【THE STAR MAGAZINE 2014 NOVEMBER ISSUE 】 GOT7’S INTERVIEW TRANS.
You guys are having “GOT7 1st Japan Tour 2014” in Japan right now, what’s the concert like?
Yugyeom: We will perform our Japanese song “Around the World” for the first time and we also have prepared many sub-unit performances. Please look forward to it!
JB: I hope it’s a concert that the audience can enjoy and have fun with us. The space between the stage and the seats is very close. It is the best way to get closer to our fans.
When we mention GOT7, we can’t forget about “martial arts”, isn’t it scary?
Yugyeom: I’ve injured my leg when I was a trainee and it was the first day that I learnt martial arts. I did a backward somersault, but I didn’t land properly so I got injured.
Jr.: All the members have small injuries but we can’t talk about it in front of Yugyeom. (laughs)
We heard that because Jr. is timid, so he took the longest to learn the tricks.
Jr.: I have a lot of unnecessary thoughts on mind, such as “what am I going to do with the schedule if I get injured?” To be honest I’m still scared just by talking about it. In the beginning, even a cartwheel was difficult for me.
Mark’s flips are very impressive. Is it also martial arts?
JB: Although it looks dangerous, but it was actually a movement that we succeeded at first try. But the landing poses were unstable so we had to practice a lot on the landing.
Mark: I think I have jumped hundreds times to master the flip.
Do you guys want to try other dancing styles?
Jr.: I want to learn modern dance. If modern dance and street dance can combine well together, I think it would turn out to be a very cool dance choreography.
Yugyeom: I want to try modern dance too. I learnt a bit just before our debut and it was really fun, even though my leg injury did hurt a little.
JB: I want to try tap dance. It’s one of the style under House dance which I really like. If you put these two together, the steps will be really smooth. Also, I want to learn jazz dance. When I’m dancing, I have a greed to achieve a beautiful (body) line.
JB was involved in a car accident recently, are you okay?
JB: I’m okay. I’m fine but the manager, coordi noona, stylists that were on the car were very startled. Because I had schedule the next day so I didn’t even show a sign of tiredness.
Is this the distress of being a leader?
JB: I told the members not to be late, but it is difficult when things like this happen. I’m not the type that arrives late but if I was late myself, then I can’t say much to the members. I have a lot of responsibilities. I have to be the role model (for the members) but when I couldn’t, it really troubles me.
Jr. was casted in “Dream High 2”, is there a role that you want to challenge?
Jr.: Science fiction related films. When there’s nothing in the background and you have to imagine while you act. I watched “Avatar”, it was just a blue screen at the back, the actor had to act by himself and then they put everything together with the graphics. I want to try that.
During the trainee days, you guys received sex education from teacher Koo Sung-Ae. Was it helpful?
Yugyeom: At the time, I was in my 2nd year of middle school. Because I didn’t have much knowledge about it so it was useful.
Jr.: It’s not something you can learn from anywhere. It’s basic common sense. And I realized that “ah, because it’s sex education so it’s necessary to learn.”
In “Roommate 2”, Jackson showed his immense love for meat, have you always liked meat?
Jackson: Compare to not getting enough sleep, it’s a more sensitive issues to me if I’m hungry. I like everything except for spicy food. If I eat spicy food, I will sweat a lot, but having said that, the spicy sausage stew is very delicious. I sweat like a pig when I’m eating it.
Yugyeom: All the members like eating meat. When our schedules ends, we go back to our dormitory, and we order braised spicy chicken with vegetables to eat while watching the TV.
We heard that Bambam’s mother is big fan of Rain. Does she still like him?
Bambam: She likes Cha Seung-won now. She watched the drama “The Greatest Love” and fell for him. Instead of liking singers, now she likes tall and handsome model-turned-actors.
In “Win” GOT7 had a dance battle with YG’s WINNER, it left a deep impression on us. At the time Yang Hyun Suk praised Bambam, how did you feel?
Bambam: It felt great. Actually, afterwards people around me kept giving me good feedbacks, saying “ah, this kid has got something.” And I want to do better so it’s becoming a burden.
Early this year, we saw the news that GOT7 members were diagnosed with swine flu. You guys must have been startled?
Jr.: There are many people misunderstands that it’s really painful to have swine flu. Actually it wasn’t that painful. The swine flu virus has been around for 4 years, right. So you will recover real soon after taking the medicines.
JB: It’s improper to call swine flu an illness. It’s actually just a cold. I didn’t even know how long I’ve had the swine flu. I did a check-up, and I was told that it has been more than a week. I was very healthy that I didn’t even realize I had swine flu for a week.
Bambam: Actually it’s still painful. I’ve had a cold for 2 weeks now.
If you guys didn’t become singers, what do you think you will be doing right now?
Jackson: Maybe I’ve participated in the London Olympic? Even if I didn’t get a gold medal in fencing, I would still get a good mark. I was a champion when I was little.
Mark: I think I would be an ordinary university student in America.
Youngjae: Studying for the national college entrance exams.
Yugyeom: A dancer. I like dancing so I will continue to dance.
JB: A soldier. I will be in the army. I will be the private first class soldier serving in the army.
Bambam: I think I will be doing something in Thailand. I had some activities before coming to Korea.
Jr.: I will be a psychology major student in a university. I have a desire to learn about people’s psychological state.
What do you guys want to achieve as GOT7?
Youngjae: I want GOT7 to be known for having pure talents.
Bambam: A group that leads the trend. It would be great if we become a group that can make a difference in the industry.
JB: It would be great if other singers can make remakes of our songs, or follows our performances.
Mark: I want to become a singer that receives acknowledgement upon the other singers.
Jackson: I want to become a singer that is a role model for everyone. And I want us to become a group of 7 members with its own color.
Jr.: It would be great if GOT7 can last for a long time. Even though it’s good to be the best, but I hope we can become a group that can gather up together whenever we say “hey let’s release an album”.
Yugyeom: A group that can last for a long time. I want us to succeed individually and get to the top.
What are your future plans?
Jr.: We are planning to release our third album. We are working really hard on it. We are aiming to become great singers.
JB: We’ve really worked hard this time, so we want to receive the rookie award. I hope our efforts will be rewarded. Please show us a lot love!
Scans & Translations: KIMMYYANG