"I felt like this was the right time. Although comebacks are all the rage at the moment, I thought it's more important to introduce my music now regardless of that. I worked slowly on my album since 1 yr ago and while promoting with SHINee."
"If I had released my solo album earlier, I think it would have seemed rushed. I wanted to calmly make music and prepare my stage. I was waiting for the right time for me, and 10 years ended up passing as a result."
"The reason it took so long for my album to come out was because there were a lot important projects that I couldn't easily give up."
"I think I'll be able to show a different image from when I'm a part of SHINee. Especially because of the EDM genre, you'll be able to see a side of me different from my usual appearance."
The album #FACE includes songs produced by Skrillex (!!), Valentino Khan (!!), Kenzie, LDN Noise, Rice n' Peas, Adrian Mckinnon, TAK, IMLAY, and more.
Honest - I had this demo for a long time. In the early stage of preparing my album, I chose it first. I really like the atmosphere of it.
Chemicals (produced by Skrillex & Valentino Khan) - I wanted to show I can do something like this too.
The SHINee members supported me a lot. I talked a lot with Taemin-shi especially because he's in a similar situation promoting in Japan right now.
[Taemin] said, "I think you have a lot of different charms so it's nice," and, "You have to do everything you want to do to have no regrets." Because Taemin-shi is my sunbae as a soloist, I think I understood what he was trying to say.
Just hearing the title "센 척 안 해 (One of Those Nights)" makes you think it'd be an intense dance song, but the lyrics are sad. It's about how someone acknowledges their sadness and says they'll win over it. They're pretending to be ok.
Key: 2 hrs is on the long side for a SHINee album recording. But a solo album takes min 3 hrs. I think it's bc I care about a lot of things. I get dizzy.
Taeyeon: Eat while recording!
Key: I'm going to stick a glucose (IV) in me next time.
The 10 years of SHINee went by fast when it was fast and too slow when it was slow. I rarely felt regret. That time was valuable to me, and I doubt I'd be able to do as many activities alone without it. We're a group that's inseparable.
Although Crush isn’t a super close friend, I didn’t want to have SM artists feature, and I wanted a unique feel. I thought “Which male singer wouldn’t give off a ‘duet’ feeling,” and ended up working with Crush-shi, who has a hiphop feeling.
I didn’t have a strong network with Vinxen, but his rapping was so impressive that we contacted his company and they kindly accepted. He's very shy. I requested him bc he writes deep lyrics well, and I thanked him bc the result seemed good.
"Face" can mean "facing something" or "a person's face." I picked it bc it seemed to suit my "charging forward" character well. On if I should follow Ace & Base, I didn't think, "Should I do it or not?" I thought it was only right to do so.
SM runs a camp for composers, so a lot of songs are made each time. There are songs written with me in mind and others that aren't. SM's system is to play me songs that seem to suit me and ask me about them. Songs are chosen during meetings.
In the past, I cared a lot about results and rankings. Now, I wanted to show that working hard preparing while being busy with activities wasn't too much for me and that I could do this. I'll be happy if people just enjoy it.
I tried very hard to avoid the typical music video format. There are dramatic scenes and everyday scenes. The music video has a different color from the previous one to match the song. I gave a passionate performance in the music video.
Another song was supposed to be included in the album, but it wasn't because of problems with the composer. Aren't there always unknown variables like that? So I ended up suddenly having to write 미워 (The Duty of Love).
I'm not sure about the album theme/color myself. I chose songs based on whether I liked them or not. Rather than say, "I'm going to this genre as a soloist," I think a good artist is one that can express any good genre in their own color.
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