The following story appears in and graces the cover of Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 14
(only interview included, you can read the rest of the article at the source)
Tell us how you first got started in music? What are some of your earliest musical memories?
I was invited to sing at a birthday party for my friend’s younger sibling. I met my mentor there and started thinking about becoming a musician. My parents were very against it at first.
How would you describe your visual aesthetic? How important is it to your identity as an artist as a whole?
This is still very hard to describe. I tend to get attracted by something new and different. I could say my visual aesthetics have greatly influenced my identity, which have shaped my attitude and directivity. Stagnant water is bound to rot, so I shall be open to anything new and constantly absorb the good ones quickly.
What is something you hope to achieve professionally and personally by the end of 2017?
I’m hoping to get positive responses for the upcoming album, and want to experience worldwide market including Asia and beyond. Personally, I’m hoping for a happy year.
Have you found it challenging to distinguish yourselves in the Korean music scene?
I would say distinguishing ourselves wasn’t that challenging. Rather we were worried wewould sound too distanced from the scene.
For those who know little of it, how would you describe the music scene in Korea?
There are many great things about the scene, but the market changes very quickly. When saying ‘K-pop’, dance music tends to be the most famous. I recommend that anyone interested should try listening to bands or musicians like us, because you’ll find many awesome, unconventional teams in the scene.
Do you find a difference between how your work is received back home vs. abroad?
Yes. Back home we are mostly received as how we are shown in the TV shows or images we have in the broadcasting media. But abroad, it might be because we are not that exposed to those medias or shows, but it seems like our music and fashion-related content tend to get covered more.
What’s the most difficult part about your job? The easiest?
The most difficult part is that taking a break is not solely a break, but the easy part would be that comparatively, we tend to have a lot of time to rest.
What’s one of the strangest things to happen to you while performing/while on tour?
When we perform on stage, it always rains. It just always does, even in the dry season or area. It’s like a jinx.
Does Hyukoh have a band philosophy? If so, what would it be?
Let’s do something fun and be cool, for a long time.
If you could collaborate with any artist alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Elliott Smith or David Bowie. We might make something awesome together.
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