Q. You released your first ever solo mini album. How do you feel? It's notable that you took part in writing all the 5 tracks of the album.
Cheondung: Of course, I feel a little bit pressured but I'm very excited now. I've been studying songwriting for a long time, and I'm so happy that I got a chance to produce my album on my own.
Q. Where do you get the inspiration for writing your songs?
Cheondung: Everywhere. I get the inspiration when I play with a cat, when I watch movie, and when I have a meal. And when I'm exhausted due to the hard work, I try to fill up my emotion again. I go on a trip with or without my friends, and I sometimes go bowling. Actually, I like to play with my sister Sandra Park but it seems like she has her 4 cats on the brain these days, haha.
Q. Sandara Park appeared in the title track's music video. What did she talk about your solo album?
Cheondung: I know she's very busy and I wanted to do everything on my own. However, she said she could do anything to help me a long time ago, and my company, Mystic Entertainment said it would be great if she appears in the music video. I was very grateful when she readily agreed to do it. She also sent a message of support before the album was released. However, we don't talk much about work at home because home is a place for a rest. And you know, I'm living with her, but she's a big sister to me and we don't worry about each other because we trust each other.
Cheondung: I think the song is not only good to listen to but also good to dance to. I want to show a gorgeous dance performance through the funky music. And I have no personal acquaintance with Goo Hara. My company is intimate with her company, and people in my company said the song fits her voice well. Frankly speaking, I have few friends among kpop singers. Basick and Giant Pink are featured as rappers in my album but I have no personal acquaintance with them either.
Q. How about the MBLAQ members? Do you still get in contact with them?
Cheondung: Yes. We're still close. You know, we've been together more than 5 years and we can't become estranged each other in a day. We talk about movies and video games just like ordinary young people. Instead, we don't talk about work. I usually do alone when I write my own songs.
Q. You've been active as a member of MBLAQ for a long time, but you're a solo singer now. Tell me about the pros and cons of being alone.
Cheondung: Well, I have to do everything alone now, but I had to do many things alone when I was a member of MBLAQ. I don't think there is a big change. If there is one good thing about being alone, it is the fact that I can do experimental music. I enjoy challenges, but I couldn't do experimental music when I was a member of MBLAQ because I was worried if it could have a negative effect on the other members.
Q. It seems like many people still regard you just as a member of a boy group which was produced by Rain or as a brother of Sandara Park. Don't you feel bad about it?
Cheondung: No, not at all. It's all true. And I don't hate to be called "a member of Rain's boy group" or "Sandara Park's brother" because I love all of them, the MBLAQ members, Rain and my sister.
Q. You made a debut as an actor by appearing in your first drama "Make a woman cry" in 2015. Do you have a goal as an actor?
Cheondung: Through the drama, I could learn a lot about acting. Especially, actor Lee Soon Jae taught me a lot of things. I really want to act with him again someday. However, frankly speaking, singing is more important to me, for now. I have a dream as a singer, and I really want to make my dream come true. Acting is not my priority. One of my ultimate goals as a singer is rank high on Billboard chart. I wish I could realize it before I'm 29.
Q. How do you like your new company, Mystic Entertainment?
Cheondung: The head of the company, Yoon Jong Shin is a famous singer songwriter, and he gives all the singers in the company chances to produce their own albums. That's why I love the company. I'm very satisfied now.
Q. What do you want to achieve through your first ever solo mini album?
Cheondung: You know, "Thunder," the title of the album means my name. I gave such a title to the album because I wanted to increase my presence as a solo singer through the album.