YG Entertainment’s CEO Yang Hyun-suk talked openly about WINNER’s forthcoming debut during the '2014 S/S Grand Launch' yesterday, specifically on how he will permit Winner the same freedom as he did BIGBANG and how different the group will be as a result.
Yang Hyun-suk said, "Rather than a famous stylist, the boys themselves choose songs that best suit them. The person knows best his own pants and t-shirt size. Big Bang was able to become such a big group not because they're handsome or good at dancing but because they made their own color very well and had great competitiveness. I plan on giving the future debuting rookies the same time I gave Big Bang."
He continued about their differences, "Rather than a hip hop group, I wanted to make a slightly more emotional and lyrical group like WINNER. Their debut song is hip hop, but I deem it a more lyrical song that the public would like. I say this as a joke, but the better traits WINNER has over Big Bang are their youth and their good height."
Winner’s leader Kang Seung Yoon then had the chance to speak for the group,
"Rather than saying there's one thing that's a whole lot better than our seniors, I'd like to say that Big Bang is a group that has hip hop as its foundation, but it also tried all genres and a variety of styles. It's hard to find something we can hastily say is different [from them].
More than anything, in order to do music that suits our name as WINNER, we think we will be able to become WINNER if we show our honest and unique music rather than particularly thinking about trying to do things differently from Bigbang's music."
WINNER are set to debut on August 12 with a digital album release at midnight (KST) followed by a physical release of the album on August 14.
Here's their teaser if you haven't seen it yet: