[TRANS] N.Flying Interview with rankingbox Japan

FTISLAND & CNBLUE’s little brother appeared! New trend band build a new era

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As the little brother of FTISLAND & CNBLUE, N.Flying, finally debuted after waited for such a long time and raise such expectation. Officially debut in Korea on May 2015 and had major debut in Japan on February in the next following year. The music itself has a fresh and new style of rap and rock. With the fresh line up, all 4 members finally on their very first interview with ranking BOX! The members were stick into the interview with a fun atmosphere. They showed the naughty yet natural faces to reminiscence summer, but turns serious when it comes to talk about music. We can feel their passion of music. We’ll deliver they love and feelings to you!


[Hello N.Flying! What advice did you get from FTISLAND senior?]

Since it’s N.Flying’s first appearance in ranking BOX, please tell us what kind of band it is.

Jaehyun : This band is filled with dreams and future a lot.


That’s good! Whose thought is that?

Jaehyun : It’s mine, I thought it a while ago (laughs).

Hun : I think the band is (a combination) of each individual’s personality.

Seunghyub : Yeah. At a glance I might feel like, our taste of music may be different and may vary but it comes out into the band’s personality (or, music color) into one. Or I might rather feel we are multi-talented….


Specifically, what kind of personality is that?

Hun : Kwangjin hyung may be very big (large)? No, it’s only his appearance, but his mind is also large (wide minded). He also attractive and has a manly charm (masculine). Jaehyun is cute, lively, and active. Seunghyub has the feel of “big brother”. So, to show the charms on the stage, fans, by themselves will look into the person which they’re attracted to (by looking to N.Flying’s individual personality and see them as they are, so fans can see which one who has the personality that they like or maybe have the same personality just like N.Flying members.


So how about Hun’s (personality)?

Hun : A sexy figure who plays guitar. Fufufu (laughs).


Although the Japan major debut song “Knock Knock” is the Japanese version of the Korean song, 2nd single “Endless Summer” is an original Japanese song. It’s a refreshing song and seems like it’s never been on J-Pop until N.Flying made it now, isn’t it?

Kwangjin : Earlier, we also feel like it has a bit difference from our previous song. But when we heard it for the first time, it has that ‘fresh’ feels. It’s a cool song and really suit the summer.


Where’s the part that you want to focus to be played?

Jaehyun : Actually I might be such a trouble since I’m not that good in fast rhythm, but this song (the rhythm) is pretty fast. I think you’ll understand this while you see it live, but maybe I’ll surely be frowned and twist my face to the other side while beating the drum (laughs). But the rhythm of the song came out good, should I be thanked for it?


So when the live goes on, we shouldn’t focus on Jaehyun’s face, right? (laughs)

Seunghyub : When you do “Endless Summer” live, you prefer want to play and jump with everyone. We can sing the chorus together and I think it’s the song for it (for being performed live and to be sung together).


Due to the official release date on July 13th, you all played the song first as the opening act on your senior in the company’s tour, FTISLAND. FTISLAND also saw N.Flying play the live seriously, did you get any advice (from them)?

Seunghyub : Jaejin senior always taught each of our members where’s the lacking part(s) and what is already good.

Jaehyun : “I hope we can play together. But because you all still don’t have much experience, I think (by doing the opening act) you’ll gain more experience and become just like FTISLAND and CNBLUE, so then the characteristics of the band will follow and comes out.” Please always give us good advice(s)!


[Without missing any practices! Members talk their memories of summer!!]

“Endless Summer” is a summer song, does any from 4 of you have the best summer memories?

Jaehyun : Summer time while we’re on our trainee era, when we don’t need to practice and the weather is too nice to be missed, so I sneaked out from the practice room and go swimming to the pool with others.

Seunghyub : The Han River’s pool! I went there quietly, three years ago?

Jaehyun : Yup, it was when we’re still a high school student.


Korea is different than in Japan, there’s no swimming classes, aren’t there a lot of people who can’t swim? Can you all swim?

Jaehyun : I need to survive.

Hun : I’m not good at all (laughs).


At this season (summer) teenagers in Korea go to MT (training camp), do you go to MT with the members?

