During a visit to the states, Jay Park sat down with F.A.M.E.’US magazine in between photo shoots, and music videos to give us an exclusive! Jay recalls a recent show, his debut in Toronto ‘Sick Side’, and being received by a few thousand fans and the excitement he remembers. “ Never been there, never met the fans there, and a few thousand fans showed up!” Stating, “ I was very surprised.” And “ it’s not like I NAILED IT, but it’s like sometimes the synergy between the crowd and I is dope.”
We asked him at what point was he able to REALLY recognize his own fame, He said “ After I dropped this You Tube video, the B.O.B. Song NOTHING ON YOU 2010, and then just in one day it got 2 million views, so yeah, I was expecting like, to be honest I was expecting like 10,000 or 20,000. I was like ok, I just did it for fun… In my bathroom, it wasn’t even that good”
He references that his supporters are really great because they constantly want to know what he is doing, where he is, and what he is wearing, or not wearing. And that kind of support and loyalty means so much to him.
In 2012, after the release of his album New Breed, Jay became a multi platinum selling artist in less than a week. About that same time, he released an English mixtape Fresh Air, that became the first mixtape by an Asian artist to have global status, surpassing 100,000 downloads putting Jay in the big leagues with cross over artist like Shakira and Mark Anthony. Jay says he “Recorded the mixtape and released it in two weeks. It was something very light, something I just did for fun for the English speaking fans, because I was going on tour.” This mixtape was created simply for the fans, and being the first Korean artist to accomplish that is really wonderful. Jay is paving the way for future artist, with every bearer he breaks.