With NU’EST recently making their comeback with ‘Sleep Talking’, SOKOREAL.COM had the chance to interview the boy group from Pledis Entertainment. The boys shared their thoughts about their latest album and also dishes out more about each other. Check out what they have to say during our interview!
Q: Tell us what makes the newest release, 잠꼬대, different from your previous releases.
JR: During ‘FACE’ and ‘Action’, we wanted to represent teenagers and showed a strong, manly appearance. For our last album ‘Hello’, we were able to express emotional and softer sides of ourselves. This time through ‘Sleep-Talking’, we want to reach out to everybody with a dream-like and soothing stage. We will display a variety of charms by presenting a lively and cheerful NU’EST, which we had not been able to do so previously.
Q: There was a part in 잠꼬대 where you slightly lift your shirt during the chorus, how did you guys feel when doing that?
MINHYUN: I felt shy when I first practiced that part. During our first broadcast, the fans really liked that part of the dance a lot; so lately I have been exercising hard in order to show an even more pleasant appearance… ^^
Q: Was the dance for 잠꼬대 an idea given by a member or did the choreographer decide the choreography?
JR: The choreographer did the choreography of the ‘dozing off dance’. During the chorus where we sing ‘kkodae~ kkodae~’, we dance with our chins propped on our hands and pretend to fall asleep. The rest of the choreography is easy and extremely addictive. When we first saw the dance, we felt that it really suited the title of the song.
Q: What are your upcoming plans for the comeback besides promotions in Korea?
BAEKHO: NU’EST will officially launch our Japanese fan club on 4 November. Although there are no concrete plans at the moment, we will always be ready for any overseas activities.
Q: Ren has had blonde hair since debut. Ever wanted to change your hair color and if so to what color?
REN: I would like to try having silver or green hair. It seems like I can show a more manly side of myself through a unique hair colour, so I would like to try changing to either a silver or green colour.
Q: Being in the music industry can get pretty tiring and stressful. How do you usually get by each day and what do you do to overcome stress?
JR: I’m not the type to cope well with stress. It is stressful when I am writing a rap and I can’t come up with the lyrics. When that happens, I relieve stress by listening to other kinds of music or drawing pictures. I usually like watching animated cartoons and assembling plastic models as well, so engaging in these hobbies is also a form of stress release for me.
Q: Personally, what types of music genre do you like best?
JR: I like strongly expressive rap music and the hip-hop genre of music. If I have the chance to, I would like to participate in underground hip-hop activities to try and expand my capability.
MINHYUN: I like R&B music.
BAEKHO: For me, I like ballads.
ARON: I like hip-hop and R&B.
REN: I like pop dance music.
Q: Which idol groups are you close with?
MINHYUN: I am close to VIXX’s Hyuk. We were able to grow close since we are the same age and debuted around the same time.
ARON: I am close to Ailee. Both of us came from America, so we could communicate well and became closer by giving each other advice on our respective activities.
Q: What food do you want to eat the most right now?
JR: Chicken. I’ve always liked chicken. These days I have been eating chicken everyday in order to gain weight. Hahaha..
Q: What is L.O.Λ.E (NU’EST’s fanclub name) to NU’EST?
REN: To us, LOΛE is our everything and the reason for NU’EST’s existence. Because we have LOΛE, NU’EST is capable of working harder.
Q: NU’EST’s thoughts on the…
Laziest member —-> BAEKHO
Messiest member —-> BAEKHO
Most romantic member —-> ARON
Most different on and off stage —-> REN
Most carefree member —-> JR
Most sensitive member —-> REN & ARON
Most playful member —-> All of the members like to joke and play around!
Q: Describe what NU’EST means to you no more than 5 words (in Korean).
JR: It’s what helps me grow.
REN: It’s family.
MINHYUN: The strength in order for me to exist.
BAEKHO: It’s love. I love NU’EST. Haha…!
ARON: A precious team that is irreplaceable.
Q: Any last advices to share for your fans on pursuing their dreams?
MINHYUN: I believe that if you never lose sight of your dream and constantly strive to give your best effort, your dream will come true. An opportunity will definitely come if you make an effort to get what you want, if you work hard you will be surely able to obtain this chance on your own. So don’t lose your dream and challenge yourself!!
NU’EST also took some time to greet L.O.Λ.E.s through a special video message and also wished SOKOREAL.COM a happy 2nd anniversary.
Written & Translated by: Syakirah & Thenghui
Pictures by: Pledis Entertainment
Video by: Myra