[Interview] 130806 Mnet The Music Interview – Ku Hye Sun
Translation by cheerkoo @ soompi
(on screen) Music that you see. Musician who listens. Interview that you have been looking for. By meeting a musician with whom all generations can empathize, we are able to awaken our hidden emotions. This is the hour.
SJH–Hello. This is The Music Interview’s “emotional girl” and Sweet Sorrow’s Sung JinHwan. (I found out that Sweet Sorrow is a musical band/group.)
BST–Hello. This is the adorable, “tak-ee, tak-ee, soon-tak-ee, music composer Bae Soon Tak.
SJH– It feels different today. Right?
BST—shabhang 2x (I think this word means something positive and pretty??)
SJH—Yes, it is pretty. (Ohhh,,,it is Café Manolin!)
(on screen) so many charming props/accessories..Cafe with such warm feelings…Different kind of setting and different kind of interview…today’s musician is…
SJH—The person we are to meet today is as different /unique as this setting. (we hear GHS’s laughter) It is GHS-ssi. GHS-ssi came to THE MUSIC. (Just like Sung Shigyung radio show, it seems like GHS reached out to THE MUSIC. She seems to be managing herself to promote her work—Amazing!!—I still wonder if she is looking to manage her profession on her own or if she is trying to save money?? I do believe that manager costs money?? Nevertheless, it seems like the GHS-ssi thing to do. Right?? ) I feel slightly awkward. How about you?
GHS—me too. I feel awkward too. (All break out into laughter.)
SJH—It is not often that you come out to music programs as the musician GHS. Right?
GHS—(putting hands over her face) I feel so embarrassed being referred to as a musician. (laughter)
(on screen) Various CF’s through her clear and bright image,,,Geum JanDi boom through BOF,,,Acknowledged actress and star,,,Her first transformation as a writer who directs a movie,,,her second transformation as a musician GHS who loves music,,,
SJH—Not too long ago, your single album, It is You, was released. As soon as I heard it, I was really shocked. I was surprised by the refrain part in the song, It is You, that is repeated. I feel that you really made the refrain part of the song come alive very nicely.
(on screen) IT IS YOU—words and music by GHS. Lovely lyrics with lovely feel. A sweet love song with addictive melody. GHS’s plain and clean voice expressed as is.
GHS—I did not write this song this year. It has been nearly 2 years since I wrote it. So, it is an old song written when I was SO very deeply into my relationship. “You” was the“person” in the song. I met someone and just plainly fell head over heels for him. That is what made me write this song. (2 years ago??? What was she doing at that time?? Cannot remember!!!)
SJH—So, it happened just like the lyrics.
GHS—it is a story from my past. But there is a same refrain in it as Lee JangHee-sunsengnim’s song IT IS YOU. (SJH starts singing Lee JangHee’s version of It is you refrain and BST tells him to do GHS’s version. And BST sings GHS’s version with GHS. But SJH says that two songs are very different.….laughter)
BST—As the refrain repeats, it makes one want to continue to listen to it.
SJH—What did Lee JangHee-sunsengnim say about your song?
GHS—I get the feeling that he is a type of person who praises and encourages a great deal. At least that is how I feel.
SJH—I know. He seems to be always smiling. Really hearty laugh..
GHS—he seeks nature and he is an environmentalist. He heard it and just said in that very spot, It is good. Let’s do it. He just immediately gave me a response. Then he just told me to buy him a bottle of wine.
SJH—He directly requested it himself?
BST—He pointed out the item directly.
GHS—He told me which wine he prefers. I was so very, very grateful to him.
BST—did you ever sing live the songs that you made?
GHS—I never did.
BST—But, why? It could not be because you did not get the chances?
GHS—I have the fear of stage=performing live as well was the fear of singing in such situation. In the past, I did try a lot because I really wanted to do it. But, it did not work out as well as I hoped. So, I had series of failure after failure which led to even greater feelings of trauma. So, before I go up on the music program stage, I would ask for permission from the PD-nim and the relevant people of the program. I would like to go up on the stage after drinking some soju or bokboonja. Just before this program I also had some Chunghwa—name of type of soju—(laughter)—the influence of Chunghwa..(laughter)
BST—(to SJH) She seems to be confessing on her own that she is on air under the influence.
GHS—(stretching out her arm towards BST) We drank together.
BST—Just this much..in order to calm the mind.
GHS—Maybe that is why it seems to be hot in here.
BST—But since you took the courage to appear before THEMUSIC program, we hope you can perform for us a little. Anyway, we also have here the dependable Sweet Sorrow’s Jin Hwan with us.
GHS—this is my first time seeing him (SJH) in person. I have only seen him through pictures. But you are very handsome.
SJH—(embarrassed) what do I do…
GHS—So, I never would have thought you are so good looking.
