Excelling in any industry takes a lot of effort. We often only hear about the big break, the magical moment when someone was plucked out of a sea of talented individuals and thrust into stardom. It’s as if our memory of all of the years of effort and toil disappear when a golden opportunity strikes. But that’s not actually the case for the person finally getting some recognition. They not only remember, but they are also continuing to work their asses off to keep doing great work and now also live up to the pressure of having made it.
This is why I chose never to become a famous musician. I don’t like that kind of pressure.
(also the lack of talent, drive, desire, and skill)
When we talk about musical artists, we often start at the point they debuted. For instance, Bibi, the Korean singer-songwriter, debuted in 2019 and has put out a series of amazing songs and music videos over the course of the last two years. These tunes include a fantastic collab with Heechul and Kyung Hoon using ATEEZ as basically back up dancers. But that story just does not do her justice at all. She actually signed with Feel Ghood Records in 2017 after being discovered by Yoon Mirae on SoundCloud and subsequently finished second on the SBS show The Fan not long after. But again, these super cool highlights were not out of the blue. Bibi had been working for years at making her own music and putting it out there all on her own in order to BE discovered. It wasn’t luck, it was effort.
This past week, she released the new EP Life is a Bi… with the title track Bad Sad and Mad. The songs are short – the whole album of five songs only runs a total of twelve minutes. But they are beautifully crafted, sexy, and in no way incomplete. I’m a huge fan of the intentional use of every word in a short story and every second of a piece of music. Bibi seems to be on the same page.
Bad Sad and Mad, Bibi