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SHINee Interview at the YouTube Music Awards

November 17, 2013

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Holy shiznit guise. Here’s our video with SHINee. It took a long time to put up, even though we were finished it a week ago. Why? We’ll let you know. It’s a long story. It’s not a happy story. And it’s something that we’re never going to do again.

Here’s how everything unfolds: the time after our European Trip and before the YouTube Music Awards was pretty hectic for us. A bunch of YouTubers came over from the US and UK and we had some collaborative projects to work on with them to promote the YTMAs. At the same time, we were speaking with CJ Entertainment and finalizing our roles in the YTMAs. Those roles were independent of the collaborative project with the other YouTubers since we were doing the live backstage interviews for the YTMAs.

CJ’s Program Director came to our studio, sat down with Soo Zee, and went over the plan, what we’d say, where we’d say it, who we’d say it with. They scheduled in the interview with SHINee for us as part of our role in the event, and pegged it as something that would go up on our channel after the YTMAs. We agreed to that. SHINee’s managers agreed to that. Great! Things looked smooth so far.

After we posted our announcement video of our interviews with the artists, we picked a bunch of your questions, which we then submitted to CJ and to SHINee’s manager. The questions were approved. Lovely! We were ready to rock and roll, and were really excited for this opportunity.

Fast forward to the day of the event: we were in our artist tent waiting to do the interview with SHINee, but their manager delayed the interview and so we missed our interview time slot for filming in the backstage room. Crap! Since we had to prepare ourselves for the backstage event which was going live very soon, we then agreed to do the interview in our tent. Vice TV’s crew was nice enough to help us with lighting so that SHINee would look good. SHINee’s manager agreed to it.

He then told us that he didn’t like the interview questions anymore, so we changed them, on the spot, in extremely short time, frantically looking for good questions on Twitter that weren’t “TAEMIN OPPA WILL YOU MARRY MEEEEE.” After we got these questions we submitted it to him, and he agreed. Lovely. SHINee then came into our tent and we explained what we’re going to do. We asked our tiny amount of questions, Soozee translated, we got their answers. Boom bam!

There was once thing we didn’t include in this interview. We gave Taemin the “Taemin TaeMAN TaeMAXIMUM” shirts. We explained to SHINee that they debuted around the same time that we came to Korea, and we saw them change from a young group to a more mature and confident group, and how we made this shirt to kind of document of their growth, like Pokemon! Taemin smiled, we asked him what size he was, small or medium, because we brought both shirts and wanted to give him one that fits. He asked if he could keep both, so we all laughed together, and gave him both shirts.

After that was all done and SHINee left (ps-> Key said he saw our Music Mondays as well) we went onto doing our live backstage event. A couple of days later we finished the interview, subtitled it, and sent it to SHINee’s manager. We usually send our interviews to managers before we publish them, just as a courtesy. If they see something we didn’t see, like a member picking their nose, or an awkward stance that shows off their crotch or something, or a line from the interview that might be viewed as rude or conflicting with a product they endorse, we ask them if there’s anything we can crop or cut out. It’s not necessary, but we want to be considerate, you know?

But then SHINee’s management team just said No. No…what? No to the entire video. They didn’t like how it looked and didn’t want it up. It was shot in a tent and looks like it’s just shot backstage. No, don’t put it up. Now, Soo Zee explained to them, yes of course it’s in a tent and looks like it’s backstage…it was meant to be a backstage interview. She explained how we were backstage hosts with Taecyeon and Min and we did equally short interviews with other kpop artists at the same event. Didn’t matter, SHINee’s management still said no.

Now, this is something that we were not prepared for, since our sending videos to management isn’t an approval process; it’s simply a review process. Sending the video to them is just a collaborative effort to make final tweaks on the video to make it better for all parties involved. They already approved the video back when they told us we could announce it in our YTMA collab video. They knew we got our questions from you guise, SHINee’s fans, from that video. We put it in the teaser in our YTMA Backstage video. They knew we tweeted our pictures. Our audience – you guise – are waiting for it. We’re not NOT putting up a video. A tent looks bad? Not putting up a video looks way worse for all parties involved, not just us, but SHINee, too.

And what about all the hours we spent in editing the video? If they didn’t like the video, why did they come into our personal tent to shoot it? Why was the manager there with us in the tent, OUR TENT with our names on it, if he didn’t like the setting? Despite us giving ALL these reasons, the questions weren’t answered. All we heard was “no, don’t put it up.”

Okay…so, breathing very slowly and calmly, we went out of our way to offer a compromise: if they don’t like the video, then let’s have SHINee over at our studio, where we can film something in a better environment with more lighting. Sure, it’ll destroy our schedule for the week and cost us tons more time to edit and translate, but we’re willing to do that instead as a middle ground. SM’s response? Nope, not happening, either. It’s too difficult to get the five of them together. What the hell kind of explanation that is, I don’t know, since they’re in the middle of promotions and together all the time. So we suggested then that we shoot it in their space in the SM Studio. Again, no. All we know is that they said no to everything and weren’t willing to do anything else.

And here’s where things get really annoying. We honestly thought this: the PR team probably doesn’t understand the situation. They were just told to look at an interview, one of probably many, and to approve it. But they didn’t understand why it looks so backstagey. So Soo Zee, who has been talking to SHINee’s PR, finally tells her politely that we had agreements with other companies like CJ and Kia to do this video as part of the YTMAs. She explained to her, we’re not a news company in which we need you approve of a few pictures so we can post an article for our entertainment section. We’re not a gossip website that needs pictures and selca re-post articles in order to make money. We’re not press. We’re YouTube vloggers, there to vlog our backstage experience at a YouTube event. SHINee performed at the YouTube event by dancing and singing, and we performed at the YouTube event by doing backstage interviews.

Still, the PR person said, no. She even told Soozee that it doesn’t matter that SHINee’s manager said yes to the interview, because the PR are the ones to approve everything. Sidenote: so what you’re saying is, I never have to ask for a manager’s permission to film a group again because the managers have no power and are literally just bodyguards? That doesn’t make any sense to me. So Soo Zee responded, as nicely as possible, that we’re not calling them to ask for permission because it’s not theirs to give. We’re simply trying to explain the situation because it seemed that there was miscommunication.

When Soo Zee told her that, the lady actually gave a scoffing laugh, and told Soo Zee she’d call back, then hung up the phone, and she never called back. She flat out…laughed at Soo Zee, in a “do you not know who you are dealing with?” kind of way. Poor Soo Zee, who has been nothing but super polite to all of them, gets rudely laughed at all because of this tiny 2:00 minute SHINee interview. Martina here: that really pissed me off. Soozee doesn’t deserve ANY of this stress and bad vibes over a SHINee interview. We still haven’t heard back from them, and doubt we ever will again.

So, that’s the big story, and I understand that some people will think this looks bad on us. SM doesn’t like the way SHINee looks, and we’re not understanding that it doesn’t show them at their best. We’re being unreasonable, then, and forcing SM into an awkward situation. Yes, I know some people will walk away from this blogpost thinking that we’re the ones being divas here. Our position, on the other hand, is that this is exactly what everyone agreed and signed up for. They performed at the YOUTUBE Music Awards! YOUUUTUUBBBEEE!!! We are YouTubers that were supposed to do backstage interviews with artists before and after they were on stage. We were supposed to give the excited vibe of the YTMAs, to show what things were like behind the scenes. That was our role in the program! That’s what we were signed up for! That’s the only reason why we went to the event. It was supposed to add a splash of on-the-fly light fun vibe to it, just like a YouTube video! Did you see the NYC YTMA event? That shit was crazy! Personally, we like the video, and we’re happy to put it up. They talked about some things that were light hearted and fun, you heard their input on their fav hairstyles, and you had a chance to see Key speak a little bit of English. This was supposed to be SO simple and fun and we hoped it made the Shawols on this site happy as well.

But, to us, it really dragged us down and made us feel icky. The icky icky bad mojo vibe of what it’s like to butt heads with a giant million dollar company that cares more about iron-clawed control than individuality. Seriously guise: this isn’t what we signed up for. We’re just two people that go around having fun making videos, and we are lucky enough to be able to make a living off doing this, but it was never a secret business plan or driving life goal.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of random chance encounters, like chatting with U-Kiss backstage at Inkigayo and having a blast. We interviewed B.A.P, Block B, UKISS, and Z:EA all in poorly lit change rooms! Do you like them any less because of that? After being lucky enough to get the EYK Nasty Studio, we’ve done other interviews in our studio and had loads of fun. And that was our goal, to take Korean artists and make them more approachable and understandable to their international audience. The mini mini Marshmallow sticker booth is ALWAYS amazing, I’ve seen even the most exhausted kpop star grin from ear to ear laughing in that booth.

This, though? This isn’t fun. And, not only that, we wasted SO MUCH of our time talking with all of these managers when we could have been making fun videos. We wasted so many days being annoyed and trying to find the right words to say to try to get SM to work together with us when we could have been out and about being silly on camera. Soo Zee was drained. We were fuming. The vibe in the Eatyourkimchi Studio was sour as hell. And when we realized this, when we realized how gigantic a pain in the ass this whole experience was, in contrast to the great times we’ve had working with other people in our studio, we realized that we don’t want to do stuff like this again. Maybe if things change and we only do interviews in our studio, or maybe if we make managers and their PR team sign a contract. I don’t know. All I know is that the satisfaction we got out of this is farrrrrr smaller than the frustration. Not worth it. Totally not worth it for us.

We’re not a “Kpop company”. We do Kpop Music Mondays once a week. The rest of the week we’re talking about Naughty Hand Gestures, Driving to the Coffee Prince House, talking about Indie Music, Playing with Tea Divers. Kpop is a small portion of what we do, and it’s the one that always causes us the most stress, especially in situations like this. We want to talk about Kpop videos in a fun way, and do interviews in a fun way.

Our goal as a new business isn’t to be Kpop authorities; our goal as vloggers is to have fun and enjoy our lives as the happy married couple that we are. Since becoming a business we’ve made it a goal to surround ourselves with positive people, and so we added two new people who we love being around, Soo Zee and Leigh. We all genuinely love working together, love brainstorming for videos ideas, and love being creative! We love that we have Nasty viewers that like similar things that we like, and we like trying to include you guise in our decision making process as much as possible. That’s what we like dealing with. But if dealing with SM is going to ruin that for us, then we won’t deal with them again. Sorry guise. I know some people will think that we’re so biased, yada yada yada, but the stress that comes from this isn’t worth the effort. And it’s nothing against SM Kpop artists personally: Super Junior and f(x) are lovely, and Kris, despite our short meeting, was a really nice guy! We’re biased against repeating negative experiences. We’re humans with preferences; we’re not a news outlet that’s neutral and balanced.

So that’s our long story. We’re exhausted from this encounter, and we’re glad to finally be over with it. I’m sorry this took so long to put up. We’re gonna take measures in the future to prevent this from happening again. I hope you still kinda liked the video, even if you know what the back story behind it was like.

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  1. That sounds rough…I’m sorry that you guys had to go through that. o(^.^)o *Huggle*

    2 years ago
  2. Oh, and I forgot to add.
    What we learned; “Never deal with SM.”.

    2 years ago
  3. Whaaaa Shinee!!! I totally missed that!
    Aww I love them so much <3

    2 years ago
  4. Although you both probably won’t see this, i just wanted to say (although I LOVE many parts of what you do), I think the interviews you do with kpop artists are amazing. I find watching you both goofing off just makes me so happy (is that weird?…Oh well). I find it doens’t matter what you are doing, making candy sushi sets, going to a princess playground, opening gifts on a livechat or taking the Micky out of my favourite groups, you still manage to entertain me and make me laugh.

    Now getting to the point, I find korean interviews can be REALLY boring, because they get the groups to bow, introduce themselves, then ask the same questions over and over, the only exception i really see to be weekly idol, that show has made me cry with happy tears far to many times, however sometimes it can be so obviously scripted that it’s just awkward. However your interviews are entertaining, they make me laugh, and they make me want to know more about the artist because I like them as people, I only got into Eric Nam and Ukiss because of your interview as I saw how funny they were and how funny you both are, they just seem like generally nice people, and although I don’t care for artists personal lives, good people deserve good things and i have no problem looking into an artist that is funny and entertaining.

    Tl;dr you are both hilarious, brighten even my darkest days and I am glad you kept to your guns at doing the interview how you wanted to because your interviews are awesome

    2 years ago
  5. Guys I am so sorry you had to go through that. I am a new Nasty and a huge Kpop fan, especially a SHINee fan. I was so excited to see the interview and it was so much fun. Thank you! But when I read this post, I was so angry! I’m really sorry you had to endure this. It was unprofessional and just plain mean. In light of Kris’ recent exit from SM, this kinda puts into perspective what kind of company they are.
    I love all of your segments especially KPop Music Monday :) EYK <3

    3 years ago
    • Thank you! And though this comment is a few months old, I’ll respond to it after our positive experience with Amber and her manager, because it was all highly favourable. This was one bad experience, that’s all :D

      2 years ago
      • I saw the EYKA announcement video and the WTF with Amber :) I’m so glad you could get her to come to the studio, she’s incredible! I’m glad SM was cooperative. Those videos were awesome :)

        2 years ago
  6. personally how i see it maybe yeah it wasn’t right thing to do. However SM new that people where going to interview SHINee. Other wise why would they send them to the show to perform. Also you actually didn’t make SHINee look bad in anyway. EYK can only get a lawsuit if they posted something kills SHINee’s image. The most SM can do is get YouTube to take down the video. Weither it was a verbal contract or not S&M where doing there jobs, where as SHINee’s Managment was breaking contract with the YouTube show. If SM didn’t want people interviewing there stars then don’t send them places. I personally think that SM needs to give there performers space. I am so happy for Toheart and Woolim. if it wasn’t for Woolim SM wouldn’t do it. So thank you Woolim for helping Key get out of SM’s chains.

    3 years ago
  7. wow…(I know, so LATE). I’m not even a fan of the group, but I feel compelled to watch because of all the trouble! Poor SooZee, that PR…what a condescending bitch. I’m sorry you had that awful experience.

    3 years ago
  8. SM that little ass. Imma whoop you

    3 years ago
  9. I honestly think the situation you described makes SM, in particular the manager and PR look like divas, not you! And I understand that you don’t want to go through such an exhausting process again and since you already experienced that there are managements and groups who are easy to work with, there is no need for you to put up with something like this again. So imo it is mostly SM’s loss for not recognizing what you both contribute to the kpop industry by making the fandoms happy with little inside views and stories. I’m mad at them and while reading the blog post I had to give Soo Zee props for being all kind and polite to them. Don’t know if I could have handled this so well.
    I’m happy, though, that you managed to put this video up. And know, that the nasties are with you :)

    3 years ago
  10. This is going to be my first and probably last long comment:
    Hmm, so that’s why the video was short. Hmm, I could somewhat understand the management team’s logic, however they could have at least have more awareness, training, or open-mindedness of different concepts of interviews or styles like yours. I know that K-pop companies aren’t the only groups that set limits to content, but I’ve seen FAR TOO MANY incidents for artists, especially SME’s, that seem to be a simple office worker, different by only producing music videos and albums for the fans. I’m not sure if that’s the standard work ethic of Korea in general, but that’s my theory. Personally, I LOVE Eatyourkimchi’s style and although many people might have already said this as well as you guys, I feel that there is a intimate connection between myself and EYK because EYK is not the average “company”. If I were to meet you, I would feel ecstatic as if I’m meeting one of my K-pop idols. I have so much respect for you guys to be able to be more interactive with fans like me since that’s seems to be a major part of why EYK is very successful (super jelly of how a hobby for a career works so well for you guys~). I wish that more vloggers like you guys will be more prevalent in the future. I’ll support you guys completely no matter what! – U.S. Nasty from California ^__^

    Side notes:
    1) I’m pretty sure that I can say SME is the most affluent and nightmarish K-pop companies to work with. At first glace I thought that it was a very professional business, but again, from what I notice in companies in general, there is a lot of shadiness as if this was politics. WTH is the PR and the management team’s problem?! Their justification sounds more like circumscribing nonsense (probably the think that because they are a part of SME, they have arrogance). So sorry that this happened to you guys and Soo Zee. -___-

    2) Well that pretty much convinces me to stop my dream of being a K-pop star. I like cooking anyway.

    3) I think that your interviews are WAY more professional and comfortable than other interviews.

    3 years ago
  11. Aw, I’m sorry you guise had to go though all that trouble :c the interview turned out nice though! It was really cute :3

    3 years ago
  12. Again I say what are you talking about? None of your comments has ever been deleted. As I responded to your anon comment this morning, I checked and never have any of your comments been deleted. Maybe disqus is acting up?

    3 years ago
  13. Oh don’t ever feel like you OWE us anything! Really, I can’t believe there are people out there that feel so entitled to everything when you’re supplying them with free entertainment! We’re just so thankful that you would go through all this just for the sake of your nasties and the EYK studio. I have to say, as a shawol and an SM stan, I’m really sorry this had to happen :/ I’m not surprised by this knowing SMs reputation, and I’m also disappointed that you’ll not be able to comfortably interview any more SM artists (but not dissapointed in you of course! ). Just stick to what you know and love and your dedicated fans will always understand :)

    3 years ago
  14. I didn’t even know that you guys went through so much for just a short video :( You guys are the best! Keep doing what makes you happy :)

    3 years ago
  15. So many comments on here I agree with and I still feel the need to comment as well. This is a great video. Fun, friendly, informative and yes, even in a backstage tent, professional. Seriously there is nothing in it not to like.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Simon and Martina allow people like me in other countries access to Korean music that we wouldn’t have otherwise (and Korean culture and Korean fun and Korean food ideas and…loads of good stuff). I have bought loads of albums from Korean artists that I have discovered solely via this site. I let my friends know about them and encourage them to go buy them as well. My boss went and picked up the Lim Kim album because I sent him links to her YouTube channel and told him he’d love it. I know about her because EYK put her video up on the Kpop charts and I use that as my easy reference to find new music.

    I’ve loved all the interviews EYK has produced thus far and no doubt I’ll love any future ones. Interviews make artists stand out and I always check out videos from any artist that I’ve seen interviewed and liked (which includes all artists S & M have interviewed) SM should appreciate that free promotion in a largely up-tapped market should not be laughed at or dismissed and, yes, SHINee are huge and they may not think they need it but seriously it is free to them, it can really only be beneficial to them so why not accept it graciously and make the process smooth, enjoyable and develop a working relationship that makes all parties happy.

    I’m sorry you guys had to go through this and I’m grateful that you put the video up anyway. SooZee is not there to be laughed at or talked down to; she is a hard working professional that deserves respect. Simon and Martina, your hard work is not to be dismissed or scrapped and you should still feel proud of this video. It’s good, it is professional and even though it is short because there wasn’t a lot of time, you packed loads into it, made it fun, informative and SHINee came across really well even though they must have been tired. Hold your heads up high, know your worth and feel damn proud of what you put out on this. Please don’t let the experience with the management spoil something you should feel good about.

    3 years ago
    • I completely agree! Without EYK I would never have gotten into Kpop – and certainly not into K-indie! I find most of my new music off the charts and my first Kpop exposure was from their Dance Kpop Style 2008-2011 videos as well as the KMMs. And, incidentally, I would never have heard of SHINee, let alone been interested in their music if it hadn’t been S & M’s enthusiasm for the group!

      3 years ago
      • That made me giggle – that’s also how I found them! Before Simon and Martina came along I was blindly stumbling around You Tube with no idea what bands were out there, no idea what a huge variety of music there was in Korea or how to find any of it but desperately looking for new tunes. These bands were huge in Korea but over here in the UK almost no one knows they exist. EYK made it accessible and easy to find these artists and I love discovering new bands or singers with them. The thing is once you know what you’re looking for you can find it but I didn’t and I still wouldn’t if it hadn’t been for EYK.

        I definitely wouldn’t even know about K Indie music if not for EYK and I’ve bought loads of albums and passed the word around. Seriously Cassette Swarzenegger, MFBTY (always type that mentally saying Moofbooty) Park Ji Yoon or The Clazziquai Project to name a few are not getting promotion in the UK even though their tunes are great. I know about them only because EYK have featured them. I do a happy dance every time I see a new U Kiss song because I think they are such lovely guys who took the time to chat with Simon and Martina way back when and they’d watched the K Pop Music Mondays and I really want to support them for that. Same for K Will, Sistar, Wondergirls, MBLAQ, Crayon Pop and all the other artists who EYK have successfully interviewed stress free.

        I should say that I don’t have any issue with SHINee and I’ll still be super happy when I see they have a new release out but I’ll probably always think that the poor guys are managed by complete idiots who don’t seem to realise that Simon and Martina have interviewed many K Pop idols in a warm and engaging manner, have a large enough and established enough fan base that happily donated to purchase a studio for them within 24 hours or so (which should let them know how dedicated, numerous and diverse us nasties are) and who ultimately do a bloody good job of making the Korean music scene accessible for those of us not in the country.

        I’m feeling quite grumpy at how they were treated! But then I’ll just go watch some of my favourite EYK vids and I’ll be all happy again.

        3 years ago
        • I actually found EYK through their culture videos (I want to teach English in Korea one day) and I actually swore not to get into Kpop – silly, foolish me!!! ^_^ I agree though – so many smaller, lesser known artists that we would never have heard of, S&M tell us about, either through K-Indie segments or interviews or videos like today’s ‘Underrated Kpop songs of Fall’! Some of my favourite Korean music came from those – e.g. Urban Zakapa, Clazziquai Project, MFBTY, Cheeze, Ra.d… etc. and I don’t think I can ever thank them enough! So that’s why it’s even more of a shame what happened with SM! Clearly EYK is an amazing platform where people who are new to Kpop can really engage in it and find new music to listen to as well as new groups to get interested in! All I can think of is how awesome it would have been if S&M could have interviewed SHINee at the studio and had none of the PR nonsense – that would be amazing if that could still happen! [I guess that’s the other thing – we were all so excited that SHINee and EYK were going to be interacting after all of the EYK in-jokes that the 2 mins and the PR rubbish feels even worse!]

          3 years ago
        • You just can’t fight the K Pop. I was listening to Joe Hisaishi tunes on You Tube and a suggestion for a K Pop song came up so I listened to it, then I looked for another and another and then I found Simon and Martina’s How to Dance K Pop and that was the end for me – totally suckered into K Pop.

          When I found their culture videos I was so happy – I love Asian culture and here was someone showing me what it would be like to live in Korea. I watched them all from scratch in a run in a couple of days (is it weird that my all time favourite vid was the Monsoon one with the Katamari music on it? I don’t know why I love it so much but I do!) and now I really look forward to their vids because they never fail to make me smile.

          I suppose that’s why what SM did was so super sucky. Everybody, including SM Ent had to start out somewhere and when you make it hopefully you should be giving others a chance. Two people went across to Korea, worked their butts off, built a fan base from absolutely nothing and showed how amazing Korea is, how awesome the bands over there are and how lovely and nice the singers are when they get to relax and interact like normal people. They have great personal morals, have successfully interviewed many bands and singers before and this interview was actually really nice. There was no reason for SM to object to the release.

          I mean honestly, why wouldn’t they want free promotion in overseas territories?! They potentially could make more money which means they might not have to work their idols so hard (thereby reducing the risk of burnout) and everyone is a happy (puffy?!) bunny. EYK has a large, established and supportive fan base in territories that are mainly unreached by Korean media and honestly a mutual working relationship could only benefit all parties. Hopefully SM will realise it may be really nice to work with EYK and will reach out to them in future so us foreign fans can see our idols being interviewed.

          I really hope you manage to teach English in Korea one day soon! I would love to but for long winded reasons I didn’t get a degree so can’t. However, my company looks like they might be expanding over to Korea so I may get to go sometime soon myself – yay!

          3 years ago
        • Joe Hisaishi?!!!?!?!? I love his music! I love Studio Ghibli movies immensely and his music is such a big part of that! Especially in Howl’s Moving Castle! I love the main theme so much!^^

          Yeah, I definitely feel that EYK interviews are world’s apart from any other interviews that are available – Korean or English-speaking – because they’re so much more relaxed, the fans are involved in coming up with the questions and the interactions between the idols/artists and S&M are usually hilarious!

          Well, one more year of university and I might be over there! I really hope so! Hope you can convince you company to let you transfer across then! =^ㅅ^=

          3 years ago
        • I have an album of his with the main Ghibli tracks on it up to Ponyo which I would absolutely recommend getting if you love the Ghibli music (I’ll have to dig out the album name and I’ll post a link for you). He’s done some really great tracks outside of working for Ghibli as well and tons of them are on You Tube if you want some new music.

          I flat out love all the Ghibli films and just cannot chose a favourite. Every time I think it’s Spirited Away, Ponyo or Howls then I remember Nausicaa, Laputa, Kiki’s Delivery Service or Porco Rosso and I think choosing the one I love most is completely impossible!

          Also genuinely really great for you going for your dream of getting across to Korea. At that time of my life I was not focused at all and I really admire those who are. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for my company but even if that never works out I’m planning to go across and take a look sometime in the next two years anyway. I need my hubby to finish the course he’s doing and my Dad’s health to get a little better (he’s getting there) and then we’re free to travel a bit more – I cannot wait!!

          3 years ago
  16. Well guise! I am so sorry you had to go through that bullshit! I like all of your videos and I’ve been watching for some time now and I am happier when all of you are being happy and creative. I heard the “industry” was harsh but no one deserves that and you’re not being a diva or over dramatic. An agreement is an agreement, and if anything, the PR team are the one’s being the divas.

    3 years ago
  17. OMG SM are so rude. how could that stupid PR talk to Soozee that way. What douche bags :(

    3 years ago
  18. OHMAGOD!!! KEY LIKED UR HAIRSTYLE!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!! YOU MET MY HUSBAND(Taemin)!!!!! YOU MET MY FAVORITE GROUP!!!!! OMG I’M LIKE CRYING RIGHT NOW!!

    BTW Was it just me or did Jjong look super happy?

    Anyway soo amazing guys, great interview! Love you!!!!

    3 years ago
  19. Heh, next time, just do what you feel like. You are getting bigger and more popular, soon the entertainment companies will be begging you to interview them. If you give them a courtesy review, treat it like courtesy and only adjust if you agree with their complaints. In this case, it was unreasonable,so you should just go with what you intended to do.

    3 years ago
  20. Hate that you guys had to go through the grief and trouble so thanks for all the hard work you do. I’m not a massive Kpop fan but I guess I’m slowly becoming a convert. Enjoy what y’all do all the same so please keep it up :)

    3 years ago
  21. Ugh…This whole ordeal sounds so frustrating and awful. As sad as I am that it went so badly and that it’s now very unlikely you’ll interview the other SM groups that I love, I totally feel you. I’m glad to see other people in the comments supporting your decision to do what you love and not go through so much hassle.

    3 years ago
  22. SM (SM himself and the staff that are just like him) seriously need to remember that we the viewers and fans love the IDOLS not them. Sure the company finds them but take the idols out of the equation and the fans are gone. They seem to be very unprofessional denying the posting of the video,which their permission wasn’t needed for in the first place AFTER they AGREED to a decision earlier and then having the audacity to scoff at someone politely explaining the situation. They run their company like a mill more than an entertainment company working their idols to exhaustion and popping out new idols and treating them just the same. Its sad to see it because these idols are people not animals or robots you use for your personal gain. People need rest. I understand the battle of being one of the top entertainment companies but seriously give your idols a break or they might just break themselves.

    As for EYK I don’t understand how you can NOT want EYK to post your videos. I mean You guys are amazing! From a professional view if EYK was to ask me for an interview i’d agree to it instantly and let them do whatever they wanted with the idols as long as the idols were ok with it because nothing sells better than a happy idol/group. That and the exposure they would get in other countries would be huge because if you are nowhere in asia then the only way to get in touch with kpop is online unless you live in some of the few states or cities they travel to. I live in Hawai’i and we barely get American artist concerts let alone Kpop concerts so I go online for that. If I were an idol I would be more than happy, Id probably even beg to be a guest on EYK because you guys are just so fun and uplifting and Freakin awesome. Itd be a nice change from all the other serious interviews and a great get away from the hectic life of an idol. As a fan I thank you for the video but i’d prefer you guys not to stress out so much for making videos for us. I love EYK for your crazy selves so all the kpop idols are just a nice little bonus. :)

    3 years ago
  23. sometimes SM PR becomes a little shit.. like it happens couple of times in every year!

    3 years ago
  24. SM is very controlling if you know what i mean~ ahaha
    But in all seriousness im happy you guys stood your ground :]
    #ProudToBeANasty hehehe

    3 years ago
  25. Because they didn’t like the way SHINee LOOKED? Are you kidding me? SHINee looks fucking fabulous! Just look at Minho’s million-dollar red carpet smile! Key’s perfectly coiffed hair! Jonghyun’s beautifully drawn eyeliner! Onew’s adorable side glances (because he can’t move his neck ;~;)! Taemin’s cutely awkward stiffness! I mean, to be totally honest, their greeting could have been more enthusiastic, but you know what, I don’t really care about that, I just want them!

    3 years ago
  26. Somehow SM’s handling of this doesn’t suprise me. I am glad that you two are strong enough to draw boundaries…not that I ever doubted you were…but I want you two to be happy and enjoying life. That is what brings me back time and time again to your videos – all of you guise at the EYK Studio. I LOVE everything else, but you guys are what makes it! Question: who sings the Taeman song?

    3 years ago
  27. I’ve been waiting for you guise to interview SHINee since forever ago and now that it’s finally happened, I almost wish it didn’t. I wish SHINee and other SME artists were under different management so SME could just go away: no one likes them anyways. The Eat Your Kimchi Nasty Crew has always been amazing and wonderful, always being so tired just for us Nasties, doing so much just for us! And now this. You really go too far, but we love you so much. Soo Zee is awesome and doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment. Simon and Martina, keep being amazingly cool and doing what you do best. How could anyone hold this against you, when obviously it was a clean start and then they changed their minds, going back on what was previously agreed?
    OK, I’m just repeating everyone else now but seriously: YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND PLEASE KEEP UP THE MOST AWESOME WORK!!! Don’t tire yourselves out, and please just always have fun with whatever you do!!!!!

