Hay guise!

So, yes, this is very different than the things we usually do. We were a bit confused when we were asked to do this, but we said, umm…hells yes! Baths is awesome! I’m not sure how many people here are into Baths or would find this at all interesting, but – hey – it’s Open the Happy! We can post random stuff there :D

Anyhoodledoodle, we hung out with Will for dinner. Really cool guy. I was surprised. His music is, at times, darker. And we don’t know many Western Indie artists, but the ones that we’ve encountered have, at times, been disturbingly odd. But Will was hilarious! He was so damn chipper and keen to see the different things around Seoul and to try out food, and just to talk about anime culture and music and coffee shops, what Sacramento’s like, and just a whole lot of fun stuff. He wasn’t a pretentious artist like he had every right to be. We had a great time.

After hanging out with him for a bit, I was worried that his show was gonna suck. Rolling Hall is a cool venue, but there are times that I think the sound’s a bit off, but I’m not adept enough at sound terminology to know why. Fortunately, I didn’t need any of that for this concert. It rocked. Seriously the best Western act I’ve seen perform in Korea. If you like Baths’ music and have the chance to see a show, go for it. It’s great!

We went to the studio after the show and shot this video. We explained the whole awkward bit to him beforehand, and he was prepped, so as not to be freaked out, and he took it like a champ. Since when are we conventional in our interviews, anyways? Since when do we interview non Korean music, as well? This, ladies and gentlemen, is probably the first, and probably the last as well, for any other acts that see this and say “hell no” in the future. Um…congrats, I think?

I’ll leave it at that. Hope you dug this interview a bit. If you’re new to Baths, we’ve made a playlist of some great songs, embedded above. “Lovely Bloodflow” has been on loop on my iPhone for a while now. “Ocean Death” doesn’t have a full track out yet, but you heard snippets of it in this interview. It’s pretty damn good.

Big thanks to Lasrevinu for bringing Baths to Seoul, and also to Loose Union for letting us use their concert footage. Woot!

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  1. baths is playing at first ave in minneapolis this saturday! my sister is seeing the show without me because i’m at school :(

  2. Okay, so I am a bit late to this video, but I really enjoyed the entire interview. I thought the awkwardness was a hilarious angle, but I am glad to read that you prepped him a bit for it. I really enjoyed seeing a western artist in your studio. I think it brings a fresh perspective on Korean music and culture when you ask a foreigner their thoughts, especially when they themselves are musically inclined. I hope you guys get more opportunities to do interviews like this.

  3. Over the past 3 hrs, my affection for Miasma sky just exploded. So my appreciation for this interview also just exploded too I guess.

  4. You guys should check Gogol Bordello. I think you might like it or at least laugh at it. Hahaha ha ha ha…


    • oh and guys maybe some people (mostly lol) thought it was awkward because he didn’t actually know how to respond compliments? taemin is like that too. whenever people say “you’re good at dancing” taemin’s be like “oh yea thankyou” and that’s all, he doesn’t talk further. i think they both are more into questions rather than compliments. see he talked so much when he was telling his experiences but not when responding compliments.

  6. loved it seriously its so funny watching the person getting interviewed freaking out and going wth am i doing here

  7. I seriously appreciate this interview – exposure to Western artists as well as Korean is awesome!
    I love your guys’ taste/opinion about music, they’re really compatible with my own, and I love appreciating as well as discovering good music!!!
    EYK proves yet again how awesome they are :)

  8. Sacramento as in the capital of California? Woah, that’s my hometown! Cool.

    I’ve heard of Baths before, but I was never into him. Clearly I’ve been listening to the wrong songs. =/

  9. Is this the same artisit? Because I absolutely love it and only found it a few days ago and my gosh, EYK always seem to post something that’s relevant to my week! XD

  10. Yes! This is so cool! I absolutely love Baths.

  11. Baths are one of my favorite bands, I was so happy that he played in Seoul and I got to see him (even though the sound was a bit messed up). Love that you guys did an interview with him!!

  12. For me, this fits into the “New Age” genre along with “Indie”. (I enjoy Paul Hardcastle’s new age album, Enigma, etc.) The first track with the video I would have liked if it were a bit more smoothed out, but it is different and interesting if intentional. You also mentioned about Sacramento so if they are from California then that’s another reason I understand the sound and I enjoyed it. The areas of Sac and the Bay are rich with music as diverse as the people. I enjoyed this interview and hope to see many more.

  13. can anyone till me when royal pirates are being reviewed!!!!!!!!!???????????? please

  14. I love the playlist you included. At first I wasn’t sure what you were getting us into, but I love it! I might have to go out and *gasp* buy some new music. :)

  15. haha love the interview! he seems like a really cool guy! I love that you guys are into doing different things for your videos, this was hilarious, i loved it. Simon’s fan-boying was really, really good.

  16. Man me and Simon have super similar music tastes, I wonder if he has a last.fm

  17. I got a Between Two Ferns vibe from this. I love the awkwardness. Great video! =)

  18. omg wait baths songs are really nice actually

  19. I’m really glad that you got to interview a western artist that I like. I like your interviews with Korean artists and I always find myself wishing that interviews like that existed with the bands that I like from non-Korea countries.

