It was as if a hip-hop club in trendy Gangnam District was transplanted to New York City on Friday night when Korean-American singer and rapper Jay Park and the AOMG (Above Ordinary Music Group) crew — composed of DJ Pumkin, singer/rappers Gray, Loco and Simon Dominic — electrified a crowd in the heart of Times Square’s PlayStation Theater. New York City was the second stop of the 2016 AOMG Follow the Movement North American eight-city tour.
Park, a versatile talent known for singing, songwriting, rapping, dancing, acting, and modeling, would like to add music video director to his resume one day. Speaking to Billboard before the concert, Park said, “I think visually, and music videos spark my creativity.” Ever the businessman (Park is Co-CEO, along with Simon Dominic, of his AOMG record label), Park is nevertheless hesitant to do so at this point. “I really thought about it one time. I was like, ’Maybe I should just direct my own music videos.’ I don’t know because I’m a little bit scared. Music videos are really expensive and if I mess it up, it’s like, ’Oh, there goes 15,000 dollars,’ you know?” explained Park.
New York!!!!!———————- up next #AOMGHOUSTON http://aomgtour2016.com/tickets April 5, 2016 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues April 8, 2016 – New York City, NY – Playstation Theater April 11, 2016 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live April 12, 2016 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory April 13, 2016 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues April 14, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater April 16, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater April 17, 2016 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
Park recently released a new single, “The Truth Is,” about a failed relationship, which some speculate might be based on his own love life. When asked to comment on how much of his songs are based on his real life, Park said, “Maybe like 50 percent. I don’t try to be too specific because if it is then certain people know who it is and that person knows who it is. I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad or call out anybody with my music.” Although avoiding personal blasts is off the table for now, this could change in the future. “A lot of great musicians do make it very, very specific. Some people even say the name,” he says. “I don’t know if I should do that in the future but we’ll see. I’ll play around with it.”
Despite being a frequent YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram poster, Park just recently joined Snapchat with the username aomgjaypark. “I’m late, right? I’m always late to every social media thing,” he says with a smile. “I noticed my friends all did Snapchat and like a lot of celebrities so I was like, ’Oh ok…Maybe I need to get Snapchat.’” As to what he plans to do with it, Park laughed and joked, “You know, I’m getting older, I’m still trying to understand it.”
Many fans have wondered if Park would ever make the jump from the Korean to the U.S. market. When asked if they thought Park could do well in the U.S., two concert-goers from New York we spoke with after the show enthused, “Definitely. He is one of the few [Korean artists] that I say would sell over here very well. He is going to connect more with the fan base over here. I feel like in the hip-hop community, they would be willing to accept him very much.”
It looks like fans will get their wish, as Park exclusively announced to Billboard his future plans: “I’m definitely coming out with an EP in English and I already shot a music video for it in L.A. I think it is going to turn out really good and the name of the EP is called Everything You Wanted. [It’s] R&B. Jay Park & Cha Cha Malone.”
A rep for Park confirmed Park and Malone intend to release the EP in June.
AOMG Follow the Movement 2016 North American Tour Dates
April 11- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
April 12- Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory
April 13- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
April 14- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern Theater
April 16- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theater
April 17- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo