The Korea Times / By Kim Jae-heun
The chart-sweeping Korean R&B singer Crush will unveil his ambitious collaboration with the Grammy-winning producer Fernando Garibay at MU:CON 2017.
Garibay has produced songs for world-class musicians such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Shakira. He is best known for producing Lady Gaga's Grammy Award-winning album "The Fame Monster."
Debuting in 2012, Crush released one single "Red Dress" and one studio album "Crush On You," which won him the "Best Collaboration & Unit" award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in 2015 and "Best Vocal Performance _ Male Solo" at the same award ceremony the following year.
Q. How is your collaboration with Garibay going currently?
A. First of all, we are only up to making guidelines for the collaboration song but we have not organized the final melody yet. Usually, I make the melody and write the lyrics, but Garibay had the melody done and I am working on arranging the tune. We are at the draft level. Garibay is well-known for his pop-style genre but our collaboration song is more lyrical. It plays a pop-style guitar-riff similar to music that would be played in the film "August Rush." He sent me five demos and this was what I liked the best, which is far from the R&B genre that I sing. I haven't thought about writing special lyrics, but it will be about love.
Q. Like you said, the collaboration song is quite different from the musical style that you usually pursue.
A. Garibay sent five demos and four of them were pop like what he gave to Lady Gaga. But this one demo is very different from the rest in that it is more like an original soundtrack that you could find in a film or drama. The title of the demo was "Lay Your Head On Me," and when I first heard it, I immediately imagined myself walking in the park in New York at 3 p.m. and there would be pigeons eating their feed. I thought, if I could interpret this music to my own style, it could become weird but beautiful music.
Q. MU:CON is a platform for entering the international market. How did you decide to participate in the music fair?
A. I have long been hoping to collaborate with global producers. I've yearned for it. I don't speak English and I have experienced trauma regarding language differences but I started learning English and I can communicate at an easy-level now. Anyways, I did not have the platform to realize my dream even if I had some international artists that I wanted to work with. I received direct messages from some of them previously but there are limits in communicating on social media. Many of them got canceled at the last moment for financial reasons. There was no reason for me to reject the offer when MU:CON put me with Garibay.
Q. You have successfully collaborated with many musicians here. Is there anybody from abroad that you'd like to collaborate with in the future?
A. I want to work with Quincy Jones. I know it sounds ridiculous but I really admire and respect him. I am listening to his songs more often these days, because they match the lonely feelings of autumn.