knife like choreography

anonymous asked:

Am I the only one upset with YNWA comeback? It's been barely 4 months since WINGS came out, and they've been busy with concert preparations and now comeback preparations... Sigh, and this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if they were to part ways with Big Hit in future :-/

I’m sorry that this turned into an extremely long answer, but I felt the need to do this.

Hm, I don’t know, I can’t say I agree with you. I mean, I wouldn’t say that they aren’t overworked or anything, but how come no one has ever considered that maybe it’s the members who want this, and it isn’t the company that is forcing it unto them?

I’ve mentioned this before, but BTS was formed for their musicality in the first place, they have a different purpose in comparison to other idols. Most if not all the members focus a lot on the music part of their career, so I find that it’s only normal that they would want to constantly come out with new music, which explains all the active comebacks they have despite the short breaks between comebacks. Same goes for concerts/tours that they do; if you’re someone who wants to make music, you want to connect with people through music, naturally you’d want to be able to perform and showcase this music, no?

And regarding BigHit, I think people don’t give them enough credit, honestly. Yeah, they lack in certain areas, but which entertainment company out there can you call perfect? If anything, BigHit has done swell when it comes to the management of the boys.

Before I talk about the good in BigHit, I am aware about their problems as a company. They constantly come up with new content to sell to the fans for extra profit, and they never really give fans much time to prepare themselves for a new comeback/release of new content. When it comes to the members themselves, I’m sure they have their own complains towards the company. Take Suga, the one who has been the most vocal about his complaints, as an example. At the start of BTS’ career, he talked about how he was conned into learning how to dance and becoming an idol, when all along he thought and was promised that all he needed to do was write music and rap. He was expecting to become a group like 1TYM, not a group known for their knife-like choreography. Watch the evidence here, it starts at 19:00. But over the years, I think Yoongi doesn’t feel against it anymore, because BTS is recognized for their dance and has been rewarded a ton of awards for best dance. Then fast forward after countless of comebacks with multiple hair colours, Yoongi has seriously damaged scalp and over bleached hair. He said he was going to sue BigHit for hair loss, and even though most took it as a joke, he didn’t only talk about it once, he said it twice. If anything, Yoongi isn’t really someone to say things he doesn’t mean. He’s a straightforward type guy, and he probably really feels dissatisfied towards the company for constantly bleaching his hair. The first time he talked about it was here (5:19 mark), and the second time, here (2:22 mark). He also talked about how people who dye their hair constantly suffer at the Gaon Charts Yinyuetai interview earlier this year. The era where they were most overworked was probably during their RUN days, and Yoongi talked about this too. It’s in this video, at the 5:09 mark as well as the 10:59 mark onwards. They haven’t slept more than 3 hours, they have back to back schedules, etc.

Now, with all that aside, I am aware of the vices of BigHit, but back to my point - BigHit has done swell when it comes to the management of the boys. 

There are a few aspects when it comes to this. We can talk about the efforts BigHit makes in ensuring that they are able to keep their artistes satisfied. One classic example would be Yoongi. I just talked about how he’s complained throughout the RUN era about his hair and scalp, and what did BigHit do for the Blood, Sweat and Tears era?

The fact that BigHit gave Jin and V the opportunity to sing bangtan’s first ever OST instead of the other members would be another classic example. BigHit could’ve given the duet to Jungkook and Jimin easily, considering they are the main and lead vocals respectively, but they gave it to Seokjin and Taehyung instead. Okay, you can argue and say it’s natural that Taehyung got it since he’s the one acting in the show, but how about Jin? Watch this, from the 28:00 mark. You can tell Seokjin really wanted a chance to sing an OST, and BigHit indeed gave him one, which he’s so grateful for.

