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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 interaction 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”.

Having said that, “overboard” to most people seems “normal” to Jay. For one, the casual nature of our interview made it look as though it was like any other conversation between two people. Not even the odd gifts fans give him could phase him – underwear and all.

“There’s a rubber butt someone gave me one time. That was sort of strange. I was like ‘what am I going to do with this?’” he laughed. “That’s probably the one time I had no idea what to do with a gift.”

But to some extent, Jay’s fandom also seems to be a mystery to him as he expressed curiosity about them and their love for him – a perfect example of how humble the man is.

“I want to know why they’re my fan, first off. I want to know what kind of music they like from me best. What kind of look and style. I really want to know that kind of stuff. Even if it’s something I won’t like or probably won’t do, I just want to know. I’m curious why they like me.”

Despite what it seems, though, it’s not always a perfectly harmonious relationship. Jay expressed his frustration when Jwalkerz react negatively to his actions, noting that it happens particularly when he curses, drinks, or gets new tattoos.

“Sometimes it makes me think ‘oh man, what can I do?’ I can’t – I’m not going to change myself. I am who I am. Hopefully one day these people will learn to accept me for me.”

More often than not, though, it’s a fair game of give and take. This mutual appreciation has sent him to hold concerts all over the world, and brought him all the way Down Under. Jay has often mentioned via social media that he wanted to come our way, and he was particularly interested in Australian wildlife – saltwater crocodiles, kangaroos and “kualas”. It would seem as though he had an enjoyable trip, albeit a short one.

His knowledge spans from meat pies to vegemite (something he “doesn’t love, doesn’t hate”), to kangaroos and koalas. But his previous tweets had aroused some doubt about his expertise – did he actually know how to spell ‘koala’?

“K-U-A-L-A? Is that right? K-U?”

I cringed and shook my head, offering the correct spelling and informing him that Australian fans now spell it with a “u”. Not being a perfectionist with his spelling, he smiled sheepishly and suggested that the word be changed in the dictionary to suit.

When asked about Australian colloquialisms it was a different story, and he was very eager to try out his Australian accent, which admittedly needs a little work.

“I know ‘cheers’. They don’t say cheers anywhere else. Maybe ‘cheer up’, but not ‘cheers’”.

I softly pointed out that his accent sounded British, and added that Australians usually couple ‘cheers’ with ‘mate’ on the end. He frowned in concentration and tried again.

“Cheers, mate!”

This time, he was spot on.

He then rattled off a slew of phrases such as ‘ta’, ‘heaps of’ and ‘bloke’ – words I myself had not known were uniquely Australian. When Jay proudly announced that he also knew “bashing”, I couldn’t help but think that the man would never run out of surprising things to say to people. Bashing?

“Bashing. Instead of ‘beat up’… an ass-whoopin’”.

I raised an eyebrow and offered a polite “oh…”, quite taken aback that this sort of word was in his vocabulary.

Jay qualified again. “‘He’s gonna bash me’”.

The master of Australian slang, however, was not so cluey about pop culture references, although he quickly learned what taking something “straight to the pool room” entailed. He gestured to the gift on the coffee table from Jay Park Network staff and members.

“This is going straight to the pool room”, he said with a smile.

Jay is not just your regular class clown, though. Approach the subject of his career and it’s immediately obvious that he takes his work very seriously, and a lot of thought has gone into every step he’s taken so far. Unlike many artists, he manages to get the balance right between maintaining a humble disposition and striving to constantly improve.

“To some people, success is about how much money they have, how many fans they have, or how much fame they have. For me, I feel like I’m already successful. I’m taking care of my family, I can help my friends and I can help the people around me just by doing what I love to do. Of course, I don’t mind being more successful and making more money. But it’s not all about that. [Having said that] I just want to get better and better. You know how music changes and evolves? I want to keep up with those trends and new styles, but at the same time I don’t ever want to lose my originality.”

When asked who specifically he thought achieved such a goal, Jay instinctively and without hesitation elected the King of Pop, someone he has previously credited as one of his biggest influences.

“Michael Jackson was very successful. Of course, he had a lot of money – a lot of fame. But he had a really good heart. He was a good person. And even though people ridiculed him, no matter what happened he continued to be a good person.”

