I don't know about you lot but I have a little bit of a Friday afternoon ritual at work. Getting a little excited for the weekend that's fast approaching and once the clock hits 4pm I go into Kpop mode and seek those high energy tracks to kiss another long week goodbye. Yes I am a little old-school and for someone who started their own Asian pop radio station and website I would come last in a quiz on modern Kpop. I am more of a classic K-..guy!?
I first fell for K pop around the beginning of 2008, so the soundtrack to those summers were songs like TVXQ's Mirotic, Jewelry's 'One More Time', Lee Hyori's 'You Go Girl'... I could go on all day. These are the songs that form my Friday afternoon party playlist as I finalise my final work emails for the day and pump out the last few bits of work.
Walking past my production booth as the week drew to a close there was a good chance you would hear Seventeen's 'Very Nice', SISTAR's 'Shake It' but when I needed to really perk-up, my go to always was and always will be MFBTY's 'Sweet Dream'. It's a banger through and through.
Like most of you I took on the title of K pop Ambassador for a good period of time. I would share this track with anyone who gave me that dreaded line 'Oh yeah K pop, like Gangnam Style'. As ambassador, I knew it was my duty to show people what Korea really had to offer. I tell you, after watching the MV for Sweet Dream, there was never a negative comment and the viewing usually ended in a 'wow, just wow'.
To this day the track still sends shivers down my spin, in a good way. It transports me back to a time where I lived and breathed K pop, the time I really started to explore what Korean hip-hop was all about. I would dream of a day that a fully English version of the track would be released so that it could rocket up the Aria singles chart.. sadly that concept didn't eventuate.
On October 21st 2018 Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy will hit Sydney's Big Top at Luna Park as part of their first ever tour of Australia, it's been a long time coming since the group kicked off in the late '90s and for all we know this kind of thing might not happen again. I strongly urge you to head along and experience this amazing trio in the flesh.
Tickets range from $79 to $129 for VIP and are available now via the Big Top website. The show is made possible by one of our local favorite promoters JK Entertainment, who has been a leader in bringing your favorite Korean groups to Sydney and Melbourne for around a decade now.
Don't miss your chance to be at this amazing event and as a fellow Ambassador of K pop, remember to tell your friends.