BST—suddenly, you have your legs stretched out. (SJH makes a sound of being confident..keke)
SJH—Let us sing a song with the handsome me.
(on screen) GHS’s IT IS YOU is very different from Lee JangHee’s IT IS YOU. The shy GHS..(she is beginning to look embarrassed…)
GHS—Oh no..second verse..How come I don’t know my own lyrics?! I even practiced looking at the lyrics and got it wrong before too.
On screen: GHS made her debut 12 years ago. Yet a very shy girl when it comes to singing.
GHS: Even though I drank ChungHwa, I am….(she looks very embarrassed and even a bit sad about this incident…also, I wondered if she drank a little too much?? Keke sorry… What do you think??)
BST—You must have been very nervous, but it was fine. That is OK.
On screen: 2010: first single, BROWN HAIR to MARRY ME, to AMNESIA to 2013 IT IS YOU. Four albums that contain her 4 types of charm. Her musical remnants which she created while acting.
BST—Radio programs use a lot of VJ music (on screen, it says that VJ music is the background music. SJH agrees.) I was very impressed by the music “SUMMER DAY” composed by you.
GHS—Oh,,You heard it?
SJH—“SUMMER DAY” is from the movie, PEACH TREE.
SJH—I watched PEACH TREE.
BST—I also saw it while preparing for the interview. I downloaded it legally to watch it.
On screen: 2012 PEACH TREE VA track no.3 “SUMMER DAY”..starring Jo SeungWoo, Nam SangMi and Ryu DukHwan. GHS producer, scriptwriter, director and maker of 8 out of 10 OST for the movie. “SUMMER DAY” contains lyrical melody that gives off feelings of summer and promote feeling of warmth and freshness.
GHS—Recently, I am a fan of a program called, “Dad, where are you going?” (on screen: “Dad, where are you going” is a variety entertainment program”—both MC’s agree with her.) I am watching the program and suddenly I hear music that I have heard so much before.
SJH—Did your music come out?
GHS—Yes. While the part of Sung DongIL and the little boy JoonHee’s story is being shown, I said to myself,,,”Uh? That is my song, my music. “SUMMER DAY” played about 3~4 times. I was happy.
SJH—Wow, you must really felt happy, suddenly hearing your own music playing when you were just watching the program.
GHS–I felt so excited that I wanted to tell everyone. I realized that there are many times when my own songs are played without giving credit to me. It just credits ‘artist’ not ‘GHS’.
SJH—Ahh, yes,,,if the music is part of a compilation of OST music used in movies or something, the credit is written as merely, “various artists”.
GHS—yes. (What!!! I did not know that…isn’t it law to specifically name the artist and the name of the song and the singer when credit is given?? That is what I see in American movies!!) But, there are times when the specific name—the three words of a name—is so important, (MC’s agree.) especially when the credit rolls out. Nobody actually reads it. It could be just me who knows. But, to the person who created that music, I want to see the name. (GHS looked so sad as she said that. She must have felt so upset when her own hard work is not properly acknowledged but bunched up as “various artists”. I am SOOOOO angry hearing about that!!!!! If I feel that way, it must be 100x worse for her!)
GHS plays on the piano her 2012 PEACH TREE OST track no.2 “Peach Tree” song. (Wow, she plays amazingly well on the piano!!)
On screen: Since childhood, GHS has loved music and her piano. Yet another beautiful side of GHS as she creates her music on the piano…
SJH—when you work on your music,,,I know that each musician is different…but..like me for example,,,
(GHS claps the bug dead—hahahahahahahaha!!!! BST cracks up laughing.)
SJH—Ah, thank you. It had been bothering me for a while now. It was flying around continuously. As for me, when I have a song, I record it and listen to it endlessly. So, for you, how do you work on your song?
GHS—If I set my mind to do something, somehow, it does not work out well for me. I have been thinking that, for me, making music does not happen when I want it to or try hard to make it happen.
SJH—so, it is not your style to “OK, now I am going to write the song.”
GHS—that is correct. Emotion has to come to me. For me, such emotion comes when I am in love.
SJH—almost all the time?
GHS—yes.. or when that love is not progressing well. During that time, I hear music from far away. It is like my life’s own background music. (hahahah…GHS is so funny!!!)
SJH—Are there two song that represent those two moments? When you are in love and when you are breaking up?
GHS—“MARRY ME”. For the break-up, the song that I presented to Suh InGuk-ssi, “WOULD WE HAVE BEEN HAPPY?”
On screen: WOULD WE HAVE BEEN HAPPY?—when love is not going well. GHS’s emotion and Suh InGuk’s voice making exquisite harmony to maximize the bittersweet emotions.
SJH—Did you also maybe make requests to other singers?
(Everybody cracks up laughing.)
BST—It has finally arrived. Today’s highlight!
