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5 Korean Indie Bands to Perform at 2015 Liverpool Sound City

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

Five Korean indie bands will be heading to England this weekend to perform at the Liverpool Sound City festival, according to Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea annually holds the rock showcase “Korean Stage in Liverpool” at the international music festival in order to introduce Korean indie bands to European audiences. A total of 11 bands have participated in the event since its launch in 2013.

This year, bands Jambinai, Dead Buttons, Thirdstone, PATiENTS and Monoban will headline the K-rock showcase on Sunday, May 24, the third and final day of the Liverpool Sound City festival, said the Korean Creative Content Agency (KCCA) and the Korean Cultural Center in Britain.

“The public attention on Korean indie rock bands is very high in Britain, the home of rock music,” Park Young-il, chief of the KCCA’s European office, told Yonhap. “We’ll make efforts to make the ‘Korean Stage’ a stable platform for local indie musicians wanting to advance into Europe.”

Here’s some background info on the five bands performing at Liverpool this year.


Jambinai

Founded in 2009, Jambinai is known for their unique sound, which blends traditional Korean music and modern rock. The band has previously performed at major music festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW) and Pentaport Rock Festival. Members Lee Il-woo, Shim Eun-young and Kim Bomi first met while studying traditional Korean music at Korea National University of the Arts.

Dead Buttons

Dead Buttons is a Seoul-based rock duo comprised of guitarist-vocalist Hong Ji-hyun and drummer-vocalist Lee Kang-hee. Originally, the band started out as a trio in 2012 and quickly made waves on the circuit, performing at the Japan-Korea Punk Festival less than two months after their debut. Lee and Hong parted ways with their bassist in the summer of 2013 and released their first EP as a duo the following year. After performing at 2014 Liverpool Sound City, the band signed a contract with a British record label, according to the KCCA.

Thirdstone

Inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, Thirdstone is a psychedelic rock band comprised of guitarist-vocalist Park Sang-do, bassist Han Doo-soo and drummer Ahn Sung-ryong. The band’s third album Psychemoon was nominated for best rock album at the 2014 Korean Music Awards.

PATiENTS

Self-described as a “hybrid punk” band, PATiENTS originally formed as a quartet in Seoul back in 2005. After the record label they were signed to closed in 2009, PATiENTS created their own label, Steel Face Records and continued to play a leading role in the creation of Korea’s underground punk scene. Over the past decade, the band has received critical and popular acclaim, climbing to the final round of the 2011 Hello Rookie, a competition created to highlight Korea’s best up-and-coming bands. This year will be PATiENTS’ second time performing at Liverpool Sound City.

Monoban

Indie folk band Monoban is made up of singer-songwriter and guitarist Jang Dae-won (also known as DAY 1), cajon player Jifan and classical cellist George Durham. Despite debuting only one year ago, Monoban has performed on Korean national television, radio, and at the Jarasum and Paju folk festivals. The band released their first full-length album in March 2015.

For ticketing information, you can visit 2015 Liverpool Sound City’s official website or Facebook page.

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Featured image via Monoban/Last FM

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South Korean Bands Rock Out at SXSW

Pictured above: Korean glam rock band, Victim Mentality. (Photo courtesy of Victim Mentality)

by RUTH KIM

Move over, K-pop. At this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, held in March in Austin, Tex., several underground rock bands showed how South Korean music is more than just catchy K-pop tunes (though there was plenty of that, as well).

Meet the big-haired rock stars of glam metal group Victim Mentality: vocalist Krocodile, guitarist Kyung-ho Sohn, bassist Scorpion and drummer Tarantula. The group made its debut U.S. appearance at the festival’s

“Seoulsonic” showcase, as it prepares for the spring release of its debut album, “Heavy Metal is Back.”

“Our message is simple—live life to the fullest,” Sohn said in an email to KoreAm. “Our music is energetic and fun. It’s a bit over-the-top at times, too. But this is all done on purpose because we want to make people happy and help them enjoy their lives.”

Sohn and Krocodile, the original members of the group, met in 2005 and bonded over a shared love of heavy metal and British rock groups. They formed Victim Mentality four years later. A sub-genre of heavy metal, glam metal is also categorized as pop metal or hair metal, and is inspired by the exaggerated hairstyles and makeup donned by famous bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s such as Mötley Crüe and Whitesnake.

