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Directions in Sound: Korean Indie Artists for CAAMFest 2016

We usually discuss KPOP for this column but we’re switching it up a bit to dabble in to the Korean Indie scene seeing as lots of Korean artists are making their way to the United States for SXSW but also CAAMFest 2016.

Every year CAAMFest showcases talented Asian musicians and artists. This Friday we’re treated to a set of Korean Indie artists at the Gray Area Art & Technology Theater. In previous years they’ve brought over artists such as punk rock legends No Brain, alternative rock 3rd Line Butterflypopular indie electronic group Glen Check, and many more. Unfortunately CAAMFest didn’t have a Korean Indie showcase in 2015 so I’m really excited to see them hosting one again this year. Lets take a look at the lineup!

[typography font=”Lobster” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]HEO[/typography]

HEO is best described as electronic synth but their style changes from song to song which keep their sound sounding fresh. Interesting tidbit that I found in an interview Korean Indie did with HEO is that they actually performed with 3rd Line Butterfly back in 2013 for Seoulsonic in San Francisco.
Follow HEO on Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Bandcamp

[typography font=”Lobster” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]Big Phony[/typography]

Big Phony, Bobby Choy, is a singer-songwriter born and raised in New York City, but currently lives in Seoul pursuing his music career. He self describes his music as being modernized folk as most are usually perform by him and his acoustic guitar. His Kickstarter to fund his 6th album met it goal back in February. As of March 1st tracking has been completed and fans can look forward to it’s release this summer.
Follow Big Phony on Facebook | Twitter | Big Phony | Bandcamp

[typography font=”Lobster” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]Love X Stereo[/typography]

Love X Stereo performed for CAAMFest 2014/SEOULSONIC 2K14 along side Rock N Roll Radio, Glen Check, and SmackSoft, which is where I fell in love with their electro-pop inspired music! Since then they’ve gone on to perform at SXSW and their latest track Hide and Seek was even featured in the kdrama Cheese in the Trap. Their latest EP was recently successfully crowdfunded via their campaign on PledgeMusic so keep an eye out for We Love We Leave, Part 2!
Follow Love X Stereo on Facebook | Twitter | Love X Stereo | Bandcamp

[typography font=”Lobster” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]WYM[/typography]

WYM is a solo electronic artist who debuted in 2014 with the album After Moon. Before debuting as WYM he was part of an electronic duo MDS. He largely performs alone with an electronic keyboard now but under his new name WYM (formerly Bjorn) he’s begun to collaborate with other musicians for his current projects.
Follow WYM on Facebook Twitter | Bandcamp

Be sure to come out for Directions in Sound: Korean Showcase! Purchase tickets for $20 HERE.

If you’re in San Francisco, you can catch these Korean artists and many others at SXSW for KPOP Night Out on March 16th and Seoulsonic on March 18th in Texas.


Do you have any favorite Korean indie artists? Who would you like to see come perform in your country? Tell me about it below or tweet @teriarchibbles

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