The final time Kim Myung-soo, aka L of the boy band INFINITE, was in New York City to carry out in 2016, he was standing beside six different males. But the top of final month noticed the singer-actor take the stage for the primary time in New York as a soloist for a fan-meet at Ok-Expo, held on Sept. 30 in Queens. On his personal, L took to NYC as each a veteran pop star and a person on a mission to point out the world who he's.
Sitting down with Billboard forward of taking the stage, a way of calmness exuded from the INFINITE member. But L, who goes by his authorized identify when appearing however not when performing as a singer, denied this, and as an alternative stated that he’s “a bit nervous” on the concept of performing in New York alone; he would later take to the stage with a solo rendition of INFINITE’s pop ballad “No More” off of the group’s January album Top Seed, the group's first as a six-member act, bringing a few of the band with him. “It’s a satisfying feeling to pursue a solo profession,” he admits, including that he’s engaged on solo music and trying to shift into movie after years of being a preferred tv actor; he just lately appeared on this 12 months’s authorized drama Miss Hammurabi. “I’m singing and appearing each proper now and although it could be a bit egocentric of me, I wish to be good at each.”
Though he’s been a Ok-pop singer for almost a decade since INFINITE’s begin in 2010, L’s primarily explored his artistry inside the confines of the group and his appearing, equivalent to with the discharge of the mellow solo observe “Reminisce” on Top Seed or by way of songs launched as a part of soundtracks for exhibits he’s starred in. L as a singularity has been comparatively tucked away all through a lot of his profession, and that’s one thing he’s placing an effort into altering by extra clearly defining who L, or Kim Myung-soo, is as an artist. “I don’t actually know in regards to the picture that I've now,” he says. “Right now I’m specializing in fulfilling issues one after the other as a mission I wish to accomplish, and so I want to be seen as somebody working actually exhausting for my desires and who's clear about my objectives.”
For L, a kind of goals is to side-step the stereotypical picture of what folks imagine it means to be a Ok-pop star, or idol, in an business typified by prioritizing mass market enchantment over artistry. ”I wish to transcend that and present what I’m enthusiastic about,” he displays. “I don’t assume there are any issues with being thought-about a ‘Ok-pop star,’ and it’s a title that I began with. But I’d wish to transcend it.” He just lately appeared and carried out anonymously on the favored Korean present King of Masked Singer, which is getting a Stateside remake by Fox, to point out off his vocal expertise with out being hindered by the trimmings of the Ok-pop idol label.
For somebody who has publicly spoken about his firm imposing a silent and smoldering picture on him early on in his profession (he has since rid himself of it, to the enjoyment of his followers), it’s apropos that L needs to shirk off the Ok-pop idol title. But he says he nonetheless sees the advantages of administration corporations shaping the picture of their younger stars. “I feel it’s good for people who find themselves new to the business, after they’re first below administration, it’s essential. But when you get used to issues and also you’re an expert at it, you naturally discover your individual picture and that can present.”
While he’s close-lipped on his new music, and even what genres of music Soloist L likes to hearken to -- he prompt fellow INFINITE member Nam Woohyun’s "If Only You Are Fine" -- or want to pursue, certainly one of his aspirations is to grow to be acknowledged not just for his music and appearing but in addition for his images. “Ever since I used to be younger, images has been a pastime of mine,” he says. “I like analog, I feel it’s the easiest way to precise myself, by way of images. It captures recollections, and it additionally evokes my appearing and singing. One of my objectives is to open an exhibition of my very own images. I wish to construct up extra accomplishments and accolades within the subject of images, and even take into account it as a profession exterior of my function as an entertainer.” Several different Ok-pop stars have pursued visible artwork careers alongside their musical ones, equivalent to BIGBANG’s G-Dragon collaborating with creatives for his Peaceminusone exhibit in 2015, and L has launched two photograph essays previously whereas fellow BIGBANG member T.O.P is a identified artwork connoisseur.
The star says he’s engaged on a brand new album, and even carried out a touch of what’s to come back at Ok-Epo, however received’t put any timeline on it or say what he’s aiming for, although he guarantees that it’ll be thrilling. “It’ll be dance, ballad, PBR&B, every kind of music. I’m additionally practising a variety of music so it could be one thing I’m used to or one thing model new, however regardless it’ll undoubtedly be one thing that individuals must be enthusiastic about.”