Jay Park recently proved his ever-growing popularity with a successful Australian tour, wowing crowds with his incredible singing, rapping and dancing talent, as well as his casual wit and laid-back interactions with audience members. During the Sydney leg of his tour, he bravely sat down with us to have a chat about the special relationship he has with his fans, success, and all things Australian.
Jay Park isn’t your usual K-pop artist – this he admits himself. I highly doubt any other idol would allow an unashamed fan to hold a one-on-one interview with him, at the risk of it all going oh-so wrong. The risks for Jay are just as great: fans, though passionate, are sometimes unpredictable. And yet his “open lifestyle”, as he calls it, allows for this giant leap of faith.
But Jay has always been such a person, and his relationship with his fans has always been special. Known as Jwalkerz, they are particularly committed to supporting Jay, the man who describes himself as someone who “works hard, plays hard”, and aspires to be “a decent human being”. It’s obvious that he feels and appreciates that love. As soon as you ask about Jwalkerz his face lights up, and phrases like “well mannered”, “kind hearted” and “supportive” roll easily off his tongue. There was a strong sense of respect from him for the fans who “try hard not to go overboard”.