Crush Talks New Song 'Lay Your Head On Me,' Touring the World: 'My Life Is Absorbed in My Music'


Crush is a South Korean R&B singer and songwriter who boasts a complicated fashion and grooves. He writes songs about youth and love, that are accompanied by his candy and beautiful voice.

Crush’s newest single “None” has been on 4 completely different music charts after its launch on Oct. 17. He lately performed a solo present at Seoul Olympic Hall, and is now heading off to excursions in North America and Europe.

Billboard Korea met with the chart-topping singer forward of the discharge of his track "Lay Your Head on Me," which dropped at this time (Nov. 16). Watch the video for the brand new observe beneath, and take a look at the Q&A after the bounce.

Your first solo live performance was in 2016, and now you’ve simply had your second one. How do you are feeling?

It’s been some time since I had my final solo live performance, so I used to be each nervous and searching ahead to it this time. I devoted quite a bit to this live performance, and I'm glad with the outcome. I lastly slept like a log after the live performance. [Laughs]

It took not more than a minute till tickets have been offered out, which is really spectacular. What do you hope followers took away from the present?

I didn’t really feel totally able to have a second solo live performance. But via this live performance, I attempted to ship one thing greater than music; a message. I hope individuals who got here to my live performance acquired my message to their coronary heart and consider it as a present from me.

Special friends like Zico, Penomeco, Sik-Ok, and CIFIKA accompanied you on stage. Did you get pleasure from working with them?

We -- Zico, Penomeco, Sik-Ok and I -- don’t simply do music collectively, however are like soulmates. They have been pleased to assist, and so they gave me the sensation that they're actually having fun with the method. Other musicians appreciated our collaboration too. All the optimistic reactions stay as a superb motivation to me.

Your music isn't just one style -- it crosses boundaries of various ones. When you write your songs, the place do your inspirations come from? And is there any fashion of music you wish to strive?

Most of the time, inspiration comes from my experiences. These days, I attempt to get new concepts from books, films, and thru completely different media. Recently, I [have been] listening to gospel music quite a bit. One day, I wish to strive mix that message in my music.

You mentioned in the course of the live performance that you're “connected to analog sensibility." Do you imply your music is nearer to "previous sensibility," like LPs, versus digital music?

Well, I'm not attempting to categorize myself. Although I'm influenced by previous music, I'm dwelling in at this time’s society. I simply wish to do music I really like.

So far, you’ve labored with many artists. Do you have got anybody in thoughts for subsequent 12 months?

I personally like PJ Morton. Not way back, I went to his live performance in Korea. We saved in contact, and have already talked about doing a collaboration. I can’t anticipate it to occur.

How has it been touring in international nations?

When I used to be having a live performance overseas, folks appeared to be actually centered on having fun with the music. It was superb.

You shocked folks with the information that you're working with producer Fernando Garibay, who has labored with stars like Shakira and Lady Gaga. What was it like working with him on "Lay Your Head on Me?"

With assist from the MU:CON collaboration venture of Korea Creative Contents Agency (aka KCCA), I labored with Garibay in his studio in L.A. He was open-minded and gave me good recommendation. It was a memorable expertise.

Now, ranging from Toronto, you have got your first North America tour developing.

Beginning with Toronto on Nov. 21, I will probably be touring New York, Dallas, Chicago, L.A., San Jose, and Seattle. "Lay Your Head on Me" is sort of a preview of this tour.

Recently, you have been mentoring idol trainees in a brand new audition program known as Under Nineteen. What do you wish to say to younger dreamers on the market?

Don’t be afraid to observe your dream in your individual approach. In the tip, you will see that your self resembling who you dreamed of turning into.

The final time you have been requested what music means to you, you mentioned it’s like your girlfriend. Would you give a special reply in 2018?

My reply might appear careless and conceited, however I wish to say that music means "life" to me. When I'm making music, I'm not doing it as a result of it’s my job, however as a result of all the pieces I do is significant to me indirectly. My life itself is absorbed in my music. Lastly, I got here far on this trade as "Crush," however I nonetheless have quite a bit to indicate you.