    3 years ago
  28. Key vampire feels continue to grow, I can’t handle them anymore. Key saying he loves his current dark hair…*whimpers* if he keeps it much longer this noona just might finally explode from feels. XD

    Sorry very random but clicked the link and I all I could see was Key. He’s not even on my bias list!

    3 years ago
  29. I wouldda been heartbroken if it was YG or JYP you were not gonna deal with. While I like some SM artists, I hate the company (if they didn’t have such good artists, people would have boycotted them ages ago) and am so not surprised about your experience. Not worth the hassle. Hugs!

    3 years ago
  30. That’s really stupid on SM’s part – what’s the big difference between you guys interviewing them and Shinee going on Weekly Idol where the whole point is to see how well they handle humiliation? I think the point they’re missing is that any criticism coming from you guys about a Kpop video is coming from a good place – watching your KMM’s is what got me into kpop in the first place!

    Simon & Martina fighting!

    3 years ago
  31. I’ve followed you from the beginning. Back then there were no interviews. Interviews or not I will always stand beside you guys! I’m here for your amazing personalities, commentary, K-Pop, learning about Korea, drooling over yummy food, and laughing along with you. The interviews just happen to be icing on the oh, so, nasty cake! XD Anyway, keep doing what you guys do. It would be nice if SM (and other labels) will consider you in the future. (f*ck ’em if they can’t take a joke!!!) But if not, keep making your unbelievably, entertaining, and addicting videos!!!! ^_^ You ended up posting it because you PROMISED all your nasty fans you would. Think about how disappointed all the Nasty/ SM stans/ Shawols would be if you said you couldn’t. They probably would’ve stormed SM! So you did SM a favor. ;-)

    3 years ago
  32. I do not know why youtube make another music awards… they should do awards for youtubers… at the end they are the ones that work every day to give us good content. Why should they give an award to someone who does not even care about they’re youtube account? ..

    I would totally give simon and martina an award .. They are the ones who deserve it :)

    P.S
    I totally love when simon says HOLLY SMOKES! hahaha lol

    3 years ago
  33. Please tell us more about your meeting with SHINee! Maybe in the next Live chat? Pleease

    3 years ago
  34. @simonandmartina:disqus I am so sorry you guys had to go through all that! When it was taking so long for you guys to get this video up, it made me wonder how dealing with the company was going. Apparently worse then I thought. If you guys don’t want to go through all that trouble then don’t. Having a small interview shouldn’t be such a pain. Honestly SHINee barely even said anything. If you can’t ask them real fun questions then what’s the point? That’s why we Love your interviews with K-Pop groups because you don’t ask them the same generic questions everyone else does. You also keep in mind all of your international fans. We LOVE you guys not just for K-pop but all your other fun dorky randomness! Keep it up and I hope you guys feel better! :) <3 <3 <3

    3 years ago
  35. After reading the terms & conditions in a few SM contracts, I’m not too sure having one would make it any easier … it probably would say something like SM has all the rights and the other party has all the liability.

    ^^

    3 years ago
    • Where did you read one of these contracts? I was always curious what theirs were like.

      3 years ago
      • You want to start a fan war? LOL

        My comment was tongue-in-cheek… I haven’t ever seen one of their vendor contracts just the most notorious one that’s been translated & published (TVXQ) along with the translated court opinion that it burdened the other party with too many liabilities for things they had little or no negotiating power to control.

        3 years ago
  36. I’m just gonna conclude here: The point is not how SM treats EYK. It’s how they agreed to everything and everyone (CJ is huge!), but then they just go back on their words. Just because they don’t like the look of it. No significant reason whatsoever. CJ and Youtube must hear about this…

    3 years ago
  37. You probably won’t see this comment in the multitude of comments here. But still I wanted to add my thoughts. I think this encounter for you guys strikes such a chord with all of us because in a way you are our stand ins, our representatives if you will, for us meeting these people that we will most likely never meet in person. You give us fans an opportunity to talk through you to them and conversely give us a chance to see them outside of the usual box and staged answers (which goodness…those “I like every hairstyle” responses were so reeking of canned answers). So when you get that kind of treatment from the management of these idols it feels like they are treating all of us with disrespect as if we all do not matter to them. They could care less about the fans who take time to come up with interesting questions to ask their favorite artists. They do not realize whom you both, as well as soozee and leigh, represent – all of us fans who face the language barrier everyday and therefore appreciate your work in trying to lower those barriers one video and blog post at a time. Their treatment of you guys is a slap in the face to all of their global (or at least English speaking) fans.

    I may not always agree with everything you say in your videos or blogs but that is ok and brings about healthy discussion and conversation! But when people brush you off like that and give you the run around, there is no argument. That is completely unprofessional and I have no respect for those kinds of people.

    Continue to do what you love to do because that joy gets across all of your videos. You make me happy and give me a chance to relax after a long hard day at work – I really appreciate that. I may argue with my ipad about some of your opinions but that is the fun in your videos and blog posts. Thank you for all that you do. EYK crew and fellow nasties ~ FIGHTING!!!

    3 years ago
    • I agree with what you said totally. Through Simon and Martina I have been able to share so much about Korea and the Kpop world that I like and dislike with my friends; to know that they promote not just the music but the culture honestly for international people is something that the industry should realize and treat respectfully. Simon and Martina have probably helped promote more of Korea than most of the cultural PR have and it is really horrible that the people of SM do not care to find out about how much of EYKs presentations will actually work positive towards promotions and sales. If it wasn’t for EYK I would not have heard about a lot of Kpop and would not have given as much time to learning more. ***SM, I know many fans will be disappointed in your actions and treatment towards our beloved EYK representatives, please learn to treat people more respectfully or you could lose a lot in the way of international and even local support***.
      Simon, Martina, Soozee, Leigh, spudgie, and meemers, we support you and hope you are able to put this behind you. We love what you do and will understand if you choose to not participate in events or actions that will stress you. Fighting!!

      3 years ago
  38. Yeah, I know. Never is a strong word. We don’t really mean it. We just feel really jaded at the moment and don’t want to deal with this kind of stress again.

    3 years ago
  39. I really do feel bad for the EYK crew involved in this. There are lot of stories about how hard Sm entertainment can be about releasing rights to their artist. Kcon even had an issue with putting Exo and f(x) on the official Kcon shirt because they did not want kcon to “make a profit off their artist” or something of the sort. Either way the situation was not handled well by SM Ent., especially when they laughed Soozee off. I have a feeling everything was put very nicely to avoid any conflict, and the situation was a lot more stressful and disruptive then they care to share.

    The crew at EYK are very positive and I will continue to support them because they do what they love and want to share with others interesting and new things. I appreciate their perspective and opinions and I just hope that the issue with be resolved with some sort of contract.

    3 years ago
  40. So what made SM agree to post the video?

    3 years ago
  41. Though it was short, glad I got to see the interview.

    The whole debacle is so silly. Hope you guys aren’t on their blacklist now. Not that you want to work with them again after this though.

    3 years ago
  42. Can I just take a moment to totally fangirl like crazy over Key? He’s so freaking adorable and I love him and Seriously. He’s like, my ultimate Bias. I just love him >3< Like, I squish him. It's like a crush, but instead of wanting to date him, I wanna be his bestie. Is that creepier? XD

    3 years ago
  43. Oh poor SooZee, (and the rest of EYK) I feel for you so much. T_T

    When I was leader of a kpop dance cover group, we had a weird situation with a talent show we auditioned for. There had been some serious miscommunications, and at the last minute, after hours upon hours of practicing, we were told we weren’t going to perform. We delegated our fluent bilingual member (and total boss-ass chick) Hyun Jin to politely talk to the management and figure out what was going on. She was treated just like SooZee was; the older guy in charge totally dismissed her, called her a rude little girl, scoffed at her complaints and ultimately hung up on her. It left us all depressed and in a very sour mood.

    But to save our weekend, we got Korean barbecue and bubble tea and patbingsoo and took sticker pictures. It was a day that was very memorable to me and who gives a crap that we didn’t get to perform at some stupid talent show. i know you guys at EYK feel super crumby right now, but I know you will land a million killer interviews and this will just be a faint memory among other memories of happiness and success ^_^.

    3 years ago
  44. I will always love the EYK videos and you guise no matter what until you become kimchi eating zombies with turtle necks!!^^ May I touch the strand of hair that Key touched of Martina’s pretty pink hair?XD

    3 years ago
  45. You guys are still alive right? No one has thrown a bag over your head and tossed you into a van that was driven down to the river right? RIGHT??!!

    3 years ago
    • I worry about this all the time ._.

      3 years ago
    • omg they haven’t updated their twitter in a while!!!!

      3 years ago
      • Yeah – I thought there was meant to be a K-Indie playlist yesterday?!?!?! Omo!

        3 years ago
        • We’re still here! Just tried to spend the weekend enjoying ourselves and recuperating. Played Tales of Xillia, swapped out our summer clothing for winter clothing, cleaned up around the house, cooked some food, drank some wine, and relaxed :D

          3 years ago
        • YAY! There is a K-Indie playlist!!! Off to go watch it – coz it’s always better watching you guise enjoy yourselves than hearing about SM horror stories! ^^ Ooo – I made Soondubu Jjigae recently too! – for the first time! Soooo yummy!

          3 years ago
        • Awesome! I’m glad it turned out well for you :D

          3 years ago
  46. Thanks for putting this blog up. I like that the Eatyourkimchi crew is honest about the experience. I understand that it gets hectic and crazy when you guys have to prepare for interviews and special projects like the Youtube Music Awards. For me, you guys have been my window into the kpop world and korean culture. The Eatyourkimchi crew is excited for their work, which makes me feel like each and every video that is posted is filled with genuine feelings of joy and happiness for the nastie community. I always look forward to the live chat sessions every week, even if I can’t catch them on time. One of the reasons is your team dynamics. Everyone gets along and is happy. I often think, “Wow, I would love to work for a company that cares for me and thinks of highly of me like that.” It’s the teamwork and effort that you guys put into the videos that let us nasties enjoy your experiences as well. I feel like we are part of a family within the eatyourkimchi nastie community! I hope that in the future you have less of these awful experience and get to enjoy greater and better experiences that you can share with us! FIGHTING!!

    3 years ago
  47. Again, I praise EYK’s awesomeness and professionalism (since I wrote my comment earlier, and BOO on SME again), but fangirl coming out here…I forgot to ask you, Martina, as my curiosity is getting the better of me — how does SHINee look up close? Are they prettier in real life or what? :)

    3 years ago
  48. You guise are the best!!! We’re here for YOU and your take on Korean lifestyle, not just KPop. Shinee’s awesome and we love to see you interview the big names in Kpop but if it’s gonna compromise who you are or why you started doing this in the first place then it’s not worth it. Big hugs and lots of love from Venezuela in South America! <3 P.S.: Martina, I love your hair.

    3 years ago
  49. sooo what was vice doing ?

    3 years ago
    • Vice was part of the production team. Vice was overseeing the YTMAs worldwide, and their Korean branch was at the awards shooting videos as well, which is who you saw us doing an interview with in our backstage footage :D

      3 years ago
      • plz tell me yall shoot something with vice or have future plans to shoot.because those wankers would get inside sm wreck it and show the truth behind the production line sm has.

        3 years ago
  50. EYK hwaiting!

    3 years ago
  51. I don’t think that there is one person in here who thinks you are biased or unreasonable! I think you acted admirable!

    oh thank you guise(thank you Soo Zee!!!!) for everything you did for this interview! i’m sure even Shinee would be mad with SM if they knew the story.Maybe Key would read this.

    big hug!!!!hwaiting!

    3 years ago
  52. I feel so bad for you guys!
    I’m really sorry you had to go through all of that work just to get an interview with SHINee, and I know how much you love SHINee too. I feel so bad, seriously. BUT! ……….I’m really happy I get to watch this interview now >.> THANK YOU!

    3 years ago
  53. I’m so sorry you had to deal with grumpy fussy PR people and ridiculous managers, the amount of effort and courtesy you guys showed makes it obvious who the better people in the situation were! The EYK team doesn’t deserve to be treated like that!
    Stay strong!! The Nasties are behind you guys 110%!
    (Side note – poor SHINee boys, so busy with their promotions that they look like me during final exams. I’m amazed they’re able to dance so well even when they’re pooped!)

    3 years ago
  54. AHHHH :( Thank You for going through all of that for us Shawol+ Nastie fans! <3 I hate how big companies look down on others!! I just hope your view towards SHINee members wont change!! It's just their management company that sucks!

    3 years ago
  55. Whatever you are doning, we are gonna support you! you are strong and
    independent beings that enjoy every single second of your lives and you
    spread so much love!! Don’t change anything and stay as strong and good
    as you are!

    WE LOVE YOU!

    3 years ago
  56. This reminds me of when the swedish culture public television show “Kobra” did an episode about kpop (the ep can be found on yt with eng sub) and they where asked after it aired why they mostly spoke to people from SM and they answered that they had asked YG but they had replied that “they don’t speak to western media”. So weird. At the time they had half the world daning to gangnam style!

    3 years ago
  57. Started to look at the interview and thought, “what a cute little short backstage interview”. after that I started to read all the comments people left on youtube and got a bit confused, so I went to your blogpost and started to read it, the hole thing, and all I have to say is, that SM Entertainment is really mean. I can’t see what was so wrong with the video, and you had got a yes from them to do the interview, don’t they understand that they put themselves in very bad light with this story. As an international kpop fan I really love your blog and all you guys post about Korea and kpop, it’s hard to find information when you speak another language and live in an other part of the world.

    So please, just ignore SM and continue to do what you find is fun, if I lived in Korea I would come over with hot chocolate and cupcakes to sheer you guys up, you did nothing wrong, you only tried to be nice people, and all you got in response was bad attitude, I understand if you guys don’t want more to do with SM but please don’t stop doing cute funny interviews and videos, I will always support you and I know there is a lot of nasties out there who feel the same way :).

    3 years ago
  58. SM… You’re doing it again. (Reasons why SM sucks as a company… here you have another one).
    (SM artists are great, good and nice people. They burst with talent, but the company has such a bad reputation!)

    3 years ago
  59. I might be a small minority- but to completely honest; I only watch you guys for everything but your kpop videos. I still watch them, but they are not what I find entertaining anymore. I used to be into Kpop until recently (last year). Kpop has changed completely from the Kpop I came to love, and while others enjoyed it, I didn’t. However, I continued to watch your videos and supporting you. Why? I love your TL;DR, FAPFAP, WANK, WTF. They make me happy, and provide me a chance to explore the culture of Korea; other than the KPOP side of it – which is a small part of korea only.

    Therefore, thank you for putting all that work. I’m sorry you had to deal shit from a company like SM. Please don’t stop from interviewing people from other companies though! Like JYP? PLEASE? THANK YOU <3 YG too, but that might be a bit hard :P

    3 years ago
  60. It honestly is disappointing that companies like that are still being so stoneage about the whole interview process.
    I mean Youtube is the main platform that International kpop fans use in order to access that kpop content, If SMtown took a minute to look at the bigger picture they would realise that its a great promotional opportunity for SHINee.

    When I see idols backstage with EYK being interviewed it doesn’t make me look down on them, it makes them feel more approachable like wow these kpop idols who I have hundreds of posters of and Gifs on Tumblr and fan art and fanfics… they are actually real people like… real people.

    3 years ago
  61. I would be pissed off too!! I would be f -u SM I am putting the interview anyways *hangs up the phone* Stay strong EYK I love you guys!! I learned so much about Korea and kpop with you guys!! saranghae!!

    3 years ago
  62. Oh my God, that was horrible, any of you deserved that :( i’m a SHAWOL, and this is kinda sad to me, for both of you.
    But thank you so much though, for all the efforts, you guys are amazing! EYK fighting~
    Ps: They look soooo beautiful<33 If Key touch my hair like that, i won't wash it ever again(? LOOL
    Kisses from ARGENTINA<33

    3 years ago
  63. Wow I’m really sorry you had to deal with all of that. I generally like SM artists, but I really hate SM as a company. Even though I understand that the music industry is still, well, an industry and a business, it always feels to me like SM objectifies their artists more than other music companies, and they’re such a stereotypical big-corporation bully. Not to mention that, if you really want to look at it this way, they definitely care much more about making money than entertainment, even though it’s supposed to be a good balance of both.

    3 years ago
  64. Let us all send a resounding “Fuck you” to SM entertainment, not only for being such dickwads to Simon and Martina, and especially poor SooZee, but for the artists who literally have to put up with that EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Their music is so great and I love it, but these types of things are ridiculous. This is 2013, not 1950, people can handle public figure’s mistakes.

    3 years ago
  65. It’s unfortunate that you had a terrible experience from this, but I am glad that you are going to take prevent measures in the future. I don’t think there is anything wrong in posting this because I think that’s what a blogging site is about, people writing
    about their experiences, both positive and negative. I watch most of your videos and am not just here for kpop interview segments, so just know that you will stilll have a viewer if you guys don’t produce as many kpop interview segments as before.

    3 years ago
  66. I’m really sorry that you had to go through all this. Thank you for posting what you did and letting us all know. I hope this experience doesn’t happen again.

    3 years ago
  67. Simon, Martina, Soo Zee, Leigh…. fighting! You had a rough run in. I cant speak for the whole Nasty and Shawol community but I know that I appreciate what you went through for us. I hope you never have to face something like that again. It is unfortunate that things turned out that way after such an exciting idea and moment.

    What was SHINee like when you weren’t filming, or was it literally all just interactions for the interview? Did you get to talk with them outside of the interview questions?

    Thank you so, so much for still sharing the video. Thank you for doing your best!

    <3

    3 years ago
  68. You’ve worked with at least one artist under the Big 3 labels and the biggest of the 3 basically got cocky because they know how powerful they are, and felt that they didn’t owe you anything just because their group is so popular.
    If this does blow up (which I hope it doesn’t) I hope a lot of people take your side, and if they try to take it to court I hope you win.

    3 years ago
  69. Simon and Martina THANK YOU! U guys didn’t need to go through all that headache, Soo Zee didn’t deserve to receive all that bad vibe but u guys did it all in order to keep ur word and professional principles – the same principles u guys have been following way before the EYK Nasty Studio was founded. For that integrity to stick to ur principles even when all is working against it (from beginning to end of this long story) I DEEPLY RESPECT U and all the CREW :)!!

    And I believe the real Nasties understand that this doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with the artists themselves BUT to do with the unreasonable police the Company adopted to address this issue. I’ve been silently following u guys for a long time now to know how much u respect and care for kpop artists and to know u would never post anything that could in anyway harm their image. U guys are extremelly considerate and supportive.

    I loved to be able to watch SHINee interview! It was light hearted and fun but most importantly it once again showed that these artists (that are being worked to death and stressed) are mature and polite to fans and interviewers and that they appreciate the love they receive. To bad it was so short. SHINee boys are so fun and interesting, wished to be able to watch more of them with u two!! It would have been epic :D!!

    LOL Wish I can see TaeMin using that shirt around!! And YEY!! Key watches KMM LOL!!

    Again THANK YOU guys for keeping ur words and professional principles!! And wishing a long healthy happy fun and bubbly
    life to EYK with lots of positive energies!!

    3 years ago
  70. I really think you are doing a great job in the EYK studio and all over! K-pop Mondays, I forgot about them…. I like the other videos you make better! Great job getting to the Coffee Prince House by the way!! ;) *Success* I love K-pop, I really do! But I think there have been so much… Control? Sometimes SM feels like a hen, laying k-pop-idol-eggs! Like a machine! Nothing personal, nothing fun, just private, hush hush and just work… Aah I’m having a really bad cold, maybe I’m rambling… Sorry… But EYK, Fighting!! <3

    3 years ago
  71. i love you simon and martina. SM seriously made it hard for you guys… I hope no more frustrating things like this happens again. They ss*insert sheep baa*uck

    3 years ago
  72. I just can’t believe how much stress you guys have been through because of SM! I also love the SM artists but the entertainment? Not so much :/ Thank you so much for the effort! We all love your videos and of course we don’t want you to be that stressed out because of a video. It won’t be fun for us, if it’s not fun for you!
    You’ll always have us nasties!

    3 years ago
  73. What a bummer you had to deal with all that crap! I thought your blog post and opinions were very professional and heartfelt at the same time, and that’s a hard thing to pull off. (I also thought SHINee looked great in the video and have no idea what the PR lady was thinking!) Nasties will always support you; just keep having fun and doing your thing!

    PS Martina…Key. Touched. Your. Hair.

    Even if that’s the only good thing that came out of this mess, then that would be enough for me! Lucky! xoxo

    3 years ago
  74. Thank you so much for your hard work! Some people just can’t see how awesome you are! *cough… SME…. caugh..*

    3 years ago
  75. I’ve tried to write something, but this is my fourth try and I just have no words, really. Fuck this management and all that stuff, because the idea of interviewing an SM artist is futile from the very beginning. Okay, you succeeded with organizing, SM will definitely agree to post it, but the interview itself will be as shallow as ever. You will never be able to ask SM artists any questions apart from “What’s the weather today?” or “Do you like paperclips?” and 3-seconds answers like “Yeah, paperclips are cool, the weather is nice”. The main target is to keep them plastic and to ask them as useless questions as possible, so nothing would ruin their slave-fame. You will never go deeper than that. So why would you even try? Let the other shows do that, there is no difference in the end, plus these shows were created for that. It is not worth for a small and human gang like you, guys, you are better than that.
    Greetings from Russia

    3 years ago
  76. I love Shinee, and a lot of other k-pop groups. But my MAIN reason for following Eat Your Kimchi is because you guys!! I’ll never, ever, not support you and your decisions on videos. I LOVE YOU! Fighting!

    3 years ago
  77. Wow, that really does sound like a horrible experience! I’m sorry for you all at EYK studio that you had to put up with it all. It sounds like you handled it as well as anyone possibly could though. Keep hwaiting!! <3

    That's awesome that TaeMAN liked the shirts! ^_^

    3 years ago
  78. I’ve always liked what EYK stands for. I don’t mind if you won’t do any more interviews in the future with artists affiliated with big
    companies.
    EYK is not solely about Music Mondays. When I ’discovered’ EYK I have started watching you for the other segments in the first place. You guys were always fun, optimistic, and independent.
    I really do appreciate that you stood up for what you believe is right. Hereby, you have my Legion of Honor :)
    What I really liked about you is that you guys always stay true to yourself, you are original and show your true personality and you don’t change your opinion just because it clashes with someone else’s. So with or without interviews I am going to watch you :)

    3 years ago
  79. I feel so sorry for you guys that you had so much stress over just a little interview…. and I can totally understand that you don’t want to deal with SM Ent anymore when they act that way.
    And the keypoint of your videos is fun….fun for you and fun for us (your fans) watching you guys having fun. So if you can’t enjoy what you are doing it’s totally okay for me if you don’t do it xDD… only keep doing what you can enjoy ^^

    and besides… i never liked SME they are so like “oh it’s all about money, money, money and we have so much power and we can do what we want, others have to do what we say”

    3 years ago
  80. Don’t worry about upsetting your audience guise, I understand! I’d much rather see a positive and inspired eat your kimchi family than big names. Do what you enjoy. I support you decision (y). Fun fact: the segment I watch most often is TLDR.

    I did enjoy the interview though I’m glad I watched it before reading this haha. Shinee don’t seem very relaxed though. I laughed at the part where Jonghyun said he’s going to take a break without telling the manager lol.

    This whole story is a pretty interesting look into the kpop world, actually.

    I really enjoyed the interviews shot in your studio though; and the photo booth ^__^. Maybe take a break from it and then see if you can just work with more cooperative management. Either way, all the best.

    Nasty fighting!

    3 years ago
  81. Guys, all four of you are wonderful! Please cheer up! I’m not Korean and i love K-Pop. Not with a passion, but it makes me feel good. I find your interviews and reviews of K-Pop much more relatable and interesting than most things i’ve seen from Korean TV. It’s only natural, i’m not too knowlegdeable about korean culture, i tend to need a familiar cultural filter to get some of the bands vibes. What i’m trying to say is: You’re mediating and help spread this genre to a much much broader audience (even i, who would not be too anxious to watch what’s new in the K-Pop scene, don’t miss an EYK Monday). If SM doesn’t get this, too bad for SM. I like some of their bands, but the outlook of the company always seemed a bit conservative and too uptight to me.

    3 years ago
  82. I’m sorry that you guys had to deal with this bullcrap. :( especially since Shinee is one of your favourite bands and you’ve been waiting a while for this. it’s really lame on the side of the PR and i think it makes SM look bad, not you. of course, they won’t give a shit, but still. at least you can write a blog post for us about what it was like. and yeah, maybe it would be good to devise a contract for future interviews. good luck!!

    3 years ago
  83. D= -hugs the eyk crew- I’m sorry you all had to experience such negative feelings and I hope you know we don’t care how short or long your videos are, as long as you all stay the way you are and enjoy doing it! It’s best to treat yourselves to some yummy food and just relax for a couple of days

    3 years ago
  84. Give SooZee my love she didn’t deserve to be cruelly laughed at when she was being polite and well mannered ~givessupertightawesomesuperhug~. None of you deserved that. We love you <3

    3 years ago
  85. There are other people who will give far less to no stress than this…
    It is true that when you do something with someone and it ends up as a very good experiance that you want to possibly do business with them again.
    Same goes for the bad experiances…
    Nasties understand you ^-^ You should do what you like and avoid annoying situations like these… At least I understand and hope others do too ^-^.

    P.S: that part with Soozee and the woman really annoyed me…I’ve experianced something similar once ( with such an attitude )… -.-

    3 years ago
  86. I have been following you guys for years, I have taught and traveled throughout China and Hong Kong, I keep coming back to your channel because you make me happy. there are many things that just go wrong and your better off without. Hope your all beyond it now because I don’t want such a lovely group of people, whom bring so much happiness to me and many others being made unhappy by such awkwardness! this is the first time I have actually commented on anything internet related. Just wanted you to know even if you never interview another kpop star again I will still spend my free time watching your channel for you lot and general Korean culture. xoxoxoxoxo 0= hugs x= kisses P.S. started really liking U Kiss because of your relaxed relationship with them.一路平安x

    3 years ago
  87. As I was reading your blog post, I was getting more and more annoyed at SM. Then when you wrote about Soozee copping abuse as well, I thought oh hell no, that PR woman crossed the line. I’m glad that EYK is indie and mad respect for putting your foot now against SM. Hope you guys feel better withall the Nasty support juju. <3

    3 years ago
  88. We all love SHINee, but it isn’t worth if it makes the process anything less than joyful for you guys. I appreciate that you stood up against SM and released the video anyways. lol Jonghyun’s bit made me laugh, and I always love hearing Key’s English! You guys are an awesome outlet for groups to get international recognition from. You don’t NEED SM. You have us! and we love you and your hard work with or without SM group participation.

    3 years ago
  89. You two are right! there are a lot of kpop artist to interview! SM is a shit… it only thinks about money! :( Simon and Martina fighting!

    3 years ago
  90. At the end of the day its up to sm what content they want shared of their stars. Performing at the ytma was their main focus not solely your “backstage interview”. Despite their promotions each member has other respibsibilited such as dramas and musicals and tv shows so they cant all assemble together at the drop of a hat unless theyre scheduled that way

    3 years ago
  91. Simon and Martina, congratuations on keeping your word to us, your fans. I didn’t watch the interview for Shinee only, I wanted to see what you would bring to that. And I’m really glad it wasn’t the same old boring interview-SM-PR-approved-stamp-on-it. I watch your videos for you guise, not for any Kpop artist (eventhoug i’m a huge fan of so many of them) that is there. SM for me it’s only Simon and Martina. Fighting !!

    3 years ago
  92. I said you guys would have said a lot of time if you said you weren’t asking for permission since the beginning and went with it. There is nothing they can do against you that way. You could have very comfortably, is something happened, said that you went through all the process of approval before and there was no problem, so you uploaded it, as easy as that. There was no need to be constantly talking to them and trying o make them reason. You guys already said you haven’t heard from them and you still uploaded the video. You should have given no fucks since way earlier and save yourselves from the hassle.

    This whole waiting and insisting to make them reason seems now so unnecessary because we already got the video, permission or no permission. You already went through a lot just changing the questions to something they liked.

    3 years ago
  93. I am so sorry that SM gave you the run around with this. I don’t think they really understand just how famous you are, and just how much this goes to reinforcing their terrible image (though all the major entertainment agencies are just as terrible to their artists, somehow SM manages to make sure they get the most notoriety for it). I just hope that you don’t get into trouble over this, and that somehow SM gets a wake-up call. Thank you so much for putting up the video! You guise are so amazing for all you do for use fans. I take my hat off to you amazing EYK Nasty Crew!

    3 years ago
  94. Look at this article that appeared in the Star Tribune here in Minnesota which they picked up from the Washington Post!
    http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/232083551.html

    3 years ago
  95. Why cant the new SM just fucking let their artist be happy and stuff, I am sure that SHINee did have fun while filming the interview because they knows that this interview would be viewed by their international fans. Even though I am a SM stan but this is just fucking ridiculous. -__- maybe you should just ask amber to secretly bring people from SM to interview ;)

    3 years ago
  96. I thought you guise were just teasing us but to find out that you went through hell. It’s just not right. I get that it’s business but they’re work in the music industry not politics. The lady should have treated SooZee and the rest of you with more respect. I still don’t why the complain but the backage-looking interview, since their MVs backgrounds are almost all the same. For those you had the chance to interview. I can see that they and their team do care about the fan and the music and not just money and image.

    Sending lots love and support.

    3 years ago
  97. Don’t you worry guys, we love you. Isn’t it why we are all here? I found your youtube channel thanks to a Kpop Music Monday, but I keep on watching you guys for the rest of your work (and ‘cuz I secretly want to be like you ¬///¬). Even my boyfriend likes your work, he even watches your videos when I’m not around. That’s big.

