Seungri Interview on ELT Photo Book + More Scans [NEWS/PHOTOS]

Shared by on October 30, 2010  

Sorry for the late post. Enjoy the interview and the additional scans!^^

I heard that you want to use Japanese throughout the interview.
Yes, I will work hard. If there are parts I don't understand, I can ask the translator, right?

Of course.
Ok then. Thank you.

For starters, what kind of person does V.I think he is?
Maybe a lot of people think I am always full of confidence but in reality, this isn't entirely true. I have a fragile heart... very fragile. I don't like showing my weakness to others so I just practice and practice and act confident. Toward my [confident] self, I am sometimes still bothered when other members say, "Why are so proud?"

Do you ever feel scared?
I'm always scared especially before standing on stage. However, when I'm already there on stage and facing the fans, I realize they'll accept me no matter what so my fear disappears. What I'm really scared of are activities on TV shows. Since there will be fans of other idols present too, there will be some who are not familiar with BIGBANG. On those occasions, I try to avoid doing things that will give the group a bad impression. I just remember what I practiced and stand there with confidence. If I don't prepare as well as I should, I might get stage fright and fans will notice that I'm nervous.

Have you always been this careful when you were young?
Well…I am a blood type A person. When I was a kid, I really loved comedies. I tried hard to make my friends in class laugh when I was a student in elementary school and junior high school. So I really thought I was going to be a gagman in the future! (Laughs) However, a dance team came to my junior high school's festival one day and they surprised me. I wanted to be like them so I started taking lessons from this team. I learned from them for about 2 years. At that time, I began to think that I want to be an entertainer and had the idea that being an entertainer is probably as good as being a singer.

How did you come up with this idea?
I don’t know. (Laughs) I don’t know but I was really serious back then. I wanted to be popular. To be popular, being a singer is the best, I thought. However I was poor at singing. I was only confident in my dancing. I was aware of my poor singing and didn’t like karaoke so much. But I really wanted to stand out.

But you needed to sing~
I was at my wits’ end. At an audition I was told, “Aren’t you unfit to be a singer?” After that, I concentrated on my singing lessons for about a year. I didn’t dance at all. Then, I took an audition when I thought I got in a level that I can already sing in front of the audience. This was an audition held by YG Entertainment. The president said to me then, “I can see your future.”

How did you feel when you hear this?
I was really happy from the bottom of my heart. So I thought, “Perhaps am I good!? I can be a singer!!” That time I didn't really have confidence so his words really inspired me. However when I got into the office and saw the other BIGBANG members training, I was really shocked. I thought I won't be able to get over it.

Were their levels that high?
Yes...very high. Our members were very good at singing and dancing since that time. I'm not exaggerating. It's true. I felt like I lost in all areas. I was poor at everything. Because of this, I went on practicing and practicing…just practicing.

Going on practicing was sometimes hard, wasn’t it?
Yes. There were times when I wanted to give up.

Still, you didn’t give up. What motivated you?
My parents. I’m different from other members because I’m not from Seoul. I’m from Gwangju. Its distance is like Osaka from Tokyo in Japan. It is far from Seoul. Most parents may oppose when their 15 year-old child leaves their hometown to be an entertainer. However, my parents supported me from the start. They said to me “If you leave, do your best.” I got encouraged with this words and I went to Seoul. I just can’t give up. In addition, the members helped me. G-DRAGON and SOL have taken lessons as trainees for 6 years before I came to the company. Seniors told me of their experiences. Because of them, I just kept on practicing.

You must be happy to have your role models close to you.
Yeah, I think so too. It was good to get a big shock at first. (Laughs) If I had been in a different circumstance, I may not have debuted yet. Actually, I’m still a poor singer.

You are very modest. V.I is now a vocalist getting a lot of attention.
Thank you. However, my sister who is younger than me by 3 years always tell me on the phone. “You are the weakest member of BIGBANG. Try harder.” I know that myself but I still get angry at my sister for saying that so I tell her to “shut up!” Then she replies, “You are the weakest!”……and puts down the phone!

Your family is severe on you. (Laughs)
She is cruel but I am doing my best.

When it comes to Japanese ability, you are number 1, aren’t you?
I learned to speak Japanese well. With one of the Japanese staff, I go through intensive training everyday for about 2 hours. In addition, I love Japanese dramas and films. For example, Rookies and Crows Zero are my favorites. I study Japanese by imitating their lines. Also, I want to speak Japanese like real Japanese people so I listen to their lines carefully and pay attention to their accent. I just study how to speak Japanese more and more.

