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Our Interview with Eric Nam

March 5, 2013

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Woohoo! Our interview with Eric Nam is finally up! Sweet! It took us longer than usual, because we were away in Japan for 11 days and didn’t edit videos as much while we were there. But it’s ready now! So, check it out and let us know what you think! We talk a lot about what it’s like starting off in the Kpop industry, and we also talk about Eric Nam’s video for “Heaven’s Door.” If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here!

Anyhow, we’ had a great time with this interview, which we were really interested in doing, because Eric Nam is still fairly new in the Kpop world. We get a lot of email from people asking us how they can break through in Korea as a Kpop artist, but – if you can’t tell – we have no clue how to answer this. If we knew how to be Kpop artists, we’d be Kpop artists. Well, that’s not true. We’re not interested in that. Being a Kpop artist is insane. BUT!!! Some of you want to go that route. So, speaking with Eric Nam about it, and seeing what his experience is like, is something we found fascinating.

Moreso, Eric Nam – though he’s Korean – grew up in North America, so his experience here is as someone with somewhat Western sensibilities, you know what I mean? It’s different for him since he doesn’t necessarily think wholly as a Korean person immersed in Korean culture, so we think it’s something that we can understand a bit more, and you can understand more as well. Let us know what you think!

And, as always, whenever we do an interview we also give away signed CDs. We don’t keep them ourselves, obviously! We just give them to you guise. Thanks for setting up our studio, so – here are some CDs for you! We can’t give them out to everyone, of course, so we have random questions and tasks to be entered to win. For a signed copy of Eric Nam’s CD, here’s what you gotta do:

To Our YouTube Subscribers!
1) Click this link to Subscribe to us on YouTube. Non YouTube subscribers get no CD. We actually picked a winner for our BAP CD giveaway recently, but they weren’t subscribed, so guess what they DID NOT get? The BAP CD, that’s what!
2) Let us know in the comments to this video on YouTube, what genre you think Eric Nam should get into next and why. Not that he’s bad at his genre now, but he’s open to trying new things. Help him choose!
3) If you’re an Eatyourkimchi Nasty and would rather leave your comments here than in YouTube, that’s ok! Just leave your YouTube username as well, so we can see if you’re subscribed to us! Answers left here have a better chance of being seen, anyway, as it’ll be a few hundred vs a few thousand. Just sayin, yo!

To the Facebook Nasties:
1) Click here to Like Our Page
2) Find the “Eric Nam Contest Thread” and like that post
3) Similar to the YouTube thread, in the comments to that contest thread, answer the same question. It’s like you enter twice with the same answer!

To the Twitter Nasties:
1) Click this link to Follow us on Twitter:
2) Click this link to Retweet this Post. JEBUS! THIS IS THE EASIEST ONE TO DO! Just do it!

And, lastly, there are some scenes that didn’t make it to the final cut, like Eric Nam playing with our dog. You know, I almost wrote “like Eric playing with our dog” but that would suggest that we’re on a first name basis, which – I feel – we should be, considering he played with my dog, but…no. I can’t just call him Eric. Maybe he didn’t play with my dog enough. Anyhow, check it out!

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  1. AmyShoua is my youtube username
    Eric Nam’s voice is a very soothing sounding voice…He has the ability to portray an array of emotions in his voice. He has a very 4MEN-esque sounding voice…I think he can continue doing what he’s doing in this genre or I think he’d make a really nice ballad singer…I’m just a sucker for ballads

    4 years ago
  2. I also want to know where is the footage of MFBTY with spudgy !! I can’t find it anywhere !

    4 years ago
  3. He kinda reminds me of a young SE7EN…who apparently cannot dance. Unfortunately. Well, I think Contemporary R&B would be best suited for his voice. HE DOESN’T HAVE TO DANCE TO IT IF HE DOESN’T WANT TO! I mean, his tone is more of a soulful, and as Eric himself would say, ‘acoustic-y’ feel to it. Eric doing Contemporary R&B would be like a blissful eargasm…CUE COMEBACK TEASERS!

    yt: missnadster

    4 years ago
  4. I click on the interview without knowing him… how could I have missed this? his voice is just perfect and he is so adorable irl!

    OK, now to serious bussiness… I know nothing about music genres, but I do know I want his voice in the kind of music you listen when it’s sunny but cold and you are indoors drinking a cup of tea. that kind of calm happy songs like Sunday morning by Maroon 5 pop rock? or I shall call my new genre: the happy-sunny-morning-kindofsong genre.

    Btw my youtube name: xochitlBTK

    4 years ago
  5. Woo Atlanta!

