I’m sorry to announce that I have decided to take a break from the K-pop blogosphere. You may have noticed that I have barely been updating these past few months, and on that note it may seem a bit sketchy that I all of sudden would like a break. The truth is I’ve just finished a busy semester (which explains the lack of activity), but unexpectedly, my summer kicked off with several events that have distracted me from the Internet. They’re nothing serious, but I feel I could use some time off blogging (and time off thinking about blogging).
Instead of not posting and not getting back to those of you who have sent in amazing questions and messages, I feel it’s more responsible to announce a temporary leave. I don’t know when I’ll be back, but be assured I will be (and when I do, I intend to make up for the lack of inactivity - there’s a crapload of stuff in my drafts folder waiting to be revisited and worked on!)
I will be closing the AKF askbox as well. Though I usually hesitate at the thought, I have a lot of messages I haven’t answered and would like to get around to when I return. I’m super uncomfortable with this situation because every question and issue is worth addressing, but this solution is the best I can think of. However, I will still be available for contact via my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org for anything urgent (especially for those of you looking for copies of academic papers featured on AKF for your own research).
Thanks for your understanding. As always, take care and have a great summer :)
**SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SHOW (AND ARE PLANNING TO), OR IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT!
This post is long overdue. I watched “Answer Me 1997” (응답하라 1997 / Eundabhara 1997) way back in December which also happened to be my first Korean drama in years, but I remember not being able to write a proper reflection as I had intended to because I was still high with emotions and my thoughts were incoherent, a huge reason why I do not watch Korean dramas in the first place!
But I guess it’s still appropriate timing - it was recently announced that the show’s producers and writers will be returning in September for a second season “Answer Me 1994”, which will be focusing on Seo Taiji and the Boys! There will be a new primary cast, I’m assuming, because the cast of season one will apparently return only for cameos.
In the meantime, I took the the time and reignited my reflections (under the cut) after stumbling across this post: an interview with PD Shin Wonho on his thoughts about integrating a homosexual storyline into the show. A wonderful insight into the creative process (read: CREYZ) for those of you who have yet to read it!
I’d love to network with you guys and familiarize myself more with the K-pop scene in Canada, which I’m aware is not very big, unfortunately… (or at least, deprived of the many privileges our southern neighbor enjoys!)
maybe we can do something about it? :)
AAAND OF COURSE, I WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU GUYS!
During my semester in Korea, I met up with Korean hip-hop crew STAZ OF MAN for an exclusive interview, saturated with amazing insight into what must go on in the minds of underground artists. It goes without saying that this was a dream come true as a music fan, and for those of you new to STAZ and curious enough to dive below the cut, I hope you walk away with a newfound favorite!
(crossposted from my other blog, The Culture Catalogs)
STAZ OF MAN group shot (sans HIDE MAN and Shin Seoyeon). From left to right: DJ E WHAN, MISS BANSH, LEGANIX, HALLEY STELLA, FR-03/DJ FRESHH, X-ELECTRO/VEE X KILLA, DR. KIDMAN/JAY KIDMAN, APOLLO KID, FENNY BLAKE/FENTANYL, ROSENYUCK (cr. STAZ OF MAN Facebook page)
Twelve friends have gathered together over a span of three years to form STAZ OF MAN, a Korean hip-hop crew with a vision for artistic expression that goes beyond making music. They also draw from realms of literary and visual arts: performance, costume design, image conceptualization, illustration, still and motion media; and all of which are fused with inspirations from American comic book culture and genres of hip-hop.
None the less, that may be the very least STAZ is all about. The best way to engage with them, if not purely in their work, is to hear from their own mouths. I met up with nine of the members during my time in Korea last December for a chat about their beginnings, their creative processes, and their aspirations as artists. Though it’s been a long time coming, I am grateful for the perfect timing of this publication - just hours ago was the release of their first music video ‘Command HQ’, an original track off their latest mixtape “STATONITE”, written by STAZ’s rapper/lyricist line X-ELECTRO (aka VEE X KILLA), the leader and founder of the group; APOLLO KID, one to watch out for; and HALLEY STELLA, formerly Daniel Star of New Block Babyz; and produced by JAY KIDMAN (aka DR. KIDMAN) (and if that name sounds familiar, it is - he is also the in-house producer for Independent Records).
‘Command HQ’ MV, directed by X-ELECTRO and PKON. Check out details about their “STATONITE” mixtape here (including the tracklist and download instructions)
All four were present for our insightful and fun talk, along with FRESHH (aka FR-03), DJ and producer; FENTANYL (aka FENNY BLAKE), cartoonist and art director; MISS BANSH, vocalist and lyricist; HIDE MAN, the group’s manager; and Shin Soyeon, photographer and the latest addition to the STAZ family. Designer and outfit manager ROSENYUCK and producer LEGANIX were unable to make it that day; as well as their scratch DJ E WHAN, who was (and still is) serving in the military.
OMG YES! It sounds fascinating - if there’s any way you can share it with me (and the rest of the readers, if you don’t mind), please do!
Yup, it was already brought to my attention and I just changed it, thank you! :)))