    Personally I don’t fancy SM, I try to stay as far away from their groups as I can, because I feel they are this kind of company. And also I love the way you do your interviews, the simplicity of them is what is more atractive. You made me like U-Kiss, and that means a lot. Anyway as we say in my country “A lo hecho, pecho.” or “what’s done is done”.

    I hope that you can let all the bad vibes behind and… and… WE LOVE YOU GUYS (。・//ε//・。)

    3 years ago
  98. Ew…. SM…
    I’m not even interested in Shinee, but I watched just to raise your views. I hope the girl scoffing at Soozee is watching and reading all the comments affirming that she’s an asshole.
    I’m 99% sure there’s way more red-tape, stick-in-the-butt, mega-corporation issues than we, the common muggle population, will ever probably know… and unfortunately, while I don’t care about kpop enough to sympathize as a fan for this and that idol oppa, I sure as heck do feel horribly sorry that young kids and young adults have to go through the hell that SM artists do as human beings (including people like S&M having to deal with their crap).

    3 years ago
  99. We all love you guise, and now I think all the Nasties have even more respect for the EYK crew <3

    3 years ago
  100. SM is wack, yo! I don’t think they understand that we love our KPop idols in all lighting and environments! Just like we love you guys! I didn’t start watching Eat Your Kimchi for the KPop, I happened upon the video of you guys dancing around Seoul dressed up as dinosaurs on a really sad, teary night and you guys mad me feel better in minutes! That’s when I subscribed :) EAT A CUPCAKE AND FEEL HAPPY! *gives cookies* You have to get your cupcakes somewhere else, I just make cookies :3

    3 years ago
  101. S&M>SM

    3 years ago
  102. thanks guys! (: for putting in so much effort!! ^~^

    3 years ago
  103. Thank you guys so much for all the effort you went in to to try and get this footage for us, (especially for Shawols)! I really appreciate being able to see all five of them interacting, despite being tired with a crazy schedules. You both definitely did not deserve what happened to you :( Please, don’t go through such difficulty again for our sakes. But just know that Shawols really appreciate EYK, and the little interview with SHINee. I hope the five boys take a break and go on holidays <3

    3 years ago
  104. Wow, leave it to SM to make things difficult. What you SHOULD do is that next time, when they decide to make up a schedule, just flat out tell them no and explain to them just that. You guys don’t have to put up with that shit (pardon my French). But it just pisses me off as a NASTY and as a huge supporter of you guys. This is all supposed to be fun and meeting SHINee was supposed to be an ideal experience for you, but all that came out of it was just negativity and disappointment and that makes me sad for you guys. This was something that came to a mutual agreement from both parties and it’s not like you guys aren’t busy either. You took the time out of your hectic schedule to not only go our of your way to provide them with the questions you would ask and then schedule a time and place, but also went further out of your way to quickly come up with other questions after the SOB of a manager decides the prior questions aren’t good enough anymore. Then you edit everything, translate everything, deprive yourself of sleep, send it to them as a formality and then they say no? Dafuq! Not how it works. Ukiss was done completely out of the blue, mainly thanks to Kevin, and it went great for everyone. It’s still one of the greatest guerilla interviews to date. Lol. Even GD managed to say a little something that same day. GD, for goodness sakes! Then people ask why no one likes SM (the company) Well there you go! If that’s an example of how they work then forget them. Also, you guys (Simon and Martina) may not probably yet believe it, but SM are the ones who truly don’t know what they’re dealing with. You guys are directly connected to the Kpop fandom and therefor have power that even they wouldn’t be able to imagine. Maybe in Korea they have power as a huge company, but you guys have the support of a general, world-wide fandom and even other company/kpop artists as well. Also, from now on, always get everything signed on paper. I know it’s a bitch, because it seems like something only obnoxiously arrogant people do, but it’ll save your ass in the end and that’s what’s important. You don’t want people like them making things difficult for you.

    3 years ago
  105. Oh my gosh even though my favourite artists is Girls’ Generation and their from SM. I really think what you guys have gone through just to put up that video wasn’t worth it, soo zee even got scoffed by a lady MEAN MUCH someone should really teach that lady some manners and don’t look down on people thats just sad and I feel really sorry for each and every one of you in the crew everything was planned out well and you just wanted to make the shawols happy but sm just ruined it. I just want to thank soozee , martina , simon and leigh for putting up with all the nonsensical stuff just to make this video work I hope you guys get all the bad vibes out and don’t think about it any more just smile and move on I won’t be anticipating any interviews from sm artist if you guys will have such a hard and bad time in the process .Your nasties will always be here to support you and love you no matter what shit happens Eat Your Kimchi fighting!

    3 years ago
    • Don’t feel sorry for the EYK Crew. Feel sorry for that obnoxious woman. Because of her SHINee’s image is hurt, and who knows what more damage she’ll end up doing in the future.

      3 years ago
  106. jonghyun looks so tried in the video, but all his hard work has done him good
    concrats on the BEST ARTIST OF THE YEAR!!!!!! SHINee OPPA s FIGHTING!!!!

    3 years ago
  107. You brighten our lives with your spunky positivity, and should not let douchebags (for lack of a better word) make you feel bad. We (your loyal nasties) love you guise and stand by you no matter what. Kpop groups come and go, but your fun, informative, and just plain awesome videos and attitudes will live on! #spevin4lyfe #nasties4lyfe ♡

    3 years ago
  108. GAAH~~ he touched your hair, Martina!
    0///0

    3 years ago
  109. I think in future cases, you guise should put in down in black and white (i.e contract) then submit it to their PR. If they were to sign it and if they were to back out as per what you posted here, probably you can email them and attach the original copy to remind them that they’ve already agreed to it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a multi-billion company. It should be binding enough to ensure that such future cases doesn’t happen again. Me just think since it’s by word of mouth, it isn’t legally binding and so such thing could have escalated in an unfavorable manner.
    Anyways all those aside, thank you for the videos. Been a stalker at EYK for a long while now. Cheers [:

    3 years ago
  110. I feel so upset and angry from reading this.. and I wasn’t even dealing with these damn PRs. I hope Soozee is now a little less stressed and that she eats a crapload of marshmallows (apparently it helps to calm people?) T-T I’m sorry that you guys had to go through all that SM PR Bullsh*t for the video and I’m sure all the fellow nasties will understand the situation, since we all think SM is a bit dodge..
    My god, it’s not like you pushed them into signing a thirteen year contract. These PRs need to slow their roll and take a class in manners and personal etiquette, coz that sh*t aint cool.

    ANYWAY we are all greatful for what you put up and how you keep the nasties smiling :), we’re also thankful for the amount of effort you guys put into everything you do. Again so sorry you had to go through this, i hope you guys can relax now! !
    Just sending you some Nasty Love *HUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGSSSSSS* ;3

    3 years ago
  111. Didn’t get to see my Dorrito Boy!!! :(

    3 years ago
  112. I didn’t even think SHINee looked bad in any way!! In fact, they still looked just as picture perfect as they always do!

    Dear SM PR Team,
    Just because something isn’t your “picture perfect” doesn’t mean you always have the right to fix it. YouTube Music Awards is called YouTube, NOT SM PR Team Awards! Please reflect on what you put poor Simon and Martina through and realize how unprofessional you really acted. ESPECIALLY TOWARDS SOOZEE. Nobody deserves to get laughed at like that! I would say to boycot SM….but it’s kind of hard since most of my favorite artists are SM artists… “/

    STILL.CURSEYOUSMPRTEAMCURSEYOU.

    Love you Simon and Martina!! <3

    3 years ago
  113. I hate when people from one label tell you multiple things. They should present a united front. The PR people who are dealing with this are probably too afraid or lazy to contact the people that can actually give them approval. That’s what happens in these huge companies.

    3 years ago
  114. Don’t be too down. I just read a few of the comments and it’s obvious how much we love you. We’re not mad it took a long time and we know you just wanted the video up for our happiness. Thank you by the way i think i love SHINee even more, Key’s english Kya~

    *cough* anyway back to the point of this message. WE LOVES YOU GUYS <3

    3 years ago
  115. I made an account just to leave a comment on here about how disappointed I am on how you guys are acting about this. If it was such a big deal I honestly don’t see why you couldn’t have made an announcement saying the interview was in bad quality due to how it was filmed – even watching it before reading your very long detailed blog post thought it looked poorly done. The zoom ins are very blurry and the lighting is bad. Even the picture you’re using to show it looks bad, I can see why they said not to post it. I don’t get why you didn’t get to sit down with them in the tent where you interviewed everyone else, so I’m a little confused how you’re comparing it to your other interviews you did.

    You’re making a huge deal about you being bloggers who just want to blog, but you have an entire crew now, you have a studio and I feel like you’ve handled this in the most unprofessional way you possibly could. That’s really disappointing for me to say because I love you guys and have watched your channel since before you really blew up into something. I liked your videos for information because I’ve always wanted to travel and visit Korea and it was a big scary place. So that being said, I watched and watched you guys grow into yourselves and found your videos super great and even still use your videos for an outline to how I’d make a trip to Seoul.

    But you’re talking poorly of SHINee managers who’s job is to take care of the boys, hell he even lives with them. He may not be a final say in what they do but he protects them for sure, and you belittling his job is so rude to me. Additionally, their PR company isn’t wrong SHINee has a very busy schedule it isn’t exactly easy to get all five of them together since I’m a shinee fan and know that there are a lot of events where Minho, Key and lately Onew because of his neck injury have issues with attending. Key is also in a musical which he has to go to practices for and performances, Minho is in a drama and hosts a tv show, Taemin is on wgm and that has to be scheduled to. The way it sounds you could have done this was simply ask if you could have an interview with one or two of the members at your studio of scheduling was an issue, and brought up the fact that you already announced it to the fans and that it’d look kind of poorly on both SM and you if nothing was posted afterwards. Instead you really handled this badly.

    And as sweet as Soozee you don’t have to reach out for pity for her from your fans, everyone already supports you guys a lot and this just reads extra whiny to me. She’s there to talk to officials and to help you guys out. But we’re only able to get your side on this and we weren’t on that phone call, nor do I think it proper of someone who is making videos with korean idols to go as far as to tell us every bit of a personal phone conversation.

    If you want to just vlog and do Kpop music mondays maybe you shouldn’t be attending this events or doing interviews with idols. You’re talking lowly of yourselves as if that should give you the right to make low quiality videos. But you’ve had us fans support you into making your company and behaving this way makes me feel like I’ve been supporting someone who doesn’t see them self as people the represent any sort of culture.

    It’s upsetting because I love you guys and feel like this is the worst way to go about sharing this interview let alone explaining to us why it took so long to share it. I Just feel really upset by you guys when I really do support you guys, and even thought about trying to visit your studio when I made my trip their next year.

    3 years ago
    • Per the blog post, it’s seems shinee’s management ran late and they missed the scheduled time slot to do the interview in the back stage room with better lighting which all the other interviews were done with. S&M did their best to arrange for the best lighting they could get after management agreed to have the interview in S&M’s tent. I have to assume that shinee and their team have been around enough to know that is not ideal but they agreed. Then management decides to change questions at the last minute. Again unprofessional after they had already reviewed the questions and ok’d them earlier. Obviously shinee is busy but this interview was an obligation as well just like any of their other obligations. Just because S&M are “vloggers” doesn’t give SM the right to not treat them professionally. S&M did their best with the footage but if SM was unhappy with the outcome, they should provide S&M with an alternative as S&M requested as ultimately SM agreed to this interview. However, SM did not agree to an interview in their studio (I doubt SM would have allowed just one or two to do the interview). You think S&M wanted a “low quality video” especially with how much they were looking forward to this interview? In addition, S&M had the obligation to post the interview to their fans who were eagerly awaiting this interview and they met that promise to the best of their ability. Of course it is unlikely that SM would ever say anything about their side of the story but I can only base things on how each have demonstrated their integrity to be, and as of now, I believe S&M to be by far the more professional of the two. There has been very few if any instances of SM proving their professionalism or integrity. And EYK is a crew of 4, SM has a company of hundreds at least. I’m sorry to say that while of course you have your own opinion, I felt rather sad reading your comment as I don’t think you quite understood the point, nor do I think you really read S&M’s post.

      Also regarding your comment below. S&M are bloggers, they are not a news site or anything else like that and they never said they were. In their role as bloggers, they tell the behind the scenes story. The point of this blog and their company is to talk about their experiences in Korea whether good or bad. So their experience in dealing with SM is exactly what should be placed in this blog. Regardless of their interviews and their KMM’s WANKS and what else, we go to this blog to hear about their EXPERIENCES!

      3 years ago
    • From what I saw, the company ended up being rude and not respectful. Which is funny , in a way, since it is not in korean culture to be that way… At least, that’s how the culture sounds: ” respect others , etc. “. Right?

      They make a huge deal about being bloggers since that’s what they are and that’s their job.
      I don’t think they try to reach out for pity with Soozee. They treat their workers as family and not as strangers. That’s why the rude womans action annoyed them. Also , being bloggers, they blog about things and they like to share details. This is no exception ( they didn’t even say that much about the call either – just the part which rubbed them the wrong way).

      3 years ago
    • I disagree, I believe that it was handled poorly on SME’s part. I’m pretty sure that Simon and Martina didn’t go into the interview wanting to do only a 2 minute interview but did so to please SME’s demands. Simon and Martina didn’t ask to do an interview with SHINee, the opportunity was given to them. The Manager first delayed the interview time, then went back on his word saying he didn’t like the questions that he had already reviewed. They came up with new questions on the spot that were approved once more. The manager knew the questions beforehand, he knew they were interviewed in a tent, and he knew about the lighting, but later on decided it wasn’t good enough. I’m not saying it’s necessarily the Manager’s fault. He was probably told by some SME demon-god to go back on his word. But Considering SME is a million (billion maybe?) dollar company, the fact that they couldn’t at least give Simon and Martina a reasonable excuse, is pretty low. You’re telling me that you feel sorry that some super rich Entertainment company’s Idols weren’t made to look like gods but actual human beings and therefore EYK are the bad guys? Really?

      3 years ago
      • I think you’re being rather presumptuous. It said in the blog post that the PR team straight up said no you cannot put it out and that is why they were trying to resolve it not because the video was bad quality and whether or not it was, that does not mean that the PR team is allowed to just shut them down. They could have been a lot less rude and abrupt in their communications. Of course SME is a very large company and I do agree that SHINee is busy and their manager should be respected but that doesn’t give SME the right to treat people this way. I understand that you have some valid points but honestly if SME really had their idols best interests at heart then maybe they would stop making them perform when injured or give them free time or stop controlling what they say. They aren’t protecting their idols, they’re protecting the image that makes them the most money. Sure we don’t know the other side of the story but would it really have been so difficult to tell them why instead of just saying no and nothing else? You keep griping about the fact that Simon and Martina shared too many details but they have tons of videos a week plus bloopers and live chats and blog posts so details are usually what they give, not to mention they are bloggers so talking about things that happened is kind of in the job description. I honestly understand a few of your points but your delivery was rude and grating and I hope that Simon and Martina do not read it because I wouldn’t want them to be hurt. You talk about disrespect but you are a hypocrite. Soozee doesn’t deserve your disrespect either. Do you really think after you supposedly watched so many of their videos because you “really support” them that you can say that you think they are using Soozee, a close friend and almost family, to get “pity points”? That really pisses me off. If one of my friends was scoffed at then I would be furious. Simon and Martina have a certain set of values that they talk about often and if you really support them then its ridiculous that you are accusing them of being the kind of sleaze who use their friends and you obviously haven’t understood the point of the post they were making. They were explaining to us why the video was late, not trying to win us over, not trying to get us to do something for them, they were simply giving us a reason. I think you should read over the post they made and think about their character. Then you should read over your own because honestly you just sound like you are trying to defend an entertainment company that has long been unable to be redeemed and it gives some insight into your character.

        3 years ago
        • Ok. I think I understand more where you are coming from after that post. Nonetheless, what you said about them “reaching out for pity” really rubbed me the wrong way and I think you could really just work on your delivery. I understand that you are simply voicing your opinion but it doesn’t hurt to be a little kinder in your tone when you say you are a supporter. I do agree with the fact that they are a business and should act like one but you have to realize that they haven’t exactly been doing this all their lives nor did they expect to be doing this or take classes in business etiquette so to expect perfection from them is a bit ridiculous. And as much as you are calling them unprofessional it seems equally unprofessional to scoff at someone who is trying to reach a compromise on a business call. Many of the things you are expecting of EYK, SME is not doing either and they have been a business for far longer.

          3 years ago
      • I agree, no other interview done by EYK has ever been two minutes long, makes you wonder why this one was, even though they’ve said ad nauseam how much they love SHINee.

        “In the best light possible” – are you saying that literally or figuratively? If it’s literally, how did the Manager not catch this? And if it’s figuratively, well, you honesty think SHINee comes off looking bad? Of course SME is doing its job, and EYK is doing theirs. What didn’t you like about the video? The lighting? Because the manager already knew about that. The setting? He knew about that too. The questions? Oh he knew about both sets of questions too. The only thing left are SHINee’s answers. If you’re disappointed because SME looks bad…well it’s a little too late for that.

        And as for SME deserving respect, I’m a firm believer you deserve the respect that you give to others, no matter how important they are on the social ladder. And you’re acting like EYK doesn’t reserve respect from a big corporation just because it doesn’t have a lot of money. Maybe it’s the socialist in me, but I don’t feel bad when whistleblowers expose rich corporations for what they actually are.

        3 years ago
        • Ahh I think I know what you’re getting at. You think EYK is airing SME’s dirty laundry? Is that it? Sorry if I’m wrong but that is what I’m understanding from your last reply.

          That is true, sometimes the outcome of a video is far worse than you imagined. But considering the Manager knew the circumstances, he should have just cancelled the interview. That was the first mistake SME committed that earns them no pity marks. The second one was not giving a reasonable excuse for not wanting the video to go up. Had EYK been given a reason as to why SME didn’t want that video up, and had SME staff treated EYK with respect while doing it, perhaps EYK wouldn’t have put the video up and then blogged about how horrible the experience was.

          While I see your point of you, that EYK should act in a professional manner… I think in this case, they had a right. SME is acting like they deserve respect when they didn’t give any back.

          And it may very true that SME has a bunch of wonderful staff but if their PR acts like this, then outsiders can’t see that. PR is what is supposed to make a company look good; they are especially hired for that very purpose. And if they thought they could treat others badly for the sake of the greater good (making SHINee look good) then I don’t think they understand what PR really is all about.

          3 years ago
  116. lol tbh i wouldn’t even mind if you guys ended up going U-kiss interviews forever! :P <3 <3 <3

    3 years ago
  117. I don’t know if you’ll read this, but I thought since you’re feeling so bad I should take the time to tell you some of what you mean to me, in my life. I spent 5 years at college, unsure of what I wanted to do, lost. I had no passion for anything I did. Consequently, I did poorly in my classes. I nearly got kicked out of college several times. But then I got into Kdramas, and then Kpop, and I found you guys. And started watching everything you did. I grew to love Korea. I discovered a passion for learning languages and exploring other cultures. It’s been a couple of years since then, and I’ve changed my major to Korean. I absolutely love it. You guys also inspired me to learn about teaching English in foreign countries. I discovered my college has a TESOL minor and a master’s degree. I am now well on my way to getting a degree and going to teach English around the world. I’m doing well in my classes, and I’ve been much, much happier with my life. So however down you get, or even if you one day decide to stop making videos, I just want you to know that you really made a difference in my life.

    3 years ago
  118. I just really want to thank you guys for insisting on having the video posted despite all the difficulties you went through. Yes, the video was simple but it was fun. I enjoyed it :) But if it causes so much trouble and unhappiness for you guys, I’m willing to not have interviews with SM artists. Not if you can’t be your happy fun bubbly selves T___T /HUGS/

    3 years ago
  119. I loved the video! It sucks that SM were vein big meanies about the whole thing, but maybe they will someday in the figure cane their ways or realise they can’t mess with you guys. you don’t lose anything from not interviewing artists, a few years ago nobody would ever have expected this from you so this is more of a bonus along side all the other awesome videos you do! i love you ands so does every other nasty! keep your heads up and just do what makes you happy!

    3 years ago
  120. Well I hope that SM realise that this reflects poorly on them and not EYK because whilst EYK were willing to go out of their way to resolve things in a way that worked for all parties involved, SM were just being arrogant. I would understand if they had given a legitimate reason and explained the situation clearly instead of becoming a brick wall of NO. I would even understand if they didn’t give an explanation but worked to come to some sort of a compromise. Other companies appear to appreciate the chance to greet their international audience but why not SM? Other companies are even attempting to include subtitles on their youtube videos as they recognise they have a huge fan-base outside of Korea but again SM just doesn’t care. It makes me angry *grrr face* because a number of my favourite artists are under SM entertainment.

    3 years ago
  121. You guys are awesome. I appreciate all the hard work you guys are doing to put these videos up every week. I know its not easy and that it takes a lot of time to do. So thank you once again. i have also had an experience almost similar to yours. I uploaded a video of one my favorite artists performing in a restaurant and the producer commented on my video telling me to take it down.I don’t understand why as he has no rights to the video and I didn’t add the musics in (it was background music). Besides, its called a fan cam which means a fan took the video. there was no bad intentions. I just wanted to share the experience with other fans. these kpop agencies need to chill out.

    3 years ago
  122. I love this video even more after reading your blog post. No offense, because I really love SM artists, but the agency has had issues of communication in the past. I’m really sorry your experience was like this. It’s so rude; I mean, based on what you said, shouldn’t they have been apologizing to you?
    I think SHINee is awesome, and watching this video was awesome. I really value that you guys, in that short moment, were so talented as to pick out questions that showed their individual preferences. I love that each member got to speak into the microphone for at least ONE question, unlike in interviews where an ‘individual-like’ question is asked and only one or two members answer. And I love how we can see them responding to your English questions as you ask them.
    Your ingenuity in this interview is amazing. Forget the tent, forget the lighting-you presented SHINee in a human with a human radiance that blows all of that away in 2 minutes time.
    Thanks so much. I will always appreciate EYK, not only because of your K-pop interviews, your info on living in South Korea that got me into this whole Korean-culture-loving journey, but also for your good humor, great manners, and straightforwardness.

    3 years ago
  123. So I’m probably going to get a lot of hate because of this, but here we go….

    Simon and Martina,
    I’ve watched and loved your videos for a long time, ever since you were in your first apartment in Korea and were still working as teachers. I think it’s great that you two have been able to make a career out of what you love to do. But I think that sometimes you lose track of the fact that Eat Your Kimchi is no longer just a hobby — it’s now a “new business,” as you yourselves have said. When you are a vlogger for fun, you don’t have to care about what people think about your videos or if they like your formats or not. You don’t owe anything to anyone. But that changed when you asked your fans to help fund the
    EYK Nasty Studio. At that point, your fans made an investment, and they gained a right to have at least a partial say in your videos. Don’t get me wrong. Most of the time, you guys do a great job with this. You read people’s comments, listen to their suggestions, change things up, and try new things out. I really admire that about you.

    But when I read in your blog post that you don’t want to do interviews with SM (or possibly interviews with any companies at all, if I’m reading this correctly) it made me a little upset. Because one of the main reasons you told us you were making the
    EYK Nasty studio was because you wanted a more professional place to do interviews with K-pop stars. That was one of the reasons I personally felt motivated to donate to your cause. But then I hear that you’re going to stop trying to arrange interviews with some of my favorite groups, possibly with ALL groups, because you had a bad experience. And I’m sorry about that bad experience. I’m sorry you and Soo Zee had to go through it, and I’m sorry that SM sucks. But even though you’re not a “K-pop company” and like to focus on other parts of Korean culture besides K-pop, in reality a lot of your viewers, viewers that have personally donated money to you, mostly watch you for your K-pop segments, SPECIFICALLY your interviews, which are great because they’re fun, subtitled, refreshingly unique, and really well-made.

    Again, thank you for all the consideration you guys have for your fans. You do a lot more than many other entertainers, vloggers or otherwise. I’m sorry you had to have this painful, frustrating experience that yielded so little in return for you. You
    probably wrote this blog post in a horribly unhappy state of mind, so maybe (hopefully) you might reconsider what you said. Please remember that your Nasties LOVE your interviews, and that they cared enough about them to help you build your awesome studio. I’m sorry this comment was so long, but I really felt strongly about this and I hope that my real respect and admiration for you came through as well as my concern.

    -A concerned Nasty

    3 years ago
    • I think they meant with SM company…

      3 years ago
    • No hate at all for you! ((HUG)) I personally feel how much you respect and admire them, even if your post comments on something you didn’t like. :)

      I’m assuming a part of your comment has to do with this paragraph:

      And when we realized this, when we realized how gigantic a pain in the ass this whole experience was, in contrast to the great times we’ve had working with other people in our studio, we realized that we don’t want to do stuff like this again. Maybe if things change and we only do interviews in our studio, or maybe if we make managers and their PR team sign a contract. I don’t know. All I know is that the satisfaction we got out of this is farrrrrr smaller than the frustration. Not worth it. Totally not worth it for us.

      From what I understood, S&M’s reluctance or heck, utter dislike of working and doing “stuff like this again” meant the whole experience of jumping through hoops and negotiating agreements only for them to fall through with nary an explanation. (sidenote: SM’s “reason” of SHINee not being in an ideal filming location made me snort in disbelief. Fans have gobbled up all sorts of backroom interviews and behind-the-scenes footage and fancams, some of which are done in the freaking darkness except for occasional flashes of stage lights) It’s representatives of a company being disrespectful to EYK (the lady laughing at Soo Zee). It’s being unwilling to compromise (filming in other locations). That, to me, is unprofessional for a company who had made an agreement with another company.

      Even then, the part of the paragraph involving contracts makes me believe S&M are still (sorta) open to working with SM, but most probably not now. I don’t know. I’d like to hope so.

      I hope I understood part of your comment correctly. :)

      3 years ago
  124. Hey guise, I don’t post here very often but I just wanted to put my thoughts out there. So here we go!

    I just want to send you guys a really big thank you for posting this video! I really appreciate all the hard work you guys put into all the videos you make whether it’s a KMM or involving Korean adventures. You’ve really helped me (and my sister who has no interest in kpop) to gain and appreciation and interest in Korea and eventually going there and having my own adventures. Ihope that they eventually realize that this kind of stuff is just plain bad form; but I realize this will probably never happen since SME keeps making extrememly big bucks.

    As always, I love you guys and I can’t wait to see your future adventures! ^o^/

    3 years ago
  125. I’m so sorry that you had to deal with a major company being awful. =( Send my love to Soozee, she’s such a trooper for dealing with those companies and not tearing her hair out. (I know I would be sorely tempted.) I’m glad that you got the video up and I’m glad that SHINee were happy to spend time with you, but if it causes you this much stress and bad feelings, I don’t want you to do it again. I love you guys so much and I want you all to be happy! I hope you all are getting some rest and feeling better!

    P.S: Now we just need to see Taemin wearing the shirts. =P

    3 years ago
  126. Wow, Kudos for sticking it to the end. SM is stupid for acting so stubborn bout this. Thank you for the amount of stress and time everyone at EYK studio put it just to satisfy us~~
    We really appreciate it!! Hope this never happens again.

    3 years ago
  127. What crappy people. They literally just approved EVERYTHING and then they just said “No.” How is that even fair?! I hope you guise don’t take this to heart- SMs clearly not worth it. I just feel sorry for their artists honestly. You guys have the NAAASTAAAY army supporting you so I hope you feel our happy vibes (~^.^)~

    3 years ago
  128. I am being *that* person on twitter linking the blog post to every other YouTuber I can possibly think of (try and show SM the power of online content and all that). Generally speaking, I hate it when major companies go after smaller creators. I hate that everyone at EYK had to suffer through this. And on a personal level, this royally pisses me off as well. As a) an international fan of K-pop and b) a primarily online consumer of K-pop related things this feels like a slap in the face from SM. Their compete disregard for EYK and their online international audience is disgusting.

    3 years ago
  129. I feel like the EYK crew is constantly going above and beyond with interviews and such, you seriously don’t need to bother with such companies like that if it isn’t making you happy. As an SM stan, I don’t care if you don’t do interviews with SM artists because of this incident, every interview you do is absolutely amazing and it definitely makes me wanna check out different artists. What happened to Soo Zee was totally not on and really guys I hope you just keep doing what makes you happy. *sends positive vibes* EYK crew fighting!

    3 years ago
  130. Hey guys, im angela, the colombian ” my cookies exploted y, y ?” Package hahahahahah..ok, now more seriuos stuff (wait, shinne has a song saying why so serius, now why can answer that ahahahahahahahah)
    Kidding apart…

    What? Wait…hey guys, you said yourself, shinees manager delayed it and thats why its in a tent…….so, forget all the energy draining and remember that the fault that it is film there is only, SM ! Its true, is they are going to be so mean, dont ever get thru that again! If they beg you, not even, they just lost the oportunity >~>

    ETK TEAM…FIGTHING! Soozee your are very, very wonderful for being so nice! Keep it up..muack!

    3 years ago
  131. -gives the whole EYK crew a big nasty hug-
    Sorry to hear you guys had to go through all this trouble and suckiness. So much respect towards you guys for standing up to SM and their horrid “logic”.
    Let’s all watch SHINee dance to Pokemon to have some smiles. Because Pokemon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3BmkO52Z6M
    Now excuse me as I devise SM’s management and PR team’s demise. http://31.media.tumblr.com/3328b1da67fbd2e2df3e16e5b6b4c8fe/tumblr_mmefcueI031s0qlvzo1_400.gif

    I mean… what? You heard nothing. Look, a distraction! http://31.media.tumblr.com/eb48b9cbbe3064ed9f2d39aa12180cbb/tumblr_mj4fj0KGF21s6n3h2o9_250.gif

    3 years ago
  132. Thank you so much! We are sorry to hear the sad story :/ but can you tell us your thoughts on SHINee themselves? Are they nice? Not nice? You said you like Suju and f(x). But nothing about SHINee.. So you don’t like them?

