Your first album “The First” has been released in Japan. What thoughts did you work on this album with?
[Jonghyun] We thought about everyone who is giving us love. We wanted to show that SHINee has taken one more step forward.
[Key] I’m very happy that we could release an album as quickly as this. I realized again that we debuted in Japan with this album.
[Taemin] It has the songs from the tracks we’ve released in Japan so far. I wanted to make a product that compiled our work in the year we debuted.
This album has “Better” in which you sing about the feeling of growing up and the R&B original Japanese track “Seesaw” in which you sing coolly about a mature relationship. It also has “Amigo” and “The SHINee World” along with other Japanese versions. Tell us a song that you like/left a deep impression on you.
[Onew] ”The SHINee World” is a track that accurately describes what our music is about. I’ll be very happy if our feelings can be delivered to everyone through this song we remade in Japanese.
[Jonghyun] For me, it’s “Better”. I like the pitiful and intense melody it has.
[Key] ”Seesaw” has a fresh melody that we’ve never sang until now. I had a hard time getting the rhythm down, so it’s memorable.
[Minho] It’s “Amigo” which has a charm that stands out. I like the bright feeling of it and I really enjoy singing it.
[Taemin] Mine is “To Your Heart”. The view of the world in the lyrics is beyond beautiful. We sang it hoping that our feelings would reach our fans.
“The First” definitely feels like it’s filled with the present and future of SHINee. What are your thoughts on this completed album?
[Onew] I think that it turned out really well. I hope that a lot of people will listen to it. I’m also extremely excited about what we’ll show everyone in our live performances.
[Key] We created by focusing on all the various parts and details. I’m happy that our various songs can be put as an album to listen to.
[Minho] I’m glad that it came out as a good album. I want us keep showing more diverse sides of ourselves. Please make sure to listen to this album and to continue supporting SHINee.
Let’s stop talking about the album now. Tell us what you’ve been into recently.
[Onew] When we went to Spain for a photoshoot, I rode a skateboard and it was really fun.
[Jonghyun] I’m watching a Korean comedy program called “Comedy Big League”. I also like the anime “Evangelion”, but I’m into the movies lately.
[Minho] I’ve been into getting ready for winter fashion. I’ve prepared winter clothes ahead of time. I want to wear them soon.
[Key] Mine is figure collecting. I like Disney characters and animation characters. When we went to New York, I bought a lot for a cheap price (laugh).
[Taemin] The anime Bleach is fun, so I’m watching it. The characters I like are Kuchiki Rukia and Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez.
Source: Oricon Style
Nathalie ~ Taemin