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Still Two Weeks Left to Apply For Zandari Festa ’16

The fifth edition of Zandari Festa is set to take place in Seoul from September 30 to October 3. And for any homegrown talent and overseas acts interested in applying to play at Korea’s largest music showcase festival – guess what … you still have a few weeks left to apply!


This fall’s fest will feature 150 acts gigging in 10 Hongdae clubs. Artist applications are being accepted from musicians from all around the world until July 31. It’s free to apply and past artists have included K-pop acts, thrash metal bands, and literally every musical style in between. The English Zandari Festa ’16 application form can be found here.

The lineup for Zandari Festa ’15 boasted bands from 15 different countries including Lightcraft from Jakarta, Indonesia who had an amazing time at the affair.

Lightcraft @ Zandari Festa ' 15
Lightcraft @ Zandari Festa ‘ 15

“We’d never played a show in South Korea before, so to pop our cherry at Zandari Festa 2015 was just perfect,” says Lightcraft vocalist and guitarist Imam Wisaya Surataruna. “We met some of the loveliest people one could ever imagine meeting in one’s life and played to an audience that were just so supportive.”

Having toured in places like India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Canada in the past, the group knew they wanted to make the most out of their short visit to Korea for Zandari Festa. In addition to playing their official festival showcase, they also attended some of the event’s daytime conferences and made their way to the official after party that closes out the festival each year. Meeting as many people as they could, their networking efforts paid off and helped paved the way for Lightcraft to earn an invite to the Liverpool Sound City festival this past spring.

“The gigs that we played were unforgettable as well – to have South Koreans approaching us for selfies after our set was pretty cool,” says Surataruna. “The conference was great too, as we managed to meet very important folks in the industry, with one of them being the man behind Liverpool Sound City. It eventually led to us being given the opportunity to play that festival, which was a milestone in our journey. And the after party was amazing too. Free drinks, and a who’s who of the South Korean and international music scene, and you’ve got yourself a party to remember for the rest of your life!”

Lightcraft have nothing but praise for Zandari Festa and Surataruna says the band definitely would recommend for other international groups to hop on a plane and travel to Korea to participate in the festival.

“We’ve already spread the word to our fellow bands in Indonesia and Southeast Asia about performing at Zandari Festa. Let’s hope they’ve heeded our words. It’s a wonderful festival that will only bring about a whole world of good for any act. In fact, we would love nothing more than to play Zandari Festa again if possible!”

Seoul’s Used Cassettes are Zandari Festa veterans. The rock ‘n’ roll quartet participated in 2012’s inaugural bash, and have returned each year since.

“Used Cassettes came up in the Seoul DIY scene so ever since we heard about the festival we wanted to be involved,” says guitarist and vocalist Danny Arens. “We all really dig the international vision of the Zandari organizers. That first year we helped put together a Loose Union showcase at Zandari which is a great memory. The festival has come a long way since then. It’s nice to have such an influx of international bands coming into our stomping grounds in Hongdae.”

Used Cassettes @ Zandari Festa '14
Used Cassettes @ Zandari Festa ’14

The group released their sophomore full-length album, “Rock n Rills,” globally in May and the offering has netted the guys some pretty damn impressive press from the likes of first-rate music publications like Spin, Under the Radar, and Impose.

Fully aware of the benefits that can come from exposing more listeners around the world to your music, like Lightcraft, Used Cassettes also encourage overseas groups to take part in Zandari Festa and experience Korea’s indie scene.

“I do think it can be beneficial,” says Arens. “Ask any band who has toured in Korea and they’ll tell you that Korean audiences are amongst the best in the world. Koreans are awesome. Come out.”

Zandari Festa ’16 is accepting applications to perform until July 31. The English application form can be found here.

And here’s a highlight video from last year’s fest.

Patients Return to the UK With New Songs and a New Drummer

With catchy hooks, aggressive riffs, and a punk energy that lights up the stage, a Patients show is never to be missed. They’re taking their exciting blend of drums, bass, and keys underneath punchy lyrics to the UK for the third year in a row for a tour that starts today. Just before setting off from the peninsula, bassist/vocalist Sumin Jo and keyboardist Hyuckjang Kwon sat down with Korea Gig Guide to talk music: where it comes from, where it’s going, and why it’s always fun but never easy.

