SNSD, who was once referred to as the nationâ€™sÂ dongsengÂ girl group, has grown up and tossed aside theirÂ aegyoÂ image.
Still, the girls who cameÂ in for the interview were as cute and lovable as ever, and they were brimming with a natural self-confidence. They stated,Â â€œWe really like transformations,â€Â and thatÂ â€œWe were the one who insisted on doing the more powerful dances in this song. We want to show [a SNSD] who continuously grows and matures.â€
Check out the interview they had withÂ OSENÂ down below!
Q.Â What are thoughts about the release of the 3rd album? It was a little delayed.
TaeyeonÂ â€“Â â€œSNSD has received a lot of love from all over the world. We prepared this album in return [for all the love].â€
SooyoungÂ â€“Â â€œWe were a little disappointed about the delay in our comeback since we, in our hearts and minds, were ready. But, since the delay was because of the venture into the U.S., it was all good. I think this will be a meaningful comeback.â€
Q.Â You worked with the famous producerÂ Teddy Riley. How did you feel?
SunnyÂ â€“Â â€œHe brought a comfortable atmosphere. Rather than putting in special requests, he just told us to sing. He catered to the members, so a lot of the membersâ€™ individual colors were incorporated.â€
SeohyunÂ â€“Â â€œHe complimented us a lot while we were recording. He also danced to the song.â€
Q.Â Are you satisfied with your title song, â€œThe Boysâ€?
TiffanyÂ â€“Â â€œSNSDâ€™s songs hardly have any raps. This was our first time showing off our rap skills, so we were really anticipating it. I think the song came out well, so Iâ€™m very pleased. Instead of SNSDâ€™s usual lively and girly image, we are anticipating that a more mature and cooler image will be shown [through this comeback].â€
Q.Â The choreography has become more powerful.
SooyoungÂ –Â â€œWe tried hard to make it match the song, however, itâ€™s not as aggressive or powerful as we thought initially. The â€˜going downâ€™ movement during the rap portion came about because there needed to be an impact at that point. The choreography team was trying to decide whether or not to include that move, but we insisted that weâ€™d do it. They asked if it would be okay to just have 4 of the members do it, but all the members stated that they wanted to do it.â€ (laughs)
Q.Â What did you emphasize the most in this 3rd album?
SooyoungÂ â€“Â â€œWe tried to branch out so that we wouldnâ€™t be limited to just one genre. If you listen to the album as a whole, youâ€™ll see that rather than just a catchy hook phrase, the overall composition [of the song] is done well. Our vocals were heavily emphasized as well.â€
Q.Â This was the first time that Sooyoung composed.
SooyoungÂ â€“Â â€œI thought about what it would be like if there was someone who gave me such immense love. If there is someone who gives you a lot of love, this is a song you can listen to while you think of that person.â€
Q.Â Iâ€™ve heard that you are studying a lot about composing and producing, but your ideas donâ€™t seem to be included a lot.
TiffanyÂ â€“ â€œI composed the English rap in â€œThe Boysâ€.
TaeyeonÂ â€“Â â€œIâ€™m practicing a lot, but they are very strict. They donâ€™t give us any advantage because we are SNSD members. We have to compete on the same playing field as regular composers and producers.â€
Q.Â â€œThe Boysâ€ image was surprising because it is much stronger than the usual SNSD image.
SunnyÂ â€“Â â€œThe lyricsâ€™ [meaning] are up to the interpretation [of the listeners’]. Rather than just the simple meaning of girls giving boys support, it can be interpreted in many ways. The girls could be telling the boys that weâ€™ll take the lead, giving off a more tough image. It could also be interpreted as girls telling the boys to get their act together and cheer up. (laughs) The song is also aims to give courage to people, whether theyâ€™re girls or guys, who are tired out [by life].â€
SeohyunÂ â€“Â â€œWith every album we release, we want to show you our growth. During the 1st album, we wore tennis shoes and showed you a young girl image. After that, we wore a white T-shirt and jeans like a college student. For this time also, we want to grow musically as well as in other areas.â€
TaeyeonÂ â€“Â â€œWe really like transformations. I think fans also want to keep seeing different sides of us as well.â€
Q.Â You have accomplished a lot in the past year. What is it that you remember?
