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04/11/2018 Interview > Alumni

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Jinbo, the 'Super Freak'

A Famous Korean producer and vocalist

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Bangtan Boys (BTS), Red Velvet, Twice, Beenzino, Shinee - these are all pretty successful and globally famous idols in the K-pop industry. What they have in common is that they have all had Jinbo (Economics and Finance, ‘09) feature in some of their popular songs. Jinbo is a talented producer and vocalist whose curiosity and passion keeps him open to all music genres and trends.
 

Jinbo, to progress

Jinbo is one of those musicians who has both talent and perseverance that has led him to where he is now. Luckily, he was born into a musical family where he was constantly exposed to different genres and trends of music throughout his childhood. He was heavily influenced by his two older brothers, who enjoyed both classical and revolutionary selections at the time. He was also made their practice partner, which got him used to performing in front of others from a very early age. What really got him to decide to take a musician's path was when he first listened to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
 
 “Farrell Williams may not be exceptionally good at singing, rapping or playing an instrument, but he is fearless and daring as a producer and an artist. This inspired me to take on the challenge of being a producer and an artist as well.”
(Photo courtesy of Jinbo)

Although he graduated with an economics and finance degree due to his parents’ strong suggestion, it did not stop him from pursuing his dream as a producer and a vocalist. That was when he took on his stage name “Jinbo,” which in Korean means “to progress.” “I have five working principles. It is to be global, positive, futuristic, romantic, and progressive. I always want to stay open and be flexible, moving forward along with the changing times and trends. Hence, the name Jinbo.”
 
Jinbo and Super Freak

After diving into the industry, Jinbo successfully pushed his sense and style of music which later grabbed the attention of many different artists. He even created his own recording company called "Super Freak." His main focus genre may be R&B, but he is never hesitant when it comes to trying out or mixing different genres as well. As a result, many reached out to either collaborate with him, or even have him feature in their songs. “I’m not as interested in creating a whole new genre of music. Rather than creating something from the scratch, I’m more interested in creating a new mix from a variety of styles or genres that already exist.”
 
 “Music is like a language I am fluent in. But I hope one day I can proudly say that it is a toy that I can handle with fun and flexibility.”
(Photo courtesy of Jinbo)

Of course, even Jinbo went through some hardships. In his case, it was his health problems that got in the way. “I used to work overnight. But when I started having health issues resulting from it, even if I had a brilliant idea that I needed to quickly work on before losing it, the excruciating neck and back pain would prevent me. Now I try to have a more stable daily routine.” 
 
To the next step  

Having been awarded with Korean Music Awards (KMA) in both R&B record and song in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Jinbo wishes to continue working as an acknowledged producer and vocalist until the very end like Quincy Jones and James Brown did. “My dream is to have this name “Jinbo” become iconic so that people will think of it as a milestone in music history, rather than simply thinking of it as some political term.” When asked if he had any last words for his fellow Hanyang students, he said that as a university student, networking is important. As time goes by, the new generation will always experience something different and unprecedented. With that, combined with the experience and knowledge of the older generation, we will always be able to create something novel. That is why even he himself is always open to people regardless of ethnicity or age, so that whoever wishes to contact him, even just to share ideas with him, should not be hesitant. 
 
 
"봄이 오는 소리" - Jinbo
(Video courtesy of youtube.com)


Jinbo (SuperFreak Records) Instagram: jinbosuperfreak




Park Joo-hyun        julia1114@hanyang.ac.kr
 
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