[Hallyu LA] LOVE X STEREO interview (2013.9.24)
LOVE X STEREO interview
1) Kindly introduce yourselves and what’s your role in the band
Hi, we are Love X Stereo. Annie is our vocalist and she plays synthesizers. Toby is our guitarist and he produces our songs. Sol is our bassist.
2) How was Love X Stereo created?
Love X Stereo was created based on a simple idea. “Let’s do something new.” Our previous band “Skrew Attack” is a sk8 punk rock band started in the late 90s. We thought that the band name was holding us back. We need to start something fresh and new, something we haven’t done before, and something very creative and fun. We wanted to do 90s influenced music with an electro vibe, and make it sound spacious and grand. That’s how Love X Stereo started.
3) How’d you get the name Love X Stereo as a band name?
We liked the word “Stereo” and we added “Love” in the front, but thought it wasn’t enough, so we added “X” in the middle. It means, “Real love moves freely in both directions.”
4) You will have your first North American tour, how does it feel?
It’s awesome! We are so excited! Can’t believe it’s all happening now. Still need a lot of work to do, but we are so ready to hit the road. We’re heading to Cincinnati, New York, Washington, Toronto, Boston, Chicago and Detroit, and will perform at four major music festivals including CMJ Music Marathon.
5) Which state or city are you most looking forward to perform at?
CMJ, definitely. It is an honor to be there. We are still figuring out the venue and time, but what we know is our showcase is scheduled on Oct 18, Friday.
6) What are you planning to do while in the US?
Explore, perform, improve, make friends, meet fans, be creative, do business, and enjoy the days of our lives!!!
7) Could you tell us about your album “Glow”?
GLOW includes seven tracks, with four new songs and three remixes of older ones. The new release features a stronger and more accessible synth pop feel than our previous releases, part of an attempt to develop a new sound that is both powerful and straightforward.
8) What is the band’s favorite song in the album “Glow”?
Our favorite song is our title song “Lose to Win”. It is dedicated to people struggling with anxiety over the uncertainties of the future. It speaks a message of hope, telling people to keep moving forward toward their goal and never hesitate. “Lose to Win” is a quiet, moody, and beautiful number with real impact to it.
9) What’s the band’s favorite song to perform live?
We really enjoy “Chain Reaction” from our previous album . That song really make our members connect intuitively. You can see us being completely focused. On stage.
From this album, “Fly Over” seems to be the crowd favorite, so we like that one. We also like to perform “Secrets” as well, because it has a very strong, powerful, energetic sound.
10) Who’s the band’s inspiration?
We like bands from the 90s, music from the 90s, synth pop music from the 80s, and psychedelic music from the 70s.
11) What would the band like to accomplish outside of South Korea?
We would like to meet the world, be heard outside of Korea, and be creative all the time. We recently quit our previous jobs for this North American tour. Hopefully, we don’t need to go back again. If you dig our music, please support us! ☺
12) Why should Hallyu LA readers listen to Love X Stereo?
There are so many great indie bands here in Korea. Please try to listen as many as possible. Who knows? You might be surprised! (Band information is available on YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, or websites like Chincha, Koreanindie, EatYourKimchi, Indiestreet etc.)
13) Message to fans and future fans.
Hey, this is Love X Stereo! Hope you enjoy our new EP album , which is coming out on Sep 26, and we hope to see you in The States and Canada very soon! (Please follow our tour schedule here.) Thank you!
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