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2016 EXOLUXION Photobook Interview

On The Show

Q. Your thoughts on finishing the exoluxion?
A. Although we did the same concert 44 times, when it ends i thought 'we can still do a lot better’. During that one year we wanted to show a new side every time. However we can also do that on the next concert! I dont have any regret left because we're constantly working hard in order to able to show a more awesome and new side of us in the future.

Q. Doing 44 concerts is not easy, what are the things you developed during through this concert ?
A. If on the first concert we're focusing on showing an awesome side of exo on stage, on this concert there we’re focusing a lot in connecting with the audience. Such as the EDM section that is directed for us to jump together with the audience, and we have prepared a stage that goes to the audience seat for the part where we gave candy to the audience so that this concert is not limited to stage performance, and there are also a lot of performance where we can enjoy it together with the audience. From that I think I developed a lot in connecting with the audience. To be honest during the first concert, making eye contact with the audience is kinda embarassing, but on the second concert I really get used to it. I think I know how it feels to make eye contact with the audience while enjoying the music together.

Q. As an artist, communicating with the audience is both an easy and difficult thing to do, what kind of know-how do you need?
A. I don't think I can say that there is a know-how on how you communicate with the audience. I think if i truly enjoyed the stage, the audience will also be able to enjoy it too. It's about how you communicate using your sincere fellings.

Q. D.O., Suho, Baekhyun, and Chen showed a vocal stage through baby dont cry, my answer, and miracles of december. How is this stage created?
A. Performance director shim jaewon created a separate performance for vocal member and dance member to show their strength respectively. Because the director like my voice and expression, he suggested me to do the vocal stage. As a vocalist, it’s a big compliment.

Q. What do you think is chen, suho, and baekhyun specialty in vocal?
A. Suho hyung medium bass vocal is very attractive. Can I say that it’s very stable to support a song? Meanwhile Chen high note is stable. I think as a vocalist that is a really big strength. He’s the style so sing a song neatly. Baekhyun has a great expression of his emotion. He has a very different style from me. I’m the style that has a stable medium bass, just like suho hyung. I think that’s why I usually get to sing the medium bass part on exo’s songs.

Q. When you said your greetings for the opening of concert, you use the word ‘satisfaction’ a lot, is there any special reason for it?
A. I think using word ‘satisfaction’ is difficult and frightening. I'm always working to make the audience that watch the concert feel satisfied. Because of that, unknowingly I used that word a lot. I think If you work hard, even in there are unsatisfactory things happening at the stage, there won’t be any regret about it. Going by this thought I work hard in practicing, to be at my best on the stage.

Q. When you said your greetings for the concent's ending, you said 'there are still a lot of things that we haven't shown you', what does this mean?
A. Although exo members has various personality, I think there are a lot of things that we haven’t shown on the stage. I personally think there are a lot of things I haven't shown yet to the audience. Further more, as EXO keep on developing, if we’re thinking about evolving to show a new side, there are gonna be a lot of sides we’re imagining to show, and we want to show (to the audience).

Q. What kind of new performance that you want to show?
A. (A stage) to hear exo member dance line’s singing. And a dance performance for the vocal line, wouldn’t it be fun? Someday I also want to show a special dance stage. There are no members who dislike dancing in exo. Alhtough I’m a vocal member but I also like dancing. However, I think I’m still lacking to show a solo dance stage so I don’t think I can show it yet. In the future I think of showing this new side (of me).

Q. At the first exoluxion in seoul, during the ment time there are part where exo member showed their wink, but you’re the only one who didn’t do it. Are you shy to do the wink? Or is it because you cannot do a wink?
A. I didn’t do it? I’m good at winking though. However I think winking is not cool. That’s why I don’t do a wink. Because I didn’t do a wink, I’m being teased that I cannot do it. On this ocassion, i really want to say this, I can wink very well. However I don’t want to show my winking side yet.

