5 Korean music podcasts you should follow.
Podcasting is a particularly popular medium for those who want to write about Korean culture, especially music. The vast majority of them cover K-pop, however, and that's not something we have the slightest interest in here at KSM.
There is hope though, thanks to an evergrowing group of broadcasters who want to expose some of the real gems coming out of Koreas alternative scene. Here's our rundown of the best English language Korean music podcasts you should follow.
Future Sounds of Korea
Future Sounds of Korea is a monthly electronic music podcast hosted by Edward Povey. Unlike many of the podcasts on this list, this show is all music and no chat. All you’ll hear from Ed is the song title and artist behind it. The focus here is on the weird and wonderful electro sounds that the various curators have dug up. All electronic genres here are covered. Club sounds sit neatly next to more experimental, ambient stuff and the Future Sounds team seem to relish in spanning as many styles as possible. Whether you’re into house, techno or post-rock, you’re bound to find something you enjoy here.
The FSoK team also run a really cool vaporwave/cyberpunk label called Jeju Digital. Despite the name, the label is actually based in Seoul and puts out some awesome music and artwork.
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Sounds from the Korean Underground
Sounds from the Korean Underground isn’t technically a podcast, it’s a radio show based out of Canada. However, the show is always uploaded to Mixcloud so can be enjoyed any time any place.
Hosted by Shawn Despres, the weekly show is an exploration of the Korean indie and rock scene. SftKU plays both new and old releases from Korean artists or artists working on the scene. As well as great music, Shawn also discusses the track giving information about the people who made it. He even reads our reviews out from time to time and makes them sound well better than they are.
SftKU occasionally do themed shows such as the well-loved Christmas specials and his “Best Of” the year shows, the 2017 edition of which featured our editor!
Nothing’s Really Real
NRR is a monthly Busan-based podcast hosted by Kelly Brassbridge. In each episode, Kelly interviews a creative (some music based, some not) who’s living and working in Korea to discuss their art, their lives and loads, loads more. Some of the guests Kelly has had on the show include Min The Elephant, Part Time Cooks, Stacy Austin, Carlos Williams to name a few.
It’s a very interesting show that is in equal parts light and heavy. Kelly’s informal and often irreverent presentation style produce some hilarious segments but the show doesn’t shy away from digging deep into some of the interviewees more profound memories and feelings. This interesting mix of lightheartedness and intimate discussion really helps you feel like you’ve gotten to know the interviewees personally.
NRR has started doing live shows recently in Busan. While we haven’t managed to get to one yet, we’ve heard nothing but good things.
AMP is a weekly show playing the best in Korean indie, folk and more. The show is unique in that it’s especially focused on the southern part of South Korea - especially, Busan, Jeju and Gwangju.
The show is an offshoot of Angle Magazine, a very cool culture press started up and edited by Phil Brett. As well as editing Angle Magazine, Brett also hosts the podcast.
Each show is about 30 mins long making it an easily digestible rundown of all the best new and classic Korean indie. It’s also a great source of event listings for those living outside the ubiquitous culture bubble of Seoul and Incheon.
Keun Soli Magazine Podcast
This one doesn’t actually exist yet. YET. Watch this space….