Allure Korea July 2017 | Lee Jinki
(T/N: Please note that there might be something lost / errors in the translation. Thank you and enjoy!)
Q: This is your last night in Maldives. What are the most memorable things?
Onew: First is playing outside. The nature is very very beautiful. Thanks to the villa I’m staying in I could see the ocean just by sitting leisurely, and I also could see it just by opening the curtain. In the morning or at night, my mind got calm when I saw the ocean from my villa. Next is doing sea activities. I didn’t know I could see a turtle this close!
Q: The villa is nice, right? Although the wind sound is a bit loud sometimes due to monsoon.
Onew: I saw stingray come and go. The water level changes every hour. I get to know how deep is the water.
Q: What’s a good point of Minho as your travel buddy?
Onew: As you see, Minho is always full of energy. I don’t know what I should do so I can’t decide. But Minho organizes the things that he wants to do. Minho’s good point, but also a weak point is that he has too much energy. (laughs)
Q: What did you put inside your suitcase?
Onew: I brought four white t-shirts. I always leave some space.
Q: You’re still touring right? What concert is it?
Onew: It’s overseas concert and we want to show it in high
quality just like what we did in Korea.
Q: You’re a concert veteran now, right? Are you still nervous when coming on the stage?
Onew: No matter how many times I’ve experienced it, I’m always concerned about maintaining my stamina. However, I always fail at the first show. There is a moment where I burst out my energy explosively that I become so exhausted. Different situations also occur when I do the same performance several times, but I overcome them all as I exchange gaze with the members.
Q: Do you understand each other only by looking at their eyes now?
Onew: Not everything, but I think Minho kind of knows. (laughs)
Q: Yesterday was your 9th debut anniversary right? How was the past 9 years?
Onew: It’s short if it’s short, and it’s long if it’s long… I think the strongest point of a team is that it continues to exist. Our affection grows as we undergo things together over time.
Q: How have the members grown up?
Onew: I think everyone has grown up into a good direction. As each of us are trying to find ourselves, individually, our area of capabilities have gradually become bigger. We gain synergy because of that.
Q: It seems that you care about the other members more because you’re the oldest?
Onew: I just listen to them when they tell me something. I also whine a lot. Since we’ve been together for over 10 years, there are days when they are like the hyung, and there are also days when I’m like the hyung.
Q: When is the time when you feel it’s nice to have done this career for 9 years?
Onew: Because we’re no longer rookies, it’s nice that we’re able to match each other.
Q: Is ‘A team that is always trustworthy’ a thing that comes across your mind when you think of SHINee? They’re like perfectionist at their performances and songs.
Onew: Haha! When I’m working hard on a performance there are times when I don’t think much about it when it’s near the last stage.