Taeyeon's anan Magazine Issue No. 2227 Interview - December 2020

anan Magazine Issue No. 2227 Interview - DEC 2020

 

> Be honest enough with yourself so that you can say 'no'.

 

ANAN: It has been five years since Taeyeon, a singer with such a wealth of sensitivity and wide expressiveness, began her solo career. You have worked with a diverse array of artists, and have also just shown a new side of yourself with a unique collaboration with Japanese female rapper Chanmina.

 

TAEYEON: The song is wonderful, with perfect lyrics and a great sound. I'm really satisfied with it. Chanmina is so full of charming energy, and she grabs hold of your heart and doesn't give it back. She is a person who can really express what she feels, and I learned a lot from her when we shot the music video together. 

 

ANAN: In the music video, you both demonstrated a "girl crush" concept by driving an ambulance, and by getting revenge on a pick-up artist who approached you on the street by putting him in the hospital. Have you ever been approached by a boy in the city like that?

 

TAEYEON: No.

 

ANAN: That scene of such strong intention was very impressive, although it is very different from your quiet image.

 

TAEYEON: It might seem surprising, but I'm very good at refusing things (laughs). I always want to be honest with my feelings, but when I turn something down I always try my best not to offend or seem rude in any way. When I was younger, I didn't have the kind of personality to speak my mind and say what I did and didn't like. As people grow older, the number of decisions they have to make in life will naturally increase. Through this process, I learned what I liked and hated, and I eventually learned how to say no.

 

ANAN: That sounds like a collaboration between Taeyeon and herself.

 

TAEYEON: Being honest with your own true feelings and showing your true self to others will definitely have a positive effect on the way you live.

 

ANAN: Chanmina must have agreed with these words too. These are also the words that Taeyeon once spoke from the stage.

 

TAEYEON: Certainly. I spoke those same words at my concerts last year. I'm the type who always wants to communicate with my fans during concerts, and I think the words came out unintentionally at the time. But I'm glad that Chanmina agrees with that too. It gave me a sense of unity with her that she feels the same way.

 

ANAN: You made your debut in 2007 with Girls' Generation, you started activities in Japan in 2010, and you made your solo debut in 2015. You've had many turning points in your life. Is there one clear "life turning point" that comes to mind for you?

 

TAEYEON: I think my life can be divided into two parts: before I started working in Japan and after. My personality had the same turning point, and it was when I started truly realising my potential as a singer. Living abroad was a big challenge for me and starting activities in Japan gave me new goals. I think it was an opportunity for me to grow up in a positive way. Also, it was around this time when the bonds between the Girls' Generation members started to deepen. Looking back now, that was a very important turning point in my life. And of course, there were many Japanese fans there cheering us on, so I want to thank them once again for their support.

 

ANAN: Since then, you've made your solo debut, and you've worked very hard for the past five years becoming stronger and more resilient.

 

TAEYEON: What's changed the most in the past five years is how I treat myself. I used to feel small and full of anxiety about everything, but now I have control over myself and calm myself down on command. I think I'm better about being positive and seeing the glass as half full. I've spent the past five years creating that kind of inner life for myself. I'm proud of this valuable experience, and I'm proud that I didn't waste any of that precious time. This past year has been a very profound one for me.

 

> My inner positivity is what inspired me.

 

ANAN: A long time ago, you were a girl whose ethereal and angelic appearance contrasted with a voice that was stronger and more assured than anyone else's. Now, the positive light inside your heart is illuminating you.

 

TAEYEON: I do give myself credit for working so hard on myself. There have been many times when I have felt anxious, but each time I've also been inspired by myself. So I'd like to praise the positive power inside me (laughs). Fans are always a motivation for me, but I think I am a motivating force for myself as well.

 

ANAN: Supporting you today is Zero, the dog that will appear in the magazine with you.

 

TAEYEON: My best friend!

 

ANAN: He was well-behaved during the photo shoot.

 

TAEYEON: Zero can't speak, but I think dogs understand each other. I somehow understand what Zero is thinking, but Zero doesn't understand me (laughs loudly). On days when I want to relax, he's like, "Let's play! Pay attention to me!" I sometimes get frustrated by this, and I wish I could convey to Zero what I'm thinking... I could just sigh (laughs). But this is a cute situation too! I take a walk with Zero every day. I don't decide when, as it depends on his mood. It's always a happy time for me. Also, it's been getting cold recently, so he's happy when he's on his warm electric mat (laughs).

 

ANAN: You've faced the anxiety in your heart and increased your inner strength. You've gained the freedom to express yourself as you are, without any difficulty. Do you have a message for anan readers? We have many readers who are women of the same generation as you.

 

TAEYEON: All women experience a lot of troubles in their twenties and thirties. I'm in the same age group, so I understand this very well. I get worried sometimes, and I think it's the same for everyone. These are the years when you experience a lot of things for the very first time. Speaking for myself, I've been attending a lot of weddings lately (laughs). I think it's probably time for me to lay the foundation for the next stage of my life. So as we all face experiences for the first time, I think that everything is a learning experience, so let's all do our best to get through them... was that answer a little too heavy (laughs)?

