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[Magazine] Big Bang's What's Up?: The Pati Pati Magazine: August 2009 Vol. 6
This is the last installment of the Big Bang series:



Q: What makes you happy while staying in Japan?

YB: I share a room with D-Lite in our apartment. And, the fact that we cook our breakfast together, I guess that’s what makes us happy the most. (Laughs)

Q: So you guys both cook?

YB & DS: Yes, we do!

Q: What’s your specialty?

YB: Yakiniku! Of course it’s just pan-frying meat. (Laughs)


Q: About your second single Gara Gara Go – what do you think?

GD: We thought the songwriter really knew what Big Bang liked and we did a good job interpreting it. We usually listen to diverse genres of music and just love songs of that style. We had a great time recording it.


YB: Because this was our second single after our major label debut, we really wanted to bring you something better. Also because this is an upbeat dance tune written to make people want to dance from the beginning to the end, we kept that in mind while recording.

Q: We expect the performance to be pretty exciting too!

YB: Yes. It's likely to be a performance with a focus on dancing. When we perform this song at a concert, we expect the members of the audience to dance with us, and it would be great performance-wise if the entire audience could dance and sing together.

Q: I understand that you guys are working on your next album and will stay up all night tonight. Guess you work really hard.

YB: The songs we work on right now, the overall style is… There’re actually many different styles – we have some upbeat dance tunes and some very trendy numbers. There’re also more songs like Gara Gara Go that would be perfect for summer and songs that are perfect to listen to while driving.

This Month’s Mission: What You Want to Try This Summer - Your New Challenge!!



SOL/YB
I hear there are lots of interesting festivals in Japan - I'd really love to go to a summer festival. We live in Japan now and we're having so much fun doing new things every day including shopping, which actually makes me want to travel more widely and experience a wide variety of cultures.


GD
My solo album is due out this summer – that would be a great challenge for me. I’m so busy these days and barely have time to travel but I'd really love to travel anywhere in Japan with the other members. Please let me know if you have a good place to recommend.

TOP
I’d love to have a campfire with our fans. We could have a really good time singing and dancing to Gara Gara Go. Why do I want a campfire? Because I miss my school days so much!

D-LITE/DS
I want to go Japanese hot springs sometime. I recently read about a hot spring with a view of Mount Fuji and really want to go there. There's an old saying in Korea - "Fight off heat with heat." I want to sweat the heat off! I also want to travel by car. Skiing sounds great too!

VI/SR
I really want to go to the ocean this summer – especially the beaches in Okinawa. I've been to Okinawa once for work but didn't have time to spare at the time. I'd love to go back and see that beautiful ocean again. Our new single Gara Gara Go is perfect for summer – it’d be great if we could sing that song with the audience at a concert.

[Translated by pgeorgie]
[Text source: [email protected]; The PatiPati Magazine of Japan]
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[Magazine Excerpts] Women's Weekly, Japan: July 14, 2009



Intuition Q&A

[Questions]

1. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “summer”?
2. What are Japanese fans like?
3. Your favorite artist(s)?
4. What is your type of woman?
5. What would you want to do on a date?
6. Which one are you – an S or an M?*
7. Suppose Big Bang is a family - who are you in the family?

[Translator's Note]
S Type: A bossy person who has a temper and loves to order people about.
M Type: A maid-like person who is easy to order about.


[YB]
1. Wakeboarding
2. Very sweet. They wait all day long to give us the presents and letters they prepared for us.
3. Michael Jackson
4. Somebody who understands and genuinely loves me.
5. Normal things like going to the movies.
6. Frankly neither.
7. Mom




Interview

Q: Congratulations on your debut in Japan! What did you do to prepare for your debut here?

YB: First of all, we studied the language. DLite, VI and I both understand and speak Japanese and the other two understand but can speak only simple phrases.

TOP: We try to communicate with the staff in Japanese as much as possible.

Q: You live together here.

YB: Yes, we live in a three-room apartment. DLite and I share a room, GD and VI, and TOP and our manager. Our manager does the laundry. We have a “trainer” who prepares healthy Korean food for all of us.

VI: We all have different styles even when we sleep. DLite goes to sleep and wakes up pretty much in the same position. SOL wakes up even at the slightest noise. When I wake up in the morning, my head is where my feet were when I went to sleep.

GD: Once I fall asleep, nothing can wake me up. I can't get up in the morning either. (Laughs)

Q: Whose room is the cleanest?

DLite: Probably GD’s.

Q: Tell us about your individual personalities. What’s SOL like?

