DJ WOW is a member of M.Y.K., resident DJ in B One and working for Disco Experience. We met this guy in a nice cafe in Itaewon.
디제이 와우는 M.Y.K의 소속이자 이태원 B One의 레지던트 디제이로 활동 중인 아티스트이다. 그리고 최근에는 DIsco Experience 등 다양한 활동을 이어가고 있다. 우리는 이태원의 한 카페에서 만났다.
다시한번 감사드립니다. 만나서 정말 반가웠다. 또 만날 기회가 있길 희망한다.
Hi WOW, we appreciate your mixtape for Golmokgil. Could you tell us about it?
My mix contains many Disco songs I heard from other artists in B One and also some tracks I usually don’t play. For me it doesn’t have a typical club vibe, but it’s meant to be listened to while working, studying or driving.
How did you start DJing?
The story started in 2008 or 2009 when I just enjoyed listening to music and finally met some DJs who inspired me. Nowadays you can easily find all sorts of music and DJs on the web, but I loved the real relationships and experiences I had in the past. I learned many things by just watching other DJs doing their work in the club. In 2010 I started to play out for some small lounges and festivals and even now those memories really make me happy.
What is important for you when you play live? Do you have a special routine or something?
The most important thing is the mood. I think a DJ should understand what’s going on in the floor. I always choose my songs according to people and their mood in the club. When I play, I usually warm up my body before the gig and never drink anything else but water behind the decks.
But you’re having fun with it, right?
Definitely. I particularly love playing in clubs and on stages because as a DJ you’re kind of a guide for the crowd during the time you play. Everybody may experience something different in those moments, but the DJ can build up the atmosphere with his music. I also enjoy it when people just say ‘Hi’ and express some sort of support or response. Another thing I really like is having a residency because it guarantees to play regularly and I can working steadily.
Could you tell us a bit more about your residency in B One. Do you think all DJs should try to experience that?
Yes, you should try once at least. It’s helpful for DJs to play regularly for a certain club because they’ll get to know the whole routine and cycle of a club night from warming up until closing. Thats club life and when you work as a DJ you’re gonna be involved in it – whether you like it or not.
How do you usually find new tracks?
I just check the latest release of the labels I love and then keep listening. Sometimes I also go to recordshops like RM360 and fine some stuff there.
Would you recommend some tracks and labels then?
‘Ready To Work’ by Jkriv & The Disco Machine on the File Under Disco label. This is my favorite one and I played it a lot in club. Another one is ‘Lovely Day’ by soul singer Bill Withers. I also played a lot this track in Prost. It’s an old song that I actually know for a long time already, but it recently just got me again.
What do you think about the underground scene in Korea?
Well, the taste of the people is getting broader and they listen to more genres now. I think diversity is very important for the scene, even though it’s no guarantee for quality music. I also think that the clubs here are getting focused on the music more and more and I hope this will continue.
And what are your personal plans for near the future?
Most of all, I will concentrate on my residency and then make my Soundcloud account better. As a producer I’m now working on some tracks with my friend who is a bass player. We just have some drafts by now, but we definitely want to release something next year.
Again, thank you so much. It really was a pleasure to meet you! See you around.
Brought to you by Golmokgil – Underground music in Seoul, South Korea 서울의 언더그라운드 음악을 여러분에게 소개합니다. – 골목길