As LudiSTELO release official singles, it’s great to finally be able to appreciate the band’s music. With two singles currently available and another on the way, LudiSTELO have been presenting different sides of their sound with great success. Considering the band’s previous history, I thought it would be cool if the trio could introduce themselves, their sound, and what plans they have for 2014.


Can you introduce Ludistelo?

안녕하세요 일렉트로닉 & 록 & 얼터네이티브 밴드 루디스텔로 입니다. 기타, 신디사이져, 드럼을 기반으로 구성된 3인조 밴드입니다.

Hello! We are an electronic & rock & alternative band called Ludistelo. We are a trio with guitarist, synthesizer, and a drummer.

How did the trio start? The previous experience of band members is huge within the music scene.

2012년 11월 브루나이 공화국 여행중에 상진과, Ash가 만나게 되면서 시작되었다고 볼 수 있습니다.
일렉트로닉 음악을 계속 추구해 왔던 상진과 기존의 락밴드 포맷에서 벗어나 일랙트로닉 밴드를 준비하던 Ash가 브루나이 공화국의 호텔에서 곡 작업을 시작하였습니다. 그때 만들어진 곡이 DELIGHT에 수록된 Jungle Activity입니다. 그리고 한국에 돌아와 드러머 Juyeon이 합류하게 되었고 현재의 LudiSTELO가 되었습니다.

The band started when Sangjin and Ash met in November 2012 during a trip in Brunei. Sangjin, who pursued electronic music, and Ash, who wanted to grow away from existing rock band format and prepare for an electronic band, jammed together in their hotel room during their stay at Brunei. The song that was made then is called “DELIGHT” and it’s in the Jungle Activity album. When they came back to Korea, Juyeon joined the team as a drummer to form LudiSTELO.

The songs on Play The Earth and Delight have different themes. Will there be a unified sound on Water Roof Will the songs from the previous singles be included or will it be an entirely new set of songs?

1월에 발매하는 Water Roof에는 새로운 음악이 수록됩니다. 세개의 앨범은 모두 다른 색을 갖고있습니다. Play the earth, DELIGHT과는 확연히 다른 앨범이라는 것을 말씀드릴 수 있습니다.

In the album, Water Roof, that is set to release in January, will have new songs. All these three albums have different colors to them. We can tell you that Water Roof is definitely very different from Play the Earth and DELIGHT.

The three instruments of Ludistelo are synthesizer, guitar, and drums. How are songs composed? Is the synthesizer the main instrument for all melodies on songs?

Ash와 상진이 모티브와 아이디어를 구상한 후 Juyeon과 앙상블을 통해 곡의 이미지를 완성합니다.
작곡의 시작은 일반적인 밴드와 크게 다르지 않습니다.
멜로디를 담당하는 악기는 특별히 정해놓고 작업하지는 않습니다.

Ash and Sangjin come up with idea and motive, then Juyeon joins to perfect the song. The start of making a new song isn’t too different from other existing bands. Though we don’t put limitation on the instruments that will determine a melody of a song.

What tools do you use to create the loops and sounds on the synthesizer? Are there effects used on the guitar as well?

Moog Slim phatty, Doepfer MAQ16/3 & Dark Energy등의 외장악기와 소프트 신스를 사용합니다. -기타의 사운드는 외장 이펙터를 사용하지 않고 컴퓨터 소프트웨어와 아이패드를 연동하여 라이브에 사용합니다.

We use instruments and soft synth such as Moog Slim phatty, Doepfer MAQ16/3 & Dark Energy. We don’t use effecter for the guitar, but we synch it to computer software and iPad.

Was there a specific decision to use acoustic drums as opposed to using pre-programmed beats?

더 밴드스럽기 때문입니다. 라이브에서 보여지는 임팩트, 즉흥성, 그루브가 더 자연스럽습니다.

It’s more “band-y.” The impact, spontaneity, and grooviness are more expressive especially during live shows.

The songs sound very complex on the singles, is it difficult to reproduce the same songs when you play live?

곡 작업을 할때 라이브를 염두하면서 작업이 이루어지고 앙상블을 통해서 곡이 완성됩니다. 특별히 어려운 점은 없지만 신디사이져 프로그래밍과 장치적인 셋업을 디테일하게 하는 부분에서는 어렵다고 할 수 있겠네요.

As we start working on a song, we do take live performances in the consideration. While there isn’t too much of difficulty in performing live, but we can say that programming synthesizer and setting up for live shows with great details can be considered as “difficulties.”

Since all members have been in previous bands, does this have an effect on the songwriting process?

많은 영향이 있습니다. 그동안 쌓아온 노하우와 각기 다른 장르를 했던 경험으로 여러가지 음악적인 시도가 다양하게 이루어지고 있습니다. 특히 드럼과 기타의 파트에서 기존 일렉트로닉 음악에서 볼 수 없던 플레이가 장점이라고 생각됩니다

Lots of influence. All the experiences and know-how in different genres helped us to try different technique in making music. Especially, we believe that the use of drums and guitar is very unique in the way that it’s hard to find in current electronic music.

How long has the band been working on the singles and the new album?

브루나이의 호텔에서부터 시작되었습니다.

In the hotel room in Brunei.

Are there other Korean bands that Ludistelo recommends?

Juck Juck Grunzie와 hellivision을 추천합니다.

We recommend Juck Juck Grunzie and hellivision.

What are the band’s plan for 2014?

연초에 정규 앨범을 계획하고 있고, 2013년 보단 좀 더 많은 클럽 공연과 페스티벌에 참가하려 합니다.
그리고 쉬지 않고 곡 작업도 이루어질것입니다.

In the beginning of the year, we are planning for the new album release. We’d also liked to participate more live shows and festivals than 2013. We will also keep working on new music.

Are there any strong influences that have an effect on the band’s overall sound?

지구, 사람, 경험, 사랑

Earth, people, experience, love

Are there any musicians that Ludistelo want to collaborate with?

특별히 생각해둔 뮤지션은 아직 없지만 다양한 아티스트와의 작업은 항상 열려있습니다.

We don’t have someone particular in mind, but we’re definitely open to work with various artists.

Anything to say to readers?

루디스텔로 많이 사랑해주세요.
한국에서뿐만 아니라 다른 나라에서도 공연하길 바라고 있습니다.
세계 여러곳, 즉 지구에서의 경험이 우리가 추구하는 음악적 방향입니다.
이를 통한 우리의 다양성이 어디까지인지 지켜봐주세요.Please send us love!

We would love to perform in different countries as we strive for a musical experience that can connect everyone on Earth.

We’d love to explore LudiSTELO’s diversity!