|▲ Kyuhyun of Super Junior (Photo=SM Entertainment, Design=Byeon Jinhee)|
[Zenith News=Byeon Jinhee] Kyuhyun has been discharged. And he immediately started running in a hurry with the release of his solo album, fan meeting and appearances in various entertainment shows, including 'Kang's Kitchen’. Is it a reward for a two-year hiatus? Kyuhyun is curious and grateful for the love calls that are pouring in.
Before joining the military, Kyuhyun, who was active on entertainment shows such as ‘Radio Star’ and ‘New Journey to the West’ was the first to greet the public with music since his main job is a singer. He has prepared a solo single album consisting of a total of three tracks, including the title song ‘Aewol-ri’ which he participated in writing the lyrics.
Among other things, 'The Day We Meet Again,' which is an extension of ‘Goodbye For Now’, which was released before joining the army, meant that after greeting the fans before entering the army with the promise that they would meet again, he would go to meet the fans who waited for him after 2 years.
Zenith News will deliver the story that Kyuhyun shared at SM Communication Center in Gangnam, Seoul for an interview to mark the release of his new single album ‘The Day We Meet Again’.
Q. How was your 2 years in the army?
The hardest part of being in the military was my nocturnal style, so my pattern would be from morning to evening. I looked forward to the weekend, and I think I can understand the feelings of office workers. I saw a short clip of a worker expressed as a battery. Monday is death, it gradually becomes filled, it’s filled up on Friday, out of order on Sunday. I experienced that too. Of course, I don't know all the hardships of working people, but I felt a lot of pain, and I realized the importance of the weekend.
Q. I guess you had a lot of time to reflect on yourself.
I've been banned from active duty because of a traffic accident, and I've become a social worker so, I felt sorry for those who worked hard in the military. I could have my own time commuting to and from work, and I spent two years thinking that I would never be there again. On weekends, I went to see performances by members and acquaintances. I thought‘Two years later, I'll be back at work anyway, so let's enjoy it now’. If others waited for long days left, I lived looking at Friday.
Q. You bragged about your improved singing skills on SNS.
I had time after work. I learned piano, Japanese, and went to vocal lessons. I also went for a lot of skincare. Before I joined the army, I didn't take a break from work, so I had a vocal cord fracture, and I performed in a bad condition. I felt that taking a break was the big answer. I barely used my neck, but it's been a while since I sang. In fact, the people who work in the recording studio complimented me for taking good care of my neck.
|▲ Kyuhyun of Super Junior (Photo=SM Entertainment)|
Q. Please introduce your title song, 'Aewol-ri’.
First of all, I participated in writing and composing the song. I actually wrote this song while I was staying in Aewol-ri, Jeju island. A lot of people love someone, and are being loved by someone. But when the person I love doesn't love me, I feel upset. You say you love her, but you're rejected, and you get further away. I tried to write a song based on this theme. It's a motif of unrequited love.
Q. You released 'Time With You' first. Is there any special reason?
The song feels very different from the title song. I wanted to sing a song that matches the weather so, I prepared a rhythmical song. I asked those who worked with me that I wanted to sing some bright songs. I received more than 20 songs. As soon as I heard 'Time With You', the song caught my ears so I chose it. So we decided to release it first.
Q. How do you want the public to listen to this album?
The song that I participated in the lyrics for the first time became the title song. It wasn't the title song because I wrote it, but it was chosen through a blind test by the staff. I thought it would be nice if it was just a song in the album, but I was surprised and happy that it was the title song. I think the fans will be able to listen to it with more affection. Actually, while I was serving, I felt that I liked music for the public, but I thought I should do music that I wanted to do and that I could repay the people who loved me. I'm just happy that I can give the fans an album as a gift. But if a song that I've worked so hard on is just forgotten, it'll hurt my heart, so please listen to it.
Q. You could have planned an album with more songs on it. But it is a single album?
I thought it was a digital single at first, but the company suggested that we release it as a single album. This year, Super Junior is getting together. We're focusing more on our team. I can't tell you when, but I've also given up a lot of personal activities because of Super Junior. This year, we will focus on Super Junior activities.
Q. What is the secret of Super Junior's longevity?
The members have a lot of affection for the team. They value the name Super Junior. They love the songs they've been promoting. I understand that all the members made concessions and renewed their contracts.
|▲ Kyuhyun of Super Junior (Photo=SM Entertainment)|
Q. You filmed 'Kang's Kitchen', how did you feel when you met the members of 'New Journey to the West'?
I had a personal assignment, so I prepared a long time in advance. Personally, I like cooking. I'm not good at it, but if someone eats the food I cook deliciously, I'm happy. So, I had fun shooting 'Kang's Kitchen'. When I got back, I got a scar on my arm. Thankfully, I kept being mentioned by the 'New Journey to the West' team, and even on the first day of filming, the members said, "It feels like Kyuhyun has been on our team”. Everyone gave me a warm welcome, so I participated in the filming comfortably.
Q. As soon as you are discharged from military service, you worked very hard on the album and on entertainment shows. Were you planning these activities in advance?
I had a fan meeting and I was going to say hello to my fans with my new album. Luckily, I filmed 'Kang's Kitchen' and was called on other programs. Since I kept becoming an issue, the company staff teased me by saying, "Was Kyuhyun this much?". I think it's because people remembered the good things about me.
Q. As the image of the entertainment show grows stronger, you might have some worries as a singer.
'At Gwanghwamun' is a lyrical song. It was used a lot in funny way in 'New Journey to the West’. I've been thinking worrying about something too. I was wondering if I could continue to show my lack of emotion like this, so I was thinking about cutting back on entertainment shows. It didn't work out like that. Since many programs are calling me, I'm the type of person who does it if I am asked to do so. I think I'll do it a lot in the future.
Q. What about Kyuhyun's image that you want to be remembered by the public?
At one point, a lot of people are have been seeing me from the entertainment perspective. I'm not good at entertainment shows, but I'm having fun. The producer made the editing beautiful that it was shown nicely. I am trying not to be stressed out. I hope you enjoy that side of me. I also think it's important to be a singer, so I'm planning to show you a lot of serious singing.
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