Award-winning South Korean electronic trio Idiotape formed in 2008 in Seoul. Producer and synthesizer player Dguru, who is also a highly-respected DJ in Korea, and synthesizer player Zeze teamed up with the simple goal of making “fun and enjoyable music.” The act was originally rounded out by a guitarist. But when said guitarist opted to leave, drummer DR (formerly of Seoul pop-punk / pop-rock act Sugar Donut) was brought on board in early 2010.
Influenced by Korean classic rock from the 1960s and ‘70s, Idiotape’s dynamic, synth-driven rhythms and electrifying performances quickly helped them climb the ranks in Seoul’s electronic and indie music scenes. In September 2009, the group earned an invite to play at the Korean edition of the world-famous Global Gathering festival – a remarkable feat considering they had been making music together for just over a year. In July 2010, Idiotape issued their debut “0805” EP. While supporting the EP, the group embarked on a North American tour in March 2011 to play at Canadian Music Week (CMW) and South by South West (SXSW). Garnering rave reviews at both events, the Toronto Star newspaper highlighted them in their “Nine acts that stood out from the pack” CMW wrap-up. That summer, Idiotape performed at two of East Asia’s biggest music outings, Korea’s Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival and Japan’s Summer Sonic.
In November 2011, Idiotape issued their first full-length album, “11111101.” The album garnered praise from critics at home and abroad and won “Best Dance & Electronic Album” at the 2012 Korean Music Awards. Idiotape played a number of high-profile events that year including the Seoul Electronic Music Festival , the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, and Sonic Mania in Japan. In March 2013, the group appeared at the Future Music Festival Asia in Malaysia. In April, Idiotape’s remix of the popular K-pop group f(x)’s “Ice Cream” track appeared on the “10 Cc X SM Seoul Melody” compilation EP. And in October 2013, the act made their fourth appearance at Global Gathering Korea.
In January 2014, Idiotape will be opening for Phoenix in Seoul, and in March they will make their second appearance at SXSW.
2015 saw IDIOTAPE embark on their first tour of Europe, performing at a.o. Glastonbury, Fusion, Exit, FMM, Techno Parade, Lille 300 and ending the year at Trans Musicales in Rennes.
The cover album RE has been released in April 2016 by Universal Korea.
In 2017 they released their new full album Dystopian and they co headlines Korean festivals with the Chemical Brothers and the Foo Fighters, also they performed at Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg and BAM/La Merce in Barcelona on a packed Ramblas. Read more