(2016) Patients 3

How did you get guys together?

Sumin: Four years ago, I was playing with Patients, and Hyuckjang was playing with another band. We used the same practice studio back then. I thought his style would be good for Patients as at that time we had no keyboard, just guitar.  So I asked him to join. And we got a new drummer earlier this year. His name is Soowon Choi. Hyuckjang knew him and recommended him to me. From the first moment we played together, it sounded great! We’ve been playing together for five months now.

Hyuckjang: He adapts very quickly. He is a great drummer.

Your sound has developed a lot over the years. What brought about these changes? Can you describe your current sound to new fans?

Sumin: When we first started, the band members liked 1970s classic punk rock and 1990s punk rock, so we modeled our sound after those styles. Over time, we studied more as musicians. When we released our first album, we were satisfied with our development. But we also wanted to develop a more unique sound that we could call our own. Around then, Hyuckjang joined Patients. We went to the essence of punk rock music and did what we wanted. Hyuckjang, Soowon, and I all have different tastes and we draw from all of those when making music. That is Patients’ sound today.

Hyuckjang: When I joined Patients, we were working on our second album, “18.” I wondered how we could make a rocking sound without guitars and we talked a lot about it. We wondered whether to use the keyboard to make heavy sounds or to create unique sounds. We tried lots of different things and were happy with the results on the album. Recently, Soowon has joined and brought his own sound and we have been trying to integrate electronic punk music with that. Before it was more of an analog sound, and then we had more of a digital sound. Now our sound is really close to the electronic keyboard sound we were imitating and paying respect to. You can look forward to seeing how our sound has developed on some new singles we’ll be releasing soon. We have two new songs right now called “Space Call Girl” and “Game Boy Game Girl.” We’ll be playing these songs during our upcoming UK concerts and will be recording them after our tour.

How do you expect Patients’ sound and style to grow in the future?

Sumin: The only thing that will not change is that we’re going to do whatever we want to do. That will never change in terms of attitude. I don’t know how our sound will change. I don’t think that far ahead. Ultimately, Patients is Patients. We don’t think about genres or styles because … well, that’s not our style!

Your music is marked by a lot of raw punk energy. After over 10 years of playing on stages in different parts of Asia and the UK, what inspires you to keep up that fiery energy?

Sumin: In my head, I’m still young and immature.  And I think I’m still like a teenager with my love of music. So I feel like that kind of energy comes out naturally. I don’t count the years, I just live as usual. I do what I like as soon as I find something, you know?

You’ll be touring in the UK for the third time from May 25 – June 5. What are your expectations for this tour?

Sumin: It is first time going overseas with our new drummer so I’m sure we will have fun.

Hyuckjang: I’m looking forward to going to Angels, a strip club in Liverpool!  Also, we’re excited about playing for audiences in the UK – they’re really great and welcoming.  And we’re excited about drinking lots of great British beer too. But we’re not looking forward to the food.

What are the biggest challenges you expect to face?

Hyuckjang: Traveling between cities with all of our gear is a bit challenging. I use an 88-key keyboard. It was like dragging a coffin around when we went to Liverpool last year. I looked like an undertaker, not like someone carrying music equipment. Actually, as we were traveling between London and Liverpool people were asking why I brought a snowboard with me!

What should new fans expect from a Patients show?

Sumin: They can expect to see something they’ve never seen before. If they come with an open mind and heart, I’m sure they’ll have a great time.

Some crowd favorites are “Sipalsegi,” and “Idiot vs. Psycho.” Can you tell us a little about their inspiration, etc?

Sumin: For “Sipalsegi,” I thought about how “chung” (affection) and “han” (resentment) are big big characteristics in Korea and wrote about them in the lyrics. As for “Idiot vs Psycho,” when I was young, I always fought with our former guitarist. I fought with him seven days a week, all night long. Back then, I wondered “Is he a psycho? An idiot?” and I started writing the song while thinking about that. It’s about the battle between people that don’t understand each other.

