BEAST’s Hyunseung had an in-depth interview in the June issue of Ize magazine to promote his debut solo album MY .
The singer discussed his workaholic nature, his “few words” temperament and exercising creative control over his music.
When discussing his persona on stage, Hyunseung revealed that he no longer believes nonstop training behind-the-scenes will make you a star on stage.
He explained, “In a song by Block B’s sub-unit BASTARZ, there’s a line that I relate to very much: ‘Playing on stage without manners is the answer.’ We have to appropriately let go of ourselves and be playful to let the song and our performances seem more natural…We need to develop an emotional connection.” Although Hyunseung still trains diligently, he says his routine now is nothing like his trainee and rookie days.
He revealed, “I was a training maniac.
When I was a trainee I would be singing and dancing everyday.
After I debuted, during non-promotional periods I still insisted on training one to two hours a day.” The star also talked about the creative control he exercised over his first solo album.
He said, “Even though I didn’t write any songs myself, I met and chatted with the producer hyungs everyday and we had a lot of discussions regarding the songs…I thought of each track’s name one by one and asked them to help me produce them.” Hyunseung also had creative input on the dance and style decisions.
He stated, “I didn’t want a dance filled with skillful techniques from beginning to end.
It would be better if I could present it expertly and easily…I wanted to invest the appropriate feelings into it.” As for the fashion, Hyunseung recalled, “I wanted a more casual style and the makeup is slightly lighter too.
This time around, there isn’t a need to specially modify details.
Instead of leather shirt tops, that sort of style, a simple t-shirt, jeans, sporty shoes, and wearing one or two accessories is the main point.” — About the Author: Elsa is the founder, head writer, and editor of KPopBreak.com .
She’s a coffee addict, K-pop enthusiast, fashion lover and one of the few remaining members of the Church of Kristianity.