Singer Lee Mu-jin releases first EP since debut










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Singer Lee Mu-jin releases first EP since debut

Singer-songwriter Lee Mu-jin poses during a press conference to promote his debut EP,
Singer-songwriter Lee Mu-jin poses during a press conference to promote his debut EP, “Room Vol. 1,” in Seoul’s southern Gangnam district on Thursday. Courtesy of Big Planet Made


Lee Mu-jin, the rising star best known for “Traffic Light,” released his first EP since his debut four years ago on Thursday.

The singer-songwriter debuted in 2018 with “Walk” but first appeared in public on “Sing Again,” cable channel JTBC’s revival talent show for unknown singers, late 2020.

The 21-year-old shot to fame when music videos for some of the songs he sang on the show, including “Is There Anybody”, “Whistle” and “Dream”, went viral on YouTube. Although he finished the show in third place, he later became more popular than the top two contestants, captivating viewers with his unique soulful voice and modern yet classic vibe.

He then swept the music charts across the country with “Traffic Light”, his self-penned debut single released in May of that year. He went on to release four more singles, including “The Assignment Song”, and sang on the soundtrack of several popular TV shows, including “Hospital Playlist” and “Now, We Are Breaking Up”.

“My life changed too much after my TV debut, because I became famous in one day with a cover (featured in ‘Sing Again’),” Lee said at a press conference held at a music- South Seoul hall a few hours before. the release of his first EP, entitled “Room Vol. 1”, at 6 p.m.

“This album contains the story of my life before it happened,” he added.

“Room Vol. 1” is the first part of his new series of albums under the common title “Room”, according to his agency, Big Planet Made.

When asked why he named the series “Room,” Lee said the rented studio where he lived to attend college in Ansan, 42 kilometers southwest of Seoul, came to mind. when he tried to think of things that could best represent his life before gaining fame for the album.

He is now on hiatus as a student at the Seoul Institute of the Arts to work as a singer.

“My studio was the last stop and the last place in my life before my television debut,” he added. “It was the time when I enjoyed the most freedom, full of raw emotions. It was a place like the last stepping stone for my growth.”

The album consists of five songs, all written and composed by Lee.

At the top of the album is ‘Reference’, about a young man’s self-declaration of being a bad listener to much advice from those who like to meddle in other people’s business but are not true teachers.

Lee also contained his autobiographical story ranging from his childhood to preparing for a college entrance exam and after his success as a singer in four other tracks – “Astronaut”, “Practice Room No. 8″, ” Greedy” and “Bedsit”. .”

“When I was studying vocal music in college, I got so much advice from people saying this and that, and like, ‘The trend in the vocal market isn’t like that. “I think vocal majors tend to be most exposed to such interference among those who study music,” he said with a laugh. “Whenever that happened, I always wanted to say, ‘What do you know about that? But in the song, I toned it down and said I’d keep their advice as a reference, to be polite.”

Asked about his secret to writing songs inspired by his daily life, like “Traffic Light”, Lee briefly replied “a dairy”.

“I’ve been keeping a diary for six years, which has been the biggest influence on the style of my lyrics. Beautiful and poetic lyrics are trendy now, but I try to evade the trend as much as possible,” did he declare. . “When I write poetic and beautiful lyrics, I rather try to convert them to be more like a diary,” he added.

Lee has said his life goal is to remain a “human” artist. “I want to be remembered as a singer-songwriter who left behind great music and songs that people can relate to,” he added. (Yonhap)