SXSW 2018 – Korean Musicians (Round Three)

**Updated**

When South by Southwest (SXSW) made their first announcement of artists last October, I was excited to see so many Korean artists included – nine (although it appears that one is no longer listed). Fast forward to January 10th and SXSW just made another huge announcement of artists, over 500, that included nine more Korean musicians/groups. There’s an interesting mix of genres with a strong emphasis on hip hop this year. And it looks like my dream of seeing a record-breaking number of Korean musicians at SXSW might be coming true as there are 17 (maybe 18) artists coming so far! Exciting!

Of course, we wrote about the Korean musicians who were previously announced in round one, just click here to find out who they were.

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Updated: While he was announced in this announcement on January 10th, he no longer appears on the SXSW website. 

He’s a DJ, producer, beat maker and musician whose remixes include f(x)’s “4 Walls” and BoA’s “Pit-A-Pat”. While I’m not familiar with him, it’s always fun to discover new-to-me music.

Here’s his SXSW page for more info.

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Crush

The charismatic R&B singer has made an impact on the Korean hip hop and R&B scene since he first debuted in 2013.

Here’s his SXSW page for more info.

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DPR LIVE

An up-and-coming hip hop artist is a part of the DPR (Dream Perfect Regime) team that started gaining notice with the song “Eung Freestyle (응프리스타일)”.

Here’s his SXSW page for more info.

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E SENS

Updated: While he was announced in this announcement on January 10th, he no longer appears on the SXSW website.

A former member of the hip hop duo Supreme Team, E Sens has been on the Korean hip hop scene since 2003 and working as a solo artist since 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with his music, definitely check out his 2016 album, The Anecdote.

Here’s his SXSW page for more info.

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Glen Check

Updated: While they were announced in this announcement on January 10th, they no longer appear on the SXSW website.

An electropop, electro-rock indie band, Glen Check have been producing music since 2011. They have an infectious sound, so definitely check them out. Plus, we interviewed them them at SXSW in 2014.

Here’s their SXSW page for more info.

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Hyukoh

This indie rock band was formed in 2014 and was first act to sign with Tablo’s independent label HIGHGRND. They made quite an impression on North American fans during their tour last fall (click here for our review).

Here’s their SXSW page for more info.

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Joh Ung

Updated: While he was announced in this announcement on January 10th, he no longer appears on the SXSW website.

While he’s pursuing a solo career, I know him as the lead singer and guitarist for Goonamguayeoridingstella (구남과여라딩스텔라), or Goonam for short. Goonam played Canadian Music Week in 2013 and I was lucky enough to catch the show, click here for my review.

Here’s his SXSW page for more info.

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Kim Ximya X D. Sanders

Updated: While they were announced in this announcement on January 10th, they no longer appear on the SXSW website.

Kim Ximya, one half of XXX (see the next artist) collaborating with American producer, D. Sanders – check out their new album, Moonshine.

Here’s their SXSW page for more info.

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XXX

Updated: While they were announced in this announcement on January 10th, they no longer appear on the SXSW website.

XXX (rapper Kim Ximya and producer FRNK) put out some of the most provocative music videos. Their first studio album, Language, is scheduled for early 2018 and based on their previous music, I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Here’s their SXSW page for more info.

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Final Thoughts

This is another huge announcement of Korean music – and there’s still lots of time for more. While personally, I’d love to see more rock/punk/alt-rock, it’s a fantastic and interesting list of performers. They still haven’t said who’ll be playing the K-pop Night Out showcase, so hopefully there will be even more artists/groups to come. Keep your fingers crossed. I know I will! ^^

**Updated: interestingly, the musicians who were originally announced but no longer appear on the SXSW website are all with the same company. We’ll update again if we hear anything.

Who are you most excited to see?

For a full listing of all the artists in the first round of announcements, click here. And don’t forget to check out SXSW online to stay up-to-date on all that’s happening.

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 the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). 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. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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