    4 years ago
  6. That was a really fun interview!! He’s so funny! he has this ‘nasty’ personality xD so random

    4 years ago
  7. Youtube name: timbiriki007 …..This is tough. He’s so good at acoustic/ballad! But I think he should try a jazzy theme, kinda like the sound from Yoseob’s album. I’m really thinking about the song “But I” B)

    4 years ago
  8. Guise, maybe all the Spudgy footage is saved for uploading onto OpenTheHappy or something. Guise?

    4 years ago
    • There shall be a Spudgy Secret Reel pulled from the EYK vault…….
      #the conspiracy theories are forming

      4 years ago
  9. eric nam-nam-nam rubbing spudgy’s tummy – 어디에서? ㅠㅠㅠ

    4 years ago
  10. Oh my gosh! You got the opportunity to interview Eric Nam ?!? I’m so jelly jelly !!! ㅠㅠ
    But…. Genre wise I think he is amazing singing what he is now. His voice is so smooth it just flows so well. Like me melting over his velvety voice. But as a new artist in the kpop industry, I would like to see him do more vocally things, such as Lunafly or 2Bic. Ahhhhhhhhh anything from him would be amazing….
    Oh! And seeing him do an English and Korean version of a song would be so cool!!
    Sorry….. Getting too excited
    YouTube: bdx96

    4 years ago
  11. I think he is so adorable. I think that the next thing he should try should be R&B. I think he would have a good voice for it.

    4 years ago
  12. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Nam, I LOVE YOUUUUUU~tube. (Love Song is a great song, I’m glad he’s promoting it aside Heaven’s Door. Gotta say though, one of my other favourites off his album is track 3 – 지우고 살아. His voice is just so uniquely soothing even if he may not fully understand what he’s singing about~)

    Congrats to the EYK crew on another awesome interview!! From the moment I read the whispers of an Eric Nam interview, I was so excited for you to have him in the studio~ I watched his Artist Spotlight on LOEN Ent’s channel and find him to be a breath of fresh air in the K-Pop industry – he’s just so down to earth and aware of who he is and what he wants to do, despite facing initial hardships. Go go Eric Nam! (Aside from his death-defying language skills, Mr. Nam also happens to be an amazing photographer. And if you’re reading this, Eric, Bang Yongguk also has Tumblr so don’t be afraid to return to it! Your travel photos are awesome! Just be wary of scary fans…. Welp.)

    Martina, were you a little betrayed there? XD

    Can I just say how flippin’ awesome that sticker booth is – BEST ADDITION TO THE EYK NASTY STUDIO EVARRR. So many fun memories made! So many more fun times to be had! OOOH YESSSS.

    P.S. Nice slippers there, guise. Eric Nam, chillin’ in the Nasty Studio EYK Nasty style.

    I love being a Nasty.

    4 years ago
  13. I know you guys are not great fans of ballads, but I seriously think he’d be great with jazzy ballads (I’m thinking allong the lines of Michael Bubblé). (YT torntrof)

    4 years ago
  14. Holaaa…I really like Eric voice, so soft and sweet; and I love his fun and positive tune. But I think it would be FANTASTIC to hear him sing something Indie pop or indie folk (more edgy ). Thanks for the interview, I get to know a new singer thats diferent from the usual Kpop idols.

    4 years ago
  15. The scene you guys said that Eric Nam played with Spudgy was a lie?! *stabs myself*

    4 years ago
  16. Thank EYK for introducing us to Eric Nam, I actually really prefer this style to more pop stuff. But I think Eric could probably do a more dreampop/shoegaze type style. So working in something that suites his really sweet voice but is something very different, it’d be very interesting.

    Youtube: iveysbananas

    4 years ago
  17. I think an acoustic type of song or acoustic rendition of songs (r&b, ballad etc) would be the best for his voice. Something like Jason Mraz type of songs :) Somehow his voice is something that is addicting to listen to. I think it would a treat to his fans (especially the international fans) if he releases and english version of his songs. :)

    Youtube @ mangofrappucino

    4 years ago
  18. I want him to try out a Clazziquai-esque jazz, electronica sound from him; we don’t have enough of that. Maybe even a remix or just a concept, one-off album track, I think that would be pretty cool.

