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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sam Kim Makes Us ‘Smile’ Uncontrollably

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sam Kim Makes Us ‘Smile’ Uncontrollably

Sam Kim stans are you with us? Are you feeling okay? Because we aren’t! Not after Sam Kim dropped the bop of the century ‘Smile’ which was produced by no other than R3HAB! What a collab right? Well while we are still bopping to this masterpiece, we have a surprise for you!

Btw make sure to stream ‘Smile’ here.

You might know Sam Kim from his countless amazing OSTs to your favorite K-Dramas, or from his amazing solo music with his recognizable amazing voice! However you met Sam Kim first, you are bound to fall in love with him! And we are obsessed with the guy! We were also one of the lucky ones to get to sit down with Sam Kim and pick his brain all about his music and new single ‘Smile.’ Keep scrolling for more!

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Firstly, congratulations on your new release! Can you describe how your writing/production process went for this project?
Thank you so much! At first, I wrote the song with a guitar; like I usually do. Then I sent it over to R3HAB and he worked his magic over it to completely transform it from the original. Very fun process!

How did your collaboration with R3HAB come about?
My team showed me his music and I really liked it. I was curious what would come out if we worked together.

What is one interesting backstory behind a song that fans may not know about? Usually, you record in the song’s original bpm (tempo), but for this song my producer Simon Pétren and I thought it’d be interesting to record it in a slower bpm and speed it back up to the original. What you hear is that effect.

What message did you want to communicate to listeners with this track?
Sam Kim got funk!

If you could describe your upcoming track in one word, what would it be? Funkadellic.

You’ve gained a huge listening and fan base for your talents to convey emotional stories in tracks such as ‘Love Me Like That’ while showing your versatility during R&B tunes like ‘These Walls.’ What made you decide to now venture into creating your first dance music track? How did you find the experience?
This actually wouldn’t be my first dance track! I have a song called ‘Dance’ and a song called ‘The Juice’ which I actually danced to. Overall even though they were all slightly out of my comfort zone I had a lot of fun writing and singing them.

Did you have any fears about diving into a new genre other than R&B and K-Pop?
Not at all! I love exploring new genres, I think there’s always something to learn in each one. I have yet to learn my lesson in heavy metal though. That’s for another time.

As a musician, how does it feel working on a dance music track when you have mostly worked on ballads, acoustics with your guitar? 
It was really refreshing to step out of my bubble for a little bit and dive into unfamiliar grounds. I end up learning and growing the most in these situations.

‘The Juice’ was such a fun song and perfect for the middle of summer. You have truly mastered the R&B genre. What is a genre you want to try next? Which genres do you like listening to in your day-to-day?
I would love to get into hip-hop. Though I don’t have the voice or delivery of a rapper, I really do enjoy listening to the stories of rappers with those qualities. Kendrick is my go-to.

We have to also talk about your viral OST ‘Love Me Like That’ for the popular K-drama Nevertheless. What was your response when you realized that it had become such a hit?
I remember writing this song a few years back when I was going through a rough time and it’s probably why I never thought to give it a chance. When I saw how many people could relate to the song the doubt went away and I think the 20-year-old me who wrote it finally felt accepted.

Love and relationships are the broad themes in a lot of your music and OSTs. What do you think it is about music that elevates a drama or movie further since you’ve lent your voice to so many memorable OSTs?
Even though I can’t see the scenes my OSTs will play in beforehand, I try my hardest to read the story in the lyrics and deliver the emotions to the best of my ability. I ask the songwriter lots of questions such as should I sing this phrase a little softer? More powerful, sad? etc… The songwriters behind every such decision are the real MVPs.

You have worked and collaborated with a variety of artists. From Zico to pH-1 and Crush, are there any other Korean artists you like listening to nowadays or have been inspired by and would like to collaborate with them in the future?
So many! I would love to do something with BTS as a songwriter, and collab with BiBi as an artist.. so many talented people to draw inspiration from.

Can you recommend some songs that you enjoy listening to these days?
Silk Sonic. Anything by them. Being a long-time fan of both Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars… this project to me is a dream come true. A specific song I listen to when I feel like nothing’s going right is Park Hyo Shin’s – ‘Breath.’ It never fails to remind me that I’m not alone.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? What is your hobby?
Love playing good ol’ fashioned FPS games. Lately, however, I’m more into single-player adventure games with a nice story to dive into. 

As we enter the New Year, what is your main goal for 2022 and what would you like to show fans next?
I can’t say because I don’t want to jinx it but I do have lots planned! It’s finally my year, the year of the Tiger and I want to make it meaningful!

You saw the globally popular Squid Game drama, correct? If you could excel at one challenge, which would it be and why?
With most of the games being based on luck, the only game I’m confident in is Red Light, Green Light. Mama told me never to fall for and chase after a girl who can spin her head 180 degrees and kill on sight but you know, love will prevail and all that.

Can you please share some words of love for your global fans?
Thank you so much for all the support. Each and every one of you pushes me to be a better me and also shows me love that I sometimes forget to give myself. I wish you all health and happiness in these rough times and I will see you all very soon. ♡

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Wow, Sam Kim’s brain is so big and beautiful we love him for it! We are manifesting this BiBi collab as we speak btw. What do you think about ‘Smile?’ What genre do you want to see Sam try next? Tell us in the comments down below, tweet us @TheHoneyPOP, or talk to us on Facebook or Instagram!

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