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[Interview] ‘Fast Nineteen’ Yoo Seung Woo Dreams of Being Passionately in Love

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2014.02.15 18:00 Mwave Lee, JinHo Translation Credit : Yeawon Jung

The golden age of idols.

That’s how one might describe the current status of K-Pop these days. It’s hard to find singers in their teens, who are not part of an idol group. That could be another reason why 18-year old Yoo Seung Woo shines in the world of K-Pop.

After debuting through Mnet’s audition program Superstar K , it didn’t take long for him to prove to many of those doubting, that he could make it big.

Coming back with his second single Fast Nineteen, Yoo Seung Woo met with enews to openly share his thoughts on music and life.

[Interview] ‘Fast Nineteen’ Yoo Seung Woo Dreams of Being Passionately in Love

When the title song Hesitating Lips came on during the interview, the singer said “I’m embarrassed,” but took out his guitar and started playing along when the song hit the climax.

“I think Roy Kim and Hong Dae Kwang hyungs are really talented,” said Yoo Seung Woo. “But I’m in my teens. Maybe once I get to the hyungs’ age, I’ll be able to catch on.”

He also confessed, “I didn’t really have any interest going to college or dating before, but now I think experiencing campus life or being passionately in love and going through a hard breakup will help me produce better music. So I’d like to try out both.”

[Interview] ‘Fast Nineteen’ Yoo Seung Woo Dreams of Being Passionately in Love

Q&A with Yoo Seung Woo

-You are back after taking some time off. How have you been?

“I recently attended the filming for MBC’s Quiz to Change the World. I’ve been meeting fans on musical stages so far, but I’m planning to meet fans through different frames, such as on variety shows.

-How is your second single different than the first?

“I wasn’t too hard on myself for the first album. I took the advice from those around me and let it flow like water. But for the second album, I pushed myself hard and inputted many of my thoughts into it.

-What kind of a song is Hesitating Lips?

“It’s a pop ballad. It expresses the one-sided love of a guy whose heart pounds looking at a girl but his lips ‘hesitate’ because he can’t easily confess. It’s a typical ‘Yoo Seung Woo’ kind of a song (laughter).

-You have many songs about one-sided love. Is this based on personal experience?

“That’s how my current situation is like. It’s not easy for me to date in the world of celebrities. It’s like I’m the new kid at school, and made some friends, but they all have their partner already (laughter). It’s hard to date someone now, but I’d like to date from now on for the sake of my musical spectrum.”

-It’s unique for you to want to date for the sake of music

“I don’t know if it’s based on facts, but many of my senior singers have advised me that better songs are made after being deeply in love or going through a harsh breakup. After hearing that, I began to want to date. Maybe I’ll write a good song after I get dumped by my girlfriend (laughter).

-The concept of this album is ‘fast nineteen.’ It has been said that you’ve expressed the difficulties you went through by starting your career early?

“I still feel like I’m dreaming, as I perform my own songs on stage. I’m really satisfied with my job, since I dreamed of becoming a singer since I was a baby. But it does get lonely to live in Seoul by myself and attend a new school.”

-You are a senior in high school. Have you thought about college?

“I never thought that I must go to college. Singing is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and a part of me was afraid of losing my own musical style by taking formal lessons in college. But how would I be able to make good music without once experiencing campus life? I’d like to learn to express my music through other instruments, such as piano.

-You were seen composing songs using your cellphone.

“I started writing songs after I got eliminated in Superstar K. When I think of a melody, I play the code with a guitar and record the tune. I have about 30-40 songs of quality so far. It helps me to develop my musical style and to develop myself as a musician.

-Guitar is your trademark. Have you thought of trying out music without a guitar?

“I can answer that full certainty. I might try out new music, but I’ll never let go of the guitar (laughter).

-What kind of music do you want to do in the future?

“I’d like to challenge myself in Jason Mraz-like folk or modern rock. Mraz is my role model, but I do want to follow his style. But I’d like to expand with writing my own songs.

-Could you say something to your fans?

“I know it’s vague, but I’m going to continue pursue only music. I will build more experience to write good songs. And I really thank the fans for always showing support. I will work hard so you can be proud.”

Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan

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