Back to Yoongi again (he seems to be surfacing a lot today), as well as Rap Monster this time, and in due time, J-Hope. The former two have always been extremely passionate in their music, and there’s a lot of areas they cannot explore as rappers/musicians when it comes to working as a team, because they have to ensure that the song fits 7 members, that the song is something worth putting on an album, etc. It limits them a lot, so what did BigHit do? BigHit opened a SoundCloud account for them where they can freely post up their own tracks and random raps and even song covers when it comes to vocal line, and they’ve never limited what bangtan do/post on the SoundCloud account. In fact, BigHit even fully funded Yoongi and Namjoon’s mixtapes despite not being able to make any profit from doing so. They provided a set, cameras, make up and stylists, everything necessary to produce an MV, just so that they are able to come up with their own mixtapes for them to showcase the stories that they were unable to tell through BTS.

Even when it comes to schedules, BigHit never makes the members do things they don’t want to. Remember in Yoongi’s track, ‘The Last’?

Show me the money, it’s not that I couldn’t but I didn’t shit

Also, realize that Yoongi is the only member that has never tried emceeing yet? Yoongi is the only member who has yet to have his own solo appearance in any one variety show/schedule, and if you ask me, I really think it’s because Yoongi never intended to live the idol life in the first place. He just wants to make music, not go on shows for more exposure or anything. But BigHit never once forced him to doing any, doesn’t that say a lot?

Enough with keeping their artistes satisfied, let’s move on to the care factor the company has. In any other company, their idols are all overworked to the point of fainting/working despite injuries or health issues, etc. But what has BigHit done every time any one member is injured? Here’s a compact list of the more prominent occurrences.

  • 28th Dec 2013 - Yoongi was diagnosed with appendicitis, BigHit withdrew him from year end schedules.
  • 27th Dec 2015 - BigHit cancelled 2 concerts in Japan for the sake of Yoongi and Taehyung.
  • 30th Dec 2015 - Namjoon was withdrawn from year end schedules because of his leg injury.
  • 24th July 2016 - BigHit chose to let Namjoon rest despite the hospital giving him the green light to resume schedules because there was nothing seriously wrong with his health.
  • 30th Sept 2016 - BigHit withdrew Namjoon from the 2016 K-Pop World Festival performance as well as the Busan One Asia Festival performance so that his leg will not result in injury. It was a preventive measure on their end.
  • 22nd Dec 2016 - BigHit withdrew Yoongi from all further activities so that he can rest, when it was a ear injury which technically isn’t a very big deal.

BigHit could’ve easily made the members continue to promote and perform, because in most cases, it wasn’t really anything serious, but yet, they chose to make them rest instead. Other companies wouldn’t have done that unless the member has a leg injury or is bed ridden.

BigHit has also been very protective of their artistes. It’s very important that a company addresses issues early in order to protect their artistes, and it’s even more important that the company is willing to come to the rescue of their artistes when the need arises. There’s this, and there’s this too. There was also this too.

Another thing would be how BigHit doesn’t limit the boys in any way at all. Even as trainees, the boys were given handphones and allowed to communicate with the outside world through logs and Twitter, unlike every other idol trainee out there who practically lives in a dungeon. There was never dating bans in their contracts (evidence here) and they were never told to behave a certain way nor were they put under extremely strict diets. When they dieted, it was mostly out of their own will rather than their company wanting them to be slim or whatever.

In lyrics, they were never told to not talk about a certain topic, and in fact, they are now known for always attacking real world topics and issues. They aren’t the first group to do so, but it still definitely sets them apart from boring old romance lyrics in present day kpop.

And the most important thing of all…

And then there was Jin who talked about missing the managers,

I mean, if you don’t enjoy the time you spend with the company I don’t think you’d talk about missing them. You can tell they are grateful to these people who care for them no matter what. Remember how they all hugged their managers (not one, all) when they won the daesang?

Look at the managers looking so happy for them. The one in green striped shirt was hugging Jungkook and there’s Namjoon hugging the other manager on the right.

I don’t know about you, and although I wouldn’t say that they have a family bond with the staff, but you can tell they all really love each other and there’s definitely some form of a bond between them. Not just with the managers, but even with the producers who have worked hard behind the scenes for the boys. Look at this video, Mr Son and the staff who were with him were literally so elated for BTS’ first win. And then there was this, where Slow Rabbit (Big Hit producer) cried when bangtan got Artist of the Year at MAMA. Then there’s Pdogg (Big Hit producer, aka the man behind BTS’ title tracks) who was constantly supportive of the boys in his tweets here and here.

