YEZI debuted in 2012 as the youngest member of K-Pop girl group FIESTAR. Since then, the multitalented rapper and singer has cemented her position as a successful soloist, featuring as a semi-finalist on the popular reality show Unpretty Rapstar 2 in 2015.

Throughout her dazzling career, the artist has released a number of successful single tracks, attracting a solid fanbase. Exploring fearlessly bold concepts that serve to emphasise and develop her unique style and sound, 2020 has been another big year for the young artist, dropping dynamic tracks like ‘My Gravity’ and ‘HOME’.

After her most recent release ‘미묘‘, Hello Asia! editor Anastasia Giggins, had the opportunity to speak with YEZI to hear about her creative process, her developing views on success, and the importance of keeping connected with fans during COVID-19.

Congratulations on your brand new single! Late last month you released ‘미묘’ – how does it feel to finally have this work out in the world, available to your fans?

We have came back with songs that have a different feeling to the previous releases, ‘My Gravity’ released in January and ‘HOME’ released in March.

I am so happy that I can show everyone many different aspects and sides of who I am.

Yes! As you have mentioned, you released ‘HOME’ earlier this year – what is one message that you would like for listeners to take away from this track? 

I hope the song was like a home, where everyone can lie and retreat comfortably!

For people who may not have listened to your music before, how would you describe your sound?

I hope you think it is music that anyone can relate to, with my own lyrics and melodies expressed in fun ways.

You were a member of K-Pop girl-group Fiestar. Do you find that the creative process of being a soloist is different to that of being a member of a larger group? Is there a certain level of freedom you feel when working as a soloist? What does this creative process look like? 

While I was working with the members of Fiestar, I was with my Unni’s. Because of this, it feels as if there is a wider range of things I can challenge myself to try out, which was good.

While I work solo, the main difference is that I can speak about my own stories that I feel.

Who influences and inspires you? Why?

For the song ‘My Gravity’, I was heavily inspired by fan letters. I wrote the lyrics as a way to reply to my fans, as well as the things I wanted to say to myself.

What is success to you? What would you like to achieve going into the future?

I think I have already achieved success by the fact that while I am doing something that I enjoy, and communicating with a large group of fans who are people that love me!

2020 has been a challenging year across the globe. As a musician and performer, how have you dealt with restrictions when it comes to performing? 

I think recently, my way of handling the things is by ending the day with communication broadcasts with fans where I can temporarily forget about the things happening around the world.

What can we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and goals for the rest of 2020, going into 2021?

I am eagerly waiting for the day when we all can enjoy our cultural life with good health as soon as possible.

Until then, I will work hard and visit my fans more frequently and in more varied ways in the future!

Do you have a message for your fans?

I am always thankful and I love you. I will do even better in the future!!!

You can follow YEZI on Instagram and Twitter.