Meet Upcoming Singer/Songwriter: Hadar Adora. “If anyone ever wants to really know what’s going on, just listen to my words.”

In today’s interview I got the chance to speak with upcoming pop artist Hadar Adora. If you are a longtime reader of Arcane, than this name may sound familiar and that’s because I’ve mentioned her before. When the site debuted, Hadar was one of the many upcoming artists I recommended all music lovers should be on the lookout for throughout this year. It seems my excitement for her career was was not in vain because not only has she released more music, but she plans to release her project very soon.

Hadar is far from a normal pop artist, dabbling in genres such as reggae, acoustic, and r&b, every genre sounding perfect for her. I had the pleasure of speaking to her about her musical background, her latest single “Incommunicado” and much more!

Enjoy …


Q: Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?

A: Yes of course, my name is Hadar Adora and I am 22 years old. I grew up in New York and moved to Florida around 2014. I have been writing and singing my whole life, as both of my parents are musicians.  

 

Q: Now, I’ve mentioned you on the site before but I was not sure what kind of artist to call you because you are still new – So, how would you describe your sound?

A: First, thank you for the support. It’s difficulty to place myself in a genre because I consider myself very versatile. If I had to, I would classify myself as a blend of pop, & r&b, but it depends on my moods and what’s influencing me at the moment.

 

Q: Since you are a new artist, I must ask – did you have any fears/concerns about putting yourself out there?

A: Absolutely not. This is what I want to do. Be there with you and make sure you know I FEEL you. I don’t really talk about my feelings or what I went through or am going through. I put it all in my music. If anyone ever wants to really know what’s going on, just listen to my words. I just want people to feel like they are not alone through any and everything.

Q: Is music a career you always saw yourself pursuing?

A: It’s never even been a question. This was always the plan and everyone around me was always aware of it as well. This is what I was put here for.

 

Q: Were there any artists growing up that influenced the type of music you would eventually create?

A: Yes I love Janis Joplin and Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin and The Temptations and many more. The rawness in their voices and their words were always ones I went back to..and they’ve guided my style.
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Q: Now, you debuted in October with the song “I Can Do Anything”. What were some of the emotions you experienced leading up to your debut?

A: I knew the potential of the record and I was confident in it. I was excited but anxious. Excited because I’ve been waiting and wanting to share my music with the world, but then anxious because as my debut song, I didn’t know what to really expect.

 

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the song?

A: I was collaborating with some producers and when that beat was being made, I freestyled the melody and everyone was moving to it. It was such an engaging melody that no one could ignore. Made me feel good inside. The lyrics just flowed and it came together. I Can Do Anything was made from love to empower all of us.

 

Q: You followed this song up with “Flowers” and “Let Me Know” – all three songs sounding drastically different from each other. Which song do you feel best fits who you are as an artist?

A: There isn’t any one song that I can choose..all my songs vary from one another. They aren’t about the same thing, so the passion is the same, but the message is not. Flowers is about the pressures we face to be and look a certain way by society, feeling alone in my existence. Let Me Know is about the present and the past, how you got here and the fact that you did..wherever that may be.

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Q: You’re latest song “Incommunicado” was released in late March. Can you explain what the song is about for those who have yet to hear it?

A: Incommunicado is a conversation everyone has had in their life or will have. It’s a: damn, should I or shouldn’t I answer? Should I see them, should I go even though I know the outcome will remain the same? I was dealing with an extremely unclear situation, no proper communication and guessing and assuming everything for a year of my life. This song isn’t meant to help you figure that situation out or provide a happy ending. I’m just telling you, whoever’s ear I’m in, that I am dealing with that too. It’s so confusing and I’d rather you weren’t confused alone.

 

Q: You also released a video for the song, your first, if I’m not mistaken – how was that experience?

A: I’ve done a few music videos but this is really the first that has to do with my upcoming project. It was a good experience and for sure a  learning one. I realized how much detail goes into creating even a simplistic video. Each thing I create will teach me and make me better for the next thing I work on.

Q: Do you still have plans to release the ep sometime this month? What should we expect on this project?

A: We’re actually going to release it in June now. You should expect versatility and emotion. I like to speak through my music. I enjoy pouring out all of me into melodies and words. I talk about emotional distress, confusion, conversations with myself about matters of the heart and mind. I bring you up and down. I think the best music and projects always tug at your heartstrings and make you go on a ride of up and downs.

 

Q: Are there any features/collaborations or is it all you?

A: All me for the most part..I have some background vocals on a few tracks.

 

Q: Did you write all the content on this project / did you collaborate with other writers?

A: I think every great song has the help of a few minds. I collaborated with a few writers, as well as my team always give me constructive criticism and of course help. I always need someone to say, “hey, maybe this should be that,” or “what if you said something more like this,” or a plain and simple, “that’s trash” which always motivates me! I believe all of the greatest artists are great because of the help and ideas and influence of those they surround themselves with.

 

Q: Are there any artists you listened to for inspiration while creating this project?

A: Yes and no. I had just discovered and was listening to a lot of A.chal but mostly I was really concentrated on creating a sound for myself that I was happy with. I wanted to be as original as possible. The next project though I will definitely listen to more music throughout my process.

