Singer G-Dragon,if only age grows but the ‘inspiration’ does not lose…
Big Bang’s leader and the music producer for YGE, G-Dragon (age:25. Original Name: Kwon Ji Yong)has been selected as the power leader in the music section.
In the Golden Disk Award Ceremony, G-Dragon was crowned as the king of 4 categories, they were Ceci Popularity Award, Golden Disk Album Sales Bosang(solo:Crayon; Bigbang: Fantastic Baby)and MSN International Award. The two songs which were awarded Bosang were written by him (both melody and lyrics).He has also participated in the production of ‘Lie’, “Haru Haru’, ‘Tonight,etc. He has registered for more than 120 songs in Korea Music Copyright Association. (KOMCA) and he receives an annual royalties of more than 1000000000 wons.
G-Dragon is the one of the few idols who possesses both composing and producing ability. Wearing an expression of seemingly he has shouldered the burdens of the whole world coupled with the look he shows to the audience on the stage, some people said he is ‘buffing’;however, G-Dragon only responded by 1 sentence,’ I am only doing my music.’ The public’s comments only sharpen his words. His first solo album, ‘Heartbreaker’which was released in August of 2008 captured the 1st spot in the Korea album chart that year. The 2nd album ‘One of A Kind’ which he released 3 years later has also sold out for more than 170000 pieces which enabled it to top the album chart. The album in which G-Dragon has participated in all of the music and lyrics writing sessions has landed in the market of America and captured the 161th place of Billboard.
The group that he belongs to is selected by Forbes Korea as ‘Kpop Power Celebrity 10’and ‘2012 Korea Power Celebrity 40’. There was even 1 commentator analysed that G-Dragon has been earning a daily income of 200000000 wons and whose twitter fans has the 10th greatest number among the Korean artists(he had more than 1220000 followers up til 20/1).Because of his unique fashion sense, he has also been contacted by many famous brands. We have conducted an interview with this fashion icon, G-Dragon after the Golden Disk Award.
1)Why did you go to London?
GD: I want to rest a bit and I also want to go to France on the way.
2)You have been selected as ‘the Power Leader’2 years consecutively already.
GD:There are a lot of great people and I feel very happy that I have been chosen. I think that I have to work harder in the future.
-Now is 10:20pm of 18th-Jan. Maybe it is because of the time difference (after attending GDA, he has flown to London),his voice sounds very coarse. At the beginning, he just gave us very simple answers but as time went by, we had started to talk about music. He sounded much calmer than I thought. Whenever he finished his answers, he would always add ‘although I am still young now’ ,’there is still a long way to go’ or ‘although it is quite embarassing for me to talk about this now’, etc. Moreover, he would leave enough time for himself to answer the questions beforehand.
3) You are said that you ‘have already surpassed only being an idol’ and you are said to be ‘an artist’. What do you think you are strong in the field of music?
GD: Firstly, I think idols,musicians and performers are all artists because they have 1 point in common- they all show their best side in front of the audience. However, it seems that Korea showiz has divided ‘idols’ and ‘artists’ as 2 very different groups.I think the reason why I am praised is I am young but I am able to show my own music colour. It is because my music is not made by others or someone designates to me. I create my own music to express myself.
4) Why did you start doing your own music?
GD:I visited my best friend when I was studying in grade 4,I heard Wu-Tang Clan(Hip-Hop singer)’s ‘Cream’. Before that, I was only imitating the songs and choreography of the Korean singers. I was shocked after coming across with the CDs of the foreign singers. I had started writing my own music since then with my friends and became a rapper.
-Although he was debuted as a member of BigBang in 2006,he had actually stepped in the showbiz earlier. Many people have discovered the ‘talent’ of him when he was small, he was the ‘little jiyong’in bobobo. He was also selected as ‘little roora’ by Roora Lee Sang Min and was active for a while. After this group was disbanded,he got the first place in the ice-skating competition and appeared in front of the president of SME and had been training in SME for 5 years and then he met YG.
YG, who appreciated G-Dragon very much at that time, when G-Dragon’s mum went to the washroom, he told the kid,’ you have to use all the means to persuade your mum that you have to come to YG.’ And it has become a very famous antedote. Therefore, he had another session of training of 6 years in YGE and debuted as BIGBANG there.
5) What kinds of music are you listening recently?
GD:There is 1 album that I must listen to every day and it belongs to a rapper called Trinidad James.
