[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] Meet Hanbyeol: Exploring the Soulful Sounds of Our New Favorite Hidden Gem

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Get to know singer-songwriter Hanbyeol in this exclusive interview.

Meet Hanbyeol, the South Korean singer-songwriter whose magnetic vocals and dynamic lyrics have been enchanting audiences since her solo debut on December 3, 2021, with the single “Spotlight.” Emerging from the crucible of survival show appearances, including notable stints on CAP-TEEN and Girls On Fire, Hanbyeol has proven herself as an exceptional talent in the industry. Despite being an underrated gem, her emotive delivery and infectious melodies in digital singles like “Whispering,” “Double Like,” and “Sweet Dreamz” showcase her undeniable versatility and innate talent.

On May 24th, 2024, Hanbyeol unveiled her latest single, “Wish,” a poignant addition to her musical journey. With heartfelt lyrics and a captivating sound, “Wish” not only highlights Hanbyeol’s evolution as an artist but also invites listeners to immerse themselves in her world, resonating with its emotional depth and sincerity.

In this exclusive interview, we have the privilege of delving deeper into Hanbyeol’s artistry as we discuss her latest release, “Wish.” Join us as we explore the inspiration behind the song, Hanbyeol’s evolution as an artist, and her aspirations for the future.

HKP: To kick things off, please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you.

Hanbyeol: Hello, I am singer-songwriter Hanbyeol! I was born in 2003, and my blood type is B. My hobby is playing the drums, I like watching romantic movies, and I also like cooking! But I really like the taste of my food, so if I get a chance next time, I’d like to cook it for you guys. Now, shall we go read the interview I did?

HKP: What inspired you to pursue a career in music, and when did you realize you wanted to become a singer?

Hanbyeol: I’ve been interested in music since I was very young, but I think I started wanting to be a singer when I was in the second year of middle school. I listened to Mariah Carey’s music that my dad played, and that’s when I realized, ah! I thought, I want to become a singer like that too.

HKP: Congratulations on your latest release of “Wish” on May 24th! Can you give us a sneak peek into the inspiration behind this new track?

Hanbyeol: This song expresses my true feelings from the moment I decided to become a singer until now. However, I do not want to express this song as a single content, so I hope that each listener can interpret the lyrics according to their own thoughts. That’s what I hoped for when I wrote this song.

HKP: Since your solo debut with “Spotlight” in December 2021, how has your journey as a solo artist been?

Hanbyeol: I’ve been writing songs on my own since my debut song, and I think it’s still not perfect and has many shortcomings. So, to be honest, I haven’t achieved much yet, but I have no doubt that I will be able to achieve more through music! I also want to thank my fans who believe in me and support me.

HKP: Reflecting on your solo debut with “Spotlight,” a pivotal moment in your career, how do you perceive that milestone, and how has your musical expression transformed since then?

Hanbyeol: “Spotlight” is my first composition and debut song. Actually, if you listen to it now, well… [I think] why did I release a song like this? There were many times when I regretted it, but I feel like I am who I am today thanks to those attempts, and I am proud to see myself improving! So, you will feel that I am gradually improving through music. Please look forward to it in the future!

HKP: How does “Wish” compare to your previous singles in terms of style and message?

Hanbyeol: In the last single [“Sweet Dreamz”], I expressed the music I liked and the colors of the music that was popular at the time, but in this single, I tried to be more sincere. I focused on why I started playing music, what my attitude toward music was, and most importantly, my original intentions. The lyrics and composition of this song were inspired by my favorite 90s pop ballad divas.

HKP: Your music often resonates with listeners on a personal level. What do you hope fans take away from “Wish” after listening to it?

Hanbyeol: I hope you find happiness in your life. I hope we can enjoy life with happiness rather than worry.

HKP: Can you share any challenges or highlights you faced during the creation process of “Wish”?

Hanbyeol: I’ve never written a song this large before, so it took quite a while to compose it! I think I spent all night brainstorming with my friend, who helped me compose the song and came up with ideas. The lyrics took quite a long time as I was worried about how I could express my sincerity more.

HKP: Are there any artists or genres that have influenced your music style?

Hanbyeol: I am very influenced by Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey! Without them, I probably wouldn’t be alive. They are still my muse and role model.

HKP: With such a diverse discography, how do you approach each new release and ensure that it stands out while staying true to your artistic vision?

Hanbyeol: Usually, when I write a song, I think I put the current situation into the song, so I think the song I released at that time contained all the emotions I felt at that time. And when I write songs, I always try to write classical music. When I say classical music, I mean legendary music. I often get inspired by listening to legendary music.

HKP: Can you share a memorable moment from your journey as a singer so far, whether it’s a performance, recording session, or interaction with fans, that has left a lasting impact on you?

Hanbyeol: I was so proud when a fan recognized me and my father as I was passing by and asked for our autographs. I’m not that famous for my music yet, so it was overwhelming for people to recognize me on the street, but I was so grateful that they even asked for my autograph.

HKP: Looking ahead, what are your goals and aspirations as an artist, and what can we look forward to from Hanbyeol in the future?

Hanbyeol: I believe I have infinite potential and am working hard! We will reach out to you with more interesting content and music in the future, so please stay tuned.

HKP: Lastly, please leave a message for your fans.

Hanbyeol: I would like to say thank you to the fans who support and love me. I’m not active much musically yet, but I want to work harder in the future and repay you with good music. Please join us in the future.

Connect with Hanbyeol on Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

Listen to her discography on Spotify or Apple Music.

*Special thanks to Hanbyeol for this exclusive interview.
Image and Video Credits: Hanbyeol