In a building with barely any electricity, people enraptured, seemingly doped by music that I had never heard of. That was my first impression of the Korean indie music scene. I started Doindie with a friend of mine in order to let Korea and the world know about this vivacious culture full of diversity. I’ve encountered many like-minded relationships since then, which led me here today. Thankfully so.
I came to Korea from England in 2006, it took me a while to find out about the indie music scene here in Korea, but once I found it I fell in love with it and immediately wanted to get involved anywhere I could. Over the years I’ve seen countless amazing shows and become a fan of and friends with many bands. I also play in a band, so as both a fan and a performer I have a unique insight into the scene. In my free time I have organised several charity concerts, lots of random shows, and a free one day festival down by the Han River in 2013 (which I hope to revive in the near future). Making DoIndie was something I’d wanted to do for ages and the best way I can think of to repay the Korean scene for all the joy it has given me over the years.
I got into indie music after joining my university music club. After watching a TV program I got obsessed with a certain band. I wanted to get into the scene even more so I applied to join DoIndie. Now I’m obsessed with DoIndie (The background image on my computer and my phone is the DoIndie logo image). Because of DoIndie I’m putting lots of effort into my design studies. Give me more work!!!!! More more more!
I don’t feel like I owed indie music anything per say, but I did feel like contributing in some way was something I needed to do. By coincidence the opportunity to work with DoIndie presented itself to me, so I took it. I am ready to do whatever is needed. I try to listen to a wide range of music from different genres but it’s harder than I imagined, so I usually end up listening to rock music!
This photo was probably taken when I was five, and I still play the violin. It’s actually my major in college, but as a musical omnivore, I explore and listen to all sorts of music. And sometimes when I do find good stuff, I recommend it to my friends. This is how I naturally became fond of indie music. I’ve always lived with the desire to meet people from diverse musical backgrounds, and to support musical diversity. Then, one day, when I opened my eyes, I had somehow ended up working at Doindie..! Here I do lots of translating, among many different things.
I think that ever since childhood I’ve always wanted to be a little bit different to other people. Most of my friends would want to learn Taekwondo, whereas I would ask to learn Kumdo. I didn’t learn piano like the majority of people in Korea, I decided I wanted to play the violin instead. In retrospect I suspect that this all started back when I was in the fifth grade and I saw Crying Nut’s music video for the song ‘Speed Up Losers’. It had a very raw and vivid feel to it. A bit of a mishmash of a video, but it had a certain energy too. When I saw that music video I found myself thinking that I would love to jump around at one of their shows some day, so I had a strong desire to be part of the indie scene while I was at school. Since 2007 I’ve been hanging out at all the venues in Hongdae and have thus achieved that little dream of mine! Seeing as I’ve been getting so much joy out of the scene over the last 10 years I think that now is the time for me to pay it back. Go DOINDIE! Go Korean Indie
I’ve been longing for an indie scene where people work together to grow the scene without any intervention, without someone's instructions, and where people independently and voluntarily come up for it. And I’ve always wanted to be a part of that type of scene. I think that this is my first step. I hope that various other fields ‘DOINDIE’ as well, not just the music scene.
I’ve always been a person who finds a lot of excitement in life. When I was around five years old I would always demand to watch animations right till the very end, so I could listen to the ending music. Only once I had danced my way through the end credits I would be ready and happy to go to school. I would even dance in the subway on the way to my grandmother's house. Perhaps as a result of that inner excitement I’ve always been into music since I was young. I enjoy playing instruments, listening to music and singing as well. Since I grew up in the countryside I didn’t know much about live music. It was not until I was in the second year of high school that I saw my first live show at V-Hall in Seoul. Wow! I thought, I’ve finally found a place where I can truly express my excitement. Since then I’ve ended up spending most of my cash on music! Music and concerts seems to have a special power to bring people with no discernible common interests together as one. I want to share this power with others. Through working with DOINDIE I want to have lots of conversations about the independent scene and I want to organise a big, unique concert that brings lots of cool people together. Go DOINDIE!