What is your songwriting process?

Sumin: Often one member comes to practice with an idea and then we work together to complete it. Hyuckjang mainly makes the arrangements for the music and melodies. The words and emotions tend to come from me and Soowon creates a lot of the rhythms.

What is your favorite song to play live?

Sumin: “Space Call Girl” because it’s one of our new songs. But I like all of our songs.

Who are your favorite bands in Hongdae at the moment?

Hyuckjang: National Pigeon Unity, Trampauline, and 57.

Sumin: I like all of those acts too, but I’ll choose some different ones. I’m going to say Heynam Sin and Patients, DTSQ, and AKUA.

And who are your favorite UK bands?

Sumin: Sex Pistols, Inspiral Carpets, and New Order. I like the Manchester sound and classic punk rock.

Hyuckjang: Pink Floyd, The Cure, and Iron Maiden.

And non-UK bands?

Hyuckjang: The Australian band The Griswolds, Pollock from Spain, and Metallica.

Sumin: There are too many too list!

You recently added Club Steel Face to Steel Face Records and your Steel Face Rooftop 3639 space. How is the club doing?

Sumin: Hongdae has big, wonderful concert halls like Sangsang Madang and Rolling Hall. There are also small clubs like Badabie too. I was thinking that it would be great if we had a tiny and stylish performance space that had a great sound system like the ones in concert halls.  That’s the kind of place we thought we’d love to play in. And that’s why we decided to make Club Steel Face. The club is doing well. I like that we have a place where all our friends can perform in a really nice space. Club Steel Face was recently written about in the US magazine Paste, which was really cool to see. Come check it out!

Here are Patients UK tour dates:
May 25 Chester @ The Live Rooms
May 26 Manchester @ Night & Day Cafe
May 27 Whitchurch @ Percy’s Cafe Bar
May 29 Liverpool @ Liverpool Sound City (Cargo Stage)
May 31 London @ Windmill Brixton
June 5 Worthing @ Bar 42

Patients 2016 UK Tour




Victim Mentality Release New Single Before SXSW Return

Hard-hitting glam rockers Victim Mentality are heading back to South by Southwest (SXSW) this year bringing with them their screaming vocals and lightning quick guitar riffs. Frontman Krocodile sat down to talk with Korea Gig Guide about their Heavy Metal Is Back full-length album, touring, their new single and more. Despite songs to the contrary, we were interested to learn that Krocodile doesn’t like singing or writing songs about sex, though the self-proclaimed heavy metal god is in search of groupies and new love. Get a taste of the man who “doesn’t like Korean music or people,” but rather “loves Judas Priest, for America is the best!” in our Q&A below.

You have become well-known both here and abroad for your style and classic heavy metal sound. As there have been some changes in the lineup and style recently, can you start by introducing Victim Mentality to our readers?

We are Victim Mentality, a Korean glam and heavy metal band. We are a very famous and huge band in Korea! Everyone knows me. If you guys don’t know me, there is a problem. You must be a criminal! If you guys don’t know about Victim Mentality, search for us on Google and YouTube, and then you can pretend you already know us.

How did you all get into music and heavy metal?

Before my memory existed, I listened to and played heavy metal music. My mother told me that when I was only two years old I was already playing heavy metal guitar. Heavy metal was my destiny. I didn’t choose metal, metal chose me.

You have a unique heavy metal style with quite playful lyrics. What is your songwriting process?

Before Mr. Sohn left the band, he wrote the songs and I wrote the lyrics. Now I write everything. First, I make a riff and then I write the melody and add the lyrics to the melody. It’s simple.

As you have many English speaking fans as well, can you talk a bit about the lyrics to the title track from Heavy Metal Is Back to help them get a sense of what Korean fans already know?

We disrespect other styles of music and musicians. They are very famous in Korea, and we disrespect them. Actually, we envy them. But heavy metal chose us, so we can’t find another way. So, we just play heavy metal. The song “Heavy Metal Is Back” is very complicated to explain. People ask heavy metal musicians why we have long hair. They wonder, “Short-haired people can’t play heavy metal?” We don’t know the answer. But I must have long hair, because I am heavy metal. Maybe I can play heavy metal with short hair, but… It’s a complex emotion. We disrespect other musicians who play other styles of music, but actually I envy them. They are very famous and have lots of money. But I can’t change my music, so I play heavy metal and we say heavy metal is back. The story of the song is, although we are not that bright and not that famous, heavy metal is back.

