[ENG TRANS] SEVENTEEN MYDAILY INTERVIEW (PART 2)
#Congrats on the Rookie of the Year award! I heard Seungkwan cried a lot.
In case we did end up receiving it, we prepared a bit of an acceptance speech. But because I was crying, I couldn’t properly speak. When “Seventeen” was called, my mind when blank (Seungkwan). I couldn’t remember the acceptance speech so I was strenuously tracing my memory (S.Coups). We seriously didn’t know we’d receive it. I tried to mention the people who the leader couldn’t thank, but because my voice was too small, I wasn’t able to convey it (Woozi).
#What did you do after you got the rookie award?
We ate meat! Even now, rather than beef, pork suits our taste. After we received the trophy, we took a lot of pictures while holding it and we got to deliver acceptance speeches that we couldn’t make already through videos. We also contacted all our friends. It was really great.
#Did you think you’d be doing this well?
We didn’t have any thoughts of doing well. We were happy just to be able to show the public our songs. Truthfully, before our debut, there were a lot of malicious comments (online). “Why are there so many” “why are there 13 of them” “there won’t even be any parts” etc… most of them were looking badly upon us. So, because of that, we didn’t have any expectations. We just ran with a ‘let’s show them as much as we’ve prepared’ mindset but now since everyone is complimenting us and saying nice words, we’re thankful.
#Other than the performances you do on stage for broadcasts, I hear your self-recorded dance videos are fun.
Those are all made directly by the performance unit members. We research on what the fans would like but there are also times where it comes out naturally from when we’re playing around. At our dorm’s 1st floor cafe area, there was even a time when I came across an idea while playing around with a cup. I think it comes naturally to us. Our team work is also good.
#Are there times where you’ve fought?
Between guys, of course there are conflicts that happen, but since we all know well (among us) that teamwork is important, we hold a ‘conversation time’ on the day of the indecent and talk honestly. Since it’s been around 3~4 years since we’ve lived together, we can get a sense of what’s going on just by looking.
#You all went through the trainee life for a while, huh. You must have been anxious about how things would turn out after you debuted.
Our album contains a song called “shining diamond”, which is a song that contains our hearts. The lyrics “you raised me up when I used to be on the ground covered with dirt” suddenly come to mind. Actually, we had quite some worries. Looking at it now, we’ve got to work harder, right? It’s become a sense of responsibility.
#Jun seriously resembles Super Junior’s Kim Heechul.
Thank you! Actually, during the time of our promotions, there was a time where I directly met Kim Heechul sunbaenim and he saw me and said “oh, he really looks just like me!”. At first I didn’t really know (that I looked like him) that well either but now, seeing (him) in real life, I was also startled.
#How’s everyone’s dorm life? Are roommates decided on individually?
Since we all gather in the living room, we also do it when we have to sleep, so theres nothing firmly set. It’s feels like we’ve been attending an MT for 3~4 years (T/N: an MT is like a retreat where a group of people from an organization/company, or a university even, go away together for a day or more and partake in group-bonding activities and stuff). The dorm feels like home now. I know I shouldn’t say this, but it’s to the extent that my (family) home feels uncomfortable. Lately it’s been so busy that even if we moved houses, there would be a friend who wouldn’t be able to go. (T/N: I didn’t really understand this part… if I can figure out a better translation I’ll fix it~) But even so, being busy is happier, right? Because before our debut, “I wish we were busy” was something that we always thought about.
#It’s amazing how Seventeen has directly participated in working on their songs since their debut album.
Truthfully, our original concept wasn’t “self-producing idols”. It was just us steadily writing songs step by step. It’s because in the beginning we too, like other groups, were scheduled to receive good songs from famous songwriters and have activities, that we were able to make it all the way here. We had the CEO listen to the song we made and he said: “It seems to show your colors. Write the song within one week” and gave us that homework. So while consulting with the members and making 3-4 songs, Seventeen’s concept was completed. We’re completely satisfied.
#How are the compositions and lyrics done?
We have a lot of meetings about our direction. We worry about what kind of music do we make that is fun for everyone and something that they will like. In order to develop a social consensus/bond of sympathy, we try our best to understand our same-age peers. The case for writing song lyrics is not my story but includes Seventeen as a whole’s story. We have thoughts like ‘If we approach the fans with these types of lyrics, how will they receive it?’ along with trying to include a young boy’s heart, youth, passion, and energy into the lyrics.
#I hear your concert is going to take place soon? Give us some spoilers.
In the last concert, performance, hip hop, and vocal days were divided separately but there were a lot of fans that missed out. So this time we prepared even more of the best performances shown from those days. Even more, an undisclosed song is also scheduled to make an appearance. Since the members also have solo stages, we did the making ourselves, of course. Theres a skit as well and a lot of funny performances that have been prepared. You can look forward to it!