[INTERVIEW] (130620) EXO, Mengamati Saat Mereka Melepas Kostum sebagai ‘Wolf’

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‘Wolf boys’ yang sudah berburu dalam dunia musik lebih awal. EXO yang akhirnya tampil bersama sejak debut, penampilan yang benar-benar hebat.

Dalam 2 minggu setelah comeback dengan ‘Wolf & Beauty (Wolf)’, mereka telah merebut tempat pertama di beberapa program musik. Pada waktu yang bersamaan, nama mereka muncul dalam American Billboard World Album Chart dan reaksi dari fans luar semakin panas.

Xiumin, Luhan, Kris, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O, Tao, Kai dan Sehun yang dari waktu kewaktu telah menunjukkan pose yang membuat mereka sulit didekati (maksudnya kostum wolf), mereka akhirnya melepaskan kostum wolf dan mengetuk pintu rumah Maeil Kyungjae (T/N: Sebuah nama perusahaan yang artinya Everyday Economy) Star Today.

Dimulai pada pintu masuk, suasananya sangat menegangkan, menurutku semuanya karena mereka. Dan mengantri di pintu masuk adalah pekerjaan, tapi setelah pintu terbuka para member masuk. Sambil menyambut mereka, aku menghitung dan merasa ada 1 orang yang hilang, ternyata Xiumin datang agak terlambat. Karena ada banyak member, menghitung jumlah kemanapun mereka pergi adalah hal yang terus kuulangi.

Tempat yang digunakan untuk wawancara juga dilakukan di sini. Meskipun kami membawa mereka ke tempat yang lebih luas, tapi karena kekurangan kursi terpaksa ada 2 member yang harus duduk dibelakang. Kami merasa bersalah, karena meski dalam situasi seperti itu, mereka masih tetap tersenyum.

Alasan mereka selalu ceria adalah karena mereka telah mendapat sebutan ‘first place singer’. Aku penasaran bagaimana perasaan mereka. Pertama kali mendapat tempat pertama di ‘Music Bank’ adegan leader Suho (menangis) dipertontonkan (pada mereka). Sambil menyebutkan ‘Guru Lee Soo Man’ untuk kedua kalinya, tangisannya semakin parah, dan aku juga menyadari adanya sifat itu pada dirinya. Tapi dengan tenang dia melanjutkan kata-katanya.

Suho mengatakan “Sebagai leader, sebenarnya ada hal yang harus kukatakan, tapi air mata ini terus keluar…” dan sepertinya saat dia menatap mata member ada sebuah emosi yang dalam, tidak hanya airmata yang dilihatnya. Saat kami bertanya, siapa member yang paling parah menangis setelah kembali ke ruang tunggu, Suho memilih Chanyeol, Kai dan Lay.

Chanyeol mengangkat bahu dan bilang: “Benar, kami memang menangis karena benar-benar terharu, tapi karena kami punya jadwal lain dan mungkin bisa membuat mataku sembab, maka aku menahan agar tidak menangis.” Untuk beberapa alasan, Chanyeol tersenyum bangga.

Meskipun mereka anak-anak yang menunjukkan sisi kedewasaan(!) dan pernyataan mirip sebagai tipe para pelajar idol, mereka mulai menjawab pertanyaan pada pertanyaan yang menarik. Topik yang membuat mereka bersemangat adalah saat membicarakan ‘menjadi bersama’ (membicarakan makan bersama untuk merayakan keberhasilan)

“Tidak ada hal yang tidak kami sukai!” kata Baekhyun. “Kami suka bersama sama” ucap Chanyeol, disahut 2 orang yang terpaksa duduk dibelakang saat wawancara, Xiumin menegakkan tubuhnya dan berteriak “Hanwoo” danKkai bilang “Chicken galbi, kami memakannya kemarin lusa dan kemarin. Hari inipun kami memakannya lagi.”

Pada hari yang sama, mereka juga dijadwalkan dalam fansign di Chuncheon. Sebuah kebahagiaan bagi mereka datang dari Chicken galbi. Melihat Kai yang penuh senyuman saat membicarakan Chicken galbi, yang terlihat memiliki cool pose.

