It was recently announced that Sunmi will be coming back in August with a self-composed song. This attracted the ire of netizens who began criticising Sunmi for her decision to take part in the creative process.
This caused Sunmi to take a screenshot of the negative comments and caption it with a lengthy rebuttal. She also posted a specific comment that said idols like Sunmi don’t contribute to their “self-composed” songs and it is instead the co-writers and arranger who do the bulk of the work.
She started by talking about the value of creative vision and leadership.
No matter the format, creating something is a very difficult process. You also need help from many people in various ways. But if the lead person doesn’t know what story they want to tell, can’t understand what they want to express, can’t explain it and can’t carry it out, then the people who work for them become confused.
Sunmi then finished by talking about the personal effort she puts into her music.
I do not put on the apperance of working on music just to put my name on the album credits. I think hard about each part of the process of making lyrics, melody, arrangement, and album. I refine it, fix it, and complete what I’m trying to express. It is your personal prejudice that most idols including me are like that and I hope it is not believed as true.
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형태가 어떻게 되었든 무언가를 만들거나 창작 해내는 것은 어려움이 많은 작업입니다. 그만큼 여러 부분에서 사람들의 도움이 필요로 합니다. 하지만 지휘자가 어떤 이야기를 하고 싶은지 또 어떻게 표현하고자 하는지 자기 자신이 이해하지 못하고, 설명할 수 없고 또 실행할 수 없다면 함께 작업하는 사람들은 혼란스럽습니다. 단순히 앨범 크레딧에 이름을 올리려는 보여주기식의 작업을 하지 않습니다. 가사, 멜로디, 편곡, 앨범이 만들어지는 과정 하나하나를 고민하며 다듬고 또 고치면서 제가 표현하고자 하는 걸 완성합니다. 저 뿐만이 아닌 대부분의 아이돌들이 그렇다는 개인의 편견이 기정사실화가 되지 않았으면 합니다.
This isn’t Sunmi’s first foray into music production as she co-wrote lyrics for Noir, Siren, Heroine and Gashina.