The members look like a family now, but what were you guys like when you first debuted?
YH: I’m the leader, so when we got together, I told them that from now on, we have to use “our’s” instead of “mine”.
MC: That must have been very heart-warming!
YC: Yeah! I remember this one day, Jaejoong hyung was showering and he took a long time. When he came out Yunho hyung asked: “What took so long?” Jaejoong hyung answered: “Oh, I was shaving our beard.”
1. They do acapellas. 2. They have over 400 songs and over 50 MVs. 3. The leader of the group is not the eldest. 4. You can tell right away who the leader is, by simply watching one of their interviews, or even performances. He actually ACTS like a leader, leading the interviews, encouraging and hyping the team up when they are exhausted from rehearsing or filming an MV, pulling all the members into a hug on/offstage.. I could go on forever. 5. There is not one particular member who is ‘renown’ for showing off his abs/body. 6. The one with the most muscular body isn’t the manliest of the group (au contraire.) 7. The ‘pretty face’ of the group isn’t tone-deaf. Nope, he’s the lead singer. 8. The girly member isn’t skinny-ass and skeleton-like. Again, au contraire. (except for his waist but seriously that’s just damn attractive.) 9. There haven’t been any complaints on how the best vocal is underrated because of their inferior looks compared to the other members (ex: Luna, Jonghyun, Daesung, Ji Eun…). 10. There isn’t a tone-deaf member assigned to rapping. In other words, when they noticed there was a member who could not sing so well before/during their debut, instead of giving him the ‘rapper’ role for the rest of his career, they trained his vocals like hell for him to improve, despite his throat surgery, and become the incredible singer he is today (yes, I am talking about Yunho.) 11. One of the members isn’t the main vocal, yet he is considered to be the best vocally-talented idol singer (voted by professional vocal trainers). 12. One of the members can reach higher notes than the main vocal — in fact, he is in CHARGE of the high notes. And owns them like it’s nobody’s business. He has one of the most powerful voices in Kpop— and again, he is NOT even the main vocal. 13. The least vocally-talented member is actually an amazing singer. I’m not saying this in a biased way, like Hyoyeon-biased Sones will be all like ‘HYOYEON’S AN AMAZING SINGER’. No, Jung Yunho is actually a better singer than most Kpop singers out there, and perhaps even some of the main vocals of other groups. 14. The group is full of writers and composers. 15. The maknae isn’t the ‘cute’, ‘innocent’ and ‘protected’ one. AU VERY CONTRAIRE.That snarky and witty bastard. 16. Every couple has a name. And I’m not talking about the halves of each name being put together. I’m talking about Soulmates, Soulfighters, etc. Because they each share a special relationship with each other. And fans actually knowing exactly how each couple see each other (thanks to the Couple Talks). 17. There seems to be no awkwardness whatsoever between any of the members. 18. The cute one isn’t ‘the cute one’ because of his physical appearance. On the contrary, at his debut he was given the ‘sexy’ and ‘charismatic’ image, but the cuteness inside him just could not be contained. Cutest. Personality. ever. 19. There is a hate-love relationship between best friends in the group. Yes, I am talking about troll-Chun bullying the daylights out of Junsu by telling him he’s ugly and telling the cameraman to cut him out of the picture because he’s ruining the other three’s charisma. Yet we all know how those two can’t live without each other and how Junsu is Yoochun’s ray of sunshine. There is also a hate-love relationship between the eldest and the maknae. And the eldest gets dominated by the maknae (lol). 20. I’m pretty damn sure they are the only group who had to personally promote their music in person. Like, walk into buildings, wander around in offices and interrupt meetings in order to give out some of their albums/CDs and plead people to listen to their albums well. (When they started out as rookies in Japan while they were insanely popular in Korea). 21. The emotion. The EMOTION. THEY CONVEY. WHEN SINGING. They sing their souls out, the frowns they have on their faces are not results of them trying to sing well and get their notes right — they are the result of them feeling the sadness/hurt in the lyrics of the songs they’re singing. 22. They manage to make their live performances sound better than the studio-recorded versions of their songs. Both upbeat and ballads. Damn, even their acapellas. (And I hate them for that. Having to extract the audio from a video every single time can get freaking annoying.) 23. The flawless. Singing. While running. And dancing. And jumping. And being completely out of breath. 24. I’d say over 80% of their live performances did NOT have audio-voice back-ups. Like, none. At all. Purely their voices. Only. 25. They. Actually. Care. About music. At least, I know for a fact that Junsu said that he couldn’t live without music. How he wished to sing for a long time (and here, sing does not equal to ‘being an idol’), and as long as there is somebody that is willing to listen to him sing, even if it is just one person, he will keep singing. 26. The fun they have with their backup dancers. Onstage AND backstage. Especially in Japan. Wow. 27. If any other group were to break up/split, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be writing songs as messages to the other party, let alone crying while singing them. 28. If any other group were to break up/split and become teams of three or even two, their careers would be over and they’d head into MCing or acting, or just abandon all of this. One party has the biggest entertainment company in Korea trying to sue their ass and cockblocking them at every level, and the other party only consists of the maknae, who wasn’t even the lead singer in DB5K, and the member who was considered by many to be the least vocally-talented member. And they’re. Doing. Amazing right now. Despite everything. Try to convince me that if 2PM split, Taecyeon and Wooyoung would be doing as well as HoMin are, or if SHINee seperated, Onew and Minho would be topping the charts both in Korea and Japan like HoMin are, or if MBLAQ broke up, Seungho and Mir would still be insanely popular like HoMin are. Just try. I like all of these people and groups (2PM was my first love), but it’s simply a fact.