Chen yang hanya tersenyum tenang, tiba tiba mengatakan “Daripada mengatakan sebagai waktu bersama, karena saat menyebut Chuncheon, berarti Chicken galbi… karena umur kami adalah waktu dimana kami benar-benar banyak makan, tagihan makan kami benar-benar tinggi.”

Karena banyaknya member, makan selalu menjadi waktu bersama, dan asrama menjadi tempat ‘sekolah’ mereka. Baekhyun dengan bangga mengatakan “Karena 12 adalah angka yang banyak, aku merasa aman kemanapun aku pergi dan pundakku akan lebih tegak (lebih percaya diri)” dan kenyataan bahwa mereka bisa bermain olahraga apapun seperti sepakbola dan basket kapanpun mereka menginginkannya.

Karena banyaknya member, mobil mereka juga menjadi tempat bermain. Baekhyun, yang merupakan mood maker mengaku dia tak perlu pergi ke ruang karaoke, dia hanya menyalakan lagu di mobil dan mulai menyanyi. “Dia sangat pintar bermain sendiri” kata Xiumin. “Dia tak penah berhenti bermain” kata Chen. Para member banyak menunjukkan testimoni tentang nickname baekhyun sebagai ‘beagle’.

Chanyeol yang bertahan untuk melawannya (Baekhyun) menceritakan bahwa dia (Chanyeol) mendapat peringkat pertama pada ‘dance contest’ (yang mereka buat sendiri) dengan perbedaan yang kecil. Untuk membuat rangkingnya adil, para main dancer dikeluarkan dari kontes, dan tugas mereka adalah menilai.

“Untuk pertama kalinya aku mendapat tepuk tangan setelah menari. Aku memberi mereka senyuman dan aku langsung merasakan efeknya. Sudah 4 hari berlalu dan kakiku terasa sakit untuk berjalan.” ungkap Chanyeol. “Dia membuang sepatu, topi dan lainnya saat menari, dan ini terlihat seperti dia menjadi gila” kata Kai. “Kurasa, setelah wawancara ini ditampilkan, para writer noona akan meminta Chanyeol untuk menunjukkan kemampuan menarinya.” kata Baekhyun.

Karena topik menari ini menjadi pembicaraan, Kai pun bergumam lagi “Keadaan akan sangat berantakan jika videonya tersebar luas.” katanya sambil tertawa. Kemudian Chanyeol menambahkan “Video ini bagus ditonton saat kau sedang dalam keadaan depresi.” Membuat kami tertarik tentang video ini. Bahkan jika aku meminta menunjukkannya, aku belum bisa mengkonfirmasi.

Karena hal ini tak bisa ditinggalkan, aku bertanya pada mereka, apa variety program favorit mereka. Mereka berteriak bersamaan ‘Running Man’, memilih itu sebagai variety show favoritnya. “Bermain petak umpet sambil menggunakan kekuatan super kami pasti akan sangat menyenangkan.” kata para member memuji Running Man.

Pada saat itu Chen bilang “Jika aku memiliki kesempatan untuk datang dalam sebuah variety, aku akan bekerja keras.” Aku baru saja akan menenangkan suasana, tapi mereka sudah ada dalam topik ‘variety’ jadi merekapun membicarakan harapan mereka jika muncul dalam variety show.

Khususnya Baekhyun, yang terpilih sebagai ‘best wolf boy‘ dalam tim mengatakan, “Aku ingin muncul di Real Men.” katanya sambil menunjukkan sisi manly-nya. Member banyak membalas “Kami harus memastikan untuk mengirimnya (Baekhyun) kesana.” Saat aku bertanya apakah jika menerima latihan keras seperti tentara, Baekhyun akan berubah pikiran, dia hanya menjawab “Aku sangat positif ingin muncul disana.”

Setelah itu, D.O. tak mau kalah, dia mengatakan ingin muncul di “Law of the Jungle” sedangkan Luhan di “1 Night 2 Days”. Mereka kebanyakan memilih reality show, dan sangat terkejut ketika Sehun bilang “Aku ingin muncul di We Got Married.” Dia mengejutkan semua orang. Para member “Ingin itu menjadi kenyataan, karena ini adalah permintaanmu (Sehun)”. Agar tidak menimbulkan salah paham, Chen menjelaskan bahwa dia mengerti keputusan setiap member.

