school, his passion for dancing continued.

“I was still active in the dance club during my third year of middle school. This was the time where I entered the most competitions. After placing 2nd in an open competition, I entered another one but still placed 2nd unfortunately. I entered during my second year in this same competition before and at the time, I didn’t earn any trophies so placing 2nd was a bit disappointing but that was what comforted me (laughs).”

However, Jongup’s life changed completely with this competition and it was because this was the time where his current company had scouted him in recognizing his skills.

“I met the person who was in charge of recruiting at the competition for the first time. In my first year of middle school, I got a phone call to audition for them and I didn’t have anything prepared necessarily so I danced to Usher’s song that I did for the qualification exam for my high school [*T/N: Like Himchan auditioning with drums for his Korean traditional music high school, Jongup auditioned for his “major” to enter his arts high school]. What did I feel at the time? I thought I was disqualified for sure. The person who was judging my auditions had a serious face (laughs). I was going home in almost having gave up but I got a call of them telling me, “It’s hard preparing to become an idol but do you think you can do it?” I shouted “Yes” of course haha.”

August of his first year in high school,  Jongup officially became a trainee and started an unforgettable summer.

Selected as a new trainee under TS Entertainment, Jongup was the second to have had the longest trainee days after Bang Yongguk among the B.A.P members. With everything being fascinating in the eyes of Jongup, how did Bang Yongguk appear to him?

“When I became a trainee, Yongguk hyung was alone. At first, I thought he was a hip hop teacher. If anyone took a look at him, they’d think that he was a person of hip hop for sure (laughs). Yongguk hyung called me over and after introducing himself, he asked me, “Do you like hip hop?” I remember replying to him that I did. Now that I think about it, I’m a veteran of the trainees after Yongguk hyung haha.”

However, Jongup couldn’t do much as soon as he became a trainee and the reason was because at the time, the group B.A.P was still being sketched out which heightened his fear for the future.

“In my trainee days, I did train but there were more times where I did nothing. That period of time was the most difficult for me and I used to fear that I’d spend my trainee days and it’d just end. However, after starting it up a little with the other trainee hyungs, I started finding hope again.”

Jongup, who joined as a trainee after Bang Yongguk, revealed that he lived with him. Despite the rigorous trainee days, what was the biggest strength to Jongup was Bang Yongguk who always watched over him and was a dependable figure to him.

“At the time, Yongguk hyung liked being alone so we’d sleep separately too. Then one day, Yongguk hyung started sleeping next to me and that’s how we spent our days in depending on one another to overcome the obstacles. An anecdote of our trainee days? Our practices would end late into the night and I would be so tired to go to school and Youngjae hyung went to the same school with me, but we were so glad that our school was the last bus stop since we could get plenty of sleep in between (laughs).”

It was also during this time when Jongup had a role model who helped his desires of becoming a singer grow even more.

“I really like an American artist by the name of Chris Brown and he made me want to become a singer. Before finding out who he was, I was uncertain about being a singer for an occupation but seeing him solidified what I wanted to accomplish and as the result, I am now promoting as a member of B.A.P (laughs).”

And soon enough, Jongup’s interview was nearing an end. In conclusion, he spoke out about future plans and his gratefulness for fans.

“Although I’m scared often, I feel that I’m able to show a lot of different sides to myself on stage and in a way, it makes me think that I’m fit for being on stage haha. With the difficulties in finally being able to make a debut, I won’t lose my roots and I’ll work at my hardest. Also, we have dependable figures that are fans and we’ll return the favor to the abundant amount of love we receive from them and that we won’t disappoint them. We hope that you look out for us lovingly (laughs).”

Kilde: Heodang, Herald

Historien bak en nerdete sangfugl~

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“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?”

With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well.

We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is B.A.P’s “brain” Youngjae, who has stepped forth into the music industry with his strong charisma.

After Daehyun’s interview was Youngjae, who had an enthusiastic introduction and greeting the interviewer with his round eyes. In maintaining his “brain” image of the group, he logically began unraveling his past.

“I was born in a hospital in Bangbaedong of Seoul on January 24th, 1994. When my mother was pregnant with me, she had a precognitive dream of my birth where a chili pepper was dangling and the night sky was in view. Siblings? I have an older brother with the age gap of eight years and I think I grew up without much trouble.”

