[Interview] BoA, "I′m inseparable from song and dance."
“My company always makes me be the one to do everything first. I’m sad that I have to go through the trials and errors, but I’m also kind of honored that I’m the first one to do something. It’s easier to follow someone else, but you’ll never shine that way.”
She’s only 26 years old, but she’s already been in the business for 13 years. BoA debuted in Korea in 2000, and a year later set foot in Japan to sweep through the Oricon and win the throne.
She then spilled over into America, and also tried her hand at acting. BoA said she’s used to having the title of ‘first’ be attached to her name, and she naturally thought it was her destiny without complaint.
“I don’t cling to the past or care much about it. Whenever I go on talk shows or interviews, they ask me whether I’m not tired, but talking about it won’t change anything…. Because I’ve been this way since I was little, I’m used to it, so I’m not very shaken by being tired. I believe that if no one can dance in my stead, I should just continue to endure by my own.”
The singer recently released her seventh album, containing her self-written promotional single Only One. She cut back on the familiar electronic sounds, and chose to produce a comfortable acoustic-type song. It was new but it wasn’t uncomfortable, and it was mature but it didn’t go too far.
“It’s most important not to try to set your music at the public’s eye level, but to make your music easy to understand. It’s up to us to decide how to make it popular. We need to be considerate.”
Releasing a new album and preparing songs and choreography to fit still aren’t easy feats for the singer of 13 years. The public always expects something better than before, something more splendid and shocking than before. BoA also doesn’t want to let them down.
“I always feel the growth pains. It’s hard to live up to everyone’s expectations 100 percent, but of course I want to show off the best quality I can. I also feel proud when my work is received well. Being a singer is so addictive.”
There are, however, a few things that continue to haunt BoA. They are the image that she’s a singer who’s been produced from head to toe, and the misunderstanding that her ventures in America weren’t successful.
“You’re only ‘made’ for your first or up to your second album. From about their fourth or fifth albums, singers can start to work with the music they want. When I promote, I put the music I can be confident in first. They’re looking at my American ventures from the wrong direction, too," said BoA. "I didn’t go there to succeed, but to learn. I learned a lot about music, choreography and English. I believe it’s like an investment, an investment for the life I’ll continue to live.”
When this singer, who had spent half of her entire life as a singer, was asked what she would like to do if she could set aside her title of ’13 year singer’, she hesitated for a while and then seemed to come to a conclusion.
“I think that’s the hardest question for me, when I’ve lived 13 years as the singer BoA. I don’t have much I want to do. I’ve been in SM Entertainment since I was in sixth grade. I’ve lived half of my life as a celebrity, and half of my life as a normal person. I really don’t know. The people around me don’t ask me what I want to do; they always tell me, ‘What would you have done if you hadn’t gone this road? That would’ve been disastrous.’ That’s how inseparable I am from song and dance.”
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