On July 19th, 2013 at 4.30 pm., Kim Junsu (XIA) of JYJ, who has flown to Thailand, held a press conference before the opening of his ‘XIA 2ND ASIA TOUR CONCERT INCREDIBLE IN BANGKOK’, welcoming his second album. This concert in Thailand will be the first stop in Asia – on July 20th at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon. Kim Junsu met Thai reporters with the image of a charismatic man who possesses a friendly charm before he invites his fans to have fun at the party titled ‘Incredible’ that he stated it would make everyone’s summer an even more enjoyable one.
XIA: Hello, This is XIA (spoken in Thai)
Q: How do feel about your second album?
XIA: It’s my second album after the first one that was released last year. The difference is that this album contains a more diverse genre of songs and it is also a more colorful and in-touch with style album. The title track of this album, for example, would fill everyone’s summer with liveliness. They are songs that will make you feel better.
Q: How do you feel about choosing Thailand as your first stop of Asia tour?
XIA: Last year, I also kicked off my Asia tour in Thailand and I’m glad to be doing the same thing this year as well. The reason I chose to start my Asia tour in Thailand is because it makes me feel lucky. It’s almost if I begin my work in Thailand, all good things will follow. I could start off my performances with a great feeling.
Q: Give us the gist about tomorrow’s performance
XIA: The concert list will mostly be songs from my new album. Since there’s a wide variety of genres, the concert will be packed with many different atmospheres and diverse styles of performances. Moreover, there will also be some of the fans’ favorite songs from last year that I’ve prepared to show them.
Q: Tell us a bit about the title track, Incredible
XIA: The title track of this album is a composition of Sony Music’s ‘Automatic’ who worked with me in the previous album. When I first received this song from him, I felt that it truly suits the summer atmosphere. It has a lively beat to it. The song also gives off a different hip-hop vibe from my old style. I’m also honored to have Quincy featured in the song and the music video. The MV will deliver you a festive party that I hope every audience would be able to enjoy this summer.
Q: What is the concept for this album?
XIA: The album focuses mainly on giving off a energetic-club vibe that befits summer.
Q: Does this album represent your growth in term of musicality?
XIA: Compared to the previous one, this album is probably more evolved and also contains a different music style. It makes me feel very contented.
Q: Tell us about your feelings while performing in ‘Elisabeth’
XIA: Performing in Elisabeth really had an influence on my music. Tarantallegra, for example, is one of the songs that sprouted from such influence. I have a strong bond with Elisabeth and it also gave me a chance to receive the Best Musical Actor award. Being able to reprise my role this year, I’m under a lot of pressure. I’m going to try to work even harder for a new image in the role of Death.
Q: What is the charm of musical performance? How does it differ from JYJ’s activities and how does it affect your solo album?
XIA: While I was performing musical, I had to memorize lines and lyrics within a limited few hours time. During Mozart, I had to study the various dimensions of that particular character. Performing in musical wasn’t just about me. There are also staff members and 80-100 performing members of the orchestra – everyone had to work together. Being involved in that kind of working atmosphere was an exceptional experience.
Q: Does doing musical influence the making of music video?
XIA: I’m not too sure whether it did or not. There are also the songs and concept which I supposed they did receive some influences.
Q: Any activities of JYJ that we could look forward to after this?
XIA: We’re doing solo activities for now, but I think we will meet everyone under the name of JYJ again.
Q: Last year, you held a world tour. Do you feel any kind of pressure this time around?
XIA: The dates for concert in other countries haven’y been set yet, but the most important thing I’m thinking about right now is how to create the most impressive performance for Thai fans. That and that alone would make me feel happy and proud.
Q: What is your impression of Thai fans?
XIA: I’ve actually recognized quite a number of fans. I love coconut juice. Yesterday, fans were giving me support by showing a banner with coconut tree. I like that fact the Thai fans are consistently showing their love for me. I’m energized from seeing their faces in the concert – it makes me feel blessed.
TO BE CONTINUED…