So in most events, it was necessary for you to take charge of being the MC.
I was really nervous. I researched on MCs by watching DVDs of various artists. To be frank, the stage in Korea and the stage in Japan are different.

How are they different?
What's different is the content of what we talk about. In Korea, we greet and just say “Are you getting high?” “Let’s enjoy!” However, in Japan, fans come to our concert looking forward to listening to our talk. It is a must to have a comedy part and some serious parts. This is why you should always have a plan beforehand. For example, I’ll say to audience “Are you ready?” and if the audience are enthusiastic, I ask G-DRAGON beforehand to say to audience “Gentle! Gentle!”

Great! So does V.I decide the flow of talk?
Yes, I'm the director of the MC part. (Laughs) Because I know well what fans want, I think it is my role to tell the members. I want to be the middleman who's in between the fans and BIGBANG. This role is same whether in Korea or in Japan. I’m the only member who updates the blog.

You are like the publicist of BIGBANG.
That sounds right. (Laughs)

The tour was successful especially since you are the MC
I was really happy. It was fun~ Until last year, Japanese fans were shy in my impression. However, this time was wonderful. Like…we enjoyed being together. Not only did we perform on stage and audience was screaming… Ah, how should I say this?

You felt connected, right?
Yes, I think so! Connection! Same feelings on stage and in their seats.

How is the atmosphere in the dressing room before performing?
Of course, we're nervous. SOL often goes to the bathroom. (Laughs) G-Dragon talks to the members and ask their condition. He tells us, "Are you ok? Any problems?" Things like that. He's really worthy to be our leader. I usually observe others' behaviors carefully.

Ah, unexpectedly, the youngest are the cool ones, right? They see older people’s success, failure and other things~
Yes. I'm surrounded by older people so I learn a lot from their words and behavior. They taught me a lot of things. At first, I was poor at almost everything but because of their advice, I've changed. Also, the youngest member doesn't just have a cute side but also an adult side, right? (Smiles)

You smile like you know something. (Laughs) Can you share some of your observations?
Honestly, the naughtiest members are G-DRAGON and T.O.P. They are really charismatic on the stage but they are just like kids backstage. (Laughs) So I always say that if only the two them can speak Japanese fluently, the funniest members would be them. They are really funny!

So you're saying that V.I. is more mature than them?
Yes! Definitely!

Definitely? (Laughs)
But my heart is vulnerable.

How is your heart vulnerable, specifically?
I can’t get angry that much. Even when I should get angry, I don’t express it and just leave it in my head because I am a blood type A. I get away from the stress by driving at high speed. Boom boom boom!

But you don’t hide what you want to say, right?
Yes, when it is about BIGBANG, I express my opinion. For example, “I think…” “I think this isn’t good” and “I prefer…” I convey my opinions like that in front of the members. The great thing of having G-Dragon as a leader is he draws a conclusion only after listening to the opinions of all the members. So BIGBANG's decisions all comes from all the members' opinions and feelings.

He is a reliable leader, isn’t he?
I really think we are a good team. We've never fought. Everyone has a different character but what's common with our personalities is we are serious... especially SOL. Super serious. I haven't truly understood D-Lite's personality yet.
Is he (D-Lite) a mysterious person?
I don’t know what he does during his private time at all. Though I know about the other members, D-LITE is really mysterious. He is like an alien. In addition, despite his happy appearance, he's really shy. (Laughs) While T.O.P, even if he's the oldest and I'm the youngest, we can easily communicate with each other. But he's scary. Type B's are very scary. You should be careful when you interview him. (Laughs)

Do you easily get scolded by T.O.P?
Yes, yes, once in a while. When he scolds me, I reply “Yes, I’m sorry, I’ll be careful…” Boom boom boom!!

And you run away driving? You are a sad blood type A. (Laughs)
Yes, damn type Bs!!! (Laughs) But of course, our different characters make BIGBANG fascinating. No one is like the other.

V.I is also a university student, right?
Yes, I entered university this year. I feel a sense of fulfillment. Because I have worked since I was a kid, I don't have friends outside the entertainment world. Now, I made some friends at the university who I can understand and be my best friends. I like listening to different people with different values. I learn a lot from them.

