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CNBLUE's Yonghwa says he wants to build a concert hall for bands in Korea

By mkim93   Monday, July 3, 2017   41,591   9,605   0



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In a recent interview with JoongAng Ilbo, CNBLUE's Yonghwa spoke about how he has grown over the years and what his goals are for the future.

He said, "When we first started, there was a lot of criticism towards us and people didn't consider us as a real band. Because of those feedbacks, we couldn't help but put unnecessarily loud and overly-done parts into our music to give off that rock style of music. But during our world tour back in 2013, that kind of thinking started to disappear a little bit - there were plenty of people and fans who enjoyed our music because it's our music. We felt it was okay to have more confidence in ourselves and were at peace."

The interviewer mentioned that there seems to be a lot more concerts for them these days to which he replied, "There are a lot of limitations with weekly music shows. We would like to perform on live stages but due to certain circumstances, it becomes difficult. Also, compared to other groups who dance at the same time, we only stand there with our instruments so it appears as if we're doing the same thing over and over again."

He also expressed some particular things they deal with as a band, "When we first started, our music tastes were all different. It was really hard to accommodate all different kind of styles, but it's fairly similar now. As there are habits with songs/music, the same thing exists for instruments. Such as when we want to stop the drums at certain parts or playing the guitar during one melody compared to another."

The interview continued with what he thought was different between solo and group albums. He said, "When I'm alone, I can experiment more freely. However, CNBLUE is my oasis." He finished the interview with the hope of someday creating a concert hall for other bands to perform, "I think the reason the Japanese band market is so big is that there are so many places to perform. For us, if we perform at one place and go to the next, the latter has to jump more than two times the size. But if we create a variety of halls that fits 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, and etc., it might help bands survive and exist much longer. Hence, if I have a chance, I'd like to create a concert hall that fits around 8,000 people.

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Chideks Friday, July 7, 2017

My heart strings lover pls go ahead. I ain't Korean . Am African and I heart you a lot.

Longan_Lychee Thursday, July 6, 2017

He probably suffers from megalomania..

Nanazayn Tuesday, July 4, 2017

He's just amazing

hiroonakamura Monday, July 3, 2017

btw, i dont get it. why did people say that they were not a real band back in the days?

sayaris hiroonakamura Monday, July 3, 2017

Because they can't play live during TV shows. Their instruments are not plugged in, but they always sing live. But for this reason, people thought they can't play and they were just flower boys with instruments. In Korea, there are only few bands who could make it and have a place among the dance groups and won awards on tv shows. For the rest, it's more indie bands.

jjuneah hiroonakamura Monday, July 3, 2017

and until now still some of elitism krock band fans mock them as not band because they do RROCK sound. their perception that band must be rock, others that dont do rock is not band.

thefabcat92 jjuneah Thursday, July 6, 2017

then the newest group from FNC must have it hard. they were even mellower than the time CNBlue debuted

hiroonakamura Monday, July 3, 2017

great idea. I've always felt that there are way too few concerts in Korea and that is from a lack of venues. If groups could do more concerts, they could earn more money and wouldnt have to be slaves to their labels as much.

themightymoron Monday, July 3, 2017

THIS! it's time people enjoy something from music without heavily relying on visuals. it's time people go back to the root of it all: great sounding real music performance.

Jenny130 Monday, July 3, 2017

This is great because so many people sleep on bands and they need exposure

TzuyuGirl Monday, July 3, 2017

but koreans don't really care about concerts they more into music shows , unlike japan they more into concerts

kentv TzuyuGirl Monday, July 3, 2017

It may be a chicken and the egg sort of issue. Due to a lack of really good venues in all the major cities in Korea, it is hard for bands or even vocal groups to have concert tours at a size that is profitable for them, so a concert culture has a hard time getting started. Either you have to go with pretty small venues or playing bars/clubs or you have to be able to sell enough tickets to go into an arena. From what it sounds like there is a lack of places that can seat more than 1,000 people, but less than 5,000 that are indoors and have good acoustics. Hopefully if such venues are built, it will help create more of a concert culture.

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