이상인's K-pop Journey

My Story

안녕하세요! The first time I heard Korean pop music was in 1992 when my cousin from South Korea introduced me to Seo Taiji and Boys (서태지와 아이들). I was drawn to the American hip hop and rock influence in their music. Back then, I was listening to hip hop artists like Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Salt-N-Pepa, and grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden.

In high school, my buddy and I used to cruise around the neighbourhood in his car listening to Korean hip hop duo, Jinusean. I liked the flow of this duo and listened to other artists including H.O.T., S.E.S., Fin.K.L, and Baby V.O.X.

In 2007, I went to South Korea to see my relatives and heard Girls' Generation (소녀시대) for the first time after hearing their single, "Into The New World," being played at shops and cafes. I bought their debut album on CD and became a S♥NE after that trip. Whenever I listen to the song, it brings back great memories of my visit.

When PSY came out with the song "Gangnam Style" on YouTube in 2012, I couldn't believe how viral it went. It was fun to see people from all over the world dance to it and discover other K-pop artists.

In 2017, I discovered the girl group, TWICE. I read in a local newspaper that they were coming to Vancouver to shoot a new music video, "Likey." After watching the MV, I became a ONCE. Chaeyoung is my bias. They are my favourite girl group to this day.

The newest group I've become a fan of is NewJeans. Their sound is unique and I love their retro style. One of my favourite solo artists is Taeyeon from Girls' Generation. Her music video, "INVU," is a masterpiece! Listening to K-pop has given me an appreciation of my Korean heritage. As I look back on my journey, I'm amazed at how much the genre has expanded since the days Seo Taiji and Boys paved the way in bringing Korean pop music to the world.

Take care,

Arnold (이상인)