 

> The stage is the 'final destination' for me.

 

ANAN: Your mini-album "#GirlsSpkOut" includes the song "Be Real", a song that delicately expresses the perspective of an adult woman with grown-up concerns. When something is worrying you, how do you deal with it?

 

TAEYEON: I like to write in a diary. I often feel calm inside when I'm able to organise my thoughts into complete sentences. Writing this way has become a habit for me. I'll go shop for a diary notebook by myself. I'll choose a beautiful notebook to write in, and customise it by putting cute stickers on it.

 

ANAN: When did you start writing a diary?

 

TAEYEON: I started writing it when I debuted with Girls' Generation. After work was finished, I wrote down what happened that day. I filled a lot of books, and it was difficult to let them go... but I have a very cautious personality, so I burned them and threw away the ashes just in case (laughs). I can't read my past diaries because I get too embarrassed. Besides, I'm the type of person who doesn't look back on the past!

 

ANAN: You once talked about your love of the stage on Instagram. "Because I'm a singer, I want to sing and I want to perform." What kind of a place is the stage for you?

 

TAEYEON: The stage is the place where a singer really feels like a singer. On the stage I feel many different emotions: joy, happiness, satisfaction. The stage is the "final destination" for me. The enthusiasm and inspiration coming from the fans, I can feel it inside my body when I perform. That's what the stage means to me... Also, it's a place where I can meet a large number of my fans all at once. I'm very grateful that so many people come to the venue with the same purpose as mine, and the stage is a place I want to cherish forever.

 

ANAN: Do you have any stay-at-home addictions these days?

 

TAEYEON: I became addicted to making beaded bracelets over the summer, so I had an event where I gave them to my fans. I also like to draw, so I've been drawing a lot during homestay. I often search for good movies to watch too.

 


 

ANAN Magazine Q&A

 

ANAN: What is your favourite colour?

 

TAEYEON: I like purple. Best of all, I like a subdued purple with a little bit of blue. For smartphone cases, colour pens, plastic sockets and other small items that are important points, I always end up purchasing purple ones.

 

ANAN: What colour do you choose when you want to feel healthy and calm?

 

TAEYEON: Purple makes me feel energized and passionate. When I want to change my mood, I often put on bright red lipstick. When I want to relax, I turn on a mood lamp. Navy blue-coloured light helps me feel calm.

 

ANAN: Have you ever been addicted to one colour?

 

TAEYEON: Whenever I buy electronic equipment, I always choose black! Most of my clothes are black. I like white interiors though. My beds, bed covers, pillows, sofas and closets are all white.

 

Source: anan Magazine Scan, anan web

Translated by @309KTYSS

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Taeyeon's MORE Japan Magazine Interview - November 2020

 

Taeyeon is the leader and main vocalist of the girl group Girls' Generation. In 2015, she began solo activities and became Asia's No. 1 female singer. Taeyeon's second Japanese mini-album "#GirlsSpkOut" will be released on November 18. The new album is full of the latest sounds, like neo-R&B, and the title song features notable young artist Chanmina, a trilingual singer/rapper who can skillfully speak Japanese, English and Korean.

 

Here is a remote interview with Taeyeon, delivered in two parts. The first part is about "confidence" and the "strength to make your own wishes come true" as expressed on the mini album "#GirlsSpkOut". In the second part, we discover Taeyeon's lifestyle of "living her own way"!

 


 

INTERVIEW PART 1

 

MORE: First of all, let's talk about the new mini album "#GirlsSpkOut". What kind of feelings did you have while working on it?

 

TAEYEON: I've wanted for a long time to create a work that would send a message of "fight" and "support/cheer" for women. I really wanted to release it earlier, but due to the coronavirus it's a little bit late... but it's here now. The message is, "create your own present and future." I think the songs are full of confidence.

 

MORE: "Confidence" and "the strength to make your own wishes come true" are issues at the heart of "#GirlsSpkOut", and they're important to working women in their twenties who read MORE. How do you face these issues yourself?

 

TAEYEON: I made my debut as a member of Girls' Generation when I was a teenager. So my memories of my teenage years and my twenties are mostly of Girls' Generation. That was my experience, I find myself in my thirties now. All along, I've always wanted to solidify my foundation for the future, and I've always thought that I need to be confident and strong.

 

MORE: The title song "#GirlsSpkOut" was written by eill, and it was your first Dance Tune. In the first verse, you describe "bright red lipstick" as a magic that makes you stronger. In the chorus, you sing about a desire to make your own dreams come true. Which part do you most identify with?

 

TAEYEON: I really like that part at the beginning because I think that red lipstick is essential makeup when confidence is necessary, but I identify with all the lyrics.

 

MORE: "#GirlsSpkOut" features the notable young artist Chanmina, a rapper and singer who can speak three languages: Japanese, English and Korean. What kind of communication did you have with her?

 

TAEYEON: She told me, "I've been a fan of yours since I was a kid" and that she attended Girls' Generation concerts. I was very surprised to hear that.