    3 years ago
  133. Don’t feel sad ^_^ I’m subscribed to you guys not because of your interviews but because of how hilarious you guys are. Even when you were explaining how to use a washing machine you made me laugh ^^ My favorite videos are the ones of you guys just out and being weird and amazing! So turn that frown upside down! You hear me!
    Nasty Fighting!!!
    Wait…that sounds weird now that I read it…haha oh well :P

    3 years ago
  134. Honestly, my only concern is that there will be negative repercussions for EYK from this.

    Everyone knows that SME is a bunch of d-bags, and they’ve taken ridiculous legal action on numerous occasions. Who is to say that they aren’t watching EYK closely, and they won’t take some absurd legal action against them now that they’ve posted something “without SME approval”? I honestly would’ve rather had you not post the video, just to be on the safe side. I think all Nasties would’ve understood. I mean, I’m all for the “rebel with a cause” attitude — You have EVERY RIGHT to post this on YouTube — but SME has screwed some people UP in the past, and who’s to say they won’t try it again?

    I don’t want to be a Debby Downer, but I’m praying SME leaves you alone and doesn’t try to make a mess out of this, anymore than they already have.

    P.S. Give SooZee a big hug from me.

    3 years ago
  135. It really sucks when one jerk (namely Shinee’s PR team) ruins things for everyone. Had they just been a little more civil and compromising, just a touch more flexible, this wouldn’t have happened. Now my dream of a NASTY interview with SNSD will never be realized! ='(
    But honestly Simon and Martina, don’t feel bad, you guys weren’t being divas and I don’t think anyone would think so. It was actually really considerate of you to send them the interview before hand; had it been me I would have put it all up anyways! Don’t be discouraged by this one horrible experience and don’t let the bastards keep you down! I know I loved the interview anyways and I’m sure Shinee had a great time with you guys! Keep doing what you’re doing! EYK FIGHTING!!! =D

    3 years ago
  136. Soo Zee fighting! I’m sorry you guys had to put up with so much red tape, but it loved the 2 minute video – thank you EYK team and the members of Shinee for doing the interview. Boo @ SME.

    3 years ago
  137. this is so messed up. like this is SO messed up. I’ve only ever heard of this side of SM, this is d 1st time I’m seeing credible proof of how difficult they are. i just don’t understand though, like y are they like this? this kinda attitude doesn’t help their artists at all, if anything it makes them look bad. just imagine if some international company like Warner Bro. wants to host a kpop performance; they wouldn’t go near SMs artists if they knew they’d have to deal with this kinda hassle.
    really sorry you guys had to got thru something so stressful and annoying.

    3 years ago
  138. I am really sorry you guys had to go through all of that migrane-inducing mess of a “negotiation” with SM…it makes me both sad and angry to read about how horrible and frustrating that experience was for you all. ;0; Just know that all of us are here to support you and we just want you to have fun and make the videos you guys want to make because we have fun when you do! Keep up the great work and I will be waiting for your next video with enthusiasm! <3

    3 years ago
  139. SM PR sounds really stuck up. EYK staff is not in the wrong. You guys worked really hard and you guys are with Youtube, you don’t work for SM and therefore should not be obliged to answer to them. Although it was cool to see SHINee, you guys had to go through WAY TOO MUCH than it was worth. And if this is to be treated to be a business, then they were extremely unprofessional for delaying the interview and personally I wouldn’t do business with them again either. Businesses who don’t stick to their word, unreliable and difficult to deal with are the worst. I’m starting to get a feeling that tv stations and their music programs probably don’t like them either but are just too scared to go against them since SM is a really big company.

    3 years ago
  140. Jonghyun, you can always hide out at my house. I swear I won’t tell.

    Too bad there is no way to go around management and interview Shinee on their own. It’s so weird that they gave you such a hard time. I mean I’m not surprised SM made a fuss, but looking at a number of their interviews and the honesty that they answer some of those questions about getting along or how tired they are, I’m surprised SM didn’t make a big deal about those, yet they made such a big deal about this little interview. Though who knows what goes on behind closed doors.

    3 years ago
  141. i hope you din’t get into trouble with SM for putting it up, tht was mean of them to be so difficult. If i could give you all a hug i totally would *cyberhug*

    3 years ago
  142. I’m so sorry you guys had to deal with that!

    We are no where near the stage of actually interviewing Kpop stars, but in the future if we get the opportunity I would avoid SM Entertainment because of what you guys went through.

    Companies like that are so arrogant and think they have all the power, but media is changing. What companies like that don’t understand is how new media – like youtube – is changing people’s viewing habits. They think you guys are just tiny people, but you are tiny people within a bigger network of other youtubers. Youtubers in Korea are not at the stage of Youtubers in the USA yet, but it will head that way. Other Youtubers are going to see what you dealt with and learn from that as well. SM Entertainment will still probably be a huge powerful company for a long time, but the way media is changing, there are lots of things that could affect them negatively in the future because of their arrogance.

    I’m really really sorry Soo Zee had to deal with that horrible person!

    3 years ago
  143. its ok you guys im sorry you even had to have that experience im sure the boys themselfs were lovely ..tired but lovely cant SMsee that the reason why we love youtube soo much it because we can see how people really are kind of a constant BTS of peoples lifes this makes me sad but we all know that SM is a unreasonable i love you guys for putting it up THANK YOU !!!

    3 years ago
  144. I definitely think that going forward if you end up doing interviews with groups, at least at an event like that, you should get it in writing. Dealing with companies like that can be a real pain in the arse.

    It also doesn’t help the SM image. I mean I know that their artists are probably really cool people. Shinee seem like awesome people, but they just happen to work for a horrible company. It really sucks that you guys had to deal with that, and thank you for all your hard work. I know you put up with it for all of our Nasty sakes, and we appreciate it. ^_^

    I am kind of curious how the artists feel about it when their company does things like this. I mean, does it end up reflecting badly on them ever? Since some people might avoid SM artists because of how hard it is to deal with their company. And do they ever get mad at their managers and such for things that are done with their names attached to it? I doubt the artists could ever really say anything. I mean we all know what happened to JYJ when they went against SM, but it is still something interesting to think about.

    Also, totally off topic. Are you guys going to be trying to put together EYK awards, like you did last year? I know that it probably takes a ton of work to put it all together, but I loved it last year, and have been thinking about who I might vote for all year. >.<

    3 years ago
  145. I am sorry your guys encountered so much frustration in the interview :(
    Having a chance to see SHINee and other SM artists is soooooooooo nice but if SM is so hard to deal with, then as a Nasty Shawol I prefer your guys never ever work with the company which never knows what ‘respect’ is :)
    Still, thanks soooooooooo much for your guys’ effort and hard work in the interview :D

    3 years ago
    • I totally agree. It is awesome that you guys did that, and went through all the work for your Nastys, but we would rather have a happy and cheerful S&M than a grumpy frustrated one.

      3 years ago
  146. Even though you guys went through a lot of trouble, thank you soo much for still striving to put this up for us, even if the management hasn’t approved of it.. :3 Ughhh, SM’s management really frustrates me sometimes :@ But poor Soozee! I’m a bit disappointed that you’re ruling out working with SM, but as long as the EYK Crew and happy and smiling and having fun in your jobs, I’ll be happy and support you guys, as well :)
    And it makes me really happy that Taemin liked that Taemin, TaeMAN, TaeMAXIMUM shirts, hehe ^^
    Shawols and Nasties all got your back! EYK hwaiting!

    3 years ago
  147. Did you guys just put up the video in the end without permission from SM? Will you guys be okay?

    3 years ago
  148. Im super sorry you guys had to deal with that! Thats really annoying and aggravating! >.< I still loved the 2 minute video no matter what! I'm pretty sure we all understand how hard it is to create videos like yours and we all appreciate all that you do. =] EYK FIGHTING! <3

    3 years ago
  149. i would’ve guessed sm was going to be hard to cooperate as of now i haven’t heard good things about SMent yeah they do a good job promoting but man can they be a pain in the ass i hope you guys remain strong and keep having fun in everything you do it’s the same for me when i think about it if we want to do something make sure we’re having fun doing it your vids have seriously made me laugh these past few weeks that i’ve gotten to know EYK hwiting simon and martina hwiting EYK stay happy and cheery ^_^

    3 years ago
  150. Without quite coming out and saying it, you guise nailed the sentiment that made EYK what it is today, and that is, while your supporters love S.K. and kpop, we also love you and watching you HAVE FUN! If it isn’t fun for you, it isn’t fun for us. Keep doing what you love, and we’ll keep loving what you do :)

    3 years ago
  151. wow that really makes me sad; I hope EYK remains strong. I support you! I know that can’t be easy and you may run into problems because of it, but you should know your fans still love you no matter what! :) Hwaiting!!

    3 years ago
  152. Wow that really stinks. People underestimate YouTubers. Makes me angry. Literally, I was getting upset when reading your blog. I was like “that is totes unfair!” and wanted to slap the person who laughed at SooZee. *huggles SooZee* SooZee, you’re a wonderful person. And all that for a 2 minute interview??? It’s ridiculous. I might not have posted it if I was in your shoes. Definitely would have thrown a tantrum or two just to vent the anger feels. Wow. So you guys didn’t film the T-shirt part? I’m glad he liked the shirts at least. :) We’ll have to watch for Taeminnie wearing a Taemin TaeMAN TaeMAXIMUM shirt in photos soon. :) If I see any, I’ll send them your way. :D (PS: I just made my eyk account today! Woo! Love you guys. ouo ♥)

    3 years ago
  153. Omg i just read this whole text (very lonnng) and yeah I can probably imagine how mad you were and you probably wanted to just give the interview up I mean it must have been sooo tiring. Still thank you sooo much for putting this video up, I really enjoyed seeing them being kinda more normal then usual and I think that even with the poor setting and etc. it was a super interview thanks a lot. If you won’t do any videos with sm ent. I would understand your decision after all they did it’s normal but continue to at least do your videos with other companies and with u-kiss :D

    3 years ago
  154. SM is gross. Plain and simple. On a happier note, Soo Zee, you are fantastically wonderful. Martina, your interviewing skills always amaze me. I like how you kind of gently nudge people into talking more without being pushy and how you incorporate your own K-pop knowledge into the conversation to keep things flowing (idk if that makes sense?). It’s impressive. EYK fighting!

    3 years ago
  155. FORGET SM!!!!! You guys make effing awesome videos!!! You weren’t the ones acting like a diva, SM WAS! I love sm artists but the company is freaking horrible!!!! This is going to make me cry, just don’t ever do anything with SM ever again!!! Poor Soo Zee, she didn’t deserve any of that stress! Not even you guys!! @simonandmartina:disqus I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE THE FREAKING BEST, I WATCH YOUR VIDEOS RELIGIOUSLY!!!! All of the WANKs, FAPFAPs (my favorite), WTF, DICKS, OPEN THE HAPPY and everything!!! EYK makes me happy! Even after seeing the videos thousands of times i never get bored! YOU GUYS INSPIRE ME! EYK FIGHTING!!!!!!

    3 years ago
  156. Don’t worry guise, we’re on your side! EYK 5EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    3 years ago
  157. Thank you guys for the extra hard work to put this video up for us! I have to say that I’m also taking SM’s actions personally. It’s like they’re saying they don’t care about the international fans. They’re also putting you down like you’re no one even though most of the international k-pop fans at least know you guys. SM indeed is missing a great opportunity and now they just made themselves look bad. Because I agree, no interview looks worse than a backstage interview (that was supposed to be a backstage interview!?!). I was happy to hear Key speak in English because I think he sounds great! I was happy to see everyone since SHINee is my favourite k-pop group! Also Taemin liking the shirt sounds awesome! :D
    Lastly, I’m very sad if SM treats you guys like that. I was hoping to see you interview Super Junior. I just went to SS5 in Osaka and I’ve never laughed that much at a concert before!! I bet you interviewing them would’ve been so funny… But I still haven’t given up hope yet!

    3 years ago
  158. That is so horrible. I totally understand why you would not want to deal with SM. I would be the same way. You guys do not need that type of stress in your life. Poor Soo Zee, I know how it feels to be polite and professional with someone and all you get is disrespect. In the end I think that it is a learning experience in your life.

    3 years ago
  159. You know what?? you should post thw whole interview. Without cuts or edits or anything like that. The raw thing. Then they’ll learn!!!
    =D
    Ok… you got me… I need more SHINee… sorry.

    3 years ago
  160. I’m so sorry for all the trouble and stress that came with dealing with SM’s PR lady!!! It’s so maddening to have them say no, A FRIKIN’ NO after all the time you guys spent on making this video. Sorry to Soo Zee too for having to put up with this stinking attitude all week. I really really reallyyyyy appreciate this short but awesome video of SHINee though! The questions were original and showed the members in a more relaxed setting than the stiff official videos that SM always seem to prefer. Thank you for everything you guys do, your videos makes a whole world of difference to international fans who are interested in not only kpop but the korean culture as well! FIGHTING~

    P.S. I have no doubt that Jonghyun would actually go on vacation for 3 months by himself without telling the manager. ;)

    3 years ago
  161. You guys are Awesome! I love your videos, and I’m always eager for your next post! Keep up the happy, fun, and informative videos!

    About the label’s fuss; it sounds like someone in the PR dept needs to talk to the other depts at that label. You’d think they’d be on the same page with the huge amount of publicity with the YTMAs. And, what PR dept doesn’t value *free* publicity?. Urrrgh! Way to go SooZee for your enduring all that!

    I agree with your idea about having the kpop record labels sign a contract with you in advance of set interviews – something simple just to have a record of what arrangements are made, i.e., sending them a copy to “proofread” before posting, so you have a written record of who and what dept/mgr agreed to the interview.

    Long comment, but I feel your pain. Sending *happy* thoughts your way.

    3 years ago
  162. wait…so how were you eventually able to post it? O.o

    3 years ago
  163. A big big shot out for Soo Zee for staying professional when SM hulk smashed all agreements & morphed into a company represented by ill mannered children. Sorry you guise had to deal with all that bs. EYK FIGHTING!

    3 years ago
  164. I think its great that you are (re)confirming your focus on Korean culture and life and keeping Kpop as an aspect of that, but not the focus of the website. You will have tons of people angry at this fact but don’t stress. There are so many of us Nasties that love you and your website for exactly what you intend it to be!!
    Keep your head up. We love you!

    3 years ago
  165. *Hugs* Cheer up guise! Don’t let the harsh words and treatment of antis or giant corporations get to you. I am always so happy to see your videos. Cherish the simplicity of loving each other and your lives together, as we cherish seeing a glimpse of your world.

    3 years ago
  166. You guise did exactly what I would have done! During the whole time you were explaining all your “adventures” with SM and Shinee’s management I was thinking: “They have no right to go against. Just put it up anyway!”. Because I know how you work so hard for us nasties and you really don’t deserve this unecessary stress. All the videos you are doing are awesome and I hope you always keep this state of mind that you have. ;) EYK fighting!!! Oh and give also lots hugs and chocolate (cause chocolate cures everything haha!) to Soozee for putting up with this horrible PR lady. :) <3

    3 years ago
  167. ‘a giant million dollar company that cares more about iron-clawed control than individuality’

    SM Ent. is always pushing their popular artists to the limit, uncaring about their health or mental wellbeing. sometimes i think that it’s not entertainment anymore, it’s all about the money for them. For example, DBSK. They worked their butts off singing all around Asia, topping the Oricon Charts, performing in the 2009 Kohaku (A Japanese event where only the best of the best Japanese artists get invited), not to mention all the interviews, media attention AND SAESANG STALKERS they got. All this, and at the height of their careers they only received one measly percent of their total earnings. All the heartbreak and hurt the 5 members received when broken up was obviously detrimental to their mental health. Now JYJ are millionaires and homin are still stuck, almost as slaves, in this stupid restricting company that only cares about earnings.

    What right does SM have to restrict JYJ from performing in Korea? It’s so immoral and unethical and disgusting, but most turn a blind eye because a lot of the new fans don’t really care anymore. When new kpop fans join this world, all they can see is SM thrusting their newest trendy groups into their faces- SNSD, Super Junior, SHINee, f(x), EXO, the list goes on.

    Now, I’m not saying the artists of SM are bad- f(x) and SNSD are so pleasant, SHINee is super dorky and so is Super Junior. It’s just this heartless company that has the big problem.

    Right, now that EXO is super popular and surrounded by millions of fans worldwide, SM is repeating this treatment with no shame, making the 12 members appear on chinese and korean shows,interview after interview, variety shows, and now their very own reality show. Isn’t this too much? Yes, the more exposure they get the more popular and the more pleased the fans will be. But what some people don’t think about is the fact that they are getting no sleep for fame. I’m sincerely worried about EXO.

    This is not just happening to SM artists, it’s happening everywhere else.
    Just to fit Korea’s idea of ‘beauty’, millions of insecure girls are getting plastic surgery and god knows what else.. The k-pop world really is a bit weird. This doesn’t happen in America as far as I’ve seen- there aren’t any variety shows or as much media exposure, which means the artists don’t get mobbed by saesang fans. We just listen to their music, and maybe watch some interviews. But in Korea, artists are being pushed to their limits. ):

    Okay, I’m sorry. I just needed somewhere to get this rant out. Thank you if you read this.. I also want to just clarify that im not just bashing SM, this rant was just about them. Yes, I didn’t even cover SNSD and Super Junior- I don’t know them very well. They say money changes you; well, this company is no exception.
    please tell me if something i’ve said may have been a bit stereotypical or generalising. i was just..in a rush.

    3 years ago
    • “this is what they signed up for when they decided to become idols…” They were children when they started training. How could they realistically know what they were signing up for? I appreciate their hard work and talent. I just hope they are fairly treated and compensated and that they don’t burn out from the stress.

      3 years ago
    • “I mean, do you ever see them complaining?” you… really think they could get away with publicly complaining about that. heh.

      3 years ago
  168. I keep thinking I should let you guys know how much you’re appreciated, and I guess this is the perfect place to do it. You guys are literally the entertainers I never thought could exist. There are many who start out humble and kind, but as they get more and more recognition…they change a bit. (I know there are some seriously good ones, but relatively speaking, they are rare!) Also, I COMPLETELY understand making mistakes, it SHOULD happen! We are human and should get to be human whether celebs or whatever. However…if you have chosen to be in the spotlight, I think it is important to be careful about the values, lifestyle, etc you choose to ‘endorse’. This is why I sincerely appreciate EYK. You are down to earth, hilarious, thoughtful, kind, and ‘real’. By that I mean you are willing to expose some realites of life- marriage, interacting with other people, …also kpop. Sometimes when people get too caught up in something, they aren’t willing to call it out when it does something very wrong. Tolerance can become acceptance, and negatively effect a person (or many people!) It is definitely not my place to say when a person’s priorities are straight or whatever, but personally, I appreciate where yours are:) Ok sorry for my rant! Holy moly this is longer than I thought it would be; but like I said, I’ve been thinking about this for a while. To sum up…THANK YOU. You are fantastic. (Your blog post reminded me of this article I stumbled upon the other day: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/great-white-hope-how-bradley-ray-moore-accidentally-conquered-k-pop)

    3 years ago
  169. Awww, I’m so sorry you had such an bummy experience with all this. You guys don’t deserve that at all! I know us Nasties love love LOVE it when you get to to interviews with artists since we can see them interact with you guys which kind of breaks that third wall but I’d rather you guys continue to have happy and hilarious videos then go jump through hoops just to do a couple minute interview. We understand, really. We love you guys just the way you are so we don’t want some big ol’ butt of a company to change that. I’ll always look forward to more videos from you, kpop or not! ♥

    3 years ago
  170. Kind of goes to show the attitude at SME that pisses so many people off. They could give a shit less about anything other than the money that comes into their hands, that goes for not only their own artists and clients, but anyone else involved as well. Talk about shitty. I’m glad you guys are posting it, even if only because it’s a huge middle finger to the whole situation.

    3 years ago
  171. feel so sorry for u guise…really…but i hope u guise still like SHINee and SHINee will still be your fave…be strong!

    3 years ago
  172. Wow…and I say it again…WOW! It is such a shame that situations like this can hurt them and also reflect on their artists. Sometimes management has no idea what opportunities they are missing…in this instance they should have seen you guys as an opportunity to get more exposure for their artists to the English speaking culture. They must live in their little bubble…SMe is big, but in the scheme of things they have barely touched the west. Don’t they want to be global? SHINee can’t walk down any Korean street without being mobbed, but in my little town California town I doubt anyone would look twice (unless I were on that street…lol). It was definitely a learning experience ….and you survived it! Sounds like you liked the SHINee guys though, that made me smile :)

    3 years ago
  173. Nat

    Please don’t let this situation get you down EYK crew! Even though us fans like interviews with our favorite artists, the real reason we love your videos is your bright and fun loving attitude! Please don’t let this one bad experience bring you down! Us Nasties will continue to support you!

    3 years ago
  174. Don’t worry anymore. I love all your videos, sucks that this happens but hey…at least it’s over and you’ll never have to do this again!
    Love all of you, you’re my biggest inspiration for wanting to come to Korea..seems like an awesome place (even though I will probably cry due to no clothes fitting me or due to having to pack my bags full of bras, shoes and deodorant..) ;) <3

    3 years ago
  175. this is so sad idk I mean lol guys, you have a fandom. Like think of that for a minute just like there are bbcs and babyz and cassies there are NASTIES we’ll be there for you guys in the same way that we’d be there if btob ,ze:a, rainbow or any other group was disrespected. No I don’t blame you guys and I don’t think anyone else does too. We all know how poopy these entertainment companies act at times and for that reason along with the fact that we are fans and we see how our idols are treated and what kind of people you are, NEVER in a billion years would we blame you lol Nasties for life. And don’t take it so hard we’ve wanted you guys to talk to SHINee for a long time and this has been good enough for us .Would I have liked a longer interview with more joking and a less tired but more conditioned Onew? Sure I think everyone would’ve but we’re big kids and I’m sure everyone is happy to even be able to get that little amount I know I am.

    3 years ago
  176. Dont worry you guise, u got the nasties all round the world, we support u EYK crew all the way, wither its sometime bad or not, we hope that this wont happen to u guise again :)!

    3 years ago
  177. I still like the video (I’m a big SHINee fan), but I totally feel bad for you guys and understand the desire to not deal with that again! I love all your WANKS and FAPFAPs and all the other stuff too. Keep up the good work and just put all the crap behind you! Best Wishes from one of your #USANasties!

    3 years ago
  178. I prefer this SM over that SM anytime.
    Be strong guys!! EYK Crew for life *gang sign*

    3 years ago
  179. I’m so sorry you guys had so much trouble and stress regarding the video but just know this: we’re really, really thankful and happy that you guys took the time and trouble to put it up. And we (or the vast majority of us) completely understand that you guys don’t want to deal with SM again. Can’t wait to see more happy, silly videos in the future! ^_^

    3 years ago
  180. Don’t worry guise, you’re still the best!!!!!. And of course you don’t need to be in a similar situation anymore, so let’s keep having fun!! all of you and all the nasties deserve it!!

    3 years ago
  181. I know this is a sad story, but guys please dont take it toooo personal… it probably has happened to 1000 of people! And that is just that sucky part of kpop that will always be there! I have heard interviews where canceled on the place itself because the interview didnt go as they wanted. Really… I understand your guys feeling (have waited 19,5 hours at a airport to see nothing but unknown people and have the artist pass by not only 10 meters away from me by going trough a back door) so I know its hard but just think of all the good stuff that has happened! Look for the positive parts! You guys HAVE FINALLY INTERVIEWED SHINEE! (you gave Taemin the awesome tshirt.. better said 2 awesome tshirts!!!) Wasnt that one of your dreams? I know is sad you where not supposed to upload the video, but by doing so… you crushed your trust with SMentertainment and you might NEVER be able to interview any of their artist ever again. Being polite is one hell of a good thing to do, but being polite and pushy isnt 100% polite. /damn this situation sucks/ but please because this one interview went wrong doesnt mean you guys suck, doesnt mean you guys arent awesome anymore, doesnt mean you guys made one hell of a journey in your lifes you never dreamed off, it doesnt mean you will never ever do an interview again… so please dont go this way…. not getting respect from someone else doesnt mean you can turn your back on them.

    I feel like this post is getting way to long…
    Im a nasty from the beginning (2008) and I love you guys to dead, Im just a bit worried at the moment TT^TT
    GO EYK GOOOOO!
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    “Stay positive” – a nastynasty

    3 years ago
  182. Yo, I’m so sorry you guise had to go through that. :C
    I always enjoy your videos, and hate to hear that this experience was extremely difficult for legit no reason. I don’t blame you for not wanting to work with SME again after that ordeal, because I wouldn’t either. Don’t do anything that would cause you and the people around you that much frustration and stress. Life is way to short and isn’t worth it.
    You have the Nasties supporting you 100%. :)

    3 years ago
  183. As a company i really hate SM i love there artists and the music they put out…. EXO, SHINee, f(x) are some of my top 10 groups!
    But the way they control the band members is bad. What they did to you was bad you shouldn’t have had to go through that especially with go good reason behind it. maybe SHINee didn’t look there BEST but god forbid they look less than perfect like the humans they are… None of the fans will care.

    I really hope you all feel better soon *sends you all positive vibes and big hugs* NASTY’s still love you even if you post things late or not at all when your not in fault!
    Also once i move and get a new job (hopefully better than my current one) expect some goodies coming your way!

    3 years ago
  184. *HUGS* EYK Crew worked hard. Thank you for you hard work. I and everyone here are thankful and will always be by your side. No matter how hard the situation is. Love you and FIGHTING to the future <3

    3 years ago
  185. I don’t know whether SHINee were tired or had a number of interviews to do, but they really didn’t seem enthusiastic in this video. Either way, I enjoyed it and thank you guys so much for posting it, (stupid stupid stupid annoying manager people ) :D

    3 years ago
  186. Cheer up, guise! SM now seems to me even more heartless. You didn’t deserve such a treatment! Thank you for your hard work. I really enjoy watching your videos, so keep it up! Love you, guise! =)))

    3 years ago
  187. thank you so much for putting this up despite all that stress T^T

    3 years ago
  188. maybe key will read this and pass on the message.

    3 years ago
  189. *Hugs to all of you* I’m sorry you guys had such a bad experience with this. I want the EYK Crew to always be happy and you guys are more then just Kpop (And I wouldn’t want to deal with SM again after a situation like that either!). All of your videos are really helping me prepare for when I become a teacher in Korea. I just want to thank you all for your hard work and hope that some kind words can help you all feel better!

    3 years ago
  190. Ok, I so totally agree with you guise. I love EYK because of the videos that YOU make, not because of the interviews with Kpop idols. They are a bonus, yes, but I love EYK because of SIMON and MARTINA and now Leigh and Soozee. But that is why I like watching your videos. Please keep it that way, as I know you will. Don’t let this situation dampen your spirit though. I truly appreciate the work and creativity you guise put into your videos to introduce Korean culture and music to us that are not in Korea or thinking of going to Korea. I feel like I’ve learned so much from you and am so happy to be able to be a small part of EYK. This just makes SM look bad and not you guise because it turns of international fans to SM groups. The video and interview was fine, I still love SHINee no matter what but I really am now hating SM. I love the groups and hate the company..such a contradiction. Anyways, FIGHTING!

    3 years ago
  191. Don’t be sorry guise! This is absolutely not your fault! SM are dicks. The people who pressured you to post the interview are dicks. EVERYBOOOODY (shinee reference here) is a dick expect you guise. I love you guise.

    3 years ago
  192. I totally agree with you guys and support your decision.
    Here, take my nasty love: *HUGS*

    3 years ago
  193. But if dealing with SM is going to ruin that for us, then we won’t deal with them again.

    Totally understand you.

    3 years ago
  194. SM got their knickers in a twist over that?! They must be having some serious internal power war or something. EYK rocks. SHINee rock. SM PR Team you suck!!

    3 years ago
  195. It was ridiculous what SM and etc, did. I mean, is this a way of treating people?
    I’ve seen LOTS of articles saying how stupid they were. There was one saying they would beat up the artist that didn’t do things well… I’ve seen the security pushing and beating up on fans… That’s not way to treat people… No way.
    And that’s so bad because SHINee is the best group i’ve ever listened to, they are my life, my everything, and seeing this, seeing how they are treated (and i guess this isn’t even 1/3 of what they feel) it makes me feel so bad!

    I hope you guys don’t hate SHINee… I don’t think they done nothing wrong right? (or they did?)

    I don’t see much vlogs on youtube, I knew you guys because of the interview, everyone was saying “they are so cool, is my dream to see Eat Your Kimchi with SHINee” and etc, so I was looking for your videos, and I liked so much, you’re all too cute!
    Thanks for all your work, and for everything you’ve passed, but i can say to you: It will be recompanseted, I loved to see the video, really. Thank you so very much….
    I’m an brazilian fan of you! Annyeong~ Thank you all, and please be okay, at least try to forget this!
    (ahhnn… Sorry for my english mistakes… i can speak very well in english, but to write is my problem kekeke)
    GOOD JOB, FIGHTING!

    3 years ago
  196. thanks for putting this up anyways and i hope you guys don’t get any backlash from this!! I feel so bad that you guys had such a difficult time! i really hope that sm just forgets about and such. you guys are SUPER awesome putting stuff up for us and dealing with all this crap! i don’t know how they think shinee looks bad. they are just about to go on stage! they look flippin AWESOME! I also feel bad for shinee that the have such a tightwad company that is just ridiculous managing them. that is no way to promote your artist and make people want to work with them. LOVE YOU GUYS! and i still love shinee I just want to punch sm in the face.

