“If I had to choose things that can’t not exist in my life, that would be delicious foods, Jazz and R&B, a performance full of emotion, also something I treasure the most, EXO and EXO-L!”
Q. Please say a few words on safely finishing EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot
A. I want to say ‘you did well’ to EXO and EXO-L. I feel glad that no one get injured and we’re able to finish it safely. As a singer this is like finishing a project, I feel proud. I also want to say thank you to EXO-L who came to watch the concert.
Q. What are the things that made EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot different?
A. Among all of the concert that we’ve done, I think the performances in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot fit EXO the most. It’s also quite special that we can see EXO members solo stage in the concert. If in the past three concerts you can see EXO’s performance then in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot, it has a bigger feelings of EXO and EXO-L being in harmony in enjoying the concert together. Because the performances planning is upgraded, there are much more part where EXO and EXO-L connect. Since our second concert, we’ve been having EDM section and in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot, I think he EDM section is the most perfect one. It’s very fun.
Q. Different from the standard concert, there’s a stage with the dance team. What do you think of it?
A. It was fun. I liked the dance group battle structure between EXO and the dancers, and compared to a stage by EXO only, by doing it with the dancers it clearly look more grand because there’s a synergy in it.
Q. In EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot, which stage D.O. feel the most satisfied?
A. I like ‘Power’ stage which is on the final before the encore the most. Because it is a finale where EXO and EXO-L is pouring all the energy that has been gathered since the opening stage. It feels like EXO and EXO-L is becoming one.
Q. A song you like to sing the most could be different with the song that you like to dance. From EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot set list, which song do you like to sing the most and which one do you like to dance the most?
For singing I like ‘Boomerang’ the most. It’s an R&B song which I usually like and specifically, I found the groove in that song is very full of charm. For performance it’s Ko Ko Bop. The (dance) break in Ko Ko Bop is hard but while performing it I enjoyed it without myself knowing. The dance is very attractive.
Q. It feels like D.O.’s dancing that is shown in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot is more powerful than before, what do you think of that?
A. I have a great desire for dancing. Honestly rather than a powerful performance style such as Wolf, Overdose, and Mama, I prefer performance style that emphasize on feelings like Growl and Ko Ko Bop. Specifically, I really like Call Me Baby. When I’m doing a performance that I like, I become excited and worked harder.
Q. At the stage EXO members joked on D.O a lot, how do you feel during that time?
A. It seems like my reactions when being pranked on is good. I like playing on the members too. It is their way of expressing their affection for me although it does get annoying sometimes, hahaha.
Q. It feels like in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot, D.O came to take the member’s jokes really well. During ment time when you’re being asked to copy Kai’s ending pose you did it, and you also gave out heart fingers too. Compared to the past, do you have more chance of accepting the jokes now?
A. I did it because they told me to, hahaha. Previously when the members pulled a joke on me I didn’t receive it well hahaha. However these days I took it well without knowing. Being together with the member itself is very fun. And it’s fun to play with the members on the stage too. I think my shyness when being on the stage is slowly disappearing.
Q. You choose to perform the english version of For Life during your solo stage. We’re curious about the reasons behind it?
A. I sang For Life english version as a congratulatory song for a wedding of my acquaintances and I feel that it’s a pity to sing this song for only one time. I want to sing this song to EXO-L during a concert and just then a solo stage appear so I came to sing the english version of For Life.
Q. Your (english) pronunciation is really good, is there any special practice you did for the For Life stage?
A. I don’t have a separate practice for it, but since I was a child I listened to many foreign songs so I think that’s how I learned the pronunciation. Actually rather than practicing on pronunciation, I worried more over delivering the emotion. It’s the first time that I sing a song from start to finish by myself. I wondered on how to unwind the emotion, and what if the english lyric doesn’t reach the audience, also how to deliver the song’s emotion through the english lyrics. I put more attention on that.
Q. Even if it’s the same song, it might feel really different between singing to korean lyric and to english lyric, how was it for ‘For Life’?
A. Yes, it’s really different. When singing in korean, the lyrics are conveyed clearly but on the other side since there are many consonant and closed pronunciation, the powerful feeling is more stronger and the soulful feeling is reduced. Meanwhile when singing in english, because of the differences in pronunciation I think the emotion is conveyed more softly.
Q. Chanyeol is playing the piano in ‘For Life’ stage, does D.O asked chanyeol for it?
A. Since I was a trainee I often sing with chanyeol. Usually it’s chanyeol playing the instrument and me singing. That’s why when I have a solo stage, I asked chanyeol to play the instrument.
Q. In ‘For Life’ stage this time, we could hear D.O’s refreshing high note. What do you feel at that time?
A. It feels refreshing. I was singing but I get to relieve my stress when screaming the high note. However in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot, I sang the song in a lower note that the original song. I could sing in the original key but I think my voice sounds more charming if the key got lowered.