I could go on.. But it’s 2:30 AM and it’s just too damn late for me to start being pissed off and wanting to flip a table because of how people nowadays don’t actually realize how talented, unique and just downright amazing TVXQ was, and don’t bother to check them out just because they’re “old”. No one. Will ever reach up to their level. They are legend.
“Once we performed with TVXQ in japan, TVXQ’s popularity is no joke, and later we felt like we were involved as a guest on TVXQ concert.” - B2ST
“Dong Bang Shin Ki is our role model. We think that Dong Bang Shin Ki is the best idol. We learn a lot of things from them.” - In Jun (DGNA)
“TVXQ is like a giant mountain that casts a giant shadow, and rather than crossing over that mountain, I wish that our group would be right behind them.” - Hyonmin (DGNA)
“All of us watched TVXQ as we grew up, and have had the dream to become singers some day. TVXQ is more than just an idol group. We don’t know if we’ll be able to sing and dance like them. Whenever we see them, we realize that we have a long way until we can try to be close to them.” - Jay (DGNA)
”It is all thanks to our seniors TVXQ that we’re getting so much love from Japan. It should be known that TVXQ changed the Japanese perception of Korean idol groups and because of this, it has become easier to debut in Japan because the people there now pay more attention to K-pop.” - Supernova
“When I dreamt about becoming a singer, I always wanted to make my debut overseas just like our senior singers Rain and TVXQ. They worked really hard overseas and I wanted to follow their footsteps.” - Hoya (Infinite)
“I want to first start off by saying thank you to the senior singers who have made their debut in the country and have led the way for us. I heard of how TVXQ had a hard time performing in the country at first but because they did such a great job, we were able to successfully wrap up our showcase.” - Woohyun (Infinite)
“It’s not because of the song. I think, Singer should sing well, They (DBSK) sing well. ” - Youngmin (Boyfriend)
“We all like TVXQ and Bigbang” - NU’EST
”I like the powerful stages by seniors TVXQ, they are full of energy. We should hope to showcase such powerful images.” - Baekho (NU’EST)
[Q: who’s your fav artist?] “DBSK. If you ask why? Because It’s DBSK.” - JR (NU’EST)
”DBSK sunbaenim is the best. They’re no longer an Idol Star, But I really enjoy sunbaenim’s songs when I’m doing my activities.” - Aron (NU’EST)
“When I was younger, I wasn’t really in the know about idols or singers, but the first idol group I ever got into was TVXQ. Out of the five members, I liked Yunho sunbae the most. He was just so charismatic and I respected his unconditional care and leadership.” - Chanyeol (EXO)
“After watching TVXQ’s performances and hearing their songs, I was very touched.” “TVXQ has always chased after different music styles, and their members all have very strong talents. Seeing TVXQ’s music and stage makes me feel touched, and they’re a very good influence on us. We’ve also started promoting in Japan, and compared to TVXQ sunbaes, we still have to secure a place. We all like TVXQ very much. We hope this time we’ll use the chance to become more intimate with the members.” - Taeyang (Bigbang)
“I’ve learnt a lot from Dong Bang Shin Ki-hyung, I also registered in Junsu hyung’s fan cafe and post lots of news and photos.” “I’ve bought Dong Bang Shin Ki‘s CD and every time I listen to their songs I feel very good.” “DBSK are a very idol group that everyone adores.” - Seungri (Bigbang)
“I admired them (DBSK) because they’d survived in a different country with different cultures.” “Because we’re in different genres, I’ve never seen them as a competitor. TVXQ is our respected sunbae. Their vocal skills are strong, and we’ve studied much of their performances and choreography. I’ve watched them stay determined to push themselves forward. They really are the perfect sunbaes.” - GDragon (Bigbang)
“I’ve been to Japan. TVXQ’s popularity is even more extreme than we can imagine.” - Daesung (Bigbang)
”TVXQ sunbaes are very modest. Although they’ve already become Asia’s top idol group, we respect the humbleness they display at all times.” - FT Island
“There are many groups coming out these days, and a lot of them look really good. TVXQ stands out among these groups.” Dongwan (SHINHWA)
“Back then, when we (Shinhwa) all gathered and saw TVXQ, ‘Those fellows are so cool. It’s frightening.’ We never have the same thought like this before. We all acknowledge TVXQ’s powerful song performance is really scary.” - Andy (SHINHWA)
“We admire TVXQ, who has been able to successfully make a place for themselves in Japan.” - Super Junior
“Watching DBSK and Super Junior brought me up to be a singer..” - Zelo BAP
“When it comes to music, their passion is so intense that they’re like different people, and that’s what we admire.” - Jessica Tiffany SNSD
“Although they (DBSK) are already top stars, their personality is still very good.” - Kangta
“Out of all our sunbaes, TVXQ doesn’t hold back, they’ve done very well.” - Jonghyun (SHINee)
”They’re still the strongest group in Asia, can never be replaced because they’re just too good.” - Alexander (U-Kiss)