What songs have a story behind them for JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong?
-My album is one that I have a lot of affection for because I wrote two of the songs.
Please introduce your album and greet your Cyworld fans
Hello, everyone who loves Cyworld Music, this is Jaejoong. I’ve come to greet you all with my solo mini album. I participated heavily in writing the lyrics for this album and.. I tried to express the emotions I feel at every moment in my songs. My album is one that I have a lot of affection for because I wrote two of the songs.
This is your first musical activity in a while, how do you feel, are you nervous? (Question by Shin * Young)
Yes, since JYJ’s Korean album release and world tour, I’ve focused on my acting through dramas and movies, so this album’s release is.. um.. yes.. I am nervous but.. it’s not a bad feeling, it’s more like an excited anticipation. I’m really glad to be greeting you all with music for the first time in a while. This is my first solo album since making my debut, and I filled it with music that I aim to pursue. I think that’s why it feels more special to me.
How did it feel, preparing an album as a solo singer instead of as a member of JYJ? From when did you start planning on going solo? (Question by Kim * Hyung)
Um.. I think there isn’t much of a difference between a JYJ album and a solo album. The beginning process of writing songs and recording them is really fun. If I had to differentiate between the two, I would say that when we make music as JYJ, there’s a certain joy that I feel when we blend our voices together to create harmonies, and each member’s part amplifies that member’s strengths. What made me happy about this latest album was that I was able to fill it with the thoughts and music I had been aiming for. One of the many reasons as to why I’m happy is because I’m able to show people a different side of me.
How did you feel when you first heard this song (Mine), and what were you thinking of when you sang this song? (Question by Jo * Suk)
When I first heard the guide, I thought, ‘Ah, I can take this song and put in my thoughts and feelings.’ I thought it was an intense song that would be great in carrying my message across. I felt an excited anticipation that once we were done arranging and mixing the song, it would become a very sophisticated piece. When I sing this song, I don’t really think about anything specific. I just channel how I’m feeling into the song.
What have you been up to these days? I’m curious as to what you’re doing? (Question by Kim * Il)
I’m been doing very well. 2012 was a very busy year for me. I went on a world tour, filmed a drama, shot a movie and promoted that movie. I was busy up till Winter and right after that, I started working on my album. I received a short break at the end of the year, so I visited the elementary school I used to go to, as well as my childhood hometown. I even went on a trip to Busan with my friends. I work, I take breaks to recharge, and I go on vacation; that’s how I’ve been doing these days. It made working on the songs that much easier and better. I wasn’t confined to a set mold, so my thoughts were able to roam free and countless melody lines were popping into my head. I think that’s why I always work on songs after acting, going on vacation, or going on a tour. They became the drive that kept my album moving forward.
Tell us about your future plans.
I can’t reveal all my plans for the first half of the year yet. I’ve released an album, and I’m planning on holding a very special concert. I’m busy preparing for that concert, and I’m having so much fun with it. Whenever we’re in a meeting, I have so much fun in the preparation process because ideas keep popping up between the personnel and I. The first, second and third part of the concert are being prepared as though they are separate concerts. Because I like talking to the fans and seeing eye to eye with them, the concert will really be “I’m giving you all everything I have~” with a fanmeet, a talk and a mini concert. I’m happy to know that we’ll be creating a new kind of concert. Please give it your anticipation. It will be held at the KINTEX on the 26th and 27th.
Songs that have a story behind them for Kim Jaejoong
1) For you – Lim Jae Beom
I’m planning on holding a mini concert where I sing the songs in my solo mini album as the third part of my concert. This song will be one of the other songs I sing. It’s a song with such great lyrics.
2) Gangnam Style – Psy
Psy has always had confidence and pride as a singer-songwriter, and in that meaning, we could say that this really is Psy’s Gangnam Style. It’s such a fun and charming song that I found myself remixing this song while working on some songs one day. That’s probably why it’s loved by people all over the world, no matter what language they speak.
3) Though I Loved You – Kim Kwang Seok
My upcoming concert has the title ‘Your, My and Mine’. We set up an event to fit with the concept that this will be a concert that we create with fans. We decided that I would sing a song that the fans chose at my concert. So this song was chosen. This song also has emotional lyrics that are very charming.
4) Infinite Challenge’s ‘Park Myung Soo’s How About It?’. Grasshopper World
Jae Seok is such an awesome person. He never ceases to surprise me when he gets on stage. JYJ’s dance team worked with Yoo Jae Seok on his Grasshopper World performance. The melody and lyrics are unique and I was surprised by the quality of the performance. When I appeared on Happy Together, he said to me, “Jaejoong, I can recognize your talent as an entertainer.” He’s a grateful senior who gave me a reason to nurture my dream as an entertainer in the variety sector. I will prove my humor at my concert! ^^
5) Memories of the Wind – Naul
It’s a song I’ve been listening to a lot these days. I love the melody, his tone, and the lyrics. It’s a song that’s overflowing with charm. And the title is Memories of the Wind.. I think everyone should listen to it when they’re alone.
A personalized signature from Kim Jaejoong
To everyone at CyMusic~!
Please give my solo album ‘I’ your love.