Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Heroes are always afraid of loneliness, they worry for that single short moment when their own powers will disappear, this type of strong heroic plot is none other than the knights who are loaded to go out at any time within the castle, they stand on the pinnacle of loneliness, having the cruel wind hit against them in the dark night, nodding and smiling, gazing like fireworks, persistent, arrogant, modest, they will always jump up immediately once they are given an order, their out of the world charm explodes.
Who are they?
EXO-M, they are musicically talented kids who accidentally came from a planet that is outside our solar system, this Chinese-Korean idol group was first pushed out to the public’s eyes on the 22nd of December in 2011 and there were non-stop online promotions, and before they even officially debuted, they already had a group of fans. Since their debut date of 8th April to now, in a time of not even half a year, on Weibo, they’ve already received 518, 112 hearts of the fans, many fans have also gathered outside their shooting stages, even fans who come from all sorts of places.
Then are not groundless, but premeditated. Instead of keeping to a typical idol group’s style, the men kill the entire audience in a single second with the handsomeness of their different styles. They’re known as a Chinese-Korean mixed local group that focuses on Chinese people, four of members are mainland Chinese men, Kris, whose ancestry comes from Guangzhou’s Kris, Qingdao’s Tao, Changsha’s Lay and Beijing’s Luhan, in addition, the two Korean members, Chen and Xiumin, they are a mixture of Chinese-Korean culture and they bring about a sense of impact that has fresh yet curious visuals. This is a skilful dance group that was introduced by Korea’s biggest entertainment company, SM, after training them for many years, they have spent quite a lot of thinking before introducing the group out; EXO-M focuses on attacking the Chinese market, while there is the sub-group, EXO-K, that focuses on the Korean market. These two new groups will promote on the same day, the same time, promoting the same song but in Chinese and Korean respectively; Separately debuting in two different countries, this fresh method has attracted everyone’s attention.
Even though they have many members, please remember every member’s name, it isn’t difficult and on stage, you’d be able to find each member’s specialty easily. Cool and serious, silently looking at the surroundings, it has to be leader Kris; Luhan, this bright and sunny child, cute even when he’s answering questions; Tao, who has the impression of a thinker, and compared to his biting cold wushu skills, before speaking, his thoughts are mature; funny and direct Lay, who will calm down once he’s on stage, a bright kid who speedily replies questions; even though Chen’s Chinese is not too good, he converses as though he knows the language well and he will look at you directly in the eyes; and also, when told that he looks similar to Wonder Girls’ Sohee, Xiumin will give a rather awkward smile.
Off stage, the six of them still look like shy and innocent men, but they have already made their footprint in China’s pop music billboard charts. As they trained in Korea for many years, every single member has their own powerful skills, not only that, the chemistry they have with one another continuously grows deeper. On the outside, they are teammates but on the inside, they are brothers. The cultivation of their chemistry has to be from conversing with one another in their daily lives, communicating with one another, expressing their opinions when they meet something, everyone expresses their views; If the leader can’t make the decision, then, it’d be left to the Manager to decide.
“Unite”, is the most important quality in Kris’s ideal group. “We are one”, is a team’s soul.
Building their dreams on the group
When they sang the first note on their debut stage, when they danced the first dance move, the infinite amount of sweat that they once had, the infinite amount of lost days and nights were finally fulfilled on their debut stage on the 12th Music Billboard Annual Ceremony.
If the power of one is tiny, one’s abilities are not sufficient to grasp such a huge dream, then if it were six men, a group, then, you can make the dream become infinitely bigger.
Every song in the mini album, are their dreams coming true. <MAMA>, as the mini’s title song, in their interpretation it received an incisive and vivid display, “This song succeeds our company’s SMP style, strong, mysterious, domineering, it shows our bravery and determination when it comes to music,” the leader introduces. “‘If you look at the content of the lyrics, you will know the story inside of it. Apart form the style that is filled with manliness, there are also many dance moves that ought to be mentioned, Lay confidently showed off their signature dance step in <HISTORY>.
