Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~
This week’s artist is…
Seo Taiji is THE legend of Kpop.
He started off as a 14-year-old school dropout that was in a few rock groups. At 17 he created the stage name he’s now known for and was recruited into a metal band called Sinawe. After that broke up, he started the dance group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1991, when he was about 19 years old.
People call him a musical genius. He basically found and experimented with midi technology to make new things that hadn’t been heard before… at least not in his country. Seo Taiji loves to experiment with new sounds and is not concerned with whether people like it or not. He wasn’t even planning to debut Seo Taiji and Boys, but it got insanely popular anyway.
If it wasn’t for his success, pop music in Korea would probably be a lot different from what we know today. He created the sound of dance mixed with rap that is so prevalent now.
But, even with his fame and success, he stayed true to himself. Soon, Seo Taiji and Boys progressed to a rock sound. Then, because Seo Taiji does what he wants, they ran into controversies when he made music about whatever he felt strongly about… for example, how he believes schools brainwash the youth.
After a few years of this, even though they were still super popular, Seo Taiji broke up the group and retired in the United States… (where it was later found that he had gotten married secretly. After 14 years they divorced, but nobody knew for years).
Anyway, after 2 years in America, he suddenly came back as a solo artist. Even without any promotion, his comeback album sold over a million copies!
He’s been currently working on a film that appears to be a compilation of some sorts of his previous artistic music videos. You can keep up with him on his Official Youtube Channel.
So there you have it. Seo Taiji is mysterious, does what he wants, and is super successful. (He’ll always be my main idol!)
I’ll leave you with a few of his music videos, though it’s hard for me to pick favorites :D (If you like metal, you might like Tank. It has no video, so I’m just putting it as a link :D)
Here’s one of his newer ones:
This song is kind of sad… “Robot” Today, I cry again as I hug my robot that was everything to me when I was young:
This is one of his heavy metal songs, “Internet War”:
“FM Business” is about… well there’s subs so I don’t really have to explain lol:
“Victim” is actually my favorite Seo Taiji song:
“Heffy End” is about a woman that stalks the guy she likes.
And for a finish, here’s a pretty, soft-sounding song “October 4th” (which can also be read as “angel”):