SeohyunÂ â€“Â â€œJapan tour. Personally, I think I have learned a lot about how to enjoy the stage. I think I learned how to collaborate with fans for the first time. The collaboration between ourselves has gotten even better also.â€
TiffanyÂ -Â â€œDuring the Arena Tour, which had all of us traveling together for 3 months, the members spent a lot of time together and conversed a lot. It was another chance for [our friendship] to be strengthened. We ate yummy food and went to a hot spring, just as if we were on a field trip.â€
JessicaÂ â€“Â â€œThe concert in Paris is memorable for me. Paris is my dream city.â€
YuriÂ â€“Â â€œI also remember Paris the most. It was very sentimental. People with hairs of all different colors were singing along to Korean lyrics. Just the fact that they knew who we were made it so enjoyable.â€
Q.Â What are things you want to accomplish in the future?
TaeyeonÂ –Â â€œTo hold our own concert at Japanâ€™s Tokyo Dome.â€
TiffanyÂ â€“Â â€œI want to try a world tour. I want to visit South America.â€
Q.Â You must feel a sense of responsibility as a representative of Korean singers.
YoonaÂ â€“Â â€œThere is a sense of responsibility and pressure, but we are thankful that people see us as leaders. We donâ€™t set up a goal and say â€˜we have to achieve itâ€™. Rather, we just enjoy each moment and try to bond with each other more. I think thatâ€™s why good things have been happening. We are honored to be a part of this great time period to let more people know about K-Pop.â€
Q.Â Have you made a goal for your venture into the U.S.?
TiffanyÂ â€“Â â€œOf course we have goals and anticipations, but we think that even having the opportunity to challenge ourselves is meaningful in itself. Rather than a venture, we just want to pay back our fans.â€
Q.Â It seems that you might have to promote with Wonder Girls.
TaeyeonÂ â€“Â â€œIâ€™m very curious, what kind of song will they come out with? I have a friend within the group, so I think Iâ€™ll be glad to see her.â€
Q.Â When rookie girl groups debut, they are often compared to SNSD. You are brought up a lot.
SeohyunÂ –Â â€œTo make us even a subject of discussion is an honor for us. Honestly, even when people say â€˜SNSD, youâ€™re amazingâ€™, Iâ€™m still not sure. (laughs) So I think that I really have to try even harder.â€
Q.Â You are quite a â€˜sunbaeâ€˜Â [‘senior’]Â group now.
YoonaÂ â€“Â â€œItâ€™s not because weâ€™re getting old, itâ€™s because many young girls have been coming out. (laughs)â€
YuriÂ â€“Â â€œI was in the waiting room while serving as the MC forÂ MBCâ€˜sÂ â€˜Music Coreâ€™Â when hoobaes came to greet me with their albums. It feels like it we had been doing just that just a few days ago, so it was a weird feeling.â€
SooyoungÂ â€“Â â€œTruthfully, we didnâ€™t have much of a chance to see sunbae female singersâ€™ performances. We sawÂ Lee HyoriÂ sunbae,Â Beyonce, andÂ Christina Aguileraâ€˜s concerts,Â but we heard that the hoobaes these days want to see SNSDâ€™s performance. They also said they were influenced by us. It was a very weird feeling, but at the same time made us very proud and happy.â€
Q.Â What has been the past 4 years like for SNSD?
SunnyÂ â€“Â â€œTo be honest, we didnâ€™t know anything in the beginning and just went for it. As time passed, we started to develop a know-how. However more time passed, and we thought â€˜Ah, there really isnâ€™t a trick to all thisâ€™. But we were very proud and happy that we have been able to achieve a lot of things during the 4 years. Rather than thinking about the past 4 years, we are trying to figure out how to move forward.â€