Interview: Neon Bunny at SXSW

Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016
Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016

While I was hoping to catch more than one of Neon Bunny’s shows as she was one of the musicians I had never seen live, I was still happy to see her at the Seoulsonic show. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Neon Bunny, she’s a solo electro-pop singer-songwriter with a lovely voice who performed at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year.

We were lucky to chat with her before the Seoulsonic show… outside during a storm with some pretty intense lightning. Keep reading and you’ll even hear us comment on it… actually, just keep reading to hear more about Neon Bunny in her own words.

Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016
Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016

Neon Bunny Interview

Hello, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi, I’m Neon Bunny from South Korea.

Can you tell us a little about your name, “Neon Bunny”? Is there a special story behind it?

I was always a big fan of bunnies. So my friends that helped me name it said ‘bunny’ is just regular, it’s too common and suggested maybe I should put ‘neon’ with it so that’s why I’m Neon Bunny.

What inspires your music and song writing?

Mostly, reading books and life, inspiring things to write a song about, I think.

Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016
Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016

Do you have a specific song writing process when you are trying to create a new song?

I walk a lot, walking around the street a lot. Trying to read a book, that’s kind of my process, at least the beginning of trying to write a song.

How’s your experience at SXSW been so far?

Yeah, I’ve had two shows since I got here. I’ve really enjoyed playing here. I was pretty stressed out in Korea because I had to do lots of non-musical stuff. So I was really happy to be here and I can just focus on music. I’m really happy about it.

Excellent. Was there anything you wanted to accomplish?

Hopefully I can get another show in the States.

Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016
Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016

What can people expect from your shows?

Usually with my kind of music, they don’t have a band but I try to play with drummer and guitarist, musicians like that. Lots of people just play, like DJing and singing, things like that. But I wanted it to be more like live music even if it’s electronic music. I’m kind of trying to make it as ‘live music’ as possible.

Speaking of your shows, has anything strange or unusual ever happened while you were on stage?

Wow. [referring to the lightning] A long time ago I had a show booked in a hotel and they were not my fans so it was really hard to play in front of fancy people. But it ended up that they really liked me so they bought oranges for me. They really enjoyed the show.

That sounds fun. If someone wasn’t familiar with your music, which song would you recommend as a good introduction?

Hmm… “It’s You” or “Oh My Prince”. Those two songs are my most popular songs in my entire career.

Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016
Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016

Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with? Or anyone you’ve enjoyed collaborating with?

I did collaborate with Spazzkid already and I really liked it so.

[Paused as we both watched the crazy lightning for a moment]

But I didn’t really think about who to collaborate with next time but yeah, I’d love to collaborate with lots of different kinds of musicians.

Final question, are you working on anything new?

Yes, definitely my new album will come out in a month. After I go back to Korea, I have to work hard to make it possible. I have a deadline.

Thanks so much for the interview!

Thank you very much too!

Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016
Neon Bunny at the Seoulsonic showcase at the SXSW 2016

Final Thoughts

Thanks to Neon Bunny for taking the time to chat with us during a crazy, lightning-filled evening before the Seoulsonic showcase at SXSW 2016. Despite the intense lightning, and it really was intense, and the bit of rain, it was lovely chatting with her about her music. Don’t forget to check out Neon Bunny if you haven’t already! And to make things easy, we’ve got all her links below. ^^

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Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival. Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher.

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