Jaehyun : We don’t need to go all the way, because we’ve been together doing our life in the dormitory whether it’s summer or winter~ (laughs).

Seunghyub : I want to go, but if with the members, it’s “No”.

Kwangjin : After 5 years living together, you still don’t want to go? On the first year (it’s between the first year of living together or first year of high school), I’m afraid to go. But since we’re being together for more time, I started to think whether I’ll go or not.


So, please tell me your personal summer memories.

Hun : I was born in July 12th, but the summer is really bad. It’s very hot and I hate it.

Jaehyun : But in every year, do you celebrate it?

Hun : Only got “Congratulation!” greetings.

Jaehyun : I gave you gift, you don’t like it?


But Jaehyun, you were born in July 15th right?

Jaehyun : Yes. Celebrate my birthday is also a summer memory. I went out with the family when celebrate my birthday as a child. At that time, I asked for a card pack as a gift for about 3000 won (around 300 yen) and my father said “You choose the cheap one, good boy”. I only ask for a gift but then I managed to have dinner at a hotel’s restaurant, I told him that the menu’s price was so high. Then my father said “You’re a child with the expensive mouth”, I remember my Dad said that to me.


It’s gourmets, right?

Jaehyun : My Mother can cook, so they may be picky about the taste.


What food do you like best from your Mom’s cooking?

Jaehyun : Just an ordinary homemade cooking. Or maybe Doenjang jjigae.


How about Seunghyub?

Seunghyub : There are a lot of good summer memories. When I was in elementary school, I went to the sea and a valley with my sister and my Mom. It’s getting bigger in the water park (it’s between the valley which getting bigger or a water park getting bigger at that time). There’s various memories of the summer, but the summer itself always linked to water.

Kwangjin : I think it’s standard and normal to go to ocean or a valley in the summer. But I’ll talk from different point of view. I’m that type who will bring homework in the summer holidays and finish it before summer ends. So when I woke up in the morning on summer holidays, no one of my family is going out. But the room has Air Con inside (so he won’t feel hot). At that time, I felt that “I’m happy”. There’s nothing to bound or tied up. I’m free! (laughs)


Summer homework, it’s divided into two; those who did it first and those who won’t do it until summer reach its end. Which one are you?

Jaehyun : I didn’t do homework.

Hun : Me either. So it’ll ruin my new semester (or he’ll get angry/mad because when the new semester came he got many homework to be done, lol)

Seunghyub : I’m the type who will do it at the end (of summer). But, it’s seriously writing the diary of 1 month. Because I don’t remember at all (laughs).

Kwangjin : I did it completely in about two first days of summer holidays. In the contrast of Seunghyub’s, every day I’ll start to write “I played computer” at the beginning and ends it with “it was a lot of fun”.


[Member’s natural faces! Aggressively loves to do their favorite things, who is like cooking… etc?!]

The main character in “Endless Summer” song is the one who are aggressive to love, but who are this main character and who has the same type of person among the members?

Seunghyub, Hun, Jaehyun : *looking into Kwangjin together*

Seunghyub : He’s the type whose reckless and in a rush.

Kwangjin : That’s not true.

Jaehyun : He’s straight to the line (point)!

Kwangjin : Jaehyun is good at confessing!

Jaehyun : Ohaha, yeah, but I always fail (laughs).


Please tell me the secret success of Kwangjin.

Kwangjin : There’s nothing (laughs)

Hun : You don’t even need any secret!

All : Awesome!


The song included a lyric “Endless Summer Kimi ni mu chu (I’m crazy about you)”, but who or what is that you are crazy with for now?

Kwangjin : It’s a Romance of The Three Kingdoms. The history is not just about fighting scene; I like the things like life lessons are contained on it. “When desire is taken out too much will lead you to death”, and that lessons are very interesting.

Hun : I’m obsessed with guitar and cooking. Any food is good.

Kwangjin : You’ve made various (food) for me. Pasta and seaweed soup on my birthday.

Seunghyub : Hun rarely made Tattoritan (spicy stew of chicken and potato).

Jaehyun : I like acting. Like Harry Potter, I want to play that role, (because) it has such a special ability.

Seunghyub : Now, I’m currently obsessed with USA band named twenty one pilots. It’s very cool, I often watch their lives.