Q. During the seoul concert, lay tried to lift your shirt to show your stomach. Many fans saw you’re keeping your guard towards the exo members and ‘clenching his fist’. Did you really not know that you’re clenching your fist?
A. At that time I probably clench my fist to stop my shirt for being lifted. I’m not ready to show my body on the stage. However I’m curious about this thing. Will the audience like it if i get rid of my clothes? Perhaps...(they) like the muscles. But I’m not ready to strip off my clothes. I think there will be a lot of preparation to do that.

Q. During the macau concert, sehun had you and chen in a kiss pose. You use your hand to block your lips, did you really feel like you’re in danger at that moment?
A. If I didn’t cover my lips then (our) lips would have touched. Because chen’s face were getting closer I had to cover my lips. I’m not surprised by that. Sehun were clearly pulling a joke to me and chen, and I had to defend myself.

Q. What is the performance that you like the most in this concert?
A. It’s the EDM section, it was the first time we had a performance like that. Although it was the first time that we jumped and played on stage while communicating with the audience, it was really fun.

Q. In the EDM section, you jumped for 18 minutes, isn’t it hard physically?
A. It is tiring but the happiness (in doing it) outgrows the tiring side. I feel a lot of joy in that stage somehow.

Q. On the stage, when do you feel the most grateful to fans?
A. I always feel grateful. I’m impressed by all kind of things when I’m on the stage. I really feel grateful just by thinking of the people who came to the concert venue. I also feel grateful towards the audience’s passion for exo, and I think that side of the audience look pretty. Even by thinking of the people who watch the concert until the end, I feel grateful for that. I feel grateful towards every moment shared together with the audience.

Behind The Show

Q. Do you tend to get nervous before you went up to the stage?
A. I don't get nervous at all. If there is a moment when I feel nervous, it is when I had to come up to the stage by myself. I felt reasurred when I went (to the stage) together with exo member but when I had a solo stage I get nervous. Wouldn't it be uncomfortable if i didn't have the members with me, who are always beside me and protect me.

Q. What do you usually do at the waiting room to prepare for the stage?
A. As i go up to the stage I loosen up my body. I relaxed my throat too. And of course I also eat some food, haha.

Q. In paralel with doing the concert, you also filmed the movie 'pure love'. You went to the filming site and then went up to the stage for the concert, isn't it tiring?
A. I never once feel tired being on the stage because of the filming activites. I practiced for the performance that are going to be shown on the concert, and while doing the 44 concert, because we showed the same performance over and over again I have confidence on it. As the number of performance increases, my body becomes used to it, so I didn't feel any burden. On the opposite, acting while doing the concert is honestly not an easy thing to do. As soon as there are filming schedule, we're filming different scenes everytime. I find it tough to prepare for an entirely different scenes everytime in between the concerts.

Q. Does your acting activities helped you when you’re on stage?
A. It helped a lot, I gained a lot of things like facial expressions, emotions, or gestures.

Q. You have a lot of interest on gourmet things. What’s your favorite food on each country?
A. At korea of course I eat korean food. I like homemade food that use fermented bean paste and also korean pancake. Japanese food that I like homemade food such as nukazuke (japanese pickles) and ochazuke (dish with green tea broth). I like ramen and susho too but I prefer homemade food more. As for chinese food, I like hotpot, and spicy stir fried pork. For Thailand food, although I didn’t know a lot of them but somdam (papaya salad) is really delicious.

Q. Do you find it weird when you’re getting praised as being ‘cute’? What are the type of compliment that you like the most?
A. For the word ‘cute’, it’s relative. Honestly, the people who know me well and close to me didn’t tell me that I’m cute. That’s why I think when I hear the word ‘cute’ is kinda awkward. For me, I like the word ‘you did well’. ‘You did well’ can mean a lot of things but to me I hear it as a recognition of my skills. I feel very proud when I hear that word,

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Tags: 2016, concert : exoluxion, exo activities / items, interview
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