 

Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? Dream collaboration?

A: Dream collab is with Kendrick or Kanye. It will happen. Definitely have always wanted to work with Timbaland, Dre and The Dream produce wise.

Q: There are a lot of aspiring artists in the world and a lot of them may feel that they will never get recognized or their work will never be appreciated; what advice would you give those people?

A: I always say this; the only people who never made it, are the ones who gave up because it was too hard or lost their passion for it.

 

Q: What are some of your hopes for 2018?

A: My hope for the rest of 2018 is to find more inspiration. I want to write about different types of love and issues people are scared to talk about or feel uncomfortable discussing. My hope is to become a better artist. But that’s also my goal for my whole life. Also, to perform live, consistently.

 

Q: Is there anything you want to say to your supporters?
A: I love you. You’re my world. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t care to do this. I would make music for myself only. But the fact that I affect people just makes me feel whole. The world can be so ugly and makes me want to run and hide, but knowing I make people less scared and see less of that ugly side of life or at least make them feel brave enough to face it..that’s my purpose. And that’s why I’m on this path. So thank you.


To stay updated with Hadar, make sure to follow her on: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Be sure to check out her latest single “Incommunicado

If you’re interested in hearing more music by her be sure to follow her on Soundcloud.

Meet Upcoming Singer/Songwriter: SLCHLD. “I shouldn’t box myself in a certain music industry.”

In today’s interview I had the pleasure of speaking with upcoming singer/songwriter – SLCHLD. Personally, I’ve been listening to SLCHLD since the beginning of his career and over the last year he has grown into one of my favorite artists coming out of Canada. Originally from South Korea, he has been able to combine both his eastern and western influences and create a sound of his own. In this interview I got the chance to speak with him about the responsibilities of being an entertainer, his evolution as an artist, and much more…

Enjoy 🙂


Q: Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hello, my name is Doohyuk Jang, but I go by the alias Seoulchild (stylized as SLCHLD). I am a 22 year old vocalist based in Canada and Korea. I have yet to make an official release, but I am preparing to make a debut EP sometime soon.

 

 


Q: You’ve only been out a year but because of your work ethic SO much has happened. Is music a career you’ve always seen yourself being in?

A: Honestly I had no idea I would be where I am today back when I started. I originally just rapped with my friends for fun, but when I started singing, that’s when I took music seriously. I don’t know if I will be doing music forever because of how harsh the music industry is run today, but that is my goal as of right now.

 


Q: Is there anyone in your family also into music or are you the first?

A: I guess my whole family did music at some point. My dad often told me and my family about when he used to be in a rock band, and I thought that was cool. My mother used to do Traditional Korean Folk Music, which included instruments such as 장구 (Janggu) and 꽹과리 (Kkwaenggwari). As for my brother, he used to play the clarinet and the alto saxophone in school.

 


Q: What was their reaction when you decided to become a musician?

A: I used to work as a Graphic Designer at company before I started music. They were hesitant at first because I was just about to begin a legit career, but they were supportive later on when I showed how much music meant to me.

 

 

Q: You’ve made music in a list of genres, but often times record R&B records— I’m curious, who were some of your influences growing up?

A: Growing up I listened to a variety of music. My brother used to fill my MP3 up when I was little and it had some hits from the old days such as Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, Seotaeji’s ‘난 알아요’, and Chris Brown’s ‘Superhuman’. Back in middle school, Taylor Swift was the hot trend among friends so I listened to her a lot as well. I’d say Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake were the two artists I adored the most back then.

 

 

Q: When you initially began looking into music were you already skilled in the writing/singing area or did you have to hone your craft?

A: Oh no, I was terrible when I started. When I first started making music, I thought that I had to make complex lyrics and rhyme schemes, and didn’t pay too much attention to how much soul I was putting into them. Writing songs was a huge, but fun learning curve for me to get better at and it still is today.

 


Q: Are there any tips you could give aspiring artists when it comes to developing their sound?

A: I know this might not apply for every aspiring artists, but I’d say you should make your art shine in a way you would like it to be. It’s okay to be influenced by the accomplished artists you look up to, but you should always put what you want first when shaping it. I used to think that I had to make hits and songs that the audience would for sure enjoy, but now I just make what I want and try to connect with fans who relate to them.

 

 

Q: In an interview with Inspire Me Korea, you mention that when you started out, several musicians gave you advice in terms of your music and artistry — is there any piece of advice that stuck out to you the most?

A: Some musicians that I got to meet that are in the mainstream often told me that I should incorporate more Korean lyrics to my music. That honestly stressed me out because I’m more a person who writes what I feel at that time and state, and I feel that I express those feelings better in English. I was stuck at one point due to this advice I received, but later realized that I shouldn’t box myself in a certain music industry. In more ways or another, I am thankful for this advice.

 

 

 

Q: Since your debut you’ve released music, several projects, and a couple of features — what’s been your “favorite responsibility” since transitioning into an artist (so far)?

