Supreme Team‘s Simon D recently came out with his new album, ‘Simon Dominic Presents SNL LEAGUE BEGINS‘. But rather than being known as the talented rapper he is, Simon D is famous for his rising popularity for appearing on various variety shows, showcasing his delicate flavor of his Busan dialect.
However, he decided to return to his original path as a musician ‘Simon D’ veering away from the grounds of variety shows. The passionate rapper dropped all the shows that he was involved in and went in to the studio so that he can focus on his upcoming album.
Simon D admitted,
“I stopped all the programs so that I can work on my album. I realized that when I was involved in variety shows, I didn’t have enough time to work on my music. I was planning on debuting solo and was contemplating on when I should release it, but even before that, I knew that I had to stop all variety shows. I was always writing lyrics, but I saw no progress. So I just decided to stop all variety shows and went in to the studio to start recording”.
There was no doubt that it would have been hard for him to let go of variety shows all at once especially when the popularity level skyrocketed like Simon D’s. He had personally felt the fame and for him to give up all that and more must have been tough. Celebrities like him involved in variety shows. However, Simon D commented, “This is enough.”
He then added,
“I wasn’t a top star but I think I experienced high level of fame that I can achieve through variety shows in my life. Now that I have personally felt the fame, I thought that it was enough. I lost the my selfish need to be on the top. And I thought that even if I was to become a top star, I would have no time to work on my music. I thought to myself, ‘I’m satisfied. This is enough, I am not greedy’ and I just went back to my place, to my original self.”
Simon Dominic successfully transformed back to his ‘old self’ and in order to put his own taste of music in to his album, he permitted no outside distractions. Releasing the first solo album as an overground artist, this album was much more meaningful to him than to anyone else.
“It’s been 10 years since I began rapping and I just released my first solo album. I wanted to focus a lot on it. Depending on the amount of focus I put in, the album’s quality changes. During Supreme Team years, there were a lot of things that were cup off. Because of the short time frame, so we had make up some of the words and ornate it to make it pretty. But for this, I wrote what was on my heart. I focused solely on my music during that time. I wanted to show my 100% through my album.”
Time off to focus on his music was precious to Simon D because he has been living busily, receiving many love-calls from many variety programs. Therefore, any kind of criticism, comments, feedback, and result was important and prideful for Simon D.
He commented, “Negative reviews are unavoidable because everyone has their own personal taste. This album doesn’t depend on the positive, or negative revenue. I was happy throughout the process of making this album and I am proud of the result. It was a very happy moment.”
Even though he left daringly, Simon D isn’t against the idea of appearing on variety shows. He came in aware of the power that variety shows had and he also had fun during his rein in the variety world. He also admitted that he watched many of the variety shows that rappers appear in and opened the idea of reappearing on variety shows in the future.
“I don’t have a strong desire to do it. I don’t deny variety shows. At first before ‘Hot Brothers’, I was a bit against it. I thought that my charismatic image on stage would be erased and all my fans would fall out. But in actuality, I gained a lot more fans and they think very positively of it. I watch a lot of the variety shows that many rappers star in. I would do it if it was right for me. But as of now, I have no intentions of doing them.”
In the end, Simon D finally concluded, “Variety shows are very helpful. I know that if I was to be actively appearing on variety shows, and the album was to release, it might have garnered more interest. But I know if I was to keep starring in variety shows, then this album would have never released.”
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