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Zandari Festa 2017 – Pre-festival mini interviews (part 2)

We’re back again with another set of pre-festival interviews from Korean and UK acts taking part in Zandari Festa 2017, the largest showcase festival in Korea!

In this article, we will feature responses from the fantastic DTSQ who play rock and a blend of psychedelic punk/electronic music (the guitars are always amazing in their tracks!), Wasted Johnny’s – a bluesy rock band with a sense of grunge plus old school rock and roll thrown in for good measure, and VITO, a UK band who are fast becoming fan favourites with their spirited indie guitar anthems. We recommend that you explore music from these talented people!

Zandari Festa offers a wide variety of performances to attendees and fantastic opportunities for different artists to perform and make useful contacts. It sounds like a great experience for everyone involved!

There will be performances and conferences taking place at the festival (29th September to October 1st). Check out the poster below for an idea of who is playing; there are so many different participants! You might notice that previous K-SPOTLIGHT artists ‘In the Endless Zanhyang we are’ on the list!

Each set is bound to be a result of a lot of hard work from the musicians 🙂

Zandari Lineup Poster

Thanks go to the members that answered our questions! These were Suhyun Kim (vocalist and guitarist of DTSQ), Angie An (vocalist and guitarist of Wasted Johnny’s) and Andy Bell (vocalist and guitarist of VITO).

Read on for the pre-festival interviews and watch music videos from each band!

DTSQ
DTSQ 2
© DTSQ. 16.09.2017. DTSQ official Facebook.

Image source: DTSQ official Facebook

For people who may not be familiar with you, please give an introduction to yourself, your music and tell us something interesting about the band?

Hi, I’m Suhyun Kim from a band called DTSQ. Our music is sometimes weird but sometimes beautiful. We’d love for you to come down to our show and check it out for yourself.

 

What is it about Zandari Festa that attracted you to play there? Do you have any previous experiences or good memories of the festival? If so, what advice would you give to first-time performers or first-time attendees?

Zandari Festa is the only proper showcase festival in Korea. If you’re an independent musician in Korea, there aren’t many chances to meet and talk with people who work in the music industry overseas.

Three years ago, one of my friends mentioned Zandari Festa to me. It was the first time I’d heard of a showcase festival, so I looked up what that was on Google and searched for info about Zandari Festa too. It looked amazing so we applied because our band has always wanted to tour internationally and this seemed like a really good opportunity to learn more about that. Since then, we’ve played the festival a few times and have toured internationally thanks to the connections that we made at Zandari.

For first-time attendees or performers, my advice is simple: listen to music, drink beer, and make friends. This recipe will ensure you have a great experience at the festival.

Name one other act on the lineup that you want to see perform or recommend to others!

I really want to see Sax Machine from France play.

 

What other artists have you made friends with as a result of attending Zandari Festa? Have you had much interaction with artists from other countries?

During the festival, I always meet so many people. They’re not only people from other countries. They’re the people who I want to talk with in Seoul but haven’t had the opportunity to do so for a while. I met ‘Fizzy Blood’ from the UK in 2015 and ‘Atlas Wynd’ from the UK in 2016 through Zandari Festa. We still keep in touch with each other through Facebook and Instagram. When we toured in Europe last year, we met ‘Fizzy Blood’ again at Liverpool Sound City. It was great to catch up with them again. ‘Atlas Wynd’ wanted to come back to Seoul for Zandari Festa 2017, but sadly couldn’t make it. So we might go to Brighton next year and see them again!

What are you looking forward to the most about Zandari Festa 2017?

I want to watch as many foreign bands as possible. I want to learn about them and the interesting things that they do.

Follow DTSQ on their official Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/wearedtsq/

WASTED JOHNNY’S
Wasted Johnnys
© Wasted Johnny’s. 27.09.2017. Zandari Festa 2017 website.

Image source: Zandari Festa 2017 website.

For people who may not be familiar with you, please give an introduction to yourself, your music and tell us something interesting about your group?

Hi, my name is Angie and I play guitar and sing in the band, ‘Wasted Johnny’s’ from South Korea. ‘Wasted Johnny’s’ is four-piece rock band, and also includes YJ on drums, Seon on guitar, and Yoon on bass. Our band has been playing music for six years and perform with lots of energy.

 

What is it about Zandari Festa that attracted you to play there? If so, what advice would you give to first-time performers?

I think Zandari Festa is a good way for bands to connect with promoters and other musicians from all around the world, which can be a really big help to you and your career. For example, we toured in the UK earlier this year. We were able to get a lot of help with accommodation and promotion from friends that we made at Zandari Festa 2016. So it’s a really good idea to meet lots of people and make new friends at Zandari Festa. That’s the advice I want to share with first-time performers.

