| JAY PARK LIVE IN CONCERT, SINGAPORE
(Singapore=Koreanpress) by Benjamin Kim = A member of b-boy group AOM (Art of Movement) and former charismatic leader of Korean pop group <2PM>, Jay Park has previously performed in Singapore in small-scale showcases, but this performance is a 1.5 hour concert. There will also be a meet & greet session which will be held on 17 January 2013 at The Butter Factory. Details for that will be announced in 2 weeks.
About Jay Park
Jay Park debuted on the M.net program “Hot Blood Men” where he received a lot of attention for his good looks. His fan base grew sizably during his days with <2PM>.
In March 2010, Jay Park uploaded a cover video of B.oB’s <Nothin’ on You> on his YouTube Channel which recorded more that 1.5 million views within the first day. Warner Music Korea soon released a Jay Park version of that song, which topped the Korean music charts.
Jay Park’s first mini-album <Take a Deeper Look> was released in April 2011 and his first full-length album <New Breed> was released on February 2012 with the lead single <Know your Name>. Jay Park’s awards include Naver Most Popular Search’s Male Solo Award (Korea, 2010), Mashable Awards’ Best Web Video (USA, 2011), Golden Disk Awards’ Record of the Year (Korea, 2011) and Asia Models Award, Most Popular Artiste (Korea, 2012).
Venue: The Star Performance Arts Centre
Date: 18 January 2013
Time: Doors open at 730 pm
1/17/2013 Jay Park in SG Press Conference
Q: This is not the first time you’ve been to Singapore – quite a few times already. So what do you have to say to your fans one more time?
Jay: I love coming to Singapore and that’s why I keep on coming back. I’ve probably done the most shows in Singapore, other than Korea.
Q: Your first album was released last year entitled ‘New Breed’. This year, we understand that you will be coming back with another. I checked and found ‘TBA’ (To be advised) on it. Then looked up Twitter and noted you had keyed in “I do not know what to call my album.” Are you anywhere close to the title right now?
Jay: No. Actually, I still don’t know. This time I’m just making music and after I bring all the songs together, I’ll probably take a listen, see how I feel and probably name it then.
Q: The concert will be happening tomorrow, so what can fans expect?
Jay: Well, I wouldn’t say it’s an all-out concert. I wouldn’t call it a concert… I’d probably call it a long showcase where I can highlight some of my skills and performances, and entertain you guys for a long period of time. More than five or six songs. It’s like a preview for a concert. You can expect me to rap, sing, and dance all night long.
Q: Let’s go on to something a little bit more fun! You’re a self-professed YouTube freak, and you’ve done collaborations with people like Clara Chung and Ryan Higa. We do have some local YouTube celebrities as well. How open are you to doing a collaboration with them?
Jay: Yeah, I’m definitely open. Last year in Malaysia I did one with Dennis Yin, so if I get the chance to meet them (local YouTube artistes) and they’re cool people – I’m definitely open.
Q: When will the next episode of Jay Park TV be?
Jay: As of right now, I’m doing more music and I’m trying to plan and shoot a lot of music videos. I have some free music coming out – a free song coming out – and I’ll be shooting a music video for that. So yeah, I’m focusing more on music and putting out content and music videos, rather than me just going around and doing stupid (referring to some of the goofy content on Jay Park TV) stuff.
Q: Can we expect some of the experiences you have in Singapore to be on episode 5?
Jay: Oh yeah definitely! I brought my cameraman here, he’s been filming – so probably expect Singapore in episode 5!
Q: A week or two ago, there was a picture on Twitter of you and BIGBANG member G-DRAGON. It elicited responses like, “Oh my God. Jay, you guys going to sing together? That would be fantastic.”, “Please have a collaboration!” etc. Will this happen?
A:Hopefully! I’m definitely open to it. I know he’s open to it. Just gotta get the right song together and hopefully in the near future it’ll happen.
Q: Is there another artiste you’re looking forward to doing a collaboration with?
