Here is an interesting interview done with TVXQ / DBSK in a van on December 29th. The only time they actually had time to do an interview. They've just returned from Japan (rehearsing for end of year Japan shows) to participate on the SBS Gayo Daejeon show and will go back to Japan the next day.
Q: Due to the song “JUMON-MIROTIC”, do you think your fan base / celebrity has grown?
A: “Yes, I think so. In airplanes, not only do the air hostesses request our autographs but the pilots also. That didn't really happen before. I’m very pleased that there has been an increase of male fans as well. During “O-Jung.Ban.Hap”, we were known as the group that sang tough songs. But now we hear from people in their thirties that we sing songs that they can also sing along to.” said U-know Yunho.
“I think we’ve become a national idol. There are a lot of older female fans that tell us now, “You guys all look like grown up men now. We see you as men now.” Our management even told us, “You can start dating now. It’ll help with your images, to look manly.” But we have no time to meet women at the moment.” said Hero Jaejoong.
Q: I think you guys have had some difficult heartaches right before JUMON-MIROTIC.
“We were afraid of the people that kept looking at us with the mindset of, “DBSK are no longer the “it” people in Korea. Your songs are no longer the trend.” We were afraid and worried during the period where we were preparing for our comeback in Korea. So we made up our minds to be head strong. We wanted to hear, “DBSK, they’re definitely something else / They’re different from other singers”. said Xiah Junsu.
“JUMON-MIROTIC is a song that has DBSK’s color mixed with Pop. It’s a song that gave re-birth to DBSK.” said Max Changmin.
Q: Hasn’t the fact that gagman Wang Biho (Yoon Hyung Bin) said, “DBSK’s fanclub consists of over 800,000 people, but how come DBSK can only sell 100,000 copies of the album?” helped you in your album sales?
“I admit that it did help and I’m grateful. His word wasn’t a pact or a rule. But more of a suspicion of, “If you are their fan, then you should be buying their albums.” I hear that other artists have increased albums sales also. I think fandom culture has really improved if you see the fans these days that clean up after everyone in concerts, and donate money towards the members’ birthdays.” said, U-know Yunho.
Q: I think you guys have formed a rivalry with the group “Big Bang”.
“Big Bang and DBSK sing different genres of music, and we don’t think we’re better than them. Big Bang knows how to have fun yet perform well on stage. I think, when we go on stage that we think “We’re the best on this stage”, but I think they also think that way about themselves as well.” said Xiah Junsu.
Q: I heard that “JUMON-MIROTIC” got banned by the Commision of Youth Protection
“I don’t understand the banning. So that’s why I feel like we’ve inconvenienced everyone. When we attended the Golden Disk Awards to receive the Daesang, we had to change some of the lyrics, but the original feel just didn’t come alive. I’m sure the people that listened felt the same also.” said Micky Yoochun.
Q: Ever since your debut, you have grown so very fast!
“Like some said, we’re only eating the rice that other people have deliciously made (other people paved the way for us). It’s just that we also put in that much effort, and eat the rice with ‘Golden Spoons’ (lucky / fortunate).” said, Xiah Junsu.
Q: What is DBSK’s dream?
“It is our dream to be able to continue doing K-Pop music that only we can pull off. It is also our job, our duty to get rid of the misconception that idols can only dance good but can’t sing or have no idea of what good singing is.” said, U-know Yunho.