I guess the title of this post pretty much gets to the point. If you want to learn more about Korean indie music, you should check out the very imaginatively titled website Korean Indie, recently started by myself, Anna Lindgren of IndiefulROK fame and Chris Park of the review site Wakesidevision. Together, we are hoping to create one big site, full of news, reviews, and other information about Korea’s music scene.
The plan is eventually to have a pretty good database about a good chunk of the Korean scene, all in one place. So if you are thinking about going to a show, you can easily find out about the bands playing. If you like what you hear one night, you can learn about a band’s releases (and maybe buy someone from Hyang or Purple or some online site). And we’ll have plenty of news, too.
I guess the motivation, at least for me, is how frustrating it is that there is not more information available about this music. If you want to know about K-pop, there are endless sites about that sort of music. If you want to know about Korean movies, you have Darcy Paquet’s excellent Koreanfilm.org and other sites. Even TV dramas have some decent resources. But for indie and non-pop music? There is not a lot out there.
None of which should slow down the Korea Gig Guide. In the three years since I started this site, I’ve been pleased to see it grow steadily, thanks to the interest from all of you. I will not be so active here in the future, but Shawn, Jon, and Dain have been doing most of the work here for some time anyways. So thanks to everyone who has frequented the Korea Gig Guide over last few years, and thanks to Shawn, Jon, and Dain. And I hope to see you at Koreanindie.com soon.