Youngjae was born into a fairly wealthy family that wouldn’t trade what they had for others, but it was when the IMF hit that his lifestyle changed into a more difficult route. However, the young Youngjae never lost his smile despite the sudden change he faced in his life.

“When I was younger, my mother ran an apparel business but with the IMF, our family’s situation wasn’t at its best, even going into the extent of us living inside a container home from the factory of my uncle’s construction company. I never felt inconvenience, although my mother and older brother did. It was a rough time in my life but I always tried to think optimistically and I worked harder then (laughs).”

Due to financial issues, Youngjae had to live with his mother while his father moved away and the time Youngjae was alone increased. During that period of time, his friend was none other than computer games.

“I lived in a villa with my mother in Yongin and with her working, we moved to Seoul. At first, we lived in a small basement room in Bangbaedong and my mother worked at a shopping mall, so I would spend a lot of my days wholly alone. Since I liked playing games, I remember going to the internet café every day. Maybe it’s because I’m friendly, but I got along with the middle school and high school kids then (laughs).”

Youngjae reminisced as he said, “Although I lacked a lot, it was a time filled with happiness also.” Despite spending not a lot of time with his mother, he knew that it was all because his mother loved him. The interviewer was able to feel how much Youngjae thought of his mother.

Since kid Youngjae liked games, it was in 6th grade that he had the dream of becoming a professional gamer.

“In 6th grade, my dream was to become a pro-gamer. I liked Starcraft so much that I fell into the game every day. In 2002, I was playing that game despite it being the year of the World Cup (laughs). However, my parents weren’t so against the idea either, but that didn’t dream didn’t change till I was in my second year of junior high.”

The dream of becoming a pro-gamer didn’t last long for Youngjae as a certain event in his school trip during his second year of junior high routed him into a new dream.

“In my second year of junior high, our class went on a trip and I had the opportunity to stand on stage for the talent show. Then, I sang a song from SG Wannabe with my friends and our peers cheered for us lots. In hearing the claps from my peers, I felt really good. It made me think, “The stage is a nice place” (Laughs). Although we placed third, the cries for an encore were only for me.”

Maybe it was because he couldn’t forget the exhilaration he felt from the stage, but he lost the excitement he felt for playing games soon afterwards and poured his focus into studying music in having a dream of becoming a singer instead,

“After the talent show from our class trip, I couldn’t play games and my dreams of becoming a pro-gamer changed. Instead, I requested to my mother to send me to a music academy that emphasized in practical music in my third year of junior high, however I couldn’t enroll right away as my mother said if I focused on my studies, then she’d send me (laughs).”

Since then, Youngjae decided to become a book worm and studied late into the night during the time for exams and with the sole passion for music that drove his studies, Youngjae eventually averaged higher than 80 for all his exams, especially math where he beat a lot of the studious people in his class in receiving a 100. Eventually, his mother approved of him attending a music academy but he tried his best to not have his mother help out too much financially.

“At first, I would save up my allowance and use it to pay for the expenses of my academy and at the time, it was about 100,000-won (roughly $85.97 USD) and I didn’t use a single cent uselessly. But it wasn’t really music studies, but more so receiving lessons and it’s true that I did lose a bit of focus.”

Youngjae officially fell in the charms of music after he entered high school and in getting closer to his peers who attended the same academy he did, they would exchange their knowledge of music with one another.

“When I was a first year in high school, my teacher was very understanding of me in placing me with the hyungs of our academy and I spent a lot of time with the hyungs singing. I think it was a time where i9 was so into music that I didn’t even go home – I had a lot of fun playing and learning music at the same time (laughs).”

It wasn’t just Korean music that Youngjae was into, but he came across American music as well in broadening his music spectrum.

“When I first came across American music, I at first had revoked it and there were lots of moments where I listened to it due to it being required in our lessons, but I started growing onto it once I kept listening to it. Since then, I started liking pop to the point where there weren’t much Korean music on my MP3 player.”

And Youngjae lived in going crazy over music, yet he never had the intention of becoming a singer from the start.

