Complex: Ouch. Switching gears, Teddy Riley produced “The Boys.” Are there any other American musicians you guys want to work with?
Tiffany: The cast of Glee. Personally, I’m a big fan of Ryan Tedder. He has amazing music.
Complex: I think you’d fit right in.
Tiffany: I like everything. And I’m sure the girls would be happy to try everything as well.
Hyoyeon: I want to work with Jay-Z. I really love Jay-Z.
Sooyoung: We all have different tastes. But I really love Timbaland, and his work with Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah and others.
Complex: So you guys are somewhat familiar with hip-hop?
Tiffany: Yes, definitely. We like music that’s strong and upbeat.
Complex: Are there any indie artists you guys are fans of?
Taeyeon: 10cm [a popular Korean acoustic folk duo].
Sooyoung: The Black Skirts [a Korean punk rock band].
Taeyeon: Jang Kiha and the Faces [an experimental six-member band from Korea].
Complex: Any interest in possibly working with them?
Sooyoung: If the opportunity permits. Yes, certainly. If those artists think we’re capable of working with them it’ll be amazing.
Complex: Are you guys familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan?
Hyoyeon: Yes, I know Wu-Tang. I don’t know about the group’s background, but I listen to their music a lot.
Tiffany: And you know I grew up in L.A. so I’m familiar with the name.
Complex: I consider Girls’ Generation as the k-pop version of the Wu-Tang. You know how you guys have nine members as well? So Taeyeon is the RZA, Yoona is Method Man…
Taeyeon: [Laughs.] You’ve actually picked out each member and made a comparison?
Sooyoung: If you write the comparisons down for us we’ll search them up on Google.
Complex: Since we’re on the subject of hip-hop, who are some of your favorite rappers?
Sooyoung: Cee-lo Green. He raps, he sings, he’s amazing.
Tiffany: I love Kanye.
Taeyeon: I love Dynamic Duo [a two-member Korean hip-hop group].
Tiffany: I think Tiger JK [a member of Korean hip-hop group Drunken Tiger] is really attractive.
Complex: With the success in Japan, what has changed?
Sunny: We’re certainly recognized by more people.
Sooyoung: I wouldn’t say we changed because of the success. But as a whole, since we went on tours, and done so many performances, I could humbly say our live performance game has gotten much better. Instead of just performing one song on a television show, we had to learn how to keep a crowd entertained for three hours or more.
Tiffany: Thanks to the love and support from our fans, we were able to achieve the level of success we have now. But overall, I think success to us means how much we’ve grown as a group, and how much we’ve grown as performers. And I think the experience we’ve gained from our Japanese tour made us grow tremendously. If anything, that’s a huge success for us as artists.
Complex: Jessica, you’ve been quiet, any comments?
Jessica: Umm…sorry. To tell you the truth I was zoning out. [Laughs.]
Complex: Good to know. You guys just recently inked a deal with Interscope. Can we expect to see more of Girls’ Generation in America?
Tiffany: It’s definitely a step into the U.S. market. We’ve been blessed with the opportunity. This album wasn’t just targeted towards the U.S., but worldwide as a whole. It’s great that we’re also recognized in the U.S. market, and we hope that we can start something amazing in the near future.
Complex: You guys debuted around the same time as the Wonder Girls…
Management: Can we not do comparisons?
Complex: I just wanted to ask them what they could possibly learn from the Wonder Girls’ experience in the U.S.
Management: They probably wouldn’t know, since they’re not familiar with [the Wonder Girls’] time in the U.S.
Tiffany: Yeah, we’re not really…
Taeyeon: Well, I would say how they started is a little different from how we’re starting. No? Since it’s not a similar case, it’s a little difficult for us to pinpoint a difference, and tell you what we’ve learned. Plus, it’s a starting point for us as well.
Tiffany: Yes, we’ll leave that as a question mark.