It’s a bit easier to discover bands from Seoul than it is from the Southern part of South Korea. It does seem like Busan has a lot of different bands and Pandaz was one of them. I found them through the Busan City Compilation and really enjoyed their sound.

I put it on a list, but forgot to ask Hyun Goo Bang, drummer of Pandaz, if the band would be willing to answer some question. It took a bit to send them questions and it took a little while to receive them back, but here is the interview with band.

pandaz profile

Can you introduce Pandaz?

We have been together since 2005 in Busan, Korea. We normally play on the stage of rock clubs in Busan and sometimes on the festivals as well. January this year we released our first full length album PANDAZ and started traveling around other cities like Seoul, Daegu, or Gwangju.

How did the band name came about?

To be honest nobody in our band seriously considered about selecting the band name. We just wanted an easy cool name. So there’s no serious meaning. Unfortunately ๐Ÿ™‚

์†”์งํžˆ ๋งํ•˜๋ฉด ๋ฐด๋“œ์ด๋ฆ„์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด์„œ๋Š” ์ง„์ง€ํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๊ณ ๋ฏผํ•˜์ง€๋Š” ์•Š์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ์‰ฝ๊ณ  ์ฟจํ•œ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ์›ํ–ˆ์„ ๋ฟ์ด๊ณ  ๋ณ„๋‹ค๋ฅธ ๋œป์€ ์—†์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค^^

Pandaz’ music style is a mix of older hard rock and melodic rock. How did you get into this genre?

Actually we don’t write songs within a specific mindset. There’s no target genre or category.

Our songs are the result of long and tedious jamming. All four members musical tastes are different, so it’s like making a good cocktail. Probably all of us are enjoying older hard rock and melodic rock style.

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ณก์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค ๋•Œ ๋งˆ์Œ์†์— ์–ด๋–ค ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ •ํ•ด๋‘๊ณ  ์ž‘์—…ํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์žฅ๋ฅด๋‚˜ ์ข…๋ฅ˜๋ฅผ ๊ตฌ๋ถ„ํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ๊ณก๋“ค์€ ๊ธธ๊ณ  ์ง€๋ฃจํ•œ ํ•ฉ์ฃผ์˜ ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋ฌผ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋„ค๋ช…์˜ ๋ฉค๋ฒ„ ๊ฐ๊ฐ์˜ ์Œ์•…์  ์ทจํ–ฅ์ด ๋‹ค ๋‹ค๋ฅด๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์—, ๊ณก์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด๋‚ด๋Š” ๊ณผ์ •์€ ๋งˆ์น˜ ๋ง›์žˆ๋Š” ์นตํ…Œ์ผ์„ ๋งŒ๋“œ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๊ณผ ๋น„์Šทํ•˜๋‹ค๊ณ  ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์•„๋งˆ๋„ ๋ฉค๋ฒ„๋ชจ๋‘๊ฐ€ ํ•˜๋“œ๋ฝ์ด๋‚˜ ๋ฉœ๋กœ๋”•ํ•œ ์Šคํƒ€์ผ์„ ์ฆ๊ธฐ๋‹ค ๋ณด๋‹ˆ ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ๋Š๋‚Œ์ด ๋‚˜์˜ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋„ค์š”.

How long did it take to write and record the self-titled album? How do songs get composed?

We started recording back to 2006! It was a reckless challenging because we had completely no understanding about the recording process at that time. We quickly got tired of recording then, we stopped for several years. But we restarted recording from Autumn 2013 because we realized the need of our first album to move ourselves a step further. For about 4 months, we concentrated only on the recording.

As explained to previous question, we compose songs by jamming. It starts from a simple guitar riff or a bass riff, or sometimes from a rhythmic idea. We play it over and over and adding more ideas..then it slowly transform to a music.

For a couple of songs we improvised some parts during the recording also. For 4th track, we added Hae-Geum (Traditional Korean instrument) playing above bridge of the song during the recording. It was quite interesting to see the Hae-Geum player(Thanks to Kim Un-Jung (Ms.)) making harmony with rock sound. Also for 9th track Jo Jong-Won (Mr.) played the ending guitar solo. He is an amazing guitarist of band Lowfeels(Busan). We are very satisfied with his bluesy playing that was recorded.

