Interview with Wonder Girls: The 9-year Girl Group Praises TWICE
Q. It has been a year since you released your 3rd full album last year. How have you been?
Sunmi: We took musical lessons and practiced our performance 3 hours a day. Nobody told us to do so, but we just continued our efforts. It was hard but we had fun. You know, It does a young man good to suffer some privations in the world.
Q. It's notable that you made a comeback as a band again.
Yeeun: After we wrapped up all the promotional activities for our former album, we all began to practice playing musical instruments again. It was quite natural to us.
Yubin: This time, we played musical instruments by ourselves when we were recording the album. Have you listened to the album? It's not bad, huh?
Q. It seems like you always keep challenging yourselves.
Yeeun: We sometimes complain about our life. However, we all love to do what we're doing now. Nothing is impossible to a determined mind. I'm sure we're improving all the time.
Q. Then, why do you try to keep challenging yourselves?
Yeeun: I think it's because we are not practical. You know, most of people are reluctant to challenge. Some say our entry into the U.S music market was a big failure, but I think it was a great experience. I'm sure we gain much from our challenges.
Sunmi: It seems like our life is like "Infinite Challenge."
Hyerim: That's why we're Wonder Girls.
Q. Park Jin Young didn't take part in writing your songs. Are there any reasons for that?
Yeeun: Last year, he told us that he will not take part in writing our songs and we have to do it ourselves. I think it means that he believes us.
Q. How was the album production?
Sunmi: All the members have different musical characters, and that's why we could include a variety of range of music in the album.
Yubin: As the songs are our own songs, we could sing about our own stories. That was fun.
Q. It has been 9 years since you debuted. What do you think is the reason for your long run?
Yeeun: Even though Sunye and Sohee left the team, we always try to respect each other. Nobody here want to quit, and we'll continue to do our best in return for our fans' constant supports.
Q. Any messages to your fans?
Sunmi: Our fans are really great. They've experienced so eventful years, but they're still supporting us.
Yeeun: It has been so many years and I think they do not any fantasy about us. However, we're strongly attached to each other.
Q. JYP's rookie girl group TWICE is now on a roll. How do you feel about it?
Yubin: They're so pretty. They try really hard, and it reminds me of our old days.
Sunmi: They're very busy, but they show no sign of exhaustion. It is highly praiseworthy.
Q. Are you going to try another musical genre?
Yeeun: Actually, we were absorbed in hip hop music early last year. You know, we have a great rapper.
Sunmi: It's quite possible for us to do hip hop music.
Q. What do you want to achieve through your new album?
Yeeun: We don't care about music charts. We just want to give people great music.