Recently, Kpopeurope was given a golden opportunity to interview Jay Park; one of the most popular and talented solo artists in Korea who will soon embark on his very first European Concert Tour.
Jay will kick off his first concert in London, the United Kingdom on September 21st (Sat) and move to Amsterdam and Berlin for the rest of the concerts scheduled on September 25th (Wed) and 28th (Sat). His final stage will take place in Paris, France, together with Dok2 and the PREPIX Crew at Dock Pullman on the 26th of October.
The news about Jay’s concerts is spreading fast, and fans are already getting super excited to meet this multi-talented artist. To get some sneak peeks into some of these exciting moments to come, Kpopeurope collected several questions from fans and Kpopeurope readers before preparing our exclusive interview with Jay. Without any exaggeration, we were flooded with so many questions and we thank everyone for their contribution. We tried to pick the few best ones so that our readers can get a new insight into Jay Park, his music, and his first European Tour!
Kpopeurope: Jay, you are a singer-songwriter, music producer, rapper, dancer, b-boy, choreographer, model and actor. In one word: multi-talented. How would you describe yourself as a person and how does this person differ from the artist behind the name “Jay Park”?
Jay Park: As a person, I’m very loyal. I like to have fun and joke around. My family and friends are very important to me as well. My personality comes out in my music and it’s what I get to show people as an artist. I feel if you are an artist, it’s a given that your personality comes out in your art. For example I write most of my lyrics so they will link to my personal experiences.
Kpopeurope: You are working as a solo artist in a world full of groups. Is it difficult for you to make your way on your own?
Jay Park: No not at all. It’s actually better for me because I’m able to stand out more since I am a solo artist that has full creative control.
Kpopeurope: Your latest online single “I LIKE 2 PARTY” was a huge success on several iTunes Charts worldwide. What came to your mind when you heard about this achievement for the first time?
Jay Park: Of course I felt good because people are enjoying and listening to the songs that I write.
It always feels good when you put hard work into something and people acknowledge and appreciate it.
Kpopeurope: We know that you are a music producer and songwriter among others. However, how
much are you exactly involved in producing your songs and albums? Also, we are wondering which factors are crucial in deciding which songs will finally make it into an album and which not. Can you tell us more about this producing process?
Jay Park: As for the production of the entire album, I’m 100% responsible. But as for each individual track, I work with a number of producers. I don’t make beats, but I make melodies, harmonies, write lyrics and so forth. As for which songs make into an album, it’s just whatever song that comes out good. I always want to give people the best quality music.
Kpopeurope: How much are you involved in the production of your music videos? Are you the
one who comes up with the concept behind it?
Jay Park: I come up with references and ideas and I tell the directors what type of feel I want. Then they are responsible for the rest, and of course, I get final say when they edit. But all the directors I’ve worked with this year have been really dope and they’ve pretty much nailed it every time.
Kpopeurope: You are working a lot with Dok2 and Cha Cha Malone. Is there any other artist,
from Korea or not, that you would like to collaborate with?
Jay Park: I would love to work with Zion T, Gray, Crush, and Zico.
Kpopeurope: Among all of your songs you have released so far, which one is the most meaningful to you and why? Is there a song you enjoy the most while performing live?
Jay Park: I enjoy performing hot live because the crowd gets super turnt lol. So for the most meaningful song, it would probably be this song I haven’t released yet, called ‘on and on’.
Kpopeurope: You are about to kick-off your first European Tour in London, the United Kingdom, soon. What are your thoughts on this tour and have you ever imagined that you will embark on a worldwide tour one day?
Jay Park: I can’t wait!! I’ve been saying that I’ve wanted to go to Europe and this is my first time ever so
I’m very hyped. Back in high school, I would have never in a million years thought all this would happen. I’m very blessed and VERY thankful to everyone who supports!
Kpopeurope: Speaking of the European tour, why is it that you have decided to work with two different organizers for this tour? How will the concert concept differ between the two?
Jay Park: We had already agreed to do the France show and afterwards the other promoter asked us
if we were down to do three cities in Europe so that’s why it’s two different promoters. The Concept is the same with every show, which is ‘KILL the stage and ENTERTAIN the people.’
Kpopeurope: Why did you pick the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and France in the first place?
Jay Park: You are going to have to ask to the promoters about that. I’m just very happy I get to go to EUROPE for the first time and see all my EUROPEAN FANS!!
Kpopeurope: Have you ever been to Europe? What first comes to your mind when you hear the word “Europe”?
Jay Park: No I have not and first thing that comes to mind is FASHION and SEXY LADIES.
Kpopeurope: What do you expect from your European Jwalkerz and your concerts here in Europe? Also, do you think that European Jwalkerz will differ in some aspects from Asian Jwalkerz?
Kpopeurope: Do you have any special message for your European Jwalkerz and Kpoeurope.eu-readers?
Jay Park: THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!! SEE YOU SOON. AOMG FOLLOW THE MOVEMENT!!
Near the end of the interview, we could feel his love toward music, confidence as a solo artist, and excitement for his first visit to Europe! Kpopeurope would love to thank Jay Park and SidusHQ for their cooperation and also our readers for their support. We hope that you are hyped enough to see Jay Park and see you all in Jay’s concerts!
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Responsible for the interview: Rina, Min
Editor in chief (Web): Kelisi