Sohn and Krocodile found the group’s bassist, Scorpion, in 2013 through an online metal community board. The trio played live performances all throughout South Korea. Yet a lack of live drums in their sets left something to be desired. Luckily, the opportunity to collaborate with Tarantula at a performance a year later led to the birth of a quartet, and Victim Mentality could finally take their sound to new heights.

“We wanted to make music that was sexier and had more flare, and glam metal seemed like a perfect match for that,” Sohn said. “What drew us to the genre was the style and charm of the acts. We wanted to dress up and have the same sex appeal and sleazy stage  show as those classic ‘80s glam metal acts, so we’ve mirrored our style after bands like Mötley Crüe and Poison.”

Victim Mentality’s songs feature soaring guitar riffs, escalating vocal melodies and instrumental breakdowns of epic proportions. They are known to appear on stage in leopard print outfits and heavy eyeliner, all the while brandishing bullwhips reminiscent of heavy metal’s heyday. At South by Southwest, they performed such singles titled “Don’t Spit on Me” and “I’m Not Your Friend.”

“When we play in Korea, people go crazy when they see us,” Sohn said“American fans may even go a bit crazier because they are much more familiar with metal, and of course, glam metal originated in the U.S.”

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Cul-Music-AM15-2EE1EE mixes entrancing electronic elements with aspects of performance art. (Photo courtesy of Foundation Records)

South Korean duo EE also took the stage at this year’s South by Southwest, performing during the festival’s “K-Pop Night Out” showcase, though their musical style is not so easily defined.

Singer Lee Yun-joung (“lil E”) and producer/DJ Lee Hyun-joon (“big E”) are known to form an exhilarating presence onstage, fusing entrancing electronic elements with the ever-changing dynamics of performance art.

EE enhances its music by mixing sound with fashion, digital art and performance art. A handful of TVs set up on their stage during South by Southwest offered up graphic visuals, while the two musicians hid behind masks and glitter. As a “total art performance group,”

EE has carved its own niche in the South Korean underground music industry.

“I took a break from music to work as a stylist,” Yun-joung told KoreAm by email. “But when I stopped doing music, I felt like I had a fever. I thought making music again would be a good cure for this. Around that time, I met Big E. He listened to my story, and then next thing I knew, EE was happening!”

Inspired by their identical last names, the two Seoulites, and now husband-and-wife pair, collaborated and formed EE in 2008. “When we decided to call ourselves EE, the first words that came to mind were ‘easy’ and ‘enjoy,’”

Hyun-joon said, also by email. “Since then, other ‘E’ words have popped into my mind at different times to describe us, too.”

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Yun-joung’s energetic, magnetic voice complements the natural lilt of Hyun-joon’s deep voice. Think the grittiness of M.I.A. meets the electronic elements of Purity Ring, made even more complex by deep hip-hop beats and bass lines. In other words, there’s no sound like it. Whatever it is, it’s been working for the duo, who, in 2011, became the first South Korean musical act to perform at Coachella.

Although Yun-joung admits they often bicker over housework or childcare, their differences dissolve when they go into the recording studio or onstage—it’s their happy place.

“[It’s] happy wandering and weird snazziness,” Yun-joung said of their sound. Hyun-joon simply—and aptly—calls it “eeism.”

EE’s first single, “Curiosity Kills,” debuted in 2008; their first full-length album, “Imperfect, I’mperfect,” was released a year later. 2013 saw the release of EE’s second album, “Unpdctvprdct,” and in 2014, they came out with their latest EP titled, “Weird People We R Da People.”

“We don’t know how our music will evolve in the future,” Yun-joung said. “We make it a point not to limit ourselves. And because of that, we don’t plan for the future at all. Instead, we’ll just keep doing whatever we want without worrying about styles [or] genres.”

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This article was published in the April/May 2015 issue of KoreAm. Subscribe today! To purchase a single issue copy of the April/May issue, click the “Buy Now” button below. (U.S. customers only. Expect delivery in 5-7 business days).