I can understand the heart of those ARMYs who are constantly upset with BigHit because they are worried about the members’ health in general, but sometimes we have to look at things from different perspectives. In my opinion, bangtan is happy under their management, and when they have complaints, Bang PD is willing to talk it out with them. I mean, he’s clearly close to the boys, to the point where he’s alright with joking around with them all the time. If he wasn’t we wouldn’t be blessed with things like this:

Even when renewal of contracts becomes an issue, I feel like he’d try to meet the needs of the members and he’d want to continue housing all 7 of them. BTS is the first group he’s ever produced. GLAM and 8Eight were collaborations with Source Music, HOMME, 2AM, and everyone else were transferred under him, so BTS would mean more to him than anything else. He single-handedly made them, so I don’t know. I don’t feel you on this.

i don’t want to be rude, but it makes laugh when people say that Teen Top aren’t legendary? Like honestly they accomplished so much for a group coming from an agency that literally started with them, their agency is just bad at promoting them and you only care about popular and new groups tbh

The term “knife-like choreography” was invented for them, not for Infinite or SHINee (who are amazing dancers btw I love them so much), it pisses me off so much when they’re not even mentionned in best dancers because they are some of the best dancers, Changjo was in the TOP 10 best kpop dancers, they have some of the hardest dances in Kpop so excuse me but seeing some groups whose choreography is not even that hard compared to Teen Top, Infinite or SHINee is seriously sad.

They were one of the very first groups to have an European tour in 2013, even bigger groups from bigger agencies haven’t done it yet, that’s huge. 

Supa Luv was the promotional song for Beastly in Asia and that was less than ONE year after their debut, how is that not legendary? How can you look at them and say that they do not deserves as much respect as other older groups just because YOU don’t know them? Just because you don’t take the time to explore KPop and think that only groups who have millions and millions of views are great you think no one knows about them?

[TRANS] Starcast - “This, is sincerity”… ‘INFINITE’, An infinite victory of 4 hours

Unfortunately, if you failed the ticketing?

Or, if 2 days were too short?

Don’t be sad.

‘Starcast’ has prepared an infinite review.

On the 4th, ‘Infinite Gathering 3′ was held at the Indoor Stadium at Jamsil Sports Complex. ‘Infinite Gathering’ was started back in 2013 by INFINITE and is a special fan meeting.

This time is already the third. It’s a time for ‘INFINITE’ and ‘Inspirit’ to meet so closely. ‘Infinite Gathering’ returned after 2 years, and it was well worth the wait.

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I think we are seen a lot like this because of our concept. But our choreography is harder than you think. Compared to what you see, we have a bright and refreshing image, so we have to make our songs and our choreography match that image. Isn’t being manly the trend these days, with powerful beats and knife-like choreography? We think that instead of those, we make use of our own originality, but it seems like people who watch [us] think that it’s not difficult.
— 

Moonbin

An excerpt from TVDaily article, “ASTRO is not ‘Cha Eunwoo’s Group’”

BTS REACTION TO FINDING OUT ARMY STOPPED VOTING

BTS’ REACTION TO FINDING OUT THAT ARMYS HAVE STOPPED VOTING FOR THEM ON MAMA BECAUSE OF SOME STUPID REASON I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I MEAN, RIGGED OR NOT, YOU SHOULD STILL VOTE FOR THEM. IN FACT, IF IT’S RIGGED YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED UP TO VOTE EVEN HARDER!!!

Yeah, I don’t think you guys realize how big of a deal this is so, let me show you…

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Character(s): Lee Taeyong

Genre: More flangst!!

Word Count: 2,951 (wow, that’s a lot for me o-O)

Summary: Going on family vacations is fun! Especially when you get to meet up with a friend, meet new people, and – oh yeah! Audition to become an idol. Thought it turns out, even with support from some new friends, your family is absolutely against the idea of becoming a trainee.

