Most of our readers are probably mainly interested in the K-Pop music genre, but South Korea has a lot more to offer, such as a lively underground music scene with amazing Indie groups. KPOPEUROPE would like to introduce you to one of them. We had the chance to talk to Love X Stereo, a South Korean Indie group that was described by Vents Magazine as being “as addictive as ‘Gangnam style’, but more serious”.
KPOPEUROPE: Hello Love X Stereo! We are very glad and thankful that you agreed to give an interview to Kpopeurope.eu!
LOVE X STEREO: Hi! We are also happy to get the chance to do an interview with you.
KPOPEUROPE: The reason why we wanted to do an interview with you is that we think that your music is quite unique! We also would like to show our readers different facets of the music that is produced in Korea. So today, some of our readers might read about you for the first time – let’s therefore start with introducing yourself first.
LOVE X STEREO: Hello, we are Love X Stereo. A three-member electro-rock band based in Seoul, Korea. Annie is in charge of vocals and synthesizers, Toby is in charge of overall producing and he’s the guitarist of our band, and Sol is the bassist.
KPOPEUROPE.EU: Who is responsible for the lyrics and the composing?
LOVE X STEREO: Most of the lyrics come out of Annie’s head. She occasionally asks around for a subject to write about, but they’re all her words. Toby and Annie do the composing together. Toby plays a new guitar riff and they start from there.
KPOPEUROPE.EU: What genre is your music?
LOVE X STEREO: Alternative music meets electronic. We like to incorporate electronic elements in our music by using lots of synthesizers, but the music itself is very much alternative rock.
KPOPEUROPE: How did you all meet?
LOVE X STEREO: Toby is one of the pioneers of Korean punk rock. He was in a band called 18 Cruk when he was in high school. After that, he started a band called Skrew Attack, which was one of the very first skate punk rock bands in Korean rock history. Annie joined Skrew Attack in 2005, and Sol joined the band in 2009. After our drummer left the band, we decided to do something different, and that was the beginning of Love X Stereo.
KPOPEUROPE: Why did you decide to change your name to Love X Stereo? Who came with up with it?
LOVE X STEREO: Skrew Attack was and still is a punk rock band,but our music doesn’t sound like punk rock anymore. We needed a complete makeover. Love X Stereo means, love comes from both sides. We liked the word “Stereo”, and we added “Love” and “X” to achieve the full meaning.
KPOPEUROPE: Your debut demo album “Buzzin’”, which was released in December 2011, has an 80’s sound, especially the song “Ocean Breeze”. What was your main inspiration for it?
LOVE X STEREO: That song is the reason we are here right now. When we were in Skrew Attack, we bought a synthesizer for fun, and wrote this song right away. Before that, we had no intention of pursuing electronic music, but that song made us change our minds. Annie was doing office work at that time, day dreaming about a heavenly beach. That was the inspiration: I don’t wanna work.
KPOPEUROPE: Your second album “Off the Grid” was released a year later and contains songs that remind the listeners of the 90’s. Are you planning on composing songs related to the first decade of 21st century for your next album?
LOVE X STEREO: We hope so. We would like to do anything that’s fresh and new to us and the audience. We are scheduled to release our third EP this September. It will be comfortable to listen to, but it will definitely have impact as well. We are doing this and that at the moment, unusual stuff like we used to do, but it will still be very easy to listen to. Stay tuned!
LOVE X STEREO: It was a real honour, of course! Getting recognised by the outside world is always a pleasure. Actually, most of our fans in Korea are foreigners (in other words, non-Koreans). Not that Koreans don’t like our music, but most of the Koreans in the audience seem lost and don’t know what to think of our music . But non-Koreans, fans from all over the world, and fellow artists seem to like our music very much. In the future we hope to engage fans all over the world of course, but more Koreanfans as well.
KPOPEUROPE: As Western Indie music is very popular in Europe, do you think Korean Indie can become popular in Europe as well?
LOVE X STEREO: We do think so. The great thing about Europe, unlike America, is that language is never an issue. And if we know where to start, which people to work with, and what songs to perform, it will definitely be much easier to engage with fans in Europe than fans in the States.
KPOPEUROPE: If possible, would you like to perform in Europe on concerts or festivals?
LOVE X STEREO: Of course! If we’d had the opportunity, we would be very grateful to be there and play our music ‘Live’!
KPOPEUROPE: In your opinion, what are the advantages of being an Indie group?
LOVE X STEREO: Being in an indie group really means being independent. You need to think, work, produce, and perform all by yourselves.This gives us plenty of freedom. For instance, we do all of our management ourselves for now, and we’ve managed it to go to the States and Canada this year in September! There is lots of work to be done, yes, but it is always fun to look forward to the next thing and go for it!
KPOPEUROPE: Oh, sounds cool! So you are doing a tour in Canada and the States this year? Is anything fixed already?
LOVE X STEREO: Our tour plan is around late September to October. We’ve got invited to the MidPoint Music Festival 2013 in Cincinnati and to the Indie Week Canada 2013 in Toronto. We are planning to tour through cities in the east coast as well. We are about to fly to North America soon, and our tour schedule will be updated on Songkick. So keep track on our schedule on https://www.songkick.com/artists/6188444!
KPOPEUROPE: That sounds pretty exciting – we wish you a lot of fun over there! Thank you for sharing the news concerning your upcoming tour, and for doing an interview with us! We would love to see you perform in Europe someday, and we look forward to your future songs and albums.
LOVE X STEREO: Thank you too for giving us the chance to introduce ourselves to the european audience! Hope to see you somewhen in Europe!
LOVE X STEREO ONLINE RESOURCES
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Love X Stereo
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Responsible interviewer: MOUDMATE, Slavo
Editing, Translating: Tess, Yellow, Barbara, Sina, Mikaela, MOUDMATE