DLite: He’s extremely honest about everything and works hard even to the smallest details.

VI: He has deep thoughts about music and the most powerful presence on stage.

Q: Does he have a secret?

YB: I can’t get my hair to grow any longer for years now.

TOP: Because he has hair like that of an action figure.

[Translations by pgeorgie]
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Popular Boy Band Big Bang’s Shining Sun, TaeYang’s
"Music That Makes Me Want to Go Up on Stage"

On this edition, a member of Big Bang and a singer with dazzling vocal skills, TaeYang recommends his favorite music.
By Kim Pyong

TaeYang’s "Music That Makes Me Want to Go Up on Stage"
Have you ever seen TaeYang (Dong YoungBae) of Big Bang dance? I bet he will almost make you believe that there has never been a dancer before him who was as smooth yet powerful as he is in body movement. Watching him move his perfectly chiseled body to the rhythm of music will remind you of Michael Jackson’s dance moves, evoking a genuine sigh of admiration. And while on the topic of dancing, TaeYang practices dancing for three hours a day while the band is on break, like these days, but the number of practice hours easily exceeds 12 hours a day with the release of a new album approaching. As great a dancer as he is, he is an even better singer. “Asking which one is more important between singing and dancing is like asking which one of your parents you love more, because that depends on what kind of performance you are talking about. The important thing is the music that encompasses all of those things,” says TaeYang. With his first EP “HOT,” which was an amalgam of natural talent and hard work, he won both the Album of the Year and Song of the Year awards in R&B and Soul at the 6th Annual Korean Music Awards, which is famous for their rigorous judging criteria based solely on artistic achievement.

He says, “While Big Bang’s albums are made through collaboration among many people, my solo album is created based on my personal opinions and I felt so proud and honored when I was given the awards. One of the latest global trends in R&B music is using a comprehensive range of instruments. I thought it was about time for a Korean artist to come up with such an album.”

TaeYang’s theme for selection is "the albums that make me want to go up on stage." First on his list is Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, less than a month ago. TaeYang says, “Michael’s music had become even greater consolation as years went by and I was so devastated and sad,” and adds, “He was truly one of the greatest heroes who influence not only music but also stage performances and styles regardless of the times.

The five albums selected are the music that makes TaeYang dance and strengthens his power of expression. He grew up immersed in R&B music. He says, “I want to make R&B music, which is significantly less popular than ballads or dance music, accessible to wider audience.” He also says, “I want to do more R&B music performances to meet audiences more freely and frequently.” Check out TaeYang’s “hotter than the hot summer sun” list of albums – consider it a cool breeze!

TaeYang Wants to Become an “Internationally Recognized Musician”
Now a top star, TaeYang says he becomes “more anxious while on break.” His anxiety stems not from the insecurity that he may not able to maintain his popularity but from the legitimate fear that he could miss the chance to be recognized. That is why he practices long hours even while on break and tries to come up with the newest and the most interesting style of music.

One of the things he must do every day is listening to the newest albums before going to bed. He says, “The greatest goal of my life is to become a musician who is internationally recognized like those artists I put on my list.” And that is why he intends to play a more active role in making his solo albums in the future. He plans to release his first full-length album in coming September or October with Teddy producing. When asked to provide more specifics, he says, “It’s too early to say,” and “Doing what I want to do – that’s the correct answer.”

TaeYang appears to be working hard enough with sufficient amount of passion, adding elaborate details to his music, polishing it and making it more beautiful still. Isn’t it enough to make him entitled to be called a great musician?

TaeYang’s First Choice: Michael Jackson’s Thriller 25 Super Deluxe Edition
A commemorative album to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s 1982 “Thriller,” which set many new records. TaeYang says: “People from my generation may not remember it but I remember watching a rerun of his Seoul concert on TV when I was little. I saw a long-haired man dance - he looked half-human and half-robot to me. I was so shocked. I remember sneaking his tape out of my music-loving brother's room to listen to it in my room. He is one of the musicians that have had the greatest influence on me. Both artistically and performance-wise, he is simply the best, and all R&B artists must have been influenced by him in some way – especially the basics of melodic lines and beats have all been under direct influence of Michael. As an artist, he dwells in an entirely unapproachable realm because he wrote a new chapter in the fundamentals of pop music. His songs have the power to make me want to dance spontaneously. I want to make such music also."