Request: hi! so an idea just came up in my head ok, so you travel with your fam to korea and you have a friend in sm your friend in sm signs you up to an audition knowing you want to be an idol, so with your friends help she helps you get ready and taeyong sees you guys practising and asks if he could eb of any help your friends leaves you too alone and he helps you and it cute, you get in but like you fam doesn’t really let you be an idol ~ and then somehow you still end up with teayong if possible <3 - @kookiexdae​ (I absolutely adore requests and writing so thanks for giving me more excuses to write stuff!)

A/N: I am so, so, so sorry for this being late! I’ve been a little busy recently and often have troubles writing in between the main parts. But no excuses! I hope this doesn’t seem too rushed (which it does to me :(!) and is of decent enough quality to your liking!

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The pros of having a friend in Korea? She knows exactly where to go, what to avoid, what to do, when to do whatever, and can communicate with the locals easily. The cons? You told her and now she was rapidly talking away, dragging you and your luggage through the airport and leaving your poor family to try to catch up.

She ran her mouth a mile a minute, effortlessly keeping her posture straight and her pace steady but quick. You wheezed, trying to turn the conversation away from her previous experience vomiting on a tour bus. “So, how did auditions go? Last time we talked it was when we were saying goodbye so you could come to Korea to train.” Not believing your luck, you made it worse.

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[FULL TRANS] BTS INTERVIEW IN EASY MAGAZINE VOL. 737

“화양연화Forever. BTS.”

BTS, whose schedule is packed, was able to spend some time and do a short interview with EASY in the midst of the preparation of their concerts. Although these young men are obviously tired, they are really devoted and professional to their field. While talking about such topics regarding their fans and China, the passion and interest that the boys expressed took us aback, at the same time touched us.

“At this time, we don’t think we can call ourselves as ‘the trend.’ I think it’s because we appreciate each other, that’s why many people have started to like us now.” —SUGA

Q&A

Q: Whether it’s in Korea or overseas, it seems that you’re the trend these days. What do you think is the reason behind all this? What are your thoughts about “popularity?”

YOONGI: At this time, we don’t think we can call ourselves as ‘the trend.’ I think it’s because we appreciate each other, that’s why many people have started to like us now.

JIMIN: It’s true that our popularity is better compared before, but we all still have to keep working hard.

NAMJOON: Popularity is like a bubble. It looks amazing right now but we don’t know when it will burst. You can’t not work hard to cherish it. We will continue to work harder in the future to maintain and increase our popularity.

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[TRANS] “Mission! Tom~possible”... INFINITE Impossible Recognition

***** T/N: Most of the article is under the cut… there are lots of pics. Also there’s a small teaser for their upcoming world tour at the end! *****

Kind Mr. Tom
This is Tom Cruise.

“Nice To Meet U”

Exactly who could he be meeting that would be bent over like that? And what’s that in his hand?

Mission Zoompossible

INFINITE?

INFINITE

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Bangtan, steals gazes with knife-like charismatic choreography @2016 SAF SBS Gayo Daejun 20161226

[TRANS] Pikicast - INFINITE “The group that said that they didn’t want to see us again has returned” (1/2)

***T/N: LONG POST ALERT. More under the cut!!
Part 2 is here

AGAIN - An Interview That Might Continue
INFINITE, who came back as a group

AGAIN - An Interview That Might Continue
INFINITE
Sunggyu: Wah-wah
Woohyun: I’m the hidden handsome man / Dongwoo: Boongshin
Myungsoo: Porn is the best / Hoya: You guys are as funny as ever
Sungjong: I want to mature / Sungyeol: Soy milk is love

WARNING: We’re neither a music magazine nor an entertainment magazine. If you want to know more about INFINITE’s music, refer to the interviews below. They are good interviews.

  • SportsKorea - INFINITE, “Knife-life choreography that overpowers the Girl Group War”
  • OSEN - INFINITE, “Winning 1st place on ‘The Show’ for 2 consecutive weeks…already at 6 trophies”
  • Herald Business - INFINITE’s Woohyun, “New song ‘Bad’ embeds itself into your ears”
  • MBN - INFINITE, “Reveals music video 360VR version, fans are ‘good’”
  • SportsWorld - “[SW Issue] INFINITE’s power to quiet the Girl Group War”
  • Sports Chosun - INFINITE, “‘Bad’, a completely different atmosphere”

(You can search and read them)

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anonymous asked:

I'm just getting into infinite, what do you think I need to know??

