Translated by Erin Grace
BROWN EYED GIRLS have already gained overwhelming popularity in their home country of Korea for their provocative dance performance as a “mature idol unit,” and now they’re coming to Japan! We’re going to hear about the thoughts hidden behind their sexy charm!
Dance is a better way of conveying the song
--First of all, why don’t you all introduce yourselves?
Jea: I’m the leader of BROWN EYED GIRLS, and also in charge of songwriting. Although I’m generally considered as having it all together, I also have my spoiled and childish side. (laugh)
Miryo: I’m the rapper. I can even speak a little Japanese! I think my appearance gives off an impression of being wild, but I actually have a really delicate personality.
Narsha: I’m in charge of the vocals. Other than the music, I also perform on variety shows and do a lot of other things in Korea.
Ga-in: I’m the youngest in the unit, so I really am the “younger sister.” The other three really love me.
--And in Korea, you keep down the vast numbers of female groups, and your sexy dancing is extremely popular.
M: We originally formed around the vocals, so we weren’t taking any dance lessons. Recently we’ve been singing a lot of danceable music, so we thought it would be natural to use bold choreography.
J: We’ve been fighting to keep the dance suitable to the music. Because of that, we don’t really do “acrobatics.” We’re not just dancers – we’re still very particular about our facial expressions and fashion and things, and we want people to notice that. But the music is even more important than all of those. Because everything we have is to display the music.
--I’m sure you’re very particular about how you create the music. You’re Japanese debut album, “SOUND-G,” was gorgeously put together, from your electronic tracks to your ringing ballads.
All: Thank you so much!
M: On this album we were really aiming for a great sound, so we decided on the title “SOUND-G.” As a result, we were able to achieve a variety of songs, including the electronic pieces and ballads. I think we were able to display 100% of our charm with this album.
The Japanese artist they want to perform with
--What songs are each of you the most attached to?
G: For me, it’s “Abracadabra.” Because I think that it displays our charm more than any other song on this album.
N: For me, it’s “I Won’t Let You Go.” I’m the main vocal, and it’s a very sad ballad. I’m sure that everyone in Japan will empathize with its heart-breaking atmosphere.
M: I think it’s “Moody Night” for me. It’s the sexiest song on the album!
J: “Jea’s Wedding Song,” the song that I wrote. Because it’s such a sweet song.
--And what are you picky about in your music?
M: The most important thing to me is creating music that the listener can empathize with. Because there are many songs on this album with a strong beat, I think there’s a bolder feeling than our music usually has. But I think there a sort of delicacy just below the surface, and I’d be happy for people pick that up.
--You’ve also recorded the Japanese version of “Abracadabra” on this album.
J: It was hard for us to learn to pronounce Japanese proficiently, but our Japanese staffers tell us that we can sing well so we were finally able to do a fun recording.
G: From now on we’re going to be performing in Japan, so we want to study vocabulary and record plenty of music that everyone will be able to empathize with. We also want to try performing with m-flo. They’re very popular in Korea because they’re always supporting great music.
N: Because we’ve moved into Japan, we’re working very hard so that everyone will know our work. There are a lot of Korean artists moving into Japan right now, but we’re working to differentiate ourselves from the crowd.
--What would you like to try on your days off in Japan?
M: I want to go to a hot spring!
N: Yeah, I’d like to relax in someplace like a secret hot spring in Hokkaido.
G: I want to go to Tokyo Dome. There’s an amusement park there, right? I wanna scream while I’m riding the rollercoaster!
J: I want to go to the top of Tokyo Tower.
--And what are your private thoughts?
J: Lately we’ve been going back and forth between Japan and Korea so often that I don’t have any private time…
M: But when we came to Japan, even though we were short on time, there was nothing more fun than shopping together when we had some wiggle room! We can shop well as a group because we’re all cute, so each one of us can give advice to the others.
--If people from Japan were to travel to Korea, where would you recommend they go?
M: The shops near Hongik University are really interesting. It’s an arts college, so there’s a good feeling to it.
N: I recommend Dongdaemun. It’s like a shopping mall, and you can buy all kinds of things until late at night and eat all kinds of popular Korean gourmet and relax worry-free.
J: And there are little food stalls selling delicious tteokbokki. You really have to try it.
G: And for the people who are into health and beauty, you have to try the body scrubs and spas!
--You make it sound awesome!
J: We feel that we have the strength in our music that we won’t lose out to other groups. We have a history together as a group and a career with it, and we have a depth that other groups don’t, and we’re working to create music that will leave an impression on people.
Photos: Kusakari Masayuki
Interview: Matsunaga Takahisa