“The more I thought about music, I started growing greedier. Instead of a singer, I had the thought of wanting to become a true musician. I thought that I should just naturally pursue in my own kind of music and it was stubbornness like none other (laughs).”

And it was during this time also that Youngjae began going to a lot of auditions. Many entertainment companies that one can recognize just by the name recognized Youngjae’s talents and had recruited him, even an offer from a male idol group of whom is promoting actively today. However, after much dilemma, Youngjae entered JYP Entertainment as a trainee and officially prepared for a debut, his age being 17 at the time.

“After 10 months of discussing with JYP, I ended up being a trainee and I don’t know why, but I didn’t want to dance at the time (laughs). But later on in time, I poured my entire focus into practicing dancing and that’s how I spent my time until the people around me told me to audition for JYP’s 6th Audition. After auditioning by myself, I even advanced into the final round of auditions. Thirty teams competed and I placed first. I really didn’t know what to think of then (laughs).”

It was an anecdote of which his music skills were so advanced that it had shut down the other contestants from keeping up with him.

In raising his dream to become a singer in JYP, Youngjae left the company due to personal reasons after a year.

“I joined as a JYP trainee in my end of my first year in high school and spent a year since then just training. However, due to personal reasons, I left JYP and I think the mindset of wanting to do music became stronger. In putting behind me everyone’s disappointment, I made this decision.”

With having time to relax his body and heart for a while, a person he knew introduced him to his current company, TS Entertainment.

“There were a lot groups that were supposed to make a debut in TS Entertainment at the time. Of course, I knew Yongguk hyung was promoting at the time too and I auditioned during my time off, receiving a phone call from TS Entertainment soon afterwards. My mother was against me becoming a trainee for this company but as time passed by, she began to recommend me to take the offer in seeing the family-oriented atmosphere that drew her in (laughs).”

However, Youngjae signing with the company and becoming a member of B.A.P tied back down to leader Bang Yongguk’s unknown strength playing a big role of it all.

“When I came here, I saw Yongguk hyung practicing and he was so good. I think I worked harder with the thought of, “If I’m in a team with that hyung, I feel like I can achieve something.” I think all six members of B.A.P had a bigger desire to being recognized for the occupation of being a singer rather than gaining popularity for being a singer, so that’s why our friendship is even greater (laughs).”

However, as his trainee days swept by, he was chosen as B.A.P’s representing vocal and the pressure was higher than none other, he confessed. What put the pressure off of him was Daehyun who had joined later in the group.

“In my trainee days, I was in charge of high notes and I’m not the type to use my vocals in a strong manner and there were lots of pressure with people telling me, “As a main vocalist of an idol group, you have to execute your high notes well.” However, when Daehyun joined the group, all the pressure for high notes disappeared and with us two sharing parts, I was happy that I was able to follow through with the kind of vocals I wanted to do (laughs).”

And Youngjae slowly adjusted to the position of a dependable vocalist in B.A.P, preparing for the day he’d meet with his fans. Youngjae, who was able to lead a two hour interview without any rest, wrapped it all up with wise words.

“I don’t believe that the person I am standing here today is all because of what I did by myself, but through the love of the people around me and my fans, I’m able to be B.A.P’s Youngjae. I’ll become a singer that never loses his roots, so look out for me (laughs).”

Kilde: Heodang, Herald

Historien bak en følsom rebell~

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“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?”

With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well.

We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is B.A.P’s Daehyun, who has stepped forth into the music industry with his strong charisma as he’s in charge of “innocence” in the group.

As the third runner up for the interview and the time being to interview Daehyun, he opened the door to the recording room of TS Entertainment where the interview was held, greeting the reporter with a bright smile. In asking the question if he’s overheard the interviews of bang Yongguk and Himchan, all he did was return a bashful smile.

“I was born in Gwangju of Jeollanam-do on June 28th, 1993. When I was in my mother’s womb, she claimed to have seen a cow with huge horns and that was the precognitive dream of my birth that she had of me (laughs).”

How was Daehyun’s childhood like? Despite having to fight against poverty due to the IMF, he never lost his smile and we could sense his optimistic personality.

