■ listener: what did you do yesterday?
■ jonghyun: i was just at home and, since seohyun of girls’ generation had a concert, i went to watch. the concert venue is somewhere that is meaningful to me and it’s also where we will be together in the future so i went to watch and look around. [note: the venue that the concert was held at is where jonghyun held the concerts (story by jonghyun) for his agit series in 2015.]
Q: It’s your first solo album since debuting ten years ago? First of all, I can’t believe Girls’ Generation is celebrating ten years. In that regard, it was also new to debut as a solo singer. I would like to thank everyone who afforded me this special opportunity.
Q: You’ve been credited as a writer for six songs? There’s a total of 7 songs on this album. Except for the title song, I took part in writing the other six songs because I wanted to challenge myself in portraying my own sensibility.
Q: Composing isn’t easy, where did you get the inspiration from? I thought about some of the experiences that I’ve had and incorporated them into writing song lyrics after coming up with a fitting story.
Q: Selecting the title song ‘Don’t Say No’ must have been a rigorous process? It wasn’t originally the title song. However, it was a song created by Kenzie who also composed, 'Into the New World.’ I happened to like the song too, so in the end, the hard work had paid off.
Q: Overall, the album gives off a much different tone than Girls’ Generation? To be the honest, the agency was against this concept. They suggested a girl strumming on her guitar kind of concept when I said that kind of image didn’t fit me since I am older now. Girls Generation had a different concept from what I wanted to illustrate. I wanted to naturally present my mature side.
Q: Is there anything you got out of from this? The results aren’t really that important. I am satisfied by the fact that I could present my own colors to the audience. I was able to show a mature Seohyun as opposed to the sweet Seohyun from Girls’ Generation. I will continue to strive for the best.
“Seohyun’s AGIT is a dream come true. I wish I was in Seoul now. Seeing fanaccs how she had a piano recital to guitar playing to all her songs remix and live band to sing ITNW. She’s definitely a performer!”