Your first full-length album, Heavy Metal Is Back, is filled with driving drums, fast-paced heavy metal riffs and screaming vocals. And of course, a few ballads mixed in. Which track was the most difficult to record? Which are the most fun to play?

“Love of Sixtynine” was very difficult. I don’t know why, but the singing was very difficult. That is not my style, so it was difficult only for me. I don’t know about the other parts. I just sing on that record, so “Love of Sixtynine” was very challenging. “Is It My Child?” is a fun song. That and “Pubic Lice” are the most fun songs. “Love of Sixtynine” is fun too. Our new song, “I Hate Hiphop,” is my favorite song to sing live these days.

What do you like to write about?

The songs about sex are very fun, but I don’t think that can be the major subject. There are so many subjects besides sex that we can talk about with people. Sex is not a topic for sympathizing with many people. Perhaps sex, women, love, and similar things can stimulate people, but that’s all.

You released a brand new single last week. Please tell us about it.

It’s called “I Hate Hiphop.” Actually, I don’t hate hip hop. Hip hop is a favorite genre in Korea. But if we attack them, we can make noise. That noise can make money. So I made the song. The song and music video are very serious. If you watch the video, you can feel how I deeply hate hip hop. But the truth is, I don’t hate hip hop. All kinds of music are equal and respectable.

You’ve played major showcases both in Korea and abroad. What have been your best performances?

The best performance was at SXSW in America. We really loved Chosun Galbi, a Korean restaurant in Austin, Texas. It is 10 times better than food in Korea. Because of the American cows, the meat is much better. So, it tastes 10 times better than in Korea.

What are your expectations and goals for this year?

Love. I want to find new love. Actually, I broke up with my girlfriend last month, so I need new love and I expect to have a new romance in Austin when we play at SXSW again this month.

What can US fans who haven’t seen you yet expect from Victim Mentality?

I have the holy spirit of the metal gods. So they can expect money and to have good luck in money, health, etc. It’s difficult to explain in English. Sharing info about us and seeing us play can improve your luck. Most of you can earn lots of money if you see our concert!

Any final comments for fans who will see you at SXSW?

Thank you for reading my interview. Come to our show. Share our articles. Share our schedule. It can help you become healthy and rich. It will help my wealth, too. Let’s help each other! Thank you.

Victm Mentality SXSW Poster

Victim Mentality will play two shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas this week.  Here’s their gig schedule at the festival.

March 16 Austin @ The Belmont (Korea Night I: K-Pop Night Out Showcase)
March 19 Austin @ Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room (V-Rox Showcase)

Gig Review: Galaxy Express, Dead Buttons, and 57 @ Strange Fruit on January 16

On Saturday night, I clambered down the stairs of Strange Fruit in Hongdae to see veteran indie rockers Galaxy Express perform. The band have committed themselves to a month of nightly performances at the tiny basement club in January. While this kind of demanding schedule is usually reserved for overseas tours when bands are fueled by the thrill of new environs, Seoulites now have the rare opportunity to see one of the city’s most loved indie acts any day of the week (barring Mondays).

While Galaxy Express is usually filling much larger live halls or soccer fields at outdoor festivals, they have decided to offer a more intimate experience for fans. Strange Fruit was definitely not built to hold big rock acts and does not allow much room for jumping around, but they had the place packed and bumping wall to wall.


The show was kicked off by garage rock duo 57. Their set had its highlights with subtle moments building into big crashing riffs, but one gets the feeling these up-and-comers are still honing their sound.