“When I was younger, our household was pretty well off until the IMF occurred when I was in kindergarten, as poverty became my best friend. I wasn’t even able to go to kindergarten properly. How was I when I was a kid? I really didn’t listen, and on top of that I was a mischief haha.”

There was never a day where his body wasn’t covered in scars, proving how mischievous he was in how he played as a child. And due to his bright and cheerful personality, he had a lot of friends.

“There were a lot of incidents where I got hurt because I goofed around so much in elementary. I even skinned my knee from playing soccer and I had an incident where my face got skinned from a board when I was joking around with my girlfriend haha. Because I was sociable, I think I was too busy playing with my friends.”

Daehyun wasn’t just childish as there were many times he would watch his father’s hardware store.

“In fourth grade, my father owned a hardware store and I would watch over the store a lot and at the time, I did feel disappointed that I couldn’t go out to play as much but I knew that I had to help out my father also. I took joy in buying snacks to eat at the hardware store with the allowance my father gave me if I sold an item. And one day, my older brother started tagging along with me and watching over the store (laughs).”

And in putting aside his memories of Gwangju, Daehyun moved to Busan. However, he had a hard time adjusting to his school life in Kyungsang-do due to the rough speaking of his friends from the new area.

“At the time, there were rumors that if you used Jeonra-do satoori, you’d get hit and I entered my first day of school with a strong impression by dying my hair also. Seeing the Busan kids talk, I was a bit scared (laughs). At first, I had worries of if I’d fit in but after time passing by, my inner jokester side came out and I spent a fun time with my peers.”

And Daehyun who moved onto middle school began having dreams of becoming a singer. Despite how turbulent that period of time seemed, he claimed that his passion for singing and becoming a singer filled his heart wholly.

“I never sensed any difference in transitioning to middle school and adjusting to a new school life since most of my elementary school friends moved onto the same middle school as I did and when I entered middle school, I really feared nothing. Despite going to academies to focus on my studies, I also liked hanging out with my friends and playing around. I went to a karaoke for the first time in my second year of middle school and it was a fun place for me to enjoy since I liked singing (laughs).”

The karaoke place that he crossed during his puberty days helped his dreams of becoming a singer. He garnered attention before at a young age for his outstanding singing skills and he found the place to be charming where he can showcase his singing as well.

“I heard a few compliments saying that I was good at singing since I was in elementary school. I used to just admire singers perform inside my television when I was in elementary school but when I moved onto middle school, I think all I did was go to karaoke places. When I was bored, I’d just sit alone and sing (laughs). It wasn’t just karaoke places. I went to various places like parks or fields, wherever I could sing, I’d sing my heart out. And in my third year of middle school came puberty and I couldn’t sing for a while. Despite being at a young age, I did bottle my sufferings alone.”

Daehyun, who put singing as his everything, began worrying of his future during his third year of middle school and that was because of his parents.

“I suddenly began fearing if I was able to slack off this much in my third year of middle school and if this was a right thing to do when my parents were working hard. Even my peers around me were studying hard and in seeing that, I began growing nervous.”

With Daehyun worrying over his future, he wanted to transfer into an arts high school in which he thought would unravel his dreams of becoming a singer, but he soon gave up, the reason being how expensive tuition was.

“I wanted to go to an arts high school, but tuition was pretty expensive. With the fear of how much burden it’d lay on my parents, I gave up and instead looked into a high school that had a music program and I ended up finding a place.”

Soon afterwards, Daehyun was able to obtain information about the school but came across obstacles, which was the cutline to acceptances in which he was a little below the cut for grades. And being driven by that, he began to pour his all into studying and felt the joy of victory when he was eventually accepted.

“In going through the hassle of being accepted into the school, it made me think of how I should really work harder. My teacher really liked me and people in my surroundings complimented me lots in saying that I was good at singing, so my teacher recommended me to sing in front of my seniors one day. I think after that stage, I heard more compliments on how good I was at singing (laughs).”

With the compliments Daehyun received, he really worked hard on singing and with his endless efficiency, his friends were the ones who approached him first. However, his puberty struck again, in which he thought he overcame in middle school, which resulted in another stage of rebellion.

“I faced puberty again and I was even disobedient to my parents’ word a lot, disregarding my studies because I was too busy having fun.”

