SOL Special Interview : (He kindly answered various questions we asked!)
“For me, Dance is Bliss”
Q1 : First of all, How do you feel about becoming the main visual artist character image of JSDA?
I’m happy, super happy.
Q2: What do you think of “JSDA certified street dance test”?
I think it’s very good. We all (dancers) are in the same situation in that it’s very hard to make a living with a dancing career, not only in Japan but all over the world. And you can’t make it (=you are unlikely to make a living at dancing ) unless you are really outstanding among others. In that sense, the certified test is a very good movement.
Q3. What made you interested in singing and dancing?
I saw Michael Jackson as a kid when he visited Korea , and thought to myself, “I want to be an artist like him!” That’s how it started. I started to learn dancing at age 13. As for singing, I started to learn seriously after my singing career began.
Q4: Do you feel the difference of dance culture between Japan and Korea?
I think public awareness about dance is higher in Japan (than in Korea); I happen to see people dancing on the street (quite often), and dancing has gained a lot of popularity among little kids, no?
I heard that (Japanese) schools adopted dancing, so I feel that it became widely recognized in Japan.
Oh and, when I recently made a private visit to japan, I had the chance to take dancing lessons, and was totally impressed that the kids in the dance studio enjoyed themselves very much.
Q5. What is it about dancing that fascinates you the most?
Because It feels so good ! When I’m completely absorbed in dancing, I feel like I may completely abandon myself or rather, I CAN! Dance, to me, means bliss! (extreme happiness)
Q6. The last question: Any advice for the readers who seek to become artists on how to succeed as a top artist?
I’ve never thought of myself as a top artist. I sing and dance because I love it. When I was in middle school, I was just happy to be able to sing and dance.
“I love to sing!” “I’m happy when I dance!” – if you don’t forget such feelings and keep on going, you can make your life meaningful even if you don’t become a top artist. The thing is – it’s important to keep your dream alive.