[INTERVIEW] ‘My First June’ Juniel, 20 years old girl’s dream about music (part 1)

Source: OBSNews
Korean – English trans by rifni@junielindo
English-Indonesia trans by chunghyuns@junielindo

Although every year many rookie singers knock on the door of music industry, there are only a tiny number of singers who are able to catch public’s eye to survive. The reality is they try to fulfill their dream before disappearing from music industry these days.

In the music industry, hearing compliment about ‘coming out properly at once’, there is a girl who emerged like a comet. The main character is Juniel.

In the eyes of journalists, the first time hearing Juniel is when she held a showcase. Moreover the dominating thought is about a debut of rookie solo singer makes us want to keep close with her. It was declared until we saw her stage. Without tension, a rookie singer was able to take control of the stage and bowed to audiences.

Through music, journalists are met again with the fascinated Juniel. Different when she’s onstage, the 20 years old girl became her lively self. This girl who has stage name Juniel mingled very well.

Juniel’s real name is Choi Junhee. Is there any special meaning of stage name ‘Juniel’?

“It’s the combination of my real name Junhee and the first letter of the world love ‘L’. I think that out of all emotions underlies the feeling of love. I want to express various feelings and emotions in my heart, so I use the name Juniel.”

It seems that Juniel’s encounter with music is because great influence from her parents. She was naturally exposed to music because of her father who had dream of become a singer and inherited musical talent from her mother. Although she was good at music, she didn’t have a dream to become a singer. However, when she was at 3rd grade of elementary school, after watching success story of singer BoA from documentary, she started dreaming to becaome a singer.

“I watched BoA seonbaenim’s documentary and for the first time I thought ‘I also want to become a cool singer like her.’ In fact, when I was a kid, I learned dancing. But the more I learned, my interest dropped. It seemed like it didn’t fit me so I gave up. Then I focused on singing and playing instruments and had a passion in composing.”

It was said that in Korean music industry, female singer-songwriter is rare and truthfully it was hard enough. In the middle of that condition, Juniel’s mini album consists of 5 songs which 3 of them are Juniel’s own compositions.

“I don’t learn composing specially. When I learn guitar, I get to understand a lot of principles such as the basic of harmony and chord progression. I create songs based on these and then my songwriting teacher listens to it. If it’s okay, then I write it. Currently, I have written about 24 songs.”

Because of young age, experience is also limited. However, when we look at Juniel’s compositions, they have variety of materials and colors. I was curious is there any hidden secret behind it?

“I write 80~90% of the songs based on my experiences. I’m still young, my experience is limited, so there is a limit. So in a lot of my songs, I write my feeling when I read books, watch movies, or see the nature”

First impression of Juniel is a cute younger sister or somehow a shy girl. However, throughout the interview, Juniel said her own opinions brilliantly and sturdy. Unlike a rookie, she was relax and confident when talked about music.

“In fact, I’ve heard a lot of saying about that sturdiness. It came out originally. I didn’t try to make it up. Naturally, I’m not a relax person. When I did my first stage, I was trembling and nervous”

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Meskipun setiap tahun muncul banyak penyanyi baru di industri musik, hanya ada sedikit penyanyi yang berhasil mencuri hati pemirsa. Kenyataannya adalah mereka mencoba mencapai mimpinya sebelum menghilang dari industri musik sekarang ini.

Di musik industri, mendengar pujian ‘muncul dengan baik seketika itu juga’, ada seorang wanita yang muncul seperti komet. Pemeran utamanya adalah Juniel.

Di mata jurnalis, pertama kali mendengar nama Juniel adalah saat Ia mengadakan showcase. Terlebih lagi, pemikiran tentang debutnya seorang penyanyi solo baru menmbuat kamui ingin terus dekat dengannya. Tanpa ketegangan, seorang penyanyi solo baru dapat mengendalikan panggung dan memberi salam pada penonton.

Melalu musik, jurnalis bertemu lagi dengan Juniel yang mengagumkan. Berbeda dengan dirinya di panggung, wanita berumur 2o tahun ini menjadi dirinya yang ceria. Wanita yang bernama panggung Juniel membaur dengan baik.

Nama asli Juniel adalah Choi Junhee. Adakah arti istimewa di nama panggung ‘Juniel’?

“Itu adalah kombinasi nama asliku Junhee dan huruf pertama dari kata love ‘L’. Kurasa, dari segala macam emosi, ada perasaan cinta dibaliknya. Aku ingin mengekspresikan bermacam-macam perasaan dan emosi dari hatiku, jadi aku menggunakan naman Juniel”

Sepertinya, Juniel mendalami musik karena pengaruh yang besar dari orangtua. Secara alami dia terpengaruh musik karena ayahnya yang bercita-cita menjadi musisi dan mewarisi bakan musik dari ibunya. Meskipun dia bagus dalam bermusik, Ia tidak bercita-cita sebagai penyanyi. Tapi, saat Ia kelas 3 SD, setelah menonton dokumenter kisah sukses penyanyi BoA, Ia mulai bermimpi menjadi penyanyi.

“Aku  menonton film dokumenter  senior BoA dan untuk pertama kalinya aku berpikir ‘Aku juga ingin menjadi penyanyi yang keren sepertinya.’ Kenyataannya, saat aku kecil, aku belajar menari. Tapi semakin kupelajari, ketertarikanku semakin menurun. Sepertinya hal itu tidak cocok untukku jadi aku menyerah. Kemudian aku fokus ke menyanyi dan bermain instrumen dan mendapatkan keinginan untuk membuat lagu.”

Dikatakan bahwa di industri musik Korea, penyanyi penulis lagu wanita sangat jarang dan sejujurnya cukup susah. Di tengah kondisi tersebut, mini album Juniel berisi 5 lagu yang 3 diantaranya adalah ciptaanmu sendiri


“Aku tidak secara khusus mempelajari cara menciptakan lagu. Saat belajar gitar, aku mengerti prinsip-prinsip seperti harmoni dasar dan deret chord. Aku menciptakan lagu berdasarkan hal tersebut dan kemudian guru menulis laguku mendengarkannya. Jika baik, kemudian aku menulis liriknya. Sampai saat ini, aku telah menulis sekitar 24lagu.”

Karena kamu masih muda, pengalaman juga terbatas. Tapi jika melihat ciptaan Juniel, mereka memiliki beragam bahan dan warna. Aku penasaran apakah ada rahasia dibaliknya?

“Aku menulis 80-90% lagu berdasarkan pengalaman. Aku masih muda dan pengalamnku terbatas, maka ada batas (dalam menciptakan lagu). Jadi di kebanyakan laguku, aku menuliskan perasaanku saat membaca buku, mononton film atau melihat alam.”

Kesan pertama dari Juniel adalah adik perempuan yang lucu arau wanita pemalu. Tapi, dari wawancara ini, Juniel mengutarakan pendapatnya sendiri dengan cerdas dan tegas. Tidak seperti penyanyi baru, dia terlihat santai dan percaya diri saat membicarakan musik.

“Sebenarnya, aku mendengar banyak yang membicarakan ketegasanku. Hal ini muncuk dengan sendirinya. Aku tidak membuat-buat. Sesungguhnya, aku bukan orang yang santai. Saat melakukan panggung pertamaku, aku gemetaran dan gugup.”

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