WHOwho is a four-piece indie rock band based in Seoul, South Korea, whose motto is Dance Silly, Play Sexy. Every once in a while, you find yourself catching a band at a show that just makes you want to move, no matter what mood you were in before they started. With their exciting and refreshing blend of dance and electronic pop-rock, WHOwho is definitely one of those bands.
The leader of WHOwho, Jun Roh (Guitar, Vocal) wanted to make music that would make audiences dance. Joining forces with John Ahn (Bass guitar), Jincheol Kim (Drum) and Young Kwang Joung (Synthsizer). There’s a funny story behind the band’s name. When WHOwho was formed, they spent all the money they had to rent out a studio. They were so broke that they had no choice but to have cheap meals such as french fries, which is pronounced “Who-rench Who-ries” in Korean. Recalling such moments, they combined the first syllables from each word - WHOwho – for the band’s name! That being said, they still want listeners to discover their own meaning for the name.
# WHOwho’s history
WHOwho rocks an energetic, danceable, and funky sound that does just that. Since its formation in early 2012, WHOwho has performed concerts at numerous clubs in Hongdae – the Korean metropolis of the indie rock scene. In May 2012, they had released their demo album, which became a hit among fans, labels, and music festival organizing companies. Soundholic, one of the largest indie labels in Korea, liked their work so much that they signed the band. Since then, WHOwho has released two EPs. Thanks to the record, they were invited to Green Plugged Festival, Sound Holic Festival, Grand Mint Festival, etc. They were literally Super rookie. In May, 2015, WHOwho released their first full-length album titled <Oh Yeah>. The album has come out really well enough to jump their fame. If you listen to three albums in sequence, you will be surprised at how much they have improved since their
# WHOwho’s Music
In most cases, Jun Roh writes a rough outline for a song and then the band arranges it into a catchy track. According to them, they are influenced by various types of music. They listen to music as much as possible without regard for any particular genre. In addition, they are influenced by visual art, media art, and many other types of artistic expression that can be linked back to music. When Jun Roh writes lyrics, he gets inspiration from people: sometimes from people he knows, sometimes from people he doesn’t know. He usually writes lyrics about different relationships between people he meets and things that happen between them; mostly they are about girls. He got a lot of inspiration from his favorite novel A Seagull’s Dream for the song ‘Aviation’ on the new album.
Their music has three particular characteristics.
First, it can be described with the words: energetic, danceable, and funky. In other words, their music is good at making listeners move their feet. If you come to their gig, you can see people jump, slam-dance, and sing along. It is not surprising to see the crowd join in when they play live. Second, most of their music is about love, a subject that resonates with audiences around the world. Third, all of their songs are written in English. This is because vocalist Jun Roh used to live in New Zealand. While there, he had a habit of singing in English. WHOwho believes that lyrics in English can be advantageous in appealing to international fans. As a matter of fact, one of their goals as a band is to play gigs not only in Korea but also worldwide.
They don’t have any gigs secured abroad at the moment, but they hope they will be able to do something in the next year or so. Stay tuned with their next move!