HA:TFELT (Ye Eun): “I Had a War with JYP Over the Production of My Album”
HA:TFELT, also known as Wonder Girls’ Ye Eun, has revealed that she and Park Jin Young ran into heated conflicts over the direction of her album.
During an interview with a local news outlet, the idol confessed, “Park Jin Young and I fought a lot while producing my album,” and laughed, “It was like a World War III.”
“The war begun with choosing the title track,” she said, and continued, “I liked the third track, ‘Ain’t Nobody,’ but ‘Bond‘ is the only sexy song [on the album]. As expected, Park Jin Young PD liked that song, and he recommended it to be the title track. He argued that ‘We can see your unique sexiness though it.'”
When asked how she feels about having conflicting opinions with her boss, she explained, “In no way do I consider sexy concepts to be bad. However, if I went forward with a sexy concept, I felt like my other songs written with sincerity would be ignored.”
“Choosing a song that only shows my outer appearance would unable me to show the real me. That is why I fought until the end,” she expressed her determination to debut with a meaningful song.
According to HA:TFELT, the intensive debate did not stop there, and the next challenge was to finalize the tracklist. With all seven songs having a dark and emotional feel, Park Jin Young suggested they switch out a few tracks to lighten up the album. Hearing this, Yeeun wrote him a persuasive 11-page letter, asking him to leave the album unaltered. As can be guessed, her efforts paid off.
In regards to the artwork, she revealed, “We also had a war over the album cover, but I followed Park Jin Young PD’s opinion on that one,” and continued, “The final war was over the name, as he told me to go with Ye Eun. He tried to persuade me until the end, saying that ‘people will not like it.'”
To conclude, she opened up about her determination to represent herself as an artist, “I wanted to compose and write songs under the name HA:TFELT, and not Ye Eun of Wonder Girls. I don’t regret that decision at all.”
Check out HA:TFELT’s strong debut music video for “Ain’t Nobody” here!