I’ve been getting great feedback with this whole Q&A thing. So without further ado, here is another round of questions about my experience as the JYJ MC for their US TOUR back in November 2010. Enjoy!
Q: @katsumeat asks: What was your first impression on jyj? what is your favorite jyj songs from the showcase?
A: I was going over some things with the concert director when JYJ walked into the room. They were wearing black robe outfits and they didn’t walk, they glided into the room. My first thought was “Damn these guys are skinny…really skinny…and pretty…really pretty…and Junsu’s hair is red…really red” They were very polite, we said hello and they were off to do magazine interviews. I got to know them a little better as the tour went on. My favorite song from the showcase was the EMPTY remix. High energy, cool track, really got the crowd jumping up and down while confetti shot into the sky. Great ending song for the concert.
Q: @heartbeatheaven asks: Is it ever awkward to be around Jaejoong since he’s so attractive? (if I were a straight man I’d STILL be turned on…)
A: Very interesting question HAHA. No, there were never any awkward moments being around Jaejoong. Although there was this one time when I met Daniel Henney at an awards gala. For some reason his shirt tucked in but unbuttoned all the way down to his belt. We were talking about some stuff..and all I could think was “Damn, this guy is good looking…” Uh yeah…back to the questions.
Q: @randi_x asks: Were any of the members drunk/tip edge of tipsy? If so, what are they really like.
A: We went out in Vegas, and yes there was alcohol involved. Junsu didn’t drink much, so he didn’t get drunk. Jaejoong and Micky had a few drinks, or two, or three…and if they got drunk I couldn’t tell. So sorry, no drunken sloppy stories to share. Although I got drunk and started making out with a lamp JK
Q: Anonymous asks: Shane! 1st of all thanks for this Q&A session 🙂 Oh yea my question… Did JYJ ever talk about their fans when you guys were hanging out and what was it about?
A: They love their fans, but they do admit that sometimes it goes a little too far. Like the whole situation with fans waiting outside their houses, kinda scary. To my understanding the netizens of Korea can be scary. I heard everything that happened to Tablo from Epik High. That kind of stuff is the ugly side of fame that comes with the territory.
Q: niickerzz asks: LOL but how did Jaejoong smell like..? new fresh t-shirt? aha~
A: What the? He smelled like a Korean pop star, duh!
Q: Anonymous asks: Were you blown away by jyj’s performances?
A: Actually I was very impressed. It’s one thing to be a good singer, but to dance AND sing well at the same time is pretty hard. I actually attempted this at the LA showcase, and I couldn’t even perform 4 lines…the whole time I was thinking “Don’t fall off the lift…or YOU WILL DIE! Oh yeah I’m supposed to be singing…Girl I swear~” My singing was horrible, but at least I didn’t fall off the lift.
Q: Anonymous asks: How long as your umma(mom) been a fan of JYJ?
A: She claims that she only became a fan when she heard that I was going to be the MC for their tour, but she seemed to know everything about them. Especially Yoochun. So I’m a little suspicious about her being a new fan.
Q: @aliyah_taylor asks: How does JYJ feel about their American fans?
A: Like I said before, they love all their fans. And since it was their first time in America on tour, I think they were even more grateful for everyone who came out to the US Tour. For me personally, I was amazed at the diversity in the fans who showed up to the shows. Honestly I was expecting all their fans to be screaming Asian girls, but when I showed up in NY and saw that the screaming girls were from all races, that was cool.
Q: @UmaChanxo asks: What does JYJ think of Fanboys? Have you ever asked or met one? A good friend of mine is a fanboy ahahaha xD
A: Not sure what JYJ thinks of Fanboys specifically, but I’m sure they don’t mind since a fan is a fan, no matter if they’re a girl or a guy. I actually met a few Fanboys in New York. There was one guy in line who was an aspiring rapper, I made him freestyle about the concert and JYJ and he was pretty good! I feel like the guys who went to these showcases were pretty damn smart. Think about it…you go to this concert with 1000s of other girls who are essentially in “heat” for JYJ. After the show, they’re pumped up, obviously they want more JYJ but can’t have it, they turn around and there you are – single guy, fan of JYJ, and looking for love. Brilliant!
