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Thursday
Feb182016

LINEUPS FOR K-POP NIGHT OUT AND SEOULSONIC SHOWCASES CONFIRMED


 






2016 SXSW Showcasing Artists Zion.T with the Session, WYM, Mamamoo, Love X Stereo, Guten Birds

[Austin TX] K-Pop Night Out and Seoulsonic are back with eclectic lineups showcasing the best in Korean music at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival.

The wildly popular K-Pop Night Out returns to SXSW for its fourth year, with KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) bringing yet another diverse showcase of Korean music to The Belmont (305 W 6th St) on Wednesday, March 16. This year’s lineup includes R&B singer/producers Zion.T with The Session and DEAN, IDM/minimal house producer Haihm, K-Pop girl group Mamamoo, synth indie-rockers Love X Stereo, heavy metal worshippers Victim Mentality, and more to be announced.

Seoulsonic returns to The Majestic (419-B E 6th St) on Friday, March 18 for their seventh annual SXSW showcase with the breezy electro-pop of Neon Bunny, female post-rock trio Guten Birds, the Brit-pop embracing Bye Bye Badman, atmospheric electronic rock act HEO, reggae band Windy City, and electro-pop producer WYM.

It's not to late to register for a Music or Platinum badge! With your badge, you'll receive priority entry into this and other showcases, access to exclusive networking opportunities, assistance booking your hotel room, and more.


2016 KOCCA KPop Night Out & Seoulsonic Showcases (Planning/Production/Promotions) : DFSB Kollective x SK Planet
International Distribution : DFSB Kollective (Love X Stereo/HEO/WYM)

Monday
Nov302015

Korean Electro-Pop Duo < Glen Check > Scores Rave Reviews at 2015 Clockenflap Hong Kong Music & Arts Festival


CLOCKENFLAP 2015 : 10 SMALLER ACTS NOT TO MISS


It's not all about the headliners. Justin Sweeting, Clockenflap's music director, provides his nominations for 10 less heralded acts you absolutely have to make time for.

#1 GLEN CHECK

If you’re looking for me at around 19:45 on Saturday night, I’m going to be (badly) dancing front and centre to Korean synth-rock winners Glen Check.  Occupying a musical space somewhere between Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip and Justice, it’s a very happy place to be. Come join.



Clockenflap is in its eighth year and this event brought Hong Kong another wild weekend. SCMP was blogging live until Sunday night and we present the full live experience for readers to recap. 



DAY 2 NOVEMBER 28

11.26PM

GLEN CHECK

Back on the YourMum stage, South Korea's Glen Check put together a jaw dropping celebration of light and sound. With influences from LCD Soundsystem to Daft Punk and Hot Chip, the duo pulled out all the stops to get the crowd moving and prove there's more to their homeland's music scene than factory-farmed k-pop. If you haven't heard of them, get them up on YouTube or Spotify now, because this pair are gonna be big.

International Festival Booking : DFSB Kollective (Glen Check)

Saturday
Aug292015

K-Pop 'Fresh Prince of Seoul' Jay Park Headlines 2015 Shanghai Echo Park Festival

The wait is over.

On September 19th and 20th 2015, a new festival breaks ground at the sprawling grasslands of the Shanghai Football Rugby Club.

Echo Park will feature 57 artists across 4 stages, and what we think might just be the broadest and deepest international lineup at a Chinese festival ever. We’re proud and excited to present a massive spread of some of the most intoxicating artists from across the globe (and right here in China of course), to help us create a truly beautiful festival experience for those who love music and life.

Escape, play, and discover A Place Less Ordinary.

Spanning the musical rainbow, from Britpop, K-pop, funk and soul to shoegaze, electronic, folk-metal and punk, we’ve curated a lineup with something for everyone. We’ve been fiddling with stages and slots for 3 months now, so we’re pretty sure you could come to the festival without knowing a single song by a single band, and still spend a magical couple of days hanging out with new music and real fans. We’ve got you covered!

INTERNATIONAL ACTS

Over half of our lineup is international, with artists from the United States, Canada, U.K, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Korea.

