Kim Hyung Jun went solo with the release of a mini album
Shoulder 5times the burden compared to his SS501 time
The ambitious greed that can uses Intravenous Drip to replace meals
Always carrying his unchanging passionate initial resolution towards his singing career
“Before this was feeling fearful so was very careful. But still went up the stage and heard saying like “Yes, this is a singer”
Not as 5 people on stage but alone, such thoughts give me a huge amount
of burden. Other members too, also wish to give the juniors who chose
the same path as us a “cool” impression. Waited for a year, I went up
on the musical stage and to lessen the burden of going solo, worked
with the best artistes to create an album which I can say without
feeling ashamed that considerable efforts have been put in. Group
‘SS501’ ‘s Kim Hyung Jun (24) first mini album (My Girl) release to
proclaim his solo activities have since started.
“Although I said there is no mental burden, but it is still 5x more
difficult. Songs have to sing 5x more, choreography also have to dance
5x more, so there is still 5x the burden that is pressing on me. So I
would be lying if I were to say that it is not tough and it is all fun.
Recently I have been surviving on intravenous drip instead of rice.”
As a solo singer, in his first album he has already shown his big
ambitions, working togher with E-Tribe, Rado who are composers in great
demand, songs lyrics for “No other woman but you” and “Heaven” are all
written by him. Want to proudly show to fans the outlook that he is not
just the ‘SS501’s Kim Hyung Jun’ but ‘Solo Singer Kim Hyung Jun’.
“Using the name ‘Kim Hyung Jun’ to release album, wish to hear
people say “No matter what, still Kim Hyung Jun”. Wish that people
would think that I’m alright even when I’m alone and would recognise me
for it” Even though there several dance music that is different from
‘SS501’ style, but I still wish to show my own sophistication and
colors through these songs.”
Make the first singer, Park Jung Min, from within SS501, as my someone whom to learn lessons from.
“Of course, although l may look very cool, but on stage it is not
enjoyable at all. On the stage, could not afford to enjoy. I tried very
hard to show that I’m relaxed and comfortable although inside me, I’m
swarmed with awfulness. I was worried for a long time about what sort
of music style I should choose. Even for dance music it has to be
popular yet needs to be different from ‘SS501’. I would be showing
everyone another side of me that I was not able to show when I was in
Title track ‘oH!aH!’ is created by E-Tribe with an Urban RnB style.
Because of a rich and mysterious tune that climbs appropriately from
one verse to another, this song is not something that is boring.
“I originally like style of the dance pop song ‘Girl’ made by Rado
hyung. Although both songs are dance pop music but their styles are
completely different. Because the competition for title tracks is very
stiff, so decided that I should try to challenge a different style,
therefore ‘oH!aH!’ was chosen.“
E-tribe’s careful and meticulous work style in addition to Rado’s
comfortable and relaxed work style enable him to work on his
shortcomings and highlighted his strengths, thereby bringing the
satisfaction level for this album to 95%.
“The other 5% that is lacking is due to my singing ability, it is a
pity. Been having ambitious greed about the stage. Recently I
re-visited by initial resolution, and have once again attended vocal
lessons. Would let everyone see the new singer, Kim Hyung Jun, Ha Ha!”
Due to unexpected fold of events happening in Japan, would be
postponing Japanese promotion plans. Initially had plans to start Asia
Tour and overseas promotions from April onwards, but now chances of
changes are very high.
“After domestic activities have ended have thoughts of entering into
Greater China market. Because Japan is our neighbouring country, so
when having activities as a singer, was able to receive a lot of help.
So as a singer, I’m thinking how I can contribute back and help.”
“I want to become somewhat of a comfort to Japanese fans”
SS501′s maknae Kim Hyungjun has thrown aside his ‘maknae border’ and has stood forth solely on his own.
Kim Hyungjun has released his first mini album [My Girl] and has returned to his fans’ sides with title track ‘oH aH’.
With this being his first challenge, he’s poured his very ecstatic feelings from the heart in this interview.
has always been 5 of them doing activities but now that he’s all alone,
he feels lonely and worried alot if he ‘can do well or not’. “However
when the album with my name is given to me and placed into my hands, I
feel excited and happy. SS501 colleagues have given me advices and been also monitoring me regularly, and that makes me feel reassured much”.
through this time’s album, Kim Hyungjun will also show the different
charms of himself. Not only did he have dance songs, of course, but
also ballads, and also challenged writing the lyrics himself.
it’s the first album, but because I’m doing this myself, music has
turned out well to become ‘Kim Hyungjun’s trademark’ in a way.
Especially on the part in the music where it’s about protecting the
girl whom you like, it’s very similar to the distinctive cheerful
profile of mine. And also I participated in writing the lyrics, I
basically visualized by listening to the main outline melody. Half of
my experience, half of my imagination ; by putting these together is my
secret formula as a lyricist (laughs)”.
At the same time when he
released his new album, Kim Hyungjun also attempted at his invadement
into Asia and Japan. He who is expected to pick up his status as a
‘hanryu star’ has met with another standstill for the moment.
this is because of the huge earthquake that happened in Japan. With
this, a part of his invadement plans into Japan has to be re-discussed.
However, his priority at firsthand is his worry for his Japanese fans rather than his activity plans.
my solo album showcase too, many Japanese fans had made their way here…
I feel a pity that such a huge tragedy happened. I’m perplexing over
how I should give my condolences. First of all because I’m a singer,
should there be any chances in future, I want to do a memorial concert.
Music-wise that I could do, and the help that I’m able to give. If
there are such chances, I will participate in them actively”.
Target is the Bonsang award at end of year award ceremonies
All these while, besides his main profession as a singer, he also parallels diversified activities like radio DJ, musicals etc,
He also divulged about his aspirations to challenge acting if there will be any chance.
it be a sitcom or an official drama, I want to challenge them. I want
to receive acknowledgment in many different areas, so that people will
start to carve their impression of me as ‘the lad who can do well in
anything he does’. In fact I’m the kind who worried alot before my new
challenge because I’ll be alone, but after I finish my worries and go
on to find my answers, I will then be able to eventually stand in front
of everyone. I want to show my bright and confident side in front of
all, anytime and anywhere at all”.
In addition, he is also
slated for another challenge in time to come. After ‘My Girl’
promotions, he will be having a follow-up album in upcoming May where
he will show his brand new side once again.
album is slated for release at around May. There are parts where it
will be like a continuation/link-up from oH aH’s content. In the next
album, I will show to you ‘the charms of a man who can’t get to sleep
because he’s fallen in love’ (laughs). Also, I will be releasing my
first official album at around Fall. I want to receive the Bonsang
award at the year-end music award ceremonies”.