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Kang Daniel's interview for The Star

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Q. Kang Daniel's <The Star>'s first cover photoshoot. How was the photoshoot that had the feel of summer ? 

It was the first time to have a photoshoot with summer theme so it was something new. Because the shoot occured by the pool I felt like I came on a "hocance" (T/N like staycation). Rather than a photoshoot, it felt like like I came to have an enjoyable time.

Q. All the photos you took today all look good ?

Yes, when there's too much sun, I'm not able to open my eyes fully, but today there was enough clouds so it was easier to pose. The cloud filled sky was helpful.

Q. Lately you successfully finished your first mini album promotion of <CYAN> for three weeks. How did that feel ?

It was my dream to release an album and perform in front of fans. Thankfully, I was able to end the album promotions well so I am very happy. There are so many who worked hard in making the album. Because of them, I feel that I was able to end the promotions even better. Of course, the fans who cheered and liked my music were my biggest happiness.

Q. In the <CYAN> album, the editor personally liked "Jealous" the most but I liked all the songs in it.

Thank you. To me this album was a bit "special" (laugh)

Q. The title song "2U" was a song to heal the lonely with warmth and nostalgia. How did you come up with it ?

Actually I thought it fit the winter and it was recorded in the winter. However, the more I listened to it, the more I felt that it went well with spring. Honestly I didn't think "2U" would be the title song.

Q. Why ?

I didn't think it fit my style. But on the contrary many people really liked it so I am relieved.

Q. This album had blue tones and it was bright and clear ambiance. What side of Kang Daniel did you want to show with this album ?

When you watch a dance movie, you can feel the unique freedom and bright energy. For instance the movie <Step Up> when the friends dance together, that kind of energy. Due to Covid-19 so many people were having a hard time so I wanted to deliver even a brighter energy to those listening. I hope when people listened to my music, they could feel positive energy even just a little bit. 

Q. "Stage master" Kang Daniel worked hands on, tirelessly to make this album. How much of your ideas went into the album ?

In making the album, I participated in writing the lyrics, choosing the concept, choreography, and costumes, so that they were things I liked and able to do well in. I checked on everything from beginning to the end so a lot of my ideas went into it. Of course there were so many who helped me, and I can't really say but what I'm preparing for now also contains a lot of my suggestions. Even today right after the interview, I'm going to a meeting. I hope you will look forward to what I have to show in the future. 

Q. What inspires Kang Daniel when he is performing music ?

I usually gain inspiration from movies but lately, when I watch fashion films with a good sense of fashions, I find it useful. Currently, I watch a lot of videos of B-Boy hyungs that I like and I thought "fads really keep coming back around".

Q. On the next album, Kang Daniel wants to do something new and something he is good at. What do you think is the music style you are best in ?

I like hip-hop genre and I feel songs with intense concepts suit me well. General public seems to think "Kang Daniel is well suited for sexy songs", but rather than sexy, I have infinite sides of me I can show you. I can do songs in variety of genres so please anticipate it. 

How was the interview with the one called "God Daniel" ? Well he was really honest which surprised me and again I was surprised by his articulateness. He really is a hot, manly man from Busan ! The "living" interview with Kang Daniel who makes everyone anticipate it.


Q. What is Kang Daniel's best quality as a singer ?

That I am able to do what I want to do with a genre I am good at and am able to freely express it. I believe that is the best quality.

Q. With the comeback, you also did a solo reality program. Do you normally enjoy traveling by yourself ?

Before I became a singer, I use to travel alone a lot. I went to Yeosu a lot and my home is Busan, and sometimes I'd go to the beach really early in the morning. I enjoy traveling alone. Rather than traveling with a lot of people, I like to focus on my own time and travel quietly. That's probably why I don't go outside my house a lot. 

Q. When I watched you drink coffee alone and strolling around by yourself, it felt good. How did it feel going from star Kang Daniel to regular traveler ?

