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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

EXO-K Baek Hyun For Newsen


"I'm trying to use less eyeliner now"

EXO-K’s Baekhyun, his full name is Byun Baekhyun, he’s born on May 6th, 1992, his blood type is O, he’s 19 years old, his specialities are hapkido and piano.

EXO-K’s main vocal Baekhyun entered the company through SM’s casting system in 2011, he got to debut directly as an EXO-K member in 2012. Taking in consideration that with the EXO 100 days promotion period, they got known to the public starting from 2011’s later half so as soon as he became a trainee he learnt surprisingly that he was directly going to debut.

“How I felt when I joined the debuting team even though my training period was short? I felt that I was lacking and even if it was a short period I had to work hard to enter that team. I was happy because my efforts paid”

When people heard Baekhyun’s singing voice for the first time through the promotion teasers and the single, a lot of them thought of SM’s exclusive producer Yoo Youngjin.

“There are people who feel like our voices are similar but some people told me they weren’t. I personally think that it’s not exactly the same as Yoo Youngjin director. I don’t know if it sounds similar but it’s an honor to hear that”

When we asked Baekhyun who he admired as a singer, Rain’s name unexpectedly came up. Baekhyun said “Rain senior has the performance, the singing skills, he can act and when he appears in variety he’s funny too. I want to learn this well-rounded side. The reason why I was determined to become a singer at first is also Rain senior” he revealed his wish of becoming a singer that has everything from the singing skills, to the performance and the variety skills too.

We asked to main vocal Baekhyun if he had any problems to sing while pulling off a fierce performance for ‘MAMA’ which has a SMP genre.

“I have to sing and dance at the same time, so I have to have a deep breathing, because of that U-Know Yunho senior gave us tips. He told us to run and sing in the practice room so we were turning around in the practice room while singing, that’s how we improved our breathing capacity”

Also when talking about Baekhyun, you can’t put aside the eyeliner. During the interview, Baekhyun had a light eye make-up, when we brought up the eyeliner subject he replied while laughing embarrassingly “I’m trying to use less eyeliner now”. When we told him he had a really heavy eyeliner on broadcast he said “Depending on the outfits and the harmony with the members I draw it either heavily or lightly. Because I use a lot of eyeliner, I can erase it even better than most women” and “It’s a relief our fans said it fitted me well”.

When we asked Baekhyun if he wanted to say something lastly, he enthusiastically said “Write ‘Because we’re rookies, we’re still not used to the cameras so we can’t show you much of us but after some time I will show you Baekhyunnie’s well-rounded image so I hope you will look forward to it’ please”


source: newsen
translation cr; emilie @ exok-trans

EXO-K Interview For TvDaily - Part 2




SM Entertainment’s rookie group EXO-K are ‘full’ of seniors. As far as H.O.T and Shinhwa to DBSK, Super Junior, SHINee and even SNSD. The large number of famous names didn’t make things easier for EXO-K and it made them become practice maniacs; the experience EXO-K gained kept them growing.

During the pre-debut 100 days promotion, every time a teaser of the 12 people was released the expectations raised, even more so because they’re the first rookie group SM produces after 4 years.

“We’re the first rookies after a long time. Because our seniors established well the Hallyu and K-POP’s path, we were pressured about what we’ll do if our skills can’t match that. So we united more and worked harder.”(Chanyeol), “Because our seniors did well, we had to be successful too. So I think that we practiced even harder.”(Baekhyun)

Their seniors gave them a lot of advice for their debut. “When our debut stage ended, DBSK’s U-Know Yunho senior called us from Japan. Personally calling at dawn! He ended his concert in Japan and called us. And he gave us advice. We put the call on speaker phone and all the members listened attentively.”(Chanyeol)

“As for me, he told me that the song had a strong feeling but it would be good if I practiced charismatic expressions and gestures to overwhelm the audience, so of course I practiced hard. I was really touched.”(Chanyeol)

“Anyway, since we’re doing it live, our seniors have this know-how. He advised us to ‘Do the live while running’. He told us it was because the breathing was extremely important.”(D.O)

So junior EXO-K practiced according to their seniors’ advice. “After that, we ran during 1 hour everyday while singing in the company’s practice room. It had a huge effect.”(Sehun, D.O)

The SNSD unit, Taetiseo is currently promoting and they’re a reassuring support. “When we first appeared on ‘Music Core’, our seniors were MC-ing. We were totally nervous then, they came to greet us in our waiting room and they gave us a lot of encouragement. They said we were great and it gave us strength to go up on stage.”(Chanyeol)

The records the idols produced by SM made are at the level of a ‘4-dimension wall you can’t pass’. When telling about their seniors’ achievements to EXO-K who were opening their eyes widely, we asked them which one of these achievements they were the most envious of: Shinhwa not breaking up after 14 years, Super Junior being 1st overseas during 100 weeks, DBSK gathering 550,000 people in Japan for their concert.

