You can’t talk about South Korean contemporary culture without mentioning Dj Soulscape (also known as Espionne). His real name is Park Min June and in addition to being a dj he is also a producer. In 2005 together with his friends he founded 360 Sounds which functions now as a cultural movement of Korea’s best creatives. Influenced by mid 80’s hiphop, Soulscape creates modern sounds with a generous doze of old tunes.
We managed to ask him a few questions and below you can enjoy the short interview.
What projects are you involved in?
dj/producing under my name, running a record label / the only record store in seoul city (rm360.kr) / couple of more things… recently, i’ve bought a great collection of 70s blaxploitation posters (over 30 different pieces) so i’m planning an exhibition with those.
As a kid who did you want to be when you grow up?
a scientist. actually that’s the reason why i studied electrical engineering and signal processing. a dj is a scientist i believe!
Is there anything you didn’t have a chance to do yet but wanted to try?
well… trip to brazil, india.
Do you have any other creative interests?
inspiration comes from my record collection, travels, friends, graphics, pretty much everywhere!
Can you recommend some new/korean artists worth checking out?
second session – my new artist. a genuine effort of soul, funk, jazz jam trio. this 3-piece-funk band is the only figure in seoul that can sound like 60s-70s psyche-jazz-funk. simo & mood schula – taking seoul’s beat scene to a whole new level, they’ve been working with olivier daysoul, guilty simpson and soon will be working with the greats like wajeed, georgia anne muldrow and couple of others.
What can we expect from you in 2012?
my label, studio 360 will be releasing a couple of more artists’ albums and maybe my new album (in 10 years) or new sound of seoul mix series.
DJ Soulscape an avid record collector has also put together two mixtapes of Korean rare funk, disco and soul from the 1970′s and 80′s. The Sound of Seoul and More Sound of Seoul have brought back the old forgotten tracks that can be enjoyed not only by the old generation but also by the youth. In 2009 at the More Sound of Seoul party he got to perform with a very special guest, 70’s singer Ockhee. See a video of the party here.
Photos 1-4 by Aston Husumu Hwang: www.husumu.com