Headlining Echo Park, we’re proud to announce the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping, futuristic R’n’B diva Kelis; electronic titans Chase & Status; and the K-pop “Fresh Prince of Seoul” Jay Park. They’ll be joining Gerard Way, who’ll be bringing his post-My-Chemical-Romance solo project to our Place Less Ordinary. And finally, we have two icons of hip-hop playing together, confirmed, but not yet ready to be announced…

But really, we are shooting for a post-headliner lineup in a headliner world. J  We are most proud of the depth and variety of our bill and to that end, we have punk legends Pennywise, rising indie stars Swim Deep and Beach Fossils (with E********* E********* to be announced), post-punk dabblers Nite Fields, and Canadian dance-punksters We Are Wolves. And there’s more – we’ve got a full(ish) list at the end of this press release.

They’ll be joining our first round artists Young Fathers, singer-songwriter Jeff Lang, the seminal Japanese hardcore band Envy and Korean old-school Ska Group Kingston Rudieska.

On the electronic front, Echo Park has invited Manchester’s Star Slinger  (bringing you stuff you know and stuff you don’t), Nick Monaco on a disco tip, grime overlord Bok Bok, Japan houser Kikorix, plus K****** and C.*. to be announced.

HONG KONG, TAIWANESE, AND MAINLAND ACTS

From Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, we have the veteran folk-rock band Sound Toy, up-and-coming talents The Fuzz from Xi’an and Stolen from Chengdu, the Inner Mongolian folk-rock of AJINAI, hip-hop from J-Fever & Soulspeak and Itsogoo, and the dark dystopian sounds of Beijing’s Nova Heart. We also have critically acclaimed shoegaze from Forests and goth-rockers Murky Crows, both from Taiwan. They’ll be joining Hong Kong indie darlings Chochukmo, electro-rock veterans Duck Fight Goose and one of the most talked about mainland bands at the moment, The Big Wave.

A full list of Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Mainland acts can also be found at the end of this press release.

Bringing the beats from the mainland, we have Beijing’s man of the moment  Howie Lee, the tech-house of Beijing’s Y*** ****, the chop-funk of Shanghai’s Damacha, the experimental stylings of Laura Ingalls (wait, we thought he was dead?) and the relentless Cavia.

They will join the already announced urban soul of Guangzhou’s Project Ace, the psychedelic stylings of Kunming’s South Acid MiMi Dance Team and Chengdu indie darlings Mosaic.

We’re super excited to be joining forces with Japan’s Rainbow Disco Club for our Yurt stage, so expect mad installations and eccentric vibes.

Super Early Bird Tickets are sold out, but “Pre-sale” tickets can now be reserved online!

The early bird got the worm–Echo Park’s Super Early Bird Tickets were so hot they sold out within 6 hours. Thanks to everyone who supported and trusted us, without even knowing the lineup! Now, Echo Park’s pre-sale tickets can be bought online. They’ll be 200 RMB/day (260 RMB door) or 300 RMB (400 RMB door)/weekend. Check out our official Echo Park Website: http://echopark.cn for more information. Due to PSB restrictions, there are a limited number of tickets, so get yours soon!

SOURCES : SPL-IT WORKS / DAMAI LIVE


International Festival Booking : DFSB Kollective (Jay Park)
International Distribution : DFSB Kollective (Jay Park) 

Monday
Apr062015

Billboard Magazine : K-Pop Night Out Marks Biggest Success Yet at SXSW 2015


Epik High performs at K-Pop Night Out 2015 showcase on March 19, 2015 at Elysium in Austin, Tx as part of SXSW 2015 (Photo by Loren Wohl)l
On March 19, the epically anticipated showcase "K-Pop Night Out" returned to Austin, TX, as part of SXSW 2015. The showcase, launched in 2013 by KOCCA (Korean Creative Content Agency) to support K-pop's international expansion, brought Korea's musical outfits including Epik High, Crayon Pop, Hitchhiker, EE, The Barberettes, Asian Chairshot and Eastern Sidekick to this year's blowout -- making it one of the most genre-diverse lineups yet.
 
