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How K-pop Became The New Emo

The Punk Rock MBA | April 3, 2024
How K-pop Became The New Emo

Written by The Punk Rock MBA

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  1. @kingkongkungkwang

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    So the first guy you mentioned in this video, Seo Taiji, is considered to be THE pioneer of Korean music. As you said, he was the first guy to bring choreographed dancing onto the stage. Not only that, he stayed in the U.S. for a couple of years, learned from none other than Korn, and brought nu metal for the first time in Korea.

    Check out Ultramania or Feel The Soul by Seo Taiji. Admittedly very Korn-like, but it was revolutionary in Korea back in the day.

  2. @danielle86uk

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    I'd listened to the odd song but really got into Kpop in 2011 after discovering f(x), 2NE1 and Big Bang. I remember when Gangman Style blew up and just hoping people would stop commenting how I listened to "Weird foreign music" (I'm in the UK so I don't know if this is the same reaction all western kpop fans got at the time.) I was never an emo kid or into any sort of alt culture whatsoever and I hadn't even realised there was a crossover in the fandoms until someone mentioned it to me last week and recommended this video. It's kind of crazy how much things have changed in just over 10 years though. Not just with Asian culture becoming more popular in the West but also Western social media sites becoming more popular in Asia. I remember having to scroll through Korean and Japanese SNS sites with basically no idea what I was clicking on and now every group and artist has an Instagram and TikTok. One thing I will disagree on is that the parasocial relationships are dangerous. There is actually a big problem with the stalking of kpop artists. These crazy fans are known as 'sasaeng' and they will go to any length including breaking into dormitories and tracking down flight schedules to get on the same flight. Even to a lesser degree there has been outrage from certain 'fans' when news is released of an artist being in a relationship or getting married. They don't see their idol as human and believe they belong to them and the agencies 100% push this idea because they know the obsessed fans spend way more money. I'm really hoping we see a shift in the industry in general and seeing some groups move from big labels to smaller or even form their own such as Highlight (formally Beast) gives me hope. Although sadly there will always be a new generation of kids willing to do anything to live their idol dream and the agencies know this. I've personally stopped looking into any new groups that are debuting and although my fave kpop groups Got 7 and WJSN will always have a special place in my heart. I am getting into smaller artists such as Rolling Quartz, Dept, Seo Actor, YongYong and OuiOui. I would highly recommend these artists!

  3. @yodaeee

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    I’m 32 years male from SEA who grew up with pop-punk/emo/metal/etc on my teenage years. From mainstream one like The Used or MCR to the little obscure one like Sunny Day Real Estate or Saves the Day. And back in the high school I always looked down upon my friends who listen to Super Junior or SNSD since I thought back then their music sucks. Thats not how man and women make music my thought.

    And you know what since COVID outbreak and my govt enforce the lockdown I started to dig up about kpop just because I’m pretty bored with the situation. I’m not imagine that I’m gonna be this invested with kpop like today.

    Well I guess watching some Asian girls dancing left and right is better than listening to the grittiness of my teenage era music.

    Anyway stan fromis_9!!!

  4. @arturoandrade9089

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Dude….say what you want about how rock sabotaged itself. But Skrillex and Olivia Rodrigo are FAR, FAR, from rock. Don't say that rock snobs against them aided in the decline in rock. A lot more had to do with the decline of that genre as a mainstream pop-cultural force than rock dudes not being into former Disney starlets and dub-step.

  5. @martianxmartin9959

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Honestly, Kpop is some of the most fun I’ve had with music and encouraged me to learn how to dance. Considering how a lot of western pop is so negative (gloomy, perverted, and always have the need to make a statement) its nice to listen to something that’s just fun and wholesome. And i ‘stan’ TWICE, NewJeans and IU✌🏼

  6. @pandoraberg

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    i'd reccommed the group (G)i-dle! The members usually write their own music (Mostly the member Soyeon) and have also produced their own music. Soyeon is also one of the fastest female rappers in kpop (: Their music also has some great messages!

