Aside from the gorgeous pictures taken for FAULT Magazine, the girls also had solo interviews about their thoughts on their tour, their musical and fashion influences, fans’ support, future plans etc. Check out their interview and solo pictures!
Fault: How are you doing? How’s the tour going?
DARA: I’m doing great! We completed our concerts in Seoul and the U.S. and are now moving on to the Japanese leg of the tour. We want to meet our fans in new countries.
Fault: You have such a large and supportive fan base. How does that make you feel as a band?
DARA: We want to thank everyone who loves and supports 2NE1, regardless of the size of our fan base. Unfortunately, we haven’t made it to South America just yet, but we’re looking forward to meeting our South American fans and performing for them in the future.
Fault: What has been a standout moment for you as a group so far?
DARA: Our standout moment would definitely be our concerts. It’s always exciting and fun, and it makes us happy to be able to perform for our fans on stage. Our New Evolution tour is even more meaningful due to the fact that it’s a global tour.
Fault: What are your plans for the rest of 2012?
DARA: We plan to continue our current tour and make many fond memories! We are also continuing preparations for our next album.
Fault: Who have been some of the biggest influences on your sound and yourselves as artists?
MINZY: My biggest influence would have to be Michael Jackson: he has had the most impact on me as an artist.
Fault: With such a busy schedule, what do you like to do if and when you have any days off?
MINZY: Whenever I have time, I try to read. I like self-development books and novels as well. I am currently reading a book called The Secret [by Rhonda Byrne].
Fault: You have received so much critical acclaim — Spin called you “K-Pop heroes”, and MTV’s Iggy called you “the best new band in the world”, What’s all the positive feedback been like for you?
MINZY: We feel honored, and we thank everyone for seeing us in a positive light. We want to work even harder after hearing these compliments
Fault: Do you feel any extra pressure to measure up to expectations and hype of bringing the K-Pop scene to the world?
MINZY: Rather than extra pressure or a sense of duty, we just want to provide music that everyone can enjoy all over the world. I just hope that K-pop receives more love and attention in the future.
Fault: You’ve been working with designer Jeremy Scott for Adidas. How has that collaboration been going?
CL: Jeremy Scott really understands 2NE1 and has been our friend since our debut, so the collaboration went really well. It was our first real collaboration with a designer, so it was very meaningful for us.
Fault: If you could work with any musical artist or band, who would it be and why?
CL: There are a lot of people we want to work with but, at the moment, we are at the stage where we want to develop as a group and focus on 2NE1. When we feel that we are ready, we will look to other artists with whom to collaborate.
Fault: 2NE1 has such a unique style, Has fashion always been important to all of you?
CL: We feel that fashion and music complement each other. It expresses our individuality and plays an important role [in] making us shine on stage.
Fault: Where do your fashion influences come from? Do you have any favorite designers?
CL: I am influenced by everything around me, the environment, music, lifestyle, and nature — they all play an important part. I am inspired every day, [especially] when I travel overseas. Currently, Jeremy Scott and Chrome Hearts are my favorite designers.
Fault: How have fans reacted to the New Evolution tour?
BOM: We’ve received good reviews from the fans, because they really enjoyed the large scale of the tour. Every time I see that, I feel really happy, and I thank everyone that’s worked really hard to make this happen.
Fault: How does it feel to be the first Korean girl band to headline a global tour?
BOM: At first I felt pressure, but it honestly just made us work even harder. We are proud, because everyone is reacting positively. We’ll have to work even harder now!
Fault: You rehearsed and trained as a group for about four years prior to your first release. Do you think all that formal training played a key role in your success?
BOM: Of course–YG [Entertainment, the record label and talent agency behind 2NE1] doesn’t necessarily teach you a special way of doing things: they let you develop naturally and find out who you are as an artist. I feel that this really helped me personally and has played a key role in our success.
Fault: What was it like for you the first time you heard your song being played on the radio or saw your first video?
BOM: The memory is still fresh in my head. Our training period was really long, but it was all well worth it. We felt very excited and were desperate to start performing and sharing more music with everyone!
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Transcripted by: WeLoveDara/OhDara