Junsu Xia caused furor when he came with his band JYJ, but now he debuts solitary on September 10th at the Teatro Caupolican. “Fans around the world love powerful, sexy performances with an unique style”, thinks the young man of 25 years old about k-pop, that took over the West.
Besides cellphones and TVs, everyday Korea exports a little more their culture: singers, soap operas and food conquer the West.
In Chile, korean restourants -mainly in the Patronato area- are huge. But the asian presence is what made urban tribes irrupt, adictted to K-pop or Korean pop.
In fact, “Santiago se paraliza por el Kpop” (Santiago paralizes because of K-pop) is the motto of the flashmob (urban intervention) with which fans of this genre have taken Santiago by surprise with a dance with the new CD of Junsu Xia (key artist of this moment) to give their message.
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With an androgen look, part of a milimetrically calculated esthethic, and catchy music, the pop singer with an unpronounceable name of 25 years old, debuts in the country as a solo artist.
The also actor and ex-member of the legendary TVXQ, comes back after he visited as a part of JYJ in March last year, when fervent fans were awake for 2 days waiting for them.
Here, in his first interview, via e-mail, before he comes to Chile.
Junsu: “Korea has become a leader of global culture”
Junsu, the absolute king of pop in his country. And he remembers very well his last visit to Chile: “Chilean fans are very passionate and energetic”.
—How would you describe your new album “Tarantallegra”? Your videos are very effective, How important is your look?
—The title motive was “Elisabeth” musical. When I interpreted the character of the “Death”, that is neither a human nor a God, but something in between, I imagined a character with a dreaming-like image. When I heard the word Tarantallegra, a spell that makes people dance, I picture the image of a wizard.
—The music has two aspects: listen and see. That’s why the video was released a day before the song. The concept of this album is “unequalled” and I tried to distinguish between music and fashion. I did the best I could to create a perfect performance by adding modernity to the choreography and using extreme hairstyle, make-up and clothes.
—The music is a mix of pop and big orchestra. In this English album, I tried to add an asian taste to it by adding the kkwaenggwari (traditional korean gong) in the orchestra. Read More →