    3 years ago
  197. Someone on facebook start sharing the link to the video and asking their friends to go to YouTube and LIKE the video…here’s what the post says:

    Ok, so I never do this, but please go to YouTube and “LIKE” this video: http://youtu.be/sFwLX4LmPy8

    Here’s why…A couple, Simon and Martina, have become Vloggers in South Korea and were given a chance to interview this music group called SHINee. SHINee’s company, SM Entertainment, was fine with this, but when the time of the interview came around, SM started giving them the run-around. They finally got the interview and announced on their web site that they would be posting the video soon. They sent SM a copy of the video so they could make sure everything was ok out of courtesy. Since they already had the interview, they didn’t need SM’s permission to post it, but SM said NO, you can’t post it. You can read about all the trouble and abuse they went through before posting the video on their blog at http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/

    This is basically a big company trying to BULLY a small company through intimidation and that’s just wrong. Simon… and Martina posted the video anyway. By liking this video, it will show SM Entertainment that they can’t just bully people. They already bully their artist, the media and everyone else in their country, but I’m hoping to show this BIG company that they can’t bully everyone.

    Please help by liking this video and re-posting this so more people will help STAND UP FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE AGAINST A HUGE CORPORATION.

    Thank you.

    3 years ago
  198. More reasons to be YG biased.

    3 years ago
  199. Thank you guys for putting this video up for all yours and SHINee fans to see, and I am so sorry that you were given the ring around by SM Entertainment staff. I thoroughly enjoyed the video and I look forward to other interviews you guys are able to do with other kpop idols. And omg I soooo wish we could have seen Taemin’s face when you gave him the Taemin, Taeman, Taemaximum shirt. What popped immediately into my head when he asked if he could keep both shirts is that he is gonna give one to Naeun on WGM. OMG that would be so awesome if he did and they did it on camera or posted selcas while wearing the shirts >,<

    3 years ago
  200. I rather have you guys be comfortable with these interviews than have to put up with that crap. EYK Hwaiting!

    3 years ago
  201. I’m sad to hear that you had such trouble trying to get everything together. Keep on the positive! Love watching and reading your blogs!!

    3 years ago
  202. AWWWWWW :( What an unfortunate experience :( Wow, I didn’t know it was possible for people to be such dicks D: CHEER UP GUISEEE, US NASTIES STILL LOVE YOU :) Everything you do is more than we could have every imagined, and we love every single second it :D Here’s to more positive experiences in the future! :) Fighting~

    3 years ago
  203. I’m sorry SM is so STUPID. But it is hardly the first time and it won’t be the last. I hope this doesn’t affect how Simon and Martina feel about SHINee. They seemed nice enough. Jong with a funny response. Taemin liking the T-shirt. Key watching the show and commenting on Martina’s hair.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed the video (I’m glad I read the blog after). Shawols definitely appreciate the effort. THANK YOU Simon, Martina and Soo Zee!

    Fangirl moment: Key touched Martina’s hair!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago
  204. okay i finished this super long rant with two huge unanswered questions: first so did you finally get them to agree or did you just put the video up since like you said you don’t need their permission? cause you never mentioned that?! and second why did you cut out the parts with taemin getting the tshirts and key saying he watched kmm? it’s not like the interview would’ve been too long :S sry i didn’t know how to phrase my questions without sounding too insensitive and ungrateful xD i love you guys i really do and i was happy to watch that interview although what i looked forward to the most were your interactions and not shinee anwering to dull questions which is like 100% not your fault so yeah… sm sucks -.- and i really appreciate that you put up with their crap but yeah we don’t expect you to go through all that like you said it’s not worth it although it’s pity but hey it’s their loss…

    3 years ago
    • I believe what happened was that TECHNICALLY they got permission to do the interview before this whole fiasco went down, and that’s the stuff that really matters, the PRs don’t actually have a right telling them not to put up the video later cause (I’m assuming, legally?) they already had permission to begin with. So even though the PRs didn’t agree to it (cause they weren’t communicating like decent human beings) their say doesn’t really matter, so they S and M uploaded the interview anyway :) Hope that clears up that question! And with regards to the Taemin shirt question, they said that part wasn’t part of the interview so it’s possible it just wasn’t recorded..I hope my assumptions/conclusions are all accurate, otherwise feel free to correct me S and M, or anyone else ^^

      3 years ago
    • I believe what happened was that TECHNICALLY they go permission to do the interview before this whole fiasco went down, and that’s the stuff that really matters, the PRs don’t actually have a right telling them not to put up the video later cause (I’m assuming, legally?) they already had permission to begin with. So even though the PRs didn’t agree to it (cause they weren’t communicating like decent human beings) their say doesn’t really matter, so they S and M uploaded the interview anyway :) Hope that clears up that question! And with regards to the Taemin shirt question, they said that part wasn’t part of the interview so it’s possible it just wasn’t recorded..I hope my assumptions/conclusions are all accurate, otherwise feel free to correct me S and M, or anyone else ^^

      3 years ago
  205. OKAAAAY! A FEW THINGS:

    If this was a live event, you wouldn’t have had a problem, like if they were interviewed doing the program. SHINee were on a show you probably know called After School Club on Arirang last week, which is completely live. Something management agreed to and I didn’t see P.R. running in half way saying NO STOP!

    You guys only ever wave the white flag and show how considerate you are to the artists team, however a part of me wishes you never provided this to management! This never would’ve happened. I have a feeling that like you said, the PR’s thought you were some media outlet seeking approval for the first time, clearly lacking communication between them and SHINee’s personal manager. I don’t think they ever spoke to him because the probably have a rule where they can’t, like sought out the drama, don’t let it go higher up. All because of this lack of communication.

    Also, I was going to say, why don’t you just show them the contract which you and management signed, and then you said you didn’t sign anything… YOU DIDN’T SIGN ANYTHING!?!? Aaww I love how innocent you guise are, and that you’re honestly doing it for the love, but you need to get people to sign things coz they gon’ renege on their agreements, which I know is a problem for you guys at EYK because unlike them, you are people of your word, you could’ve easily said forget it, but you knew you promised fans, fans that you’ve never met, but easily respect and love them (once again something entertainment labels don’t understand). And I know, if you showed most managers the dotted line, they’d say FORGET ABOUT IT (in a New York accent, obviously) buut, you gotta do it to save yourselves, otherwise maybe not do it at all.

    Because of this, SM Entertainment may sue you now for something stupid like character defamation, so speaking on behalf of all true EYK fans, we won’t be mad or sad if you need to remove this video. We love, care and are grateful enough for you guise not to get in trouble.

    On a final note, I’m really sad that you’re long awaited moment to meet SHINee (I remember in one of your live chats you said the one group you’ve never interlinked and always wanted to was SHINee) was crushed by manic stress and ickiness. You guys are a giant global representation of FANS, and you do us proud all the time. You’re position of YTMA was amazing, in every city the show was in, you guys were the most professional, your comedic timing and flowiness during a live broadcast was utterly impressive for someone that’s never been on live TV EVAH!! EVAH!! I honestly think you will be asked to be hosts at K-Pop Award Ceremonies in the future ( :O had the best idea ever, you guys should do a live version of the EYK 2013 Awards!!!!!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN!) Also, I know you guys have loved SM Ent. for so long, you even made a video on your Top 7 SM songs of all time, so it is such a shame. And a final shout out to Soozee, who worked so hard, she is a fragile flower, I saw her in Sydney while fans were going crazy looking at her through a glass wall, she stayed poised and kept doing her job organising papers and t-shirts on the tables, professional to the MAX!

    LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH, and if you read this, thank you for reading my rant. Haha

    p.s. Don’t let this turn you into DIVAAAS hahaha you’re still our NASTY leaders through and through.
    Love & light.

    3 years ago
  206. Super Nasty hugs! *throws cupcakes, cute cats, rainbows and fan mail in your direction* (ノ◕ヮ◕)/*・゜゚・*❤

    I’m sorry you had to go through all of this on our behalf. Thank you interviewing SHINee and doing everything in your power to work with SM to get this video up. We truly appreciate all of your hard work.

    Its great to read all of the support you’re getting from the Nasties! You guise rock!

    Sooozeee you are a champion! I hope you never have to experience that again. You are amazing!

    EYK Hwaiting!!!^^

    3 years ago
  207. You’re not being divas! You’re being earnest, hardworking people who care about your Nasties and upholding your promises to us – and how could we ever be mad at EYK for that? Thank you for working so hard, and trying so hard, and not giving up, and sharing the video! Don’t deal with SM again if you don’t want to because I think most of us would much rather you be happy~

    3 years ago
  208. I’m really sorry for the frustration you guys went through. It must have been so disappointing finally getting an interview with Shinee only to be sucked into a tug-a-war with SM. Thank you (and thank Soozie) for your efforts, I feel like when you have to go up against obstacles to put out videos what you’re really fighting for is us, your fans. So thank you for trying so hard for us.

    Please don’t let this experience with the company ruin your view of Shinee or any future opportunities you may have with other bands. You were in the right and from your description it sounds like you guys acted very maturely and politely with this ridiculous situation.

    We thank you and love you for all the hard work you do for us, because the fact is your not putting your time and hard work into just a video but instead what your investing in is us. So from one of us thank you EatYourKimchi.

    3 years ago
  209. T-T Reading this has got me FUMING. I’m so mad at SM right now! I’m so sorry that you had to go through such pains caused by SM. I would never think you guys were being Divas when you obviously tried so hard to compromise with SM staff even when they’re being unreasonable losers. They’re the ones in the wrong here, SM staff have NO BUSINESS sassing you guys and being rude to Soo Zee. I hope you guys know how much we appreciate the EYK crew. We love you!! <333

    3 years ago
  210. So did SM finally agree to letting you put up this video or are you going to get sued and murdered in a dark, back alley? :(

    3 years ago
  211. I seriously, SERIOUSLY, hope you guys never have to go through so much crap again!!! I really love what YOU guys do! Every week I lose my stress and frustration while watching your funny videos and reading your hilarious blog posts!! I understand that you guys are not a kpop company ready to promote kpop idols as unapproachable people and even if I never get to see another kpop idol interview from EYK I will still keep loving and watching EYK!!!!!! <333 I have also had to face a similar situation in my high school with my commtech class because of the principal and stuff telling us we can't show our videos and what not and its truly terrible after all of the hard work that goes into filming to be told that people can't see even a 2 minute video because of one tiny reason!!! So… Power to EYK, power to NASTIES and off with rude people's heads!!!!!! Much love~

    3 years ago
  212. When I watch your interviews, I always wonder if you understand everything the kpop stars say. Do you have Soozee or a Korean fluent person translating to english at the same time? Or do you just understand Korean perfectly? I’m intrigued! :)

    3 years ago
  213. I’m sorry you had to deal with the craziness that is kpop red tape! It sounds horrible, and I love all of your Kpop vids and don’t think you need to force yourself to go through such stress! It sounds horrible. And I feel really bad for Soo Zee! I hope she is doing ok :)

    3 years ago
  214. SM staff are shit. Why the hell are you worried about how they look in a short interview when you over work them and don’t treat them right? I remember Hangengs story about when he was sick once and he went to hospital and they put him on an IV drip, but increased the speed because they had to hurry, but doing so can cause heart failure. I’ve seen a video of TVXQ as 5, Changmin was talking to the camera in the dressing room, but in the background, the hairdresser yelled at Yunho and called him a brat because Yunho said he was hurting him. I was absolutely shocked. Staff can be vicious creatures. That woman scoffing at Suzy was just gross.
    Anyway… thanks for the SHINee interview ^.^

    3 years ago
  215. Aw man! My question showed up at the very beginning and I got so excited ;o; But that’s okay, and it’s cool that you guys even saw my comment! Hahahaha. I’m sorry this has been so rough and I’m glad you guys were all ‘stick it to the man’ and posted what you had anyway. Because you guys are so close to your viewers it feels like we second-hand met SHINee and that’s cool and good enough. >u<

    3 years ago
  216. This is terrible for both sides. But i guess we have to remember that SM is a huge company and they probably barely look over anything and just null and void it because of all the other stuff that is going on which is a pain to people like the EYK crew who work really hard just to be blown off. At least you had the experience and know ahead of time what it is going to be like if you ever plan to do sm artist interviews again. (at least now you know what kind of precautions to take)
    Anyways all of SHINee looked so freaking gorgeous and i really loved the Taemin shirt thing that is cute, i wish it was in the interview but it is ok. i hope you guys can relax for a little but now! FIGHTING EYK!!

    3 years ago
  217. I honestly never really find impromptu interviews with kpop idols to be very interesting or funny. I mean, I get it. They are performers, they sing, they dance and they sometimes act, but they are not comedians and I certainly do no expect them to be amazing all the time. It’s just sometimes wish it wasn’t so forced. I mean, whatever, record companies build performers not character. We can only hope record companies like SM will change their philosophy on how they manage their artists. (But seriously SM you need to chill out. You ain’t all that!!)

    3 years ago
  218. Simon and Martina – You two are simply amazing. The effort and time you put into your work does not go unnoticed by your NASTIES! Please don’t let some arrogant, misguided, out of touch, d-bag company get you down. If they didn’t like how or where the interview was taking place, then they should have made other arrangements with you. This is actually making me reconsider listening to anyone or anything SM related again. Keep on, keeping’ on guise! *fist bumps*

    3 years ago
  219. i would love to say the sm’s behavior surprised me but it really didn’t. They want their label to be global but when opportunities like this arise they shoot it down. It doesn’t make sense…ugh anyway, i loved the video and i hope shinee were really nice! thankyou for the video and your hard work!

    3 years ago
  220. This definitely shows the stresses and pressures that kpop idols have to deal with. Not only with schedules, rehearsals, diets, hair and costume changes, but the way that their management treats them and the people around them. Granted, they were probably just looking out for the benefit of their product and their company, but it really shows a bad face. Be open and welcoming. It’s not like you guys were asking horrible questions, or globing over them like fangirls. I think that they ended up just lumping you in with smear websites and news people because you’re asking them interview questions in front of a camera. Apparently that denotes news and smear tactics. Oh dear. Well no matter what Martina and Simon, we love you guys. We love the different video platforms that you produce for our enjoyment, and we appreciate the laughter you bring to our lives. EYK FIGHTING! <3

    3 years ago
  221. You guys work hard enough all week. It’s not worth to you deal with such rude people just because they didn’t like the way the interview looked. To me it was just fine, but I don’t know anything about editing and stuff. I will continue watching your videos as long as I can. The nasties love you and will always be by your side.

    3 years ago
  222. The only SM that counts for Nasties are Simon & Martina!

    3 years ago
  223. basically stay away from smentertainment (entertainment my ass). those arogant pricks think they are better than anyone else and that can to anything. oh my god i hate this company

    3 years ago
  224. THIS IS SO FUCKING STUPID!! I don’t understand how SM can be so stupid about something so simple as an interview! In fewer words they are not only giving you guys a hard time but also SHINee and their artists, they’re making them look bad and wasting great opportunities for them to become closer to their fans. If they don’t like how the interview “looks” it’s actually their fault, the managers where there when you recorded right? They could’ve done something about it if the “appearance” of the place bothered them so much.
    I’m honestly SM biased, but I don’t like their attitude as an actual management. They clearly want to make everyone feel inferior to them and let people know that “just because we’re SM we’re superior and better and we’re Gods.”
    Fuck them. Fuck them all.

    And I’m so sorry you guys had to go through all this, I really am because I appreciate your effort and I’m pretty sure you were really tired editing this video for all the fans, just to get nasty attitudes and responses from this fucking people.
    Either way, thanks for being so awesome! Know that your real fans will always support you no matter what :D and I hope you don’t hate SHINee or SM artists after this ^^;; haha

    3 years ago
  225. I knew something was up considering the live chat and the fact that it was so short. But seriously, just because SM is one of the biggest companies ever, doesn’t mean that they are allowed to do that! Seriously, she should be fired for being so blantly rude. And poor Soozee, she doesn’t deserve that. I am really happy that Key saw the Music Monday and Taemin loved the shirts, that gives me happiness. You know what you’re gonna have to do? Become secret best friends with all the idols from SM entertainment, that way you won’t have to deal with the meanies! It’d be really funny if you and SHINee become best friends.

    SM really missed out on a big opportunity. I’m pretty sure Amber has been wanting to do something crazy in an interview with you guys. Even though you guys are just on youtube, you do help with them getting a bigger international crowd. And you treat kpop as a genre and the idols as humans, which in the end is what we want to see. I’m pretty sure that’s what people love about Amber’s instagram and U-KISS being in your videos, it’s seeing that normal fun side of them. However in the end, I don’t blame you for turning them down if it comes to another interview or anything. It’s not worth it.

    3 years ago
  226. DG

    Damm you SM i knew they were messed up but, seriously over a mini interview? C’mon wow SM, no wonder i am a YG stan…..

    3 years ago
  227. Did SM really shit themselves over this interview?? Jesus
    There was nothing wrong with it and in fact it was kept so clean. I’m kind of interested to know what your original q’s were.

    3 years ago
  228. Simon and Martina, there is no need to be sad about this situation. You
    guys did everything you could to upload this video & I know that
    other shawols/nasties (just like me) appreciate it & all your hard
    effort.
    I just want to say to you both: thank you! thank you for
    everything that you do, especially with these stressful situations.
    Thank you for always trying to find a way to make nasties happy! We
    really appreciate you guys! ♥ ^_____^

    3 years ago
  229. Guys we love you so much because you are so cheerful and amazing. I
    mean, your positive vision of life is freaking contagious and it makes
    you inspiring. Losing your energy for something like that don’t worth it
    so please DON’T BE SAD! I really feel bad for Soo Zee who did her best
    and still got treated like that. You have my support. A lot lot lot of
    LOVE from France!

    3 years ago
  230. HUG.

    3 years ago
  231. I personally watch your videos for your adorable personalities and to see all of your interesting experiences in a different country. I do enjoy listening to kpop, but if the industry makes you this unhappy you shouldn’t feel obligated to go through with it. Sure some will be mad, but there are far more that love you for just being you! hwaiting! <3

    3 years ago
  232. It just makes you think that SM really have missed a trick here. I mean it’s all well and good to hear the general interview stuff the “Our album is for our fans. We will work harder for our fans in the future for a better album/concept” cardboard cutout repsonses that often get said. But a look at some of the most popular inteview styles (at least here in the UK, I can’t speak for elsewhere) are the ones where artists, be they whatever genre, answer silly questions, or do silly tasks. It makes the artists in question look human. I guess it’s the juxtapostion between perfect idol types, almost worshipped by the fans and the relatable artists that are on the fans level. It seems that SM have missed a great opportunty to show a different interview style that’s got its own great appeal and merits. Lastly if that style of interview with questions that FANS ask is clearly popular online with a big global audience of different cultures, countries and people not just korean then surely they are missing out on understanding the great exposure that going on youtube channels like EYK can do for their groups and products. I’m sorry that you wonderful people had to put up with that kind of stress, but you did a brilliant job it was funny and punchy andf fun and if SM can’t see the merit in that well then they’re only shooting themselves in the foot.

    3 years ago
  233. At first I was disappointed when I saw the time of the interview. almost 3 minutes. I was like, “What sorcery is this?” cuz usually your interviews, even the short ones run about 7 minutes.

    Then I read the blogpost, and was thoroughly frustrated. What the hell? If you agree to an interview, follow through with it. It wasn’t fair to you, or to SHINee, or to any person’s question that you were forced to omit because of last minute bullshit.

    Do I love the video? You betcha! How often is it that you guys interview one of my favoritest groups of all time, let alone the one boy band that started all my fangirling feels? It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and appreciate it so much, and so much more knowing what you guys had to go through. I seriously fangirl EVERYTIME Key speaks English. Now, if only we could get my bias Jonghyun to do it >_>

    But anywho, I’m glad you resolved not to go through that again. That was utter bullshit, and no one deserves to be treated that way. We all love and appreciate the effort that went in to making this interview happen.

    Even if SM PR were being fart suckers.

    From me, a die-hard Shawol who was fangirling the entire time, and one dedicated NASTY!

    -Karen

    3 years ago
  234. SHINee is my favourite group and I was so excited to see the interview. However, after reading S&M’s blog post about their experience with SME, I almost had steam coming out of my ears. EYK are so polite and never ask questions that make idols uncomfortable, and for SME to be so rude to Simon, Martina, and Soo Zee is a disgrace. I’m really sorry that they had to go through this and I am thankful that they fought so hard for Nasties and Shawols to upload the video.

    On a more positive note, I enjoyed the interview and SHINee seemed really cool and nice. I was really happy to hear that Taemin liked and accepted the tee-shirts.

    Thanks EYK crew. Hwaiting!!! ^^

    3 years ago
  235. Sooo… you just uploaded it anyway? Bwahahaha fantastic.
    But yeah, that was a lot of hassle for not much at all. Out of everyone, I’m not surprised SME behaved like this. This will only tarnish their image, not yours.
    But keep it up, there will always be bumps. Try not to think much of those and think about your positive experiences instead. There’s lots of those, and more to come! :D

    3 years ago
  236. All that fuss over this interview?! SM be trippin….

    3 years ago
  237. That is horrible; you two should never be subjected to such unprofessional degradation. The reality is S.M. Entertainment is bigger than a small studio ran by two Canadians but that fact does not justify their actions. Someday you will be able to meet SHINee again under different, better circumstances. It is understandable that the company wants its products to perform to their best abilities but so much so to place another business that benefits and promotes its products is an uncouth, underhanded way to succeed, I just hope that you will not be harassed by the company or another in the future, even though reality seems to be in favor of the obverse situation.

    3 years ago
  238. Yes, SM is like a brick wall… U can shout, plead or even sing to it and U will still hear the same damn thing: “NO, NO, NO” *rolls eyes* If they think they are a ‘serious company’ then they proved past those 4 years they are just an adult with mentality of a child. At least that is the conclusion I came upon. Sure their promoting of artist is the ultimate #1 but their constrictions towards their artists is also #1. They ‘make’ idols that are ‘their creation’ and they can’t be different then what the company ‘makes them’. In SM eyes their idols are their ‘dolls’ a ‘finished’ product and whatever their artists ‘grow’ or the environment ‘changes’ outside of the boundaries made by them it doesn’t matter because SM already made everything to ‘their liking’ and will not accept anything different. In their run for money they practically are killing off any kind of ‘individuality’, ‘creativity’ and ‘freedom’ of their own artists. It’s either SM way or NO way. The things didn’t change for past 10 years now, heck even longer and I doubt they will change anytime soon so ‘ignoring’ & ‘avoiding’ SM in general is the most logic & reasonable thing to do but definitely not the ‘easy one’. SM controls every aspect of Korean Music Industry (like the other two biggest companies) and I know from experience that ‘coexisting’ next to SM will be more then a challenge if U don’t want to do things their way LOL So don’t worry Ur decision is a right one (at least in my eyes) in the long run. Thanks for all the hard work like always~^^ FIGHTING~!!

    PS: I always pity and worry for the SM artists… the company and ppl controlled by SM around those artists make them look like the ‘world rulers’ and most k-pop fans blindly believes it also… but I always see them as ‘prisoners’ of sort that live a life SM ‘made’ for them and considering the fact that SM groups have rather short lives it just proves how imperfect those ‘made’ lives are… -end of rant- XD

    3 years ago
  239. Sounds like a case where the left hand (PR) didn’t know what the right hand (MGMT) was doing. I hope this doesn’t backfire on you guys – SM’s reach is long.

    I’m surprised SHINee was even at a less “formal” event like the YT music awards! The whole thing with the SM idols is being perfect, distant, and unobtainable. The harder it is to reach them, the greater the glamour.

    3 years ago
  240. I’m sorry you guise have to go through with all that stress and bad vibe :( It’s ok if you guise are not able to get any interviews with artists from big companies. We will still love you guise and your videos :D Hwaiting!! I hope that all this is over and you can finally destress :)

    3 years ago
  241. Shame about the rubbish experience guys, and sorry you had to go through it. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the video, as did the rest of the nasties, so not all lost eh. Thank you for your efforts! x

    3 years ago
  242. It really gives an incite on how terrible entertainment companies are behind the scenes, I feel so bad for Soo Zee and want to punch that PR in the face. S&M I thank you for doing this for us and as a Shawol I am SOOOO HAPPY I got to see this video and know of the hard work you put into it. THANK YOU EAT YOUR KIMCHI! *Much big bow*

    3 years ago
  243. This is awful, I really can’t see why SM has a problem with this interview, as far as I can see there’s nothing wrong with it.
    But won’t SM say anything about you putting it up despite them saying no to it?

    3 years ago
  244. wow,Tearing up in frustration cause I can hear it through your writing up there.
    But I wish to tell you [again] how amazing, talented and wonderfully hilarious you are. period. It’s not an ordinary couple who goes to another country, encounters so much change in their lives over the past 5 years and FLOURISHES the way you have!
    You & your videos will forever be important because you give the phenomenal gift of making people, AROUND THE ENTIRE EARTH, smile and laugh, even on their worst days.
    So please, forget all the negative bullsh*t you experienced last week knowing that you’re making a crazy, happy, fun & insightfully creative world just by doing what you love. AND remember that your Nasties love you <3
    Cheers! [and Hwauiting!! yes cheesy Kdrama till the end…]

    3 years ago
  245. I don’t usually care about things on the Interwebs, but when I do, it’s because you guyz are awesome.

    Ok, so that was my bad impression, but seriously, after reading all that, I just want to give you guys a hug. You do a great job and should not have been brought down by all that. Y’all definitely don’t deserve those negative vibes. I shall send some positive vibes your way via the intercontinental net highway! I hope they serve you well!

    3 years ago
  246. Thanks guys , I do enjoy every single video you made no matter how long it is even (0:30) preview.a Big love from an Algerian Nasty here ^^, I dont write here very often but I love love love looove reading your blogs.

    for the SM part, I wish they will get a horrible diarrhea for like 2251485963588445266 hours (sorry for that).they do need some humour in their lives.

    Soozee YOU THE BEST <3

    3 years ago
  247. just for putting this blog up you guise are my heroes
    is not ok how they treathed you but im so happy that you can let it in the past ^^´
    sending you all my positive energy!!!

    3 years ago
  248. I’m so sorry about what SM did….and I’m not sure if this is a dumb questions or not but could it be possible for you guys to write about what happened in the interview like how they were and talk about the parts of the interview that you guys didn’t put in the video (apart from the taeman t-shirt ofc) >_< I don't know…. I was hoping to see that too in this post so….TT_TT Thanks!!

    3 years ago
  249. I felt so happy watching the interview and after reading the blog post, I’m fuming. Not at you, but that super rude PR lady and management. Honestly, I had stopped watching and listening to KPOP until I came across a video by you guys and that’s why I started watching KPOP videos again. SM should be kicking themselves right now because they lost an amazing opportunity to work with you amazing people! NASTIES LOVE YOU so just ignore SM. They don’t know what they lost! I hope you guys feel better about all of this!!!! :D

    3 years ago
  250. I’m so sorry guys! :'( I can just imagine how horrible that whole experience must have been… And Soo Zee…. They shouldn’t have laughed at her! That’s just wrong! It’s like SM thinks they’re Gods and can eliminate you! In the future guys don’t stress yourselves about that stuff, as nasties we love you guys no matter what and so if you didn’t put up that interview we would’ve been cool with that too :) you guys need to take care of yourself too <3 You guys have inspired me and touched my heart with all your videos and I'll forever stand behind the Nasty flag (even though you guys don't have a flag :P)

    3 years ago
  251. I`m so sorry your experience with SM had to be so difficult D: but nonetheless i love the video even if its short, I just hope you guys get back on your feet and happy selves :<

    3 years ago
  252. Ren

    Wow, I knew I hated SM before but this just makes me hate them more. Honestly, I had a feeling something like this would happen if you ever got the chance to interview one of their groups. They censor almost everything their idols do and it’s disgusting. When Jonghyun said he was going to take a vacation without telling his manager, I felt really bad because I know that is probably the only way he will possibly get a vacation. I’m sorry you guys had to go through that, tell SooZee we love her. She really is an angel for putting up with that woman. I completely understand you guys not wanting to work with them again, so don’t worry about disappointing us. I’m not disappointed in you, I’m disappointed in SM; because it was their fault. ♥ love you guys, never stop being awesome! Take a long nap and drink some bubble tea to feel better.

    3 years ago
  253. That is so mean! Wow, this is the reason why we don’t like management. You guys wanted them to look good too and suddenly they just blitz you with a “No” for everything? Seriously, you got all the approval beforehand. Not very happy with SM’s management (again) right now.

    3 years ago
  254. EYK: I am extremely proud of you guys. You know when and where to set your boundaries. My intuition says this won’t be the last time you see SHINee.. I’m sending out into the universe my hope that your next experience with them will be a complete turnaround into the positive. :D This one may not have been resolved, but I commend you for doing your very best to handle it peacefully. And perhaps those PR people were having a bad day due to something else. Who knows their perspective and what perceptions they brought to the encounter? What people say is usually more about them than anyone else. Thank you guys for standing up to them and uploading anyway, but thank you especially for telling us openly about what went on in behind the scenes. *hugs*

    3 years ago
  255. this part: “Okay…so, breathing very slowly and calmly, we went out of our way to
    offer a compromise: if they don’t like the video, then let’s have SHINee
    over at our studio, where we can film something in a better environment
    with more lighting. Sure, it’ll destroy our schedule for the week and
    cost us tons more time to edit and translate, but we’re willing to do
    that instead as a middle ground.” totally made me laugh. i understand the frustration of being shot down when you’re only trying to do something that you think would be good for everybody involved, but really? asking them to come to nasty studio as if it’s completely out of /your/ way and not out of their’s at all was just hilarious, and ridiculous. there was no middle ground there at all lol.

    3 years ago
    • So where do you think most entertainers do interviews? They generally do come to an interviewer’s location or offer an alternative.

      Middle Ground = an area of compromise or possible agreement between two extreme positions

      SM wasn’t willing to do either… don’t try to justify bad behavior.

      3 years ago
      • ytma was not an eyk event, so why would shinee then have to go to eyk’s studio as some sort of middle ground to make up for an interview they didn’t like? how is going to eyk’s studio middle ground for shinee at all? does that even make sense???

        and i’m not trying to excuse sm’s behavior, but eyk saying that they don’t owe sm anything goes likewise for sm.

        3 years ago
        • What SM did was arrogantly unprofessional. I don’t care how big or small a company may be. Simon and Martina didn’t HAVE to send that video to SM first… they could have just put it up and not suffered the aggravation.