Galaxy Express
Galaxy Express

Surprisingly, Galaxy Express were next to take the stage, explaining that they wanted to give the headline honors to Dead Buttons to celebrate their new album release. Galaxy Express belted out eight songs in quick succession without so much as skipping a beat, even slipping into some unexpected reggae with a few bars of Bob Marley ‘s “I Shot the Sheriff.” While the audience highlights were definitely “Horongbul” and “Jungle the Black,” a personal favorite was “Let it Out,” the opening track off their latest album, last summer’s “Walking on Empty.” While one might have forgiven them for stepping off the gas for a moment given their hectic playing schedule, the trio blasted out a frantic set to a full house and even relented to demands for an encore of “Oh Yeah!”

Dead Buttons
Dead Buttons

The night was finished off with the eclectic garage rock of Dead Buttons putting on the best performance I’ve seen from them to date. The band cranked out a more raucous rendition of their crowd pleaser, “Baby, Please Be Yourself.” It is safe to say that this rock duo have really hit their stride with their brand new album, “Some Kind of Youth,” with “16-22” standing out live as a great track. A cover of Galaxy Express’ “Oh Yeah!” wrapped up a fantastic night of rock and roll.

Galaxy Express play nightly (sans Monday) at Strange Fruit in Hongdae throughout January. Check out who they’ll be playing with each night by clicking on the photo below.

Galaxy Days


Singaporean Punk Rock Trio to Launch New Album in Korea

Iman’s League is a melodic skate punk trio hailing from Singapore. With a catchy and full-throttle SoCal-esque sound, the act recently became the first punk band to ever win Best Band and Best Song (Singapore) at the Anugerah Planet Muzik awards, a major Southeast Asian music awards show. Alongside local legends …Whatever That Means, they are poised to play a three-show tour hitting Daejeon, Gwangju, and Seoul to launch their new “Destiny” album this weekend.


Korea Guide Guide interviewed frontman and namesake Iman just days before they christen their new album with a punk rock rampage across the country.

Iman’s League began as a solo acoustic act in 2007 and has now transformed into a high-speed punk group. Tell us about your transformation.

Initially Iman’s League was supposed to be just a solo project of mine. I kind of “quit” playing in bands after my previous band of 10 years broke up in 2007. That’s when I decided to just take it slow and play lots of originals acoustically. I played a lot of small pubs, community centers, and even weddings.

After a few years of doing that I decided to record an EP called “Crossing Rivers.” I played all the instruments on it. After the EP was released, I decided to bring two session musicians to accompany me during my live performances. That’s when I called up the other two members of Iman’s League, Ishyam and Anhar, to be my session players. I had known them since my teenage years, and we immediately clicked from there. Before we knew it, we were playing numerous shows in Singapore, and we also did a Malaysia tour in 2012. That’s when I decided that this should be a band rather than a solo project. We recorded a second EP, “Forever in 7th,” in 2013 and toured Indonesia and Japan in 2014.

You describe your sound as “anime punk rock.” Could you elaborate on that?

One of my main influences in music is punk rock, and I listen to lots of Japanese bands like Hi-Standard, Dustbox and Total Fat. I also listen to lots of Japanese anime music. I would say that most of the Japanese anime music also has a bit of punk rock influence. I really love the way the music sounds so energetic and melodic. I have also been strongly influenced by American punk rock bands like No Use for a Name, NOFX, MXPX, and Green Day. So we kind of mix both of these influences into our music and decided to call it “anime punk rock.”

Iman’s League have toured Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan, and now, you are going to play Korea. Have you had any memorable tour moments?

There are lots of memorable moments that we’ve had while on tour. We often wake up late on the final day of tour and almost miss the bus ride home. One of us shouts, “The bus is leaving in 15 minutes!” That’s when all hell breaks loose, and everyone starts panicking. Just last week, Ishyam almost got stranded in Pahang, Malaysia when he got off the bus to buy some stuff, and the bus driver left without him. Luckily we managed to stop the bus.

What can we expect at your upcoming shows in Korea?

For this Korea tour we will be promoting our fourth release, “Destiny”. Our setlist will consist of all the new songs from the album. What audiences can expect is fast-paced punk rock music with lots of jumping around on stage. This is the first time the three of us are going to experience cold weather. We may get sick, but we are still gonna give 100%!

You’ve just made a new music video for the title track off of “Destiny.” What can we expect from the album?

