And here it is: the first ever interview in the Eatyourkimchi Studio! We pushed hard to get this interview done in time for the promotion of their latest video, Love Recipe, which just came out today, so check it out if you haven’t seen it yet:


We feel so grown up now, with a real interview in our real studio. Feels so legit now, no? Yay! Funny side note: we actually saw the video before it was released, and before Clazziquai Project actually saw the final product itself. Ha! That was a weird feeling: being shown a video before its release. That’s weird man. Weird.

Anyhow, even though Martina wasn’t here, this interview was just super fun to do. Seriously, there’s so much in the interview that we cut out, simply because the videos would be too long. And if Martina was here the video would be sooooo much longer, because she’s so much more sociable than I am. Clazziquai Project had great stories to tell, great attitudes, and are just cool people. They’re not like “We’re Clazziquai Project: you insufferable peons! We are adored by Korea!” They could go that route, though, and I’d understand. But they didn’t! They were very chill and very playful, and we hope they can come by the studio whenever they have a new video out.

Also, we like the idea of dividing up our interviews into two parts. The first part is them talking about their song, video, and album, followed by a lead into their video, and then followed by your questions. It breaks up the interview from being too long, and it also gives their video more views, which is what we want to do with these interviews. It’s almost like a talk show, in a way, except much more edited. We have to cut out all the times we say “errrm” and “aahhhh” and “ooops I didn’t mean to burp that loud.” Interview burps are the worst. They’re bad on camera, completely unprofessional, and far too common in interviews. P.S. That was a joke. We don’t burp during interviews.

On that note, we’re also giving away THREE COPIES of the new Clazziquai Project album, “Blessed,” and it’s gonna be covered with their signatures. OOOOH you want one, don’t you? We want to give it to you! Here’s what you gotta do to get us to want to give you one!

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2) Either in the comments to this post or our YouTube video, let us know what was your favourite Clazziquai Project song ever? There are so many to choose from!
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We’ll pick three winners and announce them in our next Korean Indie Playlist segment on March 3rd. We’re picking that day for reasons that will be clear later. More top secret stuff we can’t talk about ;)

And, lastly, we have some extra, behind the scenes footage of what it looks like on the set of Eatyourkimchi studios, with Clazziquai Project. OOOH: this is what it would look like if you worked for EYK! Music people walking around, hanging out, having fun. HA! No, that’s not what it looks like here most of the time, but here’s a look at what the day was like a bit:


Lastly, thanks to WorkPeople for hooking us up with the Sticker Booth machine, which we have aptly named the Mini Mini Marshmallow Sticker Booth. It was fun having Clazziquai Project in there, and we can’t wait to have other people in there as well. Soon, we’ll wallpaper the entire place with tiny, silly stickers. EVERYWHERE!

  1. I didn’t know Alex was from Clazziquai when I watched Pasta!!!!

  2. I like their song love recipe!! Very nice interview!!

  3. You know, I really love to participate on your contests on Twitter! It’s so easy(although, I never won), but that way suits me the best :D I guess that makes the laziest person ever….even if I know I might win something! There’s no hope for me @(o・ェ・o)@

  4. My favorite is: Gentle Rain
    Youtube username: tinkerbell4u1

  5. cadencesatire i like the song Sweety. my friend jae introduced them to me that year :) but this newest song is really fantastic too

  6. They’re my favorite group so omg thank you so much for this interview! I waited till the last minute to post this because it was so hard to pick a favorite TT^TT Like many other people, there’s too many I like, such as Tell Yourself, Love Mode, Lover Boy, Romeo & Juliet, Take a Walk, etc. But to be unique I’ll pick a song that i love that’s underrated and not very well known!
    So my favorite song is Walk Away, the bonus track from their Japanese Ver. of Love Child of the Century. Why? Because it’s a very special song, the only song that DJ Clazzi actually participated in singing! It has that classic Clazziquai Project sound in all english that makes sense :D It’s just really refreshing to hear all the members sing together and highlight DJ Clazzi for his talent as he composed, produced, and actually sings the song ^^ Sorry this is long a little long, I’m just very passionate ^^; I really want their signed album even though I already picked up a copy of the CD already…THANK YOU >:D

    YT username: gracegoesmoo555

  7. Simon & Martina for real why don’t have an interview with JYJ…Plz consider it in the future…

  8. Thx for these awesome vids! To be honest, I get my kpop + indies intros & fix from you guys. My youtube prof: SkinnyMiniKiki.