TaeYang’s Second Choice: Usher’s 8701
Usher’s 2001 album with the classic, “U Remind Me.” TaeYang says: “He was frequently called ‘the Next Michael Jackson’ because he was the most successful African American artist since Michael. After watching his first showcase performance in Seoul, I immediately got his CD and listened to it day and night. I think I watched pretty much every single one of his videos whenever I had time. He is one of the artists with the most albums on the Billboard charts and one of the rare musicians that can strike a balance between popular appeal and the feel of traditional R&B. A neutral feel, if you will. Overall, his music is very smooth but the melodic lines keep the feel of traditional R&B. Even with a pop-beat tune, when he sings it, it sounds like an R&B song. While I started listening to Michael Jackson when I was little, I fell in love with Usher’s music after I became a YGE trainee. One of Usher’s unique strengths is his ability to make everyone in the audience enjoy themselves, moving to the rhythms of R&B music.

TaeYang’s Third Choice: Prince’s The Very Best of Prince
TaeYang says: “I don’t know his music as well as I do Jackson's or Usher’s but think he is a true musician. I think he’s a real genius. Musically, he’s totally untouchable. There is no instrument he can't play and there is no genre that he can’t handle. Although his rather grotesque fashion style is a bit much to me, it actually amplifies his unique charm. Prince uses falsetto more frequently than Jackson or Usher does. Using falsetto tends to dilute the effect of a song but that's not the case with him. 'Kiss' has upbeat beats and guitar lines are nice too but in terms of musical style, the song is completely different from what I used to listen. However, it still sounded nice and wasn’t awkward at all. Prince and I are different in that his music has a lot of rock in it but that actually helped me break off from the prejudices I used to have about music. And unlike many R&B/hip hop artists who are usually loud and boisterous, he appeared to choose his words carefully when he’s interviewed. I guess he is an artist who likes to express himself through music instead of words. I want to be like that. Also on stage, I want to be like him, singing with a great band and putting on explosive performances.”

TaeYang’s Fourth Choice: The-Dream’s Love Vs. Money
Grammy winner The-Dream's second album released in 2009. Features steamy slow jams and upbeat R&B songs. TaeYang says: “The featuring artists include Lil Jon, Kanye West and Mariah Carey, the best musicians of our generation. When you listen to the songs, there's not really much to it. Most of them are based on very basic chords and use simple melodic lines but still they sound fantastic. 'Rockin' That Shit,' for example, is a slow number but has beats that give you a strong sense of groove. Especially the hook (main melody part) sounds very natural. Natural sounding hooks are actually more difficult to write. I guess The-Dream could use his experience and expertise as a professional songwriter to create something like that. If you listen to him sing on stage, it sounds even steamier and you'd know what “groove” is really about.

TaeYang's Fifth Choice: Ryan Leslie’s Ryan Leslie
The composer of JYP's Kiss and a Harvard graduate Ryan Leslie’s 2009 album. TaeYang says: “He majored in piano (Note: Ryan Leslie was a Government major). I think he’s a genius. He is so talented it seems like there’s no instrument he doesn't know how to play. When I first watched a video showing how he works, my jaw dropped. He plays real drums and plays the sax himself for recording. He's a one man band. That’s how he made this album too. First he created the basic beats. Then he went into the recording booth and finished the melodic part in less than 3 minutes. His songs are so rhythmical and have such strong hip hop elements it is hard to tell whether he's rapping or singing. ‘Gibberish,’ for example, doesn’t even have lyrics and is based on a totally non-standard platform but still touches you. When you hear him perform it on stage, the beats sound so great and the sources of accompanying instruments are very refreshing. Listening to his songs makes me feel that I can do things better and more easily on stage.”

[Translations by pgeorgie]
[Text Source: music.naver.com]
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Teddy, “I have planned to go watch Michael Jackson’s concert with TaeYang”



YG music producer, 1TYM Teddy has once given high anticipation for Big Bang member TaeYang.

Teddy was the composer to TaeYang’s solo album title song ‘Look Only At Me’ released last May. And now he is currently working on TaeYang’s 2nd solo album. It is planned for TaeYang’s new solo album to be out in October.

Teddy said on 27th July in an interview, “TaeYang has been a trainee under YG Ent since elementary school, he is a dongsaeng I’ve seen from young. Even though he is younger than me by 10 years, he has seen more about music etc than I have.”

He added, “TaeYang is very thorough with self-management – he hasn’t changed much from when he was a trainee and now as a singer. With management and hardwork, he is now very capable in dancing and singing.”

TaeYang’s new solo album is completed with about 8 songs currently. But we have not decided to release it as a minialbum or full-length album.”