 

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Columbia Grad Student Creates K-pop Boy Band ‘EXP’ for Thesis Project

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

When fans of K-pop boy group EXO recently heard about a non-Korean boy band debuting in Korea as “EXP,” they weren’t having it. Especially when they found out that this EXP group would be using the tagline “EXP Planet,” just one letter off from EXO’s “EXO Planet.”

The group was no joke. EXP’s Instagram claimed a week ago that the “first and only NYC-born K-pop band” would be dropping their new single, “LUV/WRONG,” on iTunes very soon. The boy band also announced that it would make its debut at the Columbia University MFA Thesis Show in NYC on April 26. Wait, what?

As it turns out, EXP is the product of a thesis project by a Columbia graduate student, Bora Kim, an interdisciplinary artist and sociologist from Seoul. Kim began the project, titled “I’m Making a Boy Band” (IMMABB), in October 2014 as an “ongoing collective experience, in-depth research, experimentation, filmmaking as well as business endeavor.”

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The ideas had already been running through her mind since the success of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” back in 2012. Kim said she was interested in researching how K-pop had finally “made it” in the Western world.

“The Korean pop industry has always appropriated its concepts from the West, and also the West through Japan, until not, and the reverse was a shock for the Korean public,” Kim explains in an interview with Columbia University. “‘Idol Groups’ became national heroes and K-pop became part of a proud national identity. But there is a double standard at play here. … K-pop had been looked down upon until outsiders started to consume it and its related products as well.”

Kim found that K-pop exports were directly tied to an increase in profit for Korean IT products, such as mobile phones–in fact, she says the biggest beneficiaries of the Korean Wave are companies like Samsung and LG.

But why make a boy band?

“I was interested in K-pop and idol groups on this level initially as I was thinking about cultural flow, or the relationship of dominant culture and peripheral culture, and how that is interwoven with one’s identity or one’s national identity,” Kim says. “I wanted to see what would happen if I made American boys into K-pop performers, by teaching them how to sing in Korean and act like Korean boys, and complicate this flow/appropriation even more.”

“Complicating the flow” also meant exploring how masculinity is portrayed in boy groups.

“These boys are tailored to attract straight young females, originally,” Kim says. “but the presentation of their sexuality is very complicated. … For example, a young group of pretty boys with great skin start rapping in a hip-hop music video while wearing a lot of make-up. What does this mean? Who is the target audience? It is totally gender-bending and experimental, but, at the same time, it is very typical, mainstream K-pop.

“And the acceptance of this strangeness (in the eyes of Western audiences) started to happen when Korean economic prosperity reached a point where it was enough for the entertainment industry to produce high-quality pop culture products,” she adds. “Cultural barriers or mistranslation are overcome by the shiny framing/packaging of K-pop.”

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Kim’s partners, Karin Kuroda and Samantha Shao, each brought their own expertise and perspectives to the project. Kuroda’s studies focused primarily on art criticism, photography, sculpture and fashion, while Shao studied arts administration and cultural theory at Maastricht University, Netherlands.

“The ‘I’m Making a Boy Band’ project aims to examine critical aspects of pop/business culture through the lens of an artist,” explains Kuroda, who first befriended Kim at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “By asking oneself what it means to assimilate or twist the rudimentary formula in K-pop ‘idol’ culture, this project highlights social issues on a global and personal level.”

Shao and Kim discussed the differences between Asian pop culture–particularly Taiwanese and Korean–with American pop culture, as well as the connection between popular culture and fine arts.

“By changing the working process (of making ‘art’), we intend to re-think and re-define what it means to communicate with the art world and its audience,” Shao says. “Since the main characters of this work are people–not only band members, but also collaborators–we try to challenge ourselves by giving up authorship from time to time.”

Shao adds that she believes IMMABB focuses more on communicating with the audience throughout the process rather than the outcome of the band. The project “welcomes interactions, encourages questions and provokes confrontations.”

You can read more of Bora Kim’s interview with the Columbia University School of the Arts here. You can also follow EXP’s exploits at their Instagram, exp_theband.

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All images via Columbia University School of the Arts

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KCON 2015

KCON 2015 To Take Over Staples Center & L.A. Live

If you need any indication of the power of hallyu and Korean popular culture, look no further than how CJ E&M‘s KCON has grown since its launch in 2012.

