Ahead of Korean indie group Asian Chairshot’s UK gigs, they kindly answered a few questions for us about them as a band and their upcoming performances. The band is made up of Youngwon Hwang (Bass and vocals), Heenam Son (Guitar) and Kyewan Park (Drums), and if you’d like to find out more about them you can check out their Facebook page.
Interview with Asian Chairshot
KCM: How did you guys meet and what made you guys decide to form a band?
Drummer Kyewan Park: I was 33 and thought this may be my last time to be in a band. I’d been watching Youngwon for a long time and admired his talent so I asked him if he wanted to make some music together. To persuade him, I bought him sashimi, which is something I never eat!
KCM: How would you describe your music?
Drummer Kyewan Park: I always find this question difficult to answer. We’re a rock band, but I’d prefer for people to listen to our music without knowing anything about us. With no preconceived notions of what something is like, I think that people have more honest reactions to music and can then decide what kind of music they think it is and if they like what they hear or not.
KCM: How do you compose your tracks? Is there a particular process you follow or is it instantaneous? Does everyone get involved with new compositions?
Drummer Kyewan Park: All three members of our band participate in making songs. We compose our tracks by jamming together. It’s really fun to make music that way because we have no idea where songs are going to do when we start working on them.
KCM: During your personal time, what kind of music do you listen to? Is it similar to your own music?
Drummer Kyewan Park: Youngwon likes to listen to older Korean music like Sanullim and Kim Hyunsik. I think that is one of the reasons why many people say our songs have a unique Korean feel to them. Heenam listens to a wide range of music. I don’t listen to music that much in my free time.
KCM: Who are your influences in Korean indie and rock music? Do you have any British influences?
Drummer Kyewan Park: We’re all influenced by Korean classic rock like Sanullim, Shin Joonghyun, and Deulgukhwa. Youngwon and I both really like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Heenam enjoys Radiohead and Kula Shaker.
KCM: For those going to South Korea, can you recommend the best places to go for indie and rock music? Any secret hot spots and hang outs?
Drummer Kyewan Park: It’s not a secret hot spot, but we like Strange Fruit in Hongdae. We perform there regularly and drink there a lot.
KCM: You’ve played at a lot of events but what are your expectations of the UK crowd?
Drummer Kyewan Park: We’re nervous and excited about this tour. We’re an unknown band, so we’re just hoping to play as many shows as possible and have fun while we’re there. I think if we enjoy ourselves on stage, then audiences will enjoy us too.
KCM: Is there a particular track you love performing and is there a specific track you look forward to showing the UK audience?
Drummer Kyewan Park: We really like the song “Sun” from our soon-to-be-released debut full-length album, Horizon. The album comes out on May 28. The song “Sun” has heavy guitar riffs and great melodies. I think we’re going to play a Led Zeppelin cover during our UK tour too.
KCM: Are there any bands also playing at Liverpool Sound City that you want to see?
Drummer Kyewan Park: I want to try and see The Kooks, Blood Red Shoes, and Circa Waves.
KCM: After Liverpool Sound City, you’ll be touring solo. Are you looking forward to having a stage all to yourself and being the main attraction?
Drummer Kyewan Park: We’ll be touring on our own, but we’ll be sharing the stage with other bands at each gig, so I don’t think we’ll be the main attraction on the bills. But hopefully some people will be interested to check out a Korean band at those shows and will like what they hear.
Thank you to Asian Chairshot for answering our questions!
If you’re near any of the locations they’re playing at, we’d recommend you definitely go along and rock on! Tour dates are listed below.
Asian Chairshot’s Tour Dates
May 2 Liverpool @ Korova (Liverpool Sound City)
May 3 Liverpool @ Kazimier Gardens (Liverpool Sound City)
May 4 Chester @ The Compass
May 6 Sheffield @ The Bell Jar
May 7 Salford @ The Eagle Inn
May 9 London @ AAA
May 11 Bristol @ Pam Pam
May 12 London @ Pipeline