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.

The KDMS

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 Culture.pl 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.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Jungles!!!

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.

Jungles

For this installment, we’re talking to drummer Jasmine from Japanese act Jungles!!! A band that has grown out of the curiously named Red Bacteria Vacuum, Jungles!!! deliver a raw but catchy brand of punk rock that’s sure to rouse the crowd. But without further ado, let’s check out Jasmine’s answers!

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

This is our first visit to Korea, but we love Korean bands like Hyukoh, No  Brain, Crying Nut, etc. We are going to come to Zandari Festa with Lolita No.18, TsuShiMaMire, and PET. We are all friends and are going to have lots of fun with the Korean audiences. We all love Korean food very much! Coming to Korea is our dream come true!

2) What can people expect from a Jungles!!! live show?

You can expect to see four beautiful and sexy Japanese girls play hardcore punk!

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

Besides our beauty, we opened for Tool singer Maynard James Keenan’s  side project, A Perfect Circle, on their 2011 tour of the U.S. and Canada. We played in 30 cities over three months on that tour.

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

We would like to see as many as Korean indie bands as we can.

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

Beer!  Or maybe shikhye.

Jungles!!! will play in Hongdae on Sunday, October 4 at Club Crack at 5 pm. For more information about Jungles!!!, 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.

Tierpark Return With a New Album

The Hongdae indie rock scene certainly has no shortage of talent and energetic live shows, but Tierpark brings a very different style to the stage. They classify themselves as “dreamgaze experimental post rock,” which is actually something I felt the first time I saw them. They have a kind of melodic style with a healthy mix of rhythms to complete the dreamy melodies of their vocalist and guitarist ‎Sehee Kim whose voice is nothing short of angelic in its flow.

Tierpark

With the release of their second album, “The Moment Two Worlds Meet,” the band has returned this month after nearly a year hiatus while Kim and guitarist Jonathan Jacobson focused on raising their daughter. The album showcase is on Sunday (September 20) and Jacobson chatted with us about the offering, having a child, and all things Tierpark!

How did you all get together?

Our bassist Nathan and I used to play in a band called Kohji Isle. It had kind of a similar timbre of music, a bit soft, dark, and atmospheric. Our keyboardist wrote all of the songs, so when she left it was kind of pointless to go on without her. So we just switched gears and started a new project. It was actually at our keyboardist’s farewell party that I first met Sehee. Honestly the timing was perfect, everything kind of fell into place.

What is each of your musical backgrounds?

All of us have had some formal training in one form or another, but for the most part we all have very different backgrounds. Our drummer Laurent was doing jazz up until he met us. So at first he was a little too gentle on the kit and we had to tell him to beat those drums harder! Nathan was also a jazz musician but has since toned down his bass slapping. Sehee had been performing as a solo singer songwriter at the time we met her, and she still does solo sets every now and then. And I started as a classical musician. I even went so far as to major in oboe if you can believe that. I’ve always had a guitar around as well but actually never really studied it.

What is your songwriting process like? What are your inspirations in songwriting?

I usually bring in the initial song ideas so I could say that I write the music, but honestly the shape that each song takes is worlds apart from that initial idea. Each of us molds that piece until it is our own. Through this process we’ve developed our own Tierpark-y sound that’s very different from any of our own individual sounds. Without any one of us it probably wouldn’t be the same. We’ve learned not to be too attached to anything. You never know what shape it may take, so don’t be afraid to let go and see where the music takes you.

Tierpark Album Cover

This weekend you will release your second album. How was the recording process different this time around? How have you grown as a band?

The recording process was pretty straight forward. We recorded with Brad Wheeler for our last album as well, so we knew exactly how we wanted to record. Everything done live in one take, then redoing some parts and adding overdubs. Two things we hate: metronomes and recording parts individually.

What was the best part of recording? What was the biggest struggle?

For the recording of “Bullfight” we actually kept all of the initial take. We even kept the scratch vocal part. Sehee did try overdubbing her vocals to sing it more accurately, but it ended up sounding too delicate. The original scratch take is so raw and aggressive, it really fit the feeling of the song. There’s even a moment which Sehee hates where her voice cracks from the strain. She wanted to redo it, but the rest of us insisted we use it.

Drums were a bit more difficult to lock down. Most rock drummers have each beat and drum pattern mapped out, so they know what fill to do at what point in the song. Laurent is very different. He plays in a much more free jazz influenced way. So the drumming he does on a particular song can vary each time we play it. That created some arguments in deciding which take was better.

What’s the most meaningful song for each of you on the new record?

I think I can speak for everyone when I say “Shadow Play.” It’s definitely our favorite song to play right now. It has all the essential Tierpark elements accounted for: a bit atmospheric in the opening, extremely rhythmic while also still being free and experimental, a good groove yet still hard hitting, and short and direct lyrical stanzas as well as a more free, almost drunk like chorus. It’s so much fun to play.

What’s been your best show as performers?

I think as performers we’re always getting better and better. So I’d have to say our best show was last year’s Zandari Festa, our final show before taking a break. We really branched off from our normal set. Each song had its own unique flavor that night. Everything was much more expressive. Sehee was getting super preggers at that point, so we knew we wouldn’t be able to play much after that. I think that really pushed us to explore our own music more.

How has it been balancing work and your music with a new baby in your lives? Has Emma inspired any part of the new album?

