Seoul Community Radio Presents: Against the Clock
To open Seoul Community Radio’s mock residence, Lionclad, MPC gymnast and Seoul native, goes against the clock in special session filmed at tAzikazin Magic World HQ.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Seoul Community Radio, a vital hub of the city’s exciting electronic music scene. Over the past five years, the resort has grown from an irregular update SoundCloud account at a vital outpost for discovering and supporting some of Korea’s most exciting artists, DJs and collectives, broadcasting weekly shows live from their base of operations in Itaewon, the epicenter of Seoul’s dance music scene . Having only recently grown from a dingy basement to a full-fledged registration center, the station is now the focal point of an extremely passionate and dedicated community. “It’s a very small scene of underground music lovers in Seoul, which is why I think it’s pretty tight-knit,” says Rich Price, one of the co-founders of Seoul Community Radio alongside DJ Bowlcut, Resident DJ and technical mastermind of the station, and creative director Seulki Lee, a designer who plays the role of VJ What is that.
Price is a fan of dance music. Born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and an English father and raised in North West London on a regular diet of Kiss 100, Mary Anne Hobbs and Fabio & Grooverider on BBC Radio 1, as well as the first radio stations pirates Rinse FM and Point Blank, he cut his teeth on the jagged edges of the London rave and free party scene. He remembers asking his older cousins to bring him back packs of World Dance tapes, which he then played at school. “I think one of the first clubs I went to was Bagley’s,” he recalls, recalling the ghost of the dance floors of the past. For Price, dance music communities and those that enable them to grow and prosper have always been dear to his heart. “Having a platform for discovering music was much more interesting for me than being a musician or being at the forefront of it,” he says. So when he arrived in Seoul on his return to Asia about seven years ago, it was a scene he was looking for, that he found, even if he was only just its infancy.
“SCR started out as a joke between me and Rich,” Lee admits. “We wanted to create the kind of British pirate radio station that he grew up listening to as a child. Since there was no underground radio station in Korea, we joked that we should start one. Five years ago we were dancing in a little place called Kammer – a very small techno space that could seat 20 people, and when the party was over everyone moved on to the after-party. That day Move D was playing and at the after party we were joking with him about the radio idea we had been considering. He asked us why the hell we weren’t doing this, and said we should start right away! For DJ Bowlcut, Seoul Community Radio has been an essential catalyst for the more fundamental growth and development of Seoul’s dance music scene. “I think the main driving force is that he’s been tapped with a sense of mission to nurture a DJ scene,” he says. “In 2016, there was not enough media to present and present the DJs. However, I noticed that DJs started experimenting more with various genres when SCR arrived. In fact, it is also my story. There weren’t many channels where DJs who wanted to listen to music, including myself, could develop.
“A few collectives, small evenings, but very nascent, very underground. Everyone knew each other, ”Price describes from those early days,“ there was no ego in it, people were just trying to do something. Tracing a movement that began with happy days of hedonism in Seoul’s Hongdae area, which ended prematurely due to a crackdown on what Price describes as “an not often diverse and tolerant type of government,” the scene was in progress. to be rebuilt by the children of the previous era in Itaewon just as the co-founder of SCR arrived in Korea, precisely when the community needed spaces to come together. “I really came at the right time because Korea had a boom in underground music culture which was helped by a few clubs, some who are here now, some of which are gone,” he explains. Citing Seoul institutions such as minetI, Vurt and Pastry as key inspirations, Price and the other founding members of the station found themselves contributing to an interconnected network of stages that were in desperate need of a focal point. Inspired by a new wave of online radio, comprising stations such as NTS, Berlin Community Radio and Red Light Radio, Seoul Community Radio was born.
Over the coming week, Seoul Community Radio will feature a selection of some of its most exciting members, from MPC gymnasts and iconoclasts of experimental hip-hop to New Age synthesizers and multimedia sound designers. First, a very special Against The Clock session by Lionclad, a producer, beatmaker and rising artist. Although a proud member of the local team Magical World of Azikazin, a multidisciplinary artistic collective of filmmakers, musicians and puppeteers based in Songpa-gu, Lionclad has gained worldwide attention in recent years. In 2019 she was crowned Defeat the battle champion at Goldie Award, a contest presented by A-Trak and Fool’s Gold which sees producers and DJs compete in front of a panel of judges, which in 2019 included Armand Van Helden, Busy P, DJ Craze, Alison Wonderland, Just Blaze, Take A Daytrip , UNIIQU3 and Kittens. “I love trippy, dreamy beat music, so I do it!” ” she explains. “The important thing is the strange atmosphere. I really like weird stuff, there are a lot of emotions in there! You can’t really dance with it, but at the same time, it’s really groovy.
“I started playing my music in Itaewon, Seoul around 2017,” says Lionclad. “With beatmakers and DJs in Seoul, we tried a few nights, and through these communities, I got to know Seoul Community Radio. So we had parties and projects together and I got closer to them. SCR showcases underground artists and supports the music scene in South Korea, which inspires a lot of artists and helps connect with them too. For the producer, radio plays a central role in navigating the trials and tribulations of a difficult time, providing an emotional tool for those seeking different kinds of solace in music. “People like to be in their zone in 2021,” she explains. “The radio helps people collect music in their own space and even share the area together. I think it’s a very important way to bring different types of energy to people. This resolute approach to the communicative power of underground radio reflects a deeper optimism Lionclad has for Seoul’s music scene, even at a time when coming together as a community is more difficult than ever.
“There are a lot of ways to perform indoors, like online performances, which have the advantage that people can get to know the artists and enjoy the music very easily,” she says of finding ways to perform. playing his music during Seoul’s various blockades. “I think in a way it’s helped people really deepen their own tastes, and the internet music community in Seoul has really grown. Physical space is very important for communities, I cannot deny this due to my experience of obtaining energy from these places. But as technology develops, virtual environments can also share energy. It’s really interesting that people keep building systems in virtual spaces to really make their projects work. It’s all about trust, I guess. Looking ahead, Lionclad remains optimistic about the potential of its community. “When I first started playing, I felt like Seoul’s underground scene was very small, but now I see that it is growing fast. I just hope the scene gets bigger so I can share more inspiration.
For more information on Lionclad and her music, you can follow her on Instagram and consult the Magical World of Azikazin YouTube Channel. Tune in to Seoul Community Radio through their website and Youtube and for more information follow the station on Instagram.
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