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[TRANS] SWC4 ONEW INTERVIEW - 02/ BACKSTAGE: BEHIND THE SHOW
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02/ Backstage: Behind the Show
are Seoul concerts different from tour concerts?
O: The communication with the audience is
more animated in Korean concerts when compared to overseas concerts because we
use the same language. Whatever SHINee talks about, the audience reacts
immediately. It’s a shame as we have to communicate through the translators
when we are overseas. I even feel like I want to study more language.
must feel different singing on a large concert stage than in recording booth.
What do you think the charm of concert is?
O: I feel a sense of freedom when I’m on
concert stage. I feel very free because I can run around on the big stage and
sing. Although there is a fixed flow to follow, I can freely express my
emotions within that. There’s no decision made on what kind of expression I
need to make at this point or what kind of gesture I need to do. That emotion
felt at that moment creates my gesture.
you feel more excited because of the audience on concert stages?
O: Of course. But there is also this sense
of fun that can only be felt in the recording booth too. It feels strange when
I think about how many people in the world would listen to this song that I’m
recording right now. Because the number can be larger or smaller than the
concert audiences. I become very serious when recording too.
you tend to get nervous before going up on concert stage?
O: I have a weird habit. I’m always sleepy
10 minutes before going up on concert stage. Maybe because I’m not nervous at
all or maybe it’s because I’m extremely nervous, I don’t know. But as soon as I
go up on stage, my hands and feet get cold and I can feel the tension and when
I’m on stage looking at the fan lights I reach a stage of liberation. I forget
about the tension itself completely during that moment.
do you spend time in the waiting room?
O: I usually sleep but during this concert
tour I was rarely in the waiting room because I was practicing tap dance. I
practiced for an hour before going on stage to prepare my body. It’s somewhat like
a warm-up exercise. Normally during concerts, I always try to sleep during
resting time. If I don’t do that, my physical energy cannot keep up.
you have any stage that you were inspired by while preparing the stage concept
of SHINee World 4?
O: No. I actually don’t really research
into concert recordings. I did purchase <Alicia Keys: Diary> concert
recording by chance. She sings songs superbly. I became a fan of her.
Especially that duet song that Alicia Keys sang with a male who sang the back
vocals was amazing. I sometimes listen to her songs even now. I always hope
SHINee would be able to perform stages that touch the audiences too. I hope
anyone can become our fan just by watching our stage.
doing SHINee World 4, was there a member you became to admire?
O: Everyone has their own strengths. I’m
always amazed by Minho’s restless physical strength. Key always tries his best
on stage whether or not someone is watching. To be honest, no matter how hard
we do our performance on stage, not even 1/10 of it gets expressed on screen.
But Key puts all his energy on stage to the extent that I can feel that ‘he’s
really working hard’ even by watching the screen. Taemin is really the best in
terms of performance. When he expresses his own individuality on stage
amazingly, I feel that he’s ‘amazing’ even as a member in the same group.
Jonghyun sings well. He expresses very delicately of even very small emotions.
much do you think you’ve grown through SHINee World 4 concert?
O: Perhaps my lung capacity has grown?
Haha. I think my ability to cope in unexpected situations has improved. To be
honest, the pleasure felt in concerts is very extraordinary. I’m definitely
doing a physically strenuous choreography on stage but I can hardly feel that
it’s strenuous. Then as soon as I come down from stage, I get knocked out.
I was born in Princeton, New Jersey and now live minutes away with my wife and 3 daughters. I have been working at Princeton University for nearly 20 years, so I have developed a deep adoration for the town and its people, which is why the majority of my photos are shot locally. I enjoy photographing people, landscapes, and landscapes with running water, old farmhouses, and my cat, Sam!
Photography has interested me for a long time, but it was only 2 years ago that I picked up a camera and taught myself how to shoot. Since then I have become very familiar with Lightroom and only just started experimenting with Photoshop. My work to date has primarily been digital, but I have recently started working with film. I love my Canon 6D and my 24-70mm lens.
I joined Tumblr shortly after I started shooting and it has made my photography what it is today. My Tumblr blog is essentially my portfolio of work and my only means of exposure. I have been able to meet a lot of people via Tumblr including Tanya Dakin, model. She and I work together on location and because of her I have had the opportunity to meet other models. Through Tumblr I was selected to meet, and photograph, Alicia Keys in concert in Atlantic City. Recently, I was chosen by iStockphoto/Getty Images to be a contributor; this was a very happy moment for me. I continue to be inspired by these experiences and the people I meet.
“Two nights ago, I went to an Alicia Keys concert at the Montage Mountain Performing Arts Center. I scored these great aisle seats. Anyway, after the opening act this beautiful girl sits down next to me and I never get to meet girls with lip rings and she had one. I don’t know exactly how this happened but one of her friends started passing around some stuff and they said it was clove cigarettes, and I’m sure that it was clove cigarettes. Everybody in the aisle was doing it.”