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[Interview] Akdong Musician Says Yang Hyun Suk is Hands-Off When It Comes to Music

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2014.05.18 19:00 Newsen Hwang Hye Jin Translation Credit : Yeawon Jung

Sibling duo Akdong Musician revealed a story behind YG Entertainment’s Yang Hyun Suk.

After winning SBS’ K-Pop Star 2 last year, Akdong Musician signed a contract with YG Entertainment and released its debut album Play on April 7.

The album was ranked number one on MelOn’s Artist and Album Top 20 charts for five weeks consecutively and the title song 200% won first place on Mnet’s M COUNTDOWN and SBS Inkigayo for three weeks in a row.

In an interview with Newsen, Akdong Musician′s Lee Chan Hyuk said, “When I was on K-Pop Star 2, I experienced the training system of YG, SM and JYP Entertainment.”

He continued, “As the three judges carefully judged us as their potential artists, we also carefully analyzed the three companies as our future agency. We felt like YG Entertainment provides all it can to let its artists write and sing their own songs, so that’s why we signed with YG.”

[Interview] Akdong Musician Says Yang Hyun Suk is Hands-Off When It Comes to Music

Soo Hyun said, “Of course, the other agencies were really nice to us during K-Pop Star 2. They taught us about music passionately and SM Entertainment, especially, taught me how to sing high notes.”

Akdong Musician’s entire debut album was written and produced by Chan Hyuk himself.

About this, Chan Hyuk said, “After we signed with YG Entertainment, we officially started working on our music and everyone, including Yang Hyun Suk, provided the environment for us to do our music in any way we wanted. They really didn’t interfere at all in what we did.”

About the process of making the album, Soo Hyun said, “If I ask, ‘how should I do this?’ he would answer, ‘Just do whatever you want.’ We worked on the album without vocal training. The agency offered a vocal director but in the end, we just recorded the whole thing ourselves with help from an engineer who manages the machine during recording.”

Chan Hyuk concluded, “I try to have a firm mindset before going to a meeting, in case my idea is met with opposition. I try to think of what to say in order to explain my idea, but if we say, ‘We want to do this,’ then all he (Yang Hyun Suk) says is, ‘Do as you want.’ During the first meeting, he told us, ‘I don’t know what I can do for you guys. I will leave it up to you, so do as you desire.’”

Photo credit: YG Entertainment

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