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G-Dragon’s Interview in K& Magazine

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“To some extent, I have been more relaxed. It can be said that I have more than I should have in the fields of music and life.

I feel that I have been changing bit by bit. Although I am not a perfect adult yet, I am right in the middle of it.

I have told myself that, ‘I have to work hard to strive for the best in my life.’ I think that is because I have such a mindset so I can handle everything.”

One sentence from ‘Star G-DRAGON’ to ‘Young Jiyong’ …’ Jiyong is really hardworking!’

Q1: You didn’t have any burdens when your new album was released?
A: Just a little bit. When I am doing music, I sometimes become over compulsive to ‘always make some new music’.
I think I am like this because I sense what others are perceiving me as. If I work extraordinarily hard because of these expectations, I will, but I just cannot produce the good music that I want.
Therefore, this album was produced not under any pressure. I just made it on my own free will.

Q2: What are the biggest differences between this one and your first solo/HEARTBREAKER?
A: I am more relaxed this time. When I was producing the first solo album, i just wanted to convey some messages through it.
The message was ’ no blood will come out even if I am pinned.’ However, after trying out different kinds of music activities, I started to change and wanted to convey my real emotion that I have in my everyday life.
I want to express the feelings that everyone has felt at least once, in music so I think people will feel/understand my songs.
Because I was making the album with this feeling, I felt more satisfied compared to the time that I made my first album. If full marks are 100, I think I at least can get 85/100? (Laugh)

Q3: The transformation in G-Dragon is… ?
Compared with 3 years ago, it seems that I have handled my work better. It was like chasing after my thoughts without thinking much about the consequences before, but now I think I know how to control it more.
Although it looks like I am now calculating how much efforts I have paid, I am cleverer in making music now. I think it can help me to reduce the chances of errors too.
When I am listening to HEARTBREAKER now, I would think, ‘why would I do an album like that?’ And there are times that I do not want to listen to it.
However, if I listen to this album 3 years later, I think I will also feel the same. When I am making music, I am growing at the same time, ain’t I?

Q 4: What is the concept of this album?
A: To be frank, there are no special concepts. I just insert the mindset of ‘the 24-year-old G-Dragon has to keep on living’ into it.
I also want to see myself is through you (the fans/audience), ‘G-Dragon is thinking like this.’ and ‘he is walking on the path of his life like this!’

Q5: You composed all of the melodies and lyrics in the album.
A: I was also very troubled as a translator since I think , ‘starting from now on, I cannot let others think that I am an amateur.’ Therefore, whenever I was free, I would write songs and lyrics.
And now my singer friends say ’ it is the music only G-Dragon can make’.
Moreover,since the whole world is now concerned more about K-pop, I want to make more great songs which can be listed to as classics.

Q6: Please introduce the title song, ‘Crayon’.
A: It is the combination between Crazy and Jiyong. It means ‘just crazy with G-Dragon like when you are crazy with other things’ and ‘let’s get crazy’.
When I was producing it with Teddy, I wrote down the lyrics ‘Why So Serios?’ on blank paper.
It is a famous line of the Joker in the film ‘the Dark Knight’. I like the line very much. I want to say it to so many people, ‘why you have to be so serious?’
And I also want people to think ‘this kid has really gone crazy’ when they see my performance on the stage. Luckily, I am able to achieve all of these.
The music video is really interesting, too. I like it so much!

Q7: Why did you choose it as the title song?
A: President Yang said I should choose an interesting song to be the title song. The period of producing such a song was really hard.
At the very beginning, because I wanted to do what others wanted me to do, I ended up producing nothing.
I was also really worried beforehand because I could not write out the vocal part, but I did it when I went out with Teddy.
When I was producing ‘Crayon’, once again I felt that I could only produce music with a light heart and when I am enjoying it.
I am not saying if you have a lot of worries, you cannot produce good songs.

Q8: You wore a lot of costumes in the ‘Crayon’ MV, which one do you like best?
A:The Frankenstein costumes that I wore in the second half of the MV. Since it was a gift from a designer that I love so much, I decided to wear it.
Although I had worn it to dance in, it was cut. I have also worn skirts like a girl! There are scenes showing a pretty girl looking back.
Because I dressed like a girl, there were loads of people asking whether it was really me.
The back view was from a real girl and it was combined with my face.Because I am slim, there is such a misunderstanding!
I have worn all of the costumes that I want so I am really satisfied!

Q9: There is your unique charm in the MV and the music of ‘One Of A Kind’!
A: I want to show my unique side to you like it says my title song.
In the song which ‘only G-Dragon can do’ , I want to give you a free and impetuous feeling.
Because its the first solo album I have released in 3 years, I hope I can be ‘one of the unique artists’.

Q10: Is ‘That XX’ your real experience?
A: Not all of the songs are my real experience.
Everyone should have experienced love triangle before, I want to use some lyrics which is a bit sentimental to describe this feeling.
If you witness your lover having an affair, you will not say some gentle words, right?

Q11: You label ‘That XX’ as a song which people under 18 cannot listen to…
A: I set the borderline first. Although it was labelled like that, I don’t think the lyrics ‘that bastard’ is that tabooed.
Comparing restricting myself from doing everything, isn’t it more important if I can show my thoughts to you?
Of course there are people who hate words like ‘that bastard’, I think there also have people who don’t think like this.
I am just following my true self. If this song is entitled as ‘That Guy’ or ‘That Man’ , will the song still convey the same atmosphere?

Q12: What do you think about the censorship system that the song’s MV had to go through before it was released?
A: I was quite burdened. I think I should have been able to produce music which is even more out of the box, I could not finish it as to what I had expected.
Therefore, the MV looks a little bit plain. If it is like this, people cannot enjoy it as much as they should …

Q13: You have collaborated with JAURIM’s Kim Eung-ah and Nell’s Kim Jong-wan.
A: I tried to ask whether they are willing to sing and they promised to help in a very short time.
I have asked for the permission of president Yang faithfully, so he approved of me collaborating with Eung Ah noona to sing ‘Missing You’.
Kim Jong Wan Hyun whom I sang ‘Today’ with , I knew through Tablo hyung, though I know he is a very straight person. But in fact he is a very nice person. I have learned loads of things after working with them.
Seeing them being able to present my products more than I myself can, I have the feeling that ‘Aww.. no wonder they are my seniors.’
Because of this, I rethought again how I should work with the staff of my company.
I also want to work with more people after this.

Q14: The lyrics of ‘Light It Up’ is very interesting.
A: I write the lyrics after watching ‘War Crimes’.
I have also thought of including funny messages for the people who hate me. Originally I wanted to write this for a person who hates me but there are so many people that dislike me, I just cannot dedicate it to a particular person.
That’s why the lyrics have now become ‘although you guys hate me, I don’t care even a bit.’ I know it is a bit naive, I just hope that you can find the lyrics cute.
Because there are some cute elements in the rap starting from the very beginning.

Q15: You have collaborated with other artists, 4 songs out of the 7!
A: It is obvious that the 5 members of Big Bang have their own unique charms, I will not pursue voices other than these.
Therefore, even if we want to collaborate with each other, it is kind of difficult. But since it is the solo album that I have not released for a long time, I am a little bit more greedy. (laugh)

Q16: Who you think you must collaborate with?
A: ‘Kim Bunjan’ of ‘Wind City’.
There are songs which I have collaborated with other artists too, but they are not included in this album.
I think it will also be interesting if i can collaborate with the artists of my company.

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