Extra! Korea

August 2, 2010

Interview with “Godfather of Korean Rock” Shin Joong-hyun

Filed under: music — extrakorea @ 9:32 pm

Remember Shin Jung-hyun (Shin Joong-hyun)? The Joongang Daily had an interview with him about the custom-made guitar that he received from Fender, and about guitars in general.

In December, he became the sixth guitarist to receive a custom made guitar from Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the leading manufacturer of guitars in the world. Since 1964, Fender has dedicated custom made guitars to musicians who have made significant contributions to rock music. Other guitarists who have received the honor include Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Yngwie Malmsteen and Eddie Van Halen.

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What do you like about guitars?

A guitar can express anything. For example, there is a technique where you pull a string upwards or downwards to change the note. It is a subtle change you cannot easily produce with other instruments. Also, amplifiers expand the scope of expression to infinity. It’s limitless.

When I retired in 2006, I thought I probably would not have another chance to perform in front of an audience, but receiving the Fender guitar seems to be a sign that is my calling to continue making music.

We need you Mr. Shin, to educate the current generations who are tone-deaf to real music, mainly because they`ve never been exposed to it.

A member of DJ Doc, Lee Ha-neul, had a great rant about the Korean music business lately:

We had the weekend off thanks to them [Inkigayo] cancelling our performance, because apparently if you refuse to show up on Strong Heart, you don’t get to perform

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The one-sided love that management companies show to the music program producers is certainly a problem, but the authoritative producers who like to show off and only think of artists as disposable products for their programs!!

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The program that sucks up to the artists from major management companies, and the stage where those that suck up to the producer get to perform on …

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  1. […] for some legendary Korean rock, Extra! Korea points to a JoongAng Daily interview with Shin Joong Hyun: Korea’s godfather of rock still going […]

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