EXO‘s Chen is famous for his incredible vocal performances and signature high notes. Recently, he appeared on DIVE Studio‘s Get Real podcast hosted by BTOB‘s Peniel, JUNNY, and Ladies’ Code‘s Ashley Choi to promote his new EP, or extended play, Last Scene.
The group talked about Chen’s inclination toward Korean ballads and how he was well-known as a master of the genre. Chen humbly said he wasn’t quite there yet, but he stated he had always loved ballads since he was a kid.
Chen went on to explain, “The genre of ballad has an easy entry point for men. I don’t know if you might relate to it. We always sing ballad songs at karaoke.”
Ashley then mentioned that in America, artists called ballad singers often weren’t as popular while Peniel commented that they were also closer to what most people would call pop. Everyone agreed that western artists aren’t as boxed in as Korean singers in the genre.
Following their thoughts, Chen said, “So I usually sing ballad songs. My ultimate goal is to transcend the limits of genres. Not to be defined as a ballad singer. If you look at artists who are popular overseas, they aren’t tied to a specific genre.”
It makes sense that he’s a big fan of Adele, who is generally considered a pop singer even though she usually sings with the soulfulness often found in Korean ballads.
Watch the full podcast below. Chen starts talking about his ultimate goal as a singer at the 24:09 mark.