I am a planner by nature. Not to say that I’m not flexible and that I don’t honestly live much of life by the seat of my pants, but I like to have a plan in place from which to deviate. When it comes to music, I tend to keep track of which of my favorites have a comeback on the horizon and I try to have an understanding of who might be coming to the US when and if I will be able to jet off to see them. That’s the only way to budget appropriately and make sure you don’t miss your favs because you went to the big show you didn’t really care about just because it was happening and you didn’t want to get all FOMO.
But if I’ve learned anything this year as I’ve fallen deeper down this twisty and unexpected road of Korean Music as a foreign fan, it’s that I really don’t know what’s going to happen and when. I can’t know. I’ve got to let it go a little and just enjoy the ride. I made choices on concert tickets that, looking back, were truly the right choices for me despite feelings of mild regret. I got to see Monsta X and Zico but wasn’t able to see DPR and Dean because of it. It stung, but I truly believe it was the right move in the long run. I have to have faith that my missed opportunities will come back or I’ll be able to go to them wherever they are one day. Probably not this year, but some year.
One of the best parts of the Korean music scene is the sheer number of unexpected and outstanding collaborations that happen on an almost weekly basis. We don’t get to see it much between groups, those are a rare and beautiful find, but we do see it when idols go a little rogue or with the solo artists. The R&B and hip-hop scene is built on the backs of gorgeous collabs.
When I was thinking about how I wanted to approach music this year, because this is something I have to re-evaluate periodically, I decided that I would like to explore collabs and more diligently follow the path of where they might lead in order to discover new veins of musicians to fall in love with. I also plan to be more open about exploring collabs with artists outside of Korea. To kick it off, I’m sharing my jumping off point. I know I love Zion T.’s collabs and I am a sucker for almost anything that Crush touches. Khalil Fong, the Chinese Americal musician living in Hong Kong, is new to me. I adore this song, the texture, the mix of languages, the flow of it, so much that I feel the need to learn more, to absorb and find out where this little tributary of music might take me.
Happy New Year!!
Flavor, Khalil Fong (ft. Zion T. and Crush)