SXSW 2014: Highlighting Indie Bands from South Korea

Idiotape and Glen Check at SXSW 2014

SXSW brings in a wide range of music artist from all over the world. With the indie music scene taking over in South Korea, two bands at the forefront Idiotape and Glen Check  will be performing at this year’s SXSW. Their music is sure to intrigue listeners with the blending of their analog synthesizer and live peculiar sound.

Official showcase details have been released. Add their sets to your SXSW 2014 schedule, just click the photos that follow to access their event page.

>>> IDIOTAPE:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 >> Elysium > 11:30 pm – 12:10 am

Idiotape SXSW 2014

Fusing electronic synthesizers and drums, Idiotape are creating a unique idiosyncratic sound of their own. Formed in Seoul, South Korea, in 2010, the trio consists of Dguru (producer/ synthesizer), Zeze (synthesizer), and DR (drums). Influenced by rock music from 1960s and 70s, Idiotape combines rock spirit with synth riffs and electrifying rhythms accompanied with live drums.

In July of 2010, the band released their debut EP “0805” and began playing across various music festivals such as Global Gathering Korea and the Pentaport Rock Festival. In November of 2011, they issued their first full length album “11111101,” which led them to win the ‘Best Dance Electronic Album’ award at the Korean Music Awards and ‘Album of the Year’ at the Imagine Awards. In 2012, Idiotape participated in the Converse Showcase ‘3 Artist 1 Song’ collaboration. The song ‘#PeepShow’ combined different and distinct music genres from the three artists. In 2013, Idiotape was also a part of the collaborative project for “10 Corso Como X SM Entertainment Collaboration Seoul Melody,” in which SM Entertainment released an album  of remix songs from various artists. The track Idiotape remixed: “Ice Cream” by SM artist F(x).  Listen to it here. Check out their latest release, the single “With The Flow.”


>>> GLEN CHECK: Thursday, March 13, 2014 >> Icenhauer’s > 10 – 10:40 pm

Glen Check SXSW 2014

Glen Check is a South Korean indie band, comprised of  June One Kim (vocals/guitar) and Hyuk Jun Kang (bass/synth). Their music has been described by many different genres such as electro-pop, synth-rock, and indie dance-pop. The guys themselves mentioned that they don’t want their music to be defined or limited by one specific genre. They plan to continue to progress and experiment with creating their music.

One thing that set the duo apart is their focus on  visual representation. The use of elaborate, avant-garde style graphics to accompany their music adds a new element to their performances. In February of 2012, the duo released their first full length album “Haute Couture.” It got them nominated for ‘Rookie of the Year’ at the 2013 Korean Music Awards and the band won the  ‘Best Dance and Electronic Album of the Year’ award. Similar to Idiotape, the band also participated in the 10 CC X SM Seoul Melody, with a remix of SHINee’s  “Hello.” Listen to Glen Check’s remix here.

The band released their second full length album “Youth!” in November of 2013. The album inspiration is based on the spirit and culture of the young generation. They conveyed the influence of the environment and atmosphere of the youth  and interpreted it to images and sounds. Check out their latest single “Young Generation.”

–Britany R.
top photo courtesy Idiotape Facebook and Glen Check Facebook

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