A: It’s all about the vibes that are created in the process. I enjoy doing features when I’m with the artist I’m doing it with. We share ideas and brainstorm what we want to say and align each others directions towards the collaboration. When I made ‘when I leave’ with GILLA, oceanfromtheblue, and RNMK, we were just bouncing off ideas back and forth and it was so much fun. Same goes for when I work with producers. When I work on my personal projects I sometimes force myself into a state I don’t want to be in to draw out what I want to sing. It’s sometimes painful, fun, and sad, but that’s why I love music. I’d say my favorite responsibility since transitioning into an artist would be trying to satisfy myself with what I am doing to the fullest.

 

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Q: Your debut came in January 2017 with the release of your first project Motel, do you remember the feeling you got once you released it?

A: That was a fun project. Takes me back haha. Back then I didn’t know what I was getting into, it was just a project I made for fun. When it got highlighted on popular YouTube Music Channels (shout out to my good friends over at WLK, and Daniel from Danielions music) everything felt surreal. I enjoyed every moment and sometimes I wish I could go back to enjoying music like that.

 


Q: What was it like for you to hear the finished project in its final form?

A: It was beautiful. My first ever project, so it had to feel amazing right? Haha. Although I didn’t have vast knowledge of mixing or mastering tracks back then, I tried to pay attention to detail to the best of my knowledge and I was satisfied when it was completed.

 

 

Q: Since Motel, you have released The Sadness Inside You, Wisdom & Prayer, and Emotions. How have you evolved as an artist with each project?

A: I sometimes forget I released that many projects wow.

The Sadness Inside You was my approach on the lo-fi genre and was an essential catalyst that helped me grow as a songwriter.

I consider Wisdom & Prayer as a letter to my future self, telling me that I shouldn’t get drunk in fame or money if I ever was to blow up.

Emotions was a painful, but fun project for me. It’s a project about stepping into the adult world, having responsibilities, and reflecting upon my mistakes and actions. The way I wrote most of my lyrics there are in riddles, something that many people might not have known.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite song off of each project? If so, which ones and why?

A:

The whole process of making the song probably took no less than 30 minutes, and initially I was doubtful because I thought I didn’t put hard work into it. But I grew into loving it and realised that time is a subjective matter when it comes to making music.

  • Wisdom & Prayer – “Prayer

I don’t listen to my own songs a lot, but I still listen to this song because it’s a reminder for me to be a person who takes control of my responsibilities.

This is the outro track of the mixtape. I express that I shouldn’t give up on what I want to do or achieve, and if I face failures, I should grow from it. It’s a song that reminds you to love yourself.

 

 

Q: You took a short hiatus earlier in this year – were you able to relax and refocus? Why did you think you needed the break?

A: As I mentioned earlier, when I receive the advice of trying to incorporate Korean lyrics I was puzzled and was lost. I was never satisfied with what I was doing. I initially had a EP finished and ready to release it, but I eventually scrapped the whole project because I hated the fact that some of the tracks in it weren’t my real expressions.

 

 

Q: With every release, do you feel pressured to make every song as good as the last? Does it ever get difficult to remain creative?

A: I can’t lie about this and yes, the pressure is always there. However, there are times when I make a song and I feel that it was my best song so far. And whether that certain song or project blows up or not, I am satisfied.

 

 

Q: You’ve announced that you’re almost halfway finished with your latest project, do you have a name for it yet? What should we expect to hear on it?

A: There is a name planned, and I think it’s a great name (won’t spoil it just yet!). There aren’t a lot of features on the EP, mostly it’s just me and my producer GILLA. A lot of the topics I discuss on the project are my adventures this past year and how my view changed from then to now. I hope y’all enjoy it!

 

 

Q: What are some goals you are hoping to achieve by the end of 2018?

A: My goal last year was to hit a 1000 followers on Soundcloud, and now I’m somewhere between 10,000 or whatsoever. This year, I just want to put out the EP, with no regrets. I honestly don’t expect it to go big or anything, but nonetheless I want to release the project with me in it 100%.

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: I love all of you. Each and everyone that supports me. I apologize if I sometimes make abrupt decisions but I thank you for supporting me throughout this one hell of a ride of being a musician. I will hit you guys back with new updates soon!


To stay updated with SLCHLD make sure to follow him on Instagram!

Also, make sure to listen to his latest singles “Wednesday Girl” and “Hollywood

Meet Upcoming R&B Vocalist: Junny. “… I would have never imagined myself being where I am now… ”

In today’s interview, I get the chance to speak with Korean-Canadian R&B vocalist, Junny. In a span of his career, he has produced more music and content than some established artists, which is more than enough of a reason to check him out! His consistency and quality music has attracted a cult following throughout the world and this is just the beginning. In the interview, I got the chance to speak to him about his roots, remaining creative, and much more!

Enjoy 🙂


Q: Hello; Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hello, my name is JUNNY and I’m a soundcloud artist based in Vancouver.

 

Q: Originally from Korea, your family moved to Canada when you were young – do you remember there being any significant changes – at least in the cultural aspect?

A: I moved to Canada when I was 4.The whole process of adapting to a new culture didn’t apply to me since I was so young!

 

 

Q: You’ve kept close ties with Korea whether it be slipping words or phrases in your music – do you feel it is important to acknowledge your roots? Do you think it’s important that anyone acknowledge their roots?