  7. @CalvinistEeyore

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    For me as Kpop fan I think part of it is the para-social relationship and part of it is you can see someone grow and improve as an performer with each release. Or there are some groups you as a and actually have a hand in deciding the final lineup of the group in something like a survival show.

  8. @HaikussO7

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    It's so weird to title it "new emo Became Kpop" around, Emo majority obsession on band factors along side with industry market with highly instrumental where as kpop they're perfectionism.it's out of tune man ur stating majority to fandoms around not the overall aspect.

  9. @Tyler-iq9zn

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this video. KPOP has become too big to ignore and I was wondering when you’d go down the rabbit hole. I saw Blackpink earlier this year and the whole time I thought if all the people there were wearing another band shirt, I’d feel just like I did at Warped Tour back in the day. Great video.

  10. @Sjs9000

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Just out of curiosity went into hot topic and fye a week ago after not being in a mall for years and was blown away by the massive amount of k pop stuff.

  11. @markpriss

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Outdated out of touch pov. Biggest K-pop stars are no longer slaves to their companies… they just got too big… no label will mess with acts like BTS or Blackpink at this point. Their influence is huge. Their brand deals alone make millions on their personalities not the fact that they are artists. With Lalisa of Blackpink having nearly 100M followers on Instagram… she could care less about her so called “slave contract” she is a brand herself. IU probably falls into the same category… nobody will mess with her… all of them make millions on their insta and YouTube because their fan bases are huge. This notion of k-pop idols slaving away applies to newcomers and not very successful acts. Even those who dropped out of record labels carry on in modelling, filming or platforms such as YT, TikTok and Insta. Emo or not… no clue, not huge on emo even though I did enjoy several records by MCR and the Used but generally am on the heavier side though. But I did find something appealing about KP over 10 years ago… and it’s definitely not the lyrics. I have no clue what they are saying

  12. @markpriss

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    It was so weird to me when Psy blew up. I was very much into K-pop in 2012 but I had no clue who he was. That being said male K-pop groups were heavily targeted at girls so they were really not meant for someone like me. Though psy was like a comedic type of performer who kinda had a meaning behind his music… it was satire on s. Korean society

  13. @vattulaitti

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    ….Im the millenial in between numetal and emo and got into k-pop in early 2000…and I did watch anime :''DD I feel so called out.
    But my gosh! The sport guy comparison! I've said the same thing and man doesn't that get the sportsmen angy.

  14. @becauseiloveit

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Binged your channel over the weekend and really enjoyed this in particular as an elder emo and kpop stan! Hope you can also check out punk/rock influenced Kpop too 🙂

    Xdinary Heroes has covered Welcome to the black parade by MCR and Drown By BMTH, and as a Kband is heavily influenced by western bands

    Vernon and Joshua from Seventeen have mentioned growing up listening to All Time Low and Paramore. Their unit song Two Minus One is very nostalgic-sounding! And Vernon’s solo song Black Eye is similar. Jordan from The Ready Set cowrote their group’s song Rock With You.

    TXT has a few pop punk-inspired songs including 0X1=Love Song that Mod Sun cowrote along with RM of BTS.

    Dreamcatcher and Ateez have an interesting sound that i think may be punk influenced too 🙂

  15. @SailorSnacks

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Do you know what I like about you? Your videos always look like they’re gonna shit on something but then you actually taking a very positive direction and usually at the end you say I like it!

  16. @jack8580

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    When I was in 6th grade in 2009, we had a new kid in class from Korea and he had a Korean game system similar to a Nintendo DS that could play music. I remember it was loaded with K-pop, I wish I remembered the artist names

  17. @truefan4136

    April 3, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    It nice to see someone who isn't afraid to acknowledge the reality that many chose to ignore and that's that Kpop is the new alternative (along with reggaeton) when it comes to popular music in America as well as in many other countries and this is due in large part to the fact that the modern pop stars in the U.S. for the most part are not relatable enough to want to follow with a few exceptions of course, Olivia Rodrigo being one of them, but if you see how she promoted or the Production of her videos and you can notice how they are taking a few lines from the Kpop playbook to promote her, anyway great content as always, very detailed and obviously well researched.

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