On January 16, Girls' Generation's Seohyun held a showcase event for her first ever solo album "Don't say no" to be released next day. At the event, she looked very excited about her solo debut, while Yoona and Sooyoung sent messages of support to the youngest Girls' Generation member through a video clip. Let's see what Seohyun talked about her first solo album.
Q. It has been 10 years since you debuted as a member of Girls' Generation, and you finally got a chance to release your solo album. How do you feel?
Seohyun: I can't still believe it has been 10 years since debut. That's a long time, and lot of things happened. Actually, being active as a member of Girls' Generation left something to be desired because we have many members and we have to fit ourselves round the conception of the team. So, I felt really great about taking much part in producing my solo album, and through the album, I want to show myself as a solo singer.
Q. It's notable that you wrote the lyrics for 6 out of 7 songs of your album.
Seohyun: The main theme of the album is love, and I wanted to express my own feelings by writing the lyrics. Actually, SM has a very strict standard, and that's why I've wrote the lyrics for so many Girls' Generation-TTS' songs but those were not adopted by the company. While preparing for my solo debut, I put every effort into writing the lyrics, and I'm so happy that I could write the lyrics for a total of 6 songs of my first ever solo album.
Q. So you wrote the lyrics for various love songs. Are they based on a personal experience?
Seohyun: Well, they're based on my experience but I used my imagination too. When I write lyrics to a song, I listen to the song many times and try to give full scope to my imagination.
Q. Tell us about the title track "Don't say no."
Seohyun: As soon as I listened to the intro of the song, I told my company that I have to sing the song. I felt a strong conviction that the song should be the title track. Actually, it was not the title track at first, but I persuaded Lee Soo Man because I really wanted to choose the song as the title track of my first solo album.
Q. What did you pay attention to most when you were preparing for your solo debut?
Seohyun: About Girls' Generations' album, we usually leave all the things to experts. However, about my solo album, I wanted to do what I want to do, whatever the outcome. At first, my company said I'm girlish and it would be good for me to play the guitar and sing at the same time. However, I've already done such a thing, and I wanted to show something new. You know, I'm in my mid-20s, and what I wanted to do was to show more mature charm.
Q. What did the Girls' Generation members say about your solo debut?
Seohyun: When I'm alone in the waiting room, I really miss them. They always support me in our chat room, and their words really encourage me. Of course, as a solo singer, I feel great responsibility because I have to do it alone on the stage. However, I think I will be able to do a good job thanks to the members' great support.
Q. Miss A's Suzy will release a warm-up single for her first ever solo album on January 17 too.
Seohyun: Even before deciding to debut as a solo singer, there were many people who thought we are rivals. Whenever people talked about the rivalry, we were just thankful for it. It is a coincidence that we released our solo albums around the same time, but I think we could be a stimulus to each other.