#interview

HORIM

Hello, I'm Horim, an R'n'B Soul musician based in Seoul. Nice to meet you, guys!
#Deerzone
How did you decide on your career?
HORIM:
Before starting creating my own music I was a staff of a media and performance team. That experience teached me how to make my own music. And after that I worked with street brand that designed by dancers. I was planning everything, promoting the brand and so on. That's not part of my music career but that teached me a lot. And now I'm creating my music while working with various artists, producers, singers, rappers and dancers.
#DEERZONE
Who is in charge of creating the design and concept of your albums and MVs?
HORIM:
I usually do it by myself, all the directing and stuff. First, I decide on what kind of music album or music video I want to make, and after that I'm looking for all the music artists, MV directors, etc. We're all gathering together and create an album. I can listen to my songs over and over again and then call my friends or other artists so that they can take another look at what I'm doing and expand my inspiration.
#DEERZONE:
Could you, please, explain the visuals of your "Rose Night" MV?
HORIM:
I believe that while watching this video many people can feel like "eeh...what is this?". But I just wanted to make a song about two people, two bodies, man and woman at one night. And my purpose was to express everything beautifully. You know, we have quite a lot of r'n'b singers in Korea but not so many sexy tracks. It's kind of difficult to create such music in Korea so a song like this is actually very rare. And as for the the artwork, it was created by my friend and I just asked her to make it like a puzzle, put some pieces first and then reveal the full picture. Maybe I've just followed my consciousness in this music video... that's how I work (laughs).
#DEERZONE:
How did you come up with an idea of collaborating with other artists for your song "Movin"?
HORIM:
Well, usually at the very beginning of creating a song it's not like it has any concept. It just naturally cames out. You don't think of any particular meaning, you're just creating. But when the time comes this small idea developes into a bigger one. At that moment I thought that although I'm an R'n'B Soul musician myself I'd always had some hip-hop vibe inside. So in my song I wanted to show that part of me as well. If you're a hip-hop artist in Korea you're usually focused on a few particular things like music or your rap skills for example. But when I think of hip-hop it's more like a chill and relaxed thing to me. You're just doing your own stuff, you're dancing, DJing, designing and so on. So I'm much more focused on my own hip-hop style inside the song. And beside the song
part I was also thinking about my friends who participated in dancing and DJing. So while doing an arrangement for the track I kept their parts in mind as well. That's how I've created the right vibe.

#DEERZONE:
Could you, please, tell us about your album "METROCITY"? What kind of message have you put into it? Is there any song that feels special for you?
HORIM:
I'd say "Movin" was the main inspiration for this album. I really enjoyed the process of making the song. It was the beginning which later became a whole album with all its songs and people featured. So you can say that one song has somewhat extended to the full album. As for the reason I've named the album "METROCITY" is that this album tells about one's life, lifestyle. Metrocity is actually a subway. And I think the subway is the second home to people living in Seoul because they spend a lot of time there moving aroung the city.

So I just wanted to talk about that time spent in a subway, from morning to evening, even till midnight. That's like the period of time for this album. The reason I collaborated with a lot of people for the album is that there are a lot of different stations in the subway. So I wanted to show that although subway is actually one place there still are lots of different sections and so many different people...that was the idea.

Personally I have three favorite songs in this album. My favorite song is "Blue Recovery". This one tells my own story, a story about my mom, my life and some issues of the past that I'm not afraid to talk about. That's why the song is so meaningful to me. My second favourite song is "Metrocity" and this one is showing you the city of life, some gloomy and realistic things. You can feel the vibe of the whole album while listening to this song.

And one more song is "Walk away". This is the album's last track which expresses the feeling when you get off the train, the subway and are finally on your way home. I wanted to show everyone that, yeah, we might have a tough life and a very long day, but that moment when you're walking back home would become a comforting time for you. I wanted to give people that comforting kind of mood.
#DEERZONE:
Do you know Mokyo? Would you like to work with him?
HORIM:
Yeah, I know him, he's my old friend. I knew him when he was a producer for G.Soul, we met when I was a media team staff. At that time he used another name and I just liked his music. Maybe he liked mine as well who knows...(laughs). And now he's just dropped his own album. I listened to it and was like "whoa, shit, I like that thing!". It'd be great to work with him too. If so, I think both of us will work hard and do our thing as usual.
#DEERZONE:
Have you ever performed abroad?
HORIM:
I have lots of experience in working with foreign artists, but I haven't performed abroad yet. And I'm really looking forward to getting such an opportunity right now. I'm an independant artist and things I do are not really common in Korea, they're much better received in other countries so I'm looking for more options and opportunities to go and do it abroad.
#DEERZONE:
What about festivals in Russia? Maybe you'd like to try perform in non-Asian country like this in the future?
HORIM:
I'd really like to perform in non-Asian countries as well! I actually went to Los Angeles not so long ago and worked with some musicians out there. Sometimes I feel like Korean people don't see me as a Korean, they think I'm a foreigner. And when I went to LA and New York people out there didn't care much about where I from.
#DEERZONE:
What are your plans for the future?
HORIM:
I'm going to release a new song every month. I just dropped out a new song three days ago and the MV for it will be released this week. As for my next release, I worked on the song with a Jinbo who made songs for BTS and many other artists. I think he's a living legend here in Seoul and our work will be gorgeous. And as for November I'm preparing a special project called "Episode" which will be about all the artist I've collaborated with. We met for two days in around August and worked on 10 songs. Out of them I chose for about 4 songs to be released. In December, the last month of this year, I just want to drop my slow-jam songs. These are my plans for this year. And as for the next year... well, you know there are a lot of musicians in Korea who make great music but don't have an opportunity to promote it. So I've made kind of a project where a lot of such musicians are gathered up and share their ideas, grouping randomly, making music together and so on. I just want to give those people more opportunities to show their music and make this market bigger, that's the idea! Also, since my first regular album got to have kind of calm and gloomy vibe now I'm trying to work on more funky, soulful, groovy kind of music.