oh don’t be sorry! thanks for the message :) If I remember correctly I got into Korean rock music around… hmm.. 6-7 years ago??? I originally listened to more of j-rock (this is when I was super into anime and stuff haha), and then when I visited Korea for a summer vacation I got into more of Korean music because I was exposed to it, but I mainly listened to a lot of ballads because that was something that I really liked and was different from what I was used to (American pop/rock, Japanese rock, etc.). Also I believe it was 2007? ballads were huuuuuuge then. (SG wannabe, Buzz, MC The Max, anyone?)
then naturally I started listening to more underground stuff because I guess that was where my main musical preferences lay (alternative rock, that kind of stuff). First I started off with the more popular bands of course, like Nell, Jaurim, No Brain, but then I keep discovering really great bands and somehow ended up staying in this general area (?) for years…
back then was kinda tough to get information because the scene wasn’t as popular abroad and twitter (a godsend) didn’t exist so it was difficult to get updates or whatnot from bands. I mostly relied on Korean communities like the indie band gallery on DC Inside, Kim Kija’s indie music community on daum, etc. etc. to find new bands or updates. indiefulrok run by the wonderful Anna was helpful as well. last.fm actually helped tremendously too, because there was already a pretty solid group of korean indie music listeners on last.fm, and I’d always creep what people were listening to or the similar artists section of the bands I liked.
anyway this was super long too wowie. it was also probably a lot easier for me to find out more about it because I am Korean. but like… things have gotten soooo much better since I first got into the music! most bands/artists have twitter so you get direct updates without having to join cyworld communities, there are some really great websites that post updates in English, so many bands release their music internationally on bandcamp/itunes, bands even do shows abroad… god I’m getting really sappy wow. anyway. yeah hope that made sense!
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aw thank you! :D
that’s all up to you and how you want to define ‘indie’. If you want to define ‘indie’ in a musical sense then maybe akdong musician can be considered indie, I don’t know.
Personally I dislike assigning a certain ‘sound’ to the word ‘indie’ because I don’t see it working that way. Once people just assume that indie has a certain ‘sound’, it turns into ‘indie’ = sugary acoustic music when we are talking about Korean indie music in particular and the reality is really not like that in the ‘indie’ scene in Korea. Yes there are probably a bunch of acoustic/folk musicians in the Korean indie scene that sound similar to Akdong musician or whatever but so much of the indie scene is also other genres of music.
Buuuut like i’ve said, it’s all up to you and your definition of indie. I choose not to post akdong musician on this tumblr because they belong to a very mainstream label (YG) and I feel like most people know of them already.
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