Jay: I met up with Dynamic Duo and a producer named Primary, and we’re gonna get some stuff on the album. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff with Cha Cha (Cha Cha Malone), Dok2 and The Quiett. I might do something with E-Sens of Supreme Team, been doing a lot of stuff with Jungle. Just a lot of people you’ve seen on the first album, plus new people.
Questions from the floor:
Q: Since you’re in the midst of preparing your new album, can you share with us what the creative process is like?
Jay: I get inspired by listening to music, so that definitely helps. Lately I’ve been going to the studio with Jungle and we’ve been listening to the beat and writing songs together. But for the most part, I just do it at home by myself. Make melodies and write lyrics – it’s been going pretty good. I sort of had a writer’s block for a couple of months but I’ve got about eleven songs done so far, and I’m planning on getting five or six more.
Q: How far do you think you have grown as a producer, a composer, a singer, and a rapper from your previous album?
Jay: I haven’t been doing this for very long, it’s only been about two years that I’ve been solo. ‘Take a Deeper Look‘ came out in 2010 and ‘New Breed’ came out in 2011. I’ve been writing songs and producing for two years, so I’m getting the feel of it and I’m growing every day. Every song I write, every person I meet, every song I listen to – I’m definitely trying to absorb everything like a sponge. If you listen to the new album when it comes out, you’ll see how I’ve grown as an artiste. Even if you look at ‘Take a Deeper Look’ and ‘New Breed’, the quality [of the latter] is just way better. The writing, the rapping, the singing – everything.
Q: You recently hosted SNL Korea. Can you tell us how the experience was like and why did you decide to go on it?
Jay: There’s no show like SNL Korea in Korea – it pushes the limits, it’s very edgy, so I wanted to get on it and show my comedic side. It was a very good experience but it was really hard because the preparation is just crazy. I’ve only got a couple of days to learn all the lines, to rehearse and to memorise all the characters and all that, so I had new-found respect for all the cast members in SNL because they do that every single week. Just me doing it one week… it took a lot for me to do that. But it was a really enjoyable experience and fun overall.
Q: Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Jay: I drink Red Bull. I sort of just hop around, stretch a little bit, do some vocal exercises, a little prayer for everyone to be safe and that the show goes well. But there’s nothing really specific I do.
Q: Will you consider venturing into acting in the future?
Jay: Right now I’m focusing more on music because I’ve only been putting out music for a couple of years by myself. Also, I want to put out music in both English and Korean, so that’s more work to do for me. But I don’t over rule the possibility out. Even my time on SNL – I enjoyed a lot – but for now it’s music.
Q: Your SNL experience actually brought in really high ratings. How would you rate your comedic performance and did you have a hand in scripting the parodies?
Jay:SNL did a really good job in giving me characters that I could do and they didn’t give me that many lines, because I’m not very good at memorising in Korean. I tried to do my best and focused a lot, so I don’t think I did too bad. I wrote a different song (from the one performed) and submitted it to them and they said it’s too much for TV, so they changed it. For the character where I had the Afro on, I didn’t really script it but I sort of just made it up. I wasn’t even chewing gum but I just pretended to do so.. Other than that, SNL gave me really good characters and a script that I could justice to, so I’ve to thank them.”
Q: Would you do collaborations with fellow Canadian or American K-Pop artistes like Ailee?
Jay: Yeah! I’ve known Ailee for three or four years now – before she came to Korea and became a K-Pop star. She’s very talented and I’m a big fan of her work, so I’ll definitely collab, do a duet with her. Actually, I was trying to get her on this album, so we’re trying to talk to her company and stuff right now. I also did a collab with G.NA before on her album.
Q: Is there anything in particular you’d like to achieve this year? In terms of your album, your love life etc.
Jay: There’s definitely a lot of things I want to achieve. I want to put out a very good second album. After I do that I’d like to venture and do some stuff in the States. We’re in the talks for that right now and I can’t really say much… but when it becomes final I’ll let you guys know.