A: Even though I was fully aware of being raised in Canada, I always wanted to show that I understand/appreciate the Korean culture, and I’m always thankful to my parents for giving me the freedom to experience both cultures at the same time. I always believed that wherever you may be, home is where the heart is.

 

 

Q: Is music a profession you always saw yourself being in or was it more of a hobby that developed into something more?

A: I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and singing was one of my major hobbies throughout my elementary/high school years but things started getting serious for me as soon as I graduated high school. I suddenly realized that I was now becoming an adult and needed to choose the right career path. Having two older brothers that successfully pursued their careers from their hobbies gave me the confidence to let music become my future.

 

 

Q: Were there any musicians you were influenced by? Any that made you think “This is what I want to do with my life too” ?

A: Too many to choose from! But to name a few, I was greatly inspired by western R&B singers like Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Usher, etc. As I got older I started to listening to Korean R&B and that was when I realized it wasn’t about race, or stereotypes that make the music. It’s the passion and creativity that drives an artist to create something amazing.

 

 

Q: When you decided to take music seriously, did you have your family’s / friend’s support?

A: Luckily I have parents that are very supportive and like I said from the question earlier, I have two older brothers that really helped me gain my confidence. My friends always new that I could sing but when I told them I was going to actually pursue this as a career, they never hesitated to support me.

 

 

Q: Since your debut, you have released 3 projects, 1 collaborative project, countless features, and more. Did you see all of this happening in such a short span of time when you started?

A: No, not at all and for me to even have a following and people listening to my music around the world is unbelievable. I would have never imagined myself being where I am now and I am very thankful for that.

 

 

Q: How have you remained so consistent? Do you think this consistency is what helped you gain a fanbase?

A: It may sound ridiculous but I actually felt like I was just having too much fun being able to collaborate with such talented people and I never thought about the amount of songs I put up. I just constantly wanted to make more because I loved every part of the process.

 

 

Q: Speaking of fanbases, do you have a name for your supporters yet?

A: No I don’t think I’m at that level of fame just yet! Haha.. Even if I eventually got to that point I wouldn’t be able to think of one because I am the worst with names 😦

 

 

Q: Because you are so consistent, does it ever get hard to remain creative?

A: Now that I’ve released a number of tracks it does get a little difficult trying to put out better music every time but I’m always being inspired by other artists which makes me switch up my style from time to time.

 

 

Q: You’ve performed a number of times, what are your favorite songs to perform? What are some tips you can give when it comes to performances?

A: I’ve actually haven’t performed in a while but when I did I loved performing “시간지났어(I’m Good)” Which was one of my first songs I’ve ever made. I’m more excited to perform in Korea this summer with the Monderland crew!

Performing is always a little nerve-racking but I tend to remind myself to keep my head up and try to engage the listeners because I’m not singing for myself; I’m singing for them.

 

 

Q: I know one of your goals is to perform in the biggest music venues in Korea. Would you ever consider moving there to help further your career?

A: I’m actually going to Korea in a couple days to really experience the music scene there and I’m planning to go back and forth, eventually ending up living there when I the time is right.

 

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Q: As you mentioned earlier, you are in a collective called Monderland; this collective features upcoming Korean musicians such as Yelloasis – with whom you’ve released a collaborative project Interior and a number of songs with. I’m curious as to how y’all met?

A: I first contacted Yelloasis through Soundcloud after listening to his mixtape. We exchanged our contact info and started to collaborate on a few songs eventually leading us to starting a collective in order to help each other grow since we have that mutual respect towards our music.

 

 

Q: Is there something about his artistry that you admire? What makes him one of your most frequent collabs?

A: Working on a collaborative project with someone overseas is usually a really difficult task because you’re not able to be in the same place vibing to one song. Making Interior I’ve never felt so comfortable working with someone and we realized that we feel/hear music in a similar way. It was never intentional to feature him so much in my music but the dude has a phenomenal voice and it’s hard not to think of him as my first choice.

 

 

Q: As I’ve mentioned, you have done countless features/collaborations – are there any upcoming/current artists you would like to collaborate with? Do you have any dream collaborations?

A: I’m always down to collaborate with artists whoever it may be if the music is good I’m up for anything. In terms of dream collaborations I would love to work with Eric Bellinger because he has been a huge influence in my music this year.

 

 

Q: I know you write and produce a majority of your music. What advice would you give aspiring artists when it comes to creating music and staying focused?

A: I’m nowhere near the level to give advice to others but If I had to, I would say “be open to listen for any type of music for inspiration and always enjoy the process.”

 

 

Q: In March you released your third project, Genuine which features the hit song “Handle You”.  What was your creative process like while you created this project? Was it similar / completely different from the process of your first two?

A: This album was definitely different for me since I just put out a collab project four months ago.

The process was more personal this time since I had the freedom to go a direction I was comfortable of taking. The whole time working on this project I constantly told myself “this is for you” reminding me that this album is mainly for the listeners/supporters that have made me become who I am as an artist. That is why I included that phrase in the intro track of the EP.

 

 

Q: How do you think you have evolved as an artist since your debut?

A: I haven’t had my official debut yet but looking back at who I was two years ago, I’m happy to say that I am proud of what I have accomplished and there is not a single thing that I regret in terms of music. I feel like I’m just getting started!