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์•จ๋ฒ” ๋…น์Œ์„ ์ฒ˜์Œ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•œ ๊ฒƒ์€ ๋ฌด๋ ค 2006๋…„ ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค! ๋‹น์‹œ์— ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋…น์Œ ๊ณผ์ •์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์ดํ•ด๊ฐ€ ์ „๋ฌดํ–ˆ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์—, ์–ด์ฐŒ๋ณด๋ฉด ๋ฌด๋ชจํ•œ ๋„์ „์ด์—ˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋…น์Œ์ž‘์—…์— ๊ธˆ๋ฐฉ ์ง€์ณ๋ฒ„๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋ง์•˜๊ณ  ์ดํ›„ ๋ช‡ ๋…„๊ฐ„ ์•„์˜ˆ ์ž‘์—…์„ ์ค‘๋‹จํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์ฐจ์ธฐ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์ž์‹ ์„ ํ•œ๋‹จ๊ณ„ ์„ฑ์ˆ™์‹œํ‚ค๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด์„œ๋Š” ์•จ๋ฒ”์ด ํ•„์š”ํ•˜๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ์‹ค๊ฐํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ๊ณ  2013๋…„ ๊ฐ€์„ ์ฆˆ์Œ์— ๋…น์Œ์„ ๋‹ค์‹œ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์•ฝ 4๊ฐœ์›” ๋™์•ˆ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์™„์ „ํžˆ ๋…น์Œ์—๋งŒ ๋งค์ง„ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ž‘๊ณก์— ๊ด€ํ•ด์„œ๋Š”, ์•ž์„œ ์„ค๋ช…๋“œ๋ฆฐ๋ฐ๋กœ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์ง€์†์ ์ธ ํ•ฉ์ฃผ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ๊ณก์„ ๋งŒ๋“ญ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ณดํ†ต์€ ํ•˜๋‚˜์˜ ๊ธฐํƒ€๋ฆฌํ”„๋‚˜ ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค๋ฆฌํ”„, ๋•Œ๋กœ๋Š” ๋ฆฌ๋“ฌ์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด์—์„œ ์ถœ๋ฐœํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒฝ์šฐ๋„ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์„ ๋ฐ˜๋ณตํ•ด์„œ ์—ฐ์ฃผํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด๋ฅผ ์ฐจ๊ทผ์ฐจ๊ทผ ๋ง๋ถ™์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿฌ๋‹ค๋ณด๋ฉด ์„œ์„œํžˆ ์Œ์•…์ด ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด์ง€๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๋ช‡๋ช‡ ๊ณก์€ ๋…น์Œ ๋„์ค‘์— ์ฆ‰ํฅ์  ์—ฐ์ฃผ๋ฅผ ๋„ฃ๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ๊ตฌ์š”. 4๋ฒˆ์งธ ํŠธ๋ž™์—๋Š” ๊ณก์˜ ๋ธŒ๋ฆฟ์ง€ ๋ถ€๋ถ„์— ํ•ด๊ธˆ ์—ฐ์ฃผ๋ฅผ ๋…น์Œ ํ•˜์˜€์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•ด๊ธˆ์—ฐ์ฃผ์ž (๊น€์–ธ์ •๋‹˜ ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค) ๊ป˜์„œ ๋ฝ ์‚ฌ์šด๋“œ์— ๋งž์ถฐ ์—ฐ์ฃผํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด ์ •๋ง ํฅ๋ฏธ๋กœ์› ์–ด์š”. ๋˜ 9๋ฒˆ ํŠธ๋ž™์—์„œ๋Š” ์กฐ์ข…์›์”จ๊ฐ€ ์—”๋”ฉ ๊ธฐํƒ€์†”๋กœ๋ฅผ ์ˆ˜๊ณ ํ•ด ์ฃผ์…จ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์กฐ์ข…์›์”จ๋Š” ๋ถ€์‚ฐ์˜ ๋๋‚ด์ฃผ๋Š” ๋ฐด๋“œ ๋กœ์šฐํ•„์ฆˆ์˜ ๊ธฐํƒ€๋ฆฌ์ŠคํŠธ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์›ํ–ˆ๋˜ ๋ธ”๋ฃจ์ง€ํ•œ ์—ฐ์ฃผ๊ฐ€ ๋…น์Œ๋˜์–ด์„œ ์ •๋ง ๋งŒ์กฑํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

As a band in Busan, how is the local music scene? What do you think Busan offers as opposed to Seoul for music?

Even though the Busan scene is not as big as Seoul, Busan bands and fans are not weak. There are many unique bands in Busan keeping their own style for many years regardless of trends differing. We think it makes a little different sound compare to music in Seoul.
We believe Busan scene is steadily growing and will be stronger in near future.