          I know how PR works… I scheduled interviews with press and media for a previous employee. The first thing you learn is that the last thing you want to do is “piss off the press.”

          3 years ago
        • i know for sure sm could’ve handled it better, i’m not saying sm is in the right. if you read my first comment, all i did i was laugh at eyk for acting as if shinee going to nasty studio was any kind of middle ground for shinee at all. as if it was /such/ a bother for eyk to go out of their way to offer that, when eyk would’ve benefited more from that than shinee would’ve, if at all lol. it was arrogant of eyk to think like that.

          3 years ago
        • I read your comment… reread my response.

          3 years ago
        • yeah i still don’t think it was a middle ground. how is going all the way to eyk studio a middle ground for shinee? where is eyk meeting shinee in the middle at? their studio? lol if you can’t understand what i’m saying, that’s fine, i’ve already fully explained it and i’m sure it makes sense, i don’t want to waste any more time reexplaining things to you :)

          3 years ago
        • I know what you’re trying to say, I just don’t think you have a leg to stand on.

          Simon & Martina made an offer to redo the interview at another location… you may not like the location they offered but at least they made the effort to try to negotiate a resolution to the problem SM was having with it… something they didn’t ****HAVE**** to do. That’s what you call trying to reach a middle ground.

          What did SM do? Answer: Nothing except act like pricks.

          Simon & Martina may be the “little guy” here but they’ve got well over 300,000 YouTube subscribers with 3 YouTube channels that have received over 158,000,000 views. This particular video/blog has now been seen and/or read by 100,000+ of those viewers.

          PR = Public Relations.

          Here are 3 options, pick one:

          1. SM doesn’t know what that means.
          2. SM doesn’t care what it means.
          3. SoMeonE in their [email protected] PR department didn’t do their homework regarding the number of international eyes and ears Simon & Martina have access to.

          3 years ago
  256. so sad they treated you like that… if anything youtube is where sm was able to reach out to their international viewers, fans are on yt …and it was the yt awards oh god …that was very inappropriate of them. do they know who they are dealing with? yt fans !!!

    3 years ago
  257. Unbelievable! This pisses me off! All of my favorite kpop idols come from SM but this behavior is so rude and unacceptable.

    3 years ago
  258. I still love you EYK team, with or without this interview…that PR lady…it’s their loss, we are nasties not just kpop fans, so for me it doesn’t matter if you put up the interviews or not. It’s quite weird that they use makeup, some of them have ps and they still don’t like how they look?! Anyway, keep up the good work guise!

    3 years ago
  259. Ro

    Well, that PR is surely too full of herself. I don’t know what’s with SM, as if they didn’t care about foreign fans, they make no effort to be accessible but they still happily say in korean media that their artists gather thousands of international fans in their concerts. How they think that happened?? If we didn’t have Internet, most of us wouldn’t know them.
    Also, wow! the guys look so tired, I’ve seen them in variety waking up and they show much more energy.

    3 years ago
  260. Man, that really super sucks all the work you had to go through just to deal with PR on top of the work of making the video. I like the interviews but no interview is worth even half of that hassle. The interview itself was great for what it was and I really like the little graphics at the opening – super sweet! Fangurilla……always necessary ;)

    3 years ago
  261. Good for you for not letting SM dictate your actions! Personally, I won’t even buy anything SM related because they are such bastards. Not the artists fault, but my money isn’t going to line the pockets of a company like SM.

    3 years ago
  262. Don’t let encounters with big media corporations like this get you down. What the managers there don’t realize is that vloggers and bloggers like you guys are such an important resource and asset in getting their artists known and raising their international profiles. For them to be so condescending and patronizing like that just makes them look like assholes and it doesn’t reflect anything badly on you. You guys just keep doing what you’re doing and know that your audience is totally supportive in all your endeavours because they know how much of an effort you put in and that this isn’t just a job for you. Martina and Simon, you guys are the best! And this is coming from a Korean…This is my first time commenting on a post for you guys but these are the thoughts I’ve had about you guys for the 2 or so years I’ve been watching you. And as a Korean living in Canada, I feel closer to my home country and really appreciate the light-hearted and fun angle you put on Korean culture. It’s really eye-opening. Thank you! All the best for interviews in the future!!

    3 years ago
  263. we all know SM is the worst company with the most lovely idols, so don´t worry guys and even if you couldn´t have put the video it wouldn´t have been your fault, love you EYK & SHINee <3

    3 years ago
  264. That is such bullshit. Poor Soozee, and I’m sorry you guys had to do through this. I’ve always been against SM the company since the DBSK split and this is not only an example of their wanting to exercise absolute control but complete unprofessionalism. That PR bitch honestly just exemplified everything about SM’s shady business works: Who the fuck do you think you are? We’re SM Entertainment and we can do whatever the fuck we want.
    This makes me mad too and I wasn’t even present during this situation. Cheer up guys, you do not have to go through this again and this coverage has definitely showed many people the shit these selfish multi-million companies who care more about profit and image than their employees leave behind.

    3 years ago
  265. Sounds like a hassle and really stupid. I can’t imagine why they’re doing this quite honestly. Don’t they have people who research things before agreeing? Couldn’t they check out your past interviews in similar situations to see how they would be to make a more informed decision? And if the manager doesn’t have any say in these type of things why did he give permission in the first place and would he have any consequences? I think they’re just b.sing. Maybe you guys should start making Contracts for people you’re going to interview to avoid these type of situations. You do have a right to be upset. They’re taking away time and (possibly) money from you all from doing other things. I didn’t see anything to be upset about with the interview. You always do a good job at being professional yet light hearted and making everyone comfortable and how you set things up, from this post anyways, seems professional. I would highly look into Contracts in the future if you’re going to have too much trouble even if just for certain companies. I don’t know though if you’d need a paralegal or if you can do this on your own. You’d have to check with Korean law.

    3 years ago
  266. First things first, I love all of your videos. Even the one teaching people how to use laundry machines back in Buchon. I hope you remain happy, giddy, and never do normal well.

    I hate to say this, but I feel like most of this runaround was a ploy by SM to get out of the interview in general. Shinee & Shinee’s manager wanted to be there and understood the contract. But SM might see EYK as something small enough that the PR people felt that they could just steamroller, embarrass, or social pressure you all into submission. Drowning a toy boat in the ocean style perhaps?

    I’m not sure that they understand that you have the great behemoth called Google at your back. I hope this never happens to you again. The only thing this whole rigamarole has created is bad publicity for SM as a management company. I’m a hundred percent certain you would have given SM a glowing post given the trouble Shinee’s manager went through to get you the interview.

    All SM did was bite themselves in the foot with this.

    3 years ago
  267. EYK is always going to be my happy place. Too bad the management and PR didn’t have it together enough to realize the international scope of the Nasty fan base. I really feel for the artist of that company.

    3 years ago
  268. this is just horrible. sorry that you had to go through it….:S dealing with a multi million company must not be fun, it seems they can just say whatever they want and change their minds arbitrarily. maybe signing a contract would help, but i understand if you want nothing to do with SM members from now on. I’m curious how another big company would work, would YG be similarly controlling and unfriendly?
    sorry, again. but i hope you at least had a little bit of fun meeting the shinee members! seeing key talk english was nice, although the reluctance to even say hi in english by the other members is a bit disappointing. i loved key’s lucifer hairstyle the best too. the half-shaved was badass!

    3 years ago
  269. mayb in this situation….SM’s idols may hv no prob dealing woth any ppl but theor management seems so annoying…so, moral of the story…dont ever bring/deal SM’s anymore to the studion… they ruin ur everything….(time, mood etc2)… so sad this vid was only 2min

    3 years ago
  270. The Video was sweet and to the point ^_^ Sorry you guys had such a hard time in deciding whether or not to put it up, no to mention all the bull testes you had to go through, It shows what you are willing to do for your fans. If I am being honest, Music Mondays are fun, but I love watching the W.A.N.K’s , TL:DR, DICKS, and WTF’s so much more. I have decided that Korea is going to be a part of my future ( which is exactly how I stumbled upon EYK), and you both have me looking forward to my time there. I have places to go, people to meet, and now I wont act like a total waegukin in the process. (though I wont ever stop looking like one HA!) Anyhow, if you get to around to reading this, I really want to say Thank You to both you guys, Soo Zee, and Leigh for working so hard for us! EAT YOUR KIMCHI FIGHTING!!

    3 years ago
  271. Thanks so much for interviewing SHINee even with all the suckiness that came with it I know that I’m not the only EYK nasty who is totally grateful for all you’ve done for us. I hope you guys never have to go through all that stress and frustration again because you guys deserve the best and don’t need to change yourselves to please anyone but yourselves because that’s who us EYK naties fell in love with and come to see every day. Soo many hugs and kisses to the whole EYK crew!!!

    3 years ago
  272. So… Do you hate SM and SHINee now? :/

    Please don’t TT_TT

    3 years ago
  273. It’s okay guise. We all know SM are bitches and the real name of the company is actually Sado-Maso entertainment :D But that’s okay. We understand, we love you for doing such a great job for us and we are so thankful that you keep doing it. In the future, don’t stress so much and try not to mess with SM bcuz they’re really not worth it. As for our favorite SM stars, we can watch them every time, what is special about your videos to us, is the light-hearted way you represent them to us.

    3 years ago
  274. Poor EYK… what a mess O.o But thank you for your endless effort just to make us happy. It’s so amazing…
    And yes I think too that they don’t like the video because the poor tired guys were looking so exhausted.
    No wonder, if you ask me… but again, a huuuuuuuuge hug and kisses for this. I hope you will never ever have so much trouble again :*

    3 years ago
  275. Aw man, that really sucks that it happened to you guys! However, it did not surprise me that SME was acting this way. With big corporations, its either their way or the high way. My guessing was that SHINee did look tired in that interview and perhaps SME wanted them to look more….perfect. I am glad that you guys made the best of the situation, and props to soozee for dealing with that crap from the PR. Also, I agree with you guys, most of the SME idols are actually pretty nice/cool people. My friend actually met Amber and she said Amber was pretty awesome.

    3 years ago
  276. hey just wanted to say thanks to Soo Zee for braving the elements of kpop for us all. I hate what happened, but I’m so proud that our EYK staff was professional and polite even in the face of rudeness. Soo Zee is my bias!

    3 years ago
  277. Hello; Pizzacrayons here.
    So, I’ve been watching your videos for a long time (but I just recently made this account… I’m lazy okay?) and I love every single one of them. I’ve seen them so much that I can tell through the video whether or not it’s your up or down phase at the time. This video; made me assume before even reading your blog, that something wacked up happened.
    I’ve always had a horrible viewpoint of SM Entertainment. Not their artists (love EXO and SHINee), but their management. Dayum, I mean, you’d think they hire more professional people in a big company like this? I feel like i’m in such a difficult position. I’d like to see SME fall, but I don’t want EXO or SHINee or SJ to go poof either. ;-;

    3 years ago
  278. They didn’t like the video because the members of Shinee looked VERY TIRED and not in a “fake happy” mood. They were worried that there un energetic appearance would tarnish their happy go Lucky reputation. It has very little to do with the tent, and more to do with their image.

    3 years ago
  279. WOW! What a horrible experience. Frankly I think it would be more horrifying trying to negotiate a contract with them, could you imagine? YIKES! Anyway the interview was adorable and I loved that Taemin wanted to keep both shirts!

    3 years ago
  280. Thanks for the interview, well done, Shawols are pleased<33

    Taemin took both your tshirts! That's serious business – means he's definitely gonna wear^^ and Key loved your hair, Mar, otteoke??!!!! OvO

    Now for the behind-the-scenes crap. Seems you guys are really innocent.. this is the kind of crap that lives are made of behind the scenes in big bureaucratic corporations/institutions in ALL INDUSTRIES not only showbusiness.. Kafka wrote extensively about it.. But it is a bit much to complain about it like this to the consumers/fans. Of course it's all an illusion this perfect polished exterior of showbiz, but it's a shame to take that illusion from the people who chose to believe in it, tinting the image of someone's favourite entertainment company. The majority of the world is still that bureaucratic (except small-scale or really innovative operations). Btw those pr ppl probably have much less control over thier decisions and their lives in general than you can imagine, so you're far better off.. encouraging your fans to hate them is a bit..

    Yes, you had a bad experience that lasted two whole weeks, but our favourite idols are with this company and dealing with these kinds of situations, operating in this kind of conditions/environment on a daily basis since childhood for the entire span of their careers. And they find the strength to be humble about it. I understand your shock but the extensive detailed post is a bit much. It might seem like people want to know these things but they don't really. Otherwise they wouldn't follow something as artificial as showbusiness.. We're all in kpop for the entertainment..

    3 years ago
    • In a corner Noam Chomsky weeps silently.
      The only reason people wouldn’t want to know these things is because they don’t like the responsibility of knowing it. This is the same kind of reaction I get from people when I share the ugly truth about McDonald’s. People get upset with me because they like McDonald’s and they don’t want to know about their ammonia burger or beakless chickens. Now they have to consciously choose that ammonia burger or that fake chicken substitute nugget. It’s responsibility they didn’t have before. I had to accept that Apple was not an angelic and perfect company no matter how much I liked their products. I had to accept that by purchasing Apple products, I’m encouraging their production practices. (My response to this is not replacing them every year like Apple wants me to). People who shop on Thanksgiving do that knowing their very presence in the store is what is causing stores to open on Thanksgiving, taking away a holiday from their workers. People who read this now have a little bit of responsibility when they buy any SM music or product, knowing that SM act this way because they are a rich and powerful company. This isn’t like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. This is about being an informed consumer, and taking responsibility for your consumer choices whether it’s wholesale rejection (my McDonald’s response), half-assed apologist (my Apple response), or gleeful lack of concern (I don’t care how fat it makes me! I love you Little Debbie!)

      3 years ago
    • I have a problem with your entire post but a few of the highlights were:

      ***********
      “…but it’s a shame to take that illusion from the people who chose to believe in it, tinting the image of someone’s favourite entertainment company.”

      “I understand your shock but the extensive detailed post is a bit much.”

      “It might seem like people want to know these things but they don’t really.”

      “We’re all in kpop for the entertainment..”

      ************

      SMH… I don’t even know where to begin explaining what’s wrong with all those statements.

      3 years ago
    • I usually don’t reply to people’s comment because everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there are a couple of things that you stated that’s I really don’t agree with. First I don’t think it was Martina or Simon ‘s intentions to turn anybody against SHINEE, to the contrary, I think SHINEE themselves had anything to do with what happened.

      Simon, Martina, and Soozee have the right to express their frustration with the situation and explain to Their fans why it took so long for the interview to be uploaded. Also if you are well aware that this kind of situation occurs in very industry I don’t undestand why everybody has to turn a blind eye to what really goes on. If we would like any type of change, or to stop the abuses that go on from big companies either in the kpop industry or any other type of industry there needs to be somebody that expresses their discontent. I really don’t see how they are attacking SHINEE or even SM, because they are just describing a situation but if you feel offended I guess it’s your right, but think that if you can write in their forum that you think S&M are wrong for expressing their opinion they also have the right to write their own.

      3 years ago
  281. For me, the Kpop part of EYK is my least favorite, and so I prefer seeing your livechats, home videos, wanks and general awesome dorkyness. I think it sounds like a good idea to keep interviews in the EYK studio, and have these companies sign an agreement just as a safeguard for you. When you guise end up throwing away editing hours on things you can’t publish then we are all getting effed by SM or other companies. I’m getting the protective feels for SooZee especially, cause I’ve had to handle crap like that over the phone too.

    When I finished reading the blog post I realized I hadn’t once thought //too long, didn’t read//….HA! I’d love to see if SM reacts to this video.

    I hope you get the icky feelings out and forget all about big companies for awhile.

    3 years ago
  282. Kat

    Damn why does SM have to mess everything up..
    I’m sorry you guys had to go through such trouble just for a 2 minute interview

    3 years ago
  283. This interview really was way too short to go through all that trouble… But I’m happy that you did it anyway and published this video for us :) The boys are really cute, especially while swaying from side to side with Martina :D

    3 years ago
  284. As a member of the media, i feel sick to the stomch reading this. Million dollar giants or not, there should be a common courtesy to be at least a touch bit human. What they did was outright rude, over the top and selfish. They have no rights to turn you away and they have no stronghold over what you do. It just shows how much of an ass they are and I don’t blame you for being pissed. I would too. Stay away from bloody suckers like them. You do what’s best.. =) hwaiting! #bootoshittycorporategiants

    3 years ago
  285. Sancho, fetch me my armor! I feel like slaying a giant today. But not any, no. This giant is especially beastly, rude, and foul. This giant is none other than…SMEnt! My lance, Sancho, bring me my lance!

    3 years ago
  286. OMFG THIS WAS POSTED ON MY BIRTHDAY THANK YOU GUISE SO MUCHHHHHH.
    also, I’m so sorry about the problems with the interview. Good luck!

    3 years ago
  287. Nothing about your experience surprises me. I know one of the American producers who worked with Yunho for the Michael Jackson Tribute and he said Yunho was a great guy but SM was a real bitch to try to work with. He’d never do it again.

    3 years ago
  288. SM are just like school yard bullies in the Sth Korea ent. Industry. The thing with bullies, if the other kids in the playground turn a blind eye then its paramount to condoning their behaviour. Its such a shame that even after the termoil that JYJ went through that SM are still being given the green light to act as they do by the other stakeholders in the industry. EYK thankyou for your hard work to bring us Shinee but more so for standing up for whats right. *virtual hug* eyk team

    3 years ago
  289. “if they don’t like the video, then let’s have SHINee over at our studio, where we can film something in a better environment with more lighting. Sure, it’ll destroy our schedule for the week and cost us tons more time to edit and translate, but we’re willing to do that instead as a middle ground. SM’s response? Nope, not happening, either. It’s too difficult to get the five of them together. What the hell kind of explanation that is, I don’t know, since they’re in the middle of promotions and together all the time. ”
    this part got me really icky

    Guys, do you not realize HOW BUSY SHINee are right now? They are promoting together, yes, but every member except Jonghyun has their individual schedules – besides the group ones – so that’s why it’s so hard to have them all together. Minho and Key have missed a lot of schedules like fansignings and radio interviews because of that.
    Also, during this period, they get 2~3 hours of sleep at most (I’m quoting shinee themselves here).
    So I’m sorry if this is gonna sound a little rude, but do you really think having an interview with YOUTUBERS is on their list of priorities right now? When they barely have any time to breathe? When they are missing actual relevant schedules?

    3 years ago
    • You’re missing the point.

      Simon & Martina were bending over backwards trying to make this interview happen when they really didn’t have to do all that to begin with. I’m sure they realize how busy SHINee is but when you are trying to work with someone in good faith, you offer options and work together to try to find a solution.

      Doesn’t sound to me like SM tried to find a resolution or co-operate on any level. They just wanted to kill the interview period…. @ssholes.

      3 years ago
      • SM was making Simon and Martina a FAVOR in the first place. Simon and Martina were demanding things for free when in reality SM doesn’t owe them anything at all….

        Please keep this in mind.

        Just because they’re white and speak english doesn’t mean korean agencies must bow down to their every whim.

        3 years ago
        • SM was making Simon and Martina a favor?

          I don’t think so.

          SM agreed to the interview. Simon and Martina did the interview. Simon and Martina ****AS A COURTESY**** sent it to SM which they were not obligated to do and SM then proceeded to try to do everything they could to keep them from publishing it.

          Your statement of it having anything to do with being white and speaking english is uncalled for and offensive.

          3 years ago
        • SM let them do an interview with SHINee. For FREE.

          If I give you my product (SHINee) to promote, without charging you, and you do so in a shitty way, I can tell you not to put up ur content involving it. This is how business works.

          I understand you’re a fan of Simon and Martina, but they honestly have no right to complain over anything here. They’re just being incredibly unprofessional. :/
          SM was not obligated to do anything for them. They’re an entertainment company, not a charity one.

          3 years ago
        • umm.. you said “I give you my product (SHINee) to promote, without charging you”.. isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?? EYK is given a product (SHINee) to promote, without charging SM.. I honestly thought SM would benefit from this more than EYK because they are trying to be global and to reach out to the international crowd.. well, at least for me, I would watch anything EYK post on youtube, be it SHINee or any other artists or their cultural stuffs

          3 years ago
        • There are paid and unpaid interviews depending on what type they are… self-promoting, sponsored, exclusives, etc…

          Frankly I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere it was stated whether this was a paid or unpaid interview… that may be info privy to YouTube or CJ Entertainment so the commenter IMO made a pretty big assumption.

          Regardless of whether it was or wasn’t, SM didn’t have any right to try to change or stop Simon & Martina from posting it… if they had had the power to do that, the instruction to kill it would have come to S&M through YT or CJ because they are the ones that would have made specific terms & conditions concessions to SM before the interview was done.

          In every regard, this incident sounds like a big company attempting to throw their weight around in an effort to step on somebody they thought would give in under pressure.

          3 years ago
        • I’m absolutely flabbergasted that’s the way you think it works.

          3 years ago
        • You clearly have never worked with PR before.
          This discussion is useless.

          3 years ago
        • “You clearly have never worked with PR before.”

          …and you’d be wrong.

          “This discussion is useless.”

          Well at least you got something right.

          3 years ago
        • Then you must not have done a very good job ^^ just like EYK.

          3 years ago
        • Personal attacks on other people are not acceptable on this site.
          You can argue your point, but do it respectfully.

          3 years ago
    • I don’t think S&M meant that DAY or anything, but just trying to accommodate the company. And considering they were at the YouTube Music Awards, yea I expect these people to be more considerate of vloggers. They know about how crazy schedules are, they have discussed that in lots of other videos. Don’t beat on these guise, come on.

      3 years ago
  290. just avoid anything SM in the future. i like their artist but i think i like u guys even more. i wanna see u guys happy all the time. SM ent is not worth the fuss. Us fans won’t lose anything from less interview with their artist.

    3 years ago
  291. I just want to say, I really appreciate everything you guys did and everything you had to go through to get this video to us, but I still feel slightly disappointed. Now, before I get flamed at, let me explain.

    I am a hardcore Shawol and a hardcore Nasty, so I have been waiting for this moment, this interview, for a LONG time. When I heard it was going to happen, I just about died. My two favorite things are FINALLY going to collide into the most epic video of epicness. And maybe my expectations for the video were a little too high, but I was expecting so many more jokes, more laughing, and so much more… I don’t know. I guess I just don’t see EKY’s “personality” in this video like I do in their other interviews. And I have no doubt that Simon and Martina had a plan in place to make this interview just as fun as their other ones, but then management intervention happened. So I guess what I am saying is that I am disappointed that the situation didn’t allow for a more fun/lighthearted video. I don’t blame Simon and Martina, and I don’t blame SHINee, but I do blame the awful situation that SHINee’s management created. I applaud you, Simon and Martina, for making the best of it though. :) I did enjoy the hairstyle question a lot. So yeah… that’s how I feel. And the most disappointing part is that your experience with SM was so bad that us Nasties wont have the chance to see anymore interviews with their artists in the future. As soon as I was done watching this video, I was already thinking, “Man, this was ok, but I can’t wait to see what an interview with SHINee would be like in their studio!” But no, SM had to go ruin things… again. /end rant-confession-thing

    3 years ago
  292. Man… I kinda knew something was wrong as you didn’t post it when estimated. Honestly this video is good, they look nice (at least as nice as in a PVMaking or a Dance practice which sm puts up) and it’s not like they say anything untoward or so… I would so have called CJ’s to ask them if they could help…or if they at least heard smth from sm…
    I really hope they don’t cause you problems… because let’s talk about hitting a wall…
    And if anyone from sm comes here to read this …
    1. They do look good.
    2. They don’t say anything bad
    3. I love being able to watch them right here

    3 years ago
  293. wow how absolutely lame of SM. their artists are great and amazing, their management are as rude as heck. I looove SM artists, but I won’t ever ask u guys 2 interview them again if they’re gonna put u through that crap. forget it, like u said not worth. and u guys are in the RIGHT here and SM is in the wrong. Poor Soozee too, she sounds like she has excellent communication skills and everything I read about what she said I was impressed by how reasonable, polite, and professional she was. UNLIKE THAT STUPID WOMAN she had the misfortune of talking 2 on the phone. I applaud u guys, cuz really that wasn’t worth it for a 2minute interview <___<

    3 years ago
  294. so did u just ignore them and post the video?? or did they change their mind??

    Im really sorry that you had to go through all of that :( and props for Soozee!!

    3 years ago
  295. This is going to sound so biased toward you guys, but it’s true and I think you need to hear it. I like your interviews 100% more than the interviews that companies put out! When I first got into Kpop, I liked them, but the more you watch, the more boring they get. I started to wonder if all Kpop artists were just mindless puppets (no offense meant to them. They work seriously hard, but their official interviews sound so staged) So, when I see you guys interviewing people, it’s a totally different thing. It’s REAL PEOPLE talking to REAL PEOPLE and that’s something that makes me like the groups you talk to even more. I have never walked away from one of your videos thinking, “well, now I definitely don’t like that group.” You do a great job and (imho) SM Ent was LUCKY that you decided to interview SHINee. If it wasn’t for youtube, I firmly believe that Kpop would not be such a global thing and I wish those companies would show a little respect.

    That’s right, I pulled the “respect” card. And I’m doing it because I’m furious that they upset Soo Zee. Please give her a hug from us Nasties and I hope you all realize how much we care about you guys. Yeah, it would be cool to see you interview other SM groups (since they tend to be my bias. I love the sound of their music) but if it causes this kind of trouble, I personally care more about the EYK staffs’ happiness and stress level. <3

    3 years ago
  296. I have read the other comments, so I wont be repeating what others said.
    But reading your post I was genuinely surprised how unprofessional such a big company like SME is. I always though that multi-million dollar company would be at least more professional. But their multiple short-notice schedule changing and their absolute lack of at least a bit of basic business etiquette is really astonishing.
    Way to go SME, you have effectively increased the level of your bad reputation with international fans.

    3 years ago
  297. You GUISE ARE AWESOME!! I don’t think it has anything to do with you, and it was a cute interview. It is too bad these big corporations spend so much time NOT letting their artists do things… ….. on the next horizon? The Eat Your Kimchi Entertainment— a company that gives artists artistic choice, personal freedom and a healthy schedule!

    3 years ago
  298. I don’t see anything wrong…they look perfectly fine…. And I agree with you guys 100%!!!! Just have fun!!!! Keep making fun and awesome videos like you always have :)

    3 years ago
  299. I give SM Ent. a Communication score of NEGATIVE One Million out of a
    possible ZERO! Thank You Simon, Martina, and SooZee for the interview, and
    having to put up with those people. Hopefully this will not happen again. Your videos are what I look forward to every week, and you never disappoint!

    3 years ago
  300. OMG. I am so sorry you guys went through all that to put up such a short video. Don’t ever deal with SM again until someone formally apologizes!!! Poor Soo Zee. I love SM artist but I don’t love the way the company treated you guys and do not want you to have to experience dealing with people who are that rude and uncooperative again! You guys were professional and courteous and you should expect the same from the people you work with.

    3 years ago
  301. Well, I kinda knew this gonna happened. I totally understand how you guys feel, dealing with that company is never a easy task. I do have experience dealing with their dept. for a few projects back then, and whatever stuffs I send over for their approval, they never seem to like it at all. It’s more stressful and depressing when there’s a deadline to meet but they keep delaying it with a straight “NO” smack right in your face. I got it from them a lot of times, and my team simply went nuts having to explain or edit stuffs over and over again until they approve it. (ps: they never listen, they just want things to go their way, their style!! *argh! flip table*)
    It’s never a great experience to start off with, but at least you guys know how to handle people like them the next time.
    Well, leave all those bad stuffs behind, at least after all these nonsenses, SHINee’s Interview is finally up!!~
    Thanks for all your hard work, especially Soo Zee! Great job there!!~ EYK! Fighting!!~

    3 years ago
  302. I tip my hat to you both, Soo Zee included. It takes a lot of work to do what you do everyday, and you do it out of a love for life, Korean culture, and sharing new aspects and adventures with others. I think this experience, as shitty as it was, is a testament of the hardships we face when we work on things that we love. The take away, I would hope for you- Simon and Martina and Soo zee, is that with 442,186 subscribers your hard work and efforts is appreciated day in and day out. That’s over 400,000 of your closest friends [LoL] rooting you on from all around the world….so I say thank you from this corner of New Jersey.

    “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
    Colin Powell

    3 years ago
  303. I like many SM artistes, but I’m beginning to wonder if the reason all their artistes aren’t successfully breaking into the English speaking market is because of incidents like this.
    Now before you start screaming at me, hear me out.
    Simon and Martina are YT bloggers, but anyone who’s been on YT long enough knows that bloggers/vloggers do have some influence over the things younger people like: clothes, makeup, fashion, music, entertainment, films, etc.

    Yes Simon and Martina are not the big 3 American stations, but they do have a large and faithful following, and Nasties share content and convert other Nasties.
    That said, we don’t expect ass kissing, but for mutual respect.
    So what if the interview was in a tent? This is a back stage, we want to see them being natural and not like cute little Korean robots. We want to see them laughing and being playful and getting into the culture of blogger who is interviewing them.

    Is this how SM treats other English speaking media outlets? Because I’m sure that American/British broadcasters aren’t going to bend over to accommodate groups who have handlers who behave this way. I used to work in PR and I would NEVER have treated a media outlet this way. I would have been the one bending over backwards, providing the subtitles for the members who don’t speak English, giving them a pimped out limo to film in if my boss thought a tent wasn’t a good enough image…and I would have been sending Simon and Martina a gift basket with a handwritten note after to thank them.

    SM needs to consider hiring people who understands what English speaking fans like and want to see, because this attitude of “we have something you want and we’ll give it to you when we see fit” doesn’t work.

    p.s. Thanks Simon and Martina, Soo Zee, the VICE team that helped out and anyone else who contributed to this video actually making it to YT. I appreciate your effort.

