Change is inevitable. It happens to all of us and it happens all of the time. Sometimes it’s lovely and well planned out, highly anticipated, and cherished. Other times is complicated and fast, out of control, and scary. It’s one of those things about life that come really easily for some and cause a lot of fear and anxiety in others. None of this is breaking news, it just is what it is.
This week I was reminded that Wheesung, a chap that I’ve been following on Instagram for a long time, is more than just a pretty face, he’s a super talented solo artist. He released an album that has been floating my boat while I work on updating a million documents trying to meet the end of the year deadline set every year by my boss. The title track, In Space, along with it’s MV is heavenly…get it? See what I did there? It was so good, so much to my taste, that my curiosity was piqued and the desire to learn more about Wheesung crept under my skin.
Let’s start with the fact that, despite appearances, he’s actually close to my age. He is a grown man in his mid-thirties that has been in the industry since 1997. Years under his belt as a dancer, member of a short-lived boy group, singer for a rock band, and solo artist have given him a wealth of experience to draw from both musically and in business. Throughout the last twenty years, he has hopped from agency to agency, including YG, Orange Shock, and YMC before starting his own label, Realslow in 2017. He now performs under the same moniker. Though he’s cycled through a million genres of music, worked as an MC, and acted in musical theater, he’s made it clear that R&B is what he loves and that he’d like to continue in that genre moving forward…that’s actually where he got the name Realslow, it’s the rate at which R&B has gained popularity in Korea. So clever.
That much change in management and focus as an artist always sticks out to me. It makes me wonder if he is so tuned into the the industry that he’s able to move fluidly from one focus to another in order to stay active, if he has a hard time settling on what direction he wants to go, or if he’s just so hard to work with that he burns bridge after bridge until he’s the last man standing. Who knows. And frankly, I don’t think I want to know. I’d rather just sit back and enjoy the tunes for now.
In Space, Wheesung