I heard that you are studying acting?
Yes. In Korea, singers also act in dramas or movies. When singing, I think acting is also necessary. It is important to convey your feelings about the music to the audience, isn't? Like when I sing a happy song, I have to sing it happily and when I sing a sad song, I have to convey sadness. You can convey what you feel with your facial expressions so I want to learn more about this. I want to try various fields in the future. Also, I want BIGBANG to be loved for a long time like SMAP in Japan and to be known as a solo artist too. I want to have a style like Justin Timberlake and I also want to challenge myself in movies, musicals and in business.

You are very curious.
I’m interested in a lot of things. (Laughs) I always want to do something. I love to work. I am a kind of person who feels anxious when I have a free time. Maybe I am greedy.

But being greedy makes you work hard.
Maybe. But also, I can do these things because of BIGBANG. BIGBANG is like the joker in my life. I feel freely and that I can be strong... I feel like I can go anywhere and do everything by having it (BIGBANG). The other members make up for what I lack. The other members probably feel the same because we are a team.

Joker in my life. That is a nice expression.
Yes, I think maybe it's destiny so I won't relax. We are of different ages and I'm the youngest but it doesn't matter at work. Each of us has the same responsibility. For BIGBANG to become "bigger", each of us has to continue trying hard.
You continue to try hard and because of this V.I. has confidence.
Yes, I have confidence but it doesn't mean I have to stop trying. Japanese men don't usually say that they're confident, right? They usually say, "I'm not good enough..." On the contrary, I say everything frankly. Is this why they find me strange? That I say, "I believe in myself!" and "I look cool!"... Just kidding!
Are you really kidding?
I am half-serious. (Laughs) I think I need to study Japanese more so I can be more funny when conveying my thoughts.

Your Japanese ability is already great.
No... I think fans will get more attached to us if I speak Japanese more fluently. But sometimes, I think it may have an opposite effect because it looks like I'm the only one who tries hard in speaking Japanese and this makes the other members look dull. To everyone who read this interview, when you send fan letters, please tell also the other members to "Study more Japanese!"

Isn't it better to tell them directly?
I can't because I'm the youngest.

You said that difference of age doesn’t matter at work. (Laughs)
I just think that they will try harder if it is asked by Japanese fans. (Laughs)

Source: Electric Love Tour Photobook
Scans: Tisya @
Translation: J-Lene & Noriko @

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  • EmilyIsVIP

    “You are the weakest member of BIGBANG. Try harder.”

    Harsh sister is harsh! Ji being a reliable leader and Dlite being mysterious! This is why I love these boys! Thanks for the trans!

  • 27Kirstine12

    Uuu,maknae:X,very photogenic:X.

  • Jen

    Do you easily get scolded by T.O.P?
    Yes, yes, once in a while. When he scolds me, I reply “Yes, I’m sorry, I’ll be careful…” Boom boom boom!!

    He really does seem scared of TOP sometimes. I'm sure he's really scary when he's mad.

  • xmacyx

    I can do these things because of BIGBANG. BIGBANG is like the joker in my life. I feel freely and that I can be strong... I feel like I can go anywhere and do everything by having it (BIGBANG). The other members make up for what I lack. The other members probably feel the same because we are a team.

    i love you maknae!!!!

  • anon

    i read this before but this translation is better. thank you!

  • syah4brit

    ahh maknae is all grown up but somehow he'll always be a baby to me.
    look at him and the things he say, how can one not love him?
    thanks for the translation and scans!!
    can't wait for taeyang's next (:

  • Nerdie_breet

    Ahhh...reading this makes me remember back in the days when I first knew Big Bang..
    I used to hate him and his antics. But, slowly he takes over my heart..
    Now he is my second bias hehe..
    I love you,Maknae!!!
    YOU ARE THE BEST!!! haha..

  • Sydney

    how adorable. maknae always has interesting interviews!

  • RachelheartsVI

    This interview is awesomee :) Love you maknae! <3

  • Yvonne

    Thank you for the translation J-Lene & Noriko ^^

    I have a fragile heart... very fragile. I don't like showing my weakness to others so I just practice and practice and act confident. + sister part.

    :( I don't think he is the weakest. No one is as each of them as their strong point. That's how they help each other out and form such an amazing group right? Strong baby has definitely improved a lot in his singing skill + I actually likes his voice the best now.

    And ofc, riri never fail to make me laugh. "D-LITE is really mysterious. He is like an alien." LMAO, this 2 still hasn't got closer eh? Hehe. The way he describe is so funny and adorable.

