Korean Indie Interview: Electro rock duo From The Airport

It was almost exactly two years ago that we first interviewed From the Airport just after they had released their second single. In the time since, they signed with their label Fluxus Music, home to Clazziquai Project and Urban Zakapa, and released their first EP Chemical Love a year later. Now they’re back with their first full length album You Could Imagine and so we took the opportunity to answer them some questions once again. The album is an eclectic mix which ranges from ethereal electronica to heavier rock tracks but is made up mostly of catchy, upbeat and perfectly executed electro rock.

How does it feel to be releasing your first full album? Can you tell us a bit about it?

It obviously feels great and gratifying. It’s been about 11 months since we started making the album, and to finally have the physical cd in our hands and in music stores is beyond cool. We would like to thank everyone who helped us finalize and create this album!

We first interviewed you at the start of 2013. How have things come on since then?

We believe that was when we had just released our second single, Everyone’s All Right. It has been a long ride since then, as we released two more singles, one EP album, and finally You Could Imagine. We also have joined Fluxus Music, which was a great turning point and opportunity for us!

For people who don’t know your work, how would you describe your music?

We describe our music as ‘electro rock.’  We spend a lot of time finding the right balance between electronic elements and rock elements. In fact, we are still experimenting various stuff trying to get an even better sounding balance for our next album. Although we should say, we don’t think our music is in the ‘EDM’ scene.

You’ve been working together for a couple of years now. How did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend, who was also a musician. We met in his basement studio and just chilled, talking about general music stuff. We discovered we liked a lot of similar types of music, and shared similar visions in music as well. So we decided to jam and see how it goes, and the basis for our first song, ‘Colors,’ came out.

You both worked in different parts of the music industry before From the Airport.

Yes, we did. Milo has worked in the film music industry for more than 10 years now. He also participated in a progressive metal band and produced a hard rock band as well. Zee produced electro music and DJed in Canada, where we went to college.

How is the indie scene different for the other areas of music that you’ve worked in?

I guess the ‘indie’ scene is less ‘commercial’ than many other areas of music. In terms of film music, the producing process is a little bit more hectic than the indie rock scene, because there are so many more people involved in the process. In terms of electro house music, I guess the venues in which you perform are different. While in the EDM scene the venues are normally dance clubs, in the indie scene the venues are mostly live halls.

Have you seen any changes in the Korean indie scene in the past couple of years?

There are many new artists that we really enjoy, like Rock’n Roll Radio, Hyukoh and Heo. We can see from them that the Korean indie scene is improving.

Considering you only have one album, you have released a lot of videos. Do you think visuals are important when it comes to music?

Yes, of course. We think one of the most important aspects in our music is the message in them. If the visuals can help interpret these messages to the viewers, we are all for making videos!

I see the video for Hit My Cash was filmed in London. Does that mean you were over here in the UK and do you have plans to come back?

We actually did not film the footages ourselves. We actually came across some great point-of-view videos on video streaming sites, and we were granted permission to use those videos from the respective owners. We had the idea of making something of a ‘collage’ of various footages that could translate the meaning of our lyrics well. But we do wish to go to the UK sometime and we hope that time will come sooner than later.

What are your plans for 2015?

We are planning to take part in various music festivals in Korea and abroad (hopefully also one in the UK!), as well as more appearances in the media. We wish to meet our fans more frequently in person. All in all, we wish to have a very busy 2015.

If you want to hear more of their music make sure to check out the second episode of our podcast where we feature two of their songs. You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook and head over to their website to find out more about where to buy the album.