Korean Music Interview: PosT PANiC
As a fan of the more ‘alternative’ genres of music I always feel overly excited when I find a group that sticks out to me, and I definitely felt that way the first time I came across The United93. With their high energy and straight to the point punk-rock sound this group clearly knew what worked well for them and how to grab the attention of fans. In 2012 following a busy year in which the group were not only recognised as the “Best Rookie of the Month” by the Olleh Music Awards but also performed at the GreenPlugged Festival and the Countdown Fantasy Festival they made an announcement to fans that would confuse some and excite many. The group would be creating a different style of music under the name of ‘PosT PANiC ’.
That was 2012 and 2014 shows no sign of slowing down for the talented group. From pleasing fans with their unique mix of electronic/synth punk-rock to spending their time performing as both PosT PANiC and The United93, the groups popularity continues to increase steadily. We were lucky enough to be able to ask them a couple of questions recently about the changes they have gone through over the past 2 years and where they hope to take their music.
Firstly can you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us how the group came together?
Hello, we are PosT PANiC and we play Synth-Rock Punk Music! The 3 key members of our group are long time village friends so we have been together for years.
Describe PosT PANiCs music in three words for new listeners:
Dance! Dance! Dance!
To new listeners just discovering the group which one of your songs would you recommend listening to?
We would recommend people listen to the title track of our 1st album “Outer Space”. The MV is available to watch on YouTube and we really believe it’s a very well made video.
Which artists have helped to influence the music you create as a group?
While our 1st album was underway, we tried to listen to as much music as possible. We listened to artists like Prodigy and Pendulum but it’s hard to say whether or not they had massive effects on our music directly.
How do you as a group connect with your fans, both during performances and outside of them?
The alternative music scene in Korea is currently a huge topic of discussion for international fans and interest in musicians that produce ‘real’ music has increased. What with this rise in interest and worldwide appeal opening up are there any hopes for the group to do any international tours?
We have always had an interest in possibly doing an International tour. Recently we have been added onto the website My Music Taste, which is a site that allows fans to request for the groups they love to come to their countries/cities/towns. We would love to go all over the world so it would be great if we could get the participation of listeners!
You signed with SoundHolic Entertainment in 2012 following a busy year full of changes for the group. What made SoundHolic such an appealing company to sign with?
For us 2012 was a year in which we done a lot of work. The reason we decided to sign with SoundHolic was that they had a different vision from other companies. They also have a lot of artists that our group members like signed with them. We are still content with the decision to sign with them even now.
2012 was a year of change for PosT PANiC as up until then you were performing under the name ‘The United93′ alone. What signified the change in both name and sound for the group?
The two bands still co-exist, just with different sounds. From end of 2013 we have been performing as both PosT PANiC and The United93. As TheUnited93 we felt the need to create easy listening, enjoyable music. So instead of changing our style there we formed PosT PANiC, allowing us to play two completely different styles of music. So really we are 2 bands just making good music.
The group has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years. Whilst most groups would have faltered due to this the music produced by PosT PANiC has continued to progress and improve. Do you think line-up changes have helped with the progression of the group’s music?
We like to think that the change to our members hasn’t really had much of a direct effect on our sound or music at all actually. The key members have continuously remained in the group and because most of song writing is led by Andy it has never seemed like there has been a big change.
What does the group hope to be in the next few years?
Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
Thanks Beyond Hallyu for the interview. We would like it if Beyond Hallyu’s readers showed us interest and gave support to PosT PANiC! Thank you for reading the interview.
Thank you to SoundHolic for giving us the opportunity to ask the group a few questions and to the group for their great answers.