Love X Stereo, the electronic rock band that won Second Place at “K-Rookies 2014,” are on their way to board their flight to South By Southwest (SXSW) where they take the stage at “K-Pop Night Out” at SXSW 2016. The band will share , one of the world’s largest and most influential music industry event.
Hallyu stars MAMAMOO and Zion.T will headline the show which takes place at “The Belmont” from 7:30p.m. to 2:00a.m on March 16.
Love X Stereo consists of Producer Toby Hwang and keyboardist-vocalist Annie Ko in Seoul, South Korea, five years ago. The electro rock duo’s kaleidoscopic synth-pop anthems caught the ears of music festival audiences across Asia and North America and their forthcoming “We Love We Leave, Part 2,” EP was recorded and mixed with British producer Adrian Hall, who previously worked with recording industry giants Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Britney Spears and Alicia Keys.
Annie Ko responded to a frantic email from KpopStarz for a quick chat about the appearance when she landed at the airport.
KpopStarz: How were you chosen for SXSW?
Annie Ko: We performed at Mu:Con in 2015. It’s a music conference held by the government. We were lucky enough to be selected by the director of SXSW.
KpopStarz: Tell us about K-Rookies 2014.
Annie Ko: K-Rookies was a incubator program for upcoming indie artists. We were the runner up that year.
KpopStarz: Do you get to hang out with the other artists?
Annie Ko: Yes. We know a lot of Korean bands But don’t know many K-pop artists.
KpopStarz: how was the trip to Austin?
Annie Ko: It was fine. Long flight, a little jetlagged.
KpopStarz: Where do you rehearse in Texas?
Annie Ko: Ha, we don’t rehearse.
KpopStarz: Have you seen the stage yet ?
Annie Ko: Nope. not yet. But I’m really interested in the venue “Container Bar”. Seems like a cool place.
KpopStarz: Whose shows will you be attending when you’re not on stage?
Annie Ko: I’ll try my best to watch Ra Ra Riot.
KpopStarz: How did u end up performing at a “K-Pop” stage?
Annie Ko: Our show on Wednesday is called “K-Pop Night Out”. It’s an official showcase for K-Pop acts sponsored by the government. We’re very aware that our music is so not K-Pop, but we’re happy to perform in front of crowd full of K-Pop fans. It’s a good stage, so we’re good.