KBS World Radio listeners, I’m Eddy Kim. Nice to meet you.
Interviewer Thanks for joining us on Backstage Chat today. We received questions from listeners all over the world.
This is from Britty Datin Hasna Afaf in Indonesia. What are the different good aspects of being a singer and a producer?
First, the job of being a singer is a lot of fun and it’s great to be able to express my emotions and lyrics with my voice. As for being a singer/songwriter, it’s so much fun to be able to bring to life music that exists only in my head and imagination.
This is from Abla Elka in Morocco. Is there an artist you would want to gift a song you wrote to?
There are a lot of artists I’m close with that I would love to work with eventually. However, I want to hurry and collaborate with the following artists I’m especially close with: Zico, Jung Jun-young, Roy Kim, Sam Kim, and Crush.
This is from Ruri Rubi Sari in Indonesia. You must be so busy with your work schedule. When you do have free time, how do you spend it?
I actually spend my free time really well. I love exercise so I bowl and play soccer, travel, and I love shopping. I usually spend my time with friends.
This is from Ratu Adinyani in Indonesia. Let us know your personal method of relieving stress.
Exercise? I think exercise relieves stress. I work during the week, but on weekends, I go running and work out to relieve my stress. If I don’t do so, I feel like that week’s load of stress just mounts.
This is from Arabic broadcast listener Siba. I’m curious to know what experience in your life was the most difficult and why was it so hard? Also, is there a principle or value you always try to hold onto?
Fortunately enough, I’ve always really enjoyed music and grew up well-off since I was young. When I first went to the US, I couldn’t speak the language and had trouble adjusting to the culture. I think that was really hard. However, a principle or value I’ve always carried… I’ve lived to this point always believing that one day I would be able to do what I love to do. And one day I realized, I was doing what I loved. So to all you listeners out there, if you have a dream, I hope you always hold onto that dream.
This is from Fretel Stephanie in Peru via Facebook. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I have my PJs that I wear. First, I take that off and fold it and wash up. Then I turn on music. I may come off old, but I love jazz and that sort of music. I love going about my day with jazz playing.
This is from Judith Mamani in Peru. You’ve wrote such beautiful melodies to date. Where do you usually get your inspiration? Can you share one anecdote with us?
When it comes to inspiration, many think it comes from something special, but I don’t think that’s the way it is for me. For me, it’s from the little things. While going about my everyday life, I find charm in things that are a little unique or something I want to observe in detail, and I get my inspiration from those things. They’re things that are only visible to me. Those things tend to become more special and precious when I express them through lyrics. That’s how I get my inspiration.
Do you have any plans for 2017?
I debuted in 2014, and it’s been almost three years. I looked back on last year and realized I didn’t release much music. There were “Paldang Dam”, “My Lips Like a Warm Cup of Coffee” and a soundtrack song for “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds”, but no real album. I think there are a lot of fans waiting [for an album], so my goal is to work hard in 2017 and release a lot of albums.
KBS World Radio listeners and international fans!
Please continue to take interest in my works and hope you have a happy new year. This has been Eddy Kim. Thank you!