Global pop singer Amber Liu returns with a new EP. She told Hollywood Life about her upcoming “Z! 》 EP originated from exploring “a new side of myself” and at the same time discovering the true identity of “Liu Yuling”.
Three is a magic number, and Liu Huo Will cast a spell when completing the trilogy with!, The third in a series starting in 2019 X And 2021 with? . In order to help Amber fans to hype up the upcoming EP, the Chinese-American pop star takes everyone to “heaven”. The neon bass line of “Paradise” exudes pure funk style, allowing Amber to “bring back/throw it back” and “live in the present/you and me” while cruising in Malibu. “In “Heaven”, I painted a perfect picture,” Amber shared Hollywood life through email. “I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say?”
This optimism can be found in the upcoming version of Amber and some deep introspection. “I like to be with Z! I discovered during this journey that I really don’t know who “Liu Huanghu” is [was.] I have been struggling with “don’t know the answer”.Sometimes you just don’t know the answer or have a solution, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” she said Hollywood lifeAmber said that in the past year, she has found herself at a crossroads and “formed a bad habit.” Therefore, she focused on writing and “explored a new side of herself”, and at the same time let her show her “most real and most vulnerable” side in this new music.
In an exclusive interview, Amber shared the fans’ expectations for the “experiment” of the new EP, her feelings about the pressure of the K-Pop world, and the important reasons why she recorded many songs in Mandarin.
HollywoodLife: Your last EP had various emotions with?“Complex” is very melancholic and bittersweet, while “neon” is playful and optimistic. You now have this song, “Heaven”.Even though the sound of these EPs is very different, you would say with! Is there a cohesive topic or message you want to send?
Amber Liu: I have been trying.I think passed X, Then with? now with!, I just want to be “me”. Learning the meaning of self-love has always been a struggle haha.I feel like with! I discovered during this journey that I really don’t know who “Liu Huanghu” is [was.] I have been struggling with “don’t know the answer”. Sometimes you just don’t know the answer or have a solution, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Accepting that chaos is a part of life has helped me slow down a lot and try to find a positive side when things seem serious. I hope everyone who is struggling with this knows that they are not alone, and many times, the answer will appear when you least expect it.
A song from your last EP with? It is called “Las Vegas”, which means I hope you and your partner can return to this city. Do you have feelings for Las Vegas?It seems that you have some emotional connection in the upcoming EP with! ? as well as.
Vegas is really special to me. This is where I go when I want to escape and find inner peace. In fact, I wrote the songs “vegas” and “Paradise” almost at the same time. I hope everything goes well in “Las Vegas”, but in “Heaven”, I paint a perfect picture. I am a hopeless romantic, what can I say?Ha ha
You are also running around Las Vegas for the “Las Vegas” music video. What does it look like when shooting that? Do you have any interesting stories?
Feeling so incredibly free on the “Las Vegas” set. There really is nothing more liberating than dancing in the desert. I like being able to mess around and make my stupid personality shine.
What did you experience in your personal life and did you incorporate it into this album?
In the past year, I was inspired to write as much as possible to get out of the trough. Similar to the “y” shape, I feel that I am at a crossroads in my life. I felt very insecure and started to develop bad habits, so I turned to writing and explored a new side of myself so that I could be healed while showing my truest and most vulnerable self.
You have also served as a mentor for a Chinese reality show survival drama CHUANG 2021 Earlier this year, you will soon be on a new show. This is your recent new role-any surprises?
I have never been an “official” mentor, but I always talk about art and business with my friends and colleagues. I know that with the uncertainty and urgency of this industry, the surprises are endless. I had a cooperation phase with the contestants. In so little time to prepare and so many things, I learned a lot from them and also learned a lot about myself. It was a breath of fresh air to participate in the group performance again as usual. I think I was shocked, how much I saw in these young contestants, and it reminded me of my past. This really brought me back to the time when I was also a new artist, and I like to be able to share my knowledge with them.
You started your career in a very successful girl group f(x). Regarding your journey from a girl group to becoming a solo artist, fans may not know anything surprising?
This may bore people, but the business is very different. Team dynamics, my role, responsibilities. Artistically speaking, f(x) is all about experimenting and trying to do things in different ways. Throughout my personal career, I still support this mission and remain loyal to myself.
Do you miss your idol era in K-Pop?
certainly. Although I don’t understand language, music is a universal language for me, which makes me have such a special connection with K-pop. I like the atmosphere, so even though I don’t fully understand what’s going on, I can still make connections.
You publicly opposed the pressure of the K-Pop industry in the morning of CBS in January 2020, which caused a sensation. What prompted you to conduct this interview and be so transparent about such a taboo topic?
It is really difficult for me to be involved in the K-pop industry at such a young age, because I am constantly being told what to do, what to say, what to do, and even what to think. When this industry has such a big impact on you, it is very stressful, and it really has an impact on my physical and mental health. I don’t want other people to experience everything I do. I hope that by sharing my experience and ideas, I can arouse people’s awareness of this topic, because it is rarely discussed. I hope I can shed light on this issue, let people know that they are not alone in these struggles, promote healthier lifestyles, and eliminate the stigma of mental health care.
Will you participate in or celebrate next year’s Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States?
Now, in the pandemic-related issues we face, I am working harder than ever to speak out for the Asian American community. I will continue to celebrate and promote my culture by spreading awareness of what is happening and donating to the AAPI Foundation. On May 20th, I also performed at a virtual conference held with Amazon Studios to check the performance status of AAPI in the media, which can be viewed on their website for free. We will work hard to change the stereotypes of AAPI members in popular culture, and reimagine social change strategies through various performances showing AAPI race and culture.
You provide Mandarin versions of many of your songs. For example, there are two versions of “Paradise” in your upcoming EP. Even in your last EP, your hit song “Neon Light” has two different featured artists (PENIEL in English and Blow Fever in Mandarin). As a person from a Chinese background, why do you have to provide fans with songs in two languages?
My mother is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. She likes me to sing in Mandarin because her English is not very good. Just as I hope my mother can enjoy my music, I also hope that my fans in Asia can sing with me. I hope to be able to sing for everyone, and I like the different atmosphere that these two versions bring.