Lee Hi Talks About Loneliness, The Importance Of Honest Lyrics, And YG’s Dating Ban
Lee Hi shared her thoughts on her new mini album “24℃” in an interview.
“It’s the first time I’m releasing an album in a while and I thought people might be curious as to how I grew, so I wanted to convey the songs, lyrics, and colors of a 24-year-old and had many ideas,” said Lee Hi. “If I had released an album for every year I got older, I would’ve been able to record the emotions fitting for that age. I’m regretful, but I also think that it was a time when I needed a hiatus.”
She continued with a laugh, “People knew me as a child with an adult voice, but I think that I now grew into a person who fits any kind of song I sing.”
“24℃” is Lee Hi’s first album in three years after “Seoulite.” With a clear sense of self and an independent attitude, the singer has attempted many new things over the years with a wide musical spectrum including R&B, pop, and ballads.
Her newest title track “No One” has an exotic sound and retro lyrics about going out to find their significant other after being unable to withstand loneliness. She was inspired by Han Young Ae’s 1988 track “Is There Anybody?” (literal title) and iKON’s B.I. participated in the release by writing the lyrics and featuring on the track.
Speaking on the topic of loneliness, Lee Hi said, “I feel lonely when I don’t do anything. I feel lonely when my hands are still. I keep trying to do something because I feel lonely when I’m still. In the past, I only stayed home, but these days I meet up with my friends a lot and my mom gives me a lot of strength.”
On her b-side track “20 MIN,” which she participated in writing the song and lyrics for, Lee Hi explained, “I tried writing the lyrics after reading books and watching movies, but it didn’t feel real. I think it’s best to honestly write lyrics.”
When asked about a dating ban put in place by YG Entertainment, Lee Hi replied with a laugh, “There is a ‘don’t date’ restriction, but it’s something they said to me a while ago. I don’t know if it’s still valid. I don’t want to ask, but I think I’m going to have to be careful if it’s still valid.”