Sangat menyenangkan mempunyai kesempatan mewanwancarai mereka, tapi aku sangat beruntung bertemu mereka secara tak sengaja di cafe sebelah kantor. Aku menyadari mereka makan setelah melakukan wawancara. Dan mereka sama amtusiasnya saat wawancara tadi.

Di tempat itu, dipenuhi dengan orang yang berumur, mereka tidak begitu peduli pada EXO. Merasa tidak percaya dengan ini, para member lebih memilih menghabiskan waktu dengan layaknya berfotosintesis di bawah matahari, duduk-duduk di sofa. Aku merasa simpati pada ekspresi damai mereka. Karena ini adalah satu-satunya waktu di mana mereka bisa beristirahat dari karir. Semakin terkenal, akan semakin sulit untuk mereka untuk mendapat waktu tenang dan bebas.

Walaupun berat, tapi mereka bahagia dan berusaha melakukan yang terbaik. Mereka bisa menahan tekanan yang datang dari karir mereka yang tidak mudah didapatkan. Dan mereka juga menyadari beratnya debut dibawah nama SM Entertainment. Saat ini, EXO mengatakan “Kami bahagia sekarang” atau “Kami sangat berterimakasih pada fans” itu semua tulus dari hati mereka.

English Translations:

The wolf boys have hunted the early summer music world. EXO’s, whom have gotten together as a whole after one year since debut, force was truly tremendous.

In two weeks after comeback with ‘Wolfe and Beauty(Wolf),’ they swept the first place on the major broadcast music programs. At the same time, their name was placed on American Billboard World Album Chart and overseas reaction s are even hotter.

Kai, Luhan, Tao, Chen, Sehun, Lay, Xiumin, Baekhyun, D.O, Suho, Kris, and Chanyeol, whom have over time emitted a pose that makes them hard to approach, have let down their wolf’s costume for a bit and knocked on the door of Maeil Kyungjae (t/n: It’s the company name and translates to Everyday Economy) Star Today.

—PIC—

Starting from their entrance, (the atmosphere) is moving up and down. (t/n: basically means it’s a fluttering moment) I think the members who brightened the office since early morning, and standing in one line upon entrance is work. Not knowing that the once door opened was closed, the members spilled in. While greeting one another, I counted and thought one was missing when Xiumin arrived last. Because there are many members, wherever they go, counting heads is a situation that is repeated.

The space where the interview was being held was also under the same circumstance. Although we led them to the biggest room, because there was a shortage of chairs, a situation where two members had to sit in the back occurred. A sorry feeling is starting to creep up on me because of their still continuously smiling faces even in that situation.

The reason for that brightness is because the 12 members have finally gained the modifier title of ‘first place singer.’ I wonder how deeply they were moved. At their first winning of first place on ‘Music Bank,’ leader Suho’s memorable scene was also displayed. While searching for ‘Lee Sooman teacher’ twice, his sorrowfully crying figure was spread and it is true that I secretly anticipated a side of him like that on that day as well. But he calmly continued his words.

Suho explained “As a leader, I had words I had to say but my tears kept coming out…” and it seems while looking at the members’ eyes that were wet with emotion during the time, it was not only tears that he saw. Asking him to tell us the members that cried the most once returning to the waiting room, he picked Chanyeol, Kai, and Lay.

Chanyeol raised his shoulders while saying “It is true that we all were about to cry because we were touched, but because we had another schedule and I thought my eyes would swell, I kept my tears in.” For some reason he had proud smile.

Although they are children that show somewhat adult-like(!) and say idol model student-like remarks, they started to yell out sporadic answers at interesting topics. The topic that made them most excited was as predicted, ‘get-together.’ (t/n: talking about meals that they had to celebrate)

“There is nothing that we don’t like.” (Baekhyun) “We like get-togethers.” (Chanyeol) the two people that were forced to be in the back seats throughout the interview, Xiumin as well straightened his back and yelled out “Hanwoo” as Kai excitedly stated “We ate it the day before yesterday and yesterday, and today we’re having a get-together as well. Chicken galbi.”

