Multi-instrumentalist and producer Ki-Jung is an artist who believes we must answer our calling in life, and he is certainly sharing his powerful art with the world. With roots in South Korea, the US and France, Ki-Jung’s diverse music spans different genres and cultures to create his innovative sound. Back with transcending new offering ‘Feel Alive’, the new empowering single tells the story of breaking down walls and being your true self.
Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
My name is Ki-Jung. I’m an international artist, composer and producer.
What’s the writing process?
Writing for me always germinates from a hook – it doesn’t have to be the final hook or even the best hook of a piece, but it should get you started. It can be a hooky lyric set, just a phrase let’s say, or else something musical that could be a good verse, pre-chorus, chorus, middle 8 or bridge, intro/reintro theme, etc.
What come first lyrics or music?
Either is fine and it happens both ways. But I think more often than not, for me it starts with the music– just a little melodic passage on which I superimpose placeholder lyrics, just to have something to sing, and then I generally try to build out adjacent music sections and start recording scratches and demos to manifest my eyes.
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
My newest release is called Feel Alive. It’s about rebirth and the rediscovery of one’s true self as well as love for another, but in your adult years – basically when a lot of people settle into their routine and lose the passion for novelty and discovery and even personal growth. I think there’s also the fear that the best days are behind us in our lives or have passed us by. Feel Alive pushes back against that urge, proposing instead that we invest in our loving nature and share it with others.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
We are in a world where media is increasingly very short-form in format, and while I cater to and respect the realities as they are today, I hope to keep writing songs that people will keep listening to in their entirety. We’re in a day and age where 20 seconds may be all someone knows of your work. But I just think hearing a little more of the arc, the journey and the message, can help the mind and soul. I am going to just trust that the imperative for musical nourishment, so to speak, continues to motivate and incentivize listeners to experience the music at least semi-fully by exploring more of the songs they enjoy.
If you could collaborate with any band / person / producer who would it be?
Daryl Hall or Sarah McLachlan on the artist side.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Work is fun. Fun is excellence.” Standards matter a great deal to me in motivating me to create something that stands out. It’s a point of pride for one, but it’s also the minimum requirement for being competitive against all other artists and songs that are out there. It’s furthermore just respectful of one’s listeners.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
An artist I have come to know well and admire is a singer out of London named Suzanne Cook. We collaborated on two of my songs, namely, Take Me to Jupiter (ethereal, spiritual and modern atmospheric work with words and music) and Feel Alive (Suzanne’s cover of my newest release), and she has another several great songs including Missing You. All are streamable. Stay tuned for a new one too. Ashley Suppa is another of my favorites. Her EP Trouble is just off the hook. I especially like King and Somebody Else on that album.
How are you coping with lockdown?
I’ve written and recorded over 20 songs in Covid so I have been busier than ever, creating and producing. It’s been a healthy outlet and an expedient activity to have during this very unusual time.
How is lock down effecting the music scene?
I think it’s all but stopped in its tracks for nearly two years the live music scene. I plan for me and my fellow artist friends to see the stage in the very near future again, if all of the stars align the way I think they will, and I hope to do it in multiple countries.