When you think there’s no way KARD might get better, the group comes through, shows love to women and life and opens up in a very laid back chat.
KARD probably is the most remarkable expression of the mix between Korean and Brazilian cultures already but they never seem to get tired of surprising us. K4US had the opportunity to do an exclusive Interview with the group, the last one held in Brazilian territory (WOW!), during the 2019 WILD KARD Tour. We failed to amuse you until here? What If we told you that there were talks about women’s freedom, jokes, revelations of hidden personalities and message about valuing life?
To the ones who are not familiar with KARD’s members names and faces (If that’s even possible!), here goes a “who’s who” for you. Now check the interview and tell us: ain’t that a hit?
BM: Yeah, the honor is ours to be here so many times. The fact that the fans like and dig our songs… And not only this, but to like our group, KARD, to give us that much support is really gratifying and I’d like to thank you all for this.
BM: Yes, we got really close to them and they have teached us a lot of portuguese words and that’s why “eu gosto” (he said It in portuguese, the term means “I like It”). They also worry a lot about us, always trying to make us try delicious food and giving us tips about Brazilian culture. We’re always grateful for that.
BM: Abusadamente. It’s a very hyped up song.
J.Seph: I really like the food here. I tried a meat here called “picanha”. I know that in Brazilian culture lettuce wraps (with fermented and spicy soy sauce) are not common but I took this sauce to a restaurant and made a wrap with picanha. It was a fusion between the two cultures and the flavor was awesome. I know it’s not exactly a culture thing but the flavors and foods’ fusion got a big impression on my memory.
BM: A concept that could bring hope and strength to people
Somin: Yeah, like the Pesadão Song (by Iza)
Jiwoo: I slipped and fell during the Encore. It didn’t hurt much but the embarrassment was bigger.
BM: Me too. That never happened in my life but I fell during the encore and it hurt a lot, aside from the embarrassment I felt.
J.Speh: And I saw Jiwoo falling and was embarrassed for her.
Jiwoo: It’s because I fell while I was splashing water on J.Seph. I was really embarrassed.
J.Seph: That’s why we have the popular saying “You reap what you sow” (laughs)
BM: At first I didn’t feel that much responsibility, but recently I started to realize that talking to people about valuing life really is a huge responsibility. It’s just that I had no idea that my words would touch people that much. I thought they would listen and leave it at that, after all, I only spoke because those were things that gave me a lot of strength. But then I started reading comments saying that they also felt motivated by everything I said. The feeling reading these comments is unexplainable. It seems like some action and reaction thing. I speak, the fans feel good and I, reading the comments, feel even better. And with that, the thought that I have to be responsible for the things I say increased.
J.Seph: Actually, I know how to cry too. Not sad tears. I usually cry when I see things that make me emotional. There are things that move me when I’m watching soccer too. For example, a player once kicked the ball and accidentally hit a kid. In the end of the match he personally apologized and gifted the kid with his shirt. I cried watching this. I really wanted people to know about this emotional side of mine.
Jiwoo: Actually, I’m not that into beer. My favorite drink is wine. I guess people think I like beer because they saw some posts I made about beer (laughs). I don’t get why women can’t enjoy drinking. We’re in 2019.
BM: Girl Power!
Jiwoo: We’re allowed to enjoy things, have fun… Why do people have to talk about it?
Somin: Why do people have this “quiet” image of me? I guess it’s because I’m a bit shy but in KARD I’m the second most cheerful (J.Seph is the first one)
J.Seph: My opinion is that Somin is the most cheerful in the group. But I’d like to thank the fans who consider her KARD’s mom.
Jiwoo: Hey! It’s a Somin question!
Somin: I think that I can give off this quiet image because I’m not as proactive as J.Seph.
J.Seph: Thank you for remembering it. I’d like to make it clear that being proactive isn’t being nosy/pushy (laughs). I like being proactive specially when I’m in a good mood like today. It’s a very beautiful day out there.
J.Seph: Just the fact that we have them already gives us a lot of strength. They can express a beauty and strength that we can’t. Even if we can, it’s completely different. Anyway, they have a special touch that us both would never be able to express and that encourage us as well.
BM: In the whole world the men’s image about a woman is that the man is stronger. In our group is different. KARD is only able to show strength because the girls are part of our group.
Jiwoo: Guys, when people use different treatments for two people of opposite genders (such as sexism) it is a bad thing. I think that we all can agree on this, right? We weren’t much apprehensive. I, for example, was really interested because it wasn’t a common formation and we could show something a lot different from what K-Pop fans were used to.
Somin: What differs our oppas from the others? What does that mean?
J.Seph: It’s for you to talk about our features.
Somin: Masculinity, the stage charisma and they give us strength, support… They’re funny.
Jiwoo: They are “well behaved”, give us advice when we need it.
BM: Yes, I love Brazil. This time we had the opportunity to cover Iza and Falcão’s song [Pesadão] and I’d like to work with them! Anitta too, always. Thank you Brazilian fans for the support that you always give us.
*PS: Iza also expressed that she wants to work with KARD in the Capricho’s interview.
J.Seph: I played Dionysus. I’m a little bit like him on enjoying life but I don’t waste money for nothing.
BM: Bolinha de queijo
Somin: Fini (candy)
*PS: After publishing some instagram stories about Frutti (her favorite Açaí brand), asking them to sell their products in Korea, the brand sent her a custom basket stuffed with products. This girl… Such an influencer getting treats and all…
Somin: São Paulo
J.Seph: Rio de Janeiro
Jiwoo: Florianópolis *She asked the translator to suggest her a nice place in Brazil and went on with the suggestion*
Somin: Don’t have one
J.Seph: Battle Ground, FIFA games
Jiwoo: Listening to music at home
BM: Making music
J.Seph: Meeting the fans, being able to feel their love
Jiwoo: Being able to meet the fans
Somin: Some criticism glances
J.Seph: There’s none. Actually, I think that we don’t feel anything bad yet. There’s a little thing here and there that might be uncomfortable but I think it all pays off when we see the fans looking at us and that’s why I wouldn’t like to call it as a “negative point”.
Jiwoo: Not exactly a negative point but maybe not having a normal life?
BM: Man tiddies
Somin: I don’t know
J.Seph: Cutie charisma
Jiwoo: I don’t know
BM: I think too much
Somin: I talk too much
J.Seph: I don’t know how to lie
Jiwoo: I don’t know
Jiwoo: Tani [her dog], and my parents
Jiwoo: Family and Tani
BM: Don’t have one
Jiwoo: Bugs, birds…
BM: Bolinha de queijo
Somin: Daily life things
J.Seph: What is close to me
Jiwoo: The smallest thing might be happiness
We thank KARD, Highway Star’s public relation team and the translator Cho Unsorii for their availability and for allowing us to interview KARD before their departure.
Interview by Bea | Reviewing by Caroline & Deska @ Equipe K4US
Translation KR/PT-BR by Cho Unsorii | Translation PT-BR/ENG by Bea
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