Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Victor Ha of Korean band Things We Say

Victor Ha of Things We Say
Photo by Anne Spina
Last summer, my dad and I went to This is Hardcore for the first time. Joe Hardcore gets a lot of different cool bands from all over the place to play there.  I got to see a lot of cool bands I had never heard before. One of the most cool was a band from Korea called Things We Say. Their vocalist was cool and let me interview them. These guys are AWESOME!

PMAKid: One of the things that is really cool about hardcore is that I get to meet people from all over the world.  You guys are from South Korea.  Can you tell me a little bit about the scene in South Korea?  How long have you guys been a band?

Victor: Yeah that is one of the coolest things about hardcore music. I totally agree with you. We have a decent scene here in Korea. There are many hard working bands playing shows constantly. We’ve been around since 2004. So it looks like it will turn 10 years this summer. 

PMAKid: All the crazy things happening in North Korea would make me a little scared if I lived in South Korea.  What is it like growing up in a country that has been basically at war since the 1950s? 

Victor: We feel pretty secure living in Korea. It has been so long, so people seem to forget that the war is technically not over yet. So it is not crazy as people would think about my country. If you have a chance, you should visit Korea. I know many of my friends from North America fell in love with Korea. You would love Korean food and hardcore scene here, too.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Jim Berres of React! Records and Growing Stronger

I got to meet Jim Berres at the last React! Records showcase at Gilman a couple years ago. I was helping to put together records for the show and was having fun stamping the records. Mr. Berres was running the setup. I talked to him a little bit, and I thought he was really smart. It was cool because he and my friend J25 were playing in their new band Growing Stronger. They are a really awesome band, and you should go get their record at React! Records.

PMAKid: I know that you know I am a big fan of all the React Records bands. It is really cool how there are so many different kinds of bands. Can you tell me how you first got involved with React? I think you were there near the start when Aram first started React, right?

Mr. Berres: I was living in Colorado when the Get the Most – Core Values demo came out, so I had pre-ordered that record (glad I did, since I think it sold out during pre-orders!). I moved back to Seattle when Aram was putting out the Right Idea record, which is when I started helping out. When the label started it was being run from a friend’s house in Seattle and it was not much more than some of us sitting around, talking about hardcore, putting records together, and sending out orders. I was in grad school at the time, which provided me with some free time during the day and automatically nominated me to be the lucky person to take all of the orders to the post office. As time went on, I became more involved with the label and things grew from there. REACT! is about to put out the 40th release and I am still involved at one level or another.