Greater than two years after his scheduled efficiency within the UAE was cancelled owing to the pandemic, Okay-pop star Jay B lastly made his UAE debut.
The singer, whose actual title is Lim Jae-beom, took to the stage at Etihad Enviornment over the weekend to carry out as a part of Hyperound Okay-Fest Abu Dhabi.
“The truth that I might come this time round is a aid,” he tells The Nationwide. “And, to have the ability to placed on an ideal present and expertise the tradition right here is so enjoyable.
“Once I journey I prefer to expertise the town and never the brand new buildings. I want to see a mosque and every little thing that locals get pleasure from, like previous buildings and previous tradition.”
His efficiency on the Okay-Fest, throughout which he wowed crowds with hits reminiscent of BTW and AM PM, precedes the discharge of his second solo album Be Your self, the follow-up to final yr’s SOMO:Fume, and followers can anticipate a brand new sound.
“SOMO:Fume was extra on the hip-hop and R&B aspect of the music spectrum,” he says. “This new launch is unquestionably extra enjoyable and intimate.
“I attempted out lots of various things with regards to the album, so please stay up for it.”
He additionally provided followers an perception into his favorite monitor from the forthcoming album, Holyday.
“The lyrics and the which means behind them is so good — it’s my favorite tune I’ve launched up to now.”
The theme for Be Your self was a collaborative effort between Jay B, 28, his file firm A&R and his followers world wide, who despatched him solutions for the form of tracks they needed to listen to from him.
And he teases that the album’s theme can be current all through all accompanying music movies too.
“As soon as the theme was determined, I labored on the music movies to match it,” he says.
Whereas Jay B is at present busy engaged on his solo materials, that is only one of many shops for his creativity. He has additionally launched music beneath the title Def or Defsoul.
“I promote as Jay B when I’m a songwriter, bee-boy or doing picture exhibitions,” he explains. “However Def is my producer title, that is the best solution to differentiate it.”
He’s additionally been a member of bands JJ Venture, consisting of Jay B and Jinyoung, in addition to Jus2, the place he teamed up with Yugyeom. Nonetheless, he’s maybe greatest recognized for being the lead singer in boy band Got7.
And, whereas Be Your self is his present focus, Jay B needs to reassure followers that the band is quietly working collectively and discussing plans for a comeback. They might have to attend for a short time, however once they do reunite, he thinks the UAE could be an ideal place for his bandmates to go to.
“I do know it’d go well with BamBam,” he says. “However Jackson would have a lot enjoyable right here.”
Although Jay B has already achieved a lot, and has been within the highlight since he was in his teenagers, he would not consider himself as a “movie star”.
“I don’t suppose I’m a profitable movie star, I’m only a individual,” he says. “The best way I see it’s that I don’t drive my ideas on others, however I prefer to be clear on what I believe, and be humble about the best way I’m going about it.
“If I’ve a life saying, it will be: ‘There is just one life to dwell, so dwell it to the fullest with none regrets.”
Up to date: September 14, 2022, 2:54 PM