Back Again: The 2017 Interview with Galaxy Express
We’ve been hearing a lot about the struggle of Korean indie artists lately – what do you think that fans can do to support musicians that they don’t already?
Jonghyun: It’s not just Korean artists – it’s a struggle to be an indie musician all over the world. Supporting bands you like is pretty easy. Buy their music, and if they are touring nearby, go enjoy the show and maybe get some merch while you’re there too! And challenge yourself to check out more artists that you don’t know. Whether it’s listening online, picking up an album that looks cool at a record store, or just going to see a band you’re unfamiliar with live. That’s a good way to support music, plus there’s always the chance that you’ll stumble upon an act that absolutely blows your mind.
I got the chance to visit Hongdae and see the Korean music scene for myself for the first time last fall, how do you think Hongdae is changing, and what are your thoughts on how those changes affect artists like yourselves?
Jonghyun: Hongdae is gradually becoming a place more for sightseeing than enjoying live music. There are less and less places for musicians and many venues have closed or are struggling. I don’t know what we can do to compete against all the money and big business coming into the area. So I’m not sure what will happen.
Thanks for your time, once again! Any final words for our readers?
Jonghyun: Thank you for the interview and thanks to everyone who has read it. We had a great time at SXSW in March and hope we can return to the States again soon. In the meantime, please check out our new track The Way and let us know what you think of it!