Q: @remonbrossom asks: I know you want to join JYJ! don’t lie! could be like “JYJ’S” ..LOL xD..but really, would you join if they asked you to? =P
A: I’m not gonna lie, in my younger days I would have loved to have been a part of a K-pop group. I’m more of a rapper than a singer, so I would probably fit great with JYJ. But at the end of the day I don’t think I would be handle the extreme image consciousness that Korean entertainers need to possess. If I was a part of JYJS, I don’t think I would be able to make a video like “D*** So Big” And I don’t know if I want to be a part of something that doesn’t let me fulfill my crazy ideas as an entertainer.
Q: @minnamoi asks: Thanks for answering those interesting questions 🙂 i know MANY fans wanna know this one. did they mention Yunho or Changmin??
A: Sorry, they didn’t mention them at all to me. To my understanding the whole situation was a little sensitive to them, so I didn’t bother bringing it up. It seems like an unfortunate thing and I hope there is some resolve, at least for the sake of their friendships.
Q: @mellejk asks: Th more I read JYJ’s tweets th more it sinks in tht they’r normal guys just doin ther job. Is tht bad? Stil wana meet thm tho lol
A: First of all, you must be a professional tweeter. Look at those abbreviations to save characters! I would have never thought to shorten the word “the” to “th” This is what the constraint of 140 characters has done to our society HAHA. But going back to your question – Yes JYJ are pretty normal guys placed in an extraordinary situation. Again, from my brief time with them, I saw that they were very grounded hard working guys. Nothing really stuck up or arrogant about them. You should definitely still try to meet them…but please don’t wait outside their homes.
Q: Anonymous asks: Hi Shane! You were great MC for the JYJ concert! I liked the furry vest in LA. ^_^ Does Junsu really hum and sing all the time, regardless of where he is? And…you didn’t teach him any bad words, did you? keke
A: Yes, I noticed Junsu does love to hum and sing a lot. It’s like have a live version of the radio wherever we went. It was nice HAHA. I did give him one brief English lesson in Vegas. He asked me about the proper way to use the word “Yet.”
Junsu – Hyung, what’s the proper way to use “yet”
Shane – Oh it’s really easy. You use “yet” when you say you didn’t do something but you plan on doing it.
Junsu – ???
Shane – Like, “I didn’t shower, yet” Essentially that means you didn’t shower, but you plan on doing it some point.
Junsu – Oh, I got it. What about when you start the sentence with “yet”
Shane – Like “Yet, he was only a child?”
Junsu – Yeah.
Shane – ??? My head hurts
Junsu – Oh…
Yeah, I’m a bad English teacher…and “yet” is a trick word to describe. But no, I didn’t teach them any bad words.
Q: mlyc asks: How was backstage before the first New York showcase? What did you guys do afterwards? Thanks Shane.
A: Being backstage before the NY show was nuts! We could hear the fans chanting, singing, and screaming. It was funny because every time the lights slightly changed or the music track changed, the crowd would go extra nuts thinking the show was about to start. Sorry, for the multiple fake outs, I think it’s a subliminal trick concert directors use to keep the energy alive. Honestly I was a little nervous, but once I got out on the stage and saw the madness, it actually made me feel more at ease. Afterwards, JYJ went to their rooms to rest and some of the crew went to grab a beer at a bar. Nothing crazy, since we had to leave for Vegas early the next day.
Q: @BuNiu asks: Have you DM’ed on twit with any of the members before? and will you check out their world con in la/sf/nyc when they come? :p
A: HAHA Yes, I have DM’d with Jaejoong a couple times. If they come to LA and I’m free that day I probably will check out the show to support them. They’re really good performers and it might be a little nostalgic to watch the show. Although I might get tempted to crash the stage and start MCing…I kid, I kid.
All right so that’s the end of ROUND 2. A lot of the questions I have been getting have been similar to each other, so unless I get a set of really interesting questions there probably won’t be a ROUND 3. But knowing you JYJ fans, I’m sure you’ll send enough questions to make a ROUND 3. So make it happen! Thank you guys for your continual support, I really appreciate it. Make sure you:
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