“You are busy, much more than normally / I am sitting within the studio once more at the moment / Fighting time / I’ve to do one thing; killing time is such a waste,” croons American – Korean musician Kim Woo Sung, professionally often known as Woosung and even Sammy within the Korean music trade. His newest music ‘Lazy’ displays on the “artwork of being lazy” and effectively, one thing that everybody has felt throughout this pandemic. Over the course of final 12 months, everybody’s confined to the 4 partitions at house and we have kind of come to the phrases that it is okay to take a step again for your self.
Within the area of the Korean music trade, it is a hustle to place out nice music with the intention to share extra of your work with followers. Not like the opposite trade, one witnesses a number of album releases a 12 months. The truth is, in 2021, artists from a number of teams have dropped solo music showcasing a more moderen facet of their inventive expression. Considered one of them is the favored alt-rock band THE ROSE musician Woosung. Generally known as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Woosung has magnetic vocals that take you thru a rollercoaster of feelings and could be very compelling.
The 28-year-old musician debuted together with his band THE ROSE in 2017, with members Park Do-joon, Lee Ha-joon, and Lee Jae-hyeong, accompanied with a soft-rock observe, ‘Sorry’. Since then there isn’t any trying again for the group as their fanbase grew, their music covers turned viral, their authentic songs turned enormous and Billboard named them one of many New Okay-Pop Artists to Watch. The group continued to achieve newer heights by breaking into a number of Billboard charts with their EP’s ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Void’ – Subsequent Massive Sound, World Digital Track Gross sales, and World Albums.
Because the group gained recognition, Woosung additionally forayed into solo work. He launched his debut EP in 2019 ‘Wolf’ together with a single ‘Face’ and few songs together with the ‘Moon’ and ‘Stunning Lady’. However, the group hit a roadblock. The group parted methods with J&Star Firm following a lawsuit filed by the band towards the corporate. The three members are presently serving within the navy in South Korea, whereas Woosung left for the US and solely received again to Korea after some time.
As followers eagerly look ahead to the comeback of THE ROSE, Woosung had a shock with the OST ‘You Make Me Again’ from the Korean Drama Itaewon Class – one of many standard dramas of 2020 starring Park Search engine marketing-joon. A multifaceted performer, Woosung has since established his personal unbiased label – Woolfpack LLC – as he juggles work in California and South Korea, Now, he has dropped his new single ‘Lazy’ which has nearly reached nearly 3 million views. The music has stylish bassline and addictive refrain with a wonderful music video that reminds us of the significance of getting each productive and unproductive days, amplified by a vibrant music video that begins with a lazy day at house however swings again into an bold evening out.
In a dialog with Bollywood Hungama, Woosung talked about ‘Lazy’, his involvement in music, his huge profession, rising up within the enterprise, upcoming solo music, future with THE ROSE, pressures with heading a label, and extra.
At first, congratulations. Tens of millions of views are already on the ‘Lazy’ music video. You might be crushing it. How do you are feeling?
Yeah, Black Roses are the very best. I imply, whoever listened to the music is the very best. I am grateful. Yeah, I am honoured.
While you have been conceptualizing the ‘Lazy’ music video, what was the thought course of behind it?
I had a tough idea in my head once I completed writing the music which was about two years in the past – particularly that room and the design. I positively needed a room that was sort of messy however aesthetic on the similar time. I needed a very large change up on the very finish, however with the editor and the music video producer and all of the music video staff, they included concepts. These concepts have been nice too. Just like the dance scene, we went forwards and backwards with it. So it simply occurred naturally. I gave the tough concept after which we constructed from it and we constructed some extra. And there is a ultimate product.
The look that everybody’s speaking about if you dance within the music video and also you look ethereal. Inform us about it.
I consider it as – I’m doing a music video, I sing, and I do music, I am making artwork. Identical with hairstylists, make-up artists – they’re artists as effectively. So once they paint my face, and once they do my hair, they’re creating artwork on me. Now, I am presenting the artwork to the folks. I am presenting their artwork that they drew on me that they, you recognize, created on my head. Even the styling, I am presenting it, and that is my job. So I really feel like, um, yeah, it was a collaborative work, positively. It is not simply, even simply because I am presenting it, you recognize, it does not imply I did effectively, I believe it was very identical to an artwork piece like that. That is why it was so um, how do I put it, it was so superb to have the ability to current that to folks due to their imaginative and prescient.
How have you ever developed as an artist – each by way of a band member of THE ROSE and solo artist?
