|▲ Ji Jin-seok (Photo=BLACK Y MUSIC, Design=Byeon Jinhee)|
[Zenith News=Byeon Jinhee] Ji Jin-seok, a forme contestant of ‘Under Nineteen’, debuted as a solo artist. With cute, warm looks and sweet vocals, he made his debut with the bold ambition of "I want to be a young prince of Ballad."
Ji Jin-seok made himself known through MBC's ‘Under Nineteen’, and dropped out due to a jaw joint disorder. After a long wait, he released his debut single ‘Good Night’ on May 31st. He achieved his long-cherished dream of becoming a singer.
‘Good Night’ is a pop ballad song where Ji Jin-seok’s tone stands out and features a healing message for a hard and difficult day. Pianist Song Young-joo, a professor at Jin Jin-seok's university, presented himself with a piano performance to enhance his perfection.
Zenith News and Ji Jin-seok met at a cafe located in Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, on the 11th for an interview to mark the release of his debut single ‘Good Night.’ Although he is young, he tells the story of a young man with a mature mind and a great passion for music.
Q. How do you feel about your debut?
I've had this dream since I was young. I was very nervous about being a singer on the day of the showcase. I thought I should do well. The first thing I thought about was my parents, who opposed it at first. My father wanted me to study, but when I entered high school, he said, "Live while doing something you want to do." Those memories came to my mind.
Q. How did you persuade your parents who opposed you to being a singer?
Thank to my father who said that in the year I entered high school, I said I wanted to sing. So my parents sent me to a music academy. Of course, he thought that I was not good at singing before I appeared on broadcast.
Q. What the impact did‘Under Nineteen’ have on Ji Jin-seok?
One of my bad habits was to make my limits. I've never learned to dance, and I've never done it properly. I used to dance while playing with my friends. I learned properly through ‘Under Nineteen’, and I was able to break my limits little by little.
Q. Are you focusing on singing again now?
Yes, I promised my fans that I'd show them a dance, so I'm preparing for it. I'm going to show them through ‘Show Con.’ I want to show them as many different aspects as possible, so I'm preparing different genres of songs. I think my dancing is a twist itself, but I'm going to do Justin Timberlake’s dance. It is a cute dance this time, but if I get a chance, I'll prepare a sexy dance as well.
|▲ Ji Jin-seok (Photo=BLACK Y MUSIC)|
Q. What did you care about while preparing for this song?
There are a lot of people who are good at singing. I thought of the delivery of the lyrics importantly while preparing the song. Many of our seniors said that it's important to deliver the lyrics on the show. Since the song is a healing song, I hope the lyrics will be well delivered and the listeners get healed.
Q. You introduced the song as a ‘Healing Song.’ Where do you get comfort?
I've had a hard time since I stepped down of ‘Under Nineteen’. I was afraid I might be forgotten by people. But a lot of fans wrote pretty comments on SNS. They said they'd wait. I was comforted by that. I was comforted while singing this song as well. I thought the lyrics of the song and my situation fit in, and I want to convey the comfort I received from the fans through the song.
Q. Is there anything you are sorry for because it is not a physical album but a single?
I'm happy that the song was released in my name. It was a big dream for me, and it was realized. Of course, I want to show more, but quality is more important than quantity. From now on, I want to continue to sing songs that can be shared with many people. I'll sing every single song with my sincerity.
Q. Do you write your own songs?
I haven't written the lyrics much, but I'm doing it little by little. I'm writing down my daily experiences like a diary. I'm trying to learn how to compose because I don't know how to do it. I want to write lyrics beautifully and learn how to compose songs, so I hope the day comes when I can present my own songs.
Q. What is your biggest strength?
Actually, I didn't think about my strengths a lot, but my fans gave me a lot of confidence that I didn't have. In my childhood, I thought my voice was too high-pitched even though I am a man, so it was a complex. But now, I’m happy because the fans are saying that my voice is nice and that it's a comforting voice. I think what my fans said is my strength.
Q. Do you have a fan club name?
Many fans gave us comments about the name of the fandom. The company also had meetings and concisely voted to be ‘The Earth Star.’ My last name is Ji, and we named it as ‘The Earth Star’, meaning fans are the ones who make me shine.
Q. Why do you think ‘The Earth Star’ like you?
It was really amazing at first. Many friends were on ‘Under Nineteen’, and I was surprised and grateful that many people liked me. I'm going to show you as much as I can of myself. A lot of fans say that I'm nice and talk nicely. It might not be fun to show you that, so I'm trying to show you my stupid sides.
|▲ Ji Jin-seok (Photo=BLACK Y MUSIC)|
Q. You have a modifier called 'Little Crush’. What else do you want to get?
When the modifier 'Little Crush' was first coined, I felt really pressured because Crush was a huge idol to me. I think the fans gave it on me because I sang Crush's song. There are a lot of people who remember me because of that, so it came to mind that I should do better this time. When I sang ‘Good Night’, I tried to focus on the lyrics and give it more affection than before. I hope a lot of people will like it. Since senior Lee Seung-hwan is the Little Prince of in the music industry, I want to be Little Prince of ballads.
Q. What are your future plans and goals?
It's good to set up future plans, but in the past, I was tied to the past and regretted it, but after time went by, it's all memories. I always try to be thankful and faithful to the present. When I made my debut, I really wanted to have a fan meeting. I had a mini fan meeting before my debut and I want to communicate with fans as much as I can. I want to be a singer who develops as I take the feedback from my fans seriously. I don't think I'm an entertainer right now, but I also want to be a real entertainer. I want to be a complete artist.
Q. Don’t you have any desire for grades?
My goal was to make it to the top 100 in the charts. Doing a chart-in is a big goal for a rookie these days. Thankfully, I reached No. 23 on the ballad chart. I think I'm getting more attention than I think, so I want to be in the top 100 next time. In so doing, I want ‘Good Night’ to make it into the top 100 by climbing back up the charts. It's another wish, but people of all ages, including my age, enjoy karaoke. I hope my song will be on the karaoke charts after many people sing my song in karaoke.
Q. Lastly, please say something to ‘The Earth Star.’
I always say this, but I thank them waiting for me and believing in me. Whenever I go to the fan club cafe, they always leave me good comments. I'd like to say ‘Thank you so much’ as well. I hope you don't worry too much about the malicious comments I get. It's already full of good words from our fans, so I'm not seriously hurt. Don't worry too much. I also want to say thank you for liking me.
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