Now that I think about it, its been almost 3 years since my good friend from England first told me about his plan to make a website about the Korean indie music scene. At the time I thought it sounded like a cool idea, but it was a trap and I ended up having to do all this endless work! So, i tricked a friend into helping us out as well! haha. Mostly I help out with the translation work on the site, but I do a load of other bits and bobs as well. It has made me really happy working with DoIndie. I’m not too picky about genres, I love indie / rock music so I go to Hongdae a lot, but I also like classical music a lot as well.
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!
Since I was born into a house of musicians, I think I probably fell in love with music when I was still in the womb. There are countless things that I enjoy that I know absolutely nothing about, as in I have a lot of different interests in lots of different areas, but nothing that I specialize in. However, I’m good at following instructions and want to learn lots of different things during my lifetime. I’m one of those people who might follow you around pestering you to teach me stuff! It’s my dream to spend every day studying while listening to music, but sadly that’s not an easy dream to realize. I’ve wanted to work in the music scene ever since I was in elementary school and I listened to Radiohead with my mum. These days, she doesn’t remember who they are, but still!
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 Music!
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.
My favorite professor from university once said to us; "As the youth of today you must make a creative path outside of the mainstream!” I’m happy to now have the opportunity to be able to work with friends who have a meaningful business and are excited about the work they do. I like to see things, listen to things, and write about things. I recently lost my job as a guitarist in a band, so I’m now searching for an elusive drummer and hard to find bassist to form a new band. I also have a second job, which earns me my livelihood. I have one simple wish; to spend my whole life working in music. I want die having lived a fun and meaningful life. Although none of us have much to offer in terms of assets or wealth to the scene … let’s all invest our individual and collective talents!
François Roland Truffaut is a French film director and one of defining members of the Nouvelle Vague (The French New Wave). He said that there were three stages to someone becoming a movie fanatic. The first is to watch the same movie more than once, the second stage is to write about movies and the final stage is to make one yourself. I hope to apply his words to the music scene, so that is why I am here working with DOINDIE. I started because it looked like something fun to be part of and now I want to make sure I have fun doing it until the end. PEACE
I majored in novel writing and have been a writer now for eight years. While doing my compulsory military service I taught myself guitar, I still pluck it from time to time now. I enjoy riding skateboards and I have a longing to ride down one of those long winding roads like I sometimes see foreigners doing in the movies. I like giving advice to people too, and so I also have a certification in art psychotherapy. For my birthday I got myself a DSLR camera and have since started learning about photography. I’ve been in around 20 or so supporters groups, planning teams or volunteer programs. I think it’s better to ‘do things’ rather than to live without doing anything. I don’t know too much about the ins and outs of the music scene, but I like writing and I love music. That’s how I came to end up working with DOINDIE. Hopefully I won’t end up being too useless. I aim to have a lot of fun and make do lots of memorable things. :)
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!
I’ve been in Korea for just a few weeks, but I’ve already fallen in love with this country's culture. I came here to help DOINDIE promote Korean indie music in Korea and the rest of the world; everyone needs to know about this cool music! I study Communication, specifically related to the creative industry in the Netherlands where I’m from. Other things I like are travelling, playing rugby and going out with good friends. It’s going to be a great year!
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.
When I first heard about DoIndie I thought, “Wow, my friend is involved in a Webzine about Korean indie music”. Now it is my name on the bottom of loads of DoIndie articles and I find myself working and laughing together with that friend as part of the DoIndie team. I don’t feel like I was ‘tricked’ into it by my friend, I am part of it because I want to be. Since working with DoIndie I have been able to see and hear loads of cool shows. I will always do my best to ‘earn my keep’.
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.
I choose the music I listen to depending on my mood at any given time. If I like it at that time, then to me it is good music. My mood changes like the weather, just like my life. I always felt like indie music gave me some kind of strength. All musicians have their own unique styles and their songs have their own sentiments. I like their songs and the way they sing them. Just as they play with their own styles, I too want to help DOINDIE in my own unique way to introduce other people to this cool music.