#CREATORTALK- OFFING (@burgerbeer.psd) [Interview]

In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to OFFING ( @burgerbeer.psd on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.

PW- Hello! How’s it going? 

I came back home a few weeks ago and just recovered from jet lag. So, doing great now. Thanks!

PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?

I’m a self-producer, creating alternative/alternative rock-ish music under the name ‘Offing’ based in Chuncheon (a small city near Seoul), South Korea. It’s a one-person band concept; I compose, mix and master every sounds in the track including vocals (But of course I need session artists for the live performance.) I’m trying to capture the raw and rough emotions that I encounter in daily life and share it whether it’s good, bad or neutral by a form of cool sounds. But currently, I’m interested in making experimental sounds and film OSTs as a journey of finding my colours. And I’m also a freelance Illustrator, having published a graphic novel in Korea last year.

PW- You’ve just left London after spending a few months here. How was the experience? Do you have any favourite highlights? 

It was the first time for me to live in London on my own. I could say it was stunning, but also quite challenging as well. As you know, the rent was ridiculously high – but except that, I pretty much enjoyed my life there. I met amazing people, spent loads of time in the pub, which was just excellent as a casual drinker and primarily as an IPA lover. I just loved the pubs. I still miss those pints with flavours. (Sad to say, we don’t have such tasty beers at the reasonable price in Seoul.)

The whole beer and pub experience was great, but I went to London for studying Mixing & Mastering for a term to learn how to create music professionally. Since I never learned how to make music, I used to do it by gut, clicking every function and digging through YouTube tutorials – I had no idea about essential plugins and effects like compression, delays, etc. Even I used Garageband for my first two songs. It was kind of ‘very economical and not bad adventure so far’ thing, but I always had an urge to learn it properly, so I quit my 9 to 6 job in Seoul and decided to fly off to London. Yeah, the whole term learning about the things I always wished to know was fantastic even though I spent all of my savings!

So, to sum up, my favourite things in London were beers and school life.

PW- You put out a single called 도기도기 (Doggydoggy) about a month ago. What inspired you to make this track? 

The affection of my dog and all the dogs in the world (yeah I’m a dog person) inspired me to make this track. I just wanted to express their little love for the human in their point of view with a lively, bouncy and punchy mood just like dogs have. The funny part is the speaker of this song is also a dog! 내 시간은 당신보다 빨리 지나가지 / 두배로 뛰는 내 심장박동처럼 (My time goes much faster than you / just like my heart bounces twice faster than yours)

I tend to use both Korean and English in my songs to make more people feel and understand the lyrics, but this song is entirely written in Korean so it might hard to understand the whole tone. But about a week ago, I uploaded a new demo called Cloudonut, which is mostly written in English, so I hope people can feel the excitement of the summer, just like flying with clouds, smoking together making a bunch of doughnuts!

PW- Your music has a certain ambiguity and dream-like sense to it. Which artists have influenced this style? 

Bjork, Cat Power, MGMT and St. Vincent just ruled my teenage years and early 20s. I loved their poetic lyrics with dreamy, experimental sounds. I enjoyed the time whenever I listened to them, where I could imagine what is deep inside and what they want to talk about, because they often ambiguously express things, which makes me feel like touring a small museum finding something just for me. Also, through Van Gogh’s paintings – which are not very refined but have all the feelings and styles in. These inspire me a lot and gave me a clue about the way of creation. They all affected me a lot, and I want to create something meaningful with my style like they do and did.

PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way? 

I could say some words from my experience. Honestly, it’s happening to me right now. I just threw away my decent job as an export marketing staff at a big company in Korea to become an artist. It was not as easy as I imagined, especially when I just realised that I need to manage my life with it. If you decide to be a creator, then you need to have a strong faith and devotion in your pathway, even if other people judge you – judge about your life or even your creativity. You need to be a great supporter of yourself, and you need to believe that you (and your work) will shine one day, even though you need a part-time job to pay the rent right now. I completely agree that this is a very tough field to dive in – but I believe it is worth it, I mean we are creating something important in our lives, and it could inspire other people in the world – and it will last forever! And of course, if we create something good continuously, we will finally make a living as a creator 😉

PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, no judgement!

I’m uploading new demos on Soundcloud quite frequently, and I will open my official Bandcamp account with mini EP this September. I hope I can bring out some seriously cute CDs too. Ooh, and I’m planning to go back to London again next year to form a band. (I need a drummer and a bassist, please contact me if you’re interested!) Besides I will never stop creating exciting sounds, follow me on Spotify and Soundcloud. Stay tuned!

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