A tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe and the explosion is known as the Big Bang. Stepping into their seventh year of debut, Big Bang has now created a distinguishable territory in the K-pop scene. The group has differentiated its music from any other K-pop and pop idols’ by quickly reacting to the global music trend without losing their unique color. To announce their songs — which bloomed in the middle of all the hardships they’ve been going through — to the world, the boys performed three songs in just one show, each performing with a different concept. They also made the live show available online in high-definition.The boys’ ensuing step that avoids being conventional and abiding by the rules were shocking from time to time, but the shock has always left something new after that ‘explosion.’
Interviewing the team’s leader G-Dragon provided 10Asia a chance to discover what leads the team to create that shock and excitement in the global music landscape. The musician, who says that he devoted all his time to planning and preparing for coming albums while leaving everything up to his fans’ expectations, does not get excited by immediate gains and success. For that reason, it is exciting enough to picture what he has in mind for the next Big Bang.
“‘ALIVE’ has provided us to enjoy the new Golden Age of Big Bang.”
Big Bang’s G-Dragon (left) and Daesung (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
As a leader and producer in the team, you must have a special attachment to the latest release. How do you feel about wrapping up the album’s local promotion?
G-Dragon: It was short but deep. Before thinking about what others have to say about this album, I want to call this the new Golden Age of Big Bang.
When working as the sub-unit GD&T.O.P, you said in an interview that there’s one more blow waiting to wow everyone. I felt like “ALIVE” is what you meant by the ‘single blow’(laugh)
G-Dragon: I’m extremely satisfied with this album. Though the time we had to promote the release was pretty short, I think we’ve showed enough without any regret. Since we have the members’ solo albums coming up this year, I think we could keep up this spirit.
This year has been a juncture for Big Bang to get rid of the image you guys had from performing “Lier.” This also means that you guys must have gone through a certain level of adventure to create something new.
G-Dragon: I started talking about this with Teddy and other staffs at my company when I released GD&T.O.P. Rather than catching up on trends, we came to agree that we should always go a few steps ahead of others. Also, we were certain that whatever we do was right. Apart from gaining success in fashion and music, it was important for us to put out what we love. If we had confidence and assurance of what we do, we knew that people will be with us at some point. It worked afterall, but I call it a successful ‘adventure.’
What would it be like to live as Big Bang? They have achieved an incredible amount of success, live by dividing the 24 hours of the day to use it efficiently and they always have people’s eyes on them. Big Bang is like a huge vessel in the mainstream K-pop but the destination they have to sail to is a vast sea that could swallow them at any moment. Even if they have a strong basis in the field, you never know when this typhoon will hit them.
During their interview with 10Asia, the boys have talked about their happiness and their inner sides, instead of their popularity and other people’s eyes. When everyone told them that they’re at the peak of their career, some members were walking on the rough path of life and some were trying to find solutions of their own to those problems.
In the midst of that turmoil, Daesung stretched his fingers high towards the sky while singing “FANTASTIC BABY.” It is impossible for anyone to guess what he was thinking at that very moment. One thing is for sure, he was on stage and really pulled off the song’s highlights. Without stopping, he went on calmly talking about what it has took him to go up on stage and sing out in front of a big crowd.
“My goal is to become ‘a singer that delivers happiness to people.’”
Big Bang’s G-Dragon (left) and Daesung (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Finishing up the promotion would probably mean more to you than other members. How would you put your feelings in words?
Daesung: So many things happened last year and it’s true that I had a tremendous burden for that reason. I also had a doubt about resuming my activities at this period. But compared to the amount of time and energy spent worrying, I’ve received so much love being in the team. When I look back now, all these events have provided us a chance to create a stronger bond and stand together. So I’d like to say that it has been the happiest time of my singing career during this album’s promotion.
“BLUE” gives off the feeling of a thawing ice. Considering your situation, you must have had a lot of thoughts popping into your mind when singing the song.
Daesung: When I’m on stage, I don’t connect my feelings to personal experiences and feelings. I just follow my duties as a singer. So basically, I tried to deliver the loneliness and solitude that reside in “BLUE,” Instead of revealing my personal feelings. Of course, I could’ve reflected on my own experiences since I’ve been going through a lot and loneliness lately.
Because they ‘ain’t like any other guys,’ Big Bang sang in their song that ‘a girl who met the bad boys was in pain.’ However, because they were different from a slew of other idol groups, they became a ‘good’ group.A rapper does not break dance or the whole team does not move in perfect order like soldiers but the people remember their songs and wait for their next performance.
What is more important for Big Bang than winning others is doing what they like, which is probably why they were able to realize the world they were dreaming. This doesn’t apply just to music. During the interview, the boys did not exaggerate their words when answering questions or tried to figure out what kind of answers would bring them more popularity. They were forthright in telling stories they wanted and to tell, and what they have to tell, rather than saying things that would keep up their popularity. Being honest to their feelings in the interview, Big Bang looked so mature and even naive.
It is the same for T.O.P, who honestly speaks up about his feelings when he’s going through rough times, which ‘ain’t like any other guys.’ Having given up on his positive attitude, the ‘bad boy’ did not easily spat out that he is doing okay. But T.O.P said there are things he is certain of and has his faith in. This is what makes his words more reliable.
“I wanted to make people think, ‘that’s insane, but dope.’”
Big Bang member T.O.P (left) and Daesung (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
You received much spotlight again through the latest album. How does it feel wrapping up the promotion?
T.O.P: Of all releases we had the last seven years, “ALIVE” is the one we cared about the most. We paid extra attention to make sure that every little detail is near perfect, so it was probably the toughest one to prepare since our debut. We had problems, both physically and mentally, in the process.
That’s an unexpected answer. Other members told me that they had fun.
T.O.P: While trying to put everything I could in the album, I ran out of my energy to enjoy the process. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with our activities if our promotional period were longer. Because my stage concept and my real persona have a big gap, I had so much to care about.
That’s probably why it left the impression that you were trying to present your fans with near-perfect acting and stage directing.
T.O.P: I guess I’m feeling more responsibility as time passes. Maybe I’m trying not to open up about my weakness but more and more, my desire for presenting perfect performances for my fans is growing for sure. So I precisely planned what kind of vibe I should give off or how I should express more with my eyes on stage.