Q. You sing with your eyes closed. Why do you close your eyes? Is closing your eyes allow you to concentrate more on your voice?
A. It’s because I’m nervous. Also when I’m not doing a dancing performance, I unknowingly close my eyes when I’m singing. By doing that I’m able to concentrate well. When recording for songs too, I’d sing with my eyes closed.
Q. You look so satisfied after singing your solo song, how was it?
A. I wasn’t (satisfied). There are many times when I feel lacking. I think there are almost no stage that I feel satisfied on. When I’m coming down for the stage there’s always a feeling of regret.
Q. Together with chen, baekhyun, and suho you sang ‘Moonlight’. It’s probably the first time where the four of you are showcasing your vocals together in one stage. How do you divide the (singing) part?
A. If there’s a special side to ‘Moonlight’ unit performance is that the four of us changed our parts. The part that the four of us didn’t sing in the original song, we sing it here. That’s why it feels different and the stage is more complete. Since suho is singing the bridge part, it brought a new feeling to the song.
Q. Between EXO members, whose voice do you like the most?
A. Kai’s voice is really attractive. It’s soft and sweet. Since Kai never had a solo singing stage so people wouldn’t know how charming his voice is. If Kai is singing one complete song, I think it will look fantasy-like.
Q. Music that changes every season, it is said that a singing style would change following the type of music we listen to. In this round of concert period, what kind of music you enjoy listening to?
A. I don’t get to listen to a lot of music this year so I don’t know what kind of music I should be listening. I originally like R&B or Jazz, a groovy song like that but hiphop and dance genre is the trend these days. That’s how I’m listening to old songs, I especially listened Kim Kwangseok senior’s songs a lot.
Q. As a vocalist, is there any changes on your singing style in this concert?
A. My singing skill improved greatly. While preparing for my solo stage I worried about how to control a song, and I think my singing skill improved as much.
Q. The second section of EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot has a musical concept, to D.O who is also active as an actor, what do you feel on acting in the stage?
A. It’s really different from film and drama. Performing up in the stage, we’re acting while meeting the audience’s eyes. There’s a wide gap between that and acting in front of the camera. I think a concert performance is similar to a musical, because it’s like showing a piece of show to the audience.
Q. What kind of reaction do you like to see the most from the audience seat?
A. My eyesight is quite weak but I could see the expression of the audience in the standing area. I could feel that they’re delighted to see me so I’m happy too. When can I feel that kind of feeling if it’s not during concert! When I’m walking, It’s not easy to meet people who adore me like that.
Q. In ment time, Chanyeol said “during filming for the video, D.O hair is shaved bald so it look strange but D.O is okay with it” and you said “it’s not bad right?”. Do you really feel okay with the bald hair?
A. The bald head is weird? haha. I shaved my head because of a project but on the stage I don’t think that hairstyle is strange too. It’s neat you know. I like it that the bald hairstyle is comfortable. When my hair is bald it was really comfortable.
Q. In encore ment time, you said “I think EXO-L gave a lot of good energy to us” what do you mean by that?
A. I really received many good energy from EXO-L. It is not easy to be liking someone, giving affection and support that much. It’s a wonderful thing to be expected by someone. I’d be really happy even if there’s only one person liking EXO so since there are many people, I think I received enormous energy. I’m always thankful of it.
Q. For your last greeting you said to EXO-L “Please always support EXO and I hope you love us and look forward to us”. It seems like you expressed more of your feelings than usual. Is it because you want to be closer to the fans? What D.O think of this in reality?
A. I’m really grateful towards the EXO-L who went to Skydome. Those words mean our commitment to always showing a great appearance so please look forward to us in the future.
Q. D.O might be the type that doesn’t much during ment, but it seems like there are words that you sincerely want to say to the fans.
A. Honestly because the word that I wanted to say all has been said by EXO members I don’t really have nothing left to say. What I want to say to EXO-L is ‘thank you’. We received so many love during the 7 years after debut. I’m really thankful just by the simple reason that you like us, and I want to return that love. In order for EXO to not disappoint EXO-L, we will show a greater appearance.
Members Relay Interview
Xiumin : You recently filmed a historical drama, what is the hardest part in doing it? You know that I'm your senior when it comes to historical drama right? (t/n minseok played in historical 'Seondal : Man Who Sells The River' that is released in 2016 )
D.O : The summer in this year is extremely hot. Because we filmed a lot in outdoor setting, it was very tough due to the heat. It is also my first time trying the hair-tie and it made my head very tight. It was quite strange filming while wearing hanbok that I never wear before. However xiumin hyung, can I say something? hyung is the senior but you know that I filmed more than you right? hahaha.
Xiumin : Do you have any thought on growing your hair? answer this for real!