    Youtube: yanjaex2

    4 years ago
  19. He should try disco polo, he speaks Polish very well :)
    meggieandmacarena

    4 years ago
  20. LIES, I SAW NO FOOTAGE OF ERIC NAM PLAYING WITH SPUDGY T.T

    4 years ago
  21. I could see Eric doing some R&B in the future, but I would love to see him continue releasing ballad’s!! His voice is soft and sweet, but I think think that he could branch out and do some more upbeat and funky songs!
    P.S. – Great interview, and it’s awesome that he is from the States!!
    Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/feed/?feature=guide

    4 years ago
  22. I think Eric Nam should try some rock music! Something hard and edgy but not too crazy! The plus side is he doesn’t necessarily have to dance! Lol

    4 years ago
  23. This interview was so fun! I like Eric Nam. I think the next genre he tries ought to be jazz. Simon and Martina, you guys know John Park–his style of jazz singing and almost even blues is really lovely, and it’s rare as well.
    YouTube: ztigr777

    4 years ago
  24. How can a grown up man be so adorable?! And it’s not like you guys said “Show us some aegyo” or anything, it’s so natural! Plus his appearance and personality -as far as I can see- matches with his soft and soothing voice ^^ So if he wants to try something different, rock ballads would suit him I think. (YT: kendisinsan)

    PS: It seems that Eric Nam’s schedule is really packed, I hope he takes well care of himself :)

    Thanks for the great interview by the way. Loved watching it!

    4 years ago
    • I find it funny how it’s usually like the idol is all bombast and confidence on stage, but all sweet and polite and shy off; it’s like they kind of have to switch on the persona, so it’s kind of refreshing seeing someone who is as smiley and cheerful (and adorable :3) as their public image makes them out to be.

      4 years ago
    • He is so delightful that we might have to rename him.

      Eric Noms it is.

      4 years ago
  25. He should try disco polo, he speaks Polish very well :)

    meggieandmacarena

    4 years ago
  26. Eric’s voice, as well as others suited for ballads, would work really well for smooth, jazzy tracks. I’m thinking some sexy saxamophone, piano and trumpet in the background… Yeah. You think he’s sexy now? He’ll be on a whole new level singing jazz.
    Youtube: misskylamarie

    4 years ago
  27. Eric is so talented that he would fit to any style he want but I personally have a suggestion of reggae music. He could mix reggae and pop or jazz it would be so new and in his voice it’d be even more amazing ’cause he has a sweet and harmonic voice that brings us into the music as any other artist doesn’t.

    My youtube user is: JunzyCouple

    4 years ago
  28. You keep lying to us! First you said there was footage of MFBTY with Spudgy, and now Eric Nam, and the footage is nowhere to be found!! Lies. Is Spudgy in witness protection or something?

    4 years ago
  29. I think he should try RnB/more ballads (: He can even be the next ballad prince in the kpop industry! Youtube username: youngstars710

    4 years ago
  30. I think he should try RnB/more ballads (: He can even be the next ballad prince in the kpop industry!

    4 years ago
  31. He’s so sweet

    4 years ago
  32. Did anyone else saw at the beginning of part 2, that Eric still wanted to talk when Martina interrupted? :D Still a great interview though ^^

    4 years ago
  33. Oh my god he’s so adorable in that interview~ ^^ :3

    4 years ago
  34. i think he should start introducing some sex– i mean, SAXaphones into the acoustic-ness, and start building up to funk!! EXPLORE ALL THE STYLES!!!! youtube: notachibisuke

    4 years ago
  35. ♥♥♥♥

    4 years ago
  36. With his voice, i’d love to see him do some metal or ballad-y rock.. None of the bubblegum stuff though,, Youtube id @miah5mirotic

    4 years ago
  37. He should do celtic metal with bagpipes! Now that’s going to be shocking~~ (and also friggin’ awesome!)

    4 years ago
  38. Eric Nam has just stolen my heart. What a cutie pie! He reminds me a lot of Seo In Guk, and I think Eric could explore the same musical direction. Perhaps branch out into some R&B a la Roh Jihoon’s ‘Punishment’ or Seo In Guk’s ‘Tease Me’. Loads of potential to show off that smoky voice and get started with some laidback, smooth dancing. Pelvic thrusts are optional because I’m feeling nice.

    On that note I’d love to see him cover Gangnam Style or Fantastic Baby.

    YouTube: bubblesnbroomsticks

    4 years ago
  39. i think Eric’s voice is so sweet and soothing that he could do many genres. But i also think he would be really awesome at more up beat, rocky songs in the future. That would be really interesting to listen to :)
    For the moment i love the genre of music that he’s singing, very similar to Jason Mraz so his singing automatically makes me smile :D
    oh yeah, i think this was one of the best EYK interviews yet ^^
    Youtube: eepschizzin

    4 years ago
  40. I could see him doing some R&B tracks! He gots Seoul in his blood! :)

    4 years ago