Taking place at Club Elysium, K-Pop Night Out had an unprecedented amount of attention with increased U.S. media interest from outlets like Vice, Fuse and MTV, and the showcase's biggest turnout yet as hundreds of enthusiastic fans lined up early as 9:00am., eagerly waiting entrance to the 550-capacity venue.

The show started at 7:40pm with a slew of exciting talent: Five-member rock band Eastern Sidekick's thundering, 40-minute set, which consisted tracks like "The Exciting Song," and "Monochrome Cartoon City"; Emotional and apocalyptic indie band Asian Chairshot continued to cook up the crowd with its hard-hitting set of explosive guitars and drums; Magnetic, retro-modern girl group The Barberettes sparkled in their '60s inspired hair and sequined dress and gave a pitch-perfect performance while singing "Little Gals" and covering The Ronnette's "Be My Baby" and The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann"; Plus, hyperkinetic husband-wife duo EE tantalized with their psychedelic set of electro beats and eerie vocals; Beat-making maestro Hitchhiker (who made waves throughout the week in his super-shiny astronaut suit while roaming the streets of Austin) re-energized the exhausted audience with his eclectic DJ set.

For the first time, K-Pop Night Out was also used as the testing ground for new material. One of the most anticipated acts, and the only full-on "K-pop" group of the night, Crayon Pop, showcased their well-rehearsed routine of goofy choreography and quirky charms in black patent leather Power Ranger costumes before premiering their exciting new single "FM." The exclusive premiere made it a must-see for fans -- who uploaded clips of the addictive track once they found service -- and reporters able to share about new music nearly a week before the track was revealed.

The highlight of the night came when veteran hip-hop group Epik High hit the stage a little after 1:00am. Stripped of any outrageous outfits, over-the-top stage designs or dramatic video production, Tablo, Mithra and DJ Tukutz owned the night with one of the most commanding rap performances ever seen at K-Pop Night Out following past performers like Jay Park and HyunA.

The headlining set sparked huge interest for the act on social media. According to Twitter, the phrase "#EpikHigh" was one of the top hashtags and trends at SXSW while its charismatic rapper, Tablo, was one of the Top 5 most mentioned artists at the fest. It probably didn't hurt that Epik High was seen out and about interacting with fans and industry execs at other showcases throughout SXSW 2015.

Still, it's no surprise after the trio's (literally) intoxicating performance of "Born Hater" immediately put the crowd in a state of frenzy  as the guys continued their set taking swigs of soju in between tracks. Tablo welcomed fans, calling them "beautiful people of earth," and introduced himself to the people that "may not know him" over O.T. Genasis' trap hit "Coco," wittingly changing the famous line to include a play off his name with "I'm in love with the Blo Blo." The energy continued to grow as they performed a set of decade-spanning hits, including "Happen Ending," "Burg Khalifa,"  "Map the Soul," "High Technology" and "One."

Epik High's meticulously selected setlist of career highlights, freestyle raps, as well as taking the time to speak to the audience was powerfully intimate. That ability to move a crowd -- along with exclusive song premieres, a super-diverse lineup and a larger media presence -- proved that K-pop was alive and well at SXSW and could indicate a bright future for the Korean music scene at later fests.

-- By Jessica Oak with additional reporting by Jeff Benjamin

2015 KOCCA KPop Night Out Showcase (Planning/Production/Promotions) : DFSB Kollective x SL Communications
International Distribution : DFSB Kollective (EE/Eastern Sidekick)


Sunday
Mar222015

Fuse TV : SXSW 2015 Highlights


Crayon Pop @ 2015 SXSW KPop Night Out
K-POP NIGHT OUT DELIGHTS AND SURPRISES AT SXSW 2015
Now in its third year, the Korean pop showcase has solidified its place as one of Austin's best events

For many American pop fans, entry into K-pop came last year when Lady Gaga invited girl group Crayon Pop to open her Artpop Tour after the diva made a very surprise appearance at SXSW 2014's K-Pop Night Out showcase. But for the superfans, Gaga was late to the party.

This became evident at last night's K-Pop Night Out showcase. Now in its third year, the event has grown exponentially in both excitement and notoriety. The gig was scheduled to start at 7:30PM, and by 4 there were dozens of kids (many in costume) lining the outside walls of Elysium club, looping down the following block. 

