Blog: Hongdae Street Music

Hongdae Street Music: Image Credit-Wilkine Brutus

Seoul, South Korea: I recently performed poetry at the CineCode Sonje theater for a charity event. The following weekend, I ventured off to Hongdae, a vibrant, multifarious area near Hongik University. The eclectic atmosphere—filled with Koreans and foreigners in musical harmony, illustrated the elements of love and respect through powerful art. The rhythmic modes of expression bounced from corner to corner. It was, shockingly, just a regular Saturday night and it actually felt better to be outside with the people than to be in a club line or knocking down meaningless shots at a bar.

I reside in Jeju. The outgoing, in-your-face artistic expression is severely lacking in the streets. I’ve only seen two episodes of either a foreigner or a Korean pulling out a guitar and jam out to the tunes of life. Perhaps I should take the lead then. Oh yeah…I can’t play the guitar YET and I can’t DJ…but, I can organize events. I was REALLY digging the headphone block party in Hongdae ( it’s in the clip below) and I seriously believe that the foreigners and young Koreans in Jeju could better communicate/assimilate by sharing their love for music and art. I’ll keep you updated with my master plan!

The raw, authentic, pure existence of love and hate mold the streets. With that said, the people occupying every space of it must use rhythm to bridge the scattered cracks, the gum ridden concrete….if so, it’ll be much easier to moonwalk.

The video below highlights several corners of Hongdae, playing different genres of music, including the headphone block party.



  4 comments for “Blog: Hongdae Street Music

  1. February 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Hi there to all, because I am really eager of reading this blog’s post to be updated
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  2. John
    April 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I am the other DJ (DJ Some Guy) and also think that this video really does Hongdae street life justice. Music is alive and well on the streets there ranging in many genres. Great job.

  3. April 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for this great piece that captures the vibe of Hongdae beautifully! I was the DJ at the Silent Disco (DJ Space Munkey) and I want to thank you for the exposure I will be sure to pass this along to others who want an idea of what its like lving in Korea.

  4. April 15, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I was a student at Yonsei when I was an undergrad and I loved Hongdae. There was so much life and energy there and I found this made breaking down barriers easier. Many of my favorite memories of Korea reside in Hongdae, in the crowded streets and food vendors and in the hidden clubs and areas that are tucked away all over the place there.

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