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Songs from a room, Sofar Sounds. Apr, 25th, 2015. Ubare(유발이) - maybe goodbye(Peut-être, adieu)

Everyone has some experience linked to a particular space. For example, the bar where I met my best friend for the first time, the location for the first date with my boyfriend, and the city that I visited with my parents. Sofar Sounds and Airbnb, which commonly seeks to create new experiences in somebody else's space, cooperate to provide another unique experience.Sofar Sounds (Songs from a room) brings magic back to live music, by curating intimate gigs in somebody’s living room. The idea of the house concert is not new, but Sofar Sounds stands apart with its secrecy: Attendees do not know who is performing until they show up. On the other hand, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Every Airbnb lover agrees that it is a platform that helps people feel like they are staying in one’s own home anywhere in the world. Sofar Sounds X Airbnb will be from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday, April 25th, at one of Airbnb listings in Yeonnam-dong. Its hosts say that they mingle with travellers from the around the world almost everyday so they feel like they are traveling the world while staying in Seoul. At this meaningful place, let’s spend a day in Seoul: enjoying live music, sharing food and drinks, sharing each other's travel experiences, and other typical things you do while traveling. Are you ready? Ubare is a vocalist, keyboardist, and a composer. She began her career as a keyboardist of a jazz band “Heum” in 2009. In 2010, she launched solo project under the name of “Ubare’s picnic.” As a Ubare’s picnic, she writes songs, sings, and plays keyboard. In other word, she manages almost everything of a band. Her music is jazz somewhat acoustic or acoustic with jazz melody. Anyway, she is good at combining jazz and acoustic feelings. As a musician, she always wanted to get a chance to perform as much as possible in Europe. In this regard, she flew to Paris in May, began learning French, and looks for a chance to be involved in European music scene.
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Sofar Seoul at GrooveKorea

A writer at www.groovekorea.com, Louis joined the third Sofar Sounds Seoul held in October, 2014. He shared his experience at: http://groovekorea.com/article/sofar-sounds When I headed south toward the river from Sangsu Station, I had little sense of what I was getting into. My only clue was that I’d been told it was going to be a “house party-slash-concert.” I stepped through the front gate of the venue, V-Mansion, a guesthouse and creative meeting space. As I walked past the grassy plot and patio out front, I found a living room where the sofas were pushed to the corners to make way for the cushions strewn around the floor for guests. If it hadn’t been for the modest setup of microphones and recording equipment, it wouldn’t have been obvious that there was a show happening soon. Guests continued to show up, carrying contributions that ranged from boxes of cookies and pastries to tubs of KFC chicken. An understated set Singer Kim Ji-soo walks in with his guitar and it’s no grand entrance. He carefully tiptoes through the haphazardly seated guests and sits himself down on a stool as the onlookers applaud. “This is the first time I’ve ever performed with my shoes off,” he says. The shoeless audience chuckles in agreement. As he sings, he interacts and jokes with the 40 people there. Nobody texts or posts to Facebook; everybody listens to him, interacting with him. “This was probably the most romantic show I’ve ever done,” Kim said after his set. “It was the most nervous I’ve been in a while! But there was that feeling of just playing music for your friends. It was like, ‘Hey, listen to this one I’ve been working on.’ I wish I had more time because it was great.”
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Sofar Seoul at Do Indie

A writer at www.doindie.com, Rosemary joined the third Sofar Sounds Seoul held in October, 2014. She shared her experience at: www.doindie.co.kr/en/posts/sofar-sounds-songs-from-a-room-seoul In 2009, three young Londoners decided they were fed up with going to live concerts during which the audience was too noisy for them to hear the band, or they were too far away from the stage to see. In response, they hosted an exclusive, free, live gig in one of their apartments, to which a few dozen dedicated music fans came through word of mouth. Thus SOFAR—Songs From A Room—was born. Five years later and the brand has spread to around 90 cities in 37 countries, in which, every month, anybody can apply to host these exciting, intimate shows in their own home, cafe or guest house(Sofar Sounds Headquarter(You can sign up as a host for Sofar Sounds Seoul): http://www.sofarsounds.com/get-involved/host, Sofar Sounds Seoul: sofarsoundsseoul@gmail.com). Attendance is also based on e-mail application; due to the size of the venues, only 30-50 people (on average) are invited to each show, and the venue is only revealed to them 2 days before the show. In many cities, the line-up of musicians also remains a secret until the concert begins. Although every genre is covered, the emphasis is generally on less well-known artists and an acoustic, unplugged feel. One rule is applied universally, and that is to remain as silent as possible and to stay for the duration of the concert (usually involving 2-3 acts), to give the maximum respect to all the musicians. Earlier this year, chief producer Junho Song came across videos of Sofar shows and determined to bring it to Seoul with the involvement of the London headquarters. He found many artists, videographers and hosts who were more than willing to get the project off the ground on a voluntary basis, and they hosted their first monthly Sofar gig in August. Since then, a range of artists such as Love X Stereo, Samchi & Giri, Whale have taken part, and the movement is gaining quite a buzz. I was lucky enough to be invited to the third Sofar Seoul concert held at V Mansion guest house in Sangsu-dong, on October 16th. Unlike the shows in London or New York, the lineups and venues of the Seoul gigs are not secret, but announced a few days beforehand on the Sofar Seoul Facebook page. At the time of announcement, a link is posted at which readers can apply to attend the show, and the policy of selecting only 30-50 applicants is strictly followed in order to keep it small and exclusive, so that true music lovers can enjoy the experience of intimacy. In addition, the concerts are (at least for the moment) completely free. Already excited by the concept, when I arrived at the guest house I immediately felt warmly welcomed, as if I was attending a friend’s house party. The attendees—including foreign guests of V Mansion, media artists, photographers, live venue owners, the musicians themselves and their friends—were perched on sofas, relaxing on the floor, chatting over drinks in the kitchen, setting up cameras or walking around the garden. Guests were encouraged to bring their own snacks and drinks too, and this helped the friendly, community atmosphere, as strangers started sharing not only their seats but their bottles of wine and packets of cookies with each other; it really was very easy to make a few interesting new friends from a variety of backgrounds. This particular concert included just two solo artists; singer-songwriter Kim Ji Soo (from Superstar K) and Ha Heon Jin (Hongdae’s foremost delta blues guitarist/vocalist). One of the charms of Sofar is that fans have the chance to mingle freely with the musicians before and after their sets, which makes the performances that much more enjoyable and interactive. While I read that the artists at Sofar sometimes tend to be a little nervous due to the intimate, focused nature of the venue (there’s none of the separation afforded by a raised stage and fancy lighting, and everyone is listening intently to each note), the atmosphere was very supportive and there was a lot of exchange of humor between the musicians and the audience. For me it was a good chance to listen carefully and very comfortably to music I often miss in a noisy, crowded club with all its distractions.
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Indie Musicians from Korea #4. WHOwho

# Dance Silly, Play Sexy. 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. # Member 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
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