One of the things we have mastered during this pandemic is ‘the art of being lazy’ and our anthem is Woosung’s new single ‘Lazy!’ Read on for our EXCLUSIVE Interview with Woosung from The Rose.
Korean-American singer Kim Woo Sung, professionally known as ‘Woosung’ or sometimes even ‘Sammy’ is a powerhouse of talent. A singer song-writer, guitarist, and a producer, Woosung has always been an ace in the game! Here’s a random interesting fact, sources also say that he can beatbox and mimic a crow!
As a rock singer, Woosung’s astounding voice can be strong and yet so calming. It’s incredible how he manages his vocals! Besides his acclaimed songs like ‘Moon,’ ‘Beautiful Girl,’ and his EP ‘Wolf’; the OST ‘You Make Me Back’ from the K-Drama ‘Itaewon Class’ became the wave of the 2020 hit drama.
With his latest single, ‘Lazy’ featuring Reddy, hitting over 2 million views, the song has already become our anthem.
“I have always been lazy in some ways, pushing things off that didn’t interest me as much. The only thing I wasn’t lazy for was music, so I wrote a song about it. I think we can all relate to our inner laziness and appreciate both when we are being lazy and being proactive. Balance is the key.”
– Woosung while talking about his inspiration behind the track.
Being the electric guitarist of ‘The Rose’, the distinct sound could be heard in both ‘Face’ and ‘Lazy’ even though it had different messages. We were thus curious if there are any changes or elements that he wanted to embed in his style and music. When asked, Woosung shared, “More than purposely trying to make changes or imply new elements, I always think of each song as a separate piece and create sounds that fit the song as a whole.” He further added that he likes to make music that is cross-genre but if he had to choose 2 different styles, it would be “Retro and Pop.”
With the ‘Lazy’ music video, we witnessed a new alluring look/style at the end of the MV and Woosung credits it to his make-up and hair artist who brought into live what he envisioned, “They created an art piece on my face/hair and I was presenting their artwork while shooting the music video. The music video team also had great, very good vibes and I really enjoyed filming with my friends as well.”
Although the message seems loud and clear, the one thing that Woosung would want fans to take away from his latest song ‘Lazy’ is, “Work hard and be lazy.”
‘The Rose’ debuted in 2017 with soft-rock hit ‘Sorry,’ and was named one of the “New K-Pop Artists to Watch” by Billboard. They subsequently broke into the top 10 of Billboard’s “Next Big Sound,” “World Digital Song Sales” and “World Albums” charts with extended plays Dawn and Void, the latter of which also hit #1 on the U.S. iTunes’ K-Pop Albums chart, solidifying the band’s dominance in being one of the fastest accelerating artists across the internet and gained much recognition even among Indian fans.
A lawsuit was however filed against their company, J&Star Company by the band and the band parted ways with the company, this comeback is thus something that the fans have eagerly been waiting for, after listening to his Itaewon Class OST. Woosung assures that ‘The Rose’ will be back once all the members are back from their enlistment and that they are currently not under contract with anyone. When asked what is something that he would like to achieve five years from now, Woosung shares he would like to perform sold out shows (20,000 Capacity per show) with ‘The Rose’ thus reassuring the fandom that the band is still together and it is only a matter of time before they are back with another great music. In the meanwhile, Woosung plans to release more music in the coming months and hopefully a full length album before the year ends. He also says that he wants to release another single before the album.
As of April, 2021, Woosung has established his own independent label, Woolfpack LLC registered in the State of California and will be moving back and forth between the two countries.
The front man of ‘The Rose’ has been promoting solo while he await for his members to return and he shared that, there is definitely a difference between working solo vs with the group, “One of the pro would be not having 4 people with different opinions and one of the con would be not having 4 people to share the experience with.”
At the time of interview, Woosung was few days into his mandatory quarantine in Korea and we are grateful that he took his time to answer our questions. The pandemic has brought about a lot of despair and this is a difficult time period for almost everyone. Woosung thus sent a message of strength to Black Rose especially in India who have been waiting for him/The Rose, “Thank you fans from India for the love and support. I can’t wait till I go to India and meet all of you. Hopefully soon!” Woosung then ended his message with, *“सब कुछ ठीक हो जाएगा” in Hindi for his fans.
*Everything will be alright
So until we meet The Rose or Woosung in India, let’s look forward to brighter days and being LAZY with Woosung and cheer ourselves up with this wonderful message!