๋น„๋ก ๋ถ€์‚ฐ์˜ ๋ฎค์ง์”ฌ์ด ์„œ์šธ๋งŒํผ ํฌ์ง€๋Š” ์•Š์ง€๋งŒ, ๋ฐด๋“œ๋‚˜ ๊ด€๊ฐ์ด ๊ฒฐ์ฝ” ์•ฝํ•˜์ง€๋Š” ์•Š์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์œ ํ–‰์— ํœฉ์“ธ๋ฆฌ์ง€ ์•Š๊ณ  ์ˆ˜๋…„์งธ ์ž์‹ ๋งŒ์˜ ๋…ํŠนํ•œ ์Šคํƒ€์ผ์„ ๊ณ ์ˆ˜ํ•˜๋Š” ์ข‹์€ ๋ฐด๋“œ๊ฐ€ ๋ถ€์‚ฐ์— ๋งŽ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด์ ์ด ์„œ์šธ์˜ ์Œ์•…๊ณผ๋Š” ์•ฝ๊ฐ„ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์‚ฌ์šด๋“œ๋ฅผ ๋ณด์—ฌ์ฃผ๋Š” ์š”์†Œ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๋ถ€์‚ฐ์˜ ๋ฎค์ง์”ฌ์€ ๊พธ์ค€ํžˆ ์ปค์ ธ๋‚˜๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์žˆ๊ณ  ์•ž์œผ๋กœ ๋” ์ข‹์•„์งˆ ๊ฒƒ์ด๋ผ ๋ฏฟ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

What are Pandaz’ goals for 2014?

Our vocalist’s son has born last April. So we are having short break at the moment but still practicing and collecting ideas for new songs.
We will be back to the stage probably in July. We want to play live as much as possible with album promotion in this year.

4์›”๋‹ฌ์— ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๋ณด์ปฌ์ด ์•„๋“ค์„ ๋ณด๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์ž ์‹œ ํœด์‹๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ณ  ์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ ๊พธ์ค€ํžˆ ์—ฐ์Šต๊ณผ ์‹ ๊ณก์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด๋ฅผ ๋ชจ์•„๋‚˜๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์•„๋งˆ๋„ 7์›”์ค‘์— ๋‹ค์‹œ ๊ณต์—ฐ์žฅ์œผ๋กœ ๋ณต๊ท€ํ•  ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์˜ฌํ•ด๋Š” ์•จ๋ฒ” ํ”„๋กœ๋ชจ์…˜๊ณผ ๋”๋ถˆ์–ด ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•œ ํ•œ ๋งŽ์€ ๊ณต์—ฐ์„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

What are some Busan bands you recommend that people listen to?

We recommend people listen to Unchained and Lowfeels. They have simply great songs. There are many other good bands also.

์–ธ์ฒด์ธ๋“œ์™€ ๋กœ์šฐํ•„์ฆˆ์˜ ์Œ์•…์„ ๋“ค์–ด ๋ณด์…จ์œผ๋ฉด ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ณก๋“ค์ด ์ •๋ง ์ข‹์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฌผ๋ก  ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋„ ๋งŽ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

It’s difficult for international people to discover music from South Korea, how do you think this can improve? can be a good solution! Bandcamp, iTunes or YouTube also can be helpful. If possible, the best way is visiting clubs in Busan during the weekend! ์ด ์ข‹์€ ํ•ด๊ฒฐ์ฑ…์ผ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์€๋ฐ์š”! ๋ฐด๋“œ์บ ํ”„, ์•„์ดํŠ ์ฆˆ, ์œ ํŠœ๋ธŒ ๋“ฑ๋„ ๋„์›€์ด ๋˜๊ฒ ๊ตฌ์š”. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ๊ฐ€์žฅ์ข‹์€ ๊ฒƒ์€ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•˜๋‹ค๋ฉด ์ฃผ๋ง์— ๋ถ€์‚ฐ์˜ ๊ณต์—ฐ์žฅ์— ๋†€๋Ÿฌ ๊ฐ€๋ณด๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด๊ฒ ์ฃ !

How successful has iTunes and bandcamp been for Pandaz?

Unfortunately there was nothing we can realize so far. We just hope foreign friends can easily find our music.

์•„์ง๊นŒ์ง€๋Š” ์‹ค๊ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์€ ์—†์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ์ € ์™ธ๊ตญ์ธ ๋ถ„๋“ค๋„ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ์Œ์•…์„ ์‰ฝ๊ฒŒ ์ ‘ํ• ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ฐ”๋ž„ ๋ฟ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

Where’s one place you would like to perform live?

Sometimes we imagine huge rock festivals, but in this moment we just want to play in every clubs in Korea.

์ปค๋‹ค๋ž€ ๋ฝํŽ˜์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ฒŒ ๋ฌด๋Œ€์— ์˜ค๋ฅด๋Š” ์ƒ์ƒ์„ ํ•˜๊ณค ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ, ํ˜„์žฌ๋กœ์„œ๋Š” ์ „๊ตญ์˜ ๋ชจ๋“  ํด๋Ÿฝ์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐ์„ ํ•ด๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

Anything to say to readers?

Thanks for reading our interview! We will keep rocking on the stage!

์ €ํฌ ์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐ๋ฅผ ์ฝ์–ด ์ฃผ์…”์„œ ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค! ๊ณ„์† ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ํ™œ๋™ํ•˜๋„๋ก ํ•˜๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค!

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