D.O : Of course! I don't have any plan on growing my hair till its long and flowy! hahaha. As the hair grow longer it become uncomfortable. I like short-cut better and I prefer a hairstyle that is comfortable rather one that look cool.
Suho : Flying for overseas schedule is quite tough, don't you get tired when going on long-distance flight?
D.O : Just like hyung said, I found long distance flight quite tiring so I don't like it. I think it's also because I've been flying very often.
Suho : While doing EXO activities, when do you feel the happiest?
D.O : I feel happy throughout EXO's activities. I especially feel proud when receiving an award. I think it's because we're being recognized for our effort. But I think there's a difference in being proud and feeling happy. Actually I feel happy when all of EXO is happy and got along well with each other just like right now. As we cheered on each other, we give and received energy at the same time and that's how we grow.
Baekhyun : What is the hardest part of acting?
D.O : I find it difficult to manage my schedule as both my singer schedules overlapping with my actor schedules overlapped.
Baekhyun : Is your shoulder okay?
D.O : My shoulder joints is weak so there are times when it hurt but it's okay as long as I don't overwork it. It really hurt when it got sprained once but it's alright now.
Chanyeol : You look like you've been working everyday, why do you work without rest like that?
D.O : I do want to take a rest sometime, but as the happiness I earned within work brings lot of fun. I think that's why I've been working nonstop until now.
Chanyeol : I think I match well with you the most, do you think the same too?
D.O : I think I'm really compatible with you too, hahaha. If we're able to connect well doesn't it mean that we fit each other?
Chen : D.O, you're the type that doesn't talk much so I don't know what do you think when living. What plan do you have right now?
D.O : Chen, you're more reserved than I am! Among EXO members you're the one that doesn't talk about himself the most so how could you be asking this kind of question to me! But if I were to answer that, my recent interest until recently is on '100 Days Husband'. Due to the drama filming I have to remember the script and it's making me lose my mind. After the drama filming ended now I want to take a rest. For four years I'd be filming a drama or film after finishing album promotion so I never got a decent rest for once. So this time I want to make time to rest a bit, and if it's possible I want to go travelling with EXO members.
Chen : You sing For Life english version in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot. Your english diction is very captivating! In the future, do you have any plan on singing the english version of another song?
D.O : Of course I want to try doing it more. There are many EXO songs with good english demo. Actually in EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot I want to try singing other song than For Life but because of other schedule I didn't have the time to practice for it so I gave up. If the opportunity exist I want to sing the english version of 'lights out'.
Kai : When you shaved your hair, the members touched it a lot. How do you feel about it?
D.O : Nothing came to mind, really! I don't feel bad about it but I don't like it either, hahaha.
Kai : You really know many good restaurants, how do you find them?
D.O : For restaurant inside the country I look it up through blue ribbon website. While for restaurant overseas since I'm interested in checking the restaurants that are introduced in the Michelin Guide, so when I have the chance of going overseas I'd visit them. You know in google map, you can see restaurants reviews and their star ratings. I use it as a reference and as I visited the restaurants one by one, I made my own restaurant list. I also look up restaurants when I'm on the way to a drama filming set. I want to eat something delicious even if it's only for one meal. You know very well how I like searching for good restaurants.
Sehun : In the span of doing EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot, when do you feel happy?
D.O : I feel happiest when being on the stage at EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot. The first concert is important but it feel really special finishing the tour by coming back to seoul for the encore concert after touring the world. I feel happy, proud, and also relieved on finishing the fourth concert safely without any injuries.
Sehun : I think hyung like our fourth concert the most, what is hyung's thoughts?
D.O : The concert tour we have every year is always being upgraded. So I think I couldn't help but to like this concert the most. I think this round of concert fit EXO the most. Especially I find the bar stage section very enjoyable. Since in that stage we're not acting a designated plot but we're performing in naturally between us, it become more exciting.
Thanks To Section
EXO-L, You Are My Energy!
EXO-L, thank you for always liking us. Because of EXO-L I think again of about how it is to be liking someone. I feel happy upon meeting EXO-L that has given us unchanging support and adoration for seven years since our debut. The moment I meet the gaze of EXO-L, I became happy upon seeing the affection in your eyes and face. At the same time, I also feel an energy rising inside me. It's because EXO and EXO-L gave each other enormous energy. Every time I'm receiving that energy, I hope to turn that same energy to EXO-L too even if it's only a half of it.
I'm feeling emotion that I cannot put into words when I see EXO-L who are crying at the concert venue of EXO PLANET 4 - The Elyxion Dot. To be liking someone to the point of shedding tears, that is something that I never felt even for once. The word 'happiness' might be lacking to describe that feeling but since I cannot find other words to describe it I want to say 'I was very happy, and thank you' one more time. Thank you for EXO-L's affection toward us. In the future please look forward to EXO and keep supporting us. I will also cheer on EXO-L too. Please be healthy!
source: @Lazhao_, @glitterbaek0506
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