Q: How old were you when you got your first tattoo, how many do you have, and which one is the most meaningful?
Jay: I don’t know how many tattoos I have – I’m too lazy to count. I think I got my first tattoo in 2010 when I was around 23 or 24? My whole left arm is filled. I’ve been doing a lot of retouching work on my left arm and trying to get it sleeved up. My most meaningful… I don’t know. A lot of my tattoos? They all have meaning. My music, my family, my crew, what I stand for, my morals are all on my tattoos so they’re all important.
Q: Last year, your album was one of the top 10 selling albums in Korea. Do you also hope to achieve this feat this year with your new album?
Jay: Oh, of course! It’s funny though, because there weren’t that many solo artistes in the top 10 and I was very honoured and surprised that I was even in the top 10. I produced the whole album myself, so just to have that accomplishment meant a lot to me. Hopefully this time, with the music being better and with me putting out more content and music videos, people can pay attention to each and every song and the variety of the album. Hopefully it can get even better sales and reviews from people around the world.
Q: You’re 25 now, so where do you see yourself in another five years’ time?
Jay:“By the time I’m 30, hopefully I’ll be an established artiste everywhere and everyone around the world will know my music. I’ll get chances to perform in countries I’ve never performed in – South America, Africa, Europe – I haven’t been to Europe yet – and yeah, hopefully I’ll be the same guy, but just much more established.
Q: You’re such a busy guy, so what are some of your daily must-brings. What do you have in your bag?
Jay:It depends on where I’m going. I have my cellphone and wallet with me wherever I go. Sometimes I bring a little protein shake thing when I work out. If I’m going to the studio I bring my laptop because it has all my lyrics in it. If I’m going to a B-boy practice I bring extra shoes and extra clothes in case I get all sweaty and dirty. But that’s about it.
Q: As a songwriter, is there any song you wish you had penned? It could be an English or Korean song.
Jay: Of course! All the number one hits! Hmm but let’s see what’s a song I really enjoy as of late… there are some songs I wish that I had done, like Chris Brown‘s ‘Turn Up The Music’, stuff like that I wish I had done first. But I’m not there yet.”
Q: What’s your motto that you live by?
Jay: What’s my motto? YOLO (You Only Live Once). (laughs) Basically I just try to enjoy what I do and work hard. Back in those days, I would just be like “work hard, work hard” and I wasn’t really having fun. I would be really serious. Right now, I’m trying to keep it cool and relaxed, as well as work hard and play hard.”
Q: What’s a regular day in your life when you’re not busy with training?
Jay:“For me it’s not really training, I don’t have the company telling me you gotta record, you gotta dance, you gotta practice this, you gotta do that – I do everything on my own because I enjoy it. I work out – I actually get stressed out when I can’t work out for more than week or two, so I try to work out often. Lately I haven’t been able to tan so I’m really pale right now. I practice with the guys – b-boying – and I also practice flips at night which I incorporate into my b-boying and on the stage. I write songs, I write raps, I do YouTube stuff. I can’t stay still – I always have to move.
Q: Up till this point, do you have anything that if you could, you would have changed, or would you have stayed the same?
Jay: I definitely would leave everything to be the same. You can’t change the past, what happens, happens and you become who you are because of those events. I wouldn’t want to change anything because I wouldn’t be who I am if not for those events.
Q: What do you want fans to remember you as?
Jay: As an artiste who puts out great music, but also is a very humble guy. Laid-back, just a regular person. I mean I’m well-known but I’m not like… a celebrity making someone go “Oh that’s Jay Park!”. I’m like your friend – almost!
Q: Any last shout-outs?
Jay: Shout-out to all the fans! I’m probably gonna meet you guys in a little bit at the Meet & Greet. There were a bunch of y’all at the airport at like 1.30am. I hope to see you guys at the show and enjoy it!
NOTE: When One-to-One interview like this, including Questions from the Floor, no need for inverted commas. Eg:
Q: “What do you want fans to remember you as?” Just - What do want fans to remember you as?