This time around the songs are faster than our previous releases. “Destiny” also represents our personal musical journey as all three of us have known each other for a really long time, yet we only got together to form a band in our 30s. I can say that these has been the best years for us personally as we have accomplished quite a number of things over the last few years.

Iman’s League launch their tour with a show in Daejeon at Mustang (formerly Brickhouse) on Friday followed by Gwangju on Saturday at Club Boojik and Hongdae on Sunday at Channel 1969. More details can be found here:


Five Questions with Johnny Sands

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Johnny Sands

For the final installment of the interview series, we’re talking to the vocalist and namesake of the Liverpool-based act Johnny Sands. Including Joe Rhead on keyboard and bass, Johnny Sands delivers catchy soundscapes punctuated by vocals that flow and ebb. Now let’s get to Sands’ answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

It’s really exciting to travel so far to play my music to a new audience. It’s my first time in Korea and I can’t wait to sample the culture. I’m especially looking forward to exploring the Hongdae area over the festival weekend!

2) What can people expect from a Johnny Sands live show? 

The live show will be atmospheric, heartfelt, and spontaneous. There will be drum machines and guitars and above all a captivating performance.

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

They should know Johnny loves performing to a new audience in a new outfit in a new country with a new drum machine!

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

When I’m not performing at Zandari Festa you’ll find me drinking coffee and playing chess in a local cafe, followed by watching every other band possible!

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Drink of choice: coffee & water – and a morning grapefruit juice!

Johnny Sands will perform on Saturday, October 3 at West Bridge Rooftop at 9 pm. For more information about Johnny Sands, check out his Facebook page here.  To learn more about ZandariFesta 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.


Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Uhnellys

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Uhnellys Pic

For this installment, we’re talking with Kim from Uhnellys.  Uhnellys are a Tokyo duo whose music mixes hip-hop, post-punk, funk, jazz, and soul all into an awesome musical concoction.  Using looping pedals, Kim plays guitar, trumpet, and raps and sings — often all in the same song!  If there’s one band I’d recommend not missing at Zandari Festa 2015, it’s Uhnellys!  Now let’s get to Kim’s answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

This will be our first time performing in Korea. We’ve played in more than 10 countries around the world and had many great experiences in every place. I think we’re going to have an amazing time in Seoul too!

2) What can people expect from an Uhnellys live show?

They can expect to watch a real-time sampling performance. And they can expect to have a lot of fun as well.

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

Uhnellys’ music sounds like it is made by many people, but there are just two of us – me and Midi! We’ve released several albums and have shared our music in different countries around the world and throughout Japan. And we have played at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival twice before.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

I want to find great music by Korean acts. I’m really interested by the Korean language and how different words are pronounced.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

I like Chamisul soju!

Uhnellys will play in Hongdae on Saturday, October 3 at the Wowbook & Zandari Outdoor Stage at 3:20 pm and on Sunday, October 4 at Amp Live Club at 5 pm. For more information about Uhnellys, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about ZandariFesta 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with The KDMS

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.


For this installment, we’re talking to Max Skiba, half of the dynamic The KDMS. The KDMS will be coming to Zandari Festa as part of the festival’s partnership with and its Don’t Panic! We’re from Poland global showcase series. The KDMS bring humor, disco beats, and a fantastic voice together into a sound not heard done so well in a long time. Now let’s get to Skiba’s answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at ZandariFesta 2015?

We’re going to perform for our second time in Seoul. Last time we had an amazing show and the club was filled with beautiful people who really enjoyed the concert as much as we did.  It will be an honour to play in the city again. We have some friends also that we can’t wait to meet. There’s for sure a festive atmosphere in The KDMS now! We love the unshakeable enthusiasm of the Korean people. Old friends and new, we promise to get your dancing shoes moving!

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

This time we’re bringing our new show which includes unreleased songs from the upcoming second LP of The KDMS. We’re really curious about how this will work and it’s also kind of a pre-release mini-tour where we can throw the new stuff into the public for the very first time. It’s going to be magical and special! We think the good vibes are contagious. It’s our mission to make you dance. We’re looking forward to debuting our new set list. Happy days indeed!