Hello! OMG there’s so much you can know about INFINITE but I don’t know where to start! Since you’re only just getting into INFINITE, I’ll try to keep this short and concise and as related to their recent comeback as possible!

Well, our 7 boys are completely charismatic and cool and hot while performing on stage (x)(x)(x)(x) :-

Originally posted by namsoogyu

Actually, I take that back. They’re all of the above MOST of the time. But sometimes they lose their marbles and we get an entirely fanfic-like performance like THIS. (I think these boys are the only ones to treat a comeback stage as a platform to express their love for each other).

You know how in some groups they have specific roles for each member? Well, in INFINITE all 7 can fit in any role you want them to be! 

Who’s the main vocal? ALL 7 of them!

Who’s the main dancer? ALL 7 of them!

Who’s the face of the group? ALL 7 of them!

They’re a group where the designated rappers & dancers (Dongwoo & Hoya) own superior vocals and compose/write lyrics for songs in their album; where the main/lead (honestly he can be both) vocal (Woohyun) gets included as part of the dance line, where our main/lead (once again he can be both) vocal (Sunggyu) plays an important acting role in the MV with our visual Myungsoo, and our vocals (Sungyeol & Sungjong) pretty much own the bridge of the song with their gentle vocals and are total eye candies this comeback.  

They sound amazing live as proven HERE while dancing to probably one of the hardest choreographies they’ve had to date. 

Off-stage, they’re pretty much as rowdy and nonsensical and dorky as one can get! In short, they’re complete idiots! (my favourite idiots though) (x)(x)(x)(x)

Originally posted by soowons

They have a reputation for being one of the best dance groups around yet they constantly flail at the idea of random play dance. They act all manly and everything but actually they dance really well to girl group songs ! They do manage to do themselves justice as the original idols with knife-like choreography with this AMAZING 2x rendition of Be Mine:-

Originally posted by gyuzizis

As you grow to be their fan, you’d realise that they have a huge interest in dissing people!! From dissing their CEO (for not buying them gifts with his card) to their stylists (for being lazy) to their choreographer (ADDM for having a childish nickname) to KBS production crew (they jokingly dissed Stardust for not having an emcee) to inspirits (yes they’ve dissed us many times about our inability to sing as well as them because we went off-tune or because we couldn’t sing to the beat), there’s nothing else that give them more pleasure than dissing each other! Check out the maknae dissing. -> (x)(x)(x)(x)

Highlights from this comeback so far:-

Sunggyu’s urgent need to head to the toilet during their comeback showcase (x). 

Dongwoo eating the chicken he dropped on the ground during their Vapp comeback countdown (x).

Woohyun’s buttons coming undone twice while he was performing The Eye & Bad (x).

Hoya being given a new nickname - Hobak Goguma (x).

Sungyeol’s 13 minute Vapp broadcast with inspirits (x). 

Myungsoo’s ‘sha sha sha~’ (x).

Sungjong and his zombie impersonation (x). 

Like I said, there’re lots more to share but I won’t go into it for now. I hope you find fun in reading this and getting to know more about our boys! Stay and let INFINITE hit you and wrap you around like a typhoon!! 

Originally posted by gyuzizis

My dear friend @jdw-juseyo (Hi Millie) wrote a really in-depth ‘all you need to know about infinite’ passage which you can read about HERE too! It covers everything from A-Z about the members and will be useful to all fans and non-fans! I dub it the INFINITE bible! 

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well since they are famous of their knife-like choreography :DD

[TRANS] PlayDB - "INFINITE, who came back like a ‘Typhoon’”

This fall, idol ‘INFINITE’, who wants to sweep through the music industry like a ‘Typhoon’, came back with their mini 6th album. From the title track ‘Typhoon’s point choreography, which the INFINITE members themselves showed us, to the secret to an idol’s longevity. After the press showcase and before the fan showcase, we met INFINITE at the Interpark office. Contrary to what the reporter thought, which was ‘Will they be chic all throughout the interview?’, INFINITE in person was the very definition of youth, full of innocence and mischievousness. We’ll now reveal our exclusive interview with INFINITE, who was full of laughter despite their tiring schedules.

