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New boy group B.A.P says, “We want to conquer the earth!” (Interview)

  • Yun Seong Yeol |입력 : 2012.02.16 23:30|조회 : 1347
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“We are here to conquer the earth!”


This sounds like something that an evil alien might say in a science fiction. Their yellow hair reminds of the Namek Super Saiyan from the Japanese cartoon Dragon Ball. New boy group B.A.P members were very aggressive. They seemed to be joking at first, but their eyes were very serious. Maybe they weren’t joking.


B.A.P consists of six members, the leader Bang Yong Guk, Zelo, Him Chan, Young Jae, Jong Up, and Dae Hyun. As befits their aggressive moves, their performances are very intense. Even top singing groups might have to pay attention to them.


Their dream of “conquering the earth” shows their strong will to become a world-renowned singing group. B.A.P stands for Best, Absolute, Perfect, which means that they are in pursuit of perfection.


As much as their great dream, their debut was also very unusual. They attracted over 3,000 fans to their debut showcase and entered the top ten on the World Albums of Billboard’s.


“We all dream of conquering the earth. We really want to become a world-renowned group. We still have a lot more to go, but we dream of performing on MTV’s World Stage, which will take place in Malaysia, as a representative singing group of Korea. Because our debut album is finally out, we want to do everything we’ve prepared to show our passion (Bang Yong Guk).”


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B.A.P’s debut album Warrior contains “Warrior,” the title song, “Burn It Up,” an intro song, “Unbreakable,” which is about their dream of becoming singers, and “Secret Love,” in which Secret’s Song Ji Eun was featured.


The title song “Warrior” contains lyrics that criticize the current social system, which might be unfamiliar to many people who are used to today’s friendly boy groups. Excluding all electronic sounds, which are often used in many K-pop songs, they highlight hip-hop beats.


“When we work together, we talk a lot. When we decided the direction of our music, we promised not to make the same songs as others’. So we wrote “Warrior,” thinking that it would be good to talk about some heavy issues that criticize the current society. We want to talk about various different issues in the future, as well (Him Chan).”


“We all hate to copy others. Rather than copying, we want to become a group that other people wish to copy. We’ve worked really hard to make that happen even before our debut (Bang Yong Guk).”


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Maybe the wishes of the “six aliens” have come true. Their popularity is as high as that of other existing singing groups’. The members of B.A.P’s official fan cafe number more than 18,000.


Singers communicate with people on the stage. After their showcase and debut performance, the number of their fans have increased exponentially. They also sold all 10,000 copies of their debut album only in two days.


They’ve already proved what they’re showing on the stage is very distinctive. Their perfect group dance, strong charisma, Bang Yong Guk’s raw rap, and Zelo’s high-speed rap are in perfect harmony. And Dae Hyun and Young Jae’s great voices make their performance reach the climax.


Moreover, their aggressive moves eventually broke the stage set. While shooting SBS TV’s Inkigayo, the stage floor was broken by Bang Yong Guk’s powerful step.


“Whenever we perform on the stage, we break things. We’ve recently broken two mike packs and hurt our hands. Every time, we find out that we got hurt after we finish performing. When we are performing on the stage, we don’t know that we’re hurt because we’re so focused on our performance (Jong Up).”


B.A.P members can be confident about themselves because they’re thoroughly prepared and have strong passion. They say, “When we are standing on the stage, we feel thrilled rather than being nervous.” Yet, they are as fresh as other new boy group members. They don’t speak perfectly, but their stammering speech and polite way of speaking make them look more attractive.


“Because we all have blonde hair, even our fans are confused about our names. We, first of all, have to make people know our names in order to ‘conquer the eatrh (laughs).’ We want to be a group that leads fashion, music, and dance trend. We wish that all people in Korea dye their hair blonde and go on a diet with B.A.P’s dance in 2012 (Him Chan).”


“We’re like a white paper now, on which can have any kinds of drawing. On the contrary to this, our music is black. All members love African-American music as it has soul. If we can be born again, we want to be born as African-Americans and do their music (Bang Yong Guk).”


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