G-Dragon: When we first debuted, we released a lot of singles. If we re-released it now, people will think they’re new songs because there’s a lot of people who didn’t know them…These days, when rookies debut and top the charts, people call it a ‘successful debut,’ but when we were rookies, it wasn’t that kind of system. We started from the bottom. We tried many things. We came out with 1 single per month and performed them, to the point camera directors were feeling sorry for us. They told us, 'You guys must be struggling,’ I remember. Back then, we were poor-looking.
Taeyang: We were 'hungry’ [for success]. We didn’t care about anything else.
G-Dragon: We would get up in the morning, and if there was no schedule, go to lessons, clean the apartment, and sleep. We did almost all variety shows. We went to all performance stages. We would make choreography, write music, record them, and do concerts. It really wasn’t easy.
Taeyang: Before, I would go and do interviews and take photos at different media companies…Thank you for coming all the way here for us; sorry and thank you. Even if we lacked in some ways, hope you can understand. Please be careful of the cold.
“G-Dragon is full of confidence and is fancy and a lot stronger person, however, Kwon Ji Yong is an introvert who has a lot of thoughts and is someone who wants to lean on family and friends. Kwon Ji Yong is someone who is looking to discover his existence off stage by having the time to lean on others, in which G-Dragon doesn’t have.” - G-Dragon, BIGBANG
Since we are four now, I think we all have to quietly accept that. I think our fans will see us as five in their hearts forever. We do not want to erase 5-membered WINNER. We hope we receive lots of love as 4, too.