[Interview] Jang Hyun Seung Says He Didn′t Want to Go for an Explicitly Sexy Concept
Jang Hyun Seung′s solo album has been unleashed. He is armed, not as the top group BEAST, loved for its lyrical and masculine charms, or the one-of-a-kind, sexy mixed unit Trouble Maker, but wholly with the image of Jang Hyun Seung.
Through BEAST, Trouble Maker and musicals, Jang Hyun Seung is loved for the unique color of his voice and powerful performances, but his solo album is filled to the brim with his other or, some may say, true charms. His first mini album MY, which highlights Jang Hyun Seung just as he is, walking the fine line of sweet and dangerous in pursuit of his love, is filled with an array of tracks.
With just two weeks of promotions set, Jang Hyun Seung opened up about having just completed his first broadcast and his upcoming final broadcast through an interview.
"I think it went well amidst heart-fluttery feelings and without my being too nervous. But, personally, I have the most regrets about my first broadcast. I was more awkward being onstage by myself than I thought I would be. Fortunately, I was more comfortable after that. I′m sad, but I also think it′s cool to just show what I need to show and fall back."
Jang Hyun Seung′s Ma First contains both his mischievous side and sexy charms. His intense skinship with actress Hwang Seung Un joined with Jang Hyun Seung′s various facial expressions gave birth to the sexy, yet cute music video.
On filming the music video, Jang Hyun Seung said, "It was hard. I′m shy. The first time we met, we said ′Hello′ and filmed that scene. It was hard writing on the chest of a woman I met for the first time."
He continued, "Between filming, during the breaks, I thought, what if she gets offended? Then I worried that if I show that I′m worried, I′m going to do worse, but fortunately, she was considerate of me. She was engaged in the filming, taking some of the burden off of me and enabling me to film comfortably."
Jang Hyun Seung also revealed, "The elevator scene was a bit ambiguous. There′s a scene that didn′t make it into the music video. We didn′t actually kiss, but, in a way, it was a kiss scene. We made it look real through the use of angles, but a lot of the elevator scene was edited out in the music video."
On why the scene was deleted, Jang Hyun Seung said, "I worried that it would overlap with Trouble Maker. As a solo artist, I didn′t want to show the same image and have people say ′He only knows how to do this. He′s someone who only goes after these kinds of issues.′"
He continued, "To be seen in that light, I thought the time I worked hard to prepare would go to waste, and I didn′t want to be cast in the wrong light because it′s not an album that′s simply going after those kinds of issues. And it wasn′t a kiss scene that was necessary for the music video."
"We did everything, then edited," added Jang Hyun Seung to laughs.
Throughout the interview, Jang Hyun Seung emphasized that he didn′t want to express sexiness explicitly, but rather naturally.
"I can show who I am through the music video, music programs and the stage. Because I barely do variety shows, I need to show who I am through the music video or music stage. I thought ′it′d be nice to show my sexiness casually and naturally,′ not ′the concept is sexy.′
He continued, "The overall [concept] isn′t sexy. I let go. Tanks, jeans and sneakers are the main elements of my wardrobe. We went with middle of the road styles that everyone can pull off and less intense makeup. It′d be nice to hear that they can see my sexiness come through here and there during my performance, but you can′t assume that this concept is sexy."
Jang Hyun Seung then concluded, "In the time that I′m given, I want to show a relaxed image. I want to be able to wrap up with reviews like ′Not only does he look relaxed even when he′s alone, but he′s good live, dances well and has no problem being awesome by himself."