top of page

Discovering TE.O!

Young artist from the South Korean R'n'B scene, TE.O agreed to get to know his French audience through a first European interview.

Young artist from the South Korean R'n'B scene, TE.O agreed to get to know his French audience through a first European interview. The singer has just released a new song, "Payphone", on February 17th. The opportunity for our team to meet him and introduce him to you!


KRM - Hello TE.O! Thank you for granting us this interview. Could you present yourself to the French and European public?

TE.O - Hello, I am TE.O, a Korean singer-songwriter.

KRM - A few days ago, on February 17, you made your first comeback of 2023 with the title “Payphone”. Can you introduce us to this new title? What is his story ?

TE.O - My new song "Payphone" is a jazz & R'n'B piece, and the title is related to a public telephone in the street. Recently I had a situation where my phone was broken so I had to use a public phone. I thought using a payphone would be a good idea for my song, so I decided to create this song based on that experience.

KRM - “Payphone” mixes an R'n'B base with jazzy sounds and a retro touch that can be seen on the MV. What are your musical influences? How does this mix of sounds represent you?

TE.O - I think my musical influences are a mixture of pop, R&B and hip-hop music. The musical idea for "Payphone" comes from my friend, Siu, who produced the song with me.

He suggested I try a jazzy R'n'B style. And I accepted. It's hard to explain that this is what represents my music because I like to experiment with different styles and bring my own sound.

KRM - When we go back and listen to your various releases, there is a very positive feeling that emerges. “BOMB” or even “PARADISE” both speak of love and convey a positive feeling. Unlike “Paint over” released last year. How do you compose your titles? What inspires you to write your songs?

TE.O - Sometimes I jot down titles or themes for songs I want to create. Sometimes I come up with a title first and then create the melody, while other times I create the melody first and then decide on the title. For my music, I draw my inspiration from various sources, including my daily life, films, books and my imagination.

KRM - Before debuting solo, you were part of two groups. Why did you choose a solo career? Is it easier for you to express yourself alone?

TE.O - Everyone had the chance to do solo activities. Eventually, the solo activities for all of us were much more appealing than when we were in a group, and we split up as to each show our style. I think it represents me better because I express myself fully solo.

KRM - And what made you want to pursue a career in the music industry?

TE.O - Nothing special. I have loved music since I was little. So I decided to do it.

KRM - Were your first years of career disrupted by the coronavirus crisis? Some bands and artists have had to put their careers on hold. How did you experience this period?

TE.O - As an independent musician, I have focused only on preparing my personal albums, so it is true that the pandemic has made it difficult to attempt any outside activities. However, since I didn't have any planned activities at the start (concerts, shows, etc.), I can't say that I was greatly touched. Like everyone around the world, I have experienced disruptions and difficulties in my daily life due to the effects of the pandemic.

KRM - Today that the world is opening up again, we are seeing a strong development of the Korean music industry internationally. Do you want to perform on European and American stages one day?

TE.O - Everything is possible, I absolutely want to create opportunities.

KRM - You have already made some collaborations. Which artists would you like to collaborate with and why (Korean as well as international)?

TE.O - All artists are welcome. I want to collaborate with domestic artists who are R'n'B singers or rappers, as well as foreign artists.

KRM - As 2023 has just begun, what are your plans for the coming months?

TE.O - Although making ends meet on a daily basis is difficult, I plan to release albums regularly.

KRM - To conclude this interview, do you have a few words to share with our readers who are discovering you today?

TE.O - Please listen to my music, seek it out and give me lots of attention and love.



Many thanks to TE.O and Laury for making this interview possible.

10 views0 comments


bottom of page