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Their first music recording. “Compared to saying that it’s fun, it’s better to say that when filming, it gives us a fresh and curious feeling.” Lay shared with us the situation of that day, when everyone faced so many cameras surrounding them for the first time, it caused them to feel extremely shocked; On one hand, they were extremely nervous, on the other hand, they were extremely curious. “When the fast dance moves are being slowed down, that sort of wonderful stagnation of time and space feeling can’t be helped”, even though it’s a short MV of just a few minutes, but it gave them a good enough opportunity to show off their performance, their expressions were spot on, the match of their lip sync, the beat was captured, all of their understanding was fully displayed as though being enlarged.
The reason why dreams are precious, it’s because of the complication on the road of realization, everyone trains themselves in order to fulfill their dreams and it’s those people who work hard, who will receive the support of everyone. On stage, they who are still young and tender, that will gain the recommendation of the audience and seniors. Like DBSK’s Yunho, he’d directly go to their practice room and tell them about his experience of performing, like how to change the camera lenses, making expressions, winking, and how everyone should coordinate in order to produce the best effect, he unhesistantly gives them his support.
You might be worried for the Korean members, Chen and Xiumin who are debuting in China, honestly speaking, their Chinese ability isn’t that good, we hope that they will continue to work hard and even though they can’t quickly reply in Chinese during Chinese interviews, but they will work hard to use the Chinese phrases that they know and give you a direct and honest response. The image of them working hard, we really want to shout a loud “Fighting” in our hearts.
Moving forward, the youth exploration team that is never threatened
Using their own works to speak is every artists’ largest bargaining chip, yet also every group’s persistance and hard work, using their own ability to perfect a song, every dance is the most dedicating spirit. This kind of stubbornness and perseverance, drives them to continue moving forward, no matter their ages.
This idol group that is born from a noble pop music company, have not yet faded from seniors include Dong Bang Shin Ki, Super Junior, SHINee’s honour, hence, since the beginning, they were already receiving everyone’s attention, accepting a review. When interviewed, they appeared to be slightly shy, but their ambition will be aroused when they are on the stage of youth. That’s right, when they are not threatened by youth, they will chase after their dreams, banding together like strings of rope, with the members they will advance towards adventure with a big bang.
In May 2012, SM Entertainment released a documentary of the artists in the company, in the movie, it included many Korean representatives that made a storm in the world: Kangta, BoA, Dong Bang Shin Ki… It represented the pinnacle of Korean pop in different eras. In this documentary, as rookies, EXO-M, were lucky enough to take part in a part of the filming, looking at the persistence and what their seniors had to give during their journey, it left behind an unforgettable shock to them, as the representative of this generation, they felt very honoured. They are also looking forward to that one day, as they grow to become a successful group, and everything that they have given will be remembered by their fans, by everyone in the world; Even though that day is a long way ahead, they are not willing to give up at all during this journey.
When asked about a dream that they have dreamt of recently, the six members, all thought of the same thing, their dream is to get the Rookie Award at the end of the year; In order to achieve this dream, they have never stopped fighting since their debut, as rookies, they cherish every performance, every chance of promotions very much and they try to comply to every request to the best of their abilities, off-stage, they also don’t give up and they practice the dance moves that they are already extremely familiar with, over and over again. To them, the road that rookies have to work, is still very long but the rising space goes without saying, the continuous self-motivation and rallying cries is the motivation for each other, like, before they go on stage, the six of them would gather together and have their hands tightly clutching onto each others’, the electronic waves from their hearts will release and the slogan of “fighting!” will be released in a split second; “Let’s love!”, this is their special way of encouraging one another and it’s also a shout towards every challenge that they face, that they will not feel threatened.
Q. Today’s theme is an English-style, what is the impression of English-style that you have in your minds?
All: Gentlemanly, rich, polite, and slightly melancholic.
Q. Can everyone use a single phrase to describe yourself?
Q. Talking about England, the English-style, what is the first thought that comes to mind?
Kris: The Beatles
Tao: The image that appears in my mind, is a magazine that I’ve seen when I was young, like English-style traditional clothes, checkered skirts and the organ (T/N: The instrument), etc.
Luhan: English soccer, Manchester United
Lay: The cities of the past, London, streets that are very pretty and stylish
Xiumin: English gentlemen
Q. If EXO lived in a castle together, according to your personalities, what kind of role will each of the member play?
Kris: (Who wants to be the King?) Haha, I want to be the King or perhaps, the Prince!