- See more at: http://www.fuse.tv/2015/03/k-pop-night-out-sxsw-2015#sthash.3n9x7l5X.dpuf
Now in its third year, the Korean pop showcase has solidified its place as one of Austin's best events - See more at: http://www.fuse.tv/2015/03/k-pop-night-out-sxsw-2015#sthash.3n9x7l5X.dpuf
Now in its third year, the Korean pop showcase has solidified its place as one of Austin's best events

For many American pop fans, entry into K-pop came last year when Lady Gaga invited girl group Crayon Pop to open her Artpop Tour after the diva made a very surprise appearance at SXSW 2014's K-Pop Night Out showcase. But for the superfans, Gaga was late to the party.

This became evident at last night's K-Pop Night Out showcase. Now in its third year, the event has grown exponentially in both excitement and notoriety. The gig was scheduled to start at 7:30PM, and by 4 there were dozens of kids (many in costume) lining the outside walls of Elysium club, looping down the following block.

EE @ 2015 SXSW KPop Night Out
The dedication and fandom was anything but misguided. When DJ/robot/possibly-not-human Hitchhiker took the stage to perform "11" as part of his debut live performance, the crowd exploded into something akin to a Skrillex gig, except inside a video game: Flashes, lasers, smoke machines, screens with Web 2.0 graphics that would make every net artist jealous.

Next were Gaga's beloved Crayon Pop, all decked out in matching latex/almost Power Ranger-esque costumes. Their look has evolved since their smash, "Bar Bar Bar," with the ladies heading in for a more mature direction...meaning they're superheroes now. Their choreography was phenomenal, as well. If these girls know anything, it's how to entertain.

Epik High closed out the night, bringing Korean hip hop to the stage around 1AM. They're one of the biggest acts of their genre, and that became apparent the minute they uttered their first words. They were tight, un-intimidating, and it was a true delight to watch those new and unfamiliar with Korea's popular music almost gasp in the afterglow. It was a change of pace from the usual secret-guest buzz-band cynicism that plagues many SXSW attendees, and an exciting one at that.

FUSE FINDS - OUR 10 FAVORITE MUSICAL DISCOVERIES AT SXSW 2015 : #2 HITCHHIKER


This list wouldn't be a discovery list without some K-pop. Hitchhiker was a delirious delight. When the DJ/robot/possibly-non-human took the stage at K-Pop's Night Out, doing so in true EDM fashion. It was a never ending stampede of flashes, lasers and smoke machines, a truly modern club performance (with killer tunes to boot).


18 BEST MOMENTS OF SXSW 2015 : #3 EPIK HIGH



Headliners Epik High closed out the third annual K-Pop Night Out showcase on Thursday evening, bringing Korean hip hop to Austin around 1AM. They're one of the biggest acts of their genre, and that became apparent the minute they uttered their first words. It was a true thrill to watch newbies to Korean popular music almost gasping in the afterglow.

K-pop girl group Crayon Pop co-headlined K-Pop Night Out, all decked out in matching latex costumes. Their look has evolved since their viral smash "Bar Bar Bar," with the ladies opting for a more matured sensibility. Their choreography was impeccable, as if someone measured each inch of their arm extensions with a ruler. - See more at: http://www.fuse.tv/2015/03/sxsw-2015-best-moments#8

18 BEST MOMENTS OF SXSW 2015 : #8 CRAYON POP


K-pop girl group Crayon Pop co-headlined K-Pop Night Out, all decked out in matching latex costumes. Their look has evolved since their viral smash "Bar Bar Bar," with the ladies opting for a more matured sensibility. Their choreography was impeccable, as if someone measured each inch of their arm extensions with a ruler.

By Maria Sherman (Photos by Waytao Shing/Getty Images)

2015 KOCCA KPop Night Out Showcase (Planning/Production/Promotions) : DFSB Kollective x SL Communications
International Distribution : DFSB Kollective (EE/Eastern Sidekick)

Now in its third year, the Korean pop showcase has solidified its place as one of Austin's best events - See more at: http://www.fuse.tv/2015/03/k-pop-night-out-sxsw-2015#sthash.3n9x7l5X.dpuf