GHS—Sweet Sorrow. At that time I was making a 3D short film and made a song called “Cotton Candy”. (Ahh! I remember the cotton candy given to the little boy who made a mistake playing on the piano and how that made the grown little boy cry!! I wonder if GHS used that song in the OST??) When I made it, it made me think of Sweet Sorrow. I felt like it could be your song.
SJH—Of course, “cotton candy” is Sweet Sorrow. Actually one of my nicknames is cotton candy. Aka cotton candy. (laughter) At that time, we were all feeling sad about it and we felt very sorry. At that time, our album release date collided with your request.
GHS—I realize that when I make a proposal and then receive a rejection that is not a real rejection, then they are most definitely receptive the next time. (GHS is so funny in this program…she is bold and full of aegyo too. I hope you all the Sunnies see it too. Keke Is it ChungHwa or is it GHS! kekeke)
(So, they all break out into laughter especially SJH of Sweet Sorrow who may very well be now bound to GHS’s request/proposal!!! Maybe that is why GHS said he is so handsome in the beginning??? She was buttering him up?? Kekeke)
SJH—Please, contact us for sure.
GHS—yes. It is very possible that I would call you immediately tomorrow.
SJH—tomorrow? (he looks dumbfounded. Keke) any time. (GHS is laughing away along with the other mc.)
BST—Besides Sweet Sorrow, did you have other similar experience recently?
GHS—recently? I am not sure if I should say this or not. I really love Lee Juk-ssi. I am a fan of his music. I did ask him if we could do a duet for IT IS YOU. But,,,, Lee Juk-ssi gave me lots of help. He advised me a lot on the emotional portion. But, since we do have some age difference..
BST—He did not want to do the duet.
SJH—perhaps it would be a bit awkward for him to sing a love song together.
GHS—Yes, I think he was somewhat awkward about it. Instead he proposed for me to make a “dark” song. So, that day, I wrote a “dark” song and, just few days ago, I sent it to him. That is the situation, but I am thinking whether I should have said it here. Now, I am a bit worried.
BST—Is it true that you made a song but did not credit yourself on purpose?
GHS—Yes. For the SBS drama Please Captain, I made a song called FLY AGAIN. (Please Captain OST Part 3). I was worried about any type of prejudice or preconceived ideas by the public about my individual activity.
On screen: FLY AGAIN—lyrics, music, sung by GHS. Musical arrangement by Choi In Young. A song that feels like a colorful painting.
GHS—I had such worrisome thoughts about it at the time and at the same time I wanted to team up with Choi InYoung-ssi with whom I consistently worked together. We made our name to be Documentary. But, if you search the net under “documentary”, there are too many of them.
BST—Among American bands, there is a band called “Live”.
On screen: LIVE: a 4-member, musically excellent American band that integrates 1980’s American Rock music with 1990’s Alternative Rock.
BST—Problem is that if one searches for LIVE, there are too many other things called Live. So, it is hard to tell which is which.
BST—I am not a famous person. But, if I search for Bae Soon Tak, except for an insurance agent named Bae Soon Tak, there is no other Bae Soon Tak. (SJH cracks up.) So, I strongly recommend that you change your team’s name.
SJH—You really have a great name. For me also, Sung JinHwan is not a common name. By mistake, Sung Jun Hwan may pop up, but it is really hard to find Sung Jin Hwan. (Both GHS and BST are cracking up.)
BST—he is so funny.
SJH—You have so many songs that you created. Can you recommend a song among all your songs that would be great to listen to in this hot summer weather?
GHS—I made a song called, I AM DUMB. It is a very simple and monotonous song. It is a song when one falls deeply in love or feeling that one-sided love and not feeling so smart about it. I think I made that song when it was summer time like this. (I am so curious now. When did she make that song? It seems like she may have made a series of love songs around the same time. Who could the guy be who made our HyeSun-ssi head over heels in love with him? When she made I AM DUMB, I don’t think she was in Taiwan. Right? That was summer before going over to Taiwan. I think…Uh Oh…I am getting distracted..keke)
GHS sings I AM DUMB—When I think about it, I think I am dumb. I am falling in love with you without figuring out how to forget about you. Woooooo I cannot forget you.
On screen: A simple melody that contains her deep feelings. She is singing the song that she kept tightly hidden all this time.
SJH—Now very carefully, this is THE MUSIC’s very important point.
GHS—Dol Jic Gu =? Throwing Stone ??(screen says, she already knows.)
SJH—It is music-gu. It is not just dol jic gu. We combined music and dol jic gu to make Mu-Jic-Gu. (It seems like they are bringing up people’s criticisms for GHS to respond. That is why the segment is called throwing stones?)
MuJicGu #1—GHS’s artistic work does not take into consideration the mass public.