    Love this interview! Seungri had grown up so much and becoming an even more amazing person. BIG BANG ♥

  • linesandstars

    Thank you for posting this. Honesty, I've been waiting for it :)
    I adore Seungri and his interviews always make me love him a little bit more, if that's even possible. I like how he can be frank and compliment himself easily (lol when he's trying to be funny), but can outright be his own worst critic. Although I wish he was a little easier on himself sometimes. I also wish he'd be more careful on the road. In fact, I believe he shouldn't drive at all because it's obviously an emotional outlet for him. but he's risking too much! Also, I'm very happy that he is meeting more people and making friends outside of the entertainment industry. He's becoming more open minded, I like that :D

    Seungri always shows so much development both in character and skill! I reallyy can't wait for Big Bang's comeback to witness his growth. haha I wrote an essay

  • maykim135

    loved this interview :D

  • Jennie

    haha! no wonder his driving license got suspended!!! He's been hitting the road to vent his feelings.
    tsk tsk Seungri.

    we all know by know that his overconfidence is just a facade. but i really hope he has the genuine confidence to pull it through. Im pretty sure that he is reminded of the fact that he is, in the eyes of many the weakest (even his sis reminded him, although its prolly a sis-bro comment) and i hope he isnt bothered by such comparisons very much. i mean it would surely suck for your life to be reminded every single day that you are pretty much ranked the bottom in the group talent-wise.

    of course, i personally dont think it that way. Seungri may not have the strongest control of his voice, but i really like his voice best compared to Taeyang and Daesung because he has smooth, innocent voice. I would describe Taeyang's as sexy and Daesung's voice to be really manly and charming. THIS is what i like about BigBang because their vocalists all have different range in terms of their vocals!!! :D If seungri can fully master the art of singing, im sure he can pull it as well as his hyungs. and while he is not there yet, he is improving very much, so kudos to him!!!

    Seungri will always be loved in Big Bang!

  • Rebekahkim

    Keep up the good work V.I. I believe in u(>o<) MAY GOD BLESS V.I.!

  • philippe

    lmao the translation done 2 weeks ago by bigbangworldwide was way better than this.

  • Thiya

    Seungri is adorable MAGNAE..he bring alot of joy and happiness for BB fans

    i don't agree he is the weakest on BB team , off course his experience stil cannot catch up his hyung..but now i believe he can really stood up among others..

    Really impressive to see him singing during ELT concern are no 1 in my heart

  • TabiiLoverr

    Awww, Maknae Seungri is growing up so fast!! (:

  • Karenjash

    wow ginny(v) you r just so cool i really imagined u like that n it was all so true but a problem is dat i didn imagine pal(top) wud dare scold you is he really that bad tempered i cant believe it

    danzy(daesung) is difficult to understand ryt i thought he was playboy type but he is jus great

    kind t(taeyang) i guessed he was shy

    g actually i thought he wud act a bit of stupid in reality jus a bit isnt he a bit stupid

    n pal i thought he wud be the one who cant realise his feelin n sud be encouraged by u all

    n the thing i meant to tell u was that u have gud voice but actually i cant differentiate ur voice so u gotta improve a lot ginny. u don worry abt ur sis coz she wants u to b the strongest so i guess c expresses her feelin sayin that u r weak u gotta call her often even if c doesn all right u r too gud n b the same until we meet. we still haae alot to do together

    dis was kara all along n jash wAs askin me ur bday she really thinks that u r the best oppa 4eva thats all my ginny remain the same

  • Jolene Cynthia

    This is translated by a native Japanese speaker...with zero information lost in translation.

  • su thiri

    no!!!! seungri is the best for me. he is not the weakest member of big bang.

  • su thiri

    i love seungri so much. seungri is very cute for me. he is very handsome. i like big bang's songs. they are very clever.

  • gdsdesires

    his sister is soooo harsh!! ROFL! aww maknae.. we love you to bits.. and certainly.. YOU ARE NOT THE WEAKEST MEMBER!! aigoo. T___T

    love this trans.. read this before, but this translation is better. ^^

  • Yay_hyosung

    Seungri Oppa Saranghae yo

  • Mislonleygirl14

    awwwww so cute

  • SeungRi fans

    SeungRi,your fans always love you. TO me,you are the best at bigbang. Oh,no. IS BIGBANG IS THE BEST! <3 I am looking forward for more nie song from you guys,(: