Rough and Flawless, Jaejoong
Born January 26, 1986. Singer.
In February last year, he resumed the activities in Japan that he earned for. He released his first solo album in Japan “Flawless Love” on April 10 and started “JAEJOONG ARENA TOUR 2019 ~Flawless Love~” on the same day. Starting from Aichi Prefecture, it will be held in 6 cities across the country.
The meaning of the album title is “Perfect Love”.
JAEJOONG: “Is about ‘Love’ being polished and perfected like diamond gemstones are. At first, we meet in a state of nothing, then we get to know each other and, gradually, are shaped as we gain experience.” He put that feeling in the album title.
JAEJOONG: The activities in Japan are something I have longed for. My wish came true and I was able to do my best in Japan for the past year. I have no time off so I feel too fulfilled (laughs) But I appreciate this situation.
It has already been a year since he resumed his activities in Japan. Also, today, “After this interview for Anan, there is a shooting a TV show building until the morning (laughs)”
In this way, he’s being greatly demanded in several fields. Even though he is busy, he has a lively appearance because he feels like he has “reborned” after a change in his mindset.
JAEJOONG: I’ve talked about it before at my concerts, in fact, I had a selfish time in my late twenties. I had a strong desire that I wanted to do what I wanted to do, or I needed to express my own characteristics. I was full of ego (laughs)
However, I reached my thirties, my way of thinking changed. Now, (my thoughts) turned into a wish of ‘please, let me do everything what I can do, at my age now, or with my physical strength now‘. Owing to that thought, I was open to receive a wide variety of offers. I am living a more fulfilling life definitely compared to before.
In addition to the change of mindset, other of his attractive traits is his fluent Japanese, something that he was actually trying not to forget (how to speak), but we could not imagine because of the naturalness (with which he speaks) and his cool appearance.
JAEJOONG: I have been able to appear on many Japanese variety shows over the past year, but at first I was very nervous. It’s been a long time, so when I entered a TV station, I was moved on and I thought “Ah, it was like this.”
So at that time, I thought that I shouldn’t be too eager for success, and I tried to go with it. My Japanese is not perfect and there are many things I don’t know. However, I thought that it’s uncool if I pretend to know everything or if I show off.
As a result of showing myself honestly, many people got interested in me. But then, (suddenly he was discouraged) I seem to be considered a little stupid by everyone… I definitely want you to record this, but I also have an mature and serious side! Please believe in me!
QUESTION: Have you changed your believes about love compared to your twenties?
JAEJOONG: I lost interest in love. Lol I used to have a desire for marriage, but now it’s 0%! Now I live only for my work. Even if I think that I might like a woman, I immediately calm down. When we are in love, we care about the lover and, in result we become troubled. That’s a bit of a burden for me. Huh? Are you worried?… But for fans, it is good, isn’t it?
QUESTION: Tell us how do you relieve your stress or how do you solve your troubles.
JAEJOONG: Composing music. In my case, having free time is stressful. In the past, the drama I was scheduled to appear in was canceled, and I suddenly became free for four months. I got beaten down mentally, but I healed myself mentally by composing. At that time, it was good that I could find a way out.
Jaejoong steps towards “perfection”
Kind and delicate, with an involving strength.
Leaves a dark color in our mind while having a sense of transparency.
Jaejoong is brushing up on the “gift” of his singing voices and he’s in action now.
The pure figure not wishing to be decorated like a “rough stone” and the figure who’s aiming at “perfection” as an artist. Between the amplitudes, what is the driving force that moves him to jeeo constantly upgrading? I asked him about his secret in details for “Anan”, in which he appeared in for the first time in nine years.
In music show programs, he showed his colorful and deep expressiveness with his new songs from the Japanese covers album. In the meantime, he said that he received new “awareness” from the co-starring Japanese artists.
“I thought that “a singer’s career” was short. But many Japanese singers have been working for a very long time. Moreover, they remain the same as when they were young. So I started to think that I could be a singer for my lifetime. To be honest, I don’t know much about the future, but, as long as I am healthy, I want to cherish my career as a singer”
“What do you value as a singer?” I asked.
JAEJOONG: Image training is very important. It’s completely different being in the studio and being the stage.
When I was a rookie, it was important to do just as I practiced, but now I would like to add my individuality to it. I have learned from my own experience how I should sing the song to look more cool on the stage, so I advised myself to be able to express the song in the best possible way. I also am diligent in care to maintain my voice quality. My voice seems to be thin and delicate now, but it, originally, is thick and husky. When I was young, I was told by a producer “Your voice would not be popular in Japan. I want you to develop a more beautiful voice,” then I began to practice and I managed to be able to sing like this. Now, Jaejoong reproduces the singing voice of young Jaejoong (laugh) I think that the effort of that time is connected to me now, so I want to keep this voice from now on.
While changing his mind flexibly, he always remembers to be thankful the fans who support him.
Such feelings are reflected in his first Japanese solo album “Flawless Love” to be released on April 10.
JAEJOONG: As a solo singer, I often sing my favorite rock and ballads, but I heard a fan’s opinion as “I want to see dancing Jaejoong.”… In response to the request, I added a dance number to this album. It’s a work that fulfills the wishes of my fans, who have been waiting for a long time for me to br in Japan, not just what I want to do. Concert tour around the whole country starts from April 10th. The concerts definitely will be fun. Isn’t it unusual for “one” singer to sing dancing music, rock and ballads in a single concert? I want to be loved by a wide audience (laugh). I also want to try to dance, even if I’m not good at it, so please go easy on me.