CNBLUE Pati-Pati (2013 Jan) Interview [1/2 - Robot]
After releasing two singles and a full album, CNBLUE concludes their enthusiastic activity in 2012 with upcoming single! As YongHwa told “rock sound of typical Jung YongHwa’s style,” the new song “Robot” is a new style rock tune featuring his unique groove. Inspired by a variety of music, he fused together and made his own “rock.” Let’s see the very first story of this song blazing the trail.
— In the past interview, you told “CNBLUE’s style is to have a variety of ‘colors.’” This new song is also such kind of song.
YH: Yes. “Robot” is a rhythmical song that is added more pop elements into the past pop rock style. The second track “ring” is a sweet-bitter song with Christmas-like mood, meaning keep loving even when you are separated.
JH: The third track “Starlit Night” is written by me. Through this song, I hope to tell “Thank you” to fans at the end of the year.
— In the contrasting songs, what image did you have while working on the title song “Robot”?
YH: I wrote “Robot” after we made “Hey You.” I’d say it is rock sound with the typical Jung YongHwa’s style that you can enjoy groove, not only it has rock side. Because not anyone else but I wrote the song, the melody and the style is what JongHyun and I can sing and play the best.
JH: I appreciated the lyrics and prepared for recording. Because I liked the lyrics of this song especially.
MH: Me too, though this is a pleasant song making our body move, but I really understood the lyrics.
JS: Yes. Probably because I knew YongHwa’s feeling when he had thought of the theme of “robot,” his feelings and message comes across strongly, I think.
— Yes. Although your past works have various messages, I’m impressed that “Robot” has serious expressions that is different from the others.
YH: Surely, you could feel a little stronger impression from “Robot” than the past songs. This lyrics describes most people’s reality that they can’t do what they want arbitrarily… Our job is one of them, right? Most songs that we released before have messages like “Positive! Go for it!”, but this lyric describes feeling of “I have no choice” as well. So, this song can be a sad song in a way.
JH: Yes. I really understood it as if it was about me.
MH: So, this may be our story, or not. But, I was persuaded by the lyrics, too.
JS: I think we can think of various things from this “Robot” lyrics. Like our reality that we cannot oppose or help but following anyone else’s opinion… I’d say through this song, we can think of the our aspect that we dislike the most, and that is meaningful.
— I see. Listeners can see their “reality” in the song and think of various things…
YH: Yes. Through this song, I hoped you to accept your aspect that you dislike the most and to think of yourself again. Everyone has his/her own pace and style. What he/she wants to do differs. However, they are bound by rules and can’t do as they like. Even in that situation, I want them not to forget a sense of themselves. This is my message that I put in this song.
— “Robot” is such a serious message song. On the contrary, the warm tone color that “ring” has is impressive.
JH: Yes. We can sense YongHwa’s soft aspect.
MH: I thought this song has Christmas song feeling from the first impression. I attempted to play simply, so that the song can convey pure feeling. Through this song, I feel that YongHwa got wider spectrum of music.
JS: Yes. I want to listen when it’s snowing! I’m glad that this taste of song is added in our music.
YH: “Ring” describes a story that a man and a woman love each other but they are in a situation that they can’t be together. But, it’s not breaking up… Some people say if they are not around each other, they will be separated emotionally, too. But I don’t believe so. In the chorus, I attempted to draw feeling that he/she wants to see the dearest person positively. I put the feeling that “I want to see you soon, I want you to come to me soon” in this song.
— “Starlit Night” is written and composed by JongHyun. It’s a warm feeling song featuring an acoustic sound.
JH: In this song, I wanted to express our feelings, gratitude and affection to fans who always believe and watch us, beside us. In the real sense, this is “our song.”
MH: This is a very quiet song. Rather than we let them see or hear… I felt like to sing with everyone together.
— Your real feelings such as gratitude and affection are in the song. If you sing with everyone together at live concert, the atmosphere will be quite warm.
JH: Yes. This song is the one we made for live concert and we devoted to fans, literally. We worked on it with imagining everyone singing unitedly.
JS: As for the music, I thought it had a similar feeling to “a.ri.ga.tou. Ver.2” in JongHyun’s recorder. If everyone sang together at live, I’d shed happy tears.
YH: Yes. I want to sing with everyone together at the next live!