Hello there, do you mind introducing yourself?
Hi, We are a singer-songwriter pop duo based in Seoul, Korea. We consist of a vocal, Cho Ye Jin and a guitarist, Kim Sun Young.
How do you guys met each other? Who’s the first one came up with an idea to form a band together?
Ye Jin: We met each other in college. We both majored in applied music and during our first year we had to pair up with a partner for our exam. It was then when we decided to work together for the first time. Sun Young made a song and played the guitar while I wrote lyrics and sang the song she made. This triggered us to have formed what we are now, naturally.
Where the Lucite Tokki name is came from?
At first, we were just “Tokki” (which means rabbit in Korean) because of our characters. Ye Jin used to draw a rabbit which you can see on our website (www.lucite-tokki.com) as her mascot since high school. And we decided to use the rabbits as our characters and call ourselves “Tokki”. But while presenting our band names to our friends, they said it was too simple. So we put the word “Lucite” in front of “Tokki”. We just like the nuance of the word; it doesn’t have a special meaning.
What are the musical influences for Lucite Tokki? What music you guys listen to right now?
These days we love to listen to classical music and jazz of 30s, 40s. Especially Jerome Kern whom I think is the best composer out there. But basically we were influenced by pop, rock and electronic songs. We love many UK bands like Mansun or Franz Ferdinand and electronic musicians like Depeche Mode, Junior Boys, Daft Punk and many more.
Which one is easier? Singing/writing in English or Korean? Are you hoping to make more full English songs in the future?
We were born and raised in Seoul. Thus, it is a lot easier to write in Korean but we would like to write and sing in English because English is a global language. We are hoping to spread our music all over the world and in order to do that, we have to study English harder haha
Korean Wave already became a global phenomenon, but to be honest we eager to know the other choice of Korean bands, so please tell us a bit about the indie scene in Seoul from your personal opinion. Do you think the indie bands will get some recognition from wider audience too?
Of course! They will and they have to get some more recognition from world wide music fans.
I know Korean Wave at this moment is just confined for idol groups but there are many amazing and well-prepared musicians in the Korean indie scene. I think many indie bands in Korea (including us) are well qualified and are waiting for a chance to expose their music. So we have to come up with fresh and new ideas to meet abroad listeners like you!
You’ve been making music together for quite a long time, was it hard to maintain the good relationship between you two? Do you ever fight or argue, and if yes, what you’re usually doing to settle the problems?
We always argue with each other and I think arguing is the key to maintain our relationship. It might sound like an irony but it really helps to keep us open with each other.
Where’s the best spot to catch a great music while we’re on Seoul?
Nowadays, many places are emerging as a hot spot for art and music in Seoul. But I think there is no place like Hong-Dae for live music. You can visit here and listen to live music with a wide variety of genres.
What’s your favorite idol/group from the mainstream K-Pop and why?
I’m not sure you would be familiar with ‘Shin-Hwa‘. They are one of the first generations of K-Pop idol. They remind us of our teenager days.
What are you guys doing beside music?
Nothing! We are full time musicians. But we draw cartoons and make short video clips for our music. And sometimes we offer singing/guitar lessons.
What’s next project/hope for Lucite Tokki?
We just released our third full album in July so we are going to have many gigs for a while. And we have a plan for the next season of ‘Suitcase Theather’ which is our live performance on Youtube for international supporters.