About Korean Embassy – Korean Cultural Center UK (KCC):
Opened by the ‘Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’ in January 2008 under the jurisdiction of the ＇Embassy of the Republic of Korea＇ London, the role of the KCC is to enhance friendship, amity and understanding between Korea and the UK through cultural and educational activities. With a dedicated cultural team work to further develop established cultural projects, introduce new opportunities to expand our Korean events program in the UK, and to encourage cultural exchange.
THE EVENT 2015 and 2016
South Korea is the very first Open Embassy event organised by Al Douglas (HASH7) and Paul Knowles (IMC) and it took the Korean Culture Center by surprise.
The production set up, room dressing, event management, artist’s performance and high profile guests made the event a great success one to remember thus sealed the approval for an annual event from then onwards.
The Korean performing bands for 2015 where Dead Buttons, Third Stone, PATiENTS plus the UK selected artist Strange Fruit each performed an outstanding set of music accompanied by images from on the screens of Korean culture.
For 2016 Prior to performing at the Liverpool Sound City Festival the Korean Band Dead Buttons performed again accompanied by the bands, DTSQ, We Are The Night and Max Raptor a warm-up show for the K-MUSIC FESTIVAL, which will took place in September 2016.
Guests including UK and Korean media, music industry and ambassadors ate and drank the complimentary goodies whilst swapping business cards as they networked through the evening and listened to the fresh music talent.
PATiENTS - 밤에우리는
Sumin Jo (Bass & Vocal), Hyuckjang Kwon (Keyboard & Chorus) and Jaehyuk Lee (Drums & Chorus), Patients are a ‘Hybrid Punk Rock’ band from Seoul.nPATiENTS, a group that have stepped away from the ‘traits’ of a stereotypical punk rock band and created their own. Forming in 2005, the group emerged onto the Korean punk rock scene as a quartet in 2006 with their debut EP Hanging Revolution.n
Jenny Maxwell on vocals, piano and violin, Jake Woodward on drums and the Perrett brothers, Jamie and Peter on Guitar and Bass.nnStrangefruit are definitely a band to catch live, their original and powerful musicianship has been mesmerizing audiences at UK clubs and festivals including Secret Garden Party, Solfest, Blissfields and The Wilderness Festival. They’ve also already played with the likes of Florence and The Machine and Dizzee Rascal.
Third Stone - 써드스톤
Psychedelic Rock Band inspired by the legend Jimi Hendrix just as you could see it in their clothing and moves (and band name!).nIncredibly wild and very entertaining.
Dead Buttons - 데드버튼즈
Seoul-based rock n' roll duo comprised of Korean guitarist/vocalist Hong Ji-hyun and Paraguayan/Korean drummer/vocalist Lee Kang-hee.nnThe two met one another after Lee had finished his mandatory service and came upon the idea to create Dead Buttons.n2013 would see them part ways with their bassist leaving them a member down, but in no terms out of fresh ideas. Whilst most bands would have buckled under this sudden departure, the newly formed duo threw away all their older material and began creating newer songs, formed to highlight their strengths.n
Open Embassy Sponsor
The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) is a South Korean government agency which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and is charged with governing cultural content. As part of its partnership the Export-Import Bank of Korea, the agency provides loans for small companies producing cultural products.
AFTER EVENT FOLLOW UP SO FAR
The feedback and follow-up from the Korean Open Embassy event has been amazing:
- One of the Korean performing bands Dead Buttons got signed to Baltic Records in Liverpool – Label overseen by Seymour Stein
- Dead Buttons got air play of their track 16-22 on the UK station RADIO X the X-POSURE SHOW: Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 with JOHN KENNEDY.
- The other Korean band Third Stone are in talks with Autonomy Music about a UK album release and AWAL (Artists Without A Label – recently bought out by KOBALT the Music Publishing company a great client of HASH7).
- StrangeFruit – After months of negotiating a Korean licensing deal on behalf of the band, Open Embassy are pleased to announce that British alternative rock band Strangefruit have signed a 12-month contract this evening with 루비레코드 Ruby Records Inc., IMC’s record label partner out in Seoul. Congratulations to both the band and the label! Strangefruit will be releasing ‘Tell Me’, the first of three singles for the Korean market, sometime in early January. I wish them the best of luck gaining traction in this key international market.
- StrangeFruit sign licensing deal with Ruby Records (Seoul, S.Korea) and release their debut Korea-only single “Tell Me” to the Korean market on January 14th, 2016.
…Our work continues.