In our exclusive interviews, we tried to prove many different sides of Korea’s music – to proof that it is unique but also diverse in many ways. So far, you have met ‘Love X Stereo’ who is rocking the Indie genre and several other Rap & Hip-Hop artists who are gaining more and more attention in Europe and the US. Today, we have prepared another exclusive interview to deliver you new music scene that has not yet been discussed on Kpopeuorpe: Electronic DJ-Scene! Today’s guest, the DJ & producer Flash Finger will take you to this exciting genre which you may not be familiar yet. So get ready and be prepared to greet him and his music which will definitely rock your club!
Kpopeurope:Hello Flash Finger! We are much honored and pleased to have you today. Thank you for your time.
Flash Finger: Hi Kpopeurope and fans in Europe! Nice to meet you! It’s my pleasure to be here.
Kpopeurope: Since some of our readers may not be familiar with you, could you please tell us about you? First of all, we are curious about your nickname. Is it true that you have a video of your fingers moving super fast on a guitar; I mean like a flash?
Flash Finger: Yes, you can simply find it on YouTube. As you said, I can move my fingers fast and that’s how I came up with my nickname. But to have a clear idea, I recommend you to watch the video clip. Let me know if I’m good enough to be called Flash Finger!
Kpopeurope: Haha ok, we will let you know soon! So, let’s get more into your music style – how would you describe your music to someone who doesn’t know you?
Flash Finger: My style is Electro, Pop and Dance. I consider my music to be my girlfriend. I know it that well. Haha.
Kpopeurope: Ah right, girlfriend… Good to know (laughing). Something that we have noticed about you was two different names you are referred to – “Newton & BeatBurger”. Can you explain it to us who Newton & BeatBurger are?
Flash Finger: Seems like you came prepared to this interview. Very impressed! So, let me explain who or what ‘Newton’ and ‘BeatBurger’ are. Both of them are music bands but they have a little different focus. Newton is an electro pop band, producing two different styles – one being the electronic music and the other being a live set with a band. BeatBurger also has two kinds of styles. Not only does it have a dance performance team, but also a music producing and electro live set team. I work for each band, and I’m mainly involved in the music producing and electro live set.
Kpopeurope: As a CEO, producer and DJ you surely are a busy man. How do you manage your time? If you have to choose one, is there any title you would prefer to have?
Flash Finger: Haha, I’m actually busier these days than I was before. I cannot choose any one of them – I enjoy every aspect of the job I’m involved in. That’s my sincere opinion. It’s always been and I will always enjoy producing, having a show and discovering new artists – that’ all I got to love!
Flash Finger:I was a vocal and a guitarist before I jumped into the electronic scene. I played the guitar and sang songs in a band for about 9 years or so, but my band had to go through unfortunate break-up. Since then, I often went to a party and met DJs there. They totally changed my life, inspiring me to become who I am today: a DJ & producer. I think it’s very fortunate that I still get to do music.
Kpopeurope: Awesome. Can you tell us more about your music? How long does it usually take to compose a song and what’s the process like? We know it’s probably difficult to tell since it will vary from time to time, but we will appreciate if you can share some examples.
Flash Finger:It all depends. The shortest record I have is 3 hours from scratch. But normally, it takes about 2 weeks to get a song done. I often get inspiration from walking around my hometown. I prefer walking with comfy clothes so I can fully relax. I wander singing and humming (ex. beat, melody, chords), then something comes to my mind naturally – well I guess that’s what people call ‘inspiration.’ Lately, it’s been really hot and humid in Korea, so I couldn’t go outside for a walk which makes it almost impossible to write anything about summer. But finally autumn weather is here! I can finally go outside to work for a new song.
Kpopeurope: That sounds very inspiring. I think more people should go out for a walk to enjoy this lovely weather. Between, is there a specific artist that inspires/inspired you, someone you may look up to or would love to collaborate with?
Flash Finger: I like to hear Calvin Harris, Martin Solveig and Chromeo. And there are many more! I hope to collaborate with them in the near future. Also, Martin is the same age as I am so I think it would be really cool to collaborate with him. French x Korean. Doesn’t it sound interesting?
Kpopeurope: Of course it does! We also love to work with people from all over the world. So we will always support you! But back to the questions, you have already had a lot of performances. We would like to know if there is a special stage or club you absolutely want to perform in/on and whether if you still remember your first performance?
Flash Finger: Many DJs want to have a show at ‘Tomorrowland’, and I’m also one of them. This place is like wonderland to us. Dreaming my performance at ‘Tomorrowland’ is as much exciting as watching the World Cup games. My first performance was at my high school. It’s been a while and was a very short moment so I don’t recall much. But what I remember is I was totally blank – didn’t know what I was doing. Haha. The most memorable stage is the World DJ Festival 2012 and the Ultra Music Festival Korea 2012 where I participated under the name of BeatBurger. It was huge – many people came and the crowd gave us great energy.
Kpopeurope: You got a good point – having a big audience must be THE essence to cheer artists on a stage. Recently, K-Pop caught great attention in Europe and all over the world, especially due to Psy’s Gangam Style. Do you think there will be an opportunity for you and your electronic music to become popular in the international music market someday like Psy?
Flash Finger: Yes, I believe and I hope so. Psy’s success has opened up doors to many artists like me. Many musicians are now encouraged to knock on global markets. Thanks to Psy! He has proven that there is definitely a chance for us to try.
Kpopeurope: Since you are more in the electronic, DJ scene, what is your general opinion on K-Pop, boy- and girl groups and their presence in South Korea? Do you listen to K-Pop and is there a favorite group that you support?
Flash Finger: After switching to the electronic DJ genre, I started to listen to K-Pop more often. The producing style of K-Pop music is very similar to electro-dance music. It really is – It’s sequenced and dance music. Also, though you may think I’m not related to it, I am much involved in K-Pop music. I made remixes for SHINee, T.T.S of SNSD, and EXO’s concerts, and did remix for Baek Ji Young’s “Candy In My Ear”. I also collaborated and released an album with ‘YB’, a very famous band in Korea. Does it surprise you? Haha. Recently, I enjoy listening to f(x). They are really cool and awesome girl group.
Kpopeurope: Wow that’s cool. You sound much talented. Then have you had a chance to perform outside Korea or do you plan any?
Flash Finger: Unfortunately, I have no experience in DJ-ing outside Korea. But I had a band live show in Taiwan, Singapore and China. It was a really cool experience. If there is a chance to perform in Europe, I’ll go without a doubt and try to show my best!
Kpopeurope: I hope we will soon have a chance to listen to your music over here in Europe! We would love to watch your live performance and, of course, we will support you in every possible way. Thank you so much for today’s interview. We are honored and hope you enjoyed your time with us.
Flash Finger: Thank you Kpopeurope for interviewing me. To all the people who love K-Pop and Korean music: I’m really looking forward to have a chance to perform in Europe. Hope to see you there. Big love to my fans and let’s all have a good time!
When we met Flash Finger in Seoul, we even got some presents for our readers! Please click here to see how YOU can win the signed give-away! Thanks again to our cool interview partner Flash Finger! See you again in Europe!
FLASH FINGER ONLINE RESOURCES
NEWTON ONLINE RESOURCES
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/newtonVEVO – http://www.youtube.com/newtonradiostar
Responsible for the interview: Mikaela, Haru.
English editor: Min, Rina, Rhian.
Editor in Chief: Kelisi.