 

MORE: With an "R&B meets Latin" sound, the song "Be Real" is symbolic of the current era in global music. How has your own "strength to accept weakness" (a lyric from the song) evolved over time?

 

TAEYEON: As years pass by, I think I'm getting stronger in terms of withstanding the events that occur around me. As I feel more prepared for any eventuality, as I become more aware of the way that operates inside me, I feel growth. My father passed away this year. Through that incident, I realized the importance of my family and friends. And I felt more mature. People don't live forever, right? So, I thought that right now I should enjoy what I can do and show what I can show. I've also come to think I should be kinder to those precious people around me while we're alive.

 

MORE: Do you think you become stronger when you are confident? Or do you feel more confident because you've become stronger? Which do you think it is?

 

TAEYEON: I feel more confident because I've become stronger. In the past I was reluctant to express myself. I think that feeling is gone and replaced with a greater feeling of confidence.

 

MORE: Compared to group activities, solo activities shine the spotlight on a single person. What are your thoughts about the "requisite strength" to be a solo artist?

 

TAEYEON: Even if it's a solo activity, I am still carrying the name of Girls' Generation on my back. I think it's important to believe in myself. Also, I think it's important to think about the other members, to trust them, to feel their presence with me.

 

MORE: There are many people who find it difficult to believe in themselves.

 

TAEYEON: I can't say that I have perfect confidence in myself. It's a process. To believe in yourself is a journey. Even with practice and experience, self-confidence is not automatic. Going through a wide variety of life experiences and feeling through them, I think that leads to confidence.

 

MORE: "I want to grow up a little" appears in the final track on "#GirlsSpkOut", "Sorrow". Do you identify with this song?

 

TAEYEON: We all have many thoughts, we all experience sadness, and we all have troubles in life. It's a song with a message that it's okay to love all these experiences, and that embracing the entirety of life can bring happiness.

 


 

INTERVIEW PART 2

 

MORE: In the MV for "#GirlsSpkOut", you wear a leather jacket that is symbolic of the "power" that is at the heart of this mini album. I'm fascinated with that particular part of your outfit.

 

TAEYEON: I wanted to make a music video that expressed the strength of women, so there were clear choices about the colors used in it. Especially red, which leaves an impression. Also in terms of hair and makeup, I wanted a clean and chic feeling, I'm glad you paid attention!

 

MORE: Are there any particular fashion items you're paying attention to during this fall/winter season?

 

TAEYEON: I like comfortable clothes so I usually wear a hoodie. This winter is already so cold, so I'm thinking of wearing a muffler and boots with fur~♪

 

MORE: The white pants you wore for the photoshoot today is very nice. What's your favorite fashion point?

 

TAEYEON: I don't usually wear outfits like this, so I also enjoyed it. The mannish feeling is also a good fashion point, isn't it? I usually prefer comfortable clothes, wearing an outfit that "clicks" like this makes me feel dignified. Depending on the clothes you wear, your mood will change a lot. I usually decide which pants to wear first, then think about tops. So when I want to feel dignified I'll wear wide pants, and skinny jeans when I want to exude a cute feeling.

 

MORE: What's your favorite color to wear?

 

TAEYEON: I like black clothes and those are usually what I wear. My favorite color is purple, but I don't wear purple clothes very often. (laughs)

 

MORE: "#GirlsSpkOut" is an album full of diverse and cutting-edge sounds. What kind of music do you usually listen to?

 

TAEYEON: I often listen to recent R&B and pop music. Rather than a specific playlist, I listen to recommended songs on random shuffle.

 

MORE: You give off a strong impression that you're totally addicted to games, making accessories, nail art, candy, and so on. What's your recent obsession?

 

TAEYEON: I was addicted to making bracelets this summer, but there haven't been any addictions lately. I'm looking for something to do!

 

MORE: "I want to improve my work and private life, but I don't have enough time." That is the problem of working women in their twenties, aka the MORE generation. Is there anything in particular that you're trying to do to make good use of this time?

 

TAEYEON: I like to write things down, to organise what I'm going to do into a To-Do list, but I don't feel down if I can't accomplish everything I've written down. (laughs)

 

MORE: How do you recover when you do feel down?

 

TAEYEON: I'll FaceTime someone I'm close to. Some people hurry to cover up the camera, because the call starts so suddenly. (laughs) But I'll make that call without hesitating. (laughs)

 

MORE: What do you think is important when trying to "live your own way"?

 

TAEYEON: I think it's important to express myself, to expose my true self honestly, without hiding anything.

 

MORE: What's your image of what a "wonderful adult" should be?

 

TAEYEON: Someone who can take steady responsibility. Whether at work or in private life, people who can take responsibility and see things through to the end are the most mature. I appreciate that in people. And I never want to be weak. Right now, I'm trying hard to develop my self-confidence so I can be a wonderful woman.

 

Taeyeon embodies the charm of a strong and independent thirty-something woman, after living her teens and twenties with fulfillment. Listen to her second Japanese mini album "#GirlsSpkOut" wherever you are in life! During the interview, as she was exuding such strength and confidence, it was very cute to see her smiling at her pet dog, who was snuggling by her side. ♡

 

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