MINO - IZE Magazine Interview!
Q: It has been over a month since the album came out but ‘Empty’ or Color Ring’ is still doing well on the music charts. You must be pleased by such result, especially since you sing the intro which sets the mood for the song.
Mino: I know the intro is really important but I wasn’t pressured by it. Taehyun said my voice helped to set the mood and focus on the song. Whenever I hear those comments, I feel proud of myself.
Q: Your voice is well known as a vocalist even though you are a rapper.
Mino: I used to intentionally make up my voice. I used to rap in a loud tone, even when yelling, or make my voice sound like I’m chewing rocks, on purpose. I think my current voice is affected by those days. However, I realized how the best sound comes out if I rap comfortably. Famous musicians overseas like Jay-Z sings with the voice they are comfortable with. So I realized it is best for me to rap the way I am most comfortable with.
Q: Your solo ‘I’m Him’ was included in the debut album and a MV also came out. Your style was very different from that of ‘Empty’.
Mino: I became a completely different singer as a WINNER member to doing hip-hop music. For ‘I’m Him’, I stayed tough throughout the whole MV. Although I did try my best to stay looking tough in the music vdieo, instead of bragging about my hard work, I thought like “It came out nice” or “Editing was done well”.
Q: Then was there a moment when you thought “We are indeed a team” while preparing for your title song stage performance?
Mino: Basically Seunghoon takes responsibility for the choreography so we trust him and follow his lead. However, we did adjustments to satisfy all members’ opinions as they have provided ideas for their individual parts here and there. We learned from our trainee times that somebody not expressing his thoughts or simply insisting on his own idea will only cause trouble. When we were preparing for ‘Empty’ performance, Seunghoon first came up with the ideas and made adjustments with the members.
Q: Don’t you resolve any problems within the team after debut? That might be different from what would have happened as a trainee.
Mino: That’s right, I’m tired of seeing their face every single day (laughs) I’m just kidding. (laughs) We always thought that we knew each other very well but I think there were many things we learned about each other recently. I think that’s because we have started official promotions together as a group. So I think it’s necessary to be more considerate of one another and support each other.
Q: While doing so, what role did you think about taking?
Mino: I think I’m in the process of learning about that. I never got a chance to think about it in detail but maybe a person that listens and supports whoever is having a hard time? I tend to pay attention to those kinds of situation.
Q: While giving those thoughts, did you even find an unknown part of yourself?
Mino: I think I do find positive sides but I realize more about the negative sides. I usually act out of improvisation, except when I’m doing music-related activities. However, there were times when I became really sensitive/cold while we were going through a busy schedule. Because I had tried to stay positive and energized whenever we’re all tired, with vocal mimics and stuff, whenever I’m on edge, I felt like I found a stranger within myself.
Q: How do you recover yourself from those bad condition?
Mino: Taehyun once said that he is jealous of my personality, because I tend to be full of energy with whomever I meet wherever I go. Although he did mention how I’m just a little too bright when it isn’t necessary to be so. (laughs) However, there are times when I’m feeling down. I do try my best to get out of such mood when I’m out on public though. I know that a lifeless self not only drags myself but also the members. So I end up joking around while talking nonsense. Either way, I think I am a positive person. (laughs)
Q: You try to be funny in front of WINNER members, BIGBANG or 2NE1, but it didn’t look like you were always 100% successful. (Laughs) Is there any member you are jealous for his ‘joking takent’?
Mino: I think Jinwoo hyung is a natural. I tend to think a lot before saying jokes (I even think about the timing) but end up getting awkward laughs. But when Jinwoo randomly says something, people starts laughing out loud. I think my aegyo’s better (laughs) because whenever I’m aegyo-ing, Seungyoon normally does it with me, Taehyun and Jinwoo laughs like there’s nothing funnier to laugh about, and Seunghoon compliments me. I will continue to work on it.
Q: You are at a starting point as a WINNER member and as Song Minho. What would be your final goal, if you have any?
Mino: Conquering the world. Signing a contract with NASA. Walking across the galaxy (Laughs) It may sound like I’m joking but I tend to prefer surrealism when it comes to drawing because it has such a charm, a possibility to create new things. Such unrealistic goals might sound weird but it had always helped me to keep my head straight. I think setting high goals/dreaming big may be necessary for people like us who is at a starting point to jump into music shows, concerts, etc.
Source: Ize Magazine
Translated by: YG_WINNER & firstname.lastname@example.org