ALLURE - NOVEMBER 2015
allure: the idea of interaction has a thread of connection with the illustration on the album cover (of your collection) of two fingertips in contact with each other like the picture, “the creation”.
jonghyun: yes, that’s correct. that illustration is a sign language expressing “you and i”. it also suits with one of my tracks, “u & i”, as well. i have always wondered whether people who listen (to my music) feel the same way as i do when i make the songs, and the answer was given through this concert.
allure: you on stage on your own when your previous stages have been filled with five people. twelve shows is not a short number of shows. how is your health?
jonghyun: i’ve had four shows in the past three days, but it didn’t really seem that hard? many people were worried (about me) but i’m enjoying it so far.
allure: you have published a novel, skeleton flower: things that have been set free, that matches with your collection. i felt it was unusual with the format that the story continued with each track.
jonghyun: i have always thought that imagination is the greatest power that music can give up until now. songs always have an open beginning and ending. if a song is about a break up, no one explains why they broke up or what happened afterwards. the listener interprets the song, filling in the open spaces and (sometimes) thinking that it’s them. i wondered what would happen if i stopped that imagination. it may be a mean thing to do for the creator but i thought it could be another way to continue the song. i thought it could be a different fun point. if there is one story that penetrates through the songs and they have an ambigious starting ane ending. i wondered whether the viewer could draw a clearer picture and (find a) more complicated emotion (this way). so, that’s why i started writing.
allure: is this how you write (all of) your songs?
jonghyun: although this time (around) i wrote the songs first then the story i have a habit of imagining the start and the end when writing (my) songs. to speak in abtract, that’s how i work. a detailed description of my song writing process would be… looking around. for example: i think about whether that small yellow window in front of me is yellow because the window glass is yellow or because the world is yellow so it looks yellow, then i untangle the distortions of the world as a topic in my song. i find ways to put my thoughts into an object.
FOR ALWAYS JONGHYUN
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