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The heavily commercialised music from Korea, it's all driving me nuts. Sure, it's catchy, especially the club musics, most I've heard have really good studio mixing done.
Personally, as an ABRSM certificated singer and a self-taught musician(heh, I can play all forms of guitars, the ukelele, drums and a little keyboard), I would say, Kpop has brought music to a new low-down. When I listen to 2NE1, Super Junior, or whatever, everyone seemed to have forgotten one thing, putting your in feelings into the music.
You don't have to be the greatest singer, if you can put in your emotions, and let people feel you, you'll get them.
I've watched a handful of performances of typical Kpop musics, and I'm sadden and disappointed,
Yes, they can sing, they can hit the pitches, but, so what? I'm not looking for some posers, actors/actresses or models, I'm looking for a singer, someone who can bring out the essence of the songs forward.
Let's watch, these are what I meant by actors/actresses, posers and models.
This is what I call a singer, the full focus on the music, vocals, emotion....
The dynamics of the piano/keyboard progression and his vocals, the zero-distractions, and the amount of RESPECT he puts into his performance, can you see/hear/feel the differences?
A good vocalist doesn't guarantee that one is a good singer, one of my favorite bands' song, Ordinary man.
And one final word, don't sing for the sake of singing, put life into it, and watch it grow.