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A Concert After Work. – Nylon MTV Benefit Concert

MTV Red Carpet

Back in the US, it’s odd to catch a big star performing on a weekday. In fact, most managers would nix that idea out of fear that people wouldn’t show up. In Korea, a weekday concert is not out of the ordinary. It’s Wednesday, I just finished flexing my English speaking skills at work, and I’m rushing out to another DT/Tasha performance.

Tonight’s concert is a benefit concert celebrating Nylon Magazine’s 1st year in Korea. MTV is partnered with them and the generous sponsorship form MagnMag.com makes the concert free for all it’s participants. A select few people won guaranteed tickets form Nylon & MTV’s website, so a separate line is formed outside for people waiting for those tickets (roughly 500+ people – WHOA what a line!)

A few Camp staff members and fans decide to wing it and just try to get a ticket from the first come first serve line. In a surprising twist, this line is not as bad as the reserved line, and we’re able to get decent seats.

While the calamity in the seated area is nice, it’s where I notice the difference from American DT fans and Korean DT fans. In America, we’re aggressive and we like getting riled up by the performers. We’re used to the pushing, shoving, and struggling to get a good seat/view. In Korea, fans are content with just sitting or standing where they’re seated. It lets everyone see a view, but when you’re that one person in the crowd standing, throwing their hands up, and trying to get as close to the stage as possible, you’re the odd one out. I actually got a warning from the bodyguards a few times for getting too riled up. I apologize, Korea, but when a performer is telling everyone to stand up, and go crazy, my American habits kick in. (소리를 많이 질려서 최송합니다! ^_^)

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Anyway, what’s great about JK’s performances in Korea is they all go all out for each performer’s performance. The panning of JK’s photo and the words Drunken Tiger in the back creates a great effect and it always causes the crowd to scream madly. Back home, a DT performance is not as elaborate and the venue is usually smaller and more intimate (that has its advantages though, making the performance feel more raw — and US DT fans love a crazy raw DT performance!).

pay day

In a weird twist, JK actually starts the show and is shortly followed by Tasha. JK is considered a Korean hip-hop god here and Tasha, of course, its goddess. It’s rare they put a huge act first in any culture, but DT fans rejoice anyway (hey — if they finish their set early, that means we can go home early, and trying to get on that last subway train in Seoul is very important!).

Today’s set is very short (consisting of “Monster,” “True Romance,” “Pay Day,” and “검은 행복”)  and doesn’t require much explanation. So I’ll simply let the photos tell the story.

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(Dear Cellphone company, your customer is product placing in my photos. A donation to Camp would be greatly appreciated.)

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the end

After the performance, a few TigerBalm/DrunkenCamp staff rush out to catch a glimpse of the power hip-hop couple. It’s a regular for us to go to these shows and our faces are now familiar to DT’s team. We’re welcomed with the warmness that friends have between each other, but only for a brief moment. A lot of the big stars back home would do 1 show a day, but JK & Tasha are sped off afterwards to another show at a university miles and miles away from the venue. I guess there are no breaks here even for the biggest stars.

[many thanks to MTV for helping this report happen]

-Miss DrunkenCamp

P.S. I need more people who are Korea based who are willing to go to shows, take pictures, and/or write about them. Rolling with Camp has some great benefits (ask anyone on my team!). Email me at drunkencamp@gmail.com if you’re interested!

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“I like free things because free things like me.” – FREE DT/Tasha concert!

Yes, it’s true, after spending $75/ticket in the past to see DT perform in the US, life has decided to play a fun joke and tell me about free DT concerts here in Seoul. Man, Korean fans, you guys are lucky!

When: Oct 7th, 2009 @ 8pm
Where: Olympic Park Olympic Hall (Line 5, Olympic Park station)
Who: Drunken Tiger, Tasha, Epik High, Clazziqui, House Rulez
Cost: FREE, $0, CERO, NADA

Tickets are first come first serve. Early arrival is suggested.

MTV 홈페이지(www.mtv.co.kr/event)
나일론(www.nylonmedia.co.kr)
매그앤매그 (www.magnmag.com)

T makes a joke, but some people don’t get it.

A few weeks ago, I put up a post about my chronicles at DT’s performance on “MTV The Stage.” I didn’t mention this, but apparently since it’s somehow became somewhat of a deal in Korea, I’ll add it in.

During Tasha and JK’s set, the two performed “True Romance” and JK pulled 2 girls from the audience to dance during a pseudo tango breakdown. One girl bailed quickly, while the other gave it a try and tried to dance with JK. Tasha soon joined in too.

Well, in the midst of this, Tash made a joke to the girl not to get too close to JK during the dance, but it seems others didn’t take it so lightly. Read the full article @ allkpop.com.

Oy–sometimes drama comes out of nothing.

P.S. Tash unni, i love your sense of humor. 🙂

Hey, mom! I’m on MTV! – live taping of “MTV’s The Stage”

I’ve officially been to MTV Studios NYC  and MTV Studios Seoul!

I applied to work at MTV Asia/Korea a long time ago and had this grand vision that it’d be this smacktacular building – it looked like any regular business place in Seoul, except with the MTV sign and pics of celebrities outside. Parts of the office though matche the flashy look of the  NYC office, just on a smaller scale.

Anyway, I got an invite from a friend and was able to attend this very low key invite-only performance in downtown Seoul. There were about 200 people at most and there were some random “out of place” people there – ahjoomas (old ladies), ahjuhshis (old men). Not quite sure if they were real fans, but more power to them if they were!

I chilled in the back during the taping. I am not one for video cameras so I tried to lay low. Unfortunately, since it was a live taping, I wasn’t able to get any photos or video. But in a quick gist, Palo Alto started the set, did two of his songs, and then was followed up by Bizzy. He performed two of my faves from his album, “All In,” and “해어진 다음날 (After the night we broke up)”. The second song is a remix of a really popular ballad that came out from classic K-Pop days, and I’m huge on old school K-Pop 🙂

Anyway, JK came out and did “Monster,” with a live band rather than the regular MR (instrumental). The drums create a pretty cool effect and gets your heart pumpin’. He followed with “Isolated Ones! Stand Up!” and was soon joined by Tasha. However, the highlight of the performance is when they both did “True Romance,” together. The song was voted as best couple song (it expresses their love for each other). Tasha and JK are seen as the epitome celebrity relationship here in Korea.

Post show, they do interviews and eat some damn good food in one of the break rooms. I’m invited in, but MTV is taping it as part of the show and again I’m camera shy. So I starved on the sidelines 😦

After all the madness dies, I was able to get this message from JK & Tasha to their fans. Short, sweet, but definitely awesome. It’s rare that the two are able to do a shoutout to their fans on video in English, so them doing this vid was much appreciated. Enjoy!