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Okay-pop stars take part in English podcasts and attain a world viewers

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A screenshot shows K-Pop Daebak presenter Eric Nam (left) and guest Jessi. (Youtube)

As more K-pop singers gain prominence on the world stage, the demand for English-language K-pop content increases.

Comments on many videos with K-pop stars include requests for English subtitles.

“I sometimes joke with my (BTS) army friends that the biggest fear as an international army is not having subtitles for BTS videos,” a BTS fan living in the Philippines, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Korea Herald. Army is the band’s official fandom community. “When they appear on a radio program, I usually look for video content on YouTube that has subtitles to identify their appearance.”

As this fan noted, audio content with K-pop stars is inaccessible to many overseas fans due to the language barrier.

The good news is that there is now more English-language audio content hosted by K-pop stars. Most come from Los Angeles-based media startup Dive Studios, run by CEO Brian Nam, brother of K-pop singer Eric Nam.

Daebak K-Pop

Eric Nam, who made his first TV appearance on the audition show “Star Audition: The Great Birth,” soon gained a reputation for his interviewing skills in English. Some even say that his interviews overshadowed his musical career.

In his podcast K-Pop Daebak he shines more than ever as an expert in the K-Pop industry and as a great interviewer.

K-Pop Daebak focuses on music. In addition to reviews of newly released K-pop songs, Nam also broadcasts interviews with K-pop artists.

The lights presented so far include Jessi, Jay Park, Chungha and Nichhun.

The show also features interviews with American artists like Pink Sweat $ and Lauv who have worked with K-pop artists.

A screenshot shows the moderators of the Get Real podcast (from left) BM by Kard, Ashley Choi and Peniel from BTOB.  (Youtube)

A screenshot shows the moderators of the Get Real podcast (from left) BM by Kard, Ashley Choi and Peniel from BTOB. (Youtube)

Get realGet Real is a podcast hosted by three K-pop stars – Peniel from BTOB, BM from Kard and Ashley Choi, a former member of the now-defunct Ladies’ Code. The three hosts are not afraid to report honestly about their experiences in the K-Pop industry.

In the first episode, for example, the K-Pop stars talk about their experiences in dormitories as K-Pop trainees and band members.

For a recent episode, K-Pop artists who speak English fluently, like K-Pop artist Jackson from Got7, were invited as guests.

The show has aired 38 episodes so far.

A screenshot shows the hosts of How did I get here?  - Jae from JYP boy band Day6 (left) and K-pop solo artist AleXa.  (Youtube)

A screenshot shows the hosts of How did I get here? – Jae from JYP boy band Day6 (left) and K-pop solo artist AleXa. (Youtube)

How did i get here?

If you want to listen to an English language podcast that isn’t necessarily about K-pop but is hosted by a K-pop star, how did I get here? can only be for you.

The presenters Jae from the JYP boy band Day6 and the K-pop solo artist AleXa examine seemingly random topics such as e-scooters, the new social media platform Clubhouse, lo-fi music and dating apps.

Each of the 60 episodes of the series begins with the moderators saying, “Welcome to How did I get here? – where we live our best life on the internet and on the other side come out knowing more but not feeling much smarter. ”

This intro states the purpose of the show – not to educate or inform, but simply to touch topics that are trending on the internet.

The Tablo Podcast Cover Photo (Dive Studios website)

The Tablo Podcast Cover Photo (Dive Studios website)

The tablo podcast

The Tablo Podcast is hosted by rapper Tablo from the South Korean hip-hop band Epik High and is primarily a one-man talk show.

In each episode, he speaks from his own experience and comments on a variety of topics including Marvel characters, the K-pop industry, K-dramas and how he would deal with a hypothetical apocalypse. (This topic was discussed prior to the pandemic.)

Eric Nam and his brother Eddie Nam, who is also the manager of Epik High in North America, appear on this show every now and then.

In episode 15, which aired in November 2019, Eric and Tablo discussed racism against Asian Americans in North America. Eric, who was born and raised in Atlanta, shared his experience bringing Asian food to school. The singer recently shared the experience in a recent opinion piece for Time Magazine, titled “If you’re surprised by anti-Asian violence in Atlanta, you weren’t listening. It’s time to hear our voices, ”was released on Saturday.

No new weekly episodes have been uploaded since September, but Tablo released a special two-episode series in January when Epik High released its 10th album.

“I don’t want this to be something I do because I can. I want this to be something I think needs to be done, so I need some time, ”Tablo said on the September 3rd podcast. He wants to meet people with fresh ideas, he added and will be back when he’s good content to share.

Meanwhile, Tablo recently released paid English audio content to Dive Studios’ newly launched Mindset app, which mainly features celebrity personal stories, mental and physical wellbeing, successes and failures. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity of the artist’s choice, according to Dive Studios.

By Song Seung-hyun (ssh@heraldcorp.com)