06/20/2017 Interview > Student
Pianist and Songwriter, Bamhaneul
Kim Ha-neul (Department of Piano, 2nd yr)
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One might have felt the wanting to listen to something calm and soothing, but also desired for a much modern type of music. Kim Ha-neul (Department of Piano, 2nd yr), stage name ‘Bamhaneul (night sky in Korean)’, is a rising star piano player and songwriter of indi music duo group Mozaroot. Recently on May 24th, Kim released his first single, ‘Seounhae (sad and hurt)’ with his singer partner Hanseul.
Mozaroot and their fresh acoustic music
The group name Mozaroot is the combination of the words Moja (hat in Korean) and Root, sounding similar to the famous performer and composer Mozart. “It means our music is unpredictable, just like the magic hat from which anything can come out. Basically, our team focuses on the reinterpretation of acoustics led only by piano and vocals,” Kim explained. Kim's stage name, Bamhaneul was created by merging his name and his first written song about his first love, 'After ten nights' sleep', when he was 19. "We have made a moderate success, and even though this is my first single album I feel that I have completed a team project," Kim added.
“The song, ‘Seounhae’ was written when I was 20-year-old. At first I thought I would get to sing the song myself, but since I worked with my partner singer Hanseul, I changed the keys to a much higher version," Kim revealed. He additionally altered the melody that suited her more and also changed the lyrics to become more feminine.
"I first met Hanseul when I was recommended to became the part of Juice Media, an entertainment management company. Her voice had a taste of a fairy tale, because she is interested in musicals, and my music had a classical feel. That's how we got together as a team, because our music fitted nicely." Kim became the member of Juice Media when he took his leave of absence and taught piano lessons for students in need. “I met the head of Juice Media there who was working as a composing instructor, and that is how I was suggested to work there.” Kim said.
A multiplayer of music
Since Kim is the piano player and the songwriter of the group, he spends most of his day in front of the piano. "I first start with the title of the song when I compose it, and select the lyrics that I really want to put in the song. Then I move on step by step to build up the melody of the beginning and the middle of the song, the verse, and the chorus, " Kim explained.
When writing a song, Kim sets the beat according to his intended connotation, chooses appropriate chords of major or minor, such as C major and D major, and then adds on notes and rhythms. The ups and downs of his song depend on the mood and emotions, for example, high notes for tense mood and low notes for calm mood. When the lyrics contain negative words, he prefers major chords, and for positive ones, major chords.
According to Kim, the songwriter's personality is reflected in his or her songs. "Because I like playing around with my friends, there are some puns, sarcastic and black humor in my songs. The name of one of those songs is ‘니 얼굴 실화냐 (I can't believe the state of your face)', " Kim chuckled. "I also like to make my songs difficult to translate in English. I believe Korean is the language which has the power to express something well," he added.
Meaningful dreams of a promising music artist
Kim not only works as a member of Mozaroot, but is a popular facebook page owner posting his songs, covers, and rearrangement of original pieces. He has 20 unreleased songs and wishes to compete in the Yoo Jae-ha Music Concours, a song writing and performance competition for discovering new and talented artists, in his near future.
Recently, Kim donated all of the profits earned in his personal recital and his extra money for victims enforced to work as comfort women by the Japanese military during WW2. “I think music is for expressing some things that are difficult to say in words. Due to my belief that the incident that the victims had to handle was one of the saddest events in Korean history that words cannot express, I decided to donate the earnings and planning to donate more to help people in the future.” Kim said.
“I want to make a masterpiece of a song, even though I don't exactly get what it is yet. I don't want to make my song to be heard like one gulps down an 'instant food', but create it so that it can give the listener different feelings each time it is heard. Say, my idea of a successful career as a songwriter would be if my song is played in my funeral, and every person there recognize it. However most of all, I belive continuous effort is the road to success.” Kim grinned.
Jang Soo-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Moon Ha-na
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