MONSTA X’s Joohoney Talks About Writing Music And The One Thing He’s Stubborn About

In a recent interview with Dazed Korea, MONSTA X’s Joohoney talked about making music on his own and what music is to him.

He said, “Promoting as MONSTA X, because all the members need to sing the song together, what I can show as a rapper is limited to about four lines. Because of that, I try to do things on my own that I wanted to show, but wasn’t able to [in the group]. I try to show my story, my values, my worldview. I believe rap is a medium through which you can express yourself, and I want to show my real self as much as possible.”

Describing what music is to him, Joohoney said, “Music is like a toy that I want to show off to the world. It’s like if you created something cool with Legos and say to your mom, ‘I made this. Isn’t it cool?’ I want people to see the fun things I’ve made and be happy, have fun, and even share sadness. That’s what music is to me, and whenever I’m making music, the one thing that must be there is sincerity. The lyrics must be said with sincerity, and if you like or dislike something, you need to express your emotions exactly as they are. If I’m unable to do that, I just delete that part. With music, that’s the one thing I’m stubborn about. Every single word must be said with true emotion. It can be exhausting, but I think it’s necessary.”

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