[Interview] Onew, “Korean Gayos that Gently Embrace My Heart”

Idol group SHINee made a remarkable growth. On the stage of “SM Town Live Concert” held in the Staples Center, L.A., SHINee grabbed attention with their hot and charismatic performance that went way over the limit of sweet teen pop music. Especially with his velvety singing voice, dynamic performance, and great leadership, Onew was a main index to SHINee’s growth.
Leader Onew said, “I feel a sense of pride and satisfaction for SHINee’s growth into what it is now. We are working hard to continue to make new and better performances.” He added that he’s preparing something for SHINee’s first solo concert to surprise fans with a totally new side of him. (emphasis mine)
While SHINee’s main focus is on trendy music based on pop dance, Onew expanded his musical area by transforming into a rocker in the musical “Rock of the Ages.” This must be what made him more confident in his music.
“We may look like doing only pop dance, but I can proudly say we are making attempts to try all kinds of different genres, strong and tender, R&B and Soul. I’m thankful for having such an opportunity. So I look forward to singing a variety of songs.”
He has also gained more self-confidence in his stage performance. Onew said, “After experiencing lots of broadcasting incidents and performing on different kinds of stage, I’ve learned how to adjust myself to a new environment and cope with unexpected mistakes.” He added he can move on stage as he wants these days.
Onew chose to become a singer through persuasion and pressure (?) from his friends and acquaintance. When he sang at a school talent show, his friends told him to pursue singing. During a career counseling time, his middle school music teacher encouraged him saying he’d like to see him perform on stage. Learning piano codes in high school, he dreamed of becoming a singer-song-writer and started to write and sing songs aiming at the “Yoo Jaeha Music Contest.”
It was by chance that he took and passed an audition held by the SM Entertainment. It was almost a shock at that time that someone like him, who didn’t dance well nor was “pretty,” was picked as a member for an idol group. However, SME bought his “promising charms.”
“I see music in a long term perspective. In the beginning, I didn’t know how to dance but became self-confident as I learned. And I’m making small steps toward my childhood dream of becoming a singer-song-writer. In 10 years from now, I hope I’ll grow more to be a mature musician.”

<To be continued>

– This is from Naver Musician’s Choice 2010.12.20

– Written by Park Pyeong (pop music critic)

– Trans by jujugal (*when you take this out, please do so with full and proper credit)


9 thoughts on “[Interview] Onew, “Korean Gayos that Gently Embrace My Heart”

  1. Thanks for subbing all the time -it must really be a lot of work, but i hope you know how much you and your efforts are greatly appreciated. You’re honestly heavent-sent to shawols… hope you wont get tired spreading the awesomeness that is shinee by uploading and subbing vids and translating news. thank you very much!

  2. Thanks for spreading SHINee love.
    I hope that you’ll continue subbing SHINee goods.
    (No need to hurry, take your time! :))))
    Thank you!

  3. Thank you for translating this article! I’ve been waiting for someone to do so.

    It warms my heart and makes me tear up when music critics & press people recognize Onew’s growth. He’s developed so much in the past 12 mos – so different from debut days. It’s amazing what those 2 musicals have done to his confidence, esp Rock of Ages, and the MCing jobs. I will forever be grateful to SM for giving him the opportunity to do musicals bec it boosted his confidence and built his musical credibility.

    • Exactly, Onew has become so confident now as vocalist and entertainers (mc-ing, etc) through his musical activities! I’m so excited to see how he’ll grow further in the future:)

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