On 23rd August 2013 (Friday), I was invited to see the bright blue moon in Malaysia. AHAHA. Okay, allow me to correct my sentence. *giggles* So, I was invited to attend CNBLUE's press conference which was held in Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
|My media pass \(◦'⌣'◦)/|
Thank you, MANOAH Consulting for the invitation! Anyways, I arrived at the press conference on time and was lucky enough to observe the entire media conference from start till the second CNBLUE left the room.
The press conference was slightly delayed due to some issues. Not long after, the four handsome CNBLUE members appeared and it pretty much enlightened every media's mood. Hahaha. As they made a polite entrance on the stage, they greeted the press with 'Apa Khabar? Kami ialah CNBLUE!' *bows* that charmed the audiences. (including me ヽ(^o^)ノ)
|(left to right) Lee Jung Shin (bassist) , Lee Jong Hyun (guitarist), Jung Yong Hwa (lead vocalist), Kang Min Hyuk (drummer).|
Observe Jong Hyun's face expressssssion HAHAHA. HE IZ SO KIUT ♥ The emcee host made several welcome remarks and also directed several questions to each member. Questions and answers are translated by a translator during the press conference. Below are the questions asked by Lisa Wong, emcee of the day to the four heartthrobs:
MC: What do you think about Malaysia so far? Maybe about the weather or even the food here.
Jungshin: The weather in this country is similar with Korea and since we are here for our first solo concert, we have high expectations.
MC: Have you tried any of the local food yet? Is there anything you would like to try?
Minhyuk: I would love to try ‘Satay’ as I have not tried it before this. (When Minhyuk mentioned the term 'satay', it sounded really cute as he was pronouncing it in his own accent!) I like grilled food so satay will be the first thing I'd like to try.
MC: Yonghwa, you have written quite a number of tracks for CNBLUE, so what inspires you when it comes to your song writing?
Yonghwa: Ahh, when it comes to inspirations, they come pretty naturally. Sometimes I’m inspired depending on the type of music I listen to at that moment. Or even the environment around me that sometimes inspires me.
MC: Jonghyun, you’re a gold medalist in judo back when you were in school. So, can you take on a bad guy if you have to?
Jonghyun: *laughs* Well now I have a lot of security hyung(s) around me, so I don’t think it’s necessary for me to take any action.
MC: Jungshin, you're the maknae (the youngest) in the group but also the tallest. You also modelled on the runway for numerous big fashion events. So whenever you get into disagreement with your team members, will you go like “Hey, I am the tallest!"?
Jungshin: NO~! *surprised look*
MC: Do you advise any fashion tips to your teammates?
Jungshin: Well it’s not quite of an advice but whenever we go, to Japan for example, we gave several ideas to our stylists, that we would like to wear something like this and such.
MC: You guys are amazing; don’t you *points to press* think so?
Yonghwa: Yeah, I know. *laughs*
MC: Minhyuk, you acted in Korea’s popular drama. Which is your first love? Singing or acting?
Minhyuk: The band is always my first choice. Being in the band and making music has always been my first priority.
Not long after, the Q&A session is then open to the press media. Following are several questions which are asked by the press media regarding CNBLUE and their Blue Moon World Tour 2013.
Press: As a band you start evolving around this year. How would you overall describe your group's style?
Yonghwa: I don't really understand, is it in appearance or fashion wise?
Press: In terms of fashion...?
Yonghwa: Well, then it’s all thanks to our stylists, who style us properly all the time. But usually whatever we wear… *slight pause* I will just stop here. *laughs*
Press: Yonghwa and Jonghyun are already known as successful singers and song writers. What about the 'maknaes' in the group? Will Minhyuk and Jungshin be a part in composing too?
Minhyuk: Usually I take notes whenever I have ideas about the lyrics. But for now we are still in the learning process and Yonghwa is doing a great job and he’s also guiding us. Even though we (Minhyuk and Jungshin) don’t write songs ourselves, when it is time to edit the songs, we usually do it together with all members. So whenever we together I get to learn more. I’ll work harder, so by the time I reach their level, maybe we will have some songs written by ourselves in our albums.
Press: What inspired the name 'Blue Moon' for your tour?
Yonghwa: Well, blue moon only comes once in a while but as you know, on a rare event, there are two moons appearing together and this phenomenon is called “Blue Moon“. It’s rare and special, so since this is our very first world tour, we want our tour to be just as special like the Blue Moon, so that’s how we got the name.
Press: CNBLUE's Japanese album will be released in few days time. Do you guys have any plan to release any Korean album in the near future?
Yonghwa: We don’t start to write or make songs only when we want to make a new album. We are constantly writing songs. So, whenever we're ready, and we think it’s the right time, we will release our album. You could say that we are constantly preparing for our new album. We do not have a certain specific date on when we will release our album. We are always working on it. We hope it will be released soon too.
Press: There are so many Korean songs out there. How do you make sure your songs are different from other boy bands? As in, people would immediately know that the song is from CNBLUE.
Yonghwa: Well, I don’t really have a clear definition of what CNBLUE’s theme for our music, but I guess our songs are very catchy and easy for people to sing along. Also, when you listen to our music, you can just feel that it is CNBLUE’s song.
During the press conference, Yonghwa also said, "We are excited to be here in Malaysia and from what we have seen so far, there are many passionate BOICE members here! We are glad that our music can reach out to Malaysians and we hope to put on a rocking show for our fans to enjoy in Stadium Negara on Saturday!".
After the Q&A session, the boys had to leave immediately for their next Meet & Greet session with their beloved fans. But before CNBLUE left the press conference room, Samsung Malaysia presented them a gift as a token of appreciation.
|CNBLUE members receiving their token of appreciation from Samsung Malaysia representative.|
I hope CNBLUE will remember about us Malaysians whenever they take a look at the Petronas Twin Towers miniature. Will be blogging about my experience to their Blue Moon World Tour later on so make sure you're tuning in! ヽ(ˆ⌣ˆc)
❅ Celyx Lim ❅