I believe with THE ROSE and my solos, these are like very completely different music. I do not actually contemplate my solo music as a extra developed model of THE ROSE. Nonetheless, it’s a completely different type and completely different style. It is extra of THE ROSE music is the 4 of us; the solo music is me. I believe that is the one distinction there and so far as my solo music, although, from ‘Face’ to ‘Lazy’ to the long run stuff, prefer it’s evolving, positively. It is evolving, not like higher or worse, however completely different sounds. Like for instance, the album that I am getting ready proper now, this album was already like, I had these songs for therefore lengthy. The newer songs that I have been writing, they’re so completely different from what I’ve to current to the followers within the close to future, proper? I am excited as a result of I actually wish to present everybody what I have been writing just lately. However like, I am ready for the best timing as a result of I actually wish to get this album out. I’ve had it for therefore lengthy. I nearly stated the subsequent music’s title (laughs). The following single that I used to be fascinated about, the subsequent few songs, a few of the songs I’ve had for 3 years. Like I stated, ‘Lazy’, I had it for 2 years. I wish to current it to folks. I wish to present everybody the newer stuff that I have been writing just lately, which is extra. I am going to say it is positively a special sound positively than ‘Face’ and ‘Lazy’ and what’s about to come back. So would you say it is a mature sound? Would you say it could be good? Would you say that it could be a little bit susceptible or mature or like dancy? What is the vibe of this sound? So you recognize what? Undoubtedly mature. The newer stuff that I do not know when I’ll launch it however positively feels mature.
Since ‘Lazy’ was written pre-pandemic, when did you resolve you needed to launch it and why was now the proper time?
Properly, I imply, to be sincere, like, it wasn’t, it did not actually have something to do with the virus pandemic. I at all times needed to launch it as a single. However you recognize, with issues that occurred, I could not launch music for nearly two years. And I’d have liked to launch it once I had that music that summer season, you recognize what I imply, proper? However, it’s simply timing. It simply did not work out. So now once I may launch it, that is the very first thing I did, as a result of that was the primary music on my radar. It wasn’t intentional, despite the fact that folks may relate to it extra now as a result of we have been inside so lengthy, however, however even again then, I imply, all of us had our laziness.
I do really feel that in all probability within the final 12 months, I believe it is okay to really feel lazy as a result of we have been in a time the place we do not know the way issues will prove. And in the event you take a step again and simply be with your self, I believe that is okay.
Proper? No, that is a terrific level. I am so glad you say that, as a result of that is the way in which to take a look at it in the event you’re simply gonna be lazy and unproductive – get pleasure from it. Benefit from the time as a result of in the event you’re not having fun with it, and simply being careworn like ‘I ought to be doing this and that however you continue to cannot do it, you are not taking a step ahead into your future. You retain blocking your self from being constructive every day and having this nice temper. You possibly can get rather a lot completed even if you’re lazy. You may watch numerous exhibits, and you recognize, study one thing from them. Are you aware what I imply? So, positively, I really like the positivity in your ideas.
You collaborated with Reddy. How do you consider a featured artist who could possibly be an ideal match on your music and imaginative and prescient?
Even from the start, I had that bridge half empty. Even once I recorded this music with the association individual that I work with, I at all times had that bridge half empty for a characteristic. And it may have been a singer. It may have been the rapper. However I at all times could not actually pick the best one. I used to be at all times sort of ready to see what I may do with it. After which once I met Reddy, I used to be like, I really like the tone. I believe it’s going to match with the music. Yeah, so I requested him.
Prior to now 12 months, folks have kind of mirrored on themselves or in a method that their artwork has in all probability progressed, or the path has in all probability modified. Do you suppose, this previous 12 months or the previous couple of years have in all probability modified the way in which you make music now?
Um, I imply, I am gonna be sincere, no! I at all times appreciated being closed off once I write. The themes is likely to be completely different. However for me, I at all times get inspiration largely from films, books, and my every day life. My every day life has at all times been sort of inside. Particularly once I write lyrics, I prefer to be zoned off, like on the airplane, you recognize, the place I can not do anything, or simply in my bed room. So like in that course of, not likely, it hasn’t modified a lot. It hasn’t modified my perspective. And the one factor that is modified in my thoughts is now that I such as you stated we received to replicate again on ourselves extra. We received to essentially take into consideration what we’re. I believe I am extra assured than I do know myself a little bit bit greater than I did earlier than. That is the one factor. So perhaps there needs to be a sure. However within the course of, positively not completely different.
You have been additionally a part of Itaewon Class’ OST, which was one of many largest dramas of 2020? Inform me how this took place?
The music producers within the drama reached out they usually’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, we wish to do that music with you.’ I used to be so honoured. I used to be like ‘after all, please, I am going to do it.’ However this is the factor with OSTs – this is not a music that we wrote or as THE ROSE, we made it in any respect. So it is like, they’ve their very own guys. And for me, I respect their artwork and the path they needed to take with this. So normally what I’d not put in my enter is like, I wish to sing it like this, as a result of I wish to make it match for his or her music. I believe it is at all times good to respect the unique maker of the product of the music or no matter. So it was an expertise as a result of I attempted to sing it cleaner, extra in another way. They advised me the backstory like this must be a strong music the place it is like; when he is popping out, and these have this within the background, and I felt the vibe, and you recognize, you sort of discuss with them, join with them, and also you attempt to simply make the music to be as it’s, as they thought. So, it was positively a humbling expertise. It was positively one thing I’d wish to do once more. I used to be so glad they hit me up for that.
You might be within the technique of reinventing. You additionally began your organization. So it is such a giant duty in your shoulder that you can be exploring artistically. Inform me about it.
