BOBBY’S INTERVIEW FOR NYLON NOVEMBER 2014
Interviewer: After winning SMTM3, did people’s reaction change?
BOBBY: Oh! no! The reason why I don’t have many chances to feel the popularity is because I’m usually only at the practice room and the studio. There are some people who notice me when I sometimes go to the airport or when filming. The existence of the people who like me itself is surprising and I’m grateful.
Interviewer: You have so much more popularity than you think.
BOBBY: Oh! no! Thank you so much.
Interviewer: Are you doing this because you’re embarrassed?
BOBBY: It’s just because I’ve heard this for the first time, haha.
Interviewer: You like Hot dog and pizza? (It was actually the dinner menu that day)
BOBBY: It suites my taste more than Korean food. I have a taste like a baby who likes sausage and cheese.
Interviewer: Even if you eat a lot, you’re not the type to get fat, right?
BOBBY: As I do dance practice every day, I lose weight naturally.
Interviewer: Do you like exercising?
BOBBY: Looking at it, doing it I like both. I want to try ice hockey.
Interviewer: Ice Hockey, somehow it matches with you. I watched all of SMTM. You were really good at rapping as if there was more to it?
BOBBY: Although I feel good that I won SMTM, I felt that I was lacking a lot. I think I can do better than this but it’s hard.
Interviewer: I liked your self-written rap lyrics. I had a feeling that you were exactly telling a story about what you’ve been through and what you thought.
BOBBY: Personally when writing lyrics, I like to move things as I think of it. The programme concept of saying everything what you want and the writing style of my lyrics matched well. I thought ‘This is the time!’ and I wrote lyrics while enjoying.
Interviewer: I think this programme changed the perception of ‘idol rapper’
BOBBY: It was also my goal. If you say idol rapper, they get easily looked on. They consider that they’re rapping to the lyrics that someone else wrote. I thought I’d be upset if those titles comes up to me. So that’s why I wanted to destroy the prejudice. I wanted to show that some idol rappers know how to be embarrassed at their own skills and they try hard to do well.
Interviewer: You did this in the programme as well but you like to use the word ‘destroy’ a lot.
BOBBY: It suites well with the context and somehow it looks cool.
Interviewer: Haha, that’s right. What is the rap style that you pursue?
BOBBY: That it has to be cool from the start of the song to the end. It has to be cool unconditionally.
Interviewer: What is that ‘coolness’?
BOBBY: Mhm…being manly. Overflowing with masculine, tough and saying what they want to say…I think that’s the real coolness. I’ll keep it as no need to cover and bringing it raw as it is. I will be using a lot of stories about strong things and raw things in my rap in the future as well.
Interviewer: The word right now, isn’t that over pronouncing the rhyme?
BOBBY: It came out naturally, haha.
Interviewer: You study the ways that make you look charming?
BOBBY: If you say entertainment agency is school then I’m in the graduating class. For the last 4 years, I never missed a time and took videos every week and did monthly evaluation. Although it was hard thanks to that, I found out myself what expressions can be a weapon. It’s not just simply showing singing and dance on stage, I learnt it with my body that you need to add motion and gesture to make up the mood.
Interviewer: About how much do you think your talents are?
BOBBY: I think talents change in proportion with the amount and time you try. If you stop trying, the talent will remain there. If you try hard constantly, your talent will also develop.
Interviewer: I thought that talents were born/gifted with. That’s new to hear. It’s your 3rd time on only survival programmes from (win)(smtm) to (mix and match). Have you ever thought that it was cruel?
BOBBY: I did at first but as I experience it often, as a musician, I felt that there’s no other format better than survival programme to develop. Although it’s hard, you eventually get to develop. So now I feel thankful to Sajangnim.
Interviewer: When seeing the other members, sometimes there are images of their mental collapsing but it seems like the survival programme format suites Bobby well.
BOBBY: I think it’s because I have a stronger mind of ‘this too shall pass’ than the other members. If there’s a mission given, I believe that I can do it anyway and I’m still young. There’ll be more opportunities in the future.
Interviewer: As you participate in a survival programme, have you thought of ‘I can never pass over this person’ by any chance?
BOBBY: I’ve rather thought the opposite. If I try hard like now, no one will be able to pass over me.
Interviewer: If you had the ability to steal someone else’s talent, whose would you steal and what talent?
BOBBY: Mhm, it’s not one or two people. I want to steal 0.1% each from all the rappers that I like.
Interviewer: You have a lot of greed?
BOBBY: Yes. I really think a lot of ‘How good would it be if I could steal a little bit of all the rappers skills’.
Interviewer: That’s a mature answer as a 20 year old. Since when were you a positive mind?
BOBBY: I think I inherited (that) from my parents. My parents were my scariest teacher as well as the funniest comedian to me. Since childhood, I received my parents’ positive energy so I think I got used to it in my body.
Interviewer: What do you need the most to yourself right now?
BOBBY: Mhm, love. The weather has become colder and there’s nothing better than lyrics about love. Reflecting on my experience, I wrote the lyrics well when I was in love. I moved the words that was from my heart not my head to lyrics. I can’t write it without experience and there’s sincerity that can only be done at that time.
Interviewer: Whatever emotion it is, it maximizes when dating. Then you know about it.
BOBBY: That’s exactly right. You’re writing the stories in your heart into lyrics so when dating, a better expression comes out more than usual.
Interviewer: What’s your recent source of trouble?
BOBBY: Mhm, Christmas. I’m worried because I don’t have a girlfriend to do an event to.
Interviewer: There’s still a while left, have you already planned for Christmas?
BOBBY: I want to spend this year’s Christmas fun. Last Christmas was quite boring.
Interviewer: I hope you spend a fun Christmas as planned. What modifier do you want to be called as in the future?
BOBBY: Just rapper Bobby. I want be recognized as a rapper. That word in front of my name is good enough.
Interviewer: What do you think you did well this year?
BOBBY: Appearing on SMTM.
Interviewer: Not winning?
BOBBY: Appearing on it itself means a lot to me. If I didn’t do well here, I thought it was a losing game. There were rappers who did absurdly well. Because of the tension, I went back to my first intention and constantly practiced. Thanks to that, I was able to win.
Interviewer: You said this is your first interview ever. How would you remember today in the future?
BOBBY: I will remember it as a time to trace back on myself. I never talked deep about myself. It was new because it was my first time.
Interviewer: I have something that I really wanted to ask. When are you going to debut?
BOBBY: Mhm, I’m not sure. Because one reap as one has sown. The thing that I can do before that is sowing seeds. Then, some day it will be fruitful as much as expected.