    I can’t get enough of Clazzi’s 생의 한가운데. Looove it! Also, Happy new year fellow canucks. : )

  9. Thank you for interviewing Clazziquai. I love their songs and glad to see non-idol groups getting recognized. I hope you guys can interview other solo artists like Park Hyo Shin, my favorite singer. He’s working on his new album since he got out of his military duty last year, it would be great to see him here when his new album comes out. I have to say he’s one of the best singers in his generation.

  10. My favorite Clazziquai song is Take A Walk. My youtube user name is ikickss.

  11. I was introduced to Clazziquai Project from a friend who recommended it after they heard I liked another group similar to them and then he went on to tell me he had heard them from a drama called My Lovely Sam Soon. I watched it, and after hearing the song She Is play, within that first moment I instantly fell in love with Horan and Alex’s voices as they blended together and accompanied Dj Clazzi’s beautiful musical arrangements, needless to say it became my most favorite song ever~~ !! Then I knew I had to go look for their other songs. Thanks to the song She Is and that recommendation, Clazziquai Project and all things associated with them have been in my heart and have kept me company through ups and down, inspired me to be better at everything I did and will do. I can proudly say they are the only group who I have played for all moments, happy,sad and everything in between. I hope I’m lucky enough to receive a copy as March 4 is my bday * u*
    YouTube ID: Arissuu

  12. Way back in 2008 I heard Clazziquai project for the first time, and instantly fell in love. So, needless to say I was very happy that
    they were your first interview.
    I found them by accident and I don’t even remember how, but it was because of them I discovered Korean pop and indie music. Became interested in Korean pop culture and history. Surprised a few Korean newfound friends with my music taste, and even
    (might I even say) because of them, travelled to Korea. I did not understand what they sang but I was captured by the
    mellow/jazzy sound and velvet vocals.

    So, after so many years and albums, it is extremely hard to choose only ONE favourite song!
    Ethereal and lovely “I Will Never Cry”, fun and danceable “Futuristic”, or “Come to me” that I used to listen on repeat? Should I choose slow, beautiful, acoustic “Speechless”? Funky “Salesman” or sensual and boss nova like “Next love”? Oh, this is truly torture! >.<
    Well, I will have to go with good feelings in this case. I choose 80s sounds of “Middle of Life” it has that awesome guitar right from the start and then nice beat, amazing vocals, and catchy chorus.
    I love it, it just makes me smile, its like riding on a bicycle on a sunshiny day with the breeze in your face. Plus, I have good memories of dancing to this with a good friend on the kitchen tile floor in wool socks.

    Not having a fantastic Monday morning? Just listen to this song, and you are charged until Thursday!. Yeaaa!
    [youtube name: blueluna]

  13. My favorite Clazziquai song is…*sight*… it’s so hard to choose just one!… but I’ll try, just let me check through all my Clazziquai albums. Ok! I will choose that song that makes me feel special inside and I have to say it’s…Sweety from Instant Pig Album…How it says in the lyrics It brings me back to life! Every time I listen to this song I just close my eyes and feel EVERYTHING! Peace, happiness, hope and many good things I cannot describe. Plus Alex and Horan’s smooth voices, beyond description!

    YouTube username: akemihimeko

  14. I really love Clazziquai project, they were one of the first korean groups (indie groups) that I listened when I grew interest in korean music, I was so exciting when I read about their new album.. Horan is so beautiful n.n!.. I don’t know why.. they spoke sometimes in english and sometimes in korean XD.. sorry, It was a little bit hard because english isn’t my first language (I’m still learning XD). Thank you for the interview! :)! waaa horan’s wedding.. great!!

  15. I really love the cinematography – excellent style choice. It made the interview about them and not the host. This is going to sound geeky, but all I could think about was ‘Man! I could just listen to them talk every day!’ What fantastic speaking voices! It’s always so disappointing to see someone or hear them sing then hear them talk and be all ‘What is that?’ You know, like how handsome David Beckham is yet he sounds like he’s a 12 year old from the boonies. And, Alex, thank you for being honest – rapping is not for everyone. I just wish K-pop in general would adhere to that.