I really enjoyed this feeling after a long while. I am a bit weary of the scrutinity towards me. There was a time when it was difficult to meet the eyes of people, but I feel somewhat healed and as if I was able to organize my thoughts through that trip. 

Q. I remember the time you had yoga with the goats.

I think the parents will really like it when they try it. I recommend it as a family trip.

Q. What is the scene or episode that you think of the most ?

The Multnomah Falls. I like looking at nature. That's why I like to visit forests in Korea. But now that I'm home a lot, I get over come with cumbersomism, so I have not really gone anywhere much (laugh). When I was young, there was a mountain behind our home and I used to climb it often. Anyways, I felt like my stuffed up heart became wide open when I saw the amazing nature in front of me after a long time. I felt all of my stress melt away. 

Q. What do you do when you have some down time or day off ?

I just stay home. I never miss a day, I just stay at home.

Q. Are you the type that the more you stay home, the more you stay at home ?

Yes, when my friends want to meet me, I invite them to my home. I spend a lot of time with my mom at home too. There are many things to do at home. We watch Mead and play games (laugh).

Q. What is a hobby that you are really into now ?

Like I said previously, I am watching a lot of Bboy videos on YouTube. I also love watching webtoons. These days I watch <Lord of Creation?> webtoon (T/N Man Mool Eue Young Jang), and I'm like "what is this ?" It's that fresh and it warms your heart.

Q. What is 25 years old Kang Daniel's personality really like ?

My friends and those who know me say "you are really the same on TV as you are in real life". I'm not off the wall but I can run off here, there everywhere so they don't know where I'm going and where the focus is. Before I became a singer, my friends said if I go around like now, people will become flustered and worried about me. However, now people see my personality as a part of my charm so I am really grateful.

Q. When you see Kang Daniel, he seems to be full of emotions. Do you sometimes cry ?

I cry a lot watching movies, but when I think about it, I cry at different points than others.

Q. Then what is the movie that made you cry the most ?

Animation movie sequel called "Ralph the King of Fist", when there's a scene where Penelope' is greeting someone. That scene was so sad to me that I grabbed tissues and sobbed.

Q. Then do you also have different points of laughing than others ?

Yes, I am different. To me you are not being funny to uplift the mood and make others happy, but more like "if I don't say this now, I'm going to regret it big time when I go home ?" and throw it in there. If I think of something, I have to say it quickly. And after I throw in the joke, as I am about to sleep, I think about it one more time and I can laugh (laugh).

Q. You really are different.

I also think about "out of all the things I said today, what was the funniest ?".

Q. Rooney, Peter, Ori and Jjangah, you are the butler of this beautiful cats. What is the biggest happiness these felines give you ?

I am the only son so I like to have loud home atmosphere. When I was young I watched <Human Theater> often and I never missed episodes that had many siblings coming out. They fight all the time and I was so jealous of that... I used to fight with my dolls but on the show,  the siblings fight and the next day, they act like nothing happened nd go on and I was envious of that. That's why I like the wacky times I spend together with the cats.

Q. This is the time of staying put at home. What item can you recommend to enjoy while we stay put ?

The item is a bit pricey but VR games are really fun. Now that I have it at home, I don't even know that the time is flying by and I have a fun time.

Q. VR games are really scary. Have you played the game where you fall of the roof ?

I don't get scared easily so I do well with those games, except when ghosts came out.

Q. You are a filial son who is especially good to your mom. Today happens to be "parent day". Did you reach out to her in the morning ?

I woke up today with my mom at the house. I hope everyone will be healthier. I sent text to my father this morning too. A bit awkward ? But I want to tell him thank you for raising me as your son. And if I were to brag just a little about myself, I give my parents a lot of gifts, Rather than buying for myself things, I feel happier and proud when I spend on my parents.

Q. Charity angel Kang Daniel. As a Busan citizen, you participated in #BecauseChallenge. Why do you think you give of yourself for good cause so often ?

I'm not thinking of reasons or meanings while I do this. Previously, I was not able to finish high school because that's how hard hit my family was financially. Even then I used to give to UNICEF regularly. When I was having a hard time, I received a lot of help from those around me. Maybe that's why. I want to help those in need and payback.

