7:45 pm - 01/28/2013

GD reveals his honest thoughts on the Korean music industry

G-Dragon revealed his honest thoughts on the Korean music industry.

At the press conference for the finale of Big Bang‘s world tour in Seoul, he said, “I’ve been thinking that Korean music has been for the most part, limited in scope to just one genre. (When producing music) I tried to think less of music that is simply appealing to the masses.”

He also added, “Rather than listening to just Korean music with a rapidly changing landscape, I listen to a variety of music from many genres. I wish we could go back to the time when we made music that made memories. In other countries, as long as a song is good, a new album can have a positive response two, three, or even 6 months after its release.”

Source: TV Report via akp

Netizenbuzz offers a slightly different translation btw:

"Lately, I've been feeling that Korean music is becoming confined to one genre. I personally tried to produce music with less of what the public wanted in mind. Instead of Korean music, which has a fast turnover rate, I tend to listen to songs distinctive to different genres over a long period of time. I hope that we go back to the times where music was produced for the intention of creating memories. In America, it takes sometimes a month up to six months for there to be any type of response after an album's initial release."
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flumes 28th-Jan-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
maybe he knows his music sucks and is listening 2 other music 2 try n make it better????
pivotandsway 28th-Jan-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
he should go reflect instead~
racquelle2005 28th-Jan-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
I will always admire GD's efforts to go outside of the box and branch into other music genres even if I don't exactly love the song. I will always admire him for it.
45s 28th-Jan-2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
Baby <3
lexissexist 28th-Jan-2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
He might have tried, but it didn't work.
stephantasm 28th-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
wow @ these HATERS rn
cloudynitemare 28th-Jan-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
mte lol
aleexnews 28th-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
What he says is so true but with the mass production of idols, I don't think it can be achieved. I think that's where the problem starts. There are way too many idol groups whose companies will put out anything that sounds catchy enough to get the public's attention without actually caring about the quality.

Then there's the idols that only promote their songs for like month and then come back with a new one already, like BAP. It's just really messy. I understand why the companies do it, because they want to sell. Same reason GD chose his title track to be Crayon (though that was clearly an experiment), he and his company know they still need to make money but that doesn't mean he's necessarily happy with it. I hope his next album brings more of that music he talks about, music that doesn't sound like everything that is already out there. I know that when he tries to experiment with music good things come out so pls dont let us down GD.

Edited at 2013-01-28 11:13 pm (UTC)
mizzyoung 28th-Jan-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
jaydk 28th-Jan-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
I agree, especially about the rapidity of the market. I didn't love every song on GD's last solo album, but I was impressed by the diversity of it. I like that he keeps trying new things.
simplyobessed 28th-Jan-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
odd_fish_stick 28th-Jan-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
did he lie tho
tokadah 28th-Jan-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I just want another album like Heartbreaker. that was such a great one.
laceandskin 28th-Jan-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yeeeees Heartbreaker > One of a Kind.
erbalurbal 28th-Jan-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
His music is as generic as it gets but I guess its still better than most kpop songs. I don't really care as long as I can jam to it.
pivotandsway 28th-Jan-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
I can't really hear anything he's saying over the din of his terrible music
misoras 28th-Jan-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)

pikapika217 28th-Jan-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
poor BB. I wonder if this is why groups that try to not fit in the box of popularity, like Sunny Hill, tend to not get their due because they are trying to be truer to themselves.
pon_pon_pink 28th-Jan-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
why all the hate? i admire him for writing his own music and trying to think out of the box, also ppl saying BB's sound is always the same confuse me. I've been on a BB roll lately and it always surprises me how different their sound is on each of their albums and the different styles they have tried.
looking forward to hear his new album <3
laceandskin 28th-Jan-2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
As long as he doesn't make anything similar to One of a Kind. That album was a mess.
asnindie 28th-Jan-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
I agree with him but then he made the most vapid song off all time in Crayon so yeah..
jaydk 28th-Jan-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
It's so much fun when he performs it though. It's like High High...maybe it's junk food, but it's awesome junk food with the performers involved. (I must be hungry with all the food analogies ;-).
simplyobessed 28th-Jan-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
hm..I might be the only one that actually liked One of a Kind. Yeah, Heartbreaker was great, I loved that album but one of a kind was pretty solid imo. Though I didnt care for Crayon at first till the mv and the performances came out. That song is pretty much my jam now.
cloudynitemare 28th-Jan-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I liked both albums too. lol
aifurikuri 28th-Jan-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
The turnover rate in Korea is crazy, how exactly do they make any money? I don't think the industry will last much longer if they don't start to diversify real soon. Like Haha said once, halyu is a bubble waiting to bust.
karmin90 28th-Jan-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
And here comes little old me who didn't like Heartbreaker at all, but loved One of a Kind. Lol
sunshine2163 29th-Jan-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
lol me too! i think everyone liked heartbreaker cause it was more of a pop flow to it. And the image he brought to it made him seem pure and sexual. this time one of a kind a had a hip hop feel with a rugged look to it. you know how folks feel about those gangsters. lol now he is a "try hard". But I LOVE one of a kind! ha!
uledy 29th-Jan-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
I love GD, but he's not really doing anything innovative himself. He's producing the same music I was listening to 5+ years ago...