They all said without any hesitation “All of these”. Baekhyun said “I’m personally very envious of Shinhwa seniors who stayed 14 years together”, as Chanyeol said this last sentence.

“We want to stay together for over 14 years like Shinhwa seniors, while being #1 overseas for 100 weeks like Super Junior seniors, and do a concert with more than 550,000 people in the audience like DBSK seniors. We will work hard. We will really do our best.”

If it’s these boys, it seems that this milestone can be reached.
source: tvdaily
translation cr; emilie @ exok-trans

The Star Profile [Kai]






The new boygroup EXO-K appeared like a comet in the Renaissance. EXO is SM Entertainment’s ambitious work: the group’s groundbreaking strategy is that EXO-K promotes in Korea while EXO-M promotes in China, the two teams’ debut song is ‘MAMA’ but they will sing it in each respective language.

Kai who has been mastering ballet and jazz dance since primary school is a gifted dancer. Dubbed as “SM’s secret weapon” and also known for being CEO Lee Soo Man’s most cherished dancer, Kai has been famous even before his debut. He is also similar to the lead character of his favorite movie, “Billy Elliot” who loves ballet and dance. On the other hand, he also has firm six packs and a manly appeal.

On May 11th, the group EXO-K’s HD Interviews will be released on the different star stories ‘The Star’(www.the-star.co.kr) and we’re holding an interview comment event giving away signed polaroids (6 members) and <MAMA> miniposters(6 members). It’s from the 11th to the 17th, the announcement will be made on the 18th.

(T/N: The “reason you got added as a member” section you can see in the other members’ profiles has been removed because he didn’t answer to it and the description of his personality takes quite a lot of space)
source : The Star
translation cr; saphira @ exok-trans

EXO-K ChanYeol For Newsen



"No matter how hard it is, I smile like an idiot"

EXO-K’s Chanyeol, his full name is Park Chanyeol, he’s born in November 27, 1992, he’s an A type (blood type), he’s 19, he became a trainee in 2008 through SM’s casting system. His specialities are playing instruments (guitar, drums, bass, djembe, etc), rapping and acting.
We will now reveal the Chanyeol’s Q&A that he did with always a bright face without a crease, he replied to all the questions enthusiastically.

- How do you pronounce ‘Chanyeol’?
▲ (Chanyeol asked to the members “Call me once” while turning around, he asked to each of the members to call his name) It’s a bit ambiguous because my mother calls me ‘Chan-nyeol’ while my big sister calls me ‘Cha-nyeol’. You can pronounce it both ways but I think calling me ‘Chan-nyeol’ is better.

- You seem to be always bright.
▲ I usually react to everything while smiling without getting angry. Not matter how difficult and hard something is, I will always be positive and smile like an idiot..(Baekhyun next to him called him idiot)

- We heard that the fans gave you the nickname ‘Teeth Rich’.
▲ I know about that too. When I left a message on EXO-K’s homepage, I wrote ‘Teeth Rich’ (T/N: He used a different Korean word for ‘Teeth’ he used ‘Chia’ while in the question they used ‘Ippal’) too. I did some researches and found out that ‘Ippal’ was used for animals.

- When did you start being so tall?
▲ I stopped growing around 2 years ago. I think it was during my 3rd year of high school, it stopped at 185cm. I wasn’t tall ever since I was young, I only started being tall during my 3rd year of middle school. During my 1st and 2nd year of middle school I was rather small.

- You appeared in SNSD’s japanese music video for ‘Tell Me Your Wish’ and in Taetiseo’s ‘Twinkle’ too, your acting is pretty good?
▲ Thank you. I’m doing my best so I can challenge acting later on too.

- A musician you admire?
▲ There are two international singers I admire, the singer-songwriter Jason Mraz and Eminem.

- Is there anything you want to say?
▲ (Chanyeol thought for a moment while saying “Hum..”) Tell to the fans I love them please.
source: newsen
translation cr; emilie @ exok-trans

EXO-K tenth Fan Signing- Busan


120508 EXO-K Busan Fansign Event
 


 Se Hun, Su Ho, Kai, D.O, ChanYeol, Baek Hyun
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