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5 Questions with Superstar K4 rocker Jung Joon Young

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Jung Joon Young rose to fame last year with his third-place finish on the audition program Superstar K4, and he's currently the 4D darling of Korean variety thanks to the reality show We Got Married. While the 24-year-old artist's handsome looks and amusingly unpredictable personality seem to be made for television, his voice is definitely made for rock.

During his run on Superstar K4, Jung Joon Young won over judges and audiences alike with his low, husky and powerful vocal ideal for rugged rock songs. Arriving one year after K4, his first mini-album emphasizes his expressive voice through rock ballads and pop rock pieces with a hint of darkness, tracks like title song "The Sense of an Ending" that are plug-friendly yet true to his rock roots.

There's no telling where Jung Joon Young will go next with his music (or his variety show outings) but one thing's for sure: he makes everything more interesting than expected!

Q: Tell us about your first mini-album and title song.

While working on this album, I thought a lot about "rock" and how it could be expressed in a variety of colors. I tried hard to convey this to the audience. Among the songs I received, I selected the songs that I liked the most. And among those selected songs, a rock ballad became the title song. As you'll notice once you listen to the album, there are some very rocking songs, songs that are slow and calm and songs that are emotional and touching.

The title song "The Sense of an Ending" is a traditional ballad. The song leaves a deep impression with sad lyrics describing a man's uneasy heart when he senses breakup [is near]. I think the song is a good combination of my voice and the gentle melody. I like it a lot as it allows me to express my strengths. I hope people will feel the same way when they hear it and love the song.

The Sense of an Ending MV

Q: It took around a year for you to debut after Superstar K4. What was the album preparation process like?

Rather than the recording itself, it took a long hard time for me to begin working on it. We started working on the album in the end of May, which was when I received both the pre-release song "Spotless Mind" and the title song "The Sense of an Ending" for the first time. I was wondering if there may be better songs out there so I listened to more than 180 songs after that. I've deeply realized that making an album is not easy. Anyhow, I've selected the best songs and I'm very satisfied with the results.

Q: Any memorable episodes while making the album and music video?

For the pre-release song, we shot two music videos. In the music video directed by Lee Sa Kang, the scene filmed at Han River is unforgettable because it was so cold. We shot from nighttime until dawn the next day so it was really cold.

Spotless Mind MV (S Drama Version)

In the music video directed by KOA, there's a body-binding costume and it was troublesome because I couldn't take it off and was tied up even while having meals. It was very hard for me during those times, but now I think of them all as good experiences and fun memories.

Spotless Mind MV (N Drama Version)

Two blackouts happened during recording and we talked about it being a sign of big success. (laugh)

Q: What are your goals for the future?

It's not possible for me to not care about music chart rankings at all, but I'm trying to not be too greedy. Since the album was created with a lot of thought and effort, I just hope more music fans will listen and remember my songs. I hope that the Jung Joon Young of "Spotless Mind" and "The Sense of an Ending" comes to mind, rather than entertainment programs or cover songs. That is my ultimate goal for the album and I will keep my path and work hard to achieve it.

Q: Can you recommend a place in Korea that overseas fans should visit?

If you come to Korea, I definitely recommend visiting Cheonggyecheon. The streets and alleys around Cheonggyecheon all have their own personalities so it's very enjoyable to just walk around. Especially, you have to go to the antique street. Looking at antiques is much more fun than you'd expect. And there are also streets with aquarium shops. I've been raising sturgeons from Cheonggyecheon for some time. There's a greater variety of animals there than you'd think. I hope you all have a chance to go.

Q: Leave a message for overseas fans!

I've met many overseas fans during activities, broadcasting and autograph sessions for this album. It always feels fun and interesting to meet fans who speak different languages. Sometimes I feel curious about how you know me. Thank you so much for your interest and for loving my work. If there are opportunities for overseas activities in different countries, I hope to meet all of you in person.

Photos provided by CJ E&M

Published October 31, 2013

  • Region & Language: Hong Kong United States - English
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