Finally, what do you want in this summer?

Jaehyun : I really want to be in the hot summer. Similar like the song title “Endless Summer”, I want the summer to not end. I want your summer this year full of sweat!

Seunghyub : Hot!

Jaehyun : In Endless way!


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[TRANS] N.Flying “Knock Knock” Interview with TVGroove Japan


Korean-born new trend band N.Flying Japan interview!

                A new rap-rock and new trend band, N.Flying, was formed in South Korea. N.Flying consist of four members of Seunghyub in vocal and rap, Kwangjin in bass, Chahun in guitar, Jaehyun in drums.

                They had their indie debut on October 2013 with a new sound: a hip-hop included in the strong rock beat. On that time, their single “BASKET” ranked 2nd on Oricon Indies chart. It was such an unstoppable momentum as they released their “One n Only” single at the New Year’s Day of 2014, the single ranked first on Tower Records World/Reggae sales ranking.

                After such a long-waiting time, finally N.Flying had their Japan major debut decided and release Knock Knock single on February 10th 2016. They are planning to have more activities in Japan in the future.

                At this time, TVGroove bring them to have an exclusive interview. The history of how they’re formed, how they like Japanese (language), their relationship with their seniors in the agency, and how they like (or, how is their thoughts) to Japanese fans, are all said.

Q : First of all please introduce yourself

KJ : Hello! I’m bassist Kwon Kwangjin!

JH : I’m the “best” drummer, Kim Jaehyun!

SH : I’m rapper and vocalist Lee Seunghyub!

CH : Hello! I’m guitarist Chahun!

Q : Can you tell me how was the band formed?

JH : We originally have Kwangjin who is a trainee for a long-time. And then I was able to join (the agency) as a trainee when I was young. After that, Chahun and Seunghyub also join. It was when the agency told us that we’re going to be a team (as a band), and at that moment we looked at each other and I feel like “Oh, we are a team! I finally have a team!” Soon after that we started to play by ourselves.

Q : I heard that the trainee period is long?

CH : I guess it’s about five years.

KJ : My period as a trainee is about 9 to 10 years.

CH : Kwangjin is 10 years, Jaehyun is 9 years, Seunghyub and I both 5 years!

Q : The origin of “N.Flying” band name?

SH : N.Flying itself means “New Flying” “Next Flying”, but then “New Trend Band” has been put to it. It’s that the band who find a new flight!


Q : Who decided the name?

Everyone : We decided it together with the agency!

Q : N.Flying is a “New Trend Band” with rap and hip-hop, and even rap in Japanese, isn’t it difficult?

SH : Since I’m a rapper, I should rap the lyrics which originally made by myself.  But, in my current Japanese level, I still think it’s difficult to express (or, represent a song) in Japanese. So, when I’m working (on a song), I wrote the lyrics in Korean first, and by having a communication it helps me to fix my Japanese pronunciations, so does with my rap. So there’s no problem rapping in Japanese, but, still, it’s hard to make it 100% by myself.


Q : So, you still studying Japanese up until now?

SH : Studying Japanese has been really hard…but I don’t really mean that, I’m still studying now!

KJ : Oh! A little correction! When we had our indie activities in Japan, there was a Japanese teacher coming to teach us Japanese in every week. But ever since we’re mainly living in South Korea, and the time difference* in South Korea, I can’t continue to study Japanese really well. But I’m in charge of studying Japanese because I’ve been learning it first, other members can’t easily be ordered to learn, so some words are forgotten. But we’ll study Japanese harder from now!

*KJ can be refer to the time difference of having activities or schedule between in South Korea and in Japan

Q : What is your favorite Japanese word?

CH : It’s a word that’s in my thought, “Summer Snow” (Natsu no Yuki). It has a mysterious feel which I like!

SH : Mine is “ stomach’s grovel (the sound of starving)” (pekopeko) (laughs)!

JH : Mine is “Fermented Soybeans” (Nattou)! Ah, I like it very much!

CH : It’s not a meat?

JH : Nattou!

SH : I’m meat!