GHS—It used to be true. What I am writing and composing now are very different from what I did before. It is not that I ignored the public, but, at that time, I really thought that my work was very people-oriented. Communication with the public at that time did not go smoothly. Of course, there clearly is my personal artistic style. However, no matter what, I am doing this work so that there is I can share/understand/communicate with as many people as possible. So, I feel that what I must do now is to have as many people as possible listen to my music and to have as many people as possible to make up their minds to watch my movies. I feel that is the first thing. And, then I can wait for the criticisms/judgments later. (ahh from the MC’s.)
MuJicGu#2 –(by BST)—(I am not sure if I heard him correctly in the beginning of his statememt…but) ~GHS has her unique dark movies along with her bright songs. They all seem like a trick/sneakiness. They feel that everything she is doing is to create an image of herself. (on screen: GHS’s artistic activity is a way to build up an intellectual image for herself.) If there are people who react that way, how would you…
GHS: (with a look of definite attitude..I have never seen this side of GHS. It is refreshing!!! I wonder if other Sunnies see it too.) Of course there is 내숭=“sneakiness”. (then, she smiiles! Hahaha. MC’s did not expect such a reaction from GHS!! On screen: GHS’s unexpected revelation.)
BST—(surprised and laughing) Wait a minute. I did not expect this.
SJH—Are you saying this is all for making an image?
GHS—I feel that it is necessary. (on screen: GHS is talking about “image-making”). Why? It is because…(smiling) I have been thinking this way recently~I need to be dating better with the public. I feel that my romantic relationship with the public has not been progressing well because I have been too preoccupied with my own feelings and emotions.
Both MC’s seem to agree with her insights.
SJH—You feel you have been too focused on your own emotions?
GHS—I have been focusing so much on only what I like, people I like and only expressing what I like. I was not prepared to listen to what they want. Basically I have been engrossed too much in my own emotions and was not able to be more rational /logical. Recently I have been thinking a lot about needing to be ready to listen more than or as much as I talk. Recently I have started to realize that the situation is not so different from dating a man.
SJH—Wow, the more we talk, I am even more looking forward to GHS’s next projects.
BST—Definitely remember to listen and watch more.
GHS—I am planning to develop even more 내숭=sneakiness (I wish I can think of a better word. More calculating? More shrewdness? Being more political with the public?? On the screen: GHS’s unending revelation. I like this GHS today!! Very refreshing!)
MC’s—Yeah. Right On!! That is cool!! (They are encouraging her! Hahaha)
On screen: GHS who is busy preparing her regular/full album. GHS is asking if the song is too low.
Question: What is the concept for your album?
GHS: If I have been making songs that are more Bossa Nova or sweet and light, I now want to try to magnify or enlarge the degree of emotions and I want to strengthen or toughen up the lyrics. For example, “Do I have to really die!” –something like that. (laughter)
(I like her red cup that says: Keep Calm Carry On. )
GHS singing her new song—(maybe too high for her??)—“Even if we can form a relationship, there is nothing we can do if it is too burdensome…
Choi In Young: (composer and Documentary member) HyeSun-ssi is a type of person who immediately goes into action if she has a thought about something. She has incredible energy to carry out the activity to its completion. She has the good personality to make a lot of projects happen.
GHS: There are so many songs that disappear in one to two days and there are so many songs that do not even make it to the charts. However, for me, rather than going up on the chart, I like the songs that really endure for a long time. A song without an expiration date, a song that is saved in someone’s mp3 is what I really like. I feel that is what is good.
SJH—Within few years, you are referred to as a director as well as a musician. It is not too distant future. In 10 years, have you thought about what you will be like then?
GHS—I feel that I will be farming.
On screen: Huh?
GHS—Actually, I am farming even now.
SJH—Real farming? …ahh, project farming. (boy SJH gets it quick!!)
GHS—Yes, that is farming too.
On screen: art farming
GHS—In 10 years, I also like nature and I like land/dirt. My father can grow/develop anything even from the smallest bit of earth. If you look outside, there are grapes everywhere growing fully. Do you see them?
On screen: Inside GHS’s older sister’s café, her father is an actually working landscape artist!
GHS—actually they should be ripe by now. But we are late because we could not complete the work of wrapping the grapes early enough.
SJH—wow, those are real grapes!
GHS—Yes. They are grapes and in the back we have ??guh-bong??.
SJH—Are you thinking about a large farm?
SJH—same as now?
GHS—(she is talking symbolically) I want to“ farm” myself for sure. (on screen: great projects for sure) First, I feel it is important to meet a good man and by taking one step at a time I should “farm” my life. Ultimately, I do like to grow things and build a farm. When my hair turns gray, I have been thinking that such a life would be most fitting for me.
On screen: GHS’s average dream to live with her family inside the nature.
On screen: “I believe that an artist must be able to have a good love relationship with the public.”..by Goo HyeSun.
Video Credit: bambi