KCON hosted over 42,000 attendees from around the world last summer at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and this year, the convention is bringing its A game. From Friday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 2, fans can expect plenty of panels, workshops, food fashion and more at the L.A. LIVE plaza in Downtown L.A., punctuated by two concerts at the Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year’s lineup included B1A4, BTS, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girl’s Generation, IU, Jung Joon Young, SPICA, TEEN TOP and VIXX. We’ll keep you updated on when this year’s artists are announced—KCON promises that the concerts will “Ignite Your Feelz.”

Check out KCON 2015 USA’s website for more information. You can watch a recap of last year’s KCON below.

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Featured image courtesy of KCON

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Exclusive Interviews with the Director and Cast of ‘Seoul Searching’

 

Director: Benson Lee

 

KoreAm’s February/March Cover Story: Benson Lee Goes Seoul Searching With Latest Indie Feature

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Cast

 

Here are some exclusive interviews with the cast of Seoul Searching

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Justin Chon as Sid Park, a punk who has problems with authority. He doesn’t want to be in Korea that summer, and his perpetual scowl shows it. But while Sid’s clothes and sneer signal “tough guy,” they serve to cover up his own insecurities and yearning for his father’s acceptance back home.

“As a Korean American, you really had to have a definitive identity. Otherwise, you kind of get lost from the pack. There was more of an innocence in the ’80s among second-generation Koreans,” Justin Chon tells KoreAm

 

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Jessika Van as Grace Park, whose provocative style of dress and come-hither look draw every guy’s attention, and she doesn’t hold back when it comes to toying with their emotions. The teenage boys at the Seoul summer camp—in particular, Sid—don’t stand a chance against Grace, who channels an ’80s Madonna at the height of her sexual prowess.

“When I read the script, I could really relate to Grace because I feel like I grew up maybe not dissimilar to other Asian girls in America, or even in Asia. There’s a lot going on underneath that we feel we need to cover to stay safe, because we’ve grown up in families where showing pain or vulnerability or showing weakness isn’t thought of as a good quality,” says Jessika Van. 

 

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Esteban Ahn a.k.a SanchoBeatz, as Sergio Kim, a fun-loving party-boy from Mexico, who attends summer camp for the beautiful girls and booze, and he does his best to get his roommates—the sour-faced Sid and the solemn Klaus—to follow along on his adventures.

“Even though I’m Korean, in Korea, people treat me like a foreigner, and in Spain, they also treat me like a foreigner. I don’t have a proper identity. Those kinds of themes really touched me a lot in the movie because as you can see in the movie, we are all Koreans. We come to Korea, and we are like foreigners,” Estaban Ahn tells KoreAm. 

 

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Teo Yoo as Klaus Kim, a Korean German who arrives at camp with other things on his mindnamely his girlfriend back in Germany and future career. His parents own a small business back home and want their son to take it over, but he has his sights on bigger dreams.

“All of the characters have their unique struggles. They are kind of symbolic for situations that I have been through in my life—not to that extreme extent, but certain situations that gyopos can relate to, especially [those concerning] father issues, simply because of the generational changes and the diversity of the next generation,” Teo Yoo says. 

 

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Byul Kang as Sue-Jin Kim, one of the toughest students at camp–she’s not afraid to talk back or throw a kick at any guy who messes with her.

“She brought a whole new dynamic to the female cast,” Benson Lee says of actress Byul Kang. 

 

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Albert Kong as Mike Lee, the surly, mean, bullying, racist military student.

“Time period-wise, it’s set in the ’80s, but it’s a high school class. I think everyone remembers, especially in high school, college and even as a young adult, trying to find that sense of who you areyour place in the world. I think that’s what resonated with me the most because you see all the insecurity,” says Albert Kong. 

 

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Rosalina Leigh as Kris Schultz, an adoptee who comes to the summer camp with a larger purpose than to just learn about Korean culture.

“She had never acted before in her life,” Benson Lee tells KoreAm. “But she just had an inkling for acting. When I saw her audition tape, I was blown away. She was as good in the audition as she is in the movie. I was like, wow, this girl’s a natural actor.”

 

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Cha In-Pyo as the no-nonsense Mr. Kim, the head counselor of the summer camp.