  20. Wait, Baths as in Baths as in band I totally adore? Oh my, oh my. I never thought you’d listen to this kind of music, but I’m so glad you do! Indie is such an amazing genre and Baths makes it even better. And Will is so awkward it gets totally adorable. I’m so happy right now, gaaaaaah! Oh, and please come to Europe, as in Portugal, pretty please?

  21. Lol oh the awkward Ness Monster creeped out from the depths of lake Awkward XD!!!!! The interview was cool, not used to the indie scene yet but I’m getting there. I actually did like some of the songs after the interview they were pretty good and would listen to Baths anytime. It was my first time listening to Baths so hopefully will hear more from them in the future.

  22. omg omg omg you interviewed Baths?!! :O THANK YOU

  23. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the best albums of 2013 video you made a while back. It introduced me to a lot of great music, and I totally love Baths, so seeing this interview was awesome :). Also I’m really surprised by how similar our tastes in music are, pretty bizarre.

  24. I don’t what you’re all talking about re: awkwardness. That interview was really good!

    No, I mean it. Really good.

    No seriously, it was really, really good.

  25. Thank You EYK for the most Awkward Interview Ever! No really, thank you. I don’t think you understand how much I appreciate the interview.

  26. Ok I am listening to Baths right now on Xbox Music …was not sure ..and then by the second track I was hooked. Just like EYK to stretch my ears to new places. Thought interview was great!

  27. Great interview~ I enjoy seeing that other people are also awkward as well. I love baths! I got to see him live about a year ago and it was awesome show.

  28. I screamed when I saw this. In an odd way I wasn’t surprised to see that you guys interviewed them at all. I had no idea who they were, never heard of them or any of their songs, until Simon introduced us to them on his personal playlist. After that I couldn’t download their stuff fast enough, and they’re been at the top of my playlist since.

  29. If you ever want to become professional interviewers- by all means go for it! I always love your interviews even if I am not a fan of the artist.

  30. What?! What?! He’s from Sacramento?! I live like a half an hour from there!! OMG AND HE TOUCHED EYK?!!!….O___O

  31. I read the blog post first and I was a bit worried before watching the interview but the awkward parts made me giggle rather than cringe :) I don’t know any of Baths’ music but Will seems like a funny guy to hang out with and I liked the interview. It was really good!

    Like, really good.

    Oh and it’s so true what he said about non-English speaking audience being stoked to hear the artist say anything, whether in English or their native language.
    artist: How are you doing?
    crowd: YAY!
    artist: We love you!
    crowd: YAAAAAY!!!
    artist: Oh s**t, the speakers fell from the stage!
    crowd: YAY!!!
    artist: *says anything in Polish*

  32. Thanks for introducing me to some cool new music. ^_^v I liked the interview but……maybe it wasn’t awkward enough? It felt sooooo legitimately awkward at points that it didn’t feel like you were doing it on purpose, just that Simon was spacing out and, maybe mocking Will? From the blog, it’s obvious that you weren’t doing this but…..I squirmed in my chair and was tempted to walk in circles to get rid of the jibblies as well some of the time. Maybe some visual cues/fx as to the deliberate awkwardness would have helped.

    Cyber_3 – wondering why interviewing an artist you liked was weird for you, your location doesn’t dictate what you enjoy…..

  33. Please slander Paris Baguette more!…. seriously they need to be destroyed. And thank you for some cool music to listen to while working!

    • Is it just the ones in Korea? Because the Paris Baguettes that I’ve been to in the states (NY and PA) are good…

      • I’m assuming just the ones in Korea have extremely sweet and disgusting bread. Paris Baguette in Korea assumes all Koreans want sweet bread, like even things supposed to be savoury are sweet. But when exposed to good quality bread, Koreans do like it, it’s just that Paris Baguette has spread like a disease across Korea and 99% of what they sell is very unhealthy greasy sweet bread. Even being in the countryside… there is still one within walking distance of me right now.

        I’d be interested in trying the ones in the US because I’m sure they are quite different to what they are like here.

      • Yeah. There’s one in Berkeley, CA that is ok. Some of their pastries are too sweet/greasy, but for the most part they’re a good bakery.

  34. blah! i love him
    Lovely bloodflow is one of the coolest songs and videos i’ve EVER SEEN! ahhhh how cool that you guys got to interview him!

  35. This isn’t the type of stuff I normally listen to but it is nice to change it up every now and then. The vocal style reminded me a little bit of Native American music. I had a friend growing up who did jingle dress dancing for Pow Wows and I was invited to come with her once and the vocals and drums there were amazing.
    It felt like I was listening to another world this morning.
    Great interview! Hope you have more chances like this!

  36. Haha Will’s reaction is exactly how I react when people compliment my art.

  37. Glad you guys got to interview a Western Indie artist that you are really into. It may have been random for you guys but it was indeed memorable. I was a bit nervous about the uncomfortable intro, uncomfortable makes me get up and walk around in circles. Actually I wondered at first if you both were to tipsy for an interview XD Then you progressed into a great interview and it was nice hearing how his time in Korea had been.

  38. Super fun interview! I love it when you guise do something super different every once in awhile, it opens my world to different types of music and experiences ♪ヽ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )v ♪

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