KJ : I like “Love” (Ai) the most. Also “Like it very much” (Daisuki). And also, I have a word made by myself. It’s “Ari Ari”! Meanwhile in Korea “Kamsahamnida” is going to be “Kamsa Kamsa”!  And “Arigatougozaimasu” is slightly long, so I made it “Ari Ari”! And I also told it to my fans (laugh)! This “Ari Ari”, you got it?

CH : But there’s also a word “Ari” which means “Here”!

KJ : For N.Flying fans, it’ll be very interesting to be said (laugh)!

CH : Ah! But you  know there’s “Azaasu” *right? (laugh)!

*Azaasu is an abbreviation of “Arigatougozaimasu”

KJ : But for “Ari Ari”, I thought that it would feel closer to say it from Korean.


Q : Just now you talked about “Fermented Soybeans” (Nattou) as your favorite, can you tell me members’ favorite Japanese food?

JH : Still, it’s Beef Bowl and Fermented Soybeans (laugh)! Cow!

CH : Words that combines Beef Bowl and Fermented Soybeans is Cow (laughs)!

JH : Beef Bowl and Fermented Soybeans are better to be eaten together (laughs)!

SH : Mine is a bowl of Yoshinoya Beef’s short ribs! Ah…  (forgot to hide down the name LOL!!!) …it’s a rib bowl (laugh)! Then Steak!

JH : Ah… Steak!

CH : You’re right! Steak too!

KJ : Japanese foods are delicious!

CH : Because a man like meat the most!


Q : In 2013 you had activities as an indie, Korean debut on May 2015, and have major debut “Knock Knock” in February 2016 here in Japan. How do you feel about Japan debut?

KJ : Our music never change, ever since as an indie or when having major debut like this still the same. But to be able to meet Japanese fans who waited for a long time and to be able to listen to a song of our new album I just feel excited!

Q : What do you think about Japanese fans?

Everyone : Ari Ari!

CH : I always feel grateful!

SH : It’s inspiring. And why I say it, because the past two years we weren’t that active in such a big way in Japan, and also not even in a situation that we can frequently meet.  But we’re always on N.Flying official Korean fan café (fan club homepage), there’s more Japanese who have join, and hardly wrote a letter in Korean. That’s very inspiring. I also can join and leave a sentence there. Once I went to the place which operates fan café, it’s not possible to leave a sentence there if it hasn’t leveled up. I guess it’s quite difficult to do for Japanese. But I’m very thankful that you can do it up to there.

KJ : Today our fans also came to the airport.

Q : You co-starred with Mr. vocalist Mitsuru Matsuoka of SOPHIA by live broadcasting in July, how was it?

JH : It was really fun!

SH : We were covering Mitsuru Matsuoka’s Band “MICHAEL” song, and I was asked to stand together on stage! At that time, we were standing on the opening stage, but I could feel the “MICHAEL” spirit. Ever since we were standing in front of “MICHAEL”’s fans on stage, but everyone greeted us very warmly. The fact that there’s such fans like that, I thought it’s because we have an effort that’s being done by us and it’s wonderful. We want to become such a wonderful band!

CH : And at that time, Jaehyun and I have birthday, “MICHAEL”s prepared a big cake and said “Congratulation!” on the stage! I celebrate it myself! It was truly impressing!

KJ : And later when the performance has ended, Mr. “MICHAEL”  was much interested in us. And if they’re going to go to South Korea, he told me that he want to have a performance collaboration with N.Flying. We also want to have a performance together with “MICHAEL” if we have the opportunity! We want to meet you!

Q : You appeared on “2015 FNC KINGDOM IN JAPAN” which was held on December 12th and 13th at the end of last year, with FTISLAND, CNBLUE, AOA and JUNIEL were also appeared, what did you speak about (when you’re with them)?

CH : When we had our rehearsal, seniors always came to us, and always said where is this, where is that, it isn’t good, or, this is better, and, I asked to play guitar then they always gave advice!

KJ : Since we meet them almost in everyday, we have a good relationship. But recently we’re busy and couldn’t meet that often. But when they have time, they’ll come to N.Flying studio and give us various advices!

SH : I really like them!

KJ : Maybe the seniors also like us too (laugh)!

CH : It’s almost like a family!

JH : Big brother!


Q : From advices you’ve received, is there any words which remains as an impression to you?

