WONHO AND THE INFINITE BLUE
Femina|October 2021
BLUE LETTER IS THE LATEST ALBUM MANIFESTING FROM THE HEART OF WONHO. THE RENOWNED SOUTH KOREAN ARTISTE SAT DOWN FOR AN INTIMATE INTERVIEW, SPEAKING OF HIS LOVE FOR MUSIC AND HIS FANS, AND HOW HE TRANSLATES THOSE EMOTIONS INTO THE MELODY OF HIS LIFE.
AMBIKA MUTTOO

If you grew up in India during the '90s or in decades preceding that time, there's a good chance you've come across a blue inland letter. It might be an almost forgotten form of communication now, but that humble one-sheet, foldable form flew across every part of the country, from the biggest cities to the smallest villages. This writer was in boarding school, high up in the Himalayas, aged 10, and would curl up every week to write home. That blue letter was always filled with the love and longing that came from a very young, wistful heart, sitting far away from family. Wonho was told this story, as we sat down across time zones on Zoom to discuss his latest EP, Blue Letter - a name that triggered these bittersweet memories. As he listened, intently, his expression was a mixture of sincerity, understanding and endearment. It's very clear that this is someone who really gets the poignancy of emotion. “Woah! Thank you so much for sharing that story." Wonho smiled. "It actually makes me really glad that I have this album coming out."

Sincerity is an adjective that is so particular to Wonho - something his loyal fanbase WeNee (short for We Are New Ending) will attest to. It's evident in the music he makes; he's deeply committed to production, lyrics and performance in equal parts. Wonho is an acclaimed artiste in a musical landscape that isn't just confined to South Korea the artistes who dominate that industry are bonafide global stars, and for good reason. He's been solo since departing from Monsta X in 2019 for grounds that have been amply and unequivocally cleared and put to rest. Wonho's debut EP, Love Synonym Pt.1: Right For Me released in September 2020, with the sexy, crisp title track, Open Mind. It also featured Losing You, which is an intimate, heartfelt missive to his fans. The EP's second half, Love Synonym Pt.2: Right For Us arrived in February this year – a triumph arranged across genres. There was a fantastic, audacious collaboration with singer-songwriter Kiiara called Ain't About You, and Lose, the opener, had Wonho flexing his abilities as a singer and producer in an entirely new light. Each offering provided a new definition of love freedom, hope, new beginnings.

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