    Way to jump in with the ‘It had very good articles, right?’ Simon. Now THAT’S how you interview! You so NASTY! But we lurv it!

    My favorite CP song will always be ‘She Is’. It’s just such a chill song and it’s so very pretty and I STILL listen to it 7 years after first hearing it! it’s an excellent example of a sweet song that isn’t sugary – it’s very . . . what’s the word I’m looking for. . . .sincere.

  16. do someone knows hoe their album/song is doing on the charts?
    I really love the song and I hope Korea love the song too ~

  17. my favourite song is Sweety!

  18. It’s so awesome that the first group you interviewed in the new studio was CLAZZIQUAI PROJECT!!! This is so great! They’re such cool people. Good luck to Clazziquai and a special congrats to Horan :D

  19. They are SUCH inspiring people, the three of them >//< <3 *correction: the five of them, with our beloved Simon & Martina <3 (Martina HAS to be there for all the other interviews<3 though as we can see, she's there in spirit<3 Clazziquai's messages to her were adorbbbbb<3)

    And am I the only one that gets super excited when S&M are super excited for my biases? (ahem junsu/JYJ/TVXQ & clazziquai)

    Oh, and my favorite Clazziquai song ever is Romeo n Juliet. It (and Clazziquai Project) has such a special place in my heart. <3 (User: japans1girl)

    And finallyyyyyy, so so so incredibly happy for EYK. You guys have made it big time and I look forward to all your future projects. <3 I'M A NASTY 4 LYFE. <3

  20. Not to be down on you guys but I found the constant background music in this video the be quite distracting, particularly since it has such a distinctive looping sound. Perhaps it would be better if it faded out when the questions were being asked and answered, keeping it only for linking sections? If the interview is to barren without perhaps it might be worth investigating ambient noise that you could underlay.

  21. This interview was so much fun! :D Loved it!

  22. (after watching the interview) Great first EYK studio interview !! :D ….
    Love the editing!!

    I bet they were more relaxed then they usually are at interviews but they were kind of nervous ( although they tried not to be :) ) nevertheless I bet they had fun with Simon! :D they’re cute! :D Congratulations to Horan and Clazzi!

    “Love Recipe” is a pretty song. It’s a perfect song to listen to while you read a book or just stay home and look outside the window to find a sunny day sprinkled with small drops of rain :D

    Again awesome work guise!!:D Can’t wait for the upcoming interviews (and see Martina there too :) )!

    P.S: now that I think about it…my questions were kind of childish = . = I’ll do a better job next time…


  23. thank you very much for this interview, I’m discovering clazziquai only recently but I like them :) just one thing.. I found the continuous focus on the hands and mouths a bit too much, not sure if it bothers only me.. :/

  24. The Interview was amazing I finished all of it in PLAYLIST MODE!!! :)

    I bet anyone who reads my comments will say it in their best impression of S&M.

    I love how everyone was just so chill in the interview and no obvious language barriers there.

    Good Job Simon for not showing your mopey side and having fun with Clazziquai.

    I’m sorry Martina that you were not able to participate in an interview because of one day barrier.

    andas My favorite Clazziquai song is I will never cry – I love the way the vocals are arranged in an alternating pattern. It’s like a dialogue between lovers, and you can feel the pain of the speakers. In some way I can relate to it. Not in a romantic sense but the feeling of pain and regret rolled in the music. This song came out in a time when I was having a tough time and My grandma just got diagnosed with colon cancer. In a way this song spoke to me. It wasn’t all mopey but it gave me a little outlet to the pain and my feeling for what happen to my grandma. The trance part of the song also helped in a way. It gave some feelings of release and freedom to let go I guess. Sorry for being all mopey. But Clazziquai and an assortment of other mopey song did help me cope with my grandma’s death (Nov 14, 2004). May she rest in peace. Sorry for being such a lame and mopey reviewer.

    Any way congratulations guys on your first successful interview!!! I hope you have many more interviews to come.

  25. I love how the interview is in both Korean and English! I’m not sure if it was because they were more comfortable speaking Korean sometimes (I think they spoke English well when they did) or if you planned it out like that. If you didn’t,
    then please keep doing it like that! It’s really cool with the subtitles and I think it’s clever, and “fresh”. I also think it’s great that you had Korean subtitles when they spokeEnglish. <3

    Loved it! Great job!