INFINITE’s 6th mini album’s title track is ‘Typhoon.’ Just from the title, it’s intense. What kind of song is it?
WH: It’s a song that leaves an impression with the lyrics, which compares a breakup to a typhoon. Like how when there’s a typhoon, the eye is calm but everything around it is swept away, it’s a song that describes how you can’t escape from the memories of your love.

DW: We put a lot of work into this song, so I hope everyone enjoys it with pleasure and sensibility.

INFINITE is famous for ‘knife-like choreography.’ Is there a particular dance that you put a lot of attention to in ‘Typhoon’ as well?
HY: In this title track, there are two dance breaks during which we dance very intensely. In the first one, Woohyun, Dongwoo, and I dance, and in the latter one, all seven of us dance. Not only is it a physically-demanding dance — you might feel like passing out if you danced it once on stage — it also only looks good when you focus. I will tell you that it’s a very hard and difficult dance.

WH: There’s a dance in the chorus during which we use one hand to cover our faces. That’s the most memorable one for me. (If you were to name this dance?) ‘I don’t want to see your face,’ ‘I just cannot look at you’ dance? ‘What nonsense!’ dance?

INFINITE has now become an idol on its seventh year of its career. What is your secret to longevity?
SG: It’s your attitude. I think it’s important to always think that this is the beginning, not the end. I’m always at the beginning, you know!

DW: We’ve experienced a lot of things ahead of time ever since we were trainees, so I think (our teamwork) is solid. We’re the type of people to directly say our problems when there is trouble. If we feel like the conflict has deepened a bit, then we resolve it over time too.

WH: Strangely, we fought a lot when we were preparing as trainees, but we became closer as time passed. Now we know each other so well, that we laugh when we see each other.

You came back as a whole group after a year and two months. With your promotion ahead of you, is there anything that you wish from each other?
SY: I wish for Sungjong to come back to hair colors that the rest of us have. He’s just too blonde by himself. (Laughter)

SJ: Because we practice a lot and have many schedules, there are members who are fatigued and physically hurt. I wish everyone wouldn’t be in pain, recover quickly, and carry out our schedules well. I wish for them to be healthy.

L: For me, I wish all the members will do well, like they always have up to now.

DW: I have something that I wish from the company, more than from the members. (Members: OHHHH~) I wish they would give me a lot of work. I want to do more schedules. I’m very eager. I rested for a year and two months, and it feels like I’ve rested for a long time. But I was in a musical too, of course. I wish they would help me to be more active.

Then what does Dongwoo want to try?
DW: I really want to try being a radio DJ. I really like talking. I hosted Naver V app by myself just recently and I did it for one and a half hours. I really like talking. (Before the comeback, each member of INFINITE hosted V app live for their fans.)

HY: I think it’ll be good if Dongwoo-ssi did it at 2am. It was very sleep-inducing. (Laughter)

DW: I heard that a lot of people passed out after watching my broadcast.

INFINITE branded ‘That Summer’ and has been doing ‘That Summer’ concerts every two years. Is there a special reason for this?
WH: For the future? Just kidding. We continue doing it because there’s this charm of interacting with the fans more closely. This year, we wanted to meet fans in other provinces, so we held the concert in Busan as well.

Sunggyu and Dongwoo were in a musical together during INFINITE’s individual activities. Was there a role that you wanted to try while you were in the musical?
SG: Musicals, I really want to do them, of course. I honestly want to try the role of ‘Mozart.’ I watched a lot of shows recently, and I thought it was a cool role that I want to try once. The numbers are really famous and good, so I definitely want to try it.

DW: I think of roles more than the musicals. (SG: Quasimodo? (Laughter)) Haha. I want to try a role that’s not normal. For example, like the role in <Jekyll and Hyde>, with a multiple personality disorder.

WH: I was in this musical called <Gwanghwamun Sonata> before, and if I have the chance, I want to try acting as Jiyong again.

