1. Hello! Guys we’re glad we got the chance to catch you and that you agreed to speak with us. Could you please introduce yourselves?
Hyuntae: Hello, Ajia No Tengoku! I’m Hyuntae, the singer of Goldmund. Goldmund is an electro pop band from Seoul and founded in 2013. We released an album and several digital singles. Our new EP Alive Part One: Space Boys & Girls was released in April of this year.
2.Hyuntae , in a interview you affirmed that Goldmund’s story started with Stray ‘s call last summer , who asked your help for his solo project. But , where is it you met for the first time and how did you get to know each other?
Hyuntae: Twitter. I had tweeted about my former band-it was a rock one-many times .So Youngmin knew that I sing and I play the guitar. We’ve been pretty good friends even before the band. That’s how we met.
3.So, basically you ‘re in the middle of a tour at the moment . You ‘ve been to Russia and Kazakhstan so far . On May 18 , you ‘re going to to Georgia and for the last shows you ‘ll return to Russia. This is just the first part of this tour. How does it feel being outside Korea?You aready hgave to the fans a hint concerning the 2nd part of the world tour . In which countries would you personally love to play ?
Hyuntae: Well, sometimes I miss my family and my cat badly .But I don’t consider it being a big problem. I like travelling,trying new foods, getting to know how people live in other countries. That’s why I love the tours. I wanna visit Africa or South America because I’ve never been in there and I don’t know those countries well.
Youngmin: I ‘m really happy! I ‘m Korean and many foreign people love our music. It’s an honor for me. Being outside Korea always makes me feel good! I wanna go someday to United States and France!
4.Your newest album “ Alive “ was founded on April 12. What ‘s the theme of the album?
Hyuntae: I started from the idea that all people are trying to find something to make their incomplete life complete. In other words, to make them feel alive .That something can be anything : love, fun, some unexpected incidents…. That’s what my lyrics are about. In order to feel alive , the people are desperately struggling to find something that can make themselves feel accomplished .
Youngmin: I wanted make an ‘ALIVE’ music . So, here’s my result.
5.What could you tell us about the EP “ Unplanned Works “ released in March 2014?
Youngmin: ‘Unplanned Works’ was a literally unplanned work for me. It’s our first album and consists in pieces we put altogether . So, sometimes I feel like it’s not an album. But it’s our first album and anyway I like it.
Hyuntae: I still can’t believe how much guts I had to actually make an album. I was totally inexperienced , when I started work on the album. The songs are good, but I can’t say I ‘m so fond of my voice . Thanks to Unplanned Works, however, we’re on tour. I have to appreciate it.
6.Your band ‘s name comes from Hermann Hesse’s “ Narcissus and Goldmund “ , right ? Why Goldmund? And what does mean Goldmund for you ?
Youngmin: My youth. And 10 years later, I hope it ‘ll keep going on .
Hyuntae: Actually, Goldmund sounds better than Narcissus. That’s why we chose it . In the novel Goldmund wonders all around the world, meeting new people, surpassing all the boundaries. Finally ,the boy who wanted to become Narcissus at the first realized he has been Goldmund himself.
As a musician ,I myself I wanna become like that too . I’m still inexperienced and I don’t really know where to go to .Hopefully , till a the final phase of my musical career , I ‘ll reach my goals and I ‘ll be enough balanced when comes about life.
7.On March 23 of this year , you released the MV “ One “ . Could you speak to us a bit about it ?
Hyuntae: It’s just about a girl who tries to find the one, or something like that . There’s no actual story. The video is a of visualization of the song One. We did our best in putting into the MV the beauty of real Seoul .
8.When did you decide on making music ? Was there during your childhood someone or something that made you get into music , that influenced you ?
Youngmin: Yes. I liked Epik High since when I was a student. There was this guy called ‘Tablo’ ,who wrote almost all the lyrics and made music. He’s somehow my idol.
Hyuntae: I always wanted to be a rock star since. I’ ve been crazy about the band Syrup16g, when I was in high school. They are a Japanese one-actually not a star band . They ‘re an indie band .
And there’s the band which made me play guitar and sing. Fujifabric. I listened to their song Bye Bye, and I told to myself „I also want to touch someone and be part of their memories.” That’s why I got into all these stuffs. And I think I’m still far away from fulfilling my goal.
9. You collaborated with Titan Slang and YUKARI. What another artists would you like to collaborate with ?
Hyuntae: YonYon of Kotoba Select. Her voice is amazing. Actually ,we and Kotoba Select already co-worked in a showcase for new album Alive. But if I could do it again , this time, I ‘d do it for a new song. One of our songs or of their songs, it doesn’t matter.
Youngmin: ONUKA. She’s an Ukrainian musician. I like her voice and style.
10.Stray , as producer how do you see the things in the music industry at the moment ? What would you choose between the popular boy /girl groups and indies? And why?
Youngmin: Modern music industry changes very fast. Music now is a public property rather than a kind of merchandise. This is why musicians have to be more entertaining, not only making music.
BTS / f(x) / The Solutions
There would be no arguement on the fact that BTS is the best boy band and I love their style. f(x) also got their own style, that’s why I love them.
The Solutions, like us, is an electro pop band from Korea. Electro pop was quite my favorite genre at first and I can say I really had what to learn from their music.
11.How would you describe your music style to the people who didn’t listen before to your music ?
Youngmin: Sound of Forever Gold.
Hyuntae: Sound of Seoul, sound of incomplete youth.
12.In the show from April 23 , you had as guest KOTOBA SELECT. How was the show and how is KOTOBA SELECT as artist ?
Hyuntae: They are totally a new wave of J-Pop. I really love their sound. YonYon’s vocal, as I mentioned above , is amazing. And Ishii Yudai a. k. a Qoozila’s touch on guitar is got a so emotional feeling . Their live and CD are both good. Personally , I love them .
Youngmin: KOTOBA SELECT’s show was really nice. And I really like their music style. You should listen them !
13.Tell us more about yourselves and your concept.
Hyuntae: As songwriter and lyricist , I try to express exactly what’s in my mind . Those images, feelings, emotions…all the things. With exact words. Many people told me that my lyrics are like paintings, giving them the exact images of something. I think this is what consists in the concept of my lyrics.Transmiting to the people the images and colors I am expressing through my words .
Youngmin: Well, we’re just doing music and we wanna try many genres and concepts. So just keep watching!
14.In your opinion , what is it that keeps a band active and moving on , taking any challenge?
Youngmin: I think the most important things are the mind and attitude. You need to enjoy things around you , but sometimes you must be serious too.
15.Thank you for your time . We ‘re at the end . What would you like to transmit to our readers ?
Hyuntae: I’m very happy to have an interview with Ajia No Tengoku. Sometimes , while you talk with someone, it happens to you to feel something deep inside that can’t be described with words at all, something that comes out with well-arranged words. That’s what I felt with this interview. It was very nice to be with you, Ajia No Tengoku.
Youngmin: I just want to say thank you for reading this long interview, and please keep watching us and listening our music! Thank you again.