And Jay has a fail-proof plan to follow in MJ’s footsteps: hard work and high standards in every aspect of his career. He openly admits to being very hard on himself, and sees solid commitment and rigorous practice as the key to evolving as both an artist and a human being. It is an admirable quality, and as I see it, it stems from his own steely determination, the love and support of his family and friends and the effect his fans have on him. Without a doubt, their unyielding belief in his abilities has contributed to him getting this far.

“[Some people have said] ‘you got me through depression’, or ‘you inspire me’, ‘you’re my inspiration’. That kind of stuff makes me think. Because I’m not a serious guy all the time – I joke around a lot. But stuff like that makes me think ‘oh man, I really do have a big influence on some people’. It makes me want to become a better person”.

Jay may never completely comprehend the effect he has on the people around him – that’s part of his charm. But undoubtedly, Jay Park is just starting: the Jay-effect will be felt for many years to come. And who knows? Another trip to Australian shores might be on the cards sooner than any of us expect.

by Briar Francis
Article written by BRIAR@JAYPARK.NET

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Just a dude trying to be a better person
hipployta 1st-Dec-2012 06:27 am (UTC)
I did respond to the movie FB post like a minute after he did like, "Just when you thought there was a deeper meaning..." LOL
oonalala 1st-Dec-2012 07:09 am (UTC)
Yay! Omona needs more Jay posts!
sandra_hall 1st-Dec-2012 07:28 am (UTC)
COUNT_ON_ME_JAY, it's been a while

oh jay, you/grammar is the most unrequited otp there will ever be.
hileahrious 1st-Dec-2012 08:11 am (UTC)
he is such a failure
hileahrious 1st-Dec-2012 08:12 am (UTC)
but not but
b1gay4 1st-Dec-2012 11:58 am (UTC)
haha o K
in_noctem 1st-Dec-2012 08:21 am (UTC)
This actually made me like Jay?? Not that I disliked him before.
illustratedd 1st-Dec-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
You are me
glenda_ices 1st-Dec-2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
He's really humble and down to earth. And he's really appreciative of his fans.

I think he gives off the wrong impression and that's why people dislike him.
in_noctem 1st-Dec-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
I've always thought he was harmless but his mix tape kinda weirded me out. I don't doubt he's a nice fella, this interviewer def. gave me that impression.
lazmy 1st-Dec-2012 08:26 am (UTC)
jay ur cute
uniqlos 1st-Dec-2012 10:53 am (UTC)
op is my favorite jay stan ♥ she has a 100x100 sized icon too, that makes her flawless.
lee_chikin 1st-Dec-2012 11:55 am (UTC)
OP's icon is cute♥.

Jay lol Park could be writing fanfics on Asianfanfiction with his language level.
And I didn't know "bloke" and "bashing" were of australian origin.
supplanter 1st-Dec-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
b1gay4 1st-Dec-2012 11:58 am (UTC)
a jay post~~~
lettherebeminho 1st-Dec-2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
i love Jay. always have always will. there are so many people who hate on him for one petty thing or another and i just don't see why or how they do it. i don't argue with them, though. i just let them feel the way they think they should feel. all i have to know is that he's one of my favorite little munchkins and this post just proves exactly why.
hellafun 1st-Dec-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
He's right. A very nice message to share with his fans.
gabucha26 1st-Dec-2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I dont really follow Jay's activities that much but wow he seems like such a great guy based on this.

Also Jay's grammar was kinda bothering me at times XD sorry for saying that.
rylee900 1st-Dec-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
He's ridiculous oh my god
rylee900 1st-Dec-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
And I say that with no hate, I've been loving his fail for years now tbh
tugtugbeds okay.1st-Dec-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
people that act all high and mighty, but their grammar is ****...
dharawal 2nd-Dec-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
"straight to the pool room" Classic absolute classic, he really does have a very strong fan base over here, people queued for a few hours just to see him do a 15 minute in and out, now that's dedication for you.

I'm not a great fan, but he does strike me as a genuine sort of guy and we always need more of those.
halfslytherin 2nd-Dec-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
i really, really love this fool. <3333333
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