Seoul was food for my soul. Yeh I said it. Earlier this year a little birdy told me one of my songs charted out in South Korea (I still don't believe it!). I never imagined I'd be heading 5000+miles to play my new music to hundreds of fans in a foreign-speaking country.
The first show was part of Zandari Festa (잔다리페스타). I'd spent the first night there checking out all the other bands and was in love with everything I was hearing. [Big kisses to the British bands supported by Liverpool Sound Cit and PRS Foundatio I met out there <3 ]. One of the best things about my "job" is that I can end up anywhere in the world at a music festival hanging out with like-minded music lovers and inspirational artists.
I saw a band called The Dizzy Brain who were from Madagasca and absolutely tore the roof off in one of 홍대 Hongda's hottest venues. The lead singer was like a metal version of Prince. Everyone went absolutely mad for them, with people stage diving and crowd surfing and circle-pits galore. So..unsurprisingly when I was told I was going to be performing AFTER them, I was a little anxious (not least because I saw the singer stick the microphone down his pants...was I really going to have to put my mouth on that?!). Anyway I learnt a few words in Korean and my first show went down a treat (#RELIEF!). We didn't have to go far for the after party - in Hondae (Seoul's music capital) they have live music, bars, clubs, arcade and restaurants on every corner.
Some say New York is the "City that Never Sleeps"...but I can confirm it's actually Seoul. Their clubs (and arcades) are 24 hour. We maybe got 5 hours sleep a night max' for the 10 days we were out there. There was so much to do..not just in Seoul but my album "Love Fuelled Hate" was released while we were out there and I was working on that up until the very last minute with a massive time-delay back to the UK.
The final show was a celebration of the release of "Love Fuelled Hate" and I couldn't have wished for anything better. The room was packed, the lights and sound were on point and even though I was 5000 miles from home there was a big group of ExXterminators singing my songs and connecting with me; it was beautiful.
I could talk all day about Korea but I'd rather be writing songs, so that's what I'm gonna go do. If I've learnt anything worth sharing from that trip my advice would be: be brave enough to try new things, never be scared to go on an adventure and sleep when you're dead.
p.s. I'll be back next Thursday with my final #throwback of the month