Bless him.

uledy 29th-Jan-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Although, I will say I love this song:

hisjulliet 29th-Jan-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
I've been feeling that Korean music is becoming confined to one genre

well you're helping with that so

yingmoon26 29th-Jan-2013 04:44 am (UTC)
ya GD's music is sorta generic, even though it's more 'outside the box' than most kpop.

Korean music...more like kpop. because well, kpop is, pop, one genre.
K-indie is awesome though. really good stuff.
45s 29th-Jan-2013 12:20 am (UTC)

It really doesn't matter who he's listening to bc his job is to make pop music. None of that well roundedness (ugh) will translate over to pop bc pop is safe. Ideg ppl trying to pretend that it'll be any different.

Like, I wish he'd shut up about how original he is and actually show us. It's frustrating bc he has the most potential, freedom and flexibility at his label, with fans, within the industry but it's all talk.

I wish he'd collaborate again with top or collab with verbal (they're like besties) and show us creativity in pop bc I legit can see he cannot do it alone and it's gotta be eating away at him.
dalpaengi 29th-Jan-2013 12:26 am (UTC)
....does he really have the flexibility and freedom though? I hear there are many songs he hasn't released for some unknown reason.

I mean I agree with your comment to an extent so I'm not trying to come at you but could he make money if he truly explored his so called originality? >>
45s 29th-Jan-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
It ain't even good trash to dance to. That's the killer right there.
deeinanutshell 29th-Jan-2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Well anyways. I don't like how he just dismissed other Korean acts like that. There are tons of different genres and sounds to Korean music but it's just not v. popular because companies like SM-YG-JYP are jeopardizing the music market. It's nice of him to say that and all but I think the best thing he can do with the influence he has is introduce artists that are /already/ making different types of music to the Korean public through (non-invasive) collabs. Just producing ~different~ music as a one-man show is not going to boost the music industry. Although, I am noticing a decline in idol music trend, so a boost may come about naturally after all.
asnindie 29th-Jan-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
I guess I wasn't paying atttention, I thought he was talking solely kpop, did he dismiss all Korean music? Wow no GD, try Apollo 18, Yellow Monsters before claiming anyone is lazy, blame your own companies for the trends that groups like 10CM have to get coffee commercials to get any airplay.

toshi830 29th-Jan-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
The man has a valid point, but it's a shame because YG basically gets Big Bang to promote the most basic songs that we've been hearing in kpop or rather pop in general. He had diverse songs in his One of a Kind album like Missing You and That XX but the ones that get promoted are basically the ones that are generic and everyone continues to eat it up. It's a problem with the general public who buys into it and the companies who continually shell it out.
heartsolid 29th-Jan-2013 12:56 am (UTC)
It's a problem with the general public who buys into it and the companies who continually shell it out.

ia with this too. There have been many moments where artists release something different and then the masses respond with "WTF is this?! Go back to the old sound, I miss it. You changed for the worst" etc. Which can be devastating to the artists' muse/confidence and management's pockets.
ashiva 29th-Jan-2013 01:08 am (UTC)
In my opinion lots of current stage is because:
1) Korean public seems to take their musical choices only from TV. I mean look at how well those infinity challenge songs do or Busker Busker suddenly becoming nation's favorite band because they were in that reality talent competition on TV.
2) For some reason most Koreans aren't willing to pay anything for gigs or concerts, so non idol scene is struggling
3) Music portals taking too big percentage and selling music too cheaply leading to a situation you need a huge hit to make any money from music which puts pressure on artists and agencies to release something already tested.
4) Emphasis on collectivism instead of individualism in Korean society, which leads to somewhat sheepish behavior with music (you will try to like from what other people like instead of trying to express your own unique persona with your music choices).
5) All those small agencies (and SM nowadays too) with only dollar signs in their eyes churning out idol groups. As while there is commercial aspect to pop everywhere, still elsewhere most pop artists and agencies put some sort of emphasis on music too.
6) If someone has success with different kind of song, instead of taking some sort of influence from it and creating something new others will just try to copy the formula completely. And that different soon becomes norm and boring
7) Indie bands not knowing or even interested in how to build following.

This all to change Korean public needs to change how they perceive music (is it just something mindless to dance and sing to with other people in norabang or can there also be music that's closer to art that's worth paying for in both live and digital/physical format?). I assume that some sort of change will gradually come along the growth of individualism in SK. Although all those small agencies going bankruptcy in few years should also clear market (especially TV programs) to different kinds of music even quicker.

(Also I'm always weirded out how lots of people think being influenced by American/British/whatever country's music is bad. There are huge amount of bands in my country that do fairly Americanized or British type of music and often even sing in English with an accent, but nobody goes around crying about it and calling them unoriginal and demanding them to do some sort of authentic Finnish music.)

Edited at 2013-01-29 01:12 am (UTC)
ashiva 29th-Jan-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
Also hip hop scene is everywhere influenced by American one. So I'm amused with people complaining what a wannabe GD is. Let me introduce you Finnish hip hop:

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