Norwegian Wood released a couple of singles before Lost. The EP was really great and a better showing of the band with a fuller sound and more songs. I’d been waiting for the band to have a longer release and since Lost released, it was time for the band to introduce themselves.

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Can you introduce Norwegian Wood?

Hi, we’re a Korean Indie band, Norwegian Wood! Five of us formed the band in 2012 and are based in Hongdae. The band consists of vocal Kim Hye Jin, Keyboard Gu Ye Ji, Guitar Park Sun Yang, Bass Noh Keo Hyun, and Drums Jeong Myeong Chul.

안녕하세요. Band Norwegian Wood 입니다. 2012년에 결성되어 홍대를 중심으로 활동하고 있는 5인조 인디밴드입니다. 보컬 김혜진 (Kim Hye Jin), 건반 구예지 (Gu Ye Ji), 기타 박선양 (Park Sun Yang), 베이스 노거현 (Noh Keo Hyun), 드럼 정명철 (Jeong Myeong Chul) 로 이루어져 있습니다.

How did the band form?

Park Sun Yang and Gu Ye Ji formed the band since they are school friends. At first, they recruited Park Ji Hye to be the vocalist and started as a trio. Soon, they also found the drummer (Jeong Myeong Chul), and the bassist (Noh Keo Hyun). There were actually a few member changes, but now the five of us are Norwegian Wood.

같은 학교 친구인 박선양과 구예지가 밴드를 만들었습니다. 처음엔 보컬 박지혜와 함께 3인조로 작업하다가 드러머 최우천과 베이시스트 노거현을 영입하였구요. 몇 번의 멤버교체를 겪고 지금의 라인업에 이르렀습니다.

Where did the band’s music style come from?

There isn’t one specific style that represent us. We like various forms of music like rock, pop, and soul. We get inspired from a lot of things and carry them out into music. Some songs can provide comfort with some familiarities, but others provide quite a unique sound.

딱히 규정된 스타일은 없습니다. 우린 록 음악을 좋아하고 팝과 흑인음악도 자주 들어요. 많은 것에서 영감을 얻고 우리가 만든 곡을 하고 싶은 대로 완성합니다. 어떤 곡은 대중들이 편하게 들을 수 있지만 어떤 곡은 굉장히 낯선 소리를 들려주기도 합니다.

Are there any bands that influence Norwegian Wood’s music?

Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Chopin, Ledisi

How does the band compose songs?

A lot of motifs come from every day life. We translate books, movies, travels, lyrics, and news into emotions and eventually into a melody. After that, we talk about it and work on a full song.

곡의 모티브는 일상생활에서 얻습니다. 책, 영화, 여행, 기사, 사회에서 일어나는 일등에서 느끼는 감정들을 글로 써보거나 노래를 불러보죠. 간단하게 정리를 하고 멤버들과 함께 완성합니다.

Is there a message Norwegian Wood is trying to tell in your music?

We want to encourage people to look around closely – especially something that can be passed by easily. The questions that we’d like to ask is: “Where are we going?” “What is the right questions and doubts at the right time?”

우리가 지나치기 쉬운 것들을 음악을 통해 한번 더 생각해보고 싶습니다. 우리가 어떻게 살아가야 하는지, 우리는 어떤 고민을 해야하는지에 대한 질문을 던지고 싶습니다.

Any other bands that Norwegian Wood recommends?

Currently they are in hiatus but we strongly recommend Achime for their well-written lyrics and cool music. We’d also like to recommend Seung Yul Lee. He’s been around since the 90s, but he is continuously working.

Achime, 현재는 활동중단중인 밴드입니다. 멋진 가사와 쿨한 음악을 하는 좋은 밴드죠.
이승열도 추천하고 싶습니다. 90년대부터 꾸준히 음악을 하고 있는 아티스트인데 만족하지 않고 계속 나아가는 모습이 멋집니다.

How long did it take to record Lost?

Most of the recording, except for drums, were done in an ensemble studio. Overall producing was done with the participation of all the band members. The bassist, Noh Keo Hyun, did all the mixing and mastering. The overall process took about six months and we tried really hard to convey the spatial mood in our music.

드럼 녹음을 제외한 모든 녹음은 밴드의 합주실이자 작업실에서 진행되었습니다. 전체적인 프로듀싱은 밴드 멤버들이 다 함께 하였고 믹싱과 마스터링은 베이시스트인 노거현이 작업하였습니다. 우리 음악이 가진 공간감을 최대한 표현하려고 하였으며 6개월 동안 꾸준히 작업하였습니다.

Any goals for 2015?

We’d love to do lots of shows – we’ve been craving it! Also, we are going to work on our album. We are going to make a killer album!

많은 라이브를 할 계획입니다. 그동안 너무 공연이 하고 싶었어요. 더불어 정규앨범 작업도 할 예정입니다. 굉장히 멋진 앨범을 만들겁니다!

Anything to say to readers?

Doing music in Korea isn’t piece of cake. Many indie musicians are struggling for their music so interest in Korean Indie music is vital to us. And also keep in mind that we are going to be releasing our album soon and hope to see you at shows!

한국은 음악하기 쉬운 곳은 아닙니다. 많은 인디음악인들이 자신들만의 음악을 고민하며 살고 있습니다. 인디 음악에 많은 관심을 보여주세요. Norwegian Wood 의 음악과 공연, 앞으로 발매될 정규앨범도 많이 기대바랍니다.

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