It certainly hasn’t been easy, but we’re doing it. All of the songs were written before Emma was born, so she didn’t influence the songs directly. She did, however, have an indirect role in the album title. The cover art was painted by a local Seoul artist named Sejun Lee and is coincidentally titled “The Moment Two Worlds Meet,” which kind of encompassed how Sehee and I felt about trying to continue our lives while simultaneously introducing a new life. We liked the title of the painting so much we asked Sejun if we could use it for our album title as well as cover artwork. He humbly agreed.

Your return to the stage was at a charity show on September 5th, Ladies’ Night 3. How were you feeling? Why did you decide to join?

It had been a long while since we’d played so we were dying to get on that stage. And what better way to start up again than for a good cause. We appreciate being a part of any movement that is looking to help others in need. Now that Sehee and I have a daughter, we understand more clearly what it entails to raise a child. And I cannot for the life of me imagine raising Emma by myself. Single parents need all the help they can get.

It has been a while since fans have seen you on stage. What can people expect from your upcoming shows?

Energy! We’ve been thinking of playing for the past year, just waiting. We’re ready to take over that stage.

Your new album is just coming out, with the release show on September 20th. Congratulations! What are you planning for the release show itself?

We’re pulling out all the stops. First off, we’re having it at Yogiga, which is great for doing your own shows because it’s such a versatile space. Our good friends at CCTB are going to provide live visual projections during the show. And for at least one song we’re going to try to have a couple of dancers perform with us.

Who are your favorite Hongdae bands these days and why?

For me, easily Silica Gel. An extremely talented group of guys, amazing musicianship, great stage presence, and they’re not jaded. They’re up for anything, they just want to play good music to good people. Why can’t we all be like that?

Tierpark play on Sunday at Yogiga. The show starts at 5 pm and tickets are 10,000 won. Juck Juck Grunzie and Silica Gel will open the gig. For more information, check out the concert’s Facebook event page here.

Tierpark Poster

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Diealright

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.

Diealright

For this installment, we’re talking to Song-Hwa Chae, guitarist vocalist of Seoul’s electric Diealright. From their unique dirgy rock sound to their enigmatic vocals and stage presence, they are a unique force in the Hongdae scene. Now let’s get to Chae’s answers!

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

As Zandari Festa is one of the biggest fests in the Hongdae area, I am very excited about performing at it. I believe it will be beneficial to our career.

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

They can expect something powerful and wild. Some people may feel differently about our music, though.

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

There is nothing you need to know before enjoying our show. It is enough to share the same feelings and moments there.

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

As a lot of bands perform at the fest, we’re planning to watch other bands play.

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

Beer is best!

For more information about Diealright, 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 Burning Monkeys

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.

Burning Monkeys

For this installment, we’re talking to Ji-Hwan Kim, frontman of Seoul garage punk act Burning Monkeys. With infectious energy and crowd-electrifying stage performances they are certainly not to be missed. Now let’s get to his answers!

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

Burning Monkeys have never been listed on the Zandari lineup because in the past we always applied to play after the deadline. Even though we performed at the 2013 festival in place of a band who canceled their performance, this is our first time being included in the official lineup.

2) What can people expect from a Burning Monkeys live show?

Our shows are extremely entertaining and full of passion.

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

The more active the audience is, the more powerful Burning Monkeys play! So if people go crazy we can make a great rocking party together!

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

We’re looking forward to hanging out and having fun with everyone!

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

Water will be mandatory as it’s going to get hot inside the club where we’re performing. Still, our members’ favorite drink is beer!

For more information about Burning Monkeys, 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 Tsunami Ride

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.

Tsunami Ride

For this installment, we’re talking with bassist Aleksey Kulikov from the hard-rocking Tsunami Ride out of Vladivostok, Russia. Heavy guitars, melodies, and screams mixed together with hard-firing drums make this six-piece, self-dubbed “far east groove/southern” band stand out. Now let’s get to Kulikov’s answers!

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

It’s a great experience to be a part of an international music festival. Different countries, people, and cultures collected in one area all create a great atmosphere. You can hear something new, share your experiences, and meet new people. Isn’t it awesome? We think it is. Some band members have already participated in Zandari Festa as a part of other acts and we’re excited to hit the stage with bands we’ve already played with like Korea’s Apollo 18. Those guys are sick and we remember the crowd went crazy during their performance. Besides that, we hope that Zandari Festa can help us to become frequent guests at Korean music festivals and make us more familiar to the Korean public.

2) What can people expect from a Tsunami Ride live show?

Unstoppable raw energy, mosh pits, headbanging, groovy sounds, and lots and lots of fun! In other words, be ready to unleash all the energy and emotions you keep inside.

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

Well, we’re a Russian band from a city called Vladivostok that’s considered to be the Russian gate to Asia. Our music is a mix of groove metal and southern rock. And although our band is based in Vladivostok, I am actually living in Korea at the moment. We’re friendly guys and are always free to talk, have a drink, and have fun so for all those who want to have a chat with us and hang out during the festival, please do so!

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

As musicians we want to meet new people, make new acquaintances, promote ourselves, and be a part of this big Zandari family. As tourists we’d like to do some sightseeing, some shopping maybe and of course, visit bars. And maybe we’ll have a chance to have some other gigs during our stay in Korea.

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

Water, energy drinks, and beer. Liquid is very important during the show especially when you give all of yourself to a crowd. So we’ll need a lot of it!

For more information about Tsunami Ride, 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.