(T/N: These are the only exclusive contents released in hard copy issue of the magazine.
You can read the online version of ‘So Hot, So Cool, So Sweet’ – Kim Jaejoong’s 1st Album Asia Tour in Seoul here [by Yule of PrinceJJ])
Q: You are celebrating your 10th anniversary since debut this year. When was the most rewarding moment to you, Kim Jaejoong, throughout your 10-year career?
– This very moment. A full-length solo album itself was a heavy challenge to me. But here it is, <WWW>, thanks to everyone’s supports. It was more rewarding because non-fans loved it very much unexpectedly.
Q: What’s your resolution for a new year [the future]?
– Having 10 years passed makes me dream of ‘Return’, not ‘Reset’. Although I’ve endeavored to achieve this and that and I’ve reached who I am now, I always needed a bigger fillip to better growth. The toughest time to me, personally, is when I can’t feel the growing pains. Therefore, I want to go back to the day I knew nothing and start all over again. If I was a 1 back then, I will become a 1 again and grow as this 1 originally wanted to do. So my goal is to connect a 10 to a 1 again to continue growing. Only then I’m going to be happy all along, I guess.
Q: Please share your anecdote about concert practice.
– Since it’s not what I do alone but with a band, I wasn’t able to practice more than once a day. Also because the numbers are physically demanding, I tried to refrain from practicing excessively not to strain my throat. To pick a memorable one, it is that the guest performers were 4, but 3 of them came to practice with me all at the same time and on the same day, so I had to sing the same song over and over again. Of course I could not say this to my seniors [sunbaenims], but to be honest it was so grueling. (laughs)
Q: Is there any reason you opted to stick to rock music again followed by your mini album?
– When I said I’d have a rock album, support and dissuasion from people around me coexisted. Even though I’ve liked rock music since I was a kid, I myself thought pursuing rock music in an expert manner would be immoderate. In music, however, there are always listeners but it doesn’t mean that the do-ers are designated. So I thought giving it a try wouldn’t be bad at least once in my life. In the process of making this album [WWW], I intensified my own color, having been influenced by Kim Bada sunbaenim. As I mentioned earlier, even if I will release another rock album, it will not only contain heavy rock, but also contain light songs spiced up with rock elements.