6)Why do you like it so much?
GD: He is the one who just started rapping for an year but it seems that music has already penetrates in his body which I appreciate very much. He does not make electric sound which is very trendy these days or those complicated music, what he made is something simple and raw which is so great. The feeling his music gives me is just like how I first came into contact with the foreign music.
-G-Dragon has mentioned in his previous interviews that whenever he introduces new songs, he has to force himself to add into new elements;therefore, he suffers. He said when he look back and saw the old self who used to be so satisfied with his old songs, he has some different feelings now.
~Singer 1TYM Teddy is his life coach
7) What are the differences between ‘Kwon Jiyong’ (in everyday’s life) and ‘G-Dragon (on the stage)?
GD: Although I am still young, I have been spending half of my life on the stage. Because I have to be more confident than anyone else else on the stage and I have to show it. When I am in variety shows or real life, I am not funnier than the gag men and I am no way better than other people. This makes me shy and exposes my weaknesses in front of others.
8) What are the most tiring moments when you are leading such kind of non-ordinary life?
GD:I think I feel the pains when I am composing although it is kind of embarrassing for me to say so at such an age but I think everyone should have such kind of experience. And the level of torture does not lessen just because I have written more hit songs. For the underground singers, because it is difficult for them to express their feelings to the audience, they feel painful. However, when I see the fans who like my songs, and then the torturing feeling will disappear like a dream.
9)Do you have any role models in your life?
GD: I have been learning a lot from Teddy Hyun (1TYM Teddy). We have seek advice from him for all the albums of Big Bang and G-Dragon. Although I do have many role models in music but because Teddy hyun is the one I have been around throughout all the years, he does affect me a lot.
10) What do you do to kill time when you are free?
GD: Just like what I am doing now, I love to go travelling because I can enjoy my holiday as well as getting inspirations. Because of work, when I am travelling in the foreign countries, the cultures and sceneries do inspire me a lot too.
~He said he felt a lot from the lines of the movies and got inspiration from conversing with other ‘things’ too.
11) Are there anything that you want to realize in music?
GD: I hope that people don’t just listen to our songs because they belong to Big Bang or G-Dragon. I want to produce songs which no matter where the people are, they will just simply love the songs because they are good songs. In fact, my personality is not like I will only work towards my goal once I have set it.My ultimate goal is I can keep on producing good music without making mistakes and it will be the most blissful thing in my life. Ah, I hope that even when I am getting older, I will not lose this kind of ‘aspiartion’.
~We have tried asking him whether he has thought of being a star producer himself and he answered, ’ I have never thought of it once.’There was a TV programme which has chosen him to be the new Lee Soo-Man,Yang Hyun Suk and Park Jin-Young but he said, ‘I am scared.’ He said although he had been with YG for the past years, he does not that that he would be good at doing business.If I say I want to do business, will I lose to my president, too? (laugh)People who make music do look the most handsome when they are making music,right? But of cause, it will be better if he has a working partner supporting him?
After some time of thinking, G Dragon said,’if I really run a business somedays.. because I am familiar with culture and fashion and if there are friends who want to run a business with me too,then I do really love starting an enterprise.’ G-Dragon is really a fashionista. Everytime when he releases a new album, his style will also draws attention.
-Comparing with marketing a star, I am more focused on my fashion
12)What is the happiest moment in your life?
GD:I am feeling blissful even now. I sometimes do feel that I am used to having so many things but when these times come, I would feel the same pressure of leading such kind of life. When I was a trainee, I could insist on my dreams simply then I could find my own path. However, I think I worry too many things now so I do feel that I was the happiest when I was a trainee.
13)What is music to G-Dragon?
GD: Eh… Music is… how to say… music is music…I cannot make any comments on it but no matter where I am, I can still enjoy it and feel reassured because of it. No matter they are sung by little babies or seniors,if you can utter, ‘ah, it is really nice.’ Then it is good music. And I only work hard for making such kind of music. Although it is good that music can carry so many messages which is great, it is music when you hear it played on the bus and loads of your memories flash back.
~G-Dragon planned to go back to Korea immediately and participate in the encore concerts of Big Bang in Seoul and he will start his own world tour in April. YGE said,’ we will start his world tour from Japan’s major cities and then he will have his tour overseas.He will hold his concert in Fukuoka, Niigata and Osaka and it is expected that a total of 230000 audience will come.
Source: 7仔 from www.bigbangnus.com