T-ara's Hyomin Tells about Her First Solo Album and Jiyeon
T-ara's Hyomin released her first ever solo album on June 30. A total of 3 songs including the title track 'Nice body' are included in her mini album 'Make up'. Right before releasing the album, she held a meeting with reporters and talked about her solo album. She looked a little bit nervous but did her best to explain about her album.
Q. Tell me about your title track 'Nice body'.
Hyomin: The song is a slow tempo hip hop track. It really goes well with summer. Actually, when I heard about the song for the first time, I felt uncomfortable because there are so many people who have nice body. I worried about singing and choreography, of course, but exercise and diet were really matters of concern to me. I did cross fit and a calorie-controlled diet. For about a week since I began to exercise, I took to my bed due to a severe muscle pain.
Hyomin: I wanted to express the concept of 'Nice body' well. It's sporty costume. And I've also thought over numbers to be printed on the costume. I decided to print '34, 24, 36' on costume, which is an ideal body size of women. I measured body size of myself, and it was not easy to be fit for the bust size 34. I tried to breathe deeply.
Q. Last month, your team mate Jiyeon also released her solo album. What did she tell you?
Hyomin: All the T-ara members cheered me up. Actually, when I heard that Jiyeon and I will release our solo album, I felt sorry for the last members. However, they encouraged and supported me. I had telephone conversation with Jiyeon yesterday, and she told me that I might feel nervous after releasing solo album. We promised to each other that we would not cling to the outcome and just try to do our best on stage.
Hyomin: Jiyeon is the youngest among T-ara members, so she tried show mature image through her song. I want to show healthy, cute and sexy performance. I prepared for lots of special performances.
Q. Tell me about your special performance.
Hyomin: I use tape measure, stairs and stand bar for the performance. I worried about the performance a lot because it is the first time for me to hit the stage without T-ara members. As you know, T-ara has shown a variety of concepts on stage and it was hard to find something we did not once. I wanted to bring out the best in me.
Q. Do you think your performance will be better than Jiyeon's?
Hyomin: Well, since she kicked off her promotional activity for her solo album, I watched her every performance on various music chart shows. After her first performance, I text messaged '100 out of 100'. I was so proud of her. I want to show as good performance as her. I'm older than her, so I'll add skillfulness to my performance.
Q. You have your own song 'Overcome' in the album.
Hyomin: The song is my first ever own song. I began to work on the music by way of a joke, but wanted to do it better. I hope that many people, including me, can overcome hardships after listening to the song. I wanted to include unusual song in my solo album.
Q. Are there any artists who have a influence on your solo album?
Hyomin: I watched many videos of many stars. Especially, I watched Lee Hyori's performance a lot. I wanted to model myself after her because she is always confident.