K-pop superstar Jackson Wang takes the digital cover story of METAL Magazine‘s June 2022 edition lensed by fashion photographer Gowontae. In charge of styling was Kim Seong Deok, with production from Xu Ye and Cara. Beauty is work of hair stylist Leehan, and makeup artist Cho Hansera.
I hadn’t been on a break for nine years, I think. I used to be a person that if you gave me three days holiday probably by the end of the first two days, I’d start to feel insecure. I have anxiety, like, what am I doing here? Everyone’s working so hard, and I’m stopping. I’m not being productive, efficient. I start to worry. Also, the other worry is what if I can’t get back? I jumped from a channel, from working so hard. What if I get lazy? What if I can’t get back to my original zone? I was worried. I know that a lot of people say you need to recharge, you need to refresh. In the end, I tried and it’s not bad. I got a lot of sleep, I had a lot of fun. My brain needed it. I didn’t know.
Yes, every song is going to have their zone and there are three different zones. One is the fierce aggressive dark devil that has always been deep inside me. And the others are Blow the concept of the leader in a crew. Then one is super lonely and soulless. Imagine the whole album is the process of digesting emotions. My album breaks down into three main categories of fire, water, and subsidence. Red is the fire region: aggression, temptation, and craziness. The second section is blue, that’s me in the ice world cooling down. Then grey loneliness, soulless, just silence. The process is from fire to ice and then subsidence. That’s the whole emotional narrative. – Jackson Wang
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