“…it’s a really good idea to meet lots of people and make new friends at Zandari Festa”

Angie An (vocalist/guitarist of Wasted Johnny’s)

 

Name one other act on the lineup that you want to see perform or recommend to others!

I think all of the bands playing are worth checking out. To be chosen to play at Zandari Festa, they must have great potential and make really cool music. Some bands that I’m personally looking forward to seeing this weekend are: Mattnimare, Rival Bones, Unchained, The Dizzy Brains, and The Twistettes.

 

What other artists have you made friends with as a result of attending Zandari Festa? Have you had much interaction with artists from other countries?

I have made two close friends from the UK as a result of being a part of Zandari Festa. David Blair, a fancy dancer in ‘Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5’ from Glasgow, and Matt Price, an extraordinary brass player in ‘I Set the Sea on Fire’ from Sheffield. These guys helped me to get lots of gigs in their local areas while we traveled in the UK. It was so much fun and I want to go back to Glasgow and Sheffield and see my friends again.

 

What are you looking forward to the most about Zandari Festa 2017?

I really enjoy the festival’s opening and closing parties and I definitely won’t miss the British Night and French Night showcases. I’m also looking forward to meeting lots of delegates and musicians from many other countries during Zandari Festa.

 

How are your preparations going? Is there anything in particular that you are working on or hoping to show at your live show? What do you do just before you go on stage and directly afterwards?

Our energetic, limitless power is always ready to go and we’re going to give 200% when we get onstage. We usually drink beer before and after our gig. But you may have figured that out from our band’s name! Let’s get f****n’ wasted together!

VITO
VITO
© VITO. 27.09.2017. Zandari Festa 2017 website.

Image source: Zandari Festa 2017 website

For people who may not be familiar with you, please give an introduction to yourself, your music and tell us something interesting about the band.

So we’re an indie rock four piece from Newcastle upon Tyne, in the UK. We are Tom (Vocals), Andy (Guitar), Jasper (Bass) and Dom (Drums). We’ve only been together for just over a year so coming to Korea is such a huge thing for us!

 

What is it about Zandari Festa that attracted you to play there?

One of our label mates, Coquin Migale, played last year and it looked amazing so we thought we’d apply. We want to get our music to as many people as possible and know there’s a huge love for music of all types in Asia, so what better place to start it than Seoul?

 

Name one other act on the lineup that you want to see perform or recommend to others!

Rival Bones are definitely one to check out – we’re really excited to meet them over there. We’ve been loving the bands on the bill too and made a Spotify playlist for it.

 

What are you looking forward to the most about Zandari Festa 2017?

For me (Andy) it’s seeing how the Korean gig-goers react to our music. We’re getting bigger and better reactions each time we play here in the UK so I can’t wait to be thrown into the deep end where there may be language difficulties in a new country like Korea. It means we have to play well and put the songs across as best as we can – I’m really excited for that.

“I can’t wait to be thrown into the deep end where there may be language difficulties in a new country like Korea. It means we have to play well and put the songs across as best as we can – I’m really excited for that.”

 

Andy Bell (vocalist/guitarist of VITO)

How are your preparations going? Is there anything in particular that you are working on or hoping to show at your live show? What do you do just before you go on stage and directly afterwards?

Great! We’ve been rehearsing a set with a couple of new songs which we’re really excited to get out – Korea will be their premiere. We don’t really think about the show before we go on; I don’t know how these ones will be because they’re a bit bigger, but usually we ignore it so we don’t get stressed. Then about 10 minutes before we get together and chill to warm up. Afterwards we tend to just sit around, have a drink and watch the other bands – we don’t really know what to do with ourselves for a good while after!

And there you have it! The end of our second set of pre-festival interviews – thanks again to all the participating bands, we hope you have an amazing time at Zandari Festa 🙂

Featured image source: © Zandari Festa promotional cover. Zandari Festa 2017. 27.09.2017. Zandari Festa Facebook page.

In-article images and videos source: Aside from the Zandari Festa line-up poster, copyright of images is held by the individual bands. Photographs were reproduced from the official Zandari Festa website or official social media channels for the purposes of this article.

© Zandari Festa 2017 mini interviews (part 2). 27.09.2017. Inspire Me Korea.

The author: Louisa Lee

Enthusiastic writer, scientist, and foodie. Enjoys discovering new music, films and books, as well as travelling, trying various cuisines and learning about different cultures. My music player is never too far away - life just isn’t complete without music!
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