BoA 13 Years Since Debut, "The Road was Easy, but It was Not Always Bright"
By Staff Writer | August 06, 2012 11:52 AM EDT
"My agency always makes me do something first. I'm sad that they always use me as a 'guinea pig' but because I have done many things first, I guess it's sort of an honor. It's easy to follow someone's path, but it's not always bright."
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BoA, who is only 26 years old is already on her 13th year since debut. She debuted in 2000 and gained the support of not only Korea but also in Japan, sweeping the oricon charts. She also debuted in America and became known as not only a singer but also an actress. With her name always followed the word, "first." With her, she was the first female singer to do many things, such as debut overseas.
"I don't dwell on the past. On talk shows and interviews, they always ask me, 'wasn't it hard?' and I feel like whatever I say won't change what happened anyway. If no one is going to dance your part for you, you should just work hard on it, slowly and consistently."
She has recently comeback with her 7th album, Only One. This song is different in that there are no automated tunes. It has more of a comfortable feel with the acoustic melody.
"We are not trying to match the style of music we want to do to our viewers. It is important to create music that is easy for our viewers to understand. Having the music become understandable to the public is our job."
Creating new music and choreography is still hard for BoA. Making new music that will be better than the previous album is always a dilemma that artists come across. Fans are naturally expecting a better and bigger performance from her every time she makes a comeback.
"It is always growing pains. It's impossible to always please the audience 100%, but it is obvious that I will work hard to create good quality music. If the response is good, I feel that my work and time has been worthwhile. I feel that the job of a musician is very addicting."
There are also some points that bother her as well. The idea that she is a singer that was made and that her U.S. debut was not successful.
"A singer is usually made within their 1 and 2 album. Around their 4 or 5 album, the singer creates their own songs with their own style. When performing, it is important to choose songs that you are confident in. I did not debut in the U.S. to succeed, I went there for the learning experience. I learned a lot of English, dance and music in the states. I looked at it as an investment for my music."
When asked what she would want to do if she were to finish her career as a singer, she replied, "To someone that has been in this business for 13 years, that is a very hard question. I came into SM Entertainment when I was in the 6th grade. Half of my life was being a singer and the other half was being a normal person. I really don't know. People around me would always say, 'If you didn't do this, what would you have done? Good thing you did this or you would have been in a lot of trouble.' This shows how much music is a part of my life. I can never remove music or dance from my life."
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