Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Cosovel

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Izabela Wroblewska, the vocalist for alt-pop act Cosovel from Poland. Cosovel will play at Zandari Festa on Monday, October 3 at 8 pm at Freebird. Now let’s get to her answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

For me, Zandari is literally food for thought. It’s a musical paradise with a dozen clubs within arm’s reach. It’s a chance to get a new perspective, experience moments of musical ecstasy, and face the challenges. Overcoming the challenges gives you some of the greatest joys of all.

2) What can people expect from a Cosovel live show?

A combination of a music and dance performance on the verge of diverse feelings: joy, sentiment and nostalgia, with a strong pulse of beat. I’m a melody and harmony lover, but lately I’ve gotten into dirty, underground techno. It will be definitely visible in our performance, rhythmically and sonically.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Cosovel yet, what should they know about you?

I’m an emotional addict. I love seeing people dancing and singing with me during concerts. I fulfill myself working with music in its all aspects, from creating, recording, producing, performing and making video clips. I enjoy touring a lot. It gives me the greatest thrill when the day is already dawning and I glide along the road into the brand new. I like the feeling of the unknown. I value devotion and criticism in art. And I really can’t wait to see you in Seoul.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

To tell the truth, I’d like to grab as much as I can during that short glimpse of time. My goal is to experience Seoul’s momentous heritage treasures and rollercoaster nightlife at the same time. I’d like to soak into the city, hang out with locals, listen to the pulse of the streets during rush hour, dazzle myself with the glow of motley streets, visit old markets, breathe the same air as Nam June Paik, taste soju for the first time, experience Sajik Daeje, meet Xooang Choi by accident – I could make a list of my wishes at least 10 times longer.

5) If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

It’s hard to answer that question without being a part of the concert and feeling the real energy of the performing artist. I’d love to experience some great live shows with pure power, which is something I really miss after the electronic music revolution. I see a lot of enthusiasm in the Green Flame Boys, I don’t remember the last time I had an evening with a punk band.

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Terako Terao Ensemble

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with the Terako Terao, who is bringing his free jazz Ensemble to Seoul from Osaka, Japan. Their style has been referred to as auditory cooking. Utilizing a variety of instruments along with unique dismantling and reconstructing production techniques Terako Terao E have a flowing jazz sound which is sure to be a special hit at Zandari when they perform on October 1 at 8 pm at Evans Lounge. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

I am simply very excited!

What can people expect from a Terako Terao Ensemble live show?

They can expect to experience something unique. I recommended our performance to people who do not like the usual, popular music.

For fest-goers not familiar with you yet, what should they know about you?

I think we combine contemporary music and free jazz that people can enjoy well.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

I want to eat lots of delicious Korean food.

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

I am not sure yet about all of the acts. But if some people are going drinking, please invite me too!

 

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Night Marks Electric Trio

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Marek Pędziwiatr, keyboardist and vocalist from Night Marks Electric Trio. The Poland-based trio blur the boundaries between hip-hop, soul, jazz, and the freshest electronic music. The band will perform on October 2 at 9 pm at Veloso. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

We love to travel and share our musical information all around the world. Probably, this will be the most exotic trip of our career to date.

What can people expect from a Night Marks Electric Trio live show?

We will perform instrumental compositions, remixes, and our fresh material with lead vocals. We will share energy, knowledge of life, jazz and hip-hop culture.

For fest-goers not familiar with Night Marks Electric Trio yet, what should they know about you?

Night Marks Electric Trio includes three producers and musicians: me on keys and vocals, Spisek Jednego on drum machine, and Adam Kabacinski on bass and moog. When we were performing in London one of the critics said: “NMET is like jazz from the beat generation”.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

We are staying in Seoul for one week, and we want to see as many Zandari Festa shows as possible. Then … oh my gosh, we crave to experience everything. This will be a big ball of food, beverages, people, love, peace, unity and having fun!

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

Terako Terao E

 

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Paranoid City

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Japo “8-Bit” Anareta, the synthesizer player for synth-pop band Paranoid City from the Philippines. Paranoid City will play at Zandari Festa on Saturday, October 1 at 6 pm at Veloso. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

We’re really excited because this is going to be our first time playing at Zandari Festa as well as in South Korea.

What can people expect from a Paranoid City live show?

They can expect a lot of energy from our performance. We want to give our audience a sonic synth-pop experience they will really enjoy.

For fest-goers not familiar with Paranoid City yet, what should they know about you?

Paranoid City is not just a band, it is a shared experience for both the band and the audience. That’s why we tagged ourselves as “Your Metropolitan SynthPop Destination”.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

We want to meet a lot of new people, both fellow musicians and fest-goers. We also want to experience Hongdae’s unique nightlife.

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

An Honest Mistake! They are our long-time friends from Malaysia. Aside from them, we also want to go drinking with other synth-pop bands as well so we can share ideas with them.

 

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Jujumo

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Makoto, guitarist and composer from Japan’s expressive rock duo Jujumo. They use catchy riffs and passionate melodies which come together for a beautiful sonic experience. Now, let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

This is our first time going to Korea. We hope to see many music lovers at our showcase and during the festival.

What can people expect from a Jujumo live show?

Stories like a picture book will appear in front of you. You will smell it, touch it with your mind, and roll over the language.

For fest-goers not familiar with Jujumo yet, what should they know about you?

Please check out our music on iTunes, and check our Facebook and web site.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

We hope to see new blooming art from Korea. And we hope to eat delicious food too!

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

Earip, EE, Light And Noise, Lass from Poland and more!

Radio blah-blah

Former heresiarch Grand Poobah at the Korea Gig Guide Shawn Despres has been back in Canada for about a year and a half now, and for much of that time he has been hosting a weekly radio program on CFMU called “Sounds From the Korean Underground.” Definitely one of the best ways people not living in Korea have to learn about the Korean indie scene.

