Eun-bi Go (25) is an independent R&B singer-songwriter and is part of the Bluesy Mansion crew. Having been exposed to music from a young age, she decided to start pursuing it more formally. We asked about her creative process, her experiences as an artist, and more.
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.
Could you tell me more about your musical journey and how you got started?
Both of my parents enjoyed and liked music, so I naturally came into contact with it at a young age. At first I just liked singing, but then I began studying music in high school. I've mostly listened to R&B and soul since I was young, so I think they've inspired me the most.
What would you be doing now if not music?
Actually, there are so many things I want to do, but I can't imagine doing anything else since I've focused on music for a long time. I think I would still be doing something related to the arts.
You've featured on several artists' music and also had other artists feature in your music. Do you have a particular criteria for deciding who to work with?
Rather than setting specific standards, if the guide song sent by the artist sounds good I'll work with them if I think I'll go well with the song. Luckily, most of the people who have asked me to feature in song have a tone that fits me well, so I work with them easily.
바람 Wish (feat. EunBii) - J.cob
What is your production process like and what do you usually get inspired by?
Finding the beat is one of the first things, but when I find a beat that naturally makes me hum a melody, I start recording immediately and I write the lyrics and melody at the same time. My inspiration is mostly from my daily life, thoughts in my head, or what I want to hear from someone. Even when I have to work on a feature or have to write a little fiction, I try to write lyrics with my imagination based on my experiences.
Your recent single, "Ride", seems to be a song written for a lover. Was there specific imagery that came up when you were writing this song?
When I first heard the beat, I had the image of me running on an open road at dawn. While I was writing the song many people were frustrated and helpless due to the influence of coronavirus, and I, too, had a strong desire to escape from that monotonous lifestyle. I set my worries aside for a while and wrote a song with the theme of going for a drive. What if I went on a drive for a day with my lover without any plans? I think I wrote it while imagining that.
Ride (prod. Truman) - EunBii
What challenges have you faced while working in the Korean music scene?
First of all, it wasn't as easy as I thought to make music alone. I had a lot of things to study, just like when I was a kid, and I thought that I couldn't consistently do this job simply because I liked singing. I think the hardest thing is to try new things all the time and keep track of the changing trends. Even if you work hard to make and release music, there is a lot of competition because there are so many good artists nowadays.
Most of your music is based in the R&B genre. Is there a reason why you wanted to pursue R&B? Are there other styles of music you want to experiment with in the future?
R&B is a genre that I've naturally encountered since I was young, and even when I started doing music formally, I always liked R&B. I thought that R&B's unique style suited me best, and I thought that if I could do what made me most comfortable and happy, people would listen and like it. I also like retro vibes, but I want to try funk and city pop as well.
How do you usually overcome a slump?
I always rest when I have a slump. If I try to do something forcibly, or if I keep worrying while resting, it takes longer to recover. If you relax, you'll eventually be inspired and want to make music again.
Lean on Me (prod. Truman) - EunBii
What do you think makes you stand out in the music scene? What sort of impact do you hope to make?
I think personality is really important. There are so many people who are good at singing these days, so it's important to show your own musical style, tone, and personality without hesitation. I hope my music comforts people. I'm not good at expressing myself, so it's comforting for me to express what I feel or what I can't say in lyrics. I think it's best for me if people listen to my songs and interpret them in their own way to receive comfort. In the future, I want to write more honest stories in my songs.
What are your goals for this year?
I want to release an album by myself and produce all of my music myself, but I think it will require a lot of study. This year, I'm going to listen to and analyse more music, as well as study more about mixing and mastering in detail. My goal is to give you better quality music than now.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I hope you can check out my YouTube or SoundCloud channel! I'll work hard on preparing for the release and upload of videos on YouTube. I'd be thankful if you listened to them a lot!