 

 

Q: What are some goals your hoping to accomplish throughout the year?

A: I really want to perform more this year so I can get to meet my listeners and really connect with them!

 

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: Hey everyone! Thank you so much for enjoying the songs I put out and I’m constantly trying to improve myself as an artist/person and it would not be possible if It wasn’t for you. Being in a position to make someone feel a certain type of emotion through my music is definitely a dream come true for me and I wake up everyday feeling grateful for all the support. As always, thank you for the love and I hope to make you guys proud in the future 🙂


To listen to more of Junny’s music make sure to follow his SoundCloud and Spotify.

To stay updated about future projects and music releases follow him on Instagram .

Meet South Korean R&B Artist: jeebanoff. “If people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.” (Eng. Ver)

If you’ve been checking on Arcane, then you are already aware that this week has been dedicated towards artists coming out of Asia — specifically, South Korea. As I mentioned in the letter I released on Monday, I’ve been a fan of music coming out of the country for almost a decade so having the opportunity to speak to artist from there has been a blessing.

Today’s interview will be with South Korean R&B singer jeebanoff. His original interview was posted on Monday but in order for international readers (in this case, us) to learn more about him, he offered to release an English version as well.

Hopefully after reading this interview you will check out his music and even take his advice when it comes to discovering music coming out of Korea!

Read below for full interview:


Click here for original interview.


 

Q: Hello, is this your first time having an American interview? Are you excited?

A: Yes; this is my first interview with American media. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of questions you have about jeebanoff as an artist.

 

 

Q: Would like to introduce yourself?

A: I am jeebanoff, a singer-songwriter based in South Korea. Since my debut, I have continuously made songs based off of genres within the electronic music scene. I enjoy putting R&B and soul vocals on tracks from various genres so I’ve been sharing that blend of R&B vocals and various styles with my audience.

 

 

 

Q: I know you debuted around 2 years ago. How long have you been interested in music?

A: I really started listening and being interested in music around my first year of high school. I spent a lot of my time digging through a bunch of different genres to find a sound that I like – it took a long time but ultimately I ended up focusing on and studying R&B and soul.

 

 

 

Q: Did you always want to be a musician?

A: Well, at least once I began doing music, I never thought about doing any other job.

 

 

Q: Did your family support your decision to make music? Or did you have to persuade them?

A: I spent about three years persuading them. But ever since they allowed me start doing music in my first year of high school,  it has been nothing but support – they’ve believed in me ever since.

 

JeebanoffQ: What advice would you give someone without a support system?

A: When I started out, I had nothing, and like anyone else, I had to go to distributors but ended up getting rejected by the larger companies every time. One distributor told me that in order to draw the attention of distribution companies, typically artists have to start out with a single and follow it up with regular releases to show some kind of momentum. But I wasn’t feeling it.

In today’s market where you need exposure in order to get your music heard, I felt like singles released that way would end up becoming just another song in an overwhelming deluge of releases. I decided to just make a project that showed my true colors – whether I got a lot of exposure or not.  I wanted to make a project that didn’t necessarily get a lot of attention from the start with a large-scale promotion, but instead one that spread through word-of-mouth like a favorite hole-in-the-wall diner.

So, promotion was not given at all – I just created a regular EP. As I expected, I didn’t get any attention in the first month. But after a few months I often found myself waking up to news that my album was featured in some of my favorite media outlets. They usually would describe it as a well-developed album by an independent with rich content.

I’m saying this because there may be someone reading this who is just starting out and thinks that if you want to make money off of a song and become successful that you absolutely need a well-established support system. But I’m starting to wonder if we really need that kind of support system if we simply enjoy music and want to create our own art. I think that as long as you do a good job telling a story within your work in a way that makes sense, people will be willing to listen to it.

 

 

Q: How has this experience (starting your career – now) been so far?

A: I’m not exactly sure how to answer this question. But if you’re asking whether things have worked out the way I hoped, I guess I can say that they have. I’ve released an album, got a better reaction that I had expected, received an award, and I’ve personally felt that more and more people listen to my content with each album.

 

 

Q: Since your debut, you have been extremely consistent. Have you always had this kind of work ethic?

A:  I do think it will change eventually. People going through changes is normal. But for now I just want to work on the kind of music that I want to make and write the kind of lyrics that I want to write. Of course there will come a time when I might make music that is more commercially accepted and enjoyed by a larger audience. For the time being, I want to keep sharing what I want to share. Even if I do get more fans in the future, I want them to become my fans through the music that I enjoy and not necessarily through commercialized music.

 

 

Q: Because you are so consistent, is it hard to stay creative (inspired)?

A: Hmm… I don’t think it has much to do with consistency. Solely, because the values of music are what they are, the inspiration for creativity is comes in its own separate situation.

 

 

Q: I know that you are part of the music collective House on Mars. Since every artist in this collective is extremely talented –  do you guys tend to feed off off each other’s creativity?

A: House on Mars is a group of artists that I brought together. I only included artists that I liked and those that have the best chemistry musically. Although we all listen to similar music and we’re able to empathize with each other, all the music we produce individually is different in it’s own special way. I think that’s the most attractive thing we have going for us. I always wonder how we could listen to the same thing and come up with so many different ideas. They are great friends of mine who help open up different perspectives for me.