On last Sunday’s show, because I happened to be back in Canada visiting family, Shawn was nice enough to invite me to join in. The result was an hour of us blathering and playing some of my favorite Korean music — mostly from the 1970s and 1990s. It was a lot of fun.

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You can listen here on Mixcloud. And for people who like to listen to music online, I recommend you check in regularly on “Sounds From the Korean Underground.”

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with An Honest Mistake

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Darren Teh, guitarist and lead vocalist of the Malaysian pop-punk band An Honest Mistake. With a blend of hard hitting and melodic riffs and vocals, they bring an impressive energy to their music. Combined with their fantastic stage presence, they’re sure to be a big hit at the festival. Now, let’s get to Darren’s answers below!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

We’re super excited because this will be our first time in Korea and we’ve always wanted to play there. We’ve heard of the giant festivals that happen in Korea all the time and this is a perfect opportunity to experience that. On top of that, we’re just really excited to meet everyone there. Especially the bands and the amazing delegates that will be there to share their knowledge and expertise.

What can people expect from An Honest Mistake live show?

Expect a lot of sing-a-longs and lots of movement. If you’re not jumping or headbanging, it’s not an An Honest Mistake show. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves that’s for sure. But you’ll find out about those at the actual show! You’ve got to be there to witness it and be a part of it.

For fest-goers not familiar with An Honest Mistake yet, what should they know about you?

We’re a four-piece pop-punk band from Malaysia. We’ve got three albums out already and we’ve got a new track that will be out in early September. We’ve played festivals in Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, India and of course Malaysia. We used to have a female co-lead vocalist and a violinist but we’ve moved on to a different phase of the band now.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

We want to catch as many local bands as possible and connect with them. Getting to know the delegates will be one of our plans too. Apart from that, we really just to take the opportunity to explore the city a little bit. We’ll be doing a few extra shows prior to the festival as a warm up, so that’ll be good as well.

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

We’re already friends with Love X Stereo, so we definitely want to go drinking with them. To be honest, I’m just looking forward to getting to know everyone. I’d like to hang with as many people at the festival as we can.

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Masafumi Kawamoto

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

For this installment, we’re talking with Japanese singer-songwriter Masafumi Kawamoto. Zandari 2016 will be his first performance overseas and he is anxious to share his music with new audiences. Check out Masafumi’s answers below!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

I am excited because everything will be a new experience for me and Korea is a country I’ve really wanted to go to.

What can people expect from a Masafumi Kawamoto live show?

You can enjoy rock music even though I am not a band, but rather a solo singer with a guitar.

For fest-goers not familiar with you yet, what should they know about you?

I play acoustic rock. I am cool and very, very friendly.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

I would like to try Korean food, especially Shin ramen.

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

Everyone, including all the staff!

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Tirikilatops

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide is asking a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Tirikilatops

For this installment, we’re talking with Super Bodreong from UK act Tirikilatops. Composed of British and Korean musicians, the group’s unique brand of “Avant Garde K-Pop” is wild and a lot of fun. Now let’s get to his answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

We are excited to be performing at Zandari mainly due to the fact that we hope to bring smiles to as many people as possible and we have heard that Zandari is a super cool and super fun festival! Plus it is on singer Bom Carrot’s home turf! So there’s going to be family and friends and new friends! That’s exciting!

2) What can people expect from a Tirikilatops live show?

Fun and free fruit and vegetables! We exist to spread happiness, earworms, and dada!

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Tirikilatops yet, what should they know about you?

We are a musical collaboration between Korea and the UK. Bom Carrot, the singer, is Korean and I’m from the UK. We also have a revolving door of extra performers from Korea and the UK, namely, Kangcoo, Sea Robber Potato, Grass Face Wilson and Kangcootwo. We are not yet certain who will grace the stage with us at Zandari, but it will be one of them for sure. We make music that is quite hard to define. It has been described as “Avant Garde K-Pop” and also “What the hell….?” Both descriptions are fitting.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

Our aim is to see as many cool bands as possible whilst drinking lots of makgeolli!

5) If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

Patients! We saw them play in Manchester and they were great. They are super friendly guys too, so we expect a few bottles of soju in their company would make for a jolly evening.

Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Mateusz Franczak

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Polish multi-instrumentalist and improviser, Mateusz Franczak. Franczak has performed at festivals such as Jazz Fest Berlin, c/o pop Festival, Tzadik Festival Poznan, Narracje – Festival of Artistic Visual Installations, New Tradition – Polish Radio Folk Festival, Off Festival, and Open’er Festival. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

I am really excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016, because it will be my first solo concert played at such a huge festival and so far from home. I’m sure it will be a great experience and musical adventure. Also I’ve never been to Korea before!

What can people expect from a Mateusz Franczak live show?

My live show is an intimate experience, performed, as it is, solo; just me and my listeners. I try to make my music feel familiar, comfortable, protective, while at once intoxicating and dangerous. I want my audience to share in a rare, intimate experience.

For fest-goers not familiar with you yet, what should they know about you?

I’ve been making music for more than half of my life. I started playing in punk rock bands, but I was inspired by so many genres, that after a few years I was recording not only punk, but also jazz, experimental and even rockabilly albums. I’m permanently associated with such bands as Daktari, HOW HOW and Giorgio Fazer. After many years of playing and gaining experience in different bands, I’ve decided to record my own solo album titled “long story short,” which was released on the independent imprint, Too Many Fireworks Records.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

I would like to see as many bands and musicians as possible. I’m really excited and eager to meet new people, learn something new and of course, learn about the Korean indie music scene. Who knows what will happen during Zandari Festa – maybe a new international music project?

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

With all of them – one drink definitely won’t be enough.