-Meeting tenor Hyunsoo Kim at Raum Art Center for 'Raum Singers Party Night' Concert
Tenor Hyunsoo Kim and Bass Taejin Son met up with fans at 'Raum Singers Party Night' concert, the two members from 'Forte Di Quattro', a star group of crossover music now.
On the 25th of last month 8pm, the concert was held at Raum Art Center in Gangnam of Seoul and Hyunsoo Kim was there. Being the most dramatic character of the first season from 'Phantom Singer', Kim had to go through a journey of being on top to almost getting eliminated but viewers loved this tenor for his own interpretation of songs and the sensitive soul spilled on stage.
At the concert Kim performed 'Una furtiva lagrima' as solo and then 'Besame Mucho', 'Quizas, Quizas, Quizas' with Son and 'Adagio', 'Red Sunset' as a team.
The audience cheered to the heated performances and the concert was packed with the intimacy between fans and artists. It was a stage where Kim and Son, along with all WeltrauM members presented a perfectly harmonious stage, despite the fact that it was the first time of them performing together.
Before being the winner of 'Phantom Singer', Kim was the leader of 'WeltrauM'. Due to busy schedules with 'Forte Di Quattro', he can't be as active with 'WeltrauM' but Kim stated that 'WeltrauM is a community encountered by music and are musical soulmates for life.' Even the show ended members are rooting for each other's musical boundaries and one of the members from WeltrauM will be competing at the second season of 'Phantom Singer' following the footsteps of Kim.
During the interview before the concert, we asked Kim what he felt and thought about performing a special stage with friends before the show and what his future plans are. Here's the interview.
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN AFTER WINNING 'PHANTOM SINGER'?
ㄴWe're busy for the 'Phantom Singer Gala Concert' now. We're also planning on a studio album with 'Forte Di Quatro' and a national tour. The tour and gala concert are two very different shows. And then there are days like today, a personally scheduled show. I'm hardly getting any rest it's been challenging physically.
YOU DON'T SEEM VERY WELL NOW TOO, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR VOICE?
ㄴMy voice isn't really in good shape now. It's always around 5 or 6 am after finishing all the recordings and show schedules. Today even, I slept after 6 in the morning due to shootings and other stuff, and been on stage around 1pm for rehearsals. I can't really take care of my voice but I do try to get some sleep whenever I can.
IT'S THE FIRST TIME TO PERFORM WITH ALL MEMBERS OF 'WELTRAUM' AFTER 'PHANTOM SINGER'. BUT THIS TIME AS A 'WELTRAUM' CONCERT, HOW DOES IT FEEL?
ㄴWe've been performing at Raum Art Center whenever we could since two years ago with 'WeltrauM' members. As I was doing both teams I also been performing traditional opera shows too. I wasn't that touched at the finals for 'Phantom Singer'. I just did my best at every stage thinking it was a very thankful and great opportunity.
The members all rooted and prayed for me to do well, and kept performing as a team with deep friendship. We never did a huge show with our name only but we have performed at Busan's Art Center as a main artist and have done many events around the nation. We were also representatives of the ministry of unification so we did shows and events that had to do with the ministry as well.
Ofcourse I am thankful to perform under our name but we've always been going out everywhere thinking about 'doing good music where ever we are' so every place and stage has been precious and important to us. We still want to show gratitude to Raum Art Center for giving us the opportunity to perform like this.
ON YOUR PERSONAL SNS ACCOUNTS YOU DIDN'T SEEM TO HAVE A BEARD, BUT NOW YOU DO.
ㄴI shaved because my beard grow too much but now I'm leaving it 'cause I'm too lazy. It does grow pretty fast, (laugh)
MANY SAY THAT THE SOUND SYSTEMS AT THE FINAL ROUND FOR 'PHANTOM SINGER' WASN'T THAT GREAT. HOW WAS IT AS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TO PERFORM?
ㄴI don't really care much about monitoring. I thought the sound system wasn't that bad but people have been telling me that the streamed sound on air wasn't so good that day. It wasn't a problem from the producers of the show but probably just some complicated issues that had to involve the conditions of the singers and etc. I was sad that the producers of the show who were like family over the program had to take all the responsibility.
There weren't any hard issues to deal with during the show, everybody did there best for each performances. The feedbacks were something to take in and learn. Everybody including the singers and producers of the show did their best so rather than pointing out the flaws I wish people could take it as another lesson to be learned.
HEARD THAT YOU ARE STILL PLANNING ON TO DO MORE WITH 'WELTRAUM'. HOW WILL YOU BE ABLE TO MANAGE BEING BOTH PARTS OF 'FORTE DI QUATRO' AND 'WELTRAUM'?
ㄴNow I need to focus with 'Forte Di Quatro'. 'WeltrauM' is a small family that was built with friendship so it's always great to see each other, it's fun. When I said 'being together' it meant to do music together for life than having specific plans in the near future. We want to keep supporting each other's music.
YONGHO KIM, JAEBIN, KIM, AND SEKWON AHN FROM WELTRAUM WILL BE PARTICIPATING FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF 'PHANTOM SINGER'. ANY ADVICE?
ㄴThat's what I'm most careful about. Since it's a competitions I can't really tell anyone to take notice about my members. I just wish them to do as they do. I'm rooting for them with all my heart.
BET MANY FANS ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR IDEAL TYPE OF WOMEN.
ㄴI'm drawn to someone who can share a can of beer with me like a friend at the end of a long day of work from each other's own profession, and not be easily tempted by what the world says.
FORTE DI QUATRO'S FIRST ALBUM WILL BE OUT NEXT MONTH ON THE 19TH. TELL US ABOUT IT.
ㄴIt's an album filled with two songs from 'Universal Music', a world-renown music label, songs from Jongshin Yoon, TaeEun Kwon, and two cross-over type songs re-arranged with our ideas with a mixture of Kpop. Including other crossover music the album will have 14 tracks in total. The songs from Universal Music are really good. It's the song from our teaser video. The main single is chosen, and the single will be released the 26th. Ina Kim who wrote 'Flowers Bloom' wrote and produced the song.
YOU WON FIRST PLACE AT THE 2015 GOSPELSTARC. THE WINNING SONG 'MAN FROM HEAVEN' WAS A GREAT SONG THAT REALLY WENT WELL WITH YOUR VOICE. WILL YOU EVER SING IT ON TV OR ON STAGE?
ㄴI do want to sing it. I actually sang it a lot at churches. I want to sing it at where ever I can.
ANY LAST WORDS FOR FANS?
ㄴThank you so much. I've always felt that for me to sing crossover, I need people who would listen to crossover. Thank you so much for listening our songs and appreciating it, I can't put it into words.