 

 

 

Q: How do you usually find inspiration for the songs you make?

A: I usually get inspiration from my experiences, especially those that happen while I’m making the album. It can be love, my life, friends, or another person’s story that I found interesting.

 

 

 

Q: Out of all the songs you’ve released: what was the hardest to write? Easiest?

A: The hardest one would probably be “Soft”. A lot went in to that song. From the tempo, to the key, chords, transition points and overall mood it was hard to explain everything that I had in my head to the producer LNNN. I would spend nights going over the rhythm with my mouth to get the idea of what kind of sound sources and rhythm I wanted for the song.

I think the easiest one was “Then We”. I remember the lyrics took 10 minutes to write and the beat was already made, so it was one of the faster projects out of my favorite songs. I remember it was pretty much the only up-tempo and exciting song on the album. Although, of course, the lyrics aren’t necessarily depicting a good situation.

 

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Q: The first song I heard from you was “Polaroid” in 2016 off your debut project So Fed Up. As of 2018, the project has accumulated over 230,000 plays in total. Are you surprised by all the feedback?

A: Well, it’s hard to understand just how much 230,000 really is, but I really appreciate the feedback for the So Fed Up EP. I’m so proud and forever thankful.

 

 

Q: From the very beginning of your career, you seemed to be open to features. How do you decide who to work with?

A: It’s not really so much a decision of whether or not to work with someone. I pretty much decide to do a project if the music is good. Sometimes people ask me for a featuring fee before they even play music. I hardly ever work with them. I guess it’s just if the music fits with me.

 

 

Q: I know one artist you like is Jay Park. If you got the chance to work with him, would you?

A: Yes, I would. It feels like he’s making all of his dreams come true. I’ve never had a chance to talk to him, but if I did, I’d really like to work with him.

 

 

Q: I’ve been listening to K-Pop for about 10 years. Right now, in America – I can definitely say there is a new wave of interest in the genre. (thanks BTS).  Are there any musicians you would like to see get more recognition in the western world?

A: There are many respected artists in Korea. The most disappointing part is the language barrier. I think that just as Koreans listen to American pop, if people in the US are open-minded when listening to Korean songs, anyone can find Korean artists who match well with their personal taste.

 

 

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Q: Would you ever travel here to promote your music in the future?

A: I would be honored. It is a country I have never been to before, and I wonder what kind of music Americans actually enjoy listening to, singing and making. When I get the chance to share my music with people there, I am curious to see what their reaction is.

 

 

Q: Before I forget; Congratulations on winning Best R&B & Soul Song at the Korean Music Awards! Did you expect that win?

A: Thank you. And no, I never imagined it, so my acceptance speech probably sounded really dumb. After that I decided that if I ever get another chance, I’m going to have to be really prepared.

 

 

Q: What are some of your hopes for 2018?

A: I think the only goal would be to complete my studio album. I certainly hope I can do it.

 

 

Q: Last, but not least. Is there anything you want to say to your supporters?

A: I think I’ll be able to continue to share music that I like with you as I’ve been doing. I really appreciate that you all show interest in whatever kind of music I bring to the table.


 

Make sure to follow jeebanoff on social media: SoundCloud, Instagram

To listen to his latest project Karma, click here.

 

Meet South Korean R&B Artist: jeebanoff. (Kor. Ver)

오늘의 인터뷰에서 저는 R&B 아티스트인 jeebanoff와 이야기를 나눌 기회를 얻었습니다.

그는 바쁜 중에도 음악 산업에서의 그의 개인적인 경험과 어떤 것이 그에게 동기부여해주는지, 창의력을 잃지 않게 하는지.. 그 외에도 많은 것들에 대해 이야기해주었습니다.

즐겁게 읽으세요❤


*English Ver. will be released on 3/21*


 

Q: 안녕하세요, 이번이 미국 매체와의 첫 인터뷰입니까? 기대되나요?

A: 네, 미국 매체와는 처음으로 이루어지는 인터뷰라 지바노프라는 아티스트에게 어떤 부분이 궁금하실지 기대되네요.

 

 

Q: 자신을 소개 하시겠습니까?

A: 저는 South Korea를 베이스로 두고 음악을 하고 있는 싱어송라이터 지바노프(jeebanoff) 라고 합니다.

데뷔 후 쭉 전자음악 씬의 장르들에서 음악을 만들었고, 알앤비,소울 보컬을 다양한 장르에 올려놓고 어우러지게 하는 걸 좋아하고 재밌어해서 여러 장르와 어우러진 알앤비 보컬을 리스너들에게 들려드리고 있습니다.

 

 

Q: 2 년 전쯤 데뷔 한 걸 알고 있습니다. 당신은 얼마나 오래 음악에 관심을 갖고 있었습니까?

A:음악을 시작한건 고등학교 1학년 때 부터였고, 그땐 여러 장르의 음악을 많이 디깅하며 내가 좋아하는 음악이 뭔지 찾는 시간을 오래 가졌었고 그 후 알앤비 소울을 많이 공부하게 되었었죠.  

 

 

Q: 당신은 항상 뮤지션이 되고 싶어 했나요?