Teddy also revealed that they have made a promise to go London middle of this month to see Michael Jackson’s performance together.

Teddy said, “Me and TaeYang, above everything, are fans of Michael Jackson. I promised to bring him watch his concert to study more about music etc. But it was heartbreaking that Michael Jackson just pass away suddenly. Back then when the news of his death came out, TaeYang was in Japan for Big Bang’s promotions and he was very sad.”

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[Magazine] Big Bang in Elle Girl Korea: October 2009 - TaeYang

"I’m not really interested in branching out into other fields."
Unlike the other members who have been busy in various areas other than music, TaeYang was not easy to meet. While the other members were busy branching out into new fields, such as entertainment, TV acting and musical, all he cared about was "music."

It was so good to see him again and he had some good news for us – he’s working on his second solo album! Although his first single from his first EP enjoyed notable success sweeping the charts, there was obviously much more he wanted to do. He is working hard on his second album both because of his own desire to make a better album and his sense of obligation to his fans.

"I've been working with Teddy since early this year to work on the type of music I wanted to make. I hadn’t specifically intended to make songs for my second album but the collaboration naturally turned into one for my second. My first was an EP so it is appropriate that I make a full album this time. As much as I want it to be perfect, I will take time to make it perfect."

TaeYang spent the time away from his Korean fans reaffirming his identity as a solo artist and focusing on promoting Big Bang’s music as well. In order to expand their presence in Japan, Big Bang released two singles and one full album back to back and stayed there to aggressively promote their albums.

Does that mean Big Bang now has the status of the so-called "Korean Wave" stars? TaeYang humbly shakes his head. "We didn’t go to Japan as Korean Wave stars in the first place. We went there to let more people know about our music as musicians through an independent label. Then we were fortunate enough to sign with a major label and accomplished unintended results as our album went high up on the Oricon charts. The most memorable experience to me was when we went on Music Station, a famous music show in Japan."

For Big Bang, rest is a luxury and something that is hard to come by. When they accomplish a goal, the next, more difficult goal awaits them. We are worried that they might have been completely exhausted both physically and mentally and whether they have someone to talk to when they need to pour their guts out. "Not so much exhausted as we are mindful about our future directions. We know people's high expectations of us and I know that I have to do better. Before, when I had concerns, I used to keep them to myself but now I share them with a few people I trust and depend on. I feel most comfortable and comforted when I talk to Teddy."

However, today TaeYang struggles over a problem even "Teddy-hyung" cannot help him with. He had been so engrossed with recording, he forgot that it was his mummy's birthday yesterday. "My mother sent me a text message to ask me if I could come home to have dinner. I was too busy to reply. What do I do now?"

Having been such a mature adult throughout the interview, he now has an embarrassed look of a child. He may have to forgo being a good, dutiful son for a while. Anyone who has talked to him even once would know immediately that he is a sunny and healthy young man at heart like the sun. What makes TaeYang the artist he is is his passion for music and he will continue to be a "great musician" as long as he has that.

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[Eng Subs] 09.16.09 Big Bang Secret - Taeyang's Story

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TaeYang to release digital single ‘Where U At’ coming October

Big Bang TaeYang will be releasing his 2nd solo album this autumn.

Yang HyunSeok left a message on YG Entertainment official homepage on 24th September saying, “Mid-October, TaeYang will be releasing a digital album and MV to comeback title ‘Where U At’.:

But the date for TaeYang’s full length 2nd album release has yet been confirmed.

According to YG, TaeYang will be promoting for a longer period of time as compared to his 1st solo album activities. YG also revealed that they will take on a multi-angle approach to TaeYang’s promotions this time round.

He added, “The filming for TaeYang’s ‘Where U At’ MV will take place this weekend (3rd week of September), together with director Seo HyunSeung.”

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Taeyang Mini-Album REMIX
Produced by Nile Lata (FBE)

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TRACKLIST:
01.J-YANG - Taeyang - HOT b/w Crown J - Baby You
02.[TaePM] 2PM - 돌아올지도 몰라 b/w Taeyang - 나만 바라봐
03.Taeyang - Baby I'm Sorry b/w. Lil Wayne - Mrs. Officer (feat. Bobby Valentino)
04.Taeyang - Make Love b/w Trey Songz - Can't Help but Wait
05.[TaePM] Taeyang - 태양 기도 (feat. TEDDY) b/w 2PM - 니가 밉다
06. (BONUS TRACK) Taeyang - 죄인 b.w. Epik High - 쉿

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