Q. What do you think is the reason behind your fans liking you ?

That is hard. Because my pupils are larges ? (laugh) When I think about it, I think I give them different things to anticipate. I also say to fans anticipate me a lot of times. I believe we result in giving each other good synergy and therefore I try even harder.

Q. Every moves Kang Daniel makes grabs the attention of the people. Was there ever a time when this kind of attention becomes burdensome and difficult for you ?

It's always been like that as I don't like the attention on me. Then my friends ask me "why did you choose this career then ?" and I figured it's how you react to it that makes the difference. I know that it's not easy to gain the attention of someone. I am still amazed by the attention towards me, and I'm trying to enjoy this kind of attention and focus on me and trying to think bigger and wider. This type of thought gives me positive influence.

Q. It's a job that needs to be seen so a lot of emotions will be spent. Do you sometimes feel empty ?

When I feel empty, the cats give me strength. You might say that I like being lonely so I am enjoying the empty feeling. My personality may be such that I don't feel lonely. When I am home I have so much to do so that I'm spending my time happily. 

Q. When did you feel the proudest of yourself ?

Ever since I was young, when my close friends, the people who knew me, and those who helped me say "you are really awesome. I'm so proud". And now I am in a position to do something for them is really awesome. At one point I thought I had changed a bit but those around me said "you are still the same you" and told me the truth so I was grateful.

Q. In life what is the most important worth ?

What is the most important to me is being self-satisfaction. Secondly, sleep. People's need for sleep is really strong but I am especially sensitive. The difference in my condition when I had a good dream or bad is huge.

Q. What image of Kang Daniel do you think people are anticipating the most ?

I'm really not sure. However I'm skilled at having people anticipate the image I want to show them so I'm thinking hard and working hard at it.

Q. What praise can you give to yourself for coming this far ?

Everything is good but now et's buy some clothes (laugh) I'm wearing sweatpants that are ripped at the knees from four years ago. My friends who came over to visit me asked "why are you still wearing that clothes ?" and I was shocked by it (laugh).

Q. Are you not buying clothes because you are not interested in it ?

It's not that I don't have an interest but I tend to wear clothes for a long time. During school, I used to beg my parents to buy me jackets and sneakers BBoy's hyungs were wearing. We were financially struggling but my mom still went out and bought them for me. When I found out, I decided to take care of my things and use them for a long time. Even now when I go home in Busan, my first shoes that I practiced in is still there. You think "is this something a person can wear ?" due to it being totally worn and faded but I am not able to throw it away. It's something that I really cherish.

Q. What is something Kang Daniel wants to achieve for the rest of the year ?

First, I really hope my album will do well. Second, I have many things I want to show you. Album and the contents are varied so I hope many will enjoy it. Lastly, it's summer so I will buy a lot of shorts (laugh).

Q. Many fans say "Kang Daniel, please wear shorts" a lot.

I wear it for my pleasure. I know many fans want to see me in short (laugh) but I will wear the shorts by myself and see if it looks good.

Q. What do you want to say in ending ?

During "2U" promotions, I felt that fans were cheering and anticipating my musical spectrum which made me happy. It gave me so much strength. Next album is a different concept and I am certain Danity will like it the best. You'll anticipate it right ? Until then, I hope everyone will be in their homes safely and in good health. I'll prepare even harder and comeback soon, so Danity, let's meet through TV !

Q. Browngwan ? (T/N Daniel said let's meet through Browngwan, old term for TV shows, etc.) isnt that a slightly outdated word ? (laugh)

These days they don't use that word much anymore (laugh).. Then let's meet through internet phone lines, cable, online ! Ah ! That's not right either ?

Q. The term is "LanSun" now (T/N Lan for LAN and Sun for line)

That's right LanSun (laugh), let's meet through LanSun. Goodbye ! 


credits : happydanielfan (twitter) and _kang_dani (instagram)





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