Not too younger, too protecting, not too boring — I’ve misplaced depend of the variety of occasions pH-1 has uttered “too.” The Korean American musician is hazy on the precise phrases to explain many elements of his life. He even falls again on the three-lettered emphasis when describing the perfume he spritzed on earlier than our interview, MCM’s Eau de Parfum. “It’s not too, too macho,” he decides, “not too strong, like, Abercrombie.”
Despite his ambiguity, Harry, as he introduces himself, clearly is aware of precisely who he’s. (Hence his stage title, pH-1 — a enjoyable fusion of his English and Korean names, Harry Park and Junwon.) From his lounge in Seoul, he gave me a glimpse at how he sees himself, his aesthetic, and his work ethic in his personal phrases — a primary for an American journal.
Of course, determining what makes pH-1, properly, pH-1 on and off stage was a journey for the 31-year-old. In reality, pH-1 is what I discuss with as a “patchwork person.” Instead of selecting a single profession path and sticking to it, he is pieced collectively a number of totally different trades, dwelling a number of totally different lives as a university pupil, dancer, app developer, and dental assistant.
Picking a Lane
Finally realizing his true ambition, pH-1 moved again to Korea to pursue it. (Although he was born in Seoul, pH-1 moved to America when he was a teen.) Over the previous 4 years, pH-1 has been persistently releasing vibrantly catchy music underneath Jay Park’s label H1GHR MUSIC, which just lately turned the brand new house to JAY B. He’s grow to be referred to as Korea’s king of musical collaborations — whether or not or not he likes it — teaming up with the likes of Junny, Hoody, Chung Ha, Whee In, and Yerin Baek.
“I’m a people pleaser,” pH-1 admits in essentially the most definitive phrases he shares all through our interview. “I can’t say no to people. That’s been very bad for me because I said yes to a lot of requests that were not beneficial to me, per se. So I’m always trying to fix that problem.” For these similar causes, although, pH-1 felt drawn to changing into an entertainer.
In the start phases of his musical profession, pH-1 says he cycled via totally different stylists, make-up artists, and hairstylists as he tried to seek out the candy spot for his aesthetic. For “Malibu,” he slipped on an embellished go well with and spherical, rimless glasses, whereas “Like Me” flipped between laid-back-yet-sleek avenue type, a Canadian tuxedo, and a retro barbershop-inspired getup with a white coat and all. His hair hopped alongside for the experience with numerous lengths, hats, and natural-leaning hues.
These days, pH-1 now is aware of exactly what to ask his magnificence and wardrobe groups for. “I came to the realization that what fits me best as a person and as a musician is a clean, neat type of look,” pH-1 remarks, pointing to his outfit now: a striped cream-and-gray linen gown shirt, easy, small silver hoop earrings. “I’m not too flamboyant in any way,” pH-1 continues. “I don’t like to over-exaggerate things, even in my music.”