This is the last part of the Star Confession interview series Asiae.co.kr did with G-Dragon. You can find the other articles here : Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14
”Recently, I’ve been resting a lot since my solo concert. A lot of the restrictions I had like no clubbing, no alcohol and no girlfriends were abolished. I’ve been meeting friends and going clubbing, and going shopping in DongDaeMoon in the early morning too. There was a photo of me by an outfit so I asked ‘What are these clothes?’ and the person said ‘They’re G-Dragon style’, not recognising me. (laughs)”
2009 was a significant year for G-Dragon (Real name: Kwon Jiyong, 23). It was a meaningful year where he showed his own album and concert to the world. He also knows best how to relax at the end of a significant workload now that already it's been 5 years since his debut.
”I used to try to speak and act all cool and sophisticated when I went to award ceremonies but recently I went to this one just thinking it was like a party. I wore jeans and took my puppy and had a great time. I met a lot of other people and didn’t take much notice of the cameras. I yelled out when I was having fun and had a good time being part of the audience.”
He also became friends with many singers from other management agencies. Especially SM Entertainment’s DBSK, their sunbaes in both Japan and Korea.
”I’ve recently become close with my sunbaes in DBSK. In the past there used to be a lot of unseen rivalry between different agencies but since we’re both in groups we all have a lot in common. Hero JaeJoong hyung approached me first. After that I naturally became friends with Yoochun hyung and Junsu hyung and I realised that I could be the dongsaeng too.”
He would pester the DBSK hyungs to buy him food when they were staying in Japan, and they gave him a lot of advice.
”I admired them because they’d survived in a different country with different cultures. It doesn’t matter whether people are SM or JYP or whatever anymore, I like everyone. Sometimes it just comes to me that ‘Aww that person must’ve been through a lot of pain’ or ‘I should tell this person this piece of advice’. I think our hearts are all opening towards each other now. I would like it if our hubaes (juniors) would come up and talk to us too.”
But he’s still in his youth and has fears about the future.
”I have to keep going. This year Daesung and TOP’s solo albums will be out and so will Big Bang’s at the end of the year. Though I doubt everything will go exactly as planned. We’ll plan everything first and then adjust the time of release depending on how fast production goes.”
As the team leader, he has to keep in mind the other members’ activities as well as the group’s.
”It’ll be a lot to handle for Daesung to prepare his solo album on his own so I think I’m gonna have to give him a lot of advice. Daesung will probably do R&B ballads. It’ll be a bit different to Big Bang’s style of music. And TOP’s will definitely be hip hop. I think I’m gonna help him work on a couple of the songs.”
Big Bang plans to return in 2010 with a new album and new looks. As always, the next is always the most important.
”We have to move forward as Big Bang again. I think we were just standing on the spot for the last two albums. It’s not that I didn’t like them, but they just didn’t take off like I wanted them to. If I don’t like how this next album turns out either, I’ll probably hate myself for it. We have to move forward, even if it’s only half a step. Now that even Seungri is no longer underage, I think in this next album we’ll be showing off more of a manly image than a boyish one. (laughs)”
G-Dragon has caught us unawares by becoming a man. His bravery has hugely affected our country’s music industry, and is creating a legend. What shape will this legend of his take on? It’s time to sit back and watch his legend unfold.
*Thank you for reading G-Dragon’s Star Confession up to now. Fellow Big Bang member Daesung and 2NE1’s Sandara Park’s Star Confession will start being released on the 24th. Please continue to give us your love and interest.
Translation by sjay.x @ bigbangvip.net