Henry sat down recently for an interview and picture with GQ Korea
The artist graced the magazine’s December cover after being named as one of GQs Men of the year for 2020. The men’s fashion magazine selects influential personalities who have taken on challenging and creative endeavors.
The interviewer first praised Henry for his bright and positive personality, to which he replied that he also receives this energy from other people. “Sometimes when I’m tired or depressed, I purposely go to a place with lots of people,” he explained. “When I take photos or talk to others, it increases my mood and I regain my energy.”
Henry shared his experience on the JTBC show Begin Again, where he said he played with a lot of musicians he always wanted to meet. He specifically mentioned his duet with Lee So Raand said, “It was an opportunity for me to learn more about myself as an artist. I learned a lot from being next to her. I also came up with some new ideas that I included in my new album. ”
The conversation then turned to his YouTube series “Henry Together”, in which he meets and performs with various musical prodigies. Henry said in disbelief that he heard stories from people who start learning how to play musical instruments because of him and that his videos are played in schools.
He also mentioned that he learned from his guests and said, “I’m getting more humble and I think I have to do better. I also enjoy being with children as it makes me feel younger. “He continued,” The most important thing is that the children are comfortable. I want them to see me as a friend so I joke around and exaggerate a lot. I think we get along well as I have a childish side too. Maybe it’s my looks, but kids aren’t really scared of me. ”
Henry also brought his own experience of violin learning at the young age of six. “At first I didn’t like it. I forced myself to play because my mother wanted to, ”he revealed. “When I was 11 years old, I changed my mind after doing well in a competition. I was proud of myself and began to enjoy being on stage. Since then, I’ve started to work hard and enjoy music. ”
When asked how he enjoys music now, he replied: “I enjoy being able to express my own stories in a beautiful and artistic way. I also like it when people relate to my music. When I played on Begin Again I was really happy to hear that nothing is as calming as music. ”
The interviewer praised Henry for his influence as a musician and stated that this was why he was named one of GQ’s Men of the Year. Henry replied humbly, “I think that since I can, I should. I’ve received so much love from everyone, but the only way to repay it is through music. That’s why I’m doing my best and I’m relieved to hear such good feedback. ”
Henry also revealed that he was struggling with a lack of confidence, to the point that he couldn’t even make a single sound on stage. “I’m fine now,” he reassured him. “From ‘Begin Again’ I realized that I just have to do what I want to do and enjoy the music, and that it’s okay to make mistakes. I had forgotten about that for a while. ”
After Henry was asked what type of performance he wanted to create, he expressed his desire to perform after the COVID-19 pandemic. He said: “I miss the fans and I appreciate the energy my audience gave me. I want to give an eye-catching, large-scale performance with an orchestra. Something where I can show everyone exactly what I’m capable of. ”
Henry’s new mini-album “Journey” with the title track “RADIOMarked his first album in over six years. Describing the album as one that honestly expresses his identity and thoughts, he said, “Before that, I made an album while wondering what others would think of me. It wasn’t a good method. As I was preparing for this album, I thought a lot about myself instead of other people. ”
Henry commented on the title of the album and said that he chose the title “Journey” because it suited his personal story. He elaborated: “After growing up in Canada, when I was 18 I was selected for an idol audition and came to Korea. After my debut, I went to different countries and many people got to know me through my appearances in variety shows. I’ve also made films in the US and China. Thinking about it now has been a long journey. With my music I wanted to show everyone where I am right now. ”
Henry stated that while he was looking for the reason for his trip, he is now trying harder to keep improving. “I’m not doing it because someone made me. It’s my free will, ”he said. “On the other hand, I cannot walk this path alone. I have to go with those around me. ”
Answer to the last question: “Have you ever thought about what is at the end of your journey?” Henry said, “I hope there is no end. I want to continue on this path. ”
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