JUNNY Opens Up About His US Tour, New ‘White’ Album & Why His Debut Was “Very Tough”

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a “very difficult” time for JUNNY and that’s why the musician’s upcoming US tour means so much, he said Newsweek.

The Korean-Canadian singer-songwriter is set to tour across North America from September 4-16, giving him the chance to perform for fans who he says “deserve so much love.” ‘love’ after supporting him early in his career.

JUNNY Considers US Tour, Explains Why Debut Was “Very Difficult”

Korean-Canadian singer JUNNY spoke to Newsweek about his upcoming U.S. tour, his album “White,” and more.
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JUNNY burst onto the K-Pop scene in 2017 with his solo EP. monochrome. He not only continued to create his own music, but also created tracks for artists like boy group NCT, vocalist IU and Kai, Baekhyun, and EXO’s Suho.

But now the Korean-Canadian singer is focusing on himself and his career, starting with the release of his studio album white on August 12 and now culminating with his upcoming tour.

Sharing her excitement about “meeting my fans in person,” JUNNY said, “I debuted right before COVID and it was honestly a really tough time.

“I wanted to play more than anything and now to do it and be able to tour after the release of this album, I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity and I’m going to do my best to give my all to my fans. They deserve so much love and I can never thank them enough.”

The tour will see JUNNY perform in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Brooklyn and Montreal. When asked what fans can expect, the artist said it will be a “heartfelt show” that is “pure JUNNY.”

He shared, “Expect lots of singing, laughing, dancing and above all a heartfelt show. I will do my best to give a great performance for my loving fans who come to see me!”

On the new album white and why this marks a new chapter

JUNNY found the manufacturing process white a cathartic experience because writing the songs often led him to draw on his own experiences.

Calling it a “wholesome, very, very refined personal album”, the artist said: “I think it was the whole process of looking back on my life and how far I’ve come since. [when I was] a child raised just outside suburban Vancouver.

“Plus, I was able to see what I wanted for my future in terms of music and really set a standard for myself regarding my future endeavors.”

Referring to the album title, JUNNY added, “I wanted him to represent me. To do that, I had to figure out who I was, and I realized that I was someone who was always neutral and who would try to fit in. I was surrounded rather than having my own ‘color’.

“From that concept, I saw myself as an empty white canvas, taking on all sorts of colors that ultimately create who I am. Hence the word ‘white’, but to include my Canadian roots, I used the French word ‘blanc’ meaning ‘white.'”

white contains nine songs in total, including the track “not about you.” Two songs were released before the album’s release: “Color Me” featuring CHUNG HA (whom JUNNY describes as “the sweetest human being ever”) and “Get Ya!” featuring pH-1 .

pH-1, JUNNY said, was “magical” to work with because he was so excited to collaborate together that he was able to write “his verse in less than an hour.”

JUNNY explained that the album was “different” from his previous work as it took much longer to make. The process involved experimenting with creating “many, many, many” songs, adding them to the album and cutting those that didn’t “send the exact message. [he] wanted” to convey to the fans.

“It’s definitely a blessing, I’ve learned so much about myself and I hope my fans will feel the same,” the singer said. “Making this album helped me realize how grateful I should be and to all of these amazing people who support me and my music.

“It is an experience that I will never forget and that I will carry with me [for] the rest of my life, and this is just the beginning for me, so I’m very, very excited for the future.”

Create music for yourself and others

Since his debut in the Korean music industry, JUNNY has become a highly sought-after songwriter. He has produced songs for artists like U-Know and NCT as well as the latter group’s subunits NCT U, NCT 127 and NCT Dream.

He’s helped create tracks for artists like Kai, whose self-titled solo debut song “Mmmh” was written and composed by JUNNY, and received support from BTS’s Jungkook, who sang a cover of his song “By My Side”. “

Despite this, JUNNY is very keen to be seen as a musician first and a songwriter second.

“Although I love making music in general, it’s very special to take these songs that I write and express them on stage, in front of a camera, etc.,” he said. “I think as a kid I always wanted to be a performer, and being an artist and being able to release music under my own name is a very special privilege.”

Comparing his working process as a singer and as a songwriter, JUNNY continued, “It’s very different. music.

“I love doing both, but the freedom I have to express what I want with my own songs is the biggest part. When I write for other artists, it’s more my job to adapt the good luck to this particular artist.

“When it comes to writing for me, I get to choose which outfit I want to wear. I think that’s the easiest way to describe both!”

Looking ahead, JUNNY said, “I always want to improve, evolve and grow. If 2021 was a big year for me as a songwriter, 2022 was a big year for me as a songwriter. as an artist and I have achieved exactly what I want for my future and that is to continue to grow as an artist.

“For me, this is just the start of something very special and I want to enjoy every moment and have as much fun as possible so that I can continue to bring great music to the world!”

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