In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Vidulgi OoyoO gives the scoop on Seoul, South Korea.


Nestled in the north side of metropolitan Seoul is the avant art school district known as Hongdae (a nickname for Hongik University). It is here where week in and week out, Korea’s diverse music scene converges on a highly concentrated cluster of live clubs that create a centrifuge of eclectic energy. From angry punk guitar riffs to infectious DJ dance loops to mellow acoustic timbres, Hongdae is the de facto hub to many of Seoul’s most exciting and experimental music artists.


Although the area has always saluted rock bands in all their forms, there is a refreshing surge of folk, electronic and post-modern music acts that are expanding their impact and influence on the Korean music scene. As more and more local artists explore more and more opportunities to go global, Korean music seems to be developing its potential to make its mark on the international music scene. If you are curious as to who from Korea will make those marks into exclamation points, look no further than Seoul’s Hongdae live clubs. They offer a vibrant bi-bim-bop of homegrown music talent.


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