Discovering new musicians is one of the best things about searching online. Saebyeok‘s Rise from the Ashes was on bandcamp and I never heard of her before. From the first listen, I was drawn into the music and enjoyed playing the EP on repeat. It was a little more difficult to find her on social media, but I was finally able to find her and ask if she’d answer some questions.

Hopefully next time I visit Seoul, I’ll be able to see her perform live.


Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Saebyeok and I’m korean singer song writer and bassist:)

안녕하세요 한국의 싱어송라이터 겸 베이시스트 새벽입니다:)

How did you start composing music under the name Saebyeok?

I released a synth pop digital single on Sep 2010. In Korean Saebyeok means before sunrise and I thought the feeling of this word fit my music.

2010년 9월에 신스팝 디지털 싱글을 발매할 때 정한 이름이에요. ‘새벽’은 한국어로 해가 뜨기 전의 시간을 의미하고, 이 단어가 제 음악과 잘 어울린다고 생각해서 사용하게 되었어요.

How would describe your music?

I suppose i would describe my music as warm and beautiful.

따뜻하고 예쁜 음악이라고 생각해요.

What tools do you use to compose music?

Usually, ableton live 9. I can’t play piano so I make some chord progression to using MIDI. sometimes I use acoustic guitar.

거의 Ableton live 9을 사용해요. 피아노를 칠 줄 몰라서 미디로 코드 진행을 먼저 만들고, 가끔 어쿠스틱 기타로도 만들어요.

How long did it take to write and record Rise from the Ashes?

About 1 year and 6 months. the first song “without u” was composed during Dec of 2012. and the last song “Shine” was composed during March of 2014. until that time, after i composed these songs I mixed and recorded them multiple times.

1년 반정도 걸렸어요. 첫번 째 곡인 ‘Without u’는 2012년 9월에 썼고, 마지막 곡 ‘Shine’은 2014년 3월에 썼어요. 곡을 만드는 동안에는 계속 믹싱, 레코딩을 다시하구요.

What kind of message are you trying to say with your music?

My lyrics are based on my life and experiences. I just want to convey and share my feeling with other people through my music.

제 가사는 저의 삶과 경험에 기반해 있는데요, 메세지를 전하기 보다는 저의 감정을 다른 사람들에게 전달하고 공유하고 싶어요.

Do you have a favorite song on the EP?

“Sea of june.” when I listen to it I feel like im at the beach.

6월의 바다요. 이 곡 들을 때는 바닷가에 있는 것 같아서 좋아요.

Is there a difference when playing the songs live as opposed to the official recording?

There has been no difference until recently, on June 28th I’ll play electric bass while singing (WATMM vol.16 at Mudaeruk)

지금까지는 차이가 없었는데, 6월 28일 WATMM 공연부터는 일렉베이스를 연주하면서 노래할거에요.

What are your influences?

Original music, relationships with other people and travel. sometimes books and art exhibitions. everything in my life.

좋은 음악, 다른 사람들과의 관계, 여행이 큰 것 같아요. 가끔은 책이나 전시회 정도. 거의 삶의 모든 것에 영향을 받아요.

Did you have any expectations with Rise from the Ashes?

Nah. this is my first EP where I did everything. I’m still green at this work and maybe next time I’ll getting have higher expectations.

아아아니요. 제가 처음부터 끝까지 작업한 첫 앨범이고 아직 많이 미숙해요. 다음 번 작업은 좀 더 기대할만 하겠죠.

Are there any Korean electronic musicians that you recommend?

Saram12saram, MOT, JUUNO and and MOT are the team which helped me decide to start electronic music. JUUNO is the person that first showed me how to make electronic music. and his single ‘”Shift” is great, check it out.

사람12사람, 못, JUUNO, 모임 별이요. 모임별과 못은 제가 전자음악을 하겠다고 결심하게 만든 팀이에요. JUUNO는 어떻게 전자음악을 만드는지 알려준 사람이구요. JUUNO의 싱글 ‘Shift’도 정말 좋고 들어볼 만한 앨범이에요.

Anything to say to readers?

Thanks for read this and listening to my music. I will be in Chicago this Sept. I’m planning some live performances there and traveling. See ya:)

인터뷰 읽어주시고 제 음악 들어주셔서 고마워요. 저는 9월에 여행 겸 공연 겸 시카고에 가요. 다음에 봐요:)

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