    3 years ago
    • “Is this how SM treats other English speaking media outlets? Because I’m sure that American/British broadcasters aren’t going to bend over to accommodate groups who have handlers who behave this way. I used to work in PR and I would NEVER have treated a media outlet this way. ”

      THIS!!! PR people are the ‘gatekeepers’, but it goes both ways. If they act like jerks to the media that they’re trying to get to coverage or placement for the artist they’re trying to promote, what is going to entice that media outlet to work with that PR person? You get more bees with honey, and all that.

      (I also used to work in PR)

      3 years ago
      • *virtual high five for also formerly working in PR*
        You’re right, you get more bees with honey, and I discovered in my years working in PR that it pays to have members of the media who like you, especially when it comes to last minute favours and getting information. And I also learned that NO media outlet was too small, because you never know which big company will buy a niche company and blow it up e.g. Mashable, HuffPost…YOUTUBE.

        3 years ago
    • OH! that’s what I’d like to see: handwritten notes on gift baskets, one for Soozee and one for the EYK crew from S.M. Entertainment…

      3 years ago
      • I’d love to see that. I sincerely hope that SM understands the error of their ways and reaches out to Simon and Martina to make things right.

        3 years ago
  304. IZA

    I’m not surprised here. SM why so serious? =_=

    3 years ago
  305. I honestly don’t think that anyone is going to think you are the divas. In fact, it makes SM look incredibly unprofessional for them to suddenly back out of an agreement that was made days, weeks or months before. Same goes for the management really you’re going to ask interviewers to change an interview minutes before going live just because you’ve got a bug up your butt. I’m so annoyed now. Grrrrr Also, poor SOOZEE. Ugh good thing she’s so nice I probably would have been like, “Biiiiittttccchhh I know you didn’t just laugh in my face.” I’m sorry that this interview process and video was so rough and angering. I hope you have happier funner (sp?) days ahead. <3 Thanks for the hard work you put in for us.

    3 years ago
  306. I am sorry for what you had to go through to get this interview. But the truth is that we support you not because of your k-pop review but because of who you are and all the smiles you bring us with every video. Please don’t allow your content to change or let the pressure of a big company dictate whatsoever what you decide to post, because at the end of the day there is a ton of people that would watch your videos and support you no matter what. I hope thing get better, and although I may not participate much in the comments or the forums I have to say that I would not miss any of your videos. Good luck always.

    3 years ago
  307. I just want to let you guys know that all the Nasties, especially this one, are totally behind you on this! SM has great talent under their name and it’s just such a shame that they stomp on so many toes. I know you guys are tired now, but please never give up and keep fighting. You guys are an inspiration to so many people around the world so I would hate for you guys to get discouraged. I know it must be tough dealing with stuff like this, but just know we support you through the good times and the bad. Simon and Martina: FIGHTING!! <3 <3 Love from Chicago.

    3 years ago
  308. Don’t let your secret out!!! Now everyone know you’re going to travel! Why Jonghyun!!! XDD
    *BTW: Jonghyun reaction to Kai when stoping that car! ;DDD So Cute~~~ SHINEE FIGHTING! <333333 http://24.media.tumblr.com/709668434b19ef94073841c57018ab76/tumblr_mwbh7lhN2v1qzh5sno1_500.gif

    3 years ago
  309. WOW – So sad that you had to encounter the suck up losers at SM, real shame that the ruined what could have been a fun experience for you, by being complete diva’s! I bet they do that all the time & good on you for giving them the finger by posting the video anyway!

    Just wanna say that i love & support you guys – keep having fun, making us laugh & your right, don’t work with people who are unnecessary difficult!

    3 years ago
  310. You know, during the interview I was wondering why you asked those specific questions. I’m really interested in knowing the original questions now. The way I see it, you went out of your way to cater to the wishes of both SM and SHINee’s manager – even though they had already agreed to allow the shoot. I’m interested in knowing whether verbal contracts are binding in Korea? Either way, the PR people over at SM sure know how to promote a bad image.
    I don’t think they understand how much EYK actually does for SM internationally. Free of charge. If it wasn’t for EYK, I for one, wouldn’t have purchased music from SM’s artists, nor would my friends, my daughter, or my mother (yeah not kidding ^_^ mom too). I’m certain that ours is not the only family who was affected by EYK in that way. It’s a shame they decided to be that way. It makes me appreciate the other companies, who worked well with you, even more.

    ahaha, all of a sudden I had an image of a MEME that’s been going around Facebook lately. the yer doin it wrong meme.

    SM PR – yer doin it wrong.

    (had to type that last in my accent lol sorry I’m sure some are wincing at the spelling)

    3 years ago
  311. I don’t think anyone thinks you’re divas and I can tell you still like SHINee and other groups under SM I mean I am a total Shawol and I don’t relate SHINee to be anything like their company though I really don’t like SM the actual company they just don’t know how to treat their groups right and are so fussy about everything! I’m sure SHINee wanted the interview to go up without any hassle.
    And poor Soo Zee she don’t deserve that crap (Love you Soo Zee for being so nice) and I’m really glad Taemin liked the shirts! ^^. I hope you continue doing what you’re doing ’cause you can both still pull through this and continue to be the amazing YouTubers you are. And us NASTIES will always support you!! <3

    3 years ago
  312. SM just screw International Shawols especially with this one, stupid SM is Stupid….the video its kind of sad, it looks like 5 robots aswering meaningless questions that they always answer, what’s totally not EYK amazing and fun style, and you have to read the post to understand why. #FuckSM like really… SHINee is another group SM will fuck up sooner or later As a Cassie I wish for them to always be together no matter what happen in the future…
    SHINee is SUPER ULTRA AMAZING ! And they deserve to show their true nature, as for SooZee GIRL you are my super heroine!!!!!!!! Don’t stress yourself over SM, I’m a Cassiopeia and believe, they are full of shit, It sucks that they have the talent to gather the bests, but never the talent to manage and value them!!!! EYK crew ROCKS!!! SHINee FIGHTING!!!!

    3 years ago
  313. Like seriously you guys did a a small snippet of an interview with Gdragon one of the biggest Kpop stars out there from one of the biggest kpop companies out there outside in a packed parking lot and everything went well. SM was just being a diva. Fans dont really care how the backdrop looks in an interview because we are just so grateful to get the chance to see our favorite artists answering personal questions we asked. This whole situation was shocking and in my opinion made SM look really bad.

    3 years ago
  314. Since there are enough comments about what bad and not really happy things happend. I just wanted to say OMG Key also sometimes watch Music Mondays! This really gives off the vibde of them being closer and less far. Also that Taemin liked the t-shirts and even asked to keep both! >__<
    This video with those small two minuteds really gave me the feeling off: it's not impossible to meet them. They're just like us too; humans.
    And don't be sad :) be happt that kpop artsists also watch eyk videos ;)

    3 years ago
  315. OK, that is just straight up CRAZY of Shinee’s Management to be so rude like that. I think that SM needs to treat everyone like they would want to be treated, because they’re acting as if they’re more important than the rest of people in this world. Oh wow, big deal, Shinee gets interviewed in a tent… who cares? Now I don’t know if any of SM’s artists/groups are actually rude in general, but I know for SURE that most of (if not all) the people in charge of SM Company have lost their minds. I can’t believe they would put EYK in such a bad spot, after all of the hard work they’ve done. – And so, of course I’m going to continue to love all k-artists, but that doesn’t mean I’ll LOVE Sm @ all. SM will most likely not believe or realize that they have terrible personalities, patience, management skills,ect..but atleast the Eatyourkimchi crew is smarter than that, and know to move on from the very, many rude people everyone comes across. HWAITING EYK! YOU’RE STILL, & ALWAYS WILL BE THE BEST! <3

    3 years ago
  316. Simon and Martina, I’m so thankful that you don’t hold grudges against the artists themselves. I absolutely love SMEnt artists, even though the company itself can be super frustrating. I would be suuuuuuuper sad if you guys then stopped liking SM artists altogether.

    3 years ago
  317. I’ll always love you, EYK. You essentially GAVE me kpop. I live in the United States and if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t appreciate kpop as much as I do. Don’t wear yourself out on obnoxious companies who don’t give you the time of day.

    3 years ago
  318. SM doesn’t spend 30 dollars on a good translator.. Imagine what type of PR they hire…

    3 years ago
  319. I think one of the problems here is SHINee is from SME and they don’t need the international exposure like other groups (that you listed up there) need.

    3 years ago
  320. Is there a way you could post more of your video footage on a site that’s much less public? Like not on youtube? Just curious. I know it’s been a pain in the ass so I understand if you don’t want to. SM can suck a fat chode but I will always love SM artists especially Shinee!

    3 years ago
  321. all of my thoughts and opinions on this matter has been accurately expressed by everyone already but just to summarize…F*** SM!

    3 years ago
  322. How disrespectful of SM?! It’s no wonder the guys look so tired if they have to deal with their company’s crap all the time. Loving Kpop is such a double-edged sword… it makes me so happy yet so angry for the performers and for people like you who have to deal with the companies.

    3 years ago
  323. Guys, mark my words: DO CONTRACTS.
    – Do contracts when you’re interviewing groups from companies you KNOW change their opinions like someone who changes shirts.
    – Do contracts where everything is thought of.
    – Do contracts to make jerks like this keep their word.
    – Do contracts to avoid situations like this, because clearly in this industry, anything that not a contract is not valid. (Face to face agreements? What’s that?)
    – Do contracts to safe guard you, because if a more serious problem comes, it’s just words against words without them.

    I think that’s the best decision all in all.

    If they do not want to to sign, even after eventually debating some alterations to try to please them but that does not harm you, just give up. People who don’t want sign contracts that are reasonable, are people who don’t want to keep their word, and are were already thinking that from the start.

    P.S.: I don’t know if you could have done this but, since they had no say in whether the video was on or not, by the time they were being jerks, you should have just said “Well, it’s a shame we could not understand each other but you have no say in this”. Stopping with the politeness for someone who does not deserve it. They didn’t even try to solve the situation!! Just “No.”? Well thank you, that really helps a lot. -.-

    3 years ago
    • Except you don’t ACCEPT contracts when it’s dealing with becoming a k-artist. ~ We all know how poorly the k-artists have and are still being treated. Even though I <3 all of them, like 2pm, SNSD , Ukiss, ect..I never have understood why they all signed a contract in the 1st place to become someone who can't make their own decisions. Maybe they didn't know what they were getting themselves into, maybe they knew, idk. But I'll continue to pray for all of them.

      3 years ago
  324. Amy

    Isn’t it ironic that the PR representatives sabotaged their own opportunity for good international PR through EYK? They turned good PR into bad PR… = That’s what a PR group is supposed to AVOID… Haha!

    Fail.

    3 years ago
  325. Wow, I’ve heard other stories about SM being difficult and unhelpful before. You’re doing them a favour by promoting their group and this is how you were treated? urgh.
    ps. yay SHINee!

    3 years ago
  326. This is what happens when you start dealing with celebrities. You get all the crap, too… I think you will have to get used to it, now you are not vloggers only. You yourselves became part of the K-entertainment world and like it or not, you’ll have to deal with the backstage crap, too… I’m sorry to see that SM is really so dumb not to appreciate the free of charge PR they get from vloggers. It tells where their priorities lie at…

    3 years ago
  327. If it wasn’t SM, it would have been another company eventually. This was a bad experience with them, but it also shows what a lot of companies already do. You can say one company has more freedom, yet you hardly see their artists do any shows. You can say one is more creative, but they don’t work with anyone else.

    It’s stifling, but it is why they make as much money as they do. It’s why the images are created. It is a business.

    I’ll just keep supporting my favorite artists.

    3 years ago
  328. Guise, you don’t have to apologize one bit for taking long to post the video! You were freaking awesome and after all the pains you went through to post this… goddangit, don’t ever put yourselves under this type strain ever again just because of a video ): I’m sure that if you didn’t post the video not one person would be upset and they would support you. Tell SM to go #&$%$ itself (excuse the french xD) and spend your time in things that are really worth it and make you guise happy :) It only saddens me a little that I think everyone knows that you really like shinee, so something like this must feel like a bucket (more like a pool!) of ice cold water, but still, treasure the meeting you had with them (Taemin has your shirts!! ^^) and, once again, tell SM to go #$%$#%$# itself! In fact, use the “manguito” hand gesture someone told you about in the blog comments from the nasty hand gestures video if they dare to mess with you guise again! A Nasty army will follow with many manguitos if needed! Many hugs from a Nasty in Portugal (who still has to mail you guise – been wanting to do it for ages!)

    3 years ago
  329. This isn`t the first I`ve heard of a Western interviewer having trouble with a Shinee interview but holy crap is this way worse. Shit like this, man. And it just sucks that the management is such scum cuz it seriously does make me hesitate before giving them my money, no matter how much I want to support the performers. I mean…most of the earnings don`t even go to them but what else can I do… -___- I wish I could just give *them* the money and not the skeezy company. I love Shinee and want the best for them but SM as a company makes me feel sick and dirty.

    3 years ago
    • really? who was the other western interviewer?

      3 years ago
      • Oh man I don`t even remember, but it was a long time ago, back in 09 maybe? I figured at the time that oh well maybe they`re just more restrictive on newer artists. Welp. u.u

        3 years ago
  330. Thank you so much for sharing with us your experience. It must have been hard days for you guys!! So ánimo (fighting in Spanish). As you said, you aren’t journalist, you don’t work for a news agency or anything. You had a verbal contract for an interview with them and they give you permission for filming them, I understand you are mad… what’s the point of filming an interview if it can’t be broadcast, right?. Maybe the PR looked down on you or they simple don’t understand Eat you kimchi style. You guys are the best promoting Korea. Simon recommended a great place for ice cream; Gelati Gelati and I went there following the instructions, and went back there many times with my friends, great memories. With all your tips about Seoul you made my travel experience ten times better than just following my book guide. One day, you’ll interview an SM artist again and it will be different (let’s hope so) Thank You Again for being there as vloggers.

    3 years ago
    • omg, think of it! A travel guidebook; the Nasty EYK edition!!!! <3 I would buy that book…

      3 years ago
  331. I will only say thank you. Two minutes full of Key awesomness. I’m in love. Thank you. <3

    3 years ago
  332. Guys, thank you so much for the SHINee interview. Before the aftermath insanity you went through it seemed like it was an extremely wonderful experience. You guys finally getting to meet and interview SHINee one of your few admitted kpop biases. The joy you must have felt to find out Key has seen KPMM, that had to be right up there with finding out Kevin, Shin Dong, GO, Bang Yangguk and Sistar watch KPMM. Plus Key touched Martina’s hair! (I’m not jealous…) Not to mention that perfect moment of going to give Taemin an EYK TaeMAN! shirt. Did that make you more nervous than the actual interview? Wondering how he would respond. Then for him like it so much he wanted to have both shirts! I’m going to keep an eye out to see if it magically shows up in a picture that Jonghyun or Key post. I’m sure you had a few other wonderful moments with Onew, Minho and Jonghyun that you’ve perfectly kept for yourselves. Despite what happened later, your love for SHINee will never end and even though I know you will, I’ll still say I hope you will always cherish the moment you met SHINee.

    3 years ago
  333. SM isn’t happy unless their idols are locked up inside of boxes tbh. They can’t deal with reality

    3 years ago
  334. As if I couldn’t hate SM anymore, can’t even imagine how hard it must be for the artists and staff in SM, they can’t back out, poor guys. Anywhoo, thanks guys for going through all this work, you guys are awesome. I so happy Taemin got those shirts, even if I couldn’t see it, I can’t stop feeling happy bout it.

    3 years ago
  335. I think what SM Ent. and other companies don’t get (and never will) is that, when we international audience see an backstage interview with poor lighting we don’t think “Oh, they look so bad”. We think “Oh, they are REAL”. Like real people in a real place and not in the usual perfect scenario SM prepares for them. That is actually a GOOD thing.
    On the other side, you guys introduced me to kpop. I started liking only SHINee because of my friends and now I know most of the kpop bands out there and I sing their songs, because of your videos. If companies like SM don’t get that.. well, f*** them (Can I say f****? XD oh well). Keep doing what you like, guys!!

    3 years ago
    • This. I would rather see a Kpop group backstage getting ready to perform, or having a silly-face contest with Simon and Martina, or playing in the sticker booth, or just plain being themselves, than the perfectly made-up idols who sing and dance in MVs and give what so often sound like cookie-cutout answers to interview questions. Thanks so much, S&M, for going through so much crap to put up this video, and for approaching Kpop artists and music the way that you do.

      Edit: And now that I’ve actually watched the video, Jonghyun’s travel plans! LOL! I hope he succeeds.

      3 years ago
      • Exactly! how utterly boring and disappointing is when they do an interview with the usual greeting, the usual “please support us”, “please buy our album”, “we love our fans” and that’s it? It’s like watching the same interview over and over again every time any kpop band does a comeback. Does that really help to get more fans and make more money? LOL maybe we don’t understand because most of us nasties aren’t korean and it’s too weird for us?

        3 years ago
  336. First Up: You guise are amazing role models. I love everything you explained about your work ethic and how you view your role as vloggers and the ultimate point of it always being happiness and good vibes, you really really are fantastic elastic people and this is the most incredible fandom iv ever had the pleasure of being a part of :D im really glad you guise decided to take the reigns and just upload it anyway, for the international fandom that loves eyk, not having it up would have been a far greater loss to sm than to you guise in my humble opinion haha

    argh those sm trolls, it really just seemed like everyone you encountered except for shinee themselves was getting a lobotomy at every stage of the process. Interview OK interview No questions OK questions No backstage video OK backstage video No. Just thinking about going through something like that makes me mad, some chairs woulda been headed swiftly out some windows in my house thats for sure, so i totally agree that you guise should never have to put yourselves through something as ludicrous as this again, not without failsafes like contracts to shut them bitches up. iv had such a shitty impression of sm all the way from jyj and hankyung days i honestly wonder what all the sm artists REAL thoughts on it are(as of course, such opinions are redacted into nonexistence by sm, i still havent heard a single honest proper explanation from suju about their reaction to the hankyung incident, anything theyve been allowed to say has just been really short and non explanatory, iv never been a big enough tvxq fan so i dont know about that side but im sure its just as blackholey over there amurrite…), how do they deeeaaal with this toy claw machine that sm ‘deigns’ to let them exist in…

    3 years ago
  337. I’ll be honest after watching the interview I understand a little why they said no. They are not they’re bright, cherry…and maybe this is a little harsh…over-produced selves. THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THE SETTING, INTERVIEWERS, QUESTIONS OR ANYTHING ELSE. I think all of that was great! I think they look a little tired and a little non-responsive. One thing I don’t understand (because I’m not native Korean) is the ABSOLUTE need for a perfect image. I get wanting to look good, but it’s almost hypersensitive there and SM being one of the big 3 it’s EVEN MORE hypersensitive.

    The other thing that drives me crazy is the lack of… how can I say this… flexibility that I see around a lot of Kpop. Like with the English. Unless it’s perfect, in which really the only time you hear kpop singers speak conversations in English is if they grew up in the States or Canada or studied abroad (which is limited for someone like Key). For a while, and maybe since I’m no longer in Korea anymore it has died down slightly, kpop reaching all across the world was a huge thing. It seems like they don’t really push their singers to develop into other languages (unless it’s in Japan and even then a lot of times they still speak Korean in interviews and only sing in Japanese). Companies, get ALL of your “idols” (I dislike that word) to speak English and give more English interviews and that kpop hallyu wave would actually go somewhere and gain even more momentum.

    It makes me sad when I hear about the harshness companies have with interviewers and it’s coming out more and more. The peek we get behind the curtain when things like this happen can do a lot of damage.

    3 years ago
  338. Since this is only a short interview by some “unknown foreigner” they think it’s not worth it.. Seriously, SM? EYK is one of the most popular vlog for non Korean people interested in Korea, including Kpop. You are so gonna regret not building nice relationship with them. I hope SM read this and look over their management team.. But I think they would just get offended : /

    Oh and thank you sooo much for uploading! *hugs*

    3 years ago
  339. You went through all of that trouble for that?! For two minutes?! When you had already ditched the questions you were going to ask and changed to your personal tent because their manager changed his mind and delayed you?
    I. You guys are so amazing. You went through all of that effort to be courteous and professional and adult when you didn’t have to. You wanted to be good to SHINee and make sure that they were portrayed in the best way possible (which they completely are) and their company turned around and suckerpunched you, knocked you to the floor and kicked you a dozen times like you were out of a Kdrama scene. Poor SooZee. Have they never heard of professional courtesy? It doesn’t matter if you’re a small company and they’re multi-billion, they should treat every company with the same respect. That is how you retain good business relations and a positive reputation for your company. We Nasties have nothing but respect and love for you, don’t let those big companies drag you down. *Huge Canadian Hugs*

    3 years ago
  340. Ahh, SM are arseholes. What a surprise -.- sometimes I just want to smack a bit..*ahem* tell off a company :) Sm, ypou stand tall, and tell them to (politely) jog on down the garden path.
    On a slightly random tangent, has anyone else seen them winning Melon’s best artist of the year? Cutest thing ever!

    3 years ago
  341. I love Kpop, but you guys are the ones who opened the door for me to love and get to know all of these groups. I don’t like seeing that these things that you do for us Nasties causes you so much pain and frustration. I know I’m not the only one who will be saying/thinking this, but we watch you for you–I would still watch you if you did less and less focus on Kpop and more on the things you want to do. I don’t want you to feel as though you’re trapped in this bubble of expectation from your fans; we want you to go out and enjoy yourselves–do the things you love, we’ll still watch! I would much rather have you “let us down” than deal with the bullshit from megacorps who’re trying to destroy your spirit.
    Lots of love and affection from an US Nasty.

    ps. I truly feel like we would be besties if we ever met. Just sayin’.

    3 years ago
  342. As an American kpop fan who is interested in Korean culture, Eat Your Kimchi is my primary kpop news source. I know kpop isn’t your main focus, but combined with your general English-speaking overview of Korean culture, EYK is an easy way for me to stay up to date with new singles, kpop news, and fandoms.

    If a goal of Korean entertainment companies like SM is to go global, they are doing themselves a HUGE disservice by burning a bridge with EYK. You all are important tastemakers for international kpop fans like me. YOU hold the power here, not SM even though they are a much bigger company. Due to a language barrier, YOU influence way more of the kpop I listen to rather than SM.

    Please be in touch with that power and only work with artists or companies who give you respect. Those artists will be rewarded by reaching thousands of international fans.

    3 years ago
    • Yes, same here. I got into Kpop through you guys. EYK, Soompi and Dramabeans are my main glimpses into Korean pop culture. But just like Sarah above said too, even if you didn’t do all of the Kpop stuff, I’d still love to watch. You provide such an interesting view of a world I would never see otherwise.
      You have a lot of power, the last laugh will be on SM, the behind the scenes shenanigans only tarnishes their own image. But it sucks for people wanting to work with their artists in the future.

      3 years ago
  343. I was worried something like this would happen .__. This doesn’t really surprise me that SM did this, but I’m still equally disgusted with it. They have some really god awful PRs who I don’t think know what they are doing. I look into going into the music industry and not putting up an interview that has already been approved (and honestly doesn’t look that bad) reflects the industry greatly. I thought that SM would be more aware of this and how this reflects their company, but I think nobody wants to tell them. Whatever happens, I will still support the artists and you guys c: But hopefully the Entertainment companies *cough* SM *cough* will change their ways and realize how they play on an international scale.

    3 years ago
  344. Simon and Martina, YOU have my support and i think many others, so Just keep doing your thing the people will choose, Eat Your Kimchi For LIFE

    3 years ago
  345. you go guys for standing up for yourselves! like many others, i do not like SM as a company despite me loving SM groups. i totally agree with all the points you guys made and it sucks that you had to go all through that. hopefully future interviews won’t be that bad. i honestly don’t understand why they said no to this interview. they didn’t even explain themselves and that PR sounds like a b*tch. (please excuse my language, but not really) and besides, you’ve done interviews with suju and f(x) so why is this any different? it’s just a setting change! it’s not like they haven’t had backstage interviews before. but on a happier note: as a nasty, i REALLY appreciate you taking your time and effort to put up this interview for us <3 /sends love from across the ocean/

    3 years ago
  346. you guys should have people sign contracts and add in that if they go back on their word they owe you a certain amount of cash for emotional stress. usually if money is involved people tend to care more. And just so you know I loved the video and hope you guys get back to feeling super happy again soon, I personally suggest you have an EYK crew spa day.

    3 years ago
  347. What the F? I think it was the fame that had got to company’s heads. Considering all the other Kpop bands that have had all kinds of interviews from bad to pretty, including SHINee, I feel like the company was just messing with you because they were a “more high-quality and sophisticated and rich and empowered” business. Could it also be that because you were foreigners that they thought less of your skills and your understanding of “the culture” and also, showed your minor un-business business your “place”?

    -Let’s make them work hard for these guys, you know. Wow this has made me mad. I haven’t followed SM bands closely so I’ve been spared from things like these but I thought that you guys handled it really well and I’m grateful for this blog post and that you stand your ground.

    3 years ago
  348. Seriously guys, I won’t mind if you decide not to post the video at all, because that kind of ego stroking behaviour shouldn’t be tolerated and I don’t think that after their behaviour they deserve any publication at all.

    I’ve always seen you guys as a big advocate of K-Pop. Let’s face it, EYK has an influence when it comes to K-Pop outside Korea. You guys make K-Pop more accessible to us. So, I think it’s quite ungrateful to treat someone who has been a big supporter and advocate of K-Pop like that.

    I just made an account on Disqus to post this comment so I can let you know guys, that I have been following you guys, not because you guys score interviews with K-Pop idols. EYK channel is still one hell of fun channel without them. I love your channel because it’s quirky and fun (which is also parallel to why I love K-Pop: quirky and fun).

    So when this kind of douchebaggery from K-Pop agencies happens again, please remember that I would rather watch a video of SooZee and Leigh having a stare contest for 5 minutes while you guys dancing in the background than seeing these idols (even when they are my favorites) giving “agency-approved” answers.

    3 years ago
    • Well said, LIKE A NASTEH!

      3 years ago
    • I see where you’re coming from, but at the same time I’m really happy to see S&M sticking to their guns and uploading the video anyway. If they didn’t upload it, regardless of the reasons why, SM would just see it as another damn victory.

      3 years ago
    • Ditto

      3 years ago
  349. ooooooohhhhh myyyyy baaaanannnaaaaaasssss , i’ve waited so long for this !!

    3 years ago
  350. Agreeing to interviews and then denying their release seems like it would open them to breach of contract. It just seems like a bad business model.
    SIMON AND MARTINA (AND SOZEE) FIGHTING! So sad you had to deal with this.

    3 years ago
  351. Waoo and I think that SM is only bad with their idols, no they got some b…s to treat you bad too? What a company… I send you all the love that I can from venezuela, so you can back with your happy faces ^_^ Really don’t bother too much about them, is a sad situacion, but life have downs and high…

    Btw is silly about the idea that they don’t like about the tent, when a lot of their artist make interview like that. You should show them how you make a fast interview to GD in the past, and how he react to the situacion, and show them that people can be nice if they want, I don’t saying that shinee wan’t like that, because the problem no was they was their PR, but if YG PR was like SM, probably they wold say that interview with GD make look bad, because is in the parking lot… well like I said is silly and stupid. Fighting everyone, and special hug to Soozee who have to handle this horrible situacion

    3 years ago
  352. After reading this blogpost, I just feel sorry for you guys, that going through all this hardships to upload this video. I hope you don’t do something like this again. I’m really mad at SM for making things really difficult for EYK.

    sidenote: Wow, I think this blogpost just become another insight of how tight company controls of their Idols. They practically don’t have any control of their personality whatsoever, which is not wrong if a lot of people says that idol sold their soul to the company

    3 years ago
  353. Wtf? This also really pissed me off, I love the bands but SM entertainment as a whole are a mess! From how the idols are treated to how they have careless decisions, I just don’t like their way of directing the industry. Don’t get me wrong…I loveee the groups, they are amazing and so lovable! But either ways, I hate how they get very little of freedom compared to other companies such as YG, Cube, and the rest who seem to always be happy with the freedom and rest they much more get than the SM idols. It’s sad to sometimes see the SM artists forcing themselves to smile in photoshoots and interviews due to the exhaustion they go through! I personally don’t see you guys as the divas, you all did good and Soo Zee did not deserve to be laughed at in that kind of way! Let’s just face the fact that SM isn’t the best industry in the world, and that is one of the main reasons why K-pop isn’t rising due to that major issue. SM sometimes shows a bad reputation with the harsh decisions they do. And just to finish this off, I can’t see how they said SHINee looks bad in looks in this interview. They look hot as hell like always! <3

    3 years ago
  354. Dont see why SM made such a big fuss over that (cute) little interview, which they agreed too!
    Even thought the setting was not as planned, I think it looked great and it is kinda SM´s fault that the interview ended up there, since they changed time slot. (Sigh)!

    Hope your mood is better!

    3 years ago
  355. -sigh- This just restores my dislike for SME. Not SME artists, those guys deserve something for all this bs they put up with. I mean, if Simon and Martina get hell for just wanting to do an interview, imagine what the artists or anyone else working for SME has to deal with.

    I’m sorry you guys had such a bad experience with this. It’s sad that you prolly won’t be working with SME ever again because I’m sure other fans would like to see things from them. BUT WE STILL LOVE YOU LOTS! If it’s any consolation my cat will give you snuggles and nose kisses and purr like a motor boat on you.

    3 years ago
  356. Guise!! -Huge hugs- I’m so sorry you had to endure such a crappy process! We nasties love you!! & I don’t want you guys to ever have to go through such a bad process just to make your audience happy. We love you no matter what, with or without interviews! Your videos make me so happy, but if they’re hurting you then I don’t want you to ever make a video you don’t enjoy or that causes you hardship! Much love!

    3 years ago
  357. I just know that if I was in your situation I would never … NEVER EVER work with SM again they were rude to you guys and in a way they were rude to us, the fans. so if were you I would bad mouth SM on camera they would soon change their tune if that would happen ohhhhh they really grind my gears.

