“I was into all kinds of art when I was growing up. One time I wanted to be a painter, then I thought of becoming a fashion designer, I wasn’t sure about singing,” CHE, a Seoul-born singer-songwriter, says thoughtfully as he speaks about whether music was his intended career path from the start.  Exposed to […]

Neo-soul is believed to have originated in the mid-1990s with the exquisite work of Tony! Toni! Toné! and with D’Angelo’s debut album, Brown Sugar, released in 1995. While Tony! Toni! Toné! was well-known for their soul and R&B sound in the late 1980s, it was their 4th album, the last one they made as a […]

Music has been in Park Min Jun’s veins, a.k.a AOORA, since he was a young boy; his passion for the arts led him to majoring in dance and art. After debuting as a solo artist in 2009, he was seen as a young and promising artist. Two years later, he launched his career as a […]

Born and raised in the state of Ohio, Kim Jeong-wook, also known by his stage name Dabit, discovered his passion for music at the age of 10. Prior to moving to Seoul, South Korea, he went to a school for contemporary music and jazz. Dabit began his professional journey as a solo artist back in […]

Prior to becoming a solo artist, Jvde Milez, a South Korean singer-songwriter, was a part of a boy group called Big Star. Upon halting his career as a K-pop idol, he dived into R&B and Hip-hop and began working on his own music as well as collaborating with singers such as Zelo (former B.A.P member), […]

How does art make you feel? Whether you feel happiness, sadness, joy or disgust, all emotions are welcome and valid when witnessing, experiencing and even making art. For many artists, producing work allows space for their internal worlds to be released onto the page or canvas, establishing an intimate experience of contemplation, flow and a […]

Hip-hop has always been recognized as the most politicized genre of music. Compared to pop, rock and other genres, hip-hop has been franker and more ruthless. However, no one could have predicted that hip-hop, which was supposed to be another form of entertainment, would overturn the modern way of understanding the function of art in […]

Min Yoon-gi’s alternative rap persona Agust D (as separate from Suga) dropped his second mixtape, appropriately titled D-2, on 22nd May 2020. Earlier the same week, Big Hit started a mysterious countdown showing a barely distinguishable shadowy figure against a black background with the timer at the centre, starting from D-7. On D-2, the mixtape […]

Looking back at the history of R&B music, some believe it’s a lost art, that the golden age of beautiful and original voices are slowly vanishing. While this might be the case in the West, the East has more to offer, especially in Asia. South Korea, in particular, has recently become a leader in pop […]

Becoming a musician was an organic process for Damon Joe, a South Korean DJ, composer and guitarist. He played for Vanilla Unity, a rock group that won the third prize at the K-Rock Championship and was awarded with a special award for Best New Band in 2004. He also composed and played guitar for the […]