It turns out, the day of the interview, they were scheduled to have a fan signing at Chuncheon. Was the happiness that chicken galbi gave this big. Saying from seeing a smile spreading over Kai, who seems to have a cool guy pose surrounding him.

Chen who was silently smiling, rearranged the hall that seemed to have lost its reason by stating “Rather than saying it’s a get-together, because if you say Chuncheon, it’s chicken galbi… Because our ages are periods where we eat a lot, our food bill comes out high.”

—PIC—

Because there are a lot of members, meals always become get-togethers, and the dorm becomes a school trip area. Baekhyun proudly stated “Because our twelve members are a lot, wherever I go I feel reassured and my shoulders go slightly up,” and chose the fact that they can play whole exercise games such as basketball and soccer, whenever they wanted as a strong point.

Because of that, the car that transports them has also become their playground. Baekhyun, who is the team’s atmosphere maker, revealed he doesn’t even need to go to the karaoke rooms because he turns on the song in the car and sings along. “He plays well by himself” (Xiumin) “He endlessly plays” (Chen) The members laid their testimonies and confirmed aspect of his nickname of being a ‘beagle.’

Chanyeol who stands against him revealed that he recently ranked first in their ‘dance contest’ with a slight gap. To make the ranking fair, the main dancers were excluded and the members were the only judges.

“I received a round of applause after dancing for the first time. I gave them a honorary smile and felt the after effects right away. It’s been about four days and it’s still painful when I walk.” (Chanyeol) “He threw away his shoes, hat etc when dancing so it was like he lost it.” (Kai) “I feel like after this interview gets released, the writer nunas will tell Chanyeol to show them his dancing skills.” (Baekhyun)

Since the dance topic was mentioned, Kai’s voice cracked again. “It’d probably be a mess if the video got released” he said, amused. While Chanyeol added “It’s a good video to watch when you’re depressed”, creating interest for this unreleased video. Even if I asked them to show it to me there, I unfortunately couldn’t confirm this.

Since it couldn’t be left out I asked them if they were huge fans of variety programs. They all shouted with one voice ‘Running Man’ picking the show as their favorite variety program. “Playing hide-and-seek while using our superpowers would be nice” the members said, praising ‘Running Man’

At this time, Chen said : “Running Man is fine but I watch lots of variety programs. If I were to be called on any of them I’d work hard” I was about to take care of the growing commotion but they were one around the topic of ‘variety’, each member shouting their wish.

Especially, Baekhyun who has been picked as the best wolf boy by his team said “I want to appear on ‘Real Men’”, strongly hinting at his real man aspect. To this, the members all replied “We have to make sure to send him (Baekhyun) there”. When asked if it’d be fine to receive guerilla training to dissuade him, he only replied with one thing. “I absolutely want to appear there”.

After this, just like they couldn’t lose D.O said “Law of the Jungle”, while Luhan shouted “1 Night 2 Days”. Since they mostly picked reality shows, when Sehun said “I want to film for ‘We Got Married’, he surprised everyone. While bouncing, the members “asked for his (Sehun) request to be fulfilled since it’s his personal suggestion”. In case it’d be misinterpreted, Chen nicely explained each of the members’ choices.

It was fun to have them for an interview like this but I got lucky(!) to meet them by chance in a café next to the office. I found out they went there to eat just after the interview. They were as enthusiastic to have lunch as they were to hold the interview in the afternoon.

The enclosed area was filled with people of an older age group, so it felt as if nobody cared for them much. Thrilled by this, the members enjoyed their freedom by photosythesizing under the sun or resting against a sofa. Out of the blue I felt sympathy for their peaceful expressions. The reason that this is their only  ”departure (T/N: time of rest)” is because of their career. The more they gain populairty, it would get progressively more difficult to bask in a leisure and freedom like this.

Despite this being the case, these boys are happy to be concetrating on what they do best. They are able to withstand the burden that follows their hard-earned careers because they know what a big deal it is, and how difficult it is to debut at a first barrier called SM Entertainment. For this reason, EXO’s “We are happy now” and “We’re grateful to our fans” reach out to us in sincerity.

Source: Maeil Kyungjae
English Translation: nahbit, saphira & juliana @ exok-trans
Indonesian Translation by: neni @ EXOFID
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