Luhan: Maid? No, I’ve changed my mind, I want to be a little prince.
Lay: Bodyguard, a bodyguard who knows how to cook
Tao: Assassin, I want to silently protect the castle; When Lay can’t do his job, then I will come out
Chen: A commoner who lives in the city
Xiumin: Butler, the housekeeper who takes care of the house
Q. A necessity that you need to bring out?
Tao: Mask, MP3
Lay: Wallet, phone
Q. Tell each other about the following member’s good habits or personality?
Kris: Loves to read, calm and has a sense of responsibility
Tao: Persistent, hardworking
Lay: In the group, at times, he’s the moodmaker
Chen: I like to eat rice (He said this in Chinese), his appetite is good
Xiumin: He loves cleanliness, a cleanliness that is recognised by everyone.
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＜时尚男士健康＞7月刊T恤大专题，由@Exo-m 演艺的整整10页！5日左右市面出刊，封面林丹，谢谢大家关注！@男士健康 http://t.cn/zWUr8R3
<Men’s Health>’s July issue’s t-shirt theme has 10 full pages of @EXO-M’s talents! It will come out in the market around the 5th, Lin Dan is on the cover, everyone, please look forward to it! @Men’s Health http://t.cn/zWUr8R3
再来！@男士健康 和@Exo-m 7月刊里给所有的T恤迷的夏季大礼！Exo-m的签名专辑也会从转＂发的朋友中来选，加油!
Again! Inside @Men’ Health and @Exo-m July’s issue we’re giving out a big summer gift to all T-shirt fans! Exo-m’s signed album will also be forwarded, “choosing between the friends who send it”, good luck!
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Q1: Who in EXO-M represents a good man?
Kris: Myself, there is no explanation (laughs)
Lay: Can I recommend myself? I think I’m quite alright myself (laughs)
Lu Han: Myself I guess, because it’s really difficult to choose (laughs) actually I’m quite open minded, often being everyone’s pistachio nuts (t/n: in chinese it also means “happy fruit”)
Chen: We’re all really good, I think that everyone can become a good man (laughs)
Xiu Min: Myself I guess (laughs) all 6 of us have our own different charm, we’re all really good.
Tao: we’re all pretty good, we are all men who can take on the roll.
Q2: In the summer, what type of outfits on girls attracts you?
Kris: A simple style is the best, the type that gives others a comfortable feeling
Lay: As long as they dress prettily then it’s really good
Lu Han: A girl who looks fresh and cool but not too over exaggerated.
Chen: Only a simple outfit arragement can let women appear even more beautiful.
Xiu Min: Jeans with a white T-shirt, I feel that already would be really beautiful.
Tao: I like the type that has quite a lot of qualities, something that would suit themselves.
Q3: What flavor of ice cream would you compare yourself to?
Kris: I like vanilla and green tea , but I think I should be more similar to green tea.
Lay: I think I should be cheese, the type where the more you taste the more flavour there is.
Lu Han: Mint, the more you get to know it the more fresh it is.
Chen: Peppermint with chocolate, peppermint’s freshness and chocolate’s rich simplicity together really suits my personality.
Xiu Min: Blueberry flavour. Because I really like blueberry.
Tao: Chocolate and cream flavour, because there’s a huge difference between the me on stage and the me in private.
Q4: If you were to pick a cartoon character to describe yourself, who would it be？
Kris: Angry Birds (laughs)
Lay: MashiMaro and Shin Chan, everyone says I look quite blank (laughs)
Lu Han: The Monkey King in Dragon Ball, because we’ve both got that feeling of justice (laughs)
Chen: There isn’t one (laughs)
Xiu Min: Everyone says I look like a little racoon (laughs)
Tao: Panda, because everyone says I look like a panda (laughs)
Ice cream boy evolution
During the summer heat, there is nothing better than a big cup of mixed flavour ice cream to make people feel happier, so, EXO-M are coming very happily and care-freely, the 6 “good faced and obedient” youngsters, instantly overthrowing the imposed rebellious label on the 90-liners, making everyone willing to become followers whom will never betray them.
