Artist Interview: GLAM GOULD


Introducing some of the most exciting new voices in the Korean music scene

Korean by SSN / English Translation by Soy Kim


To Korean Soundcloud listeners, producer-DJ ‘Glam Gould’ is likely a familiar name. Over the past two years, he has released track after track through Soundcloud, and has been active as a DJ at numerous live music events. Though he initially gained a following for his future bass style of music, in 2015, Glam Gould released the two-track single, [Sorry, Mama I’m in Seoul]. This marked the start of a transformation in his music production style – a shift away from future bass.

Overall, Glam Gould’s productions have a gloomy or soothing vibe. However, with his unique take on rhythmic ideas, Glam Gould infuses what could be melancholy with a unique, sunny quality. He is a producer with a clear identity: an artist who can create wide, atmospheric tracks with a minimalistic composition style. His recent EP, [WET] best showcases his characteristic production style, while also drawing upon themes found in dance music. We look forward to what Glam Gould has in store for 2017.


Q. You recently released the EP [WET]. What atmosphere did you imagine while creating this EP?

Since I was a child, I’ve enjoyed the sensation of going underwater, whether it’s in a bathtub or the sea. I am inspired by the theme of love when creating music – whether it’s in tears or in sweat, I am inspired by the idea of being fully soaked. I wanted to share this dreamlike, trippy sensation of being submerged in water through this EP.

Q. After gaining some traction for your future bass productions, starting from the second half of 2015 onwards, your music style has become more associated with the chillwave genre. And in your recent EP, it seems you mixed these two music production styles. Could you let us know more about the production process?

I tend not to worry about sticking to one genre, as I am not picky when it comes to my taste in music. However, if I were to create music without thinking, the music would probably be too slow or too gloomy. With my EP, [WET], I set out to follow the rules of dance music, while also showcasing my own take on harmonies and melodies.

Q. You founded a crew called ‘Vegastrip’ last year. Could you tell us more about it?

Vegastrip is a collective of four producers and beatmakers. We released two compilation albums last year, which we created in tandem with many domestic producers. While our collective isn’t widely known yet, we came together because we wanted to try branching out into other genres and musical styles that are harder to attempt on your own.

Q. Just as the [WET] EP stuck to the imaginative theme of “getting soaked,” we’re curious to know what kind of imagery crosses your imagination. Where do you usually gain your inspiration?

My greatest inspirations come from personal experiences that caused powerful emotional responses. Most recently, I gained a lot of energy and inspiration from a variety of people I accidently met while traveling.

Q. Now that you’ve released your EP, [WET], what are your plans on what you create next?

I’m planning on making more relaxed music. I’m interested in trying new things so I have the desire to participate in a variety of music experiences.

Q. Lately, there are more and more rookie producers. Do you have any advice for them?

These days, it’s possible to download plenty of presets and drum kits with just one Google search. This means it’s easier to become a producer, but it’s also more difficult to have your own style. As I learned to produce, I always analyzed whether the sound I had created was similar to the sound I had imagined in my mind. This was a very helpful habit.

Q. While you have been active as an artist for a few years, you still have a long future ahead. How do you want to be remembered in the minds of others?

I’d like to be remembered as an artist who doesn’t need a lengthy description. An artist who can be understood through his music.
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