CH : I got a lot of advice. There’s one advice which FTISLAND’s Hongki senior always say. It’s “Even if you’re not well prepared, as long as you’re solid and ready, you have to keep jammed on it. Be a kind band” he said. And at the same time when I see the seniors in stage, it got me like, aaah, we need to practice and work hard.

KJ : Also, CNBLUE’s Yonghwa senior often come to our practice room to see us and give some advice. Yonghwa senior said how to communicate with fans when standing in front of stage, “The moment when you’re on stage, make it all yours. So, you can enjoy it!”. Also, Yonghwa senior give a lot advices to Seunghyub.

SH : Really, it’s many!

JH : Guitarist Jonghyun senior told us, “When standing on stage, singing 13 songs feels like we just sing 3 songs. But when come down from the stage, I can immediately feel that we really sang 30 songs.”

SH : Even if that’s 23 songs, 33 songs, 103 songs…

JH : 103 songs is hard (laugh). He also said that when we’re on the stage, all of our energy runs out more.

Q : You get along good with the seniors like a family, even when you’re on a serious discussion about music?

CH : Yes. If you thought that we’re trying to brag our seniors, no, it’s not. We’re really receive a lot of love, it never ends.

JH : It’ll need much time if talking about that, you’ll turn the camera on for 5 hours (laugh)

Q : At the end, please send message to TV Groove readers.

Hello TV Groove viewers! We’re N.Flying!

SH : I see you look happy right? We have finally finished our indie era, and now we’re going to have a debut in Japan on February! For the fans who have waited for us after 2 years not having activities in Japan, we really want to see you! I’d like to show you all a nice live on February 10th which we’ve prepared!

JH : It happened really fast! It’s like a blink of an eye. Please wait for our song and creation!

KJ : It will “Knock Knock” your heart!

CH : Since everyone had been waiting for us for a long time, we’ll come back with a nice and beautiful song! Please wait for it!

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[TRANS] N.Flying for MuMo Shop Japan Interview Pick Up Artist Vol. 14

Please tell us your honest feeling when the Japan debut was decided.


                I was really excited. While we do our activities, and keep repeating lessons in Korea, the life in Japan feels nostalgic. I remember the time when I had club performances and live stages in Japan, also feel homesick, and when I heard about to debut in Japan, it all became more nostalgic and I was very happy.


                When the Japan debut was decided, I remembered one by one the days of our indie era in Japan. When the CD named “N.Flying” was released and sold for the first time, it was a very  precious and important memory for us. And also, this time, about we are able to have major debut in Japan, I think it’s also because we have wonderful memories during our time as an indie. To fans who have waiting for us up until now, I really want to say thank you!


                There are a lot of memories in Japan during our indie era, and when I heard about having a major debut, I feel strange. The tension is similar like when we were debuted in Korea but I also feel excited at the same time!


                It feels like we started an indie life in Japan just yesterday, but when we officially debut (have a major debut), all I can think is “a long time has passed, and we really had a lot of things.”

Could you tell me whether there are points of Japan major debut single Knock Knock (Japanese Ver.) and an anecdote (untold story or such) while recording in Japanese?



                There’s a part when I sing “Knock Knock” repeatedly, you can copy and sing it easily, it has become an interesting point for me, so when you can hear that part, I feel happy. Actually, when we do live, we sing “Knock Knock” part a lot with our fans. At the time of recording, I can’t pronounce “Zu” in Japanese well, so I need to practice a lot…(laugh).


                Singing in Japanese with N.Flying members while preparing for the Japan debut was also a new mood and felt like being new again. It’s hard to remember Japanese language and I had to practice in many times. But when I’ve been accustomed to the Japanese lyrics, I noticed the fact that Japanese lyrics match this song very well and I was very happy!


                Even I like all parts of the song, the bridge part has an impact and left a deep impression.


                I think the part when we shout “Knock Knock” is the point. I think at this part we can sing and jumping together. As long as everyone enjoy it together, I feel happy!

Please tell me your sights/thoughts about filming the (Knock Knock) MV


                The MV filming was very different then when we’re filming MV in Korea. The time (duration) for filming was shortened, and the progress was very fast. It was a bit in rush, but I think the filming itself was fun since I can go around various places in Japan.


