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(TRANS) CONTEMPORARY POP MUSIC #603 JULY ISSUE - YIXING
« BEING AN IDOL »
YX: There are three important aspects to being an idol. First of all, the fans, then the company and last but not least, ourselves. The fans come first because without their selfless love and support, how do we become idols to begin with? With no company to provide us a packaging of good music, platforms and opportunities, how do we present ourselves to the audience? Being an idol means being a role model to many people, whatever basic morals everyone else lives by, we have to do them ten times, a hundred times better.
« CREATING »
YX: Making music is a free matter, that doesn’t necessarily mean a good idea will be a good song. The production team takes time to work and come together in order to make good music. Each and every member of said team has in mind their own version of the music. Everyone has their own ideas regarding music, whether it is by adding something to the tracks I’ve created, or me retouching their works. I’ve learned a lot from the production team in our company but most all, I’ve learned about teamwork, “agreement spirit” and how to be a better person.
« WAIST INJURY »
YX: Getting injuries is only a part of life. A car that has been running for 20 years will undergo similar problems, someone like me - who has lived for over 20 years now - getting injuries isn’t something out of the ordinary. This is an experience we all have to go through and it’s nothing we can’t endure.
« ASPIRATIONS »
YX: The song “I’m Lay” (solo stage) was written for EXO in the beginning but the directors didn’t find it fitting, so I used it for myself instead. I’ve written many songs up until now; hopefully the company will let us use one of them someday.
« MANNER IDOL »
YX: Fans have told me that I don’t have to bow so many times, but first and foremost, bowing is to express gratitude or remorse - it’s also a very important Chinese tradition. It’s a pity that only a few people pay attention to that aspect of our culture these days, so why can’t I reinforce it? There are people who come from different parts of the world just to see us and there are people who work so hard for us without complaints, I can’t thank all of them individually, but giving a big bow or a smile, isn’t that a good way of expressing how grateful I am?
« I’M LAY »Zhang Yixing, EXO’s Lay, as EXO-M’s main dancer, is all about explosive charisma on stage, has relative pitch, a self-taught composer, motivated youth, is filial and family oriented. As a “manner idol”, he’s widely acknowledged as a role model in etiquette, and is pure at heart. His “artist awareness” shines through the senses of identity and belonging he feels towards his company and group.
However, does “maturity beyond his age,” “progressing talent,” and “extraordinary self-awareness” equal Lay? NO! The passion with which he persists regarding music and the stage is fervent and surging, like a ferocious tiger carefully smelling a rose. So what if outside commentary lauds him extravagantly? None of those are completely Lay, so shut up now! Let him tell you himself, “Who is Lay? I’m Lay!”
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