Korean American indie rock band, Run River North, put on an impressive show last weekend at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. So much so, that it caught the eye of Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith.
Moments before taking the stage, band member Joseph Chun noticed the rock legend in the crowd and a flurry of emotions hit the group. Guitarist Daniel Chae posted about the surreal experience on his blog and wrote that the band was a little starstruck, but said they settled their nerves once the show began.
Violinist Jennifer Rim noticed that Tyler was engaged in their performance and clapped along to their songs. Continue Reading »
Back at the BUST show, it was time to perform, and Lum left her drink at the bar, barely sipped. Wild applause greeted her onstage. The crowd knew who she was. The beats to her songs, skeletal and synthy, boomed through the system. She rapped authoritatively, her voice dropping even deeper, much of the playful casualness of her videos gone as she assumed the role of rapper. She closed with “My Vag,” and the crowd was ready, some of them rapping along with her, most of them laughing. Continue Reading »
Seoul’s Gangnam District Office announced plans on Tuesday to begin the “K Star Road Project,” which will set up a street to promote K-pop artists and provide an attraction for tourists.
Projected to be completed by 2015, the “K Star Road” will be a nearly three-quarter-mile strip near the Cheongdam crossroads in the tony Apgujeong area, which some say is the Korean equivalent of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The headquarters of South Korea’s music powerhouses, such as SM Entertainment, Cube Entertainment and JYP Entertainment are located along the same street.
“The K-Road Project will be a meaningful start to raise awareness of Gangnam,” said Shin Young-hee, the head of the district office. “I think that urban planners in New York, London, Paris and Shanghai will probably want to emulate our project once it is finalized.” Continue Reading »
by ETHEL NAVALES
I first became interested in K-pop with the release of DBSK’s Hug in 2004. Like any young fangirl, I blew up my social media sites with pictures and videos of my newfound love. At the time, however, as a young Filipina American teenager, I received an overwhelming amount of criticism from friends.
“But you’re not Korean?”
“Why are you into this? You don’t even speak Korean.”
“Korean music is really weird.”
“But you don’t understand what they’re saying.”
Fast forward nine years and the K-pop genre has become a part of the worldwide phenomenon known as the Hallyu Wave. The very same people who questioned my interest towards K-pop back then are now jamming to Big Bang and chastising me for not hearing the latest songs immediately after their release.
Times have changed and this weekend was quite the eye opener. I knew that a lot of my non-Korean friends were fans of K-pop, but when a Korean co-worker said, “Most of the hardcore fans are not actually Korean Americans,” I assumed she was joking.
I was obviously proved wrong. Continue Reading »
The panel for the “Successful Asian Americans In Entertainment” session. From L to R: Lydia Paek of YG Entertainment and Quest Crew, actor Will Yun Lee, electronic musician Tokimonsta, Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn and moderator Ted Kim of MNET.
by LINDA SON
This past weekend, Los Angeles played host to the second annual Korean pop culture convention, KCON, which brought out over 20,000 people from countries all over the world. The convention aimed to celebrate all aspects of the “Hallyu wave” and was expanded to two days which were filled with panels, workshops, contests and performances.
Melody Lui, a 20-year-old college student who travelled over 2,500 miles to see Teen Top and EXO, was most interested in gaining insight from the panel discussions.
“When the final product of a K-pop song is really good, I’m curious about how it got to be that way,” the native of Orlando, Florida, told iamKoreAm.com. “I’m excited for the panels that show us the K-pop behind the scenes.”
Lui was referring to KCON’s 23 panel discussions, most of which delved into K-pop’s inner workings such as “Developing K-pop Songwriting Skills” and “How I Became a K-pop Choreographer.” These panels spotlighted people who have had a hand in popular K-pop songs, such as Drew Ryan Scott, who did songs for SHINee, Tae Yang, and more, and Aimee Lee Lucas, who was an assistant choreographer to YG Entertainment artists. Continue Reading »