Apink Eunji says She was Biased Against Idols Before Debut
On April 18, Apink's Jung Eunji released her first ever solo album "Dream." The album has a total of 5 songs including the title track "Hopefully Sky," while Eunji has topped various online music charts with the lyrical music. After releasing the album, she held a press conference for her solo debut and talked about the album.
Q. You released your first ever solo album. How do you feel?
Eunji: Right before releasing the album, I choked up because many fans said that they missed me so much. And the Apink members cheered for me a lot. At first, it was a little bit embarrassing for me to talk about my solo album with the members, but they celebrated my solo debut first. I was so grateful that the members were rooting for me.
Q. Do you think there is any difference between Apink's Jung Eunji and solo singer Jung Eunji?
Eunji: I think I sing more lyrical music when I perform as a solo singer. It's interesting for me to sing cheerful songs, but I like calm and silent songs too.
Q. Tell me about the title track "Hopefully Sky."
Eunji: I've been hard at work on the song for a long time. The song is written by Double Sidekick, and it is a healing song just like the other tracks of the album. I thought just recalling memories with my parents and happy moments can be a great comfort to me. I hope many people will be able to be consoled by the song.
Q. I heard that the song reflects your feelings toward your father.
Eunji: That's right. In my childhood, my father was like a brother or friend to me. On his way home from work, he always bought some junk foods and ate them with me. It was a secret between us. My parents raised me by selling vegetables and had a real difficult life. And my father is still making a sacrifice for our family, working in Turkmenistan now. I'm sorry for my mother, but my father was the first person who listened to the song. He almost cried. I told him to come home to Korea because I'm making money in Seoul, but he said he wants to do it as best he can.
Eunji: You know, people use streaming services and do not buy albums. I wanted to increase the value of my album.
Q. It seems like you succeeded in breaking the stereotype that idol singers are lacking in singing skills.
Eunji: Before debut, I was biased against idols too. However, I was too arrogant. Some of idols do not receive proper recognition just because they are idols. I think there is less prejudice against idols today because many idols proved their ability through various music programs such as "King of masked singer." I feel really great about it.
Q. What is your goal as a singer?
Eunji: As a kid, being a singer was my ultimate goal. I want to sing all my life. I will never quit.