Fine foods, good music, and writing. To summarize, I am an ordinary person who appreciates an earthly paradise. For me, indie music is always is an unexplored field, like a global snack market. I love this scene, because exploring and finding new music always intrigues me. It’s obvious that restaurants need word of mouth advertising to become popular, but so does good music. If I am able to reflect my personal fervor as a part of Doindie, I want to share, be sympathized with and recognized for what I feel in music.
As I came to listen to music, it was somehow all indie music. Although I listen to many different genres, I’m most attracted to indie band music. I’ve spent my teenage years with it, and naturally it became my most beloved. So I joined Doindie in order to do something helpful for the scene. I will diligently listen, read and write about music to increase my competence!!
I love films and music. I get tired of things easily, but when it comes to music, I love listening to all sorts, consistently. Perhaps I will do so for the rest of my life. At Doindie, I plan to write about music, pictures and films.
I love listening to music. I ponder ‘what could have been the decision-making process behind these notes?’, all the while trying to put colors to those notes. When I see the album cover of a song that I am listening to, sometimes I feel sad that it is not fully imbued with the song’s color, and I want to do it myself. I joined the team because I wanted to share these ideas with other people, rather than simply pondering and creating materials all alone. From now on, I will do indie. You all should do indie as well!
As I’ve loved drawing since I was young, I went to a college of arts. In middle school, when I accidentally heard Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall,’ I became fond of band music. I gradually became interested in Korean indie bands, and in between art and music, I felt something ‘hip’ about the indie scene. I tend to emphasize this ‘hipness’ too much, so that even my friends feel sick of it. In my sophomore year in college, I wanted to learn guitar, so I joined the guitar club. However, as I have this innate feature of short fingers, I realized I was not meant to play the guitar, and now I want to focus on what I do best-- design, and supporting indie culture. In high school my friends frequently told me that I always dug for something low-key. The culture I love is always something low-key… this is not too bad, but I want my friends to enjoy it as well. As a part of Doindie, I want to let everyone know about indie culture!
I fell in love with Korean music when I first arrived here from South Africa back in 2002 as a university English teacher, but it wasn’t until a move to Seoul many years later that I fell into the Hongdae scene through a friend. With my background in Drama aiding my attraction to live performance, I soon became obsessed with attending as many shows as I could each week. Landing a short-term position as a reporter for a Korean indie music show on TBSefm radio helped me meet many more musicians and fans in the scene. Around that time Patrick and I became Facebook friends and he invited me to help him get Doindie off the ground. I have felt so welcomed and so inspired within the Hongdae community, that it has served to make me love my adopted Korean home more and more; this is the one space in which the cultural differences between Koreans and “foreigners” become irrelevant. I am honored to now have a chance to give back to the artists who give me so much, by trying to spread their message to both my students and Korean friends as well as the expat community.
Coming to Korea as a US Army officer in 2011, I had no idea what I was about to experience. In just two short months, I was enamored with a powerful and robust music scene I gushed about to music-loving friends back home. I’d always been nuts about music, but it wasn’t until I became part of the scene in Korea that I realized just how much music meant to me. It’s the fuel that keeps me going in my career and my life. With that in mind, I wanted to do anything I could to support the scene I loved and the people who made it so wonderful. I attended a minimum of two, sometimes three (and sometimes four…), shows every weekend, and still I couldn’t get enough. To that end, I helped open up a venue in Noksapyeong called POWWOW, the running of which was one of the highlights of my lives. Soon after, Patrick approached me with an amazing idea to answer the question of how to better promote the scene. Through his vision, DoIndie was born. I’ve helped write articles, edit, and run the site, though all from my unfortunately distant position outside Korea (at the moment). DoIndie is how I stay connected to this vital and brilliant scene full of spectacular and creative artists. I feel lucky to be a part of this project and hope we succeed in our goal to help make the great indie music found in Korea more sustainable for the artists involved and heard by the rest of the world to give the scene the recognition it so richly deserves.
I never had anything I really wanted to do, or anything that I was particularly good at, but then I found something that lit a bit of a spark in me. That something was watching the live shows of independent musicians. I fell for the sounds of the bands and the vibes of the scene. At first I just attended the shows because it was fun, but later musicians began thanking me for the support I was giving them. That made me want to help more and I ended up working with DOINDIE. I got into the scene by chance, but I’ve now been into it for all of my twenties. It’s my dream come true.