  26. “Feels so legit now, no?” totally!! :D

    “and we hope they can come by the studio whenever they have a new video out.” !!

    “P.S. That was a joke. We don’t burp during interviews.” I knew it *pout*

    “It was fun having Clazziquai Project in there, and we can’t wait to have other people in there as well.” !!> . <

    "what was your favourite Clazziquai Project song ever?" It's "Dance"! I still listen to it and I don't think I'll ever get bored with it. (I always come back to it) :)

    YT username: addicted2anime123

  27. Congrats on the first interview in the studio!!! You guys are OFFISHAAAL!!! I’m looking forward to many more interviews and hijinks in the sticker booth!

    So I think Clazziquai Project is my favorite Korean music group/artist. To my recollection, their songs were the first Korean music I ever got into (via the KDrama “My Name is Kim Sam Soon”, way back then in 2006). I’ve really loved their music ever since. So picking a favorite is super tough. But I’ll go with the smooth and silky bossanova song “Romeo N Juliet.” A very close second favorite is “After Love {Female Version)” for similar reasons.

  28. I really loved this interview and even though I had never heard of Clazziquai Project before, I am listening to them a lot now. Though I really liked the chill vibe of “Can’t Go on My Own”, I went back and looked into some of their older stuff since I like electronica and I have to saw I fell in love with “Tell Yourself” so it’s now my favourite……but maybe partially because I work with those trains all the time…. ^^;;

    As others have said, the transitions between Korean and English were quite seamless and it was a pleasure to watch the interview.

    At the end (maybe in the outtakes and/or the main), when Simon said “Come back any time you have a new album…….maybe in 4 years….” – I nearly spit my lunch laughing! I knew that he was joking and didn’t mean it the way it sounded and I could picture him saying “damn!” in his mind…. You were obviously nervous (and perhaps tired?) Simon and I think you recovered well – LOL!

    Cyber_3 – doesn’t have a youtube, facebook, google+, or twitter account, and she doesn’t want any…..so she can’t win…….sigh………….

    • On a little sidenote, is there some way I can support EatYourKimchi without giving away my personal data to these corporations? I can’t be the only one………..maybe I am………….it took me a year to even let discus know who I am so I could comment here…….

      • At first I was like that … but then I thought I feel too much out of the loop so I just made fb, google account , twitter and tumblr… there are times when the websites say the password doesn’t work and everytime they do that I change it… but I think it’s worth it. I made friends here on the EYK pages that either had twitter or facebook …so if I wanted to talk to them further and keep in touch I needed to make accounts…and I did and I’m glad I did it :)

        • While I always like to make new friends and the nasty community seems very nice indeed, I don’t really have any incentive to give away my privacy. In my field (engineering), sometimes just having a placeholder fb or twitter account will keep you from getting interviews and a lot of potential employers even feel (wrongly) justified in asking for your passwords before they will even let you in the door. Even if you can’t access social media from work, your employer can totally monitor your off-hours traffic if you make it easy for them (very hard to prove or protest too). Make one wrong step and they likely have a file that they can use to justify firing you no matter how innocent your personal life is. Honestly, I used to work in IT and most employers consider it the cost of doing business to monitor your social media now…..if they can. They totally monitor your work e-mail btw. I also have lots of friends in real life and most of them are too busy to keep up much of an online presence. I’m not even THAT old and a lot of my friends barely even use e-mail (gah!). It’s too bad there isn’t like a map or something of where all the nasties are so that we could potentially be friends in real life.

          I would like to contribute something to eyk (other than my scintillating conversation :P) since I enjoy it so much. I know that my clicks likely don’t generate any revenue for S+M so if other means exist, then I would certainly love to explore/exploit them. That’s all.

        • … Hmm.. That is quite an interesting dilemma and I completely understand it. I try to keep my personal info safe but it isn’t always possible. Outside of buying one of their shirts ( http://www.districtlines.com/Eat-Your-Kimchi ) there is also the fact that when you view the videos ( without ad block) on this site that it generates income for them. Also there was the fundraiser last year on indie gogo where people got to contribute some cash towards the purchase of the Nasty Studio. Alas that finished but I know several people have been asking if they can still contribute.

