The return of SuperColorSuper
For years, SuperColorSuper was the premier concert organizer in Korea for affordable, awesome indie music. That’s why we put them on our cover last May.
It was a watershed moment for the collective of artists. Arranging concerts with international acts is an expensive business, and one of SCS’s principles is affordability. That means they were always operating an very narrow margins. So even though they were as popular as ever, drawing thousands out to concerts in most cases, they were forced to stop putting on international shows.
Over the summer they regrouped, and using the publicity they gained from stopping international shows, SCS is roaring back to life this winter with a lineup of great international bands. (See the winter schedule below the interview.)
Following is a short interview with Sean Maylone, who, with Violet Her, are the brains behind SuperColorSuper.
Groove Korea: SuperColorSuper is relaunching its international shows. For indie music lovers in Korea this is great news. Can you tell us how it came about?
Sean Maylone: We came to a difficult spot a few months back with dealing how to find the time and money to go on against the odds. Luckily, we’ve gotten into contact with many, many wonderful supporters — just like how your magazine has helped us realize our vision. This new network of partnerships has made us massively larger than before.
What can you tell us about the first act you’ll bring in? And for anyone unfamiliar, who would you compare them to?
Our first international will be Lymbyc Systym (ex-members Crystal Castles), a returning act we had here two years ago that went over really well. It’s very driving and beautiful instrumental music.
It must have been hugely disappointing after SuperColorSuper cancelled its international shows last spring.
It was pretty shocking and came with some heavy family news. I ran a gamut of emotions. I felt like “if this is the end, definitely proud with what I did,” and got excited about the challenge.
Now you’re back after a relatively short break, how do you feel?
I feel like a great big grizzly bear that just got a raise from a higher nature department to be a bald eagle. On one hand I’m concerned with the logistics and paperwork involved, but on the other hand I’m going to be a fucking eagle.
SuperColorSuper is more than music. Can you elaborate?
I could copy you and just say “SuperColorSuper is more than just music,” right? Or I’ll try better. Everyone involved is an artist/creator of some kind, and we all deeply want the city to feel better for us, as creators and cultural gluttons. The things we organize fall to this point — raising the experience in shows, making infrastructure to bring in and send out artists. Also, if one of us has a dream stuck in their face that keeps flipping its tail out their mouth we do our best to safely surgery it out of them and into the real world.
Confirmed winter dates
For more information, including ticket prices, venues and dates, go to http://supercolorsuper.com.