[Interview] Roy Kim Spills on Maturing After Difficult Times
Roy Kim has returned to the K-pop scene after one year with his 2nd full length album Home.
Winning Mnet’s Superstar K4, ranking number one on music charts soon after his debut, getting involved in numerous controversies afterwards, and a year of studying abroad. As much as there were many ups and downs, his second full length album has become deeper and more mature.
In a recent interview with Newsen, Roy Kim shared his thoughts on releasing the second full length album as well as his determination for the upcoming promotional activities.
Roy Kim said, “If I sang ‘be happy’ or ‘love each other’ in my debut album, I wanted to comfort people’s hearts based on the fact happiness is not the only thing that exists in life. In this world where it is hard to show that you’re struggling, I wanted people who listen to my music to feel comforted. If you want to cry, you should cry and if you want to swear, you should swear.”
The album’s title song Home says, ‘If your heart aches and there is no one around you, you can always come here,’ while the last track titled Thank You expresses gratitude by saying, ‘No matter what color the sky is, thank you for always being there. For being my person from a step behind.”
Roy Kim was involved in different controversies after he debuted. He left to study abroad after his debut, which was previously scheduled, but many people were suspicious of his college life, claiming that he ran away to college.
“It’s not true but there are probably people who think like that,” revealed Roy Kim. “I had many thoughts while I was studying abroad after difficult times. I went through so many things in the past one year without having any time to think, but I was able to think about my future direction in music while I was studying abroad. The sentiments you can feel from this album are also from that time period.”
Upon hearing the comment saying that his music has become deeper and more mature, Roy Kim said, “Really? I hope that there will be more people who feel that way,” adding, “If the people who listened to my first album listen to this album again, I hope they can recognize the change. That’s also the goal of this album. I’m so happy to hear those remarks. The ranking on the music charts is not nearly as important.”
The entire album is composed of Roy Kim’s self-composed songs. Although he was involved in several controversies regarding his songs in the past, he filled the new album with his own songs again. Is there a special reason he included the self-composed songs in the album?
Roy Kim said, “It was harder than I thought to find the songs that suited me well. If I could find a song I liked, I would’ve sang it. But I couldn’t find such a song and I didn’t have the time to look for one. I don’t have the intention to only include the self-composed songs and sing them.”
His goal for the upcoming activities is to have people recognize Roy Kim’s growth with their ears. When asked if he has numerical goals, such as ranking number one on music charts or on music programs, Roy Kim said, “The numerical goals are not something I can achieve. You have to have good luck and have good timing as well. I did everything that I can. All I can do now is to wait.”
Roy Kim’s 2nd full length album Home will be released on October 8.
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