This month we would like to introduce you to Ooberfuse, a London based electropop duo band making a name for themselves in Korea! Ooberfuse will be in Seoul from 17-21 September to perform a special show for Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International Korea with Korea’s YB band.
Check out their latest track: Never Give Up — out on 27 September 2017. A very special appearance in this music video features Jihyun Park who fled North Korea and is now living in Manchester UK.
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Mixed and produced by Patrick Phillips from Real World Studios whose credits include One Republic, Peter Gabriel, Marina and the Diamonds, Rag n Bone Man and Goldfrapp. Never Give Up was written by London band Ooberfuse after several inspirational meetings with Shin Dong Hyuk in the summer of 2016 during the British band’s first trip to Korea. Leaving your home and motherland in flight from inconceivable state brutality is perhaps the hardest and most dangerous decision a person can make. Hard because you leave loved ones behind to face the aftermath and dangerous because you can be shot if caught attempting an escape. Shin Dong Hyuk made the decision to escape the relentless torture inside one of North Korea’s most notorious Labour camps. Now a citizen of the free world he can never forget the loved ones left behind and will never give up agitating for their freedom.
Ooberfuse will be returning to Korea in September 2017 to help raise awareness and show solidarity with refugees. They will perform the song live in Sofar Sounds Seoul, Korea on 20 September 2017 as part of Amnesty International‘s Give a Home global concert series. Taking place in cities all over the world on 20 September 2017, Ooberfuse have been invited to perform in Korea to join the global line up which includes Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Jake Garratt, Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware.
We had the chance to ask them several questions to better know them!
1. We understand that you’ve already toured in several exotic countries all over the world – from Brazil to Iraq. What made you decide to perform in Seoul?
This is our second trip to Seoul. Last year we did a tour in Seoul which included a slot in Zandari Festa and Sofar Sounds. This year we were invited to be part of the Give A Home global concert series by Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds. We also were invited to perform a concert for a Seoul-based charity that helps North Korean refugees. We love Korea and would definitely hope to keep coming back again and again!
2. How do you think your concept of east-meets-west will appeal to the Korean public?
We find that this concept connects very well with a Korean audience. We believe music has a unique place in connecting people from different cultures together. It transcends local barriers.
3. What are the plans for the rest of the year and what are you most excited about coming up?
The band are working on a special track with Korean indie artist JVNR called Fly that they hope to release later this year.
Ooberfuse will be performing in October in India as part of the New Wave Festival in Mumbai. In December they will have some gigs in the UK, one for Sofar Sounds, then they be in Manila, Philippines to perform a concert for Amnesty International Philippines for Human Rights week. So many exciting things coming up!
4. What lesson have you learnt that has stuck with you since the beginning till now?
To never give up and to not be afraid to be true to our own sound.
How inspiring! We would love to hear your thoughts on Ooberfuse, let us know in the comments!