When f(x) Amber blew our minds with her first solo “Shake That Brass” featuring SNSD’s Taeyeon last year, we knew that her solo career wouldn’t just end there. Sure enough, her latest solo track “Borders” was released earlier today (25th March)!
“Borders” marks the 7th release for South Korean entertainment mogul SM Entertainment’s “STATION” digital single project.
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Lemme introduce the family [1/2] 우리 가족소개: Song by Amber J. Liu & VO3E (Leon, Jayeon, Pit) @ywywmlt @jayeon____ @pit_300 This started two years ago with me and Leon. We probably spent months on this track, changing and redoing things over and over, so we just left it for a good year and a half. It just wasn’t perfect. But with the talent of the rest of VO3E: Jayeon and Pit, we finished the version you are about to hear. 2년 전에 저 와 리온이 이 곡을 만들었어요. 몇달동안 이 곡을 계속 고치고 바꾸고 그랬는데 결국엔 1년반도안 그냥 냅뒀어요. 완벽하지않았어요. 다른 VO3E멤버들 자연이랑 핏의 힘으로 곧 나올 파이널 버전을 여러분 들을 수 있습니다. Music Video by DPR Director: Amber J. Liu DA: +IAN @dpr_ian Gun @_kanggun Producer: Scott @shhhkim PA: Jungmoo @junjungmoo So excited to finally be working with the team. Rome has spent the last year and a half teaching me how to shoot, edit, and visualize things. This time with Scott’s and Rome’s blessing, they let me take the reigns this time. It being my first time directing by myself, I thought I was nervous but i actually had a blast, especially having the team with me. Guess all the preparation paid off?? We worked day and night from planning, then shooting, and editing. We’re all really excited to show you guys what we made. DPR!!! 드뎌 우리 팀이랑 일 한다!! 롬이 저와 한 1년반 동안 영상 찍는것 편집하는것 각을 잡는것 저한테 가르쳐줬어요. 이번엔 스캇과 롬이 이 영상을 저한테 맡겼어요. 처음으로 혼자서 감독 하니까 긴장 할 줄 알았는데 너무 재미 있게 했어요 특히 우리 팀 저와 함께 만드니까 더 든든하고. 뭔가 그냥 준비 한만큼 잘 해놓은 느낌일까요?ㅋ 밤새서 우리가 계획을 짜고, 촬영 하고, 편집 했는데 우리 팀 만드는 영상 많이 기대해 주세요! DPR!!!
Written and composed by the rapper herself, “Borders” is an English rap ballad with a soft chorus that strongly showcases her vocal potential. Unlike her first solo track, this song has no glamorous concept and it tells the story of the real her.
“This song took me a lot of courage to write because I was always apprehensive of the subject it talked about. I’ve been doing this job (singer) for a long time and right now, I speak out as Amber of f(x) nor “celebrity” Amber, but just Amber. Just plain, simple, human Amber.”
She said that through this song, she hopes her fans will never give up on themselves, and that there will always be a silver lining. The chorus of the song also mentioned Amber’s mom, who is always supportive and loving.
“Cause mom said I’d be crossing borders, never be afraid even when you’re cornered. Stand up straight, fight your way, through the borders”
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Borders explanation. Please read. 보더스 성명이. 꼭 읽어주세요. Before the song is released there are a couple things I'd like to share. This song took me a lot of courage to write because I was always apprehensive of the subject it talked about. I've been doing this job for a long time and right now I speak not as Amber of f(x) nor "celebrity" Amber, but just Amber. Just plain, simple, human Amber. "Borders" is more than a song; no glamorous concepts, no "trying to be cool." Its a raw and real story about reality. Its shares, not only about my personal experiences but of people very close to me. Everyone involved in this project- the producers, my team DPR, the actors, to the staff- were people specifically chosen as they have never given up on me and believed in my vision. For that, I want to thank them for making this possible for me. When you guys listen to "Borders", there is just one thing i wish everyone could take from it: NEVER give up on yourself. There is always hope in the midst of this dark, demanding world. In the end, live for those that did not get the chance to and just keep fighting. Always, thank you you guys. You guys made it possible. 노래 나오기전에 여러분한테 몇까지 말하고 싶습니다. 이 노래를 쓸때 많은 용기를 냈어요 왜냐하면 이 주제가 사람들한테 말하고 오픈 하는 자체가 많은 겁을 갖고 있었어요. 제가 연예 활동 한지 오래됐지만 지금 저는 에프엑스의 엠버, 연예인 엠버로서 말하고 있지않습니다. 지금 그냥 엠버. 인간 엠버입니다. 보더스"는 그냥 노래가 아닙니다. 콘셉 짜서 멋있게 만들으려고 하는것도 없어요. 그냥 진심, 솔직함 담은 현실 이야기입니다. 제 이야기과 제 친한테 사름들의 이야기. 이 프로젝트 만들면서 작곡 같이 하는 친구들부터, 제 제작팀 DPR, 연기자들, 스탭분들까지 제가 직접 골랐습니다. 그 이유는 제 옆에 있으면서 포기 절대 하지 않았고 제가 갖고 있는 환상을 믿어주는 분들이기때문에. 그친구들한테 감사하다는 말을 다시 하고 싶습니다. "보더스" 듣고 이 매세지 전하고 싶어요: 절대 자기 자신한테 포기하지말아요. 이 어두운 힘든 세상에도 희망 항상 있습니다. 마지막으로 살 기회 없었던 사람들위해서 살아요. 힘을 내세요. 여러분 항상 감사 드려요. 제가 이렇게까지 할 수 있는 이유는 여러분입니다.
Once again, Amber proved to be a capable songwriter. “Borders” is definitely something that will show fans her “human” side. Even the music video (produced by DPR Production) shows different sides of the struggles that people face every day.
Watch the video below:
Be sure to check out the next “STATION” digital single next week on 1st April 2016!
“STATION” is a special digital music channel project by SM Entertainment which will release one single every week for a year.