However, his second time around of puberty didn’t last long because of his mother who believed him till the end. His mother accepted all of the whining and complaints of her son facing puberty, which drove Daehyun back to his roots of always having a strong sense of filial affection, ending his rebellious days.

“In my second year of high school, I began having an interest again in my future career and the opportunity came to me. I began practicing with peers who also dreamed of becoming vocalists at a youth center, and that’s how I officially began taking vocal practices.”

In this period of time, Daehyun learned both vocals and bboying. Although he never received prior official lessons, his singing skills already had a name for its self.

“Someone saw me practicing and asked if I was interested in joining a youth club, so it was a time where we uploaded practice videos on the internet. At the time, I was friends who did bboying so I learned dancing too.”

With one of his friends seeing the amount of effort he put in, he recommended if he’d like to go to an academy with him and that was how Daehyun enrolled in an academy beside the beach and since then, he began receiving official lessons.

“At the time, I had no knowledge of improving but I had the thought in mind that I can do well. With the mindset of working hard till death, I even cut off my cell phone plan to keep on practicing and stayed at the academy practicing till they closed. For about a year, I was crazy for singing and dancing.”

And Daehyun began receiving official music lessons, working hard with the thought that for the first time ever, someone was anticipating for him. There’s the saying that even compliments make dolphins dance and the more compliments Daehyun heard from those around him, his singing skills improved day by day.

“Our academy teacher poured everything of theirs for me, giving their all. It was my first time being anticipated by someone so to return that anticipation, I did my best.”

Soon enough, his efforts met its result as he successfully finished his first solo stage at the concert that his academy held.

“Our academy held a recital and that was the first time I performed in front of my parents. With the thought of performing for my parents, I practiced to the point of having vocal nodules. Fatefully I was able to have a solo stage and I saw my mother in the audience. I cried then and so did my mother. When I got off the stage, I cried again in seeing my teacher’s face. It was my first time being on such a big stage and the song I happened to sing then was “A Dream of a Goose. I couldn’t hold back the tears in thinking of the effort I put in all that time.”

With Daehyun stacking his skills to a higher level slowly, a fateful opportunity approached him and that was when he found out that his current company, TS Entertainment, was holding auditions in Busan.

“When I heard the news of TS Entertainment holding auditions in Busan, at the same time I had another opportunity to stand on a different stage to perform. I gave up the auditions to stand on that stage in which I placed second. After the performance, I got a phone call from TS Entertainment if I was interested in the auditions still.”

Daehyun, who had wanted to try a diverse range of music, continued to reject the offers of auditioning but when he began to think about his future, he eventually came up to Seoul.

“I went to go audition and I didn’t even know how to take the subway. With much difficulty, I was finally able to arrive at the company and take my auditions. However, the response was very cold and even I thought I did horrible at the auditions. I thought, “If they smile, then that means you passed,” so I brushed it off when I was going back down to Busan.”

However, his luck didn’t end there as he received news of qualifying when he was on the train heading back to Busan.

“I boarded the train to go back to Busan and I got a phone call from my teacher. I doubted it, but it was none other than the phone call telling me that I passed. My teacher was a parental figure to me and I cried in seeing them happier than anyone else would be. As soon as I went back home, I hugged my teacher and shared my happiness with them.”

Daehyun suddenly began to grow teary at the reminiscence of unraveling his past, possibly at the thought of having to part with the people he loved whom shared his happiness of his auditions. Soon enough, the tears began pouring down.

“I was sad to part with someone I liked and in seeing my teacher’s face again, I cried. All I could tell them was to wait a little longer in that I’ll return the favor to them. It was heartbreaking in having to leave my peers behind, who had the same dreams I did.”

And Daehyun trained for roughly six months before he made his debut with B.A.P. Although his trainee days were short, his skills were acknowledged and earned the title of the team’s vocalist.

The interview with Daehyun concluded with tears as the reporter was even shocked, but it showed a whole new side to him, a whole new set of charms. The image the public sees him as, the strong, charismatic Daehyun who takes control of the stage, is in reality just a boy who has a sensitive heart. He’s supposedly in charge of being the “innocent” one in the group and this expression probably ties in with his tears.

Kilde: Heodang, Herald