Star Sign: Virgo
Speciality: Singing, Piano
Star Sign: Aries
Speciality: Taekwondo, Kendo
Star Sign: Taurus
Star Sign: Libra
Speciality: Dance, Piano, Guitar
Star Sign: Aries
Speciality: Football, Rubik’s cube
Star Sign: Scorpio
Speciality: Languages (English, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese), Basketball
Lu Han: “stop playing around, quickly stand up properly, boss Lu is going to make a speech!”
Kris: “ah~ the camera is facing me, I need to seize the time and act cute”
Lu Han: “hello everyone, we are MIB’s new partners K&L”
Lu Han: “are our minds wandering off? No, we are thinking about McDonald’s chicken wings”
The name ‘EXO’ comes from the phrase ‘EXOPLANET’, it represents an unknown planet outside our solar system, it contains the meaning that they’re a new star who comes from an unknown world. The ‘M’ that is included after ‘EXO’ represents ‘mandarin’ and it refers to the group that has promotional activites in China. EXO-M wishes to become an outstanding mainland group that is recognised by the public, and also to gradually expanding to the entire planet, and have EXO-M’s music become the entire world’s inspiration. The members include leader Kris, Lu Han, Lay, Tao, Xiu Min and Chen. The first four members are the Chinese members while Xiumin and Chen are the two Korean members.
On the 8th of April 2012, on the stage of the 12th Music Billboard Charts Annual Ceremony, EXO-M officially announced their debut. This method of debut caught the attention of everyone, drew the curiousity of anticipation from various eyes. EXO-M’s slogan is “We are one!” The Chinese meaning is that “we’re one”, this represents the determination of the 6 men who want to accomplish the same dream, and how they will not let any obstacles on the road affect their “brotherhood”. The position that SM Entertainment has given to this group is “a mixed Chinese-Korean group that focuses on Chinese people that is produced by a Korean company.” We hope that EXO-K and them can develop together, together holding onto a brighter future.
In life, the six cute grown men of EXO-M live together in the same dormitory. Xiumin, was acknowledged by everyone to be the member who loved cleanliness the most, and he’s good at keeping the rooms neat, Tao, who lives together with him said, “Xiumin-gege especially loves cleanliness and he’s very particular about the smell of the room, I think that this is an exceptionally good point of him.” Lay is the group’s “cooking master”, every time, he’d whip up delicious food for everyone, relieving everyone’s “pain of instant noodles”. Kris is the leader, and he’s best at gathering everyone, and having activites together as one. Lu Han and Lay live in the same room, he (Lu Han) has a special habit, which is he doesn’t like others resting on his bed, at times, Lay will test his limits, but in the end, he’d end up getting kicked off the bed mercilessly.
During the process of shooting during the entire afternoon, EXO-M showed off their speciality of modesty and politeness; not only did they immediately start to greet and bow continuously upon entering the door, but also, they completely followed the shooting plan, and caused the studio to be filled with the atmosphere of youth. We especially prepared EXO-M’s title song to help them get into the mood of shooting, at the end this unexpectedly managed to give us the chance to have a glimpse of some close-distance handsome dance poses; Tao was even more intimate as he changed his phone in order to play music for everyone, every time it came to a member’s solo shot, he’d change the song to what they liked, letting us once again feel the strong relationship between the members. When Lu Han was resting, he unknowingly knocked over a bottle of Coke, and became flustered, looking around for tissues to wipe the mess, even though we said that it was okay and that he didn’t need to do it, but he still insisted that he should clean up, even though he himself got dirtied, but in this turbulent entertainment industry, this type of outstanding artist really deserve to be praised. There is also an “outside story” that deserves to be shared, after the shoot, the 6 EXO-M boys under the guidance of their leader, faced all the SoCooL staff and said their thanks one by one, along with a 90-degrees bow filled with sincerity, the editors all cheered that they were too polite and the claps that resounded in the studio were all from the inside of their hearts.
Sidelights of the Shoot
If you don’t take the strong heart injection and take or edit photos of EXO-M then you won’t be a good tailor.