          I don’t know if they plan to do anything like that again though.

        • Thanks for the info, I’ll look into these options…….but I soooooo loooooooooove my adblock but I guess I can configure to turn it off for this one site.

        • Quite a few people do that with the Adblock. You are welcome. That’s my job.

        • O_O that’s privacy exploitation! (if I understood well) what kind of people do that? of course you won’t access internet at work… you’re at work…but to monitor it outside of the work space it’s too much!! (ò_ó) these people should be sued!!

        • It _is_ privacy exploitation. Not to get into it too much, but every major and minor corporation does it around the world. There are apps/software that are designed specifically for this, the monitoring is all computerized, doesn’t require any tech savvy at all…it searches periodically and trips on certain words/combinations and then a report is created and stored until needed.

          I try to stay off the corporate radar with my personal life and I am honestly too busy to be updating my page/tweet/whatever. I’ve also seen too many women discriminated against just for getting married because their boss is worried about them getting pregnant….and yeah, don’t try to come back to work after having a baby, you’ll be put in the corner or laid off (since they are expecting you to get pregnant again). Totally innocent parts of your personal life that can affect your career path in a negative manner, even though they shouldn’t.

        • *sigh* I know about this side of the corporate world and it is really invasive, but they do it nonetheless. And if you protest against it, you get labelled as difficult, and it is very likely that you can be blackballed, especially if you are a woman.

  29. The behind the scenes Martina scolding was hilarious. Also loved the photo booth posing. I wish we could see the photos Clazziquai took in the booth. That would be flippin’ awesome.

  30. I really missed these kinds of songs. so nice ;D

  31. That was an awesome interview. I have to say Horan’s reaction to Martina not being there was by far the funniest thing i have seen in my life i really couldn’t stop laughing. I also really loved her facial expression when Alex was talking about his fan mail (the Mag) haha too funny. But man one thing i was really amazed with was how good there English is. Like it’s truly really good, and whats even more awesome is that Dj Clazzi’s son is Canadian. YAY for being Canadian.

  32. Come To Me

    Youtube: Jeffrey2091

  33. Amazing interview! Clazziquai is one of my favorite bands and I’m so happy they are back :)
    My favorite song of all time would be Tell Yourself. Followed by Lover Boy… so many choices!
    My YT name is Recoilmattz.

  34. This was so awesome! I really love the fact that you review and feature so many types of artists. Clazziquai is such a great representation of the great things that are happening in the Korean music scene. My favourite song is “You Never Know.” I just want to turn it up, open all of the windows and dance around my living room when I hear this! I think my YouTube user name is Kelly E. Either that or jaydodo74….I still haven’t figured it out since the sync with Google login. Keep making crazy amazing videos!

  35. I definitely enjoyed going back and listening through all of my Clazziquai songs to pick my favorite :) And maaaaan it was hard. But in the end I have to pick 춤 (Dance) from Color Your Soul. To me, the best Clazziquai songs were always the mellow ones that brought out the both Horan and Alex’s voices. Each of them individually are on my top-10-favorite-voices list (Alex… maybe number 1), and so I love to hear those voices as the focus. It seems so rare in music, especially in Korean music, to find real duets between male and female voices, and 춤 is evidence of why there should really be more of them. The harmony and blending in 춤 is simply beautiful. It doesn’t have to be especially complex to be beautiful – its the tenderness of the vocals, and Alex’s heart-breakingly amazing adlibs at the end. I can (and do) listen to it over and over at the end of a long day to relax and just appreciate that there are beautiful things in the world.

    (YT name: Zanai)

  36. This interview was so much fun to watch! Thank you guys~!! :) <
    YouTube Username: millehk12

  37. I love the different video edition, totally loved the interview congratz! And i dont have a particular “fav song” i love all their song and albums, but i have a fav album and is the “mucho mix” album

    My youtube user is : Ositapao

  38. What a great first interview at the EYK studio. It looked like so much fun!

    I really, really like Love Mode. The little diddly piano thing makes me happy :)

    Love Recipe is really good though too. It was so sweet and relaxing,

  39. I loved this interview so much! You’ve grown Simon! I didn’t really like the Google interviews where each question was, “so and so from blank wants to know”. This was more conversational while still crediting the curious netizens. Perfect.

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