“When I went to college in New Jersey, which was about 25 years ago, I had Korean American friends who had the same problems as the characters have in the movie. Seeing them not being able to communicate with their parents, I remember I felt compassion for my friends,” Cha In-pyo tells KoreAm

 

News & Reviews

Los Angeles Film Festival to Hold Gala Screening for Seoul Searching

REVIEW: Justin Chang, Variety
“A unique portrait of the Korean immigrant experience distinguishes writer-director Benson Lee’s messy but endearing ’80s-set comedy.”

REVIEW: Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
“Powered by an instantly recognizable, dance-happy soundtrack and a charismatic cast turned out in memorable period costuming, Lee’s most accessible film yet looks poised to capitalize on enduring 80s nostalgia and a refreshingly appealing premise that could see the film crossing over from niche bookings to much broader appeal.”

Wired interviews the director and cast of Seoul Searching
“I have a large ensemble cast and there’s not too many Asian-American actors out there compared to other groups,” Benson Lee tells Wired. “I decided I could probably open up my choices if I did it online. So I thought of the most popular online platform, which is Facebook.”

REVIEW: Josh Terry, Deseret News
The Sundance press guide paints ‘Seoul Searching’ as a loving tribute to ’80s pop culture and the films of John Hughes, and that affection is obvious. But the final product is far too flawed to do its inspiration justice.”

REVIEW: William Bibbiani, Crave Online
“Benson Lee’s Korean homage to John Hughes movies is ‘the sort of film we come to Sundance to discover.”

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A Cube Entertainment Begins Global Auditions in Los Angeles

South Korea-based A Cube Entertainment is looking for their next generation of singers, actors, dancers and models as they begin their global audition process for 2015 in Los Angeles. Do you think you have what it takes to be part of the company that represents girl group A Pink and ballad singer Huh Gak?

A Cube is specifically looking for young talent around 11 to 20 years old (born between 2003 and 1994). From now until April 22nd, Los Angeles-based applicants must complete the following steps for the online audition:

Fill out the official application and send it to globalaudtion@a-cube.co.kr, along with a headshot and any relevant media (recordings, links to videos, etc.). Subject of the email must be [Name/Age/Sex].

A Cube Entertainment will announce the results individually by email, and for those who passed the online audition, A Cube will work out a time and place for an in-person audition.

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For those interested who are not based in Los Angeles, stay tuned for more details on A Cube Entertainment’s 2015 Global Audition circuit.

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Image via A Cube Entertainment. H/T to Koreaboo for additional audition details.

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Hyun-jin Ryu Shows Off His Rapping Skills in Korean Commercial

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

Hyun-jin Ryu can drop a sweet change-up. But did you know he can drop bars, too?

The Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw may have one of the best résumés among his peers when it comes to commercials and guest appearances. Ryu’s commercial for NH Card is just the latest in his exploration of his artistic side.

Ryu has always taken on side jobs in South Korea during the offseason, including an earlier commercial for Ottogi noodles and a guest appearance on the popular show Running Man, alongside fellow Korean baseball players Shin-soo Choo and Jung-ho Kang. Ryu also has a couple of K-pop singles under his belt, by the way.

During the regular season, he drags his teammates into his antics, like when he used Clayton Kershaw and (now former teammate) Matt Kemp as backup dancers. Maybe he can include Hank Conger the next time, too—the new Houston Astro’s twerking puts Miley Cyrus to shame.

In regards to his professional work, Ryu has been slowly resuming throwing activities while nursing a sore shoulder. The Dodgers began the season with him on the disabled list, and the team has stated they will allow him take as much time as needed before getting Ryu back on the mound.

If you’re looking for an in-depth read, be sure to check out our Hyun-jin Ryu cover story from August 2013.

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Esteban Ahn, a.k.a. SanchoBeatz, Makes His Acting Debut in ‘Seoul Searching’

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

Sergio Kim’s character in Seoul Searching was originally written as a Korean Brazilian, but writer-director Benson Lee couldn’t find the right actor for the role. He opened his options to Spanish-speaking Koreans, and lo-and-behold, Lee discovered Seong Jin Esteban Ahn, an entertainer and musician with a sizable online fanbase among Spanish and Latin American audiences.

“A friend of mine told me about [Esteban],” Lee recalled in his interview with KoreAm. “I saw him [on YouTube] and I was like, oh my God, that’s Sergio.”