The N moment when her knees were shivering
1. When Da Zui entered the resting room with the process sheet, the kids were too busy bugging the manager-gege to buy them McDonalds to eat. They were wearing formal suits and ties yet they were puffing their cheeks like chipmunks, it was so adorable. Da Zui didn’t have any mental preparations, so in that moment, her legs turned to jelly.
Luhan (chewing his mouth and teeth, his gaze was bling bling): “Jiejie (T/N: ‘older sister’ in Chinese) what are we going to film now?” Da Zui (forcing herself to remain calm): “You guys eat first.” She covered her chest and stumbled to disappear.
2. When it was time for filming, the cameraman, Guan-ge, waved his huge hand and said, “Come, don’t look at the lenses and look to the left.” Bzzzzt six electric currents came over, and the second they stood opposite Da Zui, she was unable to turn back. Her knees turned soft and she escaped. (Guan-ge, are you playing with me? I haven’t prepared, you’re playing with me, aren’t you?)
3. When it was time for the solo shot, in order to create the full effect, Da Zui helped to play with Chen’s tie several times, but her strength wasn’t enough; the tie’s “fluttering” was weak. Da Zui was filled with so many deep emotions, and she kept apologizing. Student Chen smiled awkwardly; in the end, upon Chen getting requested for a wink, she completely exploded because of his shy and innocent smile (which appeared at the same time). The number of times that he was cute was all too much and it caused Da Zui’s legs to turn soft again while swaying the tie around.
4. No matter which outfit, leader Kris would be the first person to be ready and out for confirmation. Da Zui also became a person who falls (laughs) all the time. Especially that moment when he walked out from behind the curtains in his formal suit, and his face had a smile … it was truly too pleasing for the eyes. The male god in casual streetwear is even more of an invisible killer; when he ran out of the makeup room with his bangs fluffy and a relaxed expression on his face, and had direct eye contact with Da Zui, Da Zui’s knees once again, became unsteady …
How we got such free and easy happiness
1. Lu Han loves to laugh and his laugh point is low, he is still a curious baby. During the photoshoot with the suits, Lu Han was a little amused when he saw everybody’s serious expressions. He tried his best to hold back his laugh - but at the end, he was trying so hard not to laugh that his mouth twitched. The photographer completely gave up: “Don’t smile! Control yourself! Hold [the smile] back! Child! Don’t smile!” The tone was so sad, Luhan’s eyes grew big - a thorough laugh, the small folds in the corner of his eyes, his long eyelashes, his features are all beautiful. Kris let out a helpless sigh, Lay pulled a face and shook his head. Under these circumstances, you could only tut tut tut tut.
2. After all the backdrops and props were ready, Da Zui and the photographer prompted the boss to confirm the version of the photo. From time to time the children’s loud laughter came out of the break room, and Da Zui inadvertently turned her head……Tao, when were you reduced to looking at the samples on the computer? The kid didn’t stop clicking the mouse, yet the screen did not move.Just resentfully looking at Da Zui, all while holding an Oreo flavored McFlurry in his hand…..
3. During make up, the kids were flipping through《Pop Music》sample issues to study their own layout, when suddenly Kris pointed at the words “Free happiness star LAY” (T/N: in Chinese it’s a shortened version of “free and easy happiness”) and confusedly asked Ah Luojiang, “what does ‘Free happiness’ mean?” The editor who wrote the current issue was currently in the middle of a shoot. Ah Luojian suddenly didn’t know any better than to laugh without a word. While Kris was confused by “free happiness”, especially because it used the tsukkomi style of writing, a befuddled and wandering look appeared on Lay’s face - it’s called twitching. Ah Luojiang was secretly startled. Later, shaking the editor’s shoulder, Ah Luojiang said, “At that time, how did you expect me to explain⋯⋯”
In large open spaces, in front of complicated backdrops, in between the backdrop changes, in between outfit changes, while touching up make up, yet all the album songs’ accompaniment made sound, the kids will all grab that opportunity to get into the rhythm and practice the dance steps over and over, never missing a moment when they make a mistake and can correct the movement. Even when they were having their pictures taken, when they heard the beginning of 《History》, they will hit their legs practicing for the shaking pants dance. Their concentration can be clearly seen. Anytime, anywhere within their practicing spirit, is something that gives people a good impression and something people can recognize as a truly good habit.