Posted by : KPopRanter September 30, 2013
The glorious K-Indie group, LOVEXSTEREO, is nothing but a masterpiece and a gem to the Korean entertainment industry. With their smooth beats, their keen ability to bring out flavorful tracks and simply their
individuality and confidence that radiates just from their beings, it's hard not to fall in love with the band, LOVEXSTEREO. And with my most honored opportunities so far that I have received, we were able
to chat with the unbeatable vocals of the group, Annie Ko, and get an interview out of it. If you want more information on LOVEXSTEREO, check out basically all about 'em, here.
1. Introduce yourselves.
Hello, we are Love X Stereo. Toby plays the guitar and he’s our producer. Annie is our vocalist and she plays the synthesizers. Sol is our bassist. We make alternative music with an electronic flair. Our band is based in Seoul, Korea, and we are currently unsigned.
2. Tell us about your American tour.
We recently got invited to four major festivals in The States and Canada. Including CMJ Music Marathon, M.E.A.N.Y. Fest, MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF), and Indie Week Canada. This is the main reason why we decided to go on our first North American tour. We are heading to Cincinnati, New York, Washington, Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto.
You can follow our schedule right here. >> https://tourbox.songkick.com/artists/6188444/calendar
We need all the help we can get at this point, so we decided to open up a fundraiser campaign, so you can help us by donating your contribution directly to our paypal (email@example.com) directly.
All the details are written here. (Please scroll down a little until you find English text.) >> www.ucanfunding.com/project/view.php?num=767
3. I hear that you're currently recording & planning to release an album? Details about that? (name of album, title track name, what it's about, release day)
Our new EP album is titled <GLOW>. The official release date will be Sep 26, right before the day we perform at MPMF. There will be 7 songs in total, 4 new songs, and 3 remixes. Our title track will be “Lose to Win”. It has a very soothing, calm vibe with lots of energy. This hopeful song is written for everyone who gets restless about the unknown future. The clear message is this; “keep doing what you’re doing, and eventually you’ll find a way.”
4. You have released your first music video called Seoul City not that long ago and it garnered over 60,000 views in less than a week. What's Seoul City about and how does it relate to LOVEXSTEREO?
Our song “Soul City” is about our city, Seoul. We were riding our bikes along Hangang River at that time. The idea was to capture all the aspects of Seoul, and how we really think about our city. All the goods and bads. We made this song a bit longer than usual, because we actually felt that Seoul is like a never ending song. Added a little psychedelic vibe into it. Once you get to know the city, it’s hard to detach yourself from it, and you get to know more and more and more. Especially, Seoul has a huge history behind, so we felt like there’s a lot to talk about. You should see for yourself.
5. What about your newest track, Bukkeureowoyo? What's the literal and metaphorical meaning of that?
“Bu-kkeu-reo-wo-yo” literally means, “I’m embarrassed.” This song is a theme song for a real-life pop art character, The Jack. He is a famous pop artist in Korea, and “Bu-kkeu-reo-wo-yo” is his catchphrase. So we made a song out of it. The song is very addictive because the lyrics are so simple and direct. He claims this “embarrassness” is the emotion at the root of the universe.
Check his artwork here. >> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thejack-%EB%8D%94%EC%9E%AD/493262977391512
6. What's the overall message you're trying to get across with LOVEXSTEREO's music?
We like our audience to simply enjoy our music, go with the flow, and dance along with us. But our messages are actually a little more complicated than that. The lyrics usually are about our daily lives, relationships, what we see from the news, what we really think about ourselves, and how we should live our lives. We like to ask lots of questions to others and ourselves.
7. What are your goals for the group?
Essentially, we’d like to meet the world. This tour will be the first step. We’d be more than happy to spend our lives creating great music, touring the world, and meet our fans everywhere.
8. Quick question from my mere curiosity: What does the X mean in LOVE X STEREO?
It means it goes either way. So, Love X Stereo means, love goes both ways from one another.
9. Now this question is directed mostly to Annie. I talked about this kind of before but I remember seeing you, Annie, on a 16 minute-ish documentary of the "K-Pop Effect" and how it effected typical South Koreans today. I remember the interviewer questioned you of plastic surgery and your past experiences dealing with the K-Pop industry. Now if I remember correctly, you were offered a deal with a K-Pop company but you had to go under the knife in order to debut. Can you tell us a bit more of that experience? Do you regret the decision of not accepting the deal? What do you think of plastic surgery in general?
> Annie: Well, I was young but I guess I wasn’t that naive back then. In order to achieve success in this business, there are many ways to do so, and especially in K-pop industry, you obviously need a certain “look”. It was very clear that I didn’t have a face they wanted. But our company wasn’t really that mean to me at all. They “suggested” me to do so, because if I have bigger eyes or whatever, people in this business are more likely to be interested in investing. It’s like a leverage. Honestly, I don’t have anything against plastic surgery at all. I do think that a lot of people gain confidence out of it, and that’s a good thing. I didn’t do it simply because, I really do like my face. I never regret my decision.
Does the decision of not getting surgery somehow tie into the groups' overall message to young South Koreans who experience this... never-ending struggle towards perfection?
Well, I haven't thought about it like that at all. Now that you asked, I just want to say "be true to yourself." Not like a relieve or anything, but if you want to go through all that, you should ask yourself if you really, really want it. No regrets!
10. You guys are growing popular in South Korea and somewhat internationally, too, so that popularity obviously includes well, the growth of fans. What's your fan base name if you have one?
No, we don't have one yet.
11. Any last words, thoughts or messages that you want to present to the world or tell fans watching this today?
There are a lot of good K-pop artists out there, yes. But there are a lot of great Korean indie bands as well. If you are interested, please try to find these bands and artists through YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp or K-indie blogs. You’ll be surprised.
LOVEXSTEREO is available nearly everywhere, now planning to their American tour however, need your help. If you like them (which I strongly encourage you do), you can help raise their funds to make the
tour possible or smaller, just listen to their newest track, Bukkeureowoyo with their newest EP, Glow.