A:적어도 음악을 시작한 이후부턴 쭉 그랬던거 같아요. 다른 직업을 생각한 적은 없어요.

 

 

Q: 당신의 가족이 음악을 만들기로 한 결정을 응원했습니까? 아니면 당신은 그들을 설득해야만 했습니까?

A:약 3년의 설득 과정이 있었고 그 후 음악을 하도록 허락해주신 고 1때부턴 지금까지 쭉 믿어주고 계시죠.

 

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Q: 당신은 지원 시스템이없는 사람에게 어떤 조언을 해주겠습니까?

A: 저도 시작할 때 정말 아무것도 없는 상황에서, 누구든지 그렇듯 유통사를 찾아 다녀야 했고 큰 유통사는 매번 거절당했죠.

그러다 한 유통사에서 보통 싱글로 시작하면서 꾸준히 내고 어떤 움직임을 보여줘야 음원사나 유통사에서 관심을 갖는다는 말을 들었었는데

딱히 저한텐 와 닿지 않는 방법이었어요. 노출되어야만 노래를 듣는 음악시장에서는 그렇게 되면 그냥 지나가는 싱글 중 하나가 될 거 같아서

노출이 안 되더라도 그냥 내 색을 확실히 보여주는 앨범을 하나 만들자. 큰 홍보로 시작해서 낸 순간부터 잘되는 앨범이 아닌, 입소문으로 알려지는

숨은 맛집 같은걸 하나 만들어 보고 싶었어요. 그래서 프로모션은 하나도 받지 않고 그냥 정규단위의 EP를 만들어서 냈고 예상대로 첫 달은 아무런

관심조차 받지 못했지만 몇 달이 지나자 하루하루 눈뜰 때마다 평소 좋아하던 큰 매체들에서 제 앨범을 다뤘다는 소식을 접하면서 잠에서 깼죠. 인디펜던트가 만든

꽉 찬 앨범이다라는 평과 함께. 이 얘기를 하는 이유는 지금 이 글을 읽는 누군가 중 신인인데 어떤 곡을 발매하고 그 곡으로 돈을 벌고 스타가 되고 싶은 분은

당연하게 어떤 지원시스템이 뒷받침 해줘야 한다고 생각하지만, 그게 아닌 단순히 음악이 좋고 작품을 하고 싶다면 지원시스템이라는게 꼭 필요할까라는 생각이 들어서

에요. 그냥 본인이 하고 싶은 얘기를 정말 조리 있게 앨범으로 잘 풀었다면 누구든 그 얘기를 듣고 싶어 할 거다 라는 생각이 들어서요.

 

 

 

Q: 지금까지 이 경험은 어떻게 진행되고 있나요?

A: 어떤 부분에 대한 질문인지 정확하진 않지만, 제가 생각하는 대로 이뤄지는지에 대한 질문이라면 현재까진 그렇다고 할 수 있겠네요.

제가 생각한대로의 앨범을 냈고 기대이상의 반응을 얻었고, 상을 받게 되었으며 매 앨범 더 많은 사람들이 제 앨범을 들어준다는걸 몸소

느끼고 있으니까요 .

 

 

Q: 데뷔 이래로 당신은 매우 일관되었습니다. 늘 이런 식의 노동관을 갖고 있었나요?

A:저도 언젠가는 바뀔 거라고 생각하긴 해요. 사람이 바뀌는 건 이상한 일은 아니니까. 헌데 지금까지는 아직 하고 싶은 음악만을 하고 싶고

쓰고 싶은 가사만 담고 싶어요. 물론 저도 언젠간 더 많은 사람들이 좋아해줄 수 있는 음악, 정확히는 상업적인 음악을 할 수도 있겠지만

당분간은 계속 제가 하고 싶은 것만을 들려드리고 싶네요. 팬이 더 생기더라도 그게 상업적인 음악을 들어서가 아닌 제가 좋아하는 음악으로

생긴 팬이 생기는걸 더 원하구요.

 

 

Q: 당신이 너무 일관적이기 때문에 창의적 (영감)을 유지하는 것이 어렵습니까?

A: 음 일관적인 것과는 큰 연관이 있는 부분은 아닌 것 같아요. 그냥 음악에 대한 가치관은 가치관 그대로이고 창의성과 관련된 영감은 별개의 상황에서

오곤 하니까요.

 

Q: 당신은 크루 “하우스 온 마스”의 일원입니다. 이 그룹의 모든 아티스트는 매우 재능이 있습니다. 당신들은 서로의 창의성에 직간접적인 영향을 받는 경향이 있습니까?

A: House on Mars 는 제가 좋아하는 아티스트만을 모았고 음악적 공감대가 가장 잘 맞는 사람들끼리 뭉친 단체에요. 서로 비슷한 음악을 들으며 공감대를 형성하지만

표출되는 개개인의 음악은 신기할 정도로 전부 다르죠. 그 점이 가장 매력있는거 같고 그럴 때마다 어떻게 이 사람은 나랑 같은걸 듣고 이런 생각을 할 수 있었을까 하며

저 역시 다른 시야를 열어주게 해주는 너무 좋은 친구들이죠.

 

 

Q: 당신은 당신이 만드는 노래에 대한 영감을 어떻게 찾습니까?