DW: I think Woohyun-ssi will also be good as the prince from <Wicked>.

SG: And not long ago, I watched <Phantom of the Opera> with Woohyun-ssi. I want to try a musical like that if I get the opportunity.

WH: Me too

With your promotion ahead, if you had a word for your fans?
WH: INFINITE will work hard with our 6th mini album’s title track ‘Typhoon,’ so please stay tuned. We will be a cool group that will grow with you, so please cheer for us until the end. Till now, we were INFINITE.

Translated by: togetherinspirit7

[TRANS] Focus News 'Birthday Talk To You': INFINITE Woohyun “Birthday on Lunar New Year, twice the happiness"

In addition to the national holiday Lunar New Year, there is another joyful news. Nam Woohyun, the main vocal of the boy group INFINITE (Kim Sunggyu, Jang Dongwoo, Nam Woohyun, Hoya, Lee Sungyeol, L, Lee Sungjong), which is known for its knife-like choreography, celebrated his birthday on the 8th. He was born on February 8th, 1991.

Woohyun has the nickname ‘Trainer Nam’ for ‘training the fans with his aegyo and abs.’ His personality reflected itself in his birthday interview. We got to hear the story about Nam Woohyun’s 26th birthday, which was filled with laughter because of his honest and witty answers.

Q. What do you think you’ll be doing on your birthday?
WH: Mm I think I’ll be attending the Lunar New Year ancestral rites and giving allowance money to my nephews and nieces. ㅋㅋㅋ It’s the first time for my birthday to overlap with Lunar New Year ㅠㅠ

Q. How do you feel about your birthday?
WH: I’m twice as happy since my birthday and Lunar New Year are at the same time. Hahaha.

Q. What are Woohyun’s thoughts about growing older? And what age are you looking forward to the most?
WH: Age 30 is the age that I’m looking forward to the most. I can’t imagine what can possibly happen to me when I’m 30, after spending the most splendid youth in my twenties. I’ll live my life to the fullest.

Q. What was the conception dream before you were born?
WH: My mother said that she had a dream where she picked a persimmon from a tree and ate it.

Q. What was the most memorable birthday?
WH: After debuting, fans wished me happy birthday every year so they’re all memorable. I love it.

Q: You must have presents that you want to receive in the future?
WH: I want health as a present. I couldn’t sleep a lot lately because we just came back from a tour, so the next day I’m always tired. That didn’t happen back in the days, so it made me realize that my body did age one more year.

Q: What do you want to do if you were given a birthday leave?
WH: I want to enjoy traveling by myself. I want to go to Hawaii because I’ve never traveled to a vacation spot alone.

Q: Any celebrity that you want congratulatory words from?
WH: Not in particular ㅋㅋㅋ

Q: What did you wish on your birthday when you were a child? Did it come true?
WH: I remember wishing that I would receive a toy robot called ‘The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-gan’ when I was in kindergarten. My parents gave it to me as a present. That toy robot was a bit expensive back then so now I’m grateful that my parents granted my wish.

Q: If you were to imagine Woohyun’s birthday 10 years from now on?
WH: You’re asking me a dreadful question. I’m getting goosebumps ㅋㅋㅋ

Q: Anyone you want to thank on your birthday?
WH: I’m thankful to the fans who always support me. I genuinely thank my parents for giving birth to me.

Q: Please say a word to yourself
WH: Happy birthday!! Woohyun-ah!! A lot of things might happen from now on and they might be hard to manage; endure them well and live life to the fullest.

Translated by: togetherinspirit7

[TRANS] 10Asia [Looking Forward to Your Solo⑦] INFINITE’s Woohyun, The Beautiful Voice That Conveys Resonance

In order for an idol group member to release a solo album, they need a certain kind of ability. They need the power to command a stage alone for 3 minutes, the singing ability to do well during the chorus and climax, and the popularity and recognition and other various factors to persuade the fandom and the public to support them. Many idols have released solo albums but there are still a lot of solo prospects that possess their own musical potential. We’re putting a spotlight on the idol member solos that we’re looking forward to.

