Planting the Seed - Musical Diversity in Korean Dance Music Scene
15:00 - 15:45
De Balie (B2 Panel Room) | Kleine–Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam
Seoul is definitely on the global music map. Boiler Room went there for the first time some years ago, Resident Advisor had a residency and MixMag Korea opened a new office and launched a dedicated Korean version of their website, and most of the European and American DJs that are touring Asia are now stopping in Seoul for shows. All that started in Hongdae area of Seoul 15 years ago, but in the last few years most of the new clubs are located in a neighborhood named Itaewon, next to the main US army base.
Mystik was one of the first to be internationally known, soon followed by Cakeshop, Contra and Pistil and more recently Faust, SOAP, Volnost, and Beton Brut to mention a few. S Factory is a cultural centre bringing in names like Charlotte de Witte. Faust hosted Sven Vath and Len Faki last month. SOAP hosts weekly internationals (Kitsune, Claptone, San Holo) introducing many new up and coming artist to the Korean underground scene and Club Living Room has opened with really good house vibes. These underground clubs are all pretty small compared to the huge night complexes you find in the famous Gangnam area, like Octagon, Burning Sun and Arena, where many artists from the DJ Top100 have played in the last decade. But what's next for Seoul's nightlife?
Marcus L (Faust, KR)
Founder, Label Director, Resident DJ, Producer
Mark Yoo (MPLUS82, KR)
Quincy Kim (Mixmag Korea / BNL, KR)
Promoter, Artist Booker
Yann Cavaille (Club Soap, FR)
Co-Founder, DJ, Producer, Designer
Marc Lankreijer (AMSbookings.ASIA, NL)
Managing Director, Owner