A born wanderer who left Russia for Israel and finally found her niche in Berlin, Mary Ocher’s been a fixture of the German underground for nearly 10 years. Ocher’s performance-art punk doesn’t feel out of place there, but this April marks her debut in Korea. She is what you might call a “punk diva”.
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Influence Music entrepreneur
Residence Cincinnati, USA
Featured in Groove Korea March 2011, October 2011, April 2013, March 2014
Influence Entertainment show host, rapper, emcee
Featured in Groove Korea March 2011, March 2014, October 2014
The first weekend of August held the usual bounty of live concerts in Hongdae. A band called At the Gates, one of the most successful Swedish metal groups of all time, was in town. During a decade-long hiatus, they achieved near-mythical status and recently reformed, embarking on a world tour. They sold out venues across North America and headlined festivals such as Wacken in Germany to crowds of more than 80,000 fans.
Influence WhiteLies Burlesque Revue leader
Featured in Groove Korea August 2014
Influence HBC Fest founder
Featured in Groove Korea March 2011, September 2011, May 2012, October 2012
The HBC Fest has seen it all: rock, punk, hip-hop, folk music, poetry, Shakespearean drama, comedy and even a large balding man painted head to toe in green and smashing watermelons over his head.
Ten live venues come together to launch a new monthly live music event
After a four-year hiatus Live Club Day is back. To coincide with the 20th anniversary of indie culture in Hongdae, the live event returned on Feb. 27 offering access to over 40 live performances in ten music venues across Hongdae with the purchase of a single 20,000 won ($18) ticket.
Painter and drawer Kim Pyeong-joon is in his 60s, but his bright, glowing eyes and soft, smooth complexion belie his age. When he speaks, his voice strikes the air with the clarity of crisp piano notes. Born and raised in Gwangju, his speech carries the region’s charmingly rustic accent.
Those who may have missed the spectacle of SXSW while in Seoul may be familiar with the Korean Zandari Festa that takes place each October, turning the streets and alleys of Hongdae into a whirling thoroughfare of dazzling music, dreams and alcohol.
Now two of Seoul's more interesting musical acts have been selected by James Minor, general manager of the famed Austin, Texas, festival, to appear at SXSW this March.
Influence Magna Fall musicians
Featured in Groove Korea July 2011, February 2012, April 2013, October 2014
Expat musicians signed to a label are a rare breed for audiences in Korea, aside from a small group that includes drummer Brad Moore of Busker Busker and guitarists Hasegawa Yohei of Jang Kiha and the Faces and Scott Hellowell of YB. However, multinational indie rock band Magna Fall may be at the forefront of a growth in non-Koreans rocking the local scene.