Woo-jae Sin (29) is an independent rapper. Having originally debuted as 24 FLAKKO, he spent time in Atlanta learning about the hip-hop industry there. During his time, he joined some crews and collaborated with the famous American rapper 21 Savage. He then rebranded as Xbf to portray a new image, but it is the lessons that he learnt from his time abroad that will stick with him for life. We interviewed him to find out about his music and career.
Disclaimer: These are very basic questions we ask every artist to get to know more about them in order to write our "Who You" segment on Instagram. All the artists often get similar questions. We would normally not release this as it's not a full-on interview but we thought it might be good to do so.
How would you describe your music to other people?
I would say my music challenges various genres, although I make music that other people like and that I like, too.
How did you start doing music?
My friends recommended I try it out.
Different artists have different approaches when it comes to making music. What is your creative process like?
I usually make songs when I'm sad or having a hard time.
Bad Guy (feat. 21 Savage, Notorious Bino) - Xbf
What's a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day?
I listen to music for probably half the day, and I make music when I want to.
What other activities or hobbies besides music do you enjoy doing?
I like golfing, going to art exhibitions, watching football, and playing League of Legends.
The tracks you've released recently, like 'After you left', 'Counter' and 'Umbrella', all revolve around the topic of love. Although some sound more light-hearted, others are more sombre. Where do you get inspiration from? Are they based on your own experiences?
I get inspiration from many places - sometimes from reality, other times from dramas or movies.
After you left - Xbf
How has it been since you made your transition from 24 FLAKKO to Xbf?
I am very satisfied and happy to express a more diverse range of emotions.
Amongst the tracks you've released as Xbf, what's your favourite one and why?
I think my favourite is 'Candle' featuring BLOO, but I love it for no reason.
From a personal perspective, what is the hardest part about being an artists?
I think, for me, it's actually money and relationships.
Candle (feat. BLOO) - Xbf
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would just hope that all the artists who work hard could earn a lot of money.
Are there any artists you'd like to work with, either in Korea or abroad?
In Korea, I think I'd like to work with Jay Park. Overseas, perhaps The Weeknd.
What do you think makes you stand out amongst all the other artists in the scene?
I think my ability to hustle and change.
What's next for you? Do you have any plans you can share with us?
I have plans to release better music and music videos in 2022, and I have also completed work with a famous American rapper.