                For the N.Flying Japan debut MV, I’ve been put the sense of “Knock Knock” in Tokyo. To fit in that sense, I was trying to shoot the powerful music video. I’d feel glad if you could see the energy of N.Flying (at the MV).


                Actually, the amplifier was connected (during the filming), so it’s the most memorable for me to keep playing guitar in every break (while filming)


                Since I’m a drummer, I have a longer ‘take’ time in all parts. So, the break time is also short, but when I saw it was completed, the result even made me feels like this is the best MV!

Do you have any advice from senior FTISLAND and CNBLUE for having a Japan debut?


                Seniors always give good advice(s) to us. Their advice for a Japanese debut is somewhat difficult, but they always give us many messages about how to have a feeling as a band. With saying nothing, they have given us the power even just by watching us!


                When we heard about FTISLAND and CNBLUE seniors’ story for a Japan major debut, it reminds me to the old life in Japan. Seniors also experienced an indie era just like us, and having a Japan major debut, but when heard about it I feel nervous. There are a lot of things that I can relate when I’m listening to seniors’ life in Japan.


                I don’t say it only because it’s for the Japanese debut, but FTISLAND and CNBLUE seniors always give us advices and love us affectionately.


                When we were having indie activities in Japan, seniors gave a lot advices to me. At that time, I remember they said to “not forget the original intention”. And when we did live performances, they always see us and gave feedback to parts where aren’t good enough, and I think it was possible to be making up with the favor.

Is there any deep impression while having indie activities in Japan back then?


                When communicating with fans who came to see us perform live, after all, are the most memorable one. Of course, at that time, I had a live without knowing anything, but thanks to those who have come to our live performance back then, I think I was able to grow since then. I still feel grateful even now!


                When we played live as an opening act for FTISLAND and CNBLUE seniors, and when released an album as N.Flying are the most memorable for me. I learned a lot while watching the seniors closely, they’re unlike usual, they’re full of charisma while standing on the stage. We were also getting a lot of advices, which is a big chance for us to grow. I’d think that memories of that time can’t be replaced with anything else.


                Everything is a nice memory, of course, but the first time being on the stage of FNC KINGDOM has left the most memory. I will never forget a memory of that day when all FNC artists gathered in one stage.


                Everything is memorable. Especially when we had a hard time together, while having played about 6 months, every day of that time really remains in my memory.

There are also many bands in Japan, but is there any artist which music you often heard to or you’ve watch its live performances?


                It is a really lot of learning especially through the “J-Rock” genre, even if you think there is place to learn from all the people who have the band in Japan. Without doing a silly prejudice, I decided to listen to a lot of music as much as possible. Actually, I also went to see a live stage of BUMP OF CHICKEN and Lyu:Lyu, it was really good!


                It was a band called Lyu:Lyu band which I saw for the first time on “COUNTDOWN JAPAN 15 / 16”. While watch them live, I was really thinking about a lot of things in the musical surface, there were a lot of things to reflect on. Also, I often listening to ONE OK ROCK’s songs.


                I decided to listen to as much songs as possible rather than often to heard about the artists itself. I went to see stages about 2-3 times when living in Japan. But when I stood in the opening stage of FTISLAND and CNBLUE seniors, I think that has become the biggest study.

Finally, at the end, please tell fans in Japan a thankyou message and tell your target for activities in Japan in the future.


                The goal for Japan activities, of course, it’d be glad if we leave a good impression to everyone and make people love our music! There would be a possibility we get nervous and alone for the first time in the major stage, but I’ll show you that N.Flying growing as a band! Then, I want to show you all the cool music so I won’t disappoint fans who had kindly waited up to this!


                Japanese fans! Now we finally have a major debut in Japan! Thank you for waiting N.Flying musics! Those who always next to us are really appreciated. Also, give a lot of interest for it (Japan debut)! And, once again, I want to convey the feelings of gratitude for you all!


                To Japanese fans, I’m really grateful for everything. I want to become a cool and nice band deserved by the seniors who not only have helped me in musical terms, but also in terms of human, so we can grow together. Please expect it and support us a lot!


                To have activities in Japan is our goal. It is the best goal to make music which has more sense of intimacy. If fans listen to our music comfortably like my close friend, I’d also be happy!

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