South Korean indie music refers to the autonomous music scene thriving in Korea, which was developed during the 1990s in Hongdae, an area of North-western Seoul. K-Indie is often regarded as co-existing with K-Pop, almost a counterpart of K-Pop. Notwithstanding, they’re broadly unique. While K-Pop has an inescapable spotlight on commercialization, advancement, and the part of “business,” independent music is portrayed by a calm profile with not many special exercises and on second thought centers around music.
The principal present day wave of Indie music cleared over South Korea after the finish of the severe military system in 1987, agreeing with the ascent of South Korea’s mainstream society during the ahead of schedule to mid-1990s. With the IMF crisis of Korea, came the wave of K-Pop, which was widely used to reconstruct the economy and establish South Korea on the world’s stage. While older and more experienced rock musicians attempted to revive their musical careers, the younger generation developed a new punk rock community in Hongdae. Today, indie music has developed into a genre of its own and also has a devoted following. You can spot indie music by its likeness to R&B, soft and mellow tunes, as well as flowy, light vocals complemented by acoustics. However, indie is not limited to any particular genre and stretches along with the kinds of punk, rock, and jazz as well. While K-Pop is undoubtedly amazing in its own right, K-Indie deserves due praise.
Singer, songwriter, and producer LambC is one of the more well-known artists on the list, signed to Happy Robot Records. Under the overarching umbrella term of “indie,” LambC also dabbles in genres such as jazz, funk, and ballads.
WOODZ has an artistic style that is not quite here nor there, and as such, it is hard to fit his music into a specific label. While it is arguable whether his music is indie or not, he’s certainly an artist that deserves more attention. He had a considerable past as an idol before turning to solo music and his experience makes him even better at what he does. With an airy voice full of soul, everything he creates is sure to leave an impression.
OFFONOFF is an indie duo under YG Entertainment’s sub-label HIGHGRND, but they started off on Soundcloud as well. The group consists of 0Channel and Colde, both quite well known in the K-HipHop and K-R&B industry.
Singer, songwriter DVWN (stylized as DA￦N), has been in the music industry for quite a while now. Not only does he create beautiful music but he also writes for popular K-Pop artists such as Eric Nam. His album is freely available to stream on Youtube as well as Soundcloud for that’s where he debuted in the first place. DVWN is now signed to Zico’s agency KOZ Entertainment.
Starting on Soundcloud, RHEEHAB achieved exceptional success on the platform before being signed to Anotherview Label. He has been writing lyrics since he was a child, which clearly shows in the music he creates as a fully realized artist. His music is available now on all music platforms such as Spotify and iTunes and highly recommended for anyone looking for a warm hug in the form of music. If you’re looking for new music, look no further for RHEEHAB has just dropped his new EP, ‘Pearl in LOVE,’ available for free on Youtube.