A:주로 경험, 그 중에서도 그 앨범을 만드는 도중에서의 생기는 일들에서 보통 영감을 얻곤 하죠. 그건 사랑일수도 자전적인 얘기일수도 있고, 친구들 혹은

흥미 있게 들었던 다른 사람의 이야기일수도 있구요.

 

 

Q: 당신이 발매한 모든 노래들 중에서 어떤 곡이 쓰기에 가장 힘들었습니까? 가장 쉬웠던 곡은 어떤 곡일까요?

A: Soft는 템포 키 코드 변박이 되는 포인트나 무드등 하나하나 제가 편곡자 LNNN에게 설명하여 만들어진 곡인데 머릿속에 있는걸 프로듀서에게 설명하는 건

정말 어려운 일이었어요. 그래서 입으로 비트박스를 해가며 이런 소스와 리듬이 나와야한다고 밤을 새가며 편곡 했던 곡이죠.

가장 쉬웠던 건 Then We 일거 같아요. 가사도 10분 내로 완곡까지 채웠던걸로 기억하고 편곡도 이미 나와 있던 상태였기에 정말 빠르게 만든 가장 맘에 드는 곡 중

하나에요. 그 곡을 만들 때 유독 너무 재밌고 신나서 심장 뛰면서 만들었던 기억이 있어요. 물론 가사는 안 좋은 얘기지만요

 

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Q: 내가 들은 당신의 첫 번째 노래는 2016년 발매한 데뷔 EP So Fed의  “Polaroid“였습니다. 2018년 현재,,이 EP 는 230,000회의 누적 청취수를 보이고 있습니다. 당신은 모든 피드백에 놀랐습니까?

A: 글쎄요 그 수치가 어느 정도인지는 감이 안와서 모르겠지만, EP So Fed Up 에 대한 피드백들은 정말 감사하게도 하나같이 좋은 말들을 많이 해주셔서

너무 뿌듯하고 항상 감사하죠.

 

 

Q: 당신은 몇몇 예술가들과 함께 일해 왔다. 누구와 함께 일하고 싶은지 어떻게 결정하세요?

A: 어떻게 결정하고 말고는 없고 그냥 음악이 좋으면 해요. 가끔 음악들려주기전에 피쳐링 페이 먼저 물어보시는 분들도 있는데

그런 분 들이랑은 거의 작업을 안해요. 첫번째가 그냥 음악이 나와 맞는지 에요.

 

 

Q: 좋아하는 아티스트 중 한명이 Jay Park이라고 알고 있습니다. 만약 당신이 그와 함께 일할 기회가 있다면, 당신은 할 것입니까?

A: 네 좋아하죠. 자신의 모든 꿈을 이뤄가는 거 같거든요 대화를 해본적은 없지만. 기회가 주어진다면 전 꼭 한번 해보고 싶네요.

 

 

Q: 나는 약 10 년 동안 K-Pop을 들었습니다. 현재 미국은 장르에 새로운 관심이 있다고 분명히 말할 수 있습니다. (감사합니다 BTS). 당신이 보기에 서구 세계에서 더 많은 인지도를 올릴만한 뮤지션이 있습니까?

A:한국은 정말 존경스러운 아티스트가 많아요. 언어의 장벽이 있다는 게 가장 아쉬운 부분이지만 한국 사람들이 팝을 즐겨 듣듯 서구에서도

한국말의 노래를 더 마음을 열고 듣는 다면 누구든 자신에게 딱 맞는 한국 아티스트를 찾을 수 있을거같아요

 

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Q: 혹시 미래에 음악을 프로모션하기 위해 이곳을 방문할 계획이 있습니까?

A:그렇다면 전 너무 영광이죠. 단 한 번도 가보지 않은 나라이고 미국의 사람들은 어떤 음악을 실제로 즐겨듣고 부르고 만드는지도 궁금하고

그곳에서 제 음악을 들려줬을 때 반응 역시도 너무 궁금하네요.

 

 

 

Q: 내가 까먹기 전에! 한국 뮤직 어워즈에서의 Best R & B & Soul Song 우승을 축하합니다! 당신은 수상할줄 알았나요?

A:고마워요. 일단 정말 조금도 상상하지 못 했고,

그래서 수상소감을 정말 바보처럼 하고 내려왔어요. 다시 한 번 기회가 주어진다면 정말 잘 준비해가야겠다 마음먹고 있습니다.

 

 

Q: 2018 년에 희망하는 것들은 어떤 것들이 있을까요?

A: 제 정규 앨범을 완성하는 게 유일한 목표일거같네요. 꼭 제가 그걸 해내길 바랍니다.

 

 

Q: 마지막이지만 중요한 것은 아닙니다. 당신의 팬들에게 하고 싶은 말이 있습니까?
A: 지금껏 그래왔듯 전 제가 하고 싶은 음악을 꾸준히 보여드릴거같아요. 어떤 음악을 들고 와도 관심 깊게 지켜봐주시면 정말 감사할거 같아요.


 

jeebanoff의 최신 프로젝트 인 Karma와 최신 싱글 인 “If You“를 꼭 들어보십시오.

그의 소셜 미디어는: Instagram, SoundCloud