    3 years ago
  358. One the bright side Taemin got the Taeman shirts YAY!!!!! EYK SUCCESS!!!! Don’t get hung up on the stress y’all. Sending hugs from CA <3

    3 years ago
  359. OMG…such a fuss over a one minute interview!!!Are they in their right mind? Shinee are so kind and relaxed here, why should they look bad in any way?Really … and poor Soozee…anyway don’t mind them!
    I just feel kinda sorry for the guys who are so kind and talented…who knows how much pression they handle everyday…

    3 years ago
  360. I’m so sorry you guys had to go through all of that. I was super excited about the interview, and I’m glad you posted it regardless. i just hope that they don’t come back to cause trouble because you posted it. It’s not worth you guys going through more trouble over 2 minutes of content. I agree that you guys should consider making a small contract. You may lose some interviews (mostly SME interviews), but in the long run it may save you a lot of stress. It sucks things would have to be that way, but you guys are getting so popular that bigger opportunities are bound to arise and I don’t think you should pass anything up over a bad experience.

    3 years ago
  361. Just reading that I feel miserable inside. I’ve known you guys for three years and I know that your totally nice people. Soo Zee do you need a huge hug because i’m willing to give you one. I hate the way SM approaches things and if you had that much trouble, you shouldn’t have posted the video at all. We wouldn’t have been mad…

    3 years ago
  362. Its so sad you had to go through this experience . Are Shinee not allowed to have a casual convo or chat ?(which I would have preferred) . if they knew anything about your channel they should be happy that it was you guys that spoke to them. either way it was a short video but you did great ! don’t let this bring you down. im sure all us nasty’s appreciate all the hard work you have done. – coming from a huge shinee fan .. sm town you soo wrong ! and have missed out . x <3

    3 years ago
  363. OMG

    Just so you know Soo Zee, you need only say the word and a army of Nasties would descend upon the SM headquarters to get revenge for you.

    I now know the first thing I’m going to do if I ever go to South Korea!

    I am sooooooo MAD right now! What is the SM phone number any way. I’m going to give them a piece of my mind!

    NOBODY scoffs at our Soo Zee.

    3 years ago
    • hehe i love how Soo Zee is so much a part of EYK now that we’re so protective of her :) same goes for leigh too

      3 years ago
    • Time to send them a traditional cow pie!

      3 years ago
  364. WTF? That is just so much nonsense at once, really why is it so hard to stick to an agreement? If they say yes, it’s yes and not that crap you hand to go through >_< I just hope that SM will not come at you for uploading this now *prays*
    Maybe just interview with companies that don't go back on their word..
    Anyway, let's move on~
    It was a nice little interview, and Martina looks absolutely lovely in it! I think the spot you guise chose to do the interview was good, because the background doesn't distract from the boys or you(Martina).
    Maybe next time, if ever you are in such a situation again, post it online and we will understand. It's not your fault, you asked questions that are in no way possible to have SM react the way that they did. I just really hope they won't give you guise trouble for posting it..=((

    3 years ago
  365. It’s horrible that you had to do all that –‘ I love SHINee to pieces but this is unacceptable. Thank you that you still tried your hardest. And if they were scared about looking bad, they did more harm now with refusing to allow to post the video than simply let you post the video, a video that was perfectly normal!

    3 years ago
  366. OMG!! you guise are so amazing and don’t deserve that kind of treatment!! i’m so sory guys! i hope this sole experience has not ruined kpop for you in any form
    love you guise!!! ^3^

    3 years ago
  367. “But if dealing with SM is going to ruin that for us, then we won’t deal with them again.” you are not biased by saying that . it’s just a shame how uncompromising SM is.

    And tell Sozee that she is awesome!!

    3 years ago
  368. SM is really idiotoic and mean and tight company (ps-they are meany butt :P) But I love the artist in SM like SHINee, TVXQ, Super Junior, EXO , etc. Let’s just hope SM doesnt become butty when it come interviews again.You guys did your best and Im sorry you guys had to feel that way but thank you for trying your best to put the video up~ Fighting!

    3 years ago
  369. I love you guise! :'( No matter what, we’ll always support you! Fighting!

    3 years ago
  370. I don’t know if this has been said before… Buuut it’s bloggers not vloggers. Kinda weird but yeah. I feel really sorry for you guys, especially Soo Zee. I feel so buggered off, Er didn’t want to swear first thing I thought of.
    They should have thought about it and should have treated Soo Zee as they treated her right. She was polite they weren’t. WTF!( umm Not Wonderful Treasure Finds)

    3 years ago
  371. I am sorry you had to endure such headaches Simon, Martina, Soo Zee and Leigh, Its not fair. I am certainly not in any job related to media but you handled it admirably, like you said, you were not asking or pleading for confirmation you were using your initiative and good judgement to ask the company if your video was appealing to them and when they said No, spite the pain if caused you, you kept your ground and remained level headed; for that you deserve so much credit.
    I hope that you guys are well on the road to recovering from such a bad experience as it really does pain your fans to see you upset and exhausted…I notice, the fans notice when you guys aren’t well/upset/frustrated it’s portrayed in your videos and as of late you have been so gleamingly happy especially after your tours, I want to see that energy again and I cannot wait till your back bringing the nastiness <3 Stay strong and stay happy. From all the Nasties :)

    3 years ago
  372. Oh guise! I don’t really know what they were thinking….

    That SM (or should i write $M) is a pain in the ass, i can totally understand that JYJ had enough of them. Just think about how they were treated if you were treated that way. They were more than disrespectful not just with you but with SooZee and for us Nasties as well! They agreed to the interview and after everything is done: “Oooh no-no-no. We want fireworks and puffy bunnies and magic and dragons and diamonds and cupcakes and sugar and spice and everything nice!” Me: t(‘_’t)
    Now I’m so angry at them!!! I would totally punch someone in the face…. Q(”q) Q(”Q)

    On the other hand: OUR SM IS THE BEST ON THE WHOLE WORLD :D You tried to deal with them, you gave them choices for an other interview (although they were the one who screwed up this simple situation), you tried to solve the problem like an adult, but they were so unproffesional, I can’t believe they work for a multi-million-dollar company.

    The video was a short, funny, light-hearted one and i think you made the best out of your time with Shinee and I’m so proud of every single one of you. I love you even more if it is possible and I’m sending you guise some big, fat, nasty love from Europe for being with us, making videos for us, talking with us personally or even just through the internet and lightening up our lives
    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤with your nastiness.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    EYK FOR LIFE!!!

    3 years ago
  373. ^^ we love you guys, the whole EYK crew, for your fun personalities and the amount of effort you guys always put in for us. That being said, we’re here to see you guys 100x more than kpop groups (and any Nasty that doesn’t agree is doing it wrong). Of course as kpop fans we love to see you guys with the groups we love, but if it causes you guys trouble, pain and sadness, you don’t need it! I will and many other Nasties will still be here even without it ^^ (and if they aren’t they’re doing it wrong)

    I’m sorry that you guys had to go through so much to get this video up for us T^T Sorry for letting you guys push through that. But to end on a positive note, EYK CREW and NASTY HUDDLE OF LOVEEEEEEE~ TEAM OUT!

    3 years ago
  374. SM are seriously in the wrong. I mean COME ON! They rely on youtube to put their videos up and make money from the artists but to actually deny Simon and Martina the right to put THEIR OWN VIDEO up is wrong. Also, Soozee~ HANG IN THERE! Those people from the PR team are seriously mean and deluded. I hope you’re okay! :)

    3 years ago
  375. That’s- ugh. I’m fuming right now. I’m so sorry for you guys having to go through that, as a SHINee fan and wishing for you at EYK to interview them I feel responsible for all the dirt SMENT put you through. So unprofessional and down right mean. I’m happy that you got to talk to the boys a bit, give them your gift and such, but I can understand that the negative of the experience weighs over on the scale. You are stating your opinions on how you were badly treated, and I think that if everyone who watched that clip on youtube came over here to read your experience I bet you they would be fuming as well. I’m so sorry you had to go through all of that for your fans, I remember myself just yesterday wondering where your interview with SHINee was at and why it took so long to get it approved, and reading your experience I feel so bad. Take care of yourself and rest, give Soo Zee a hug from all us nasties, you deserve it. May you only have pleasant interviews in the future, and ugh I hope SMENT apologizes to you (far-fetched but I still hope). Thank you for all your hard work, take care~♥

    3 years ago
  376. aww they looked exhausted! but i loved the interview :]

    3 years ago
  377. Oh, no. I feel so bad for you guise. The entire situation sounds so chaotic. It says so much that they were able to keep a mostly polite view on it, as I’m pretty sure that I would’ve started yelling at everything. We appreciate this a lot.

    3 years ago
  378. Maybe somehow Sm will read this, understand how much of a pain of the ass they are, understand about your situation and who you are (As EatYourKimchi), and hopefully see how kpop fans view SM. They don’t have a good reputation. I wonder if they know that.

    3 years ago
  379. Aww sorry that you had to go through that, that sounds terrible! Sorry Soo Zee for having to deal with such rude @** people T_T I, for one, don’t care as much for your kpop stuff as your other videos because I’m a EYK fan more than a kpop fan hehe. I like listening to kpop just cause they are fun to dance to. :D Though seriously, SHINee looks so miserable and uncomfortable cause I feel like everything they say has to be scripted or controlled. That’s just terrible! I hope you guys go do something fun and relax after all this unnecessary stress! *huuuuugs*

    3 years ago
  380. Blog post DEBUT!
    Ok, so i
    had to comment on this one since the damage, pain and heartache the EYK
    felt also hit me on a personal level~ I really want to give out my
    thoughts and honest feelings to EYK. Sorry for such a long post <3

    To all you guise from the EYK crew; I felt really sad for you guise
    to have experienced this. I kind of wish that you all would take a vacation
    over the weekend just like that time when you went on a "company-trip". I
    know you guise feel that it's important to entertain all of us Nasties,
    but it's even more important for you guise to keep the spirit up. I
    personally would love to see you guise making some fun FAPFAP, WANK and
    WTF's out on the countryside.

    A special message to Soo Zee; Thank you so much for all of your
    troubles. I never knew how much pain a company could spill out and it
    hurts me as if I were part of the crew just like you. Being a Nasty is
    being part of a very special family and this time you did something huge
    and very honorable, not only to us Naties but also to the core of the
    EYK family. Doing what you did is literally to put a sack over your head
    and just let your body get torn into pieces. Your pride must be hurt
    and ripped apart. I felt it so I'm sure you did too, but don't be scared
    or down over any of this because when the sun rises again a new day
    will bring new smiles to you and very soon you will be laughing and
    jumping around to your hearts content.

    Love Denice

    3 years ago
  381. I’d really wish for SM Ent. to be publically scrutinised for their crappy maccrapperson bipolar stuck-up business ethic but I don’t want you guys to have any backlashes if they start pulling out their whole legal team in a fit of childish narcissism to lie about the truth and accuse you guys wrongly of anything. That’s not how you treat people, better yet since they think their company is SOLELY focused on profit, that’s not even a way to do business. SM Entertainment: money hungry self-obsessed retards.

    3 years ago
    • TOTALLY AGREE. What SM doesn’t understand is that without the fans, they’re utlimately NOTHING. Thankfully, SM doesn’t have any legal power in this case according to Simon and Martina.
      But SM doesn’t play anything by the rules it seems, so who knows what kind of f*ckery they can get up to..

      3 years ago
      • When they have that much power it gets to their heads BIG TIME. They’re in way over their heads for many many things. The absolute WORST thing I can think they would do is start some shit resembling racism with their lap monkey netizens to stir trouble amongst the super patriotic Koreans and have them say nasty things about S&M’s nationality, level of Korean and ‘foreigner-ness’ endangering their reputation as EYK. If they do, ohh it’s on like donkey kong for at least for me as a NASTY.

        3 years ago
  382. I love this simple little interview, it sucks about the aftermath. I hope you all will just shake this incident off. Y’all are WARRIORS haha */* Fighting!

    3 years ago
  383. Blog post DEBUT!
    Ok, so i had to comment on this one since the damage, pain and heartache the EYK felt also hit me on a personal level~ I really want to give out my thoughts and honest feelings to EYK. Sorry for such a long post <3

    To all you guise from the EYK crew; I fell really sad for you guise to have experienced this. I kind of wish that you all took a vacation over the weekend just like that time when you went on a "company-trip". I know you guise feel that it's important to entertain all of us Nasties, but it's even more important for you guise to keep the spirit up. I personally would love to see you guise making some fun FAPFAP, WANK and WTF's out on the countryside.

    A special message to Soo Zee; Thank you so much for all of your troubles. I never knew how much pain a company could spill out and it hurts me as if I were part of the crew just like you. Being a Nasty is being part of a very special family and this time you did something huge and very honorable, not only to us Naties but also to the core of the EYK family. Doing what you did is literally to put a sack over your head and just let your body get torn into pieces. Your pride must be hurt and ripped apart. I felt it so I'm sure you did too, but don't be scared or down over any of this because when the sun rises again a new day will bring new smiles to you and very soon you will be laughing and jumping around to your hearts content.

    Love Denice

    3 years ago
  384. jen

    VERY UNPOPULAR OPINION, sorry. :(

    i’m really very sorry that you guys had to go through all that. you guys definitely don’t deserve being treated like this by anyone, SM or otherwise. bear in mind, this will come off as me being SM-biased but truly, i am not. please just read my comment and if you don’t like it, it’s okay, you may delete it.

    i feel that you shouldn’t have uploaded the video at all. yes, you put in a lot of hard work, especially the last minute mad dash for new questions, spending hours cutting. editing and putting the video together and having to deal with managers and PR people who just weren’t co-operative.

    however, SM kinda does have the right to stop a video of their artistes from going online. yes, there are fancams of their artistes on youtube everywhere, but the difference is that EYK makes money off their youtube channel, unlike other fans who upload a couple of videos of their idols on the street or in their town but don’t get paid to do so. we all know how much of a money-sucker SM is and i can’t speak for them entirely but maybe they were looking for monetary gains from shinee appearing on an EYK video because EYK will be making money off this video of shinee on their youtube channel. the “background looks too backstage-y” could just have been a reallyyyyyy lame excuse to ask you guys to pull out if they weren’t going to get money from it.

    “but what about KMM? they showcase shinee there all the time!” but in that case, they’re doing a review/overview of a music video and it’s fine because they’re not showing the entire video or playing a whole song, which would be a copyright issue. however, showing an unapproved video of shinee could cause problems because the name and inclusion of all five members are copyrighted by SM.

    i understand that you had approval from SM managers and CJ beforehand and that sending in the video was out of courtesy but ultimately, they do hold the rights to their artistes appearing on camera for profit. it is a shame that contracts weren’t pulled out for this though because the interview was a delight to watch and they actually answered questions that i haven’t heard before.

    i don’t think you guys are divas in any way or that you’ve put SM into a really awkward situation and i do agree that their managers and PR staff are quite horrible and should not be treating you guys like this at all. but putting up the video probably wasn’t a good idea if their legal team decides to come after you guys (i’m sorry but it’s honestly a lawsuit waiting to happen). i love what you guys do and it is sad that this happy encounter turned out to be such a sour one but i hope you see my point of view in this.

    3 years ago
    • Hmm…you have a point. I’ve been a little worried about any possible legal ramifications of S&M posting. And I agree that the “reasons” SM gave were just poorly-hidden excuses to prevent the video from being used.

      3 years ago
    • Here is the problem. SM agreed entered into agreement with much larger companies to provide their artists for this event. Simon and Martina’s small business was contracted by those same companies to do a specific task at the event, because their small business is affiliated with one of the big companies organizing the event(YouTube). So Simon and Martina’s agreement was NEVER with SM. Those big companies just wanted SM and EYK to cross paths at that event. EYK was trying to fulfill their contractual agreement with those companies, but SM decided to be difficult. it would be like, having a teacher assign you a lab partner, and your lab partner does their part of the assignment, but then refuses to share it with you so that you can’t do yours. That’s just not cool. If SM isn’t mature enough to play in an international sandbox, then they shouldn’t keep saying they are.

      3 years ago
      • Not to mention by giving EYK a hard time, SM is by extension giving YouTube a hard time. That strikes me as…unwise. SM needs YouTube, YouTube does not need SM.

        3 years ago
    • Gosh, I really hope EYK wont get in trouble.. lawsuits are costly and annoying… but looking at what they did to JYJ.. The good news is SM doesnt have power over Youtube so at least we will still be able to watch Simon and Martina (and Soo Zee and Leigh) regularly..

      3 years ago
    • Even a large company is run by the same thing, a human. No human should have the right to treat someone with such disrespect ie. The woman laughing at Soo Zee. No one deserves that, and no amount of money and power gives you the right to act like that WHAT SO EVER.

      3 years ago
  385. Shawols and ELFs and SONEs and Cassies and aff(x)tions and EXOtics, maybe if we make enough noise about supporting this interview and loving SHINee even more because of it, SM will realize that fans love this and hopefully in turn give SHINee and their groups more freedom in having a little fun and not so much uptightness.

    Same, as many people, I dislike SM Ent, although I would guess that others aren’t a ton better, it’s just that SM probably gets so many offers for their idols to appear on variety or interviews that they can afford to be choosier than other companies. I love love love SHINee though, and am a fan of their other groups, but it’s so sad that after the success they’ve had…no freedom at all, not even after Hankyung and JYJ law suits.

    3 years ago
  386. You guys deserve better than to be treated that way. I don’t know if it’s because you’re youtubers, or because you are foreigners, or a combination of a lot of things, but it’s obvious that SM entertainment doesn’t respect the work that you do (when they should btw). I’ve seen my fair share of awkward Shinee interviews where the boys made strange comments, were off-key while singing, or where the interviewer was just annoying. From what I’ve seen your interviews are very professional and you actually ask questions that are fun and non-stressful, instead of interrogating the boys on their dating life or asking them to rank themselves in order of attractiveness. I would totally support you guys if you decided to never interview an SM artist again because I don’t think that you should have to deal with that kind of disrespect. At the end of the day it’s their loss because so many foreign fans utilize your site as a forum into the KPOP world. Disrespect towards your professionalism will only hurt their foreign viewership and revenue.

    3 years ago
  387. Phew you guys went through a lot lol. Exactly why I love SM artists but can’t really ever say I’m SM biased since their management is kind of crazy. It’s so cool Taemin kept the shirts and Key watch music Mondays :D So now Taemin knows the joke know haha :D

    3 years ago
  388. First of all, thank you guys so much for going through that trouble! The things you do for the Nasties is amazing and we’ll never be able to give you enough thanks. The fact that SM put you through all that BS is, well, a load of BS! Please know that no matter what decisions you make regarding this, we’ll support you all the way! You already upload so much amazing material that never fails to make us (well, at least me) smile and laugh. So thank you so much everything you’ve done and continue to do for all your Nasties out there. EYK, FIGHTING!

    3 years ago
  389. Awww you guys went through so much. Keep your heads up and keep smiling and moving forward. Also I agree if a company is going to be negative like that then don’t deal with them anymore. Its their loss. Sucks you guys had to go through that because you both are wonderful friendly people. Also the video was lovely in the sexy tent hehe.

    3 years ago
  390. KNEW IT

    lesson learned: NEVER trust SME for any interviews involving their artists

    the minute i heard you guys were interviewing SHINee i was shocked since SME never allows such things to happen and i’m not surprised hearing about the end result. i honestly don’t know why they do this, if its because their artists will say something they don’t want the world to hear outside of all the heavily monitored tv networks or whatever, but SME is seriously the most STRICT label for these kinda of things.

    3 years ago
  391. Keep doing what you love EYK…Nasties are here for life :)
    p.s. who could be mean to Soozee?!?

    3 years ago
  392. Guys, really really thank you for this interview, especially because of all these troubles. I think you’re doing amazing job and I hope you won’t have such situations in the future – I’m having extremely good fun watching your videos and I can’t stand the thought that you might not have fun doing them. So stay cheerful and don’t worry about these ugly entertainment companies anymore!

    3 years ago
  393. Seriously, this story gave me a whole Madeline Kahn “flames on the side of my face” moment. I don’t understand what they were trying to prove here. That it doesn’t pay to extend them any kind of courtesy? Is that what they were going for? Because that’s what they achieved. It blows my mind that no matter how many times you guys tried to politely explain this, they STILL didn’t get that you were simply extending a courtesy and were under no obligation to ask or receive their approval. How thick can they be? A multi million dollar company and *no one* understands this? DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND THE EVENT AT ALL??!!!! I mean, let me see how I do here. As I understand, the event was a collaborative effort between YouTube, Kia and CJ. As YouTube reps, you entered into agreement with Kia and CJ to do backstage interviews. As music reps SM entered into an agreement with Kia, CJ and YouTube to provide a performance from their musicians. At no point in this line do you answer to SM. Is this about right? A small child could understand this! Maybe it threw them off because you guys kept trying to be so nice about it and they just couldn’t comprehend someone being nice, just to be nice.

    3 years ago
  394. I almost feel like SM treated you guys because you are just youtube vloggers. You aren’t some huge company and you aren’t paying the company for the short interview(or you might be, I don’t know but I’m assuming no since it was apart of the ytma backstage interview footage that cjes okay.) Or maybe the manager only said yes because they thought it’s be apart of the actual YTMA’s

    And it’s shame that they don’t realize that EYK has such a large international, I guess, fanbase that SHINee is exposed to even more just from a short interview. And I understand that they do want their artists to look the absolute best( I honestly thought they looked great), what company doesn’t? Besides I’ve seen the members in other interviews or shows looking worse

    3 years ago
  395. man you didnt get him to wear the shirt you guys

    3 years ago
  396. GUYS! ALL MY SUPPORT! SM SHOULD NOT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE THIS!

    I really think SHINee looks TERRIBLE in the video, but that’s not only because of the weird recording environment, but because they are TIRED AS HELL, they have been promoting and touring the whole year (I don’t think Jonghyun answer was a joke, at all…PS: Jong, if you are reading this. you’re totally welcome in Venezuela, my crazy country! jajajaja). If the manager or WHOEVER is in charge, disliked the BTS Interview, they should not have allowed in the first place, and avoid you from this absurd bureaucracy!

    Agencies keep thinking Korea-centered, when they are targeting international markets…and that my dear friends, It is a HUGE MISTAKE! And you, my dear Simon and Martina, you need to accept something: For international fans, YOU ARE KPOP AUTHORITIES! Face it, embrace it and f***ing enjoy it! XD

    Hope you find a way to avoid this from happening again! LOVE FROM VENEZUELA!

    3 years ago
  397. Ah man, I feel so bad for you guys right now :(
    I actually found the backstage U-KISS video the most fun interview I’ve ever seen, so I really don’t understand why SM is being such a pain in the arse ㅠㅠ

    It makes me happy, though, that Taemin liked the shirts and that Key said he watches your MM’s ^^

    3 years ago
  398. Sorry you guys had to go through all of that. We appreciate all the hard work you went through! At least Taemin got his shirts! And hey, they’ve seen your Music Mondays! Cool!

    3 years ago
  399. I’m so sorry to hear how miserable an experience this was for you guise. I feel so indignant on your behalf, when you went to so much trouble for something so small (it was still a really fun interview to watch, thank you so much!!!). Seriously, I hope you never have to go through something like that again. It’s not worth suffering that much. I’ll just refrain from saying anything about the people you had to work with – if you can’t say anything nice, it’s better to keep your mouth shut and move on to more fun and silly things! <3 Simon, Martina and Soozee (and Leigh!) <3

    3 years ago
  400. The EYK’s video i love the most are the ones where you are having fun and do something silly. I don’t really want to see plain video, with people randomly presenting a group or an artist. If i did, i would watch the official ones. I love the fact that you’re so lively, funny and happy in yours. And let admit it when you’re making a fool of yourself it’s the best ;). So don’t feel bad guys, nasties will still love and follow you.

    3 years ago
  401. Why is there 0% of mentions about TAEMAN AND MANHO??!?!?!Disappointed guise,disappointed…

    3 years ago
    • Care to read a blogpost~

      3 years ago
      • OMG,Im sorry guise!I didn’t read the blogpost being the laziest person in my country!You guise are great,don’t stop doing what you are doing cause there are loads of people rooting for you!!^_^

        3 years ago
  402. The interview with SHINee was short but daebak. Martina, I am jealous. Key touched your hair, you lucky girl. Thank you guise for all you do.I am sorry to hear how much of a head ache trying to get this video up was and still is. Just remember the Nasties are your backups whenever you need help. Eat Your Kimchi Crew keep on FIGHTING!!!!

    3 years ago
  403. I feel so bad reading the post, what a bad situation! I personally love to see EYK interviews because the artists look more spontaneous and can be themselves. It’s a shame that SM didn’t like the interview, i don’t know much about shinee but i liked it!
    Don’t be sad and feeling bad because SM is the wrong one in the situation! Be happy as always, i belive everyone will support you! EYK fighting!

    3 years ago
  404. EYK, WE LOVE YOU. Seriously. I’m sure all the nasties are fuming with you and we totally understand. I enjoyed the 2 minute video and redicklous SME can suck their cheese balls if they have a problem with it. It’s really sad seeing how their management is running and I hope interviews will never be this shitty again for you guise. SHINee looked super tired but I’m glad Taeman liked the shirts :) I watched your live chat last night and I’m glad you guys are feeling so much better. A thousand hugs!! <3

    3 years ago
  405. Cheer up Simon and Martina! And Soo Zee too! :D

    I always like your videos and posts mainly for the refreshing and fun perspectives, even more so than the actual subject matters of the respective videos. When I see how much fun you are having in the videos, it makes the video THAT much more enjoyable for me! So continue doing whatever makes you guise happy; keep your spirit burning bright, because as a Nasty, I really couldn’t agree more with what you said in this post.

    Reading this also made me appreciate the whole EYK Crew so much for all the work that you guise do. Thank you!! <3

    3 years ago
  406. Wow, holy crap I am so sorry you had to go through that. Thank you guys, really, for all the hard work that you do. Your jobs are meant to be fun and I know how much bad interactions can really cause you to feel like crap, so I can only hope that you’re able to brush this off and move forward. We know you are the ones in the right, not shinee’s PR rep. Hwaiting!

    3 years ago
  407. I figured something like this happened after your reactions. Biatch messing with SooZee like that..I just wanna…yeah. If they ever give you any hell for posting the interview, let us Nasties know, we’ll give them hell!! *cracks knuckles*

    3 years ago
  408. PR people are supposed to make the company look good. Not bad lulz.

    Honestly, what’s so bad about that background? I enjoyed every single moment of it. Hell yeah, I enjoyed it so much that I wasn’t even thinking that the interview was held in a tent.

    Ugh.

    3 years ago
  409. Thank you so much for your hard work guise. Sorry for all the trouble and stress you went through to get this video to us…I feel bad. Big hugs to you all xxx

    Lovely video…the guys look flawless as always and Martina hun, you look fabulous :D You go girl!

    Thank you so much once again…we really appreciate the work you guys do for us. How can we ever repay you?

    EYK Fighting!

    3 years ago
  410. Wow.. @simonandmartina:disqus.. I don’t think any of us thought it would turn out like that. I was so shocked reading your blogpost about what you went through and how hard and annoying this was for you. Never, EVER, put yourselves in this kind of situation again when trying to make a video for your Nasties, please. We don’t want these kind of things for you, and you don’t have to say anything to defend what you feel, because we Nasties totally understand – I get all icky icky myself thinking about how damn uncomfortable this must have been for you, arguing back and forth with a billion dollar company. And the tragic part is that this was supposed to be a fun, short backstage interview ONLY that you and SM agreed on beforehand also.. Yet SM had to make such a problem out of it “because SHINee didn’t look good enough etc. etc. BLABLABLA”.. Whoa jinjjae, I love SM’s artists; I’m like the biggest SHINee fan, but the company itself is SO controlling and just SH*T excuse my french, and this confirmed my thoughts about that clearly.. Simon and Martina, and the rest of the EYK crew.. Never do this again for our sake.
    The excitement and anticipation for this interview doesn’t matter at all anymore when we now know what hardships you guise went through to make this possible for your Nasties.. We love you guys for making the videos you always have been making for us, that’s why we keep watching and the fan base of Nasties grows stronger! Your wonderful personality, vlogs, K-Pop Music Monday, F.A.P, W.A.N.K and D.I.C.K.S and all the other nasty stuff you guys do on cam (lol) is the reason we watch you and you should keep up that amazing good work that ultimately made us Nasties.. Much love xx ♥

    3 years ago
  411. I can’t believe this…now, I’m an ELF and a SONE etc, and they’re under SM, but in my opinion, this is going way too far. Being mad because a ‘backstage interview’ was filmed in a ‘backstage tent’. Like Simon & Martina and (most) other people, this has angered me. Now I may not particularly be a Shawol (sorry!), but it’s still really bad to see how they’re treating them and you. Don’t worry, you still have all our nasty love! :D

    3 years ago
  412. Aww…thank you Simon and Martina and all the EYK staff for working so hard on this! I felt so bad for you guys while reading the harrowing SHINee interview story, and you had to deal with all the a$$-y-ness from SME, but I support EYK, all the way! You really make a fun and relaxing experience in the interviews, and poo on SME if they don’t wanna loosen up and have fun — they even created a tense atmosphere for their own artists. Imagine if SM would have eased up on their restrictions, how different would that interview have been! Too bad Youtube/Google couldn’t help you out with this, since it was an interview for a Youtube event. Anyway, you’ll always have a viewer in me — EYK fighting!!

    3 years ago
  413. I hope there wont be any SM near the EYK studio, they dont deserve nice people like you.
    Whats next, they will expect you guys to install 360 degree slow motion marix cameras and use a RED Epic camera and recort it in 5K resolution? Screw them.

    3 years ago
    • half the time,they don’t allow their artists to be on camera by someone like eyk ._.

      3 years ago
  414. i loved the video, but damn SM ent. way to be a huge douche. i’ve kinda always had a bad feeling about the company and how it runs, and this really just confirms it. it really sucks cuz the artists are all amazing while