The character is a fun-loving party-boy from Mexico, who attends summer camp for the beautiful girls and booze, and he does his best to get his roommates—the sour-faced Sid (Justin Chon) and the solemn Klaus (Teo Yoo)—to follow along on his adventures.

SAMSUNG CSCKlaus Kim (Teo Yoo), Sid Park (Justin Chon), Sergio Kim (Esteban Ahn) and Mike Lee (Albert Kong) meet the ladies of the camp.

But Sergio soon realizes how his flirtatious antics can rub people the wrong way. The hard-nosed Sue-jin (played by Byul Kang), in particular, doesn’t take his comments too kindly, and she isn’t afraid to throw him across the room to put him in his place.

Ahn seemed to be the perfect fit for the role of Estaban, being the only “Latino Coreano” character in the entertainment industry. He grew up in Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands in Spain, then moved to Korea after high school and served in the Korean Marines. He began pursuing music as early as 16, and in 2009, he founded “SanchoBeatz,” the largest online Latin urban beats and instrumentalists store.

Since then, Ahn has adopted the name SanchoBeatz as an artist and producer (as well as the nickname “CoreanoLoco,” which means “crazy Korean,” due to his crazy and random YouTube videos). His music, which is influenced by a mixture of Latin, hip-hop and electro, has been sampled by various artists and played on Latin radio stations. These days, SanchoBeatz is expanding into the K-pop industry.

Seoul Searching marks Ahn’s first acting venture. After the film’s Sundance premiere, Ahn told KoreAm he plans to pursue further opportunities as an actor-musician and also shared how the movie spoke to his own identity.

This interview has been edited for length, grammar and clarity.

Esteban and CastEsteban Ahn with the cast of ‘Seoul Searching,’ including director Benson Lee (far left) at CAAMFest 2015. (Photo via SanchoBeatz Facebook page)

What was your first impression of Sergio?

I thought that it was just me when I was young. He was so similar to me. I was really excited and really wanted to play Sergio.

What aspects of the character stuck out to you the most?

I really liked that he is always trying to be happy. No worries, and he seems like he is always having fun, and he loves girls. He lives his lifehe doesn’t think of yesterday or tomorrow; he just enjoys life. I love that.

What was it like working with Benson?

He taught me a lot about acting. He was a really nice director. He knows how to make what he wants, and he really knows how to bring my talent out. He was always challenging me, and I never felt that I would be able to act. He really helped me a lot.

How close was everyone in the cast?

Everybody was really close. They were great people. I had a lot of fun working with them. Most of the cast were already experienced actors, so I learned a lot of things from them about acting. Just watching them, how they act, how they workI learned a lot about them. I had a lot of fun working with them, too.

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What was the atmosphere like on set?

It was really great. Now, [the cast members] are really close friends of mine. We weren’t so close at first, because it’s kind of hard … so we would unite. The relationships, we are all really close to each other.

Were there any themes in Seoul Searching that you personally connected with?

Even though I’m Korean, in Korea, people treat me like a foreigner, and in Spain, they also treat me like a foreigner. I don’t have a proper identity. Those kinds of themes really touched me a lot in the movie because as you can see in the movie, we are all Koreans. We come to Korea, and we are like foreigners. That part touched me a lot and also, the relationships with the parents and growing up outside Korea.

Esteban SelfieAhn leads a selfie during a shoot with The Hollywood Reporter.

Did your parents oppose your choice to pursue music?

My parents were not like that. I’m really blessed to have my parents. At the time, my father told me to go to university and get a job, but my parents always supported my dreams, and I’m very thankful for that.

How did they react to your role in Seoul Searching, especially when it was announced the movie was going to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival?

Yeah, it’s like one of the best things that happened to their lives, I think. They were so excited.

Esteban StudioSanchoBeatz in his element. (Photo via SanchoBeatz Facebook page)

SanchoBeatz just released his latest mini-album, which you can check out for free at SoundCloud. The music video for his new single, “Millonario,” is below.

You can find more information on Esteban Ahn/SanchoBeatz on his official website, SanchoBeatz.com, as well as follow his Facebook page and YouTube channels SanchoBeatz TV and Coreano Loco TV.

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