Thursday, 8 March 2012
INTERVIEW: FT Island and CN Blue in LA 08032012
How would you feel if it’s your first week in a brand new country, and the first thing you’re expected to do is perform? For the K-Pop (that’s Korean pop music!) bands FT Island and CN Blue, they’ll be performing their first ever concert in America tomorrow, March 9, and are we ever stoked!
FT Island is comprised of five members: Choi Jong Hun, Lee Hongki, Lee Jae Jin, Song Seung Hyun, and Choi Min Hwan. CN Blue has four members: Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Jong Hyun, Kang Min Hyuk, and Lee Jung Shin. Fanlala got to sit down with the groups, and discuss their music, what they think of America so far, and much more!
Fanlala: Did you guys expect to make it as big and find fans internationally?
FT Island: We were more surprised than anything else, it’s a fascinating experience having fans in places you’ve never been to!
CN Blue: We were not expecting it at all, recently we had concerts in Thailand and Taiwan that housed upwards of 7,000-8,000 people, and we sold them out. It was amazing!
Fanlala: Are there any American artists that you like listening to, or would like to work with?
FTI: My Chemical Romance, Hoobastank, and Jason Mraz
CNB: Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 30 Seconds to Mars, Maroon 5. There are more, but the list is really long.
Fanlala: For CN Blue, each of you represents a letter in the word Blue. Lee Jong represents burning. Kang, loving. Lee Jung, untouchable. And Jung Yong, emotional. How did you guys decide on those words?
CNB: We thought about the meanings to each of the words. They weren’t just picked at random, and we just picked the words that matched up with our character really well.
Fanlala: What’s the message you want to convey with your music to your fans across the globe?
FTI: We just focus on how emotional our songs are. A fan going through hardships can really receive strength from our music. We also have a lot about break-ups... We just want people to relate to our music, we’re constantly changing to meet fans’ needs.
CNB: In our third album, we wanted it to be faster, more upbeat, and lively! The music is really meant to be listened to live. We want our fans to take part in our songs, they’ll see more light that way. We want our music to be listened to with your entire body!
Fanlala: How does the US compare to other countries that you’ve seen?
FTI: We were very impressed by the freedom and how open everything is. It’s all very big, and the weather is great!
CNB: It’s all very big. We saw one of those big cars we’ve seen in movies waiting for us at LAX. We jumped in, turned up the music, put on our sunglasses and leather jackets, and started drinking American coffee. We also love the food here, steak is great, and we can’t wait to try In-N-Out!
We can’t wait to see FT Island and CN Blue tomorrow at “FT Island and CN Blue Stand Up” concert presented by M Live tomorrow! We’ll keep you posted with all of the details. And we also want to wish major luck to both groups in their futures!