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

We are an international band that loves the ‘70s flavor, music full of spirit, bliss, and dance. Combine all of those and you won’t get bored! We are excited show ponies!

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during ZandariFesta 2015?

We’re playing a few shows actually so there might not be much time to spend doing other things. However, for sure we’d like to meet our friends, visit as much as possible, and dive into a kimchi swimming pool! We’re really looking forward to hanging out with our friends in the excellent Seoul band Love X Stereo, we miss them!  We’re excited to eat lots of amazing food and see your stunning country again.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

I’m thinking of soju at the moment, to be honest!

The KDMS will play in Hongdae on Friday, October 2 at West Bridge at 7:20 pm and on Sunday, October 4 at Freebird at 7 pm. For more information about The KDMS, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about ZandariFesta 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

(The KDMS video below contains nudity, so it’s likely not safe to watch at work … but we guess that depends on where you work!)

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Nature Airliner

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Nature Airliner

For this installment, we’re talking to Japanese vocalist Eiko Hosaka Tiernan and Canadian guitarist Laurier Tiernan from the Tokyo husband-and-wife folk duo Nature Airliner.

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

Eiko: We are looking forward to meeting musicians from outside Japan, mostly from Asia.

Laurier: We were looking for a chance to play overseas more, and had been told by some industry insiders that we’d go over well in Taiwan or Korea, so this is a good chance to get that ball rolling.

2) What can people expect from a Nature Airliner live show?

Eiko: People have told us that they walk away from our shows feeling “refreshed” and “healed”.

Laurier: We’re pretty intense on stage, despite it only being two vocals and one guitar, because our personalities are quite different. So, our interactions tend to create sparks, both when we’re playing, and in our onstage banter.

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

Eiko: We are a wife-and-husband folk duo, so when we sing love songs, those are real love songs.

Laurier: We are old-school folk. We like to keep it simple and clean. We strive to bring quality songs to people in an unmitigated way. I guess we strive to inspire, like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell before us.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

Eiko: I’d like to get to know other musicians and make connections in the Korean music industry.

Laurier: Yes, I’d like to network as well.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Eiko: Water.

Laurier: Yes, water, always. Please.

Nature Airliner will play in Hongdae on Sunday, October 4 at West Bridge Rooftop at 8 pm.
For more information about Nature Airliner, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Fizzy Blood

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Fizzy Blood

For this installment, we’re talking to guitarist Paul Howells from British rock band Fizzy Blood.

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

The chance for us to go and play our music in a country that’s so far away from our own and where the culture is so different is really exciting. We can’t wait to just take in our surroundings and to see what’s going on musically in other parts of the world. Hopefully we’ll come away inspired with some good experiences behind us.

2) What can people expect from a Fizzy Blood live show?

Even we never know what to expect to be honest! Just come to our show with an open mind and you’ll be rewarded. Anything could happen, now whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is a whole other question …

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

We’re a five-piece band from Leeds that plays rock music. We formed in January of 2014 and have been pissing off the free world ever since. Our first EP, Feast, came out in June, which we see as a kind of taster plate for our sound. New singles are coming at the end of the year starting with “I’m No Good” in November.  The singles are not too much of a departure from our sound, but we think it’s definitely a progression and we’re really excited and anxious to catapult them across the airwaves.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

We definitely want to see Seoul and the surrounding areas, and probably drink a lot. I am personally excited to try my hand at the karaoke bars. Of course we wanna watch all the other bands too, like I said, to see what other parts of the world are bringing to the table culturally right now in 2015. It will be interesting to see how the other UK acts brought to the festival by Sound City will be received in Korea as they’ve definitely picked a broad range of genres to export.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Anything that contains copious amounts of alcohol is welcome in camp Fizzy Blood. I wouldn’t say that’s the most hydrating choice we could go with, but it’s definitely the most fun. Final answer: soju!

Fizzy Blood will play in Hongdae on Saturday, October 3 on the Wowbook & Zandari Outdoor Stage at 4:40 pm and on Sunday, October 4 at Sangsang Madang at 6 pm.
For more information about Fizzy Blood, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.