For me, I believe even for THE ROSE, we at all times write our music and we’ve got a imaginative and prescient. It simply turns into laborious when the imaginative and prescient is not the identical and it simply will get combined up. Having an organization is nice. Nonetheless, I sort of like a little bit strain on my shoulders. I imply, I used to be a really unbiased individual rising up. I believe that is the sort of commerce that I had all through my years and I actually wish to study what I may do. I’m an artist. Sure, I am singing music and I am making the music. Nonetheless, I did not know the entire facet of, for instance, what the others had contributed. I may respect it extra now. Even the little issues like having the schedules, somebody taking me to schedule, I may respect all that much more now that I am experiencing it and making an attempt to take care of it alone. I began creating this staff and it has been nice. Up to now, the strain is on, however I imply, we’ve got management.
On a lighter be aware, when are you the laziest?
I’m a morning individual, and folks ask how will you be lazy if you’re a morning individual? You may since you’d be a morning individual, but it surely does not imply that you simply’re not lazy. You simply get up, however you may nonetheless be in your telephone. So for me, actually, I get up early. And that is simply how my physique works normally. So like, even when I get up early, it does not imply I get off the bed. So yeah, there have been days the place I simply stayed in mattress and simply actually, as a result of I used to be binge-watching exhibits. I am the kind of individual to get hooked. I gotta end it. I’ve a aim. Sure, that is me. That is what I imply. Particularly with a present like Recreation of Thrones, you could possibly watch this for months. You do not have time to waste; you simply watch till it’s a must to sleep and also you get up and also you begin watching once more since you’re so excited to see the subsequent episodes and stuff. I imply, that was me being lazy. Simply consuming. I liked being lazy and watching numerous movies and numerous dramas as a result of I can not say I knew rather a lot about them, particularly Korean dramas. However now like, I am getting I am like, ‘Oh, wow. Yeah, I watched that. I watched Itaewon Class. I watched Begin-Up. I do know the story. Yeah, I really feel the emotion.
Coming again to your music, I needed to know, because you have been making music, and also you stated that the plans are there for the album, would you launch it as an EP or a full-length album this 12 months? Or perhaps subsequent 12 months?
So I’m engaged on that proper now. I can say that I nearly have two albums prepared as a result of I’ve songs stacked up. I am engaged on plans proper now. Our plans are altering as I am going. As a result of I see what I may do in another way. I see. I wish to attempt newer issues. So I do not wish to say one thing and never make it occur proper now as a result of it is nonetheless not sure. However for certain. I wish to launch an album – a full album this 12 months. Yeah. And I have already got the songs prepared. It is identical to, how do I wish to, you recognize, divide them? Or how do I wish to current it to the followers? It retains altering. I wish to do it the easiest way doable for everyone’s expertise. I am engaged on it. The songs are already there. Belief me. The songs have been there for a very long time. I am so keen to place it out as a result of you recognize, I’ve had these songs for like, even ‘Lazy’. two years and that is not even thought-about lengthy. I’ve a music on this album that I had earlier than ‘Face’. So it is coming alongside. That is all.
Given the circumstances, THE ROSE was in, and now you are releasing music whereas members are serving within the navy, how do you propose to go forward in phrases with the band music, aside out of your solo?
Properly, the one plan that we’ve got as THE ROSE is we’ll make music and we’ll current it, you recognize, the main points, it would come on, it would change as we go, it doesn’t matter what. We’re rising as we’re rising every day, individually as effectively. We’re all in numerous circumstances. However once they’re out, we’ll be collectively, we’ll take the time we’ll make a journey, we’ll actually speak about the place we’ll take our band, you recognize what I imply? So, so that may change. Nonetheless, one factor that I can say for certain is sure, we’ll make music collectively and no matter type that’s, no matter, you recognize, we resolve on we’re gonna make it our greatest effort for you guys to get pleasure from with us.
Who’re you listening to as of late?
Oh, wow, that is, um, let’s examine. You understand, with me, I like listening to the identical olds on a regular basis. I imply, Matthew, BM’s observe, (13IVI) ‘Oh, my God continues to be I believe it is popping out.’ To be sincere, I already noticed it. It’s fireplace. It’s so good. And I extremely advocate it. I imply, yeah, it’s fireplace. I will be listening to that. I imply, I have been listening to it a little bit bit (He stated this on the day BM’s ’13IVI’ observe got here out).
You retain reinventing your self. The place do you see your self as an artist within the subsequent couple of years?
A few years? One factor’s for certain. We’ll have much more black roses. I simply needed to maintain doing music. I’ve large objectives. I’ve ardour. It is simply, I do not like saying it. As a result of like, my objectives are actually large. And the rose objectives are at all times so large. And I do know we may obtain it with time.
Do you might have a message for the Black Roses in India?
I imply, all I can say is, thanks for the assist. Thanks, for all of the love. It actually retains me going. It retains us going as a staff. All I can do for you guys in India is offer you guys music, offer you guys one thing to take heed to, one thing to narrate to, one thing we may all sort of be, you recognize, in bond with. And I’ll do this. I actually wish to go to India. I hope I’ve the prospect to go quickly. I hope everyone’s preserving secure.
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