Sunmi started her music profession with the Wonder Girls, JYP Entertainment’s five-member woman group which debuted in 2007 with the observe “Irony,” and rapidly turned its follow-up hits like “Tell Me” and “Nobody” into nationwide anthems. Two years into the group's profession, the Wonder Girls turned the primary Okay-pop group to enter the Billboard Hot 100 with its ear-grabbing single “Nobody,” which peaked at No. 76.
With the group's ever-growing fame, Sunmi was a famous person in Korea as a young person, which gave her a uncommon expertise of going to quite a few international locations and gaining information in regards to the United States music business. Soon after, she determined to develop her personal sound as a solo artist, and with the help of JYP producer JY Park, a way more potent Sunmi was launched to the world. After the discharge of “24 Hours” and “Full Moon,” Sunmi exhibited her charms as a solo act whereas selling the Wonder Girls’ self-written single, “Why So Lonely,” which was additionally the ultimate tune earlier than the members determined to depart the protection of JYP.
This is when Sunmi's demeanor started to alter. The Sunmi that emerged would dance freely, roll round on the ground and make impolite hand gestures, with an perspective that had by no means been beforehand showcased. She additionally had personally written, composed, and produced her personal music for the primary time, melding her previous self and new openness into one identification.
As she prepares a solo world tour, the 26-year-old Sunmi opens up about her 12-year profession, previous successes and future plans.
How do you are feeling along with your upcoming first world tour?
I’m planning to carry exhibits beginning with North America, Europe, South America and Asia. I’ve at all times dreamed about it, however didn’t have the chance [until now]. It’s the identical as if [my] dream has now develop into a actuality. It made me suppose that the stuff you inform your self perhaps do come true (laughs).
Are there any performances you ready solely for the tour?
There are performances from the B-side tracks that my Korean followers haven’t been capable of see, and there are additionally performances the place we fully switched up. I feel folks will be capable of see varied elements of the central theme and basis of the present.
You stated shock new tune that will likely be launched with the beginning of your world tour.
The title of the tune is “Noir.” In French it means, "black, miserable, and ominous." I used to be curious how ‘noir’ applies in our on a regular basis lives that we stay in proper now. They say there are an increasing number of deaths annually on account of folks taking footage and movies in harmful locations to ensure that extra ‘likes’ and ‘subscribers.’ To me, that’s ‘noir’. Although noir is a style of flicks, I didn’t need to outline that phrase in a single class. I wished to point out that points talked about above may be thought of noir.
Each launch had a really distinct facet. In order to get there, was there something particular that you just discovered vital within the course of?
Too a lot of my very own colours have been included in them (laughs). I’m somebody that makes music for most people, so I imagine I shouldn’t distance myself from them. I’m the kind to consider standard attraction so much. I imagine on the finish of the day the standards behind ‘standard attraction’ is how a lot folks can relate. When I make music, I query myself so much in regards to the tune ― like, is it too onerous to know or have I gone too far? Thankfully many individuals meet me midway and so they give me concepts, which I feel is the explanation why it tends to work out in the long run.
There are lots of 80s sounds in your music. Why the 80s?
Producer JY Park gave us homework as quickly as we arrived within the U.S.: “If you guys are going to do music within the U.S., then don’t you suppose it’s best to know in regards to the American music business?” With that he gave us 200 songs from Motown artists. He informed us to pay attention to every tune and write down what we felt and switch it in. It was music I heard for the primary time. At that point I used to be 17 or 18 years previous (laughs). That’s how I used to be capable of expertise varied genres from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and even the 60’s. “Nobody” is a tune impressed by the 1960’s.
Which 1980s artist left the largest impression on you?
Prince! “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.” I used to be listening to those two songs and his voice simply pierced my ears. Other artists have been doing very soulful music with some rhythm. Of course so was Prince, however one thing felt totally different. His music was distinctive, and his music movies have been distinctive, too. Even the tune titles have been distinctive. So it was fascinating. Although he’s not with us, he has impressed me in so some ways.
Is the present Okay-pop market very totally different from 10 years in the past?
First off Billboard Korea was established. A Okay-pop part was began on Billboard. Doesn’t that say all of it? The standing of Okay-pop then versus now? As social media turned larger, folks started to naturally discuss Okay-pop extra, and video views began to extend. Okay-pop turned a tradition of its personal.
What route do you suppose Okay-pop ought to go in?
Most musical genres and experiments have been carried out all around the world. Amongst all of that, if it’s essential discover a defining think about Okay-pop, I feel the place to begin can be in movies. Korean teams like BTS, Black Pink, and Twice all have very excessive views. I feel our very personal visible identification is beginning to have an attraction of its personal. Of course musical elements are essential too, however I imagine visible parts are undeniably vital, too.
You are actually standing by yourself proper now. Is it totally different from whenever you have been in Wonder Girls?
The largest distinction is the manufacturing course of. I’ve to be concerned with all the pieces. It’s additionally lonely. When selling with a gaggle, one particular person might have the highlight which imply one other particular person isn’t in it. At occasions like that you could relaxation for a bit and let your expression calm down as properly, however when performing as a soloist the digicam is at all times on me. The largest distinction is how a lot I’ve to immerse myself in that three, Four-minute time-frame.
How was the method of "discovering your personal shade"?
I didn’t know who I used to be as a result of I had began selling once I was very younger. I used to be operating at full velocity at a time once I didn’t even know what I used to be good at. So I began to “fan woman” over myself. I dug deep and I used to be capable of manage my ideas with one key phrase: “freedom.” I can cringe, I can cry, I can get offended, I can curse. Freedom to specific all of those emotions. The cause I select to make use of cuts once I don’t even look fairly in it, is as a result of “that’s how I felt at that second with that music.” I adamantly ask that they use it. If you watch my music video you’ll see I get hit with tissue and fall over and stuff. In “Siren” I come out fairly horrifying. (laughs)
I really feel like you could have felt worry whenever you determined to go solo. What made you progress ahead?
I had perception and affirmation in myself. I knew what I needed to do on the subsequent stage. I’m the kind that should finish what I began, so you would say my confidence comes from that persona trait. I imagine that is additionally a results of my confidence over myself. Once I knew myself very properly it began to all circulate ahead.
What shade would you say expresses Sunmi?
Purple. Purple is made by mixing crimson and blue – It’s a shade that’s impartial whereas being unaware the place the colour might run off to. The shade purple is a mixture between standard attraction and my very own identification.
Is there a musical aim that you’ve got?
It’s my dream to determine a Sunmi style the place folks hear my tune and suppose, “It’s Sunmi music!” It’s a longtime dream I need to obtain that I nonetheless must at the present time. That my music is in the identical class as rock, a class referred to as Sunmi. Sunmi model. I need to develop into an individual that conjures up.