INFINITE’s Woohyun. The main vocal of INFINITE, a group that debuted in 2010. Woohyun, as well as the other main vocalist, Sunggyu, are both in charge of INFINITE’s climax. Sunggyu has already released two albums, while Woohyun’s own solo world has not yet been revealed. The time for Woohyun’s solo has arrived.

#Charms of going solo

The strength of Woohyun’s vocals is that he possesses a beautiful voice with power. In most of the songs that INFINITE promotes, Woohyun shows off his vocal ability as he is in charge of the hitting the highest notes during the highlights. On top of INFINITE’s unique knife-like choreography, Woohyun’s refreshing high notes doubles INFINITE’s charms.

Within Woohyun’s refreshing high notes contain a watery sorrowful sensitivity. Woohyun’s beautiful voice maximizes the song’s sensitivity by holding you steady when you feel as if you’re about to waiver. Shown through KBS2 “Immortal Song” and Woohyun’s solo stages at concerts, you can feel the resonance from Woohyun-style ballads. Ballads flowing with ardent sensitivity; from a plain sensitivity shown through ‘Cactus,’ which he sang with Lucia, to the brilliance that was shown through his collaborative unit Toheart with Shinee’s Key, the fact that Woohyun possesses the ability to assimilate with all these genres is his strength.

Moreover, Woohyun possesses the ability of being a singer-songwriter. He constantly releases self-composed songs, such as INFINITE’s ‘Beautiful’, a solo song from their second full album ‘Close Your Eyes’, and ‘Together’, an OST from INFINITE’s World Tour documentary ‘Grow’.

This past January, on episode 7 of the cable channel MBCEveryone broadcast of ‘Showtime INFINITE’, by chance, Woohyun created a solo version of INFINITE’s debut song ‘Come Back Again’. At the time, the members said, “You finally went solo like you’ve always wanted” and even congratulated him. It’s now time to watch out for his solo as Woohyun has been neatly gathering up his volition for a while. What kind of music will be in his solo album that he longed for?

#Praises towards him

“As the composer, you sang it briskly, the way that I wanted, it was very good.” - Han Dongjun after seeing the ‘Though I Loved You’ stage, KBS2 ‘Immortal Song’
“As he goes on, his stages are getting better and he’s more relaxed.” - Hong Kyungmin, KBS2 ‘Immortal Song’
“[His version of] ‘Making Memories’ was like beginning life and freshly blooming youth. I think Kim Hyunsik would also love how Woohyun sang the song.” - Kang Heon, music critic, KBS2 ‘Immortal Song’

#Recommended Appreciation List

♪ Woohyun, ‘Though I Loved You’ (Kim Kwangseok) - KBS2 ‘Immortal Song’
♪ Woohyun, ‘Making Memories’ (Kim Hyunsik) - KBS2 ‘Immortal Song’
♪ Woohyun, ‘Time’ - INFINITE’s first full album
♪ Woohyun&Lucia, ‘Cactus’ - re;code Episode II
♪ Woohyun, ‘Close Your Eyes’ - INFINITE’s second full album
♪ Woohyun, ‘For 1000 Days’ (Lee Seunghwan) - 2014 INFINITE’s small theater concert ‘That Summer 2′

Translated by: togetherinspirit7

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i was watching teen top’s stage for 140928 KBS open concert and out of nowhere it dawned on me that one of the formations for “missing” is almost an exact mirror image of a formation in “clap”. the vocal line leading the song with their lines and improvisations, while the rapper line and the dancer line giving it all with the knife-like choreography.

i felt a sudden urge to cry as the epiphany hit me: teen top have grown, they have improved, yet they have not forgotten who they are and how they started.

i was not there when they started, but you better believe i will not leave their side ever.

140224 Mnet WIDE Entertainment News: All About Star Teen Top [eng trans]

This is really long so translations are under the cut. Video link.

Half of this (the more interesting half) is already subbed. There was also footage of their press conference, but Arirang has translated similar footage already, so meh.

I kiiinda want to translate their Guam show but I’m not so confident in my Korean, so to test my skills I decided to translate this. Well it was pretty hard, but I’m hoping the Guam show will be easier, otherwise I’m not really sure if I can do it…

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