Interview with Yellow Monster’s Jae-Hyuck Choi

Now, for a few words with the drummer; Jae-Hyuck Choi:

First of all, I have to commend you on your English, how is it that you know it so well?
Well, thanks for saying that, but I don’t suppose my english is that good.  I’m always interested in learning foreign languages

How long have you been playing drums? Is it what you always wanted to do?
Since when I was freshman, 19 years old. I think I was a late starter compared to other drummers. I started it almost by chance. I was kind of a replacement, and when I finished the army service in 1997, I joined Deli Spice as a full time member.

What are your musical influences? Also, what are you listening to now?
Various! I should say that the biggest influence of my music is my daddy. He was a records collector, so it was a very natural thing to me listening those oldish, but timeless music such as ABBA, Alan Parsons Project, James Last Band, etc. These days it’s a Christmas season so Michael Buble was in my ears today!

What is the hardest challenge of being a band and garnering fan interest?
Well, the first one could be committed to one another, that makes great tunes, great shows and other related works. I believe that when we are on high conditions, and quality sort of passion, the audience will naturally feel and enjoy it.

I like that no one stands out as a clear leader from the three of you, you’re all really equally present in your promotions. Is there a band leader or is everything a collaborative effort?
Good question. That’s me! Because I’m the elder one. That’s only the reason. Well, we are like triangle. I mean we three are equally important as long as our band goes. And the theme of our conversation is RESPECT. And that’s what we’ve been doing with one another.

I know all of you are members of other bands, is activity with them on hold, or are you active with them all at the same time?
It’s kind of an infinite vacation. So at this moment, Yellow Monsters is the most important thing we are all in, so we don’t really think about any other things.

What was the last concert you attended that wasn’t your own?
ARIP’s gig. She’s a folky songstress and also our bass player, Jinyoung’s girlfriend!

What is your favorite venue to play in, and why?
Sangsangmadang(상상마당), Hongdae. Well, we don’t really mind about size or equipments as long as there is Marshall JCM900 or JCM2000. That’s what Yongwon wants.

If you could collaborate with any band or performer, who would it be, why?
Noisecat! I played whole songs on Morning Lights, his 2nd LP,  and I want to do that kind of thing again with him. He makes such a beautiful noise!

How did the Yellow Monsters come to be? Did you three know one another for a long time before forming the band? What inspired you three to come together?
We knew one another for a while but we didn’t really do musical works together. One day, Yongwon called me and Jinyoung to asked us to do some musical works together rather than have boring breaks. The next day, we just started playing together. Simple isn’t it? We also found that we were hungry for live shows. I mean the real shows! Do you know what I mean? The shows that are not only for the money!

My favorite track on the album is Christie, it has such a great range! Do you have a favorite track, either lyrically or one that you just think is fun to perform?
Destruction. The 1st track. It was the first song we play together and I can say it’s sort of landmark of ours.

Did the Yellow Monsters album take awhile to create? Can we expect another album from you guys in the future?
Well, it’s less than a month. It was magical moments. We already have tunes that could fill the LP and they are better than 1st LP as far as I’m concern.

Do you have a message for your English speaking fans?
Merry Christmas! I want you to enjoy the music we make. See you in venues.

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8 Responses

  1. Julili says:

    It is so true that album is so good!
    And omg drummer-sshii is so cute!

  2. Amy says:

    Why do you think companies like JYP consider boy bands and girl groups a better investment than promoting rock bands like Yellow Monsters?

    • Julili says:

      Easy to sell? I mean boy- and girlgroups are so easy to market. The music is pretty shallow, they look good. It doesn't require you to think that much. You hear the song, bump along to the beat and that is about it.
      But I think it laso has a whole lot to do with he society, they have grown accustomed to it being like this (the idols) and don't question it. The music must come with a package, a pretty smile a funny personality. If not it doesn't sell. Which is a bit sad because then groups like the Yellow Monsters don't get the exposure they should be getting.
      Then again I'm not really sure, need to ask a Korean that has knowledge of it.

      • Amy says:

        But they can do a pop-punk pop-rock package too! They could, instead of finding 6 pretty boys who can sync dance, they could get 5 that can play an instrument each ;P – not meaning to be demeaning here, but you could have a pop punk wave sweeping Korea, very much like the early 2000s in America. It's like, it doesn't have to only be sync nicely packaged pop.

        • kamalachan says:

          There are more commercial bands too. I would say that some of the ones that I've even posted on my site are a little more pop-rock and they been used a little more in things like anime openings and such. I know that Guyz are one such band they got a little exposure with their last single and were on some of the weekly music shows as well. They're one of my favorites, and maybe my pre-established love of pop music is why I'm sometimes more instantly in love with some of the more light/pop rock bands than the hard core ones. Some of the bands like Swimming Fish, Guyz,, No Brain, and others all get exposure with collaborations or for being on soundtracks. A perfect example of a pop-rock band that SM actually DID invest in is The Trax. They're sound has changed significantly over the years and they've become a lot more pop than rock recently. No Min-Woo leaving the group was probably a contributing factor in their sound change, as well as probably SM wanting to get more attention/ commercial appeal for the band.

          • Amy says:

            I always thought the fact that Seo Taiji did R&B, rap, Nu Metal, and a mix of everything with pop was awesome. Talking about that… my Seo Taiji Symphony DVD set hasn't arrive yet! WTH!

            I'm just surprised groups like Korean-type Panic at the Disco, or My Chemical Romance, or Simple Plan and all the other punk pop groups that came out a while ago aren't more mainstream.

            I'd be even surprise to find an Avril-Lavigne like in the K-music industry. :\

            I'll tell ya one thing, I want more idols like Daesung to be successful… doing more Korean trot numbers! LOL That'll add variety to the market ;P

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