LARW & TKL Exclusive Interview with ELO

VV:D Crew can be considered as one of the most prominent South Korean collective, taking into consideration the popularity that is attached to each of its member: Zion.T, Gray, Loco, Crush and Elo. The first four members have enjoyed their share of fame especially after individual projects and releases. After joining AOMG in 2015, Elo’s name then gathered more popularity, especially from international fans.

In September 2016, the singer released his first EP “8Femmes”, a work waited for some time. It received much support, finally giving him the spotlight he well-deserved. And in April, Elo experienced his first solo foreign stages in Europe backed up with fellow AOMG member, DJ Pumkin.

Right after his shows, we’ve asked Elo what it feels like to be in AOMG, about his EP and relationship with his crew. Let’s take a look at what he has to say.

1. AOMG의 일원으로서 가장 좋은 점은 무엇인가요?
(What’s the best thing about being part of the AOMG family? )

늘 음악적 고민이나 개인적 일들까지 상의하고 나눌 수 있는 친구들이 항상 곁에 있어 외롭지 않다는 게 가장 좋습니다. 음악적 영감을 많이 얻기도 하구요.
It is best that friends who can always discuss musical troubles and personal affairs are always there and (I am) not lonely. Also, I get a lot of musical inspiration from them.

2. 한국에서 힙합이 굉장히 떠오르는 음악 장르잖아요. 이로 인해서 한국의 R&B 음악도 도움을 받고 있다고 생각하시나요?
(Do you feel like K RnB is benefiting from the rise of Korean hiphop?)

사실 아직은 R&B 분야는 생각보다 주목받고 있지 못하고 있다 생각해요. 하지만 Zion.T , Crush , Dean 같은 아티스트들이 한국의 R&B를 많이 알리고 있고
그래서 저도 많이 노력하는 아티스트가 되려고 합니다
In fact, I think R&B is not getting much bigger than I think. But artists such as Zion.T, Crush, and Dean are promoting Korean R&B. So I’m trying to become an artist who works hard.

3. 앞서 발매한 앨범 [8 Femmes]의 타이틀은 어떻게 만들게 되었나요?
(How did you come up with the title 8 femmes for your last release?)

제가 교제했던, 혹은 스쳐지나왔던 8명의 여자를 떠올리면서 앨범을 작업해왔는데 마침 똑같은 제목의 영화가 있더라구요. 거기에서 영감을 받아서 정했습니다.
I’ve been working on the album, remembering the eight women I’ve been talking about or have come across, and there’s just a movie of the same title. So I was inspired from that.

4. 소문에 의하면 ELO씨가 랩에 관심이 있었지만 노래를 부르기로 결정했다고 들었어요. 이 소문이 맞는지 궁금해요.
(There were rumours you started off interested in rapping but decided to sing instead. Is there
any way we can win you back over to our side?)

랩에만 관심이 있었던건 아니고 프류듀싱 랩 노래 다 하고싶었는데 랩은 좀…이라는 생각이 들더라구요 그래서 음악으로 선보이고 있지는 않지만 하고싶은 얘기가 길거나 많을때는 아직은 가사를 적어서 랩도 해보고 합니다.
I was not interested in rap only. I wanted to produce, rap, and sing, but I thought rap did not fit to me. So I do not show it as music, but when there is a long talk I want to do, I still write my lyrics and rap.

5. 베토벤은 ELO씨와 같이 음악적 재능이 뛰어났지만 청각에 어려움을 가지고 있었는데요. 혹시 이런 어려움 속에서 예상치 못한 이점이 있기도 한가요?
(Beethoven like you was extremely musically gifted but had difficulty hearing. Do you feel
like this gives you an unexpected advantage? )

이점이라 하면 음 듣기 싫은 얘기는 못알아들은척..?
I think I can pretend that I can not understand what I do not like to hear.

6. 혹시 영국 아티스트 중에 함께 작업하고 싶은 사람이 있나요?
(Are there any UK artists you would like to work with?)

Labrinth , kwabs , Zayn Malik 등.. 너무나 많네요
Labrinth, kwabs, Zayn Malik, etc .. There are too many.

7. ELO씨와 자이언티씨가 엄청난 친분이 있다고 알고 있어요. 아직도 연락하며 지내나요?
(You and Zion T obviously have history. Do you still keep in touch?)

지금은 서로 바빠서 연락을 자주 하지는 못하지만 문득 보고싶을때 연락하고 만나고 해요. 서로의 길을 아직도 옆에서 응원해주고 기도해주고 해요
I do not often contact him because I’m busy with each (other’s activities) now. But we still support each other’s paths and pray for them.

8. 유럽에 있는 팬들에게 한 마디 부탁 드립니다.
(What message have you have for European fans?)

안녕하세요 유럽팬 여러분 엘로입니다 제 음악을 좋아해주시는 모든 분들께 감사드리고. 만나뵐수 있는 더 다양한 기회가 있었으면 좋겠어요!
Hello, I am ELO, a fan of Europe. Thank you to all those who love my music and I hope there are more opportunities to meet you!

This interview was brought to you by Lex’s Asian Rap World and The KHOP Loyalist, your go-to people when it comes to Asian music and Korean hiphop.

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