Pre show stretching at Veloso! (I learned this from Colin Stetson, but he does it on his head.)
EBS Space is a television show focused on live performance from Korean and International artists alike. They're known for introducing new and unique music to Korean fans. For my performance, the ﬁrst in Seoul, they created this strange and beautiful stage. I played for one hour, taped, to a live audience with a translator for my between-song chatting and bad jokes.
This might have been my favorite meal of the trip, and there were so many good ones. Traditional dumplings… spicy, warm, soft, complex, and simple, all at once. Also, there are several kinds of kimchee here. Of all the kinds I've eaten, my favorite is kimchee in water.
When we were eating inside (see dumplings in the previous photo!) these two lovely women were there sitting near us, carefully making dumpling after dumpling by hand, laughing and whispering the whole time. There was a warmth, a familiarity between them that gave the experience of eating their food more depth, more joy.
Wandering the streets of Hongdae I saw the most enormous dog.
Performing at a club in Seoul to an incredibly loving packed house.
Dressed for a post sound check jog early morning on stage for the Stoker press conference, attended by the entire press core of Korea.
The press conference began at 10 a.m. with a very dramatic performance of "Becomes the Color" in a pitch black giant conference room with me covered by red lights and LOTS of fog machine. I was told later that nothing like this had been done before and that the press loved the unconventional, dark, and alluring beginning, imagined of course by Director Park.
These are the "golden mouths" of MBC radio… I loved this!
At MBC radio station with Director Park and his long time friend… who hosts a weekly radio show featuring international music… This includes lots of American music both old and new. He himself is quite a legendary rocker turned DJ. I loved witnessing their camaraderie, laughing together and speaking frankly about the ﬁlm and Dir. Park's artistic vision.
Sound checking at the Seoul premiere for Stoker. A rather intricate set and stage were built along with three story high posters.
The red carpet at the premiere of Stoker in Seoul. Eventually the whole place was packed with Park fans and press. Park, Mia, an myself did a Q and A after my performance to open the evening.
Our hosts, Fargo Records, who released Mama in Korea while I was there and my translator standing behind. These guys were so so generous, showing us around, taking us to the secret spots to eat, staying up all hours, hauling gear. The founder of Fargo (on my left) Kwanho went to university with Director Park and the fondness with which these two speak of each other inspires the notion of true friendship. Fargo has released all of the soundtracks to Park's ﬁlms as well as many indie Korean bands. I was proud to join the fold as the ﬁrst American artist to license a record to this label founded on the love of music above all else.