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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

 

 

Sunday
Mar222015

USA TODAY : SXSW - Thousands of Gigs Later, Fest Is A Wrap


AUSTIN — Over the last week here, more than 2,200 bands and artists performed more than 3,000 gigs in music halls, bars and even hotel lobbies.

And that's just the official number from South By Southwest. Unofficial performances throughout the city numbered in the hundreds more.

While most of the acts were up-and-coming and lesser-known, big names such as Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus made surprise appearances. As the week came to an end, lingering rain showers dampened outdoor venues, too.

Snapshots from a week of music :

South Korean punk rockers No Brain held down Saturday at South By Southwest. (Photo: Mike Snider, USA TODAY)South Korean punk rock godfathers No Brain were among the last performers inside the Austin Convention Center on Saturday. Lead singer Bulldaegal took seriously his job of inciting a sluggish 1 p.m. crowd, telling them their first attempt at cheering didn't match the band's previous South By Southwest audiences.

Their furious set paid homage to The Ramones and The Clash with short, straight-ahead rock songs and a dalliance with reggae. Drummer Hyoonga took the microphone to sing a song devoted to soju, a Korean alcoholic beverage. A cover of Social Distortion's Bad Luck broke down any language barriers.




By Mike Snyder

International Agent/Distribution : DFSB Kollective (No Brain)

Friday
Mar202015

The Austin Chronicle : 2K15 Seoulsonic @ SXSW South By Southwest


03.20 FRIDAY SHOWCASES
Korea Night 2: Seoulsonic
8PM The Majestic

Seoulsonic is different from the previous night's K-pop Night Out, in the sense that it focuses on the less bubbly and less commercially viable corners of the Korean music industry. Headlining is YB, a legit Korean rock band that writes songs that could easily co-headline a distant Warped Tour circa 2005. They sing in English, so you don't have any excuses. Victim Mentality are a bedazzled, leopard-print glam-metal act, which is about as ridiculous as you'd expect. The language barrier means we probably won't even know how seriously they take themselves. Big Phony makes stripped-down, empty-space folk à la Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, which is the exact opposite of Heo's dreamy, chill-out synth-pop. Other acts include the Solutions, who deeply idealize the bygone alternative nation and Britpop revolution right down to the skinny ties, and From the Airport, who wear sunglasses and make heavy beats. Remember that outside the K-pop corporate sugar, which we all love, South Korea remains a place with musicians trying to make their way far away from the machine. SXSW exists for us to acknowledge that. – Luke Winkie

03.21 DAILY SXSW
SXSW Live Shot : Victim Mentality

Korea Night II : The Revenge of Glam Metal


The Austin Chronicle [Photo By John Anderson]

We can thank South Korea for many things: bimbibap, director Park Chan-wook, Psy, and the 38th parallel among them. Now let us raise a glass of soju and toast our good fortune at discovering Seoul-based Victim Mentality. Friday brought the second half of SXSW’s Korea night, but it might as well have been 1990 at the Starwood on the Sunset Strip.

Glam metal dead? Not on your life. It’s simply changed hemispheres and now thrives on kimchi instead of the more traditional fare of blow, booze, and babes.

Playing to an overpacked crowd, the band looked the part – of Warrant’s best buddies – with hair extensions nearly to the floor and enough technicolor spandex to impress even Richard Simmons. Then guitarist Kyungho Sohn hit the first monster power chord of Korean smash “Don’t Spit on Me” and all of hair metal’s sins were forgiven in a high decibel blast of pure pop metal froth.

Frontman Krocodile lunged to the front of the stage and let loose a yowl, a come-hither glint in his eye, and more strutty swagger than Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach combined. The crowd roared its approval and Victim Mentality roared right back at them.

Drummer Tarantula kept up a mid-tempo beat, occasionally kicking it up a notch, and Sohn’s fretwork can’t be faulted. Six songs in, the band closed with kickass chorus shouter “I’m Not Your Friend,” which may or may have a ring of truth to it. Certainly the long lines of autograph hounds fervently prayed that wasn’t really the case.


2K15 SXSW Seoulsonic Showcase (Planning/Production/Promotions) : DFSB Kollective x Mandoo Entertainment
International Agent/Distribution : DFSB Kollective (From The Airport/Heo/Big Phony)
International Distribution : DFSB Kollective (YB)