B1A4, male idol group with both skills and looks, has made their comeback. This is May, seeing the aftermath of Cho Yongpil and Psy alongside Lee Hyori, 2PM and Shinhwa’s comeback. But B1A4 is not discouraged.
B1A4 came back on the 6th May with their mini album ‘What’s Happening’, their first in 5 months. Their cuteness and charming appearance are in their prime, and their masculinity has doubled as they grow a year older.
To B1A4, they have their own musical color. As expected, songs personally composed and written by the members have been included in the albums, and it is clear that they thought about finding a musical color suited only for them. The narration ‘Hey you, better treat me well, got it’ in their title song What’s Happening was said to have been edited and discussed several times to best bring across the anxious heart of a man who has been urged by his girlfriend.
On a rainy day in the vicinity of Sangamdong, we met with B1A4 right before their first comeback stage and they were very excited. They wore cute polka-dotted outfits, giving off a fresh vibe similar to their debut days.
“The fans have waited for a long time. So we worked even harder to show a better and newer look to us. During this comeback, I felt like we united with the fans. We also felt more fond (of the fans). This comeback feels very different, because we gave more thought about our musical color. You’ll be able to see a new side to us. There’s not much time left till our first broadcast, so I’m extremely nervous!” (Jinyoung)
Throughout the interview they listened to the questions asked by the reporter with clear eyes, tilting their ears. Seems like they have kept their beginner’s mindset from B1A4’s debut days. Maybe that is why at the question of coming back in the month of May which is filled with huge comebacks, they modestly laughed and answered that they had “cleared their hearts”.
“We’ve cleared out hearts. If you think about it another way, it is a huge honour to be able to be promoting with such brilliant seniors. We are just playing our part. In times like these, wouldn’t it be better to work even harder? (laugh) Through this album, we want to increase the level of awareness of B1A4.” (CNU)
In their 3rd year of promotions, B1A4 has also prepared small presents for their parents to celebrate Parents’ Day recently. Baro smiled as he said, “I bought a set of hiking suits for my parents.” As if someone had opened the sluice gates of a rice paddy, Baro was busy talking about the contents of his presents. CNU gave his parents a massage chair and Jinyoung paid for teeth straightening for his mother. B1A4 felt very friendly as they showed off satisfied expressed. This friendliness is how B1A4 has grown into an idol group with a huge fandom.
“We are really close with our fans. Even today, we can recognize a considerable number of the fans’ face who came to the pre-recording. We’re also pretty good at memorizing their nicknames. I think the fans like such friendly sides to us. They’re also accepting of our enthusiasm for music.” (Sandeul)
B1A4 is not only good at music. Not only have the members been showing impressive skills in acting, member Gongchan has been showing off his charms no less than a professional model at fashion shows. In particular, leader Jinyoung has been receiving positive reviews for his impressive acting as a problem child in tvN drama ‘She is Wow’. In the drama, his kiss scene with actress Yang Jinsung has been causing jealously amongst female fans. When asked about the kiss scene, Jinyoung smiled shyly.
“It was something I haven’t done in a long time so I was really nervous. It was difficult to have to touch lips. (laugh) I hesitated very much. Only after several NGs did I manage to do it without feeling nervous. As expected, I think experience is very important. Haha. I also got many questions whether I am really a problem child in real life because my acting was so natural. I am definitely not a problem child. There are times that I myself am surprised, whether I have the tendencies of a problem child in me.” (Jinyoung)
Before the release of this album, B1A4 had a break for 5 months. Of course the members composed music during their break, but they also did things that they wanted to do. Sandeul went to learn the guitar, and shared an interesting episode with us.
“During our break, I went to learn the guitar. I went to a private school, but the director did not recognize me. It was not something I could say myself, so I just introduced myself as not having a job. Haha. But because of our schedule, there were occasions that I would be late. And the director said to me, ‘For someone who is jobless, why are you always late?’. In the end I felt like I was lying to the director, so I told her/him that I was a member of a B1A4. He/she was very surprised. (laugh)” (Sandeul)
With lyrics that people can identify with, B1A4 has been receiving a lot of love from their fans and hopes that more people will listen to their music in future as well. Their goal, as expected, is not a record or ranks, but to be able to communicate.
“It’ll be nice if many people listened to our music and liked it, no matter who you are. We worked hard to make use of our experiences so that the listeners can identify with the music. Just like we have discussed this amongst ourselves, we will continue to stand in front of the fans without change. We want to share our music with more people.” (Baro)
Source: OSEN News
Translation Credits: skipfire
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