Wu-Tang’s DJ Symphony returns to Korea for New Year weekend

DJ Symphony poses with child performer Angel Rain during a DJing workshop at Lit Lounge in central Seoul's Itaewon, March 18. Courtesy of Pinnacle TheHustler

DJ Symphony poses with child performer Angel Rain during a DJing workshop at Lit Lounge in central Seoul’s Itaewon, March 18. Courtesy of Pinnacle TheHustler

By Jon Dunbar

DJ Symphony, the official DJ for GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, is coming back to Korea to spread his love of music through a series of performances and a workshop.

“When I come to Korea, it’s a blessing to me,” Symphony told The Korea Times. “It’s always a blessing to come to Korea because it’s one of my favorite countries. So anytime I come, I have a blast. And I also create memories for myself because I know I’m teaching, because I know I’m doing a good cause for music to keep the culture alive.”

His last visit to the peninsula was in March, when he offered his DJing workshop and performed an exclusive after-party at Lit Lounge in central Seoul’s Itaewon.

“My last visit was amazing,” Symphony told The Korea Times. “I decided to come back because I felt as if you can never teach too many people the craft and the art of becoming a DJ. There’s a new DJ born every day, so if I could come to South Korea every single day, I would come every day because there’s a new up-and-coming or inspiring DJ that I haven’t touched yet.”

He promised that this time around, his workshop will be a little different, as there’s more new DJ equipment to study. He also said he plans to offer more hands-on learning.

“I also feel like I didn’t add enough hands-on to the learning experience,” he said, referring to last time. “I think the workshop attendees should touch the DJ equipment more during the DJ workshops. I always feel like music and learning is always evolving, especially when it comes to learning new DJ equipment, turntables, speakers, etc.”

He also said the music he performs will be a little different this time as well, as he’ll be focusing more on remixes and mashups, after introducing more original songs last time. “I feel like we in an era of the remix,” he said. “The last time I visited Korea, I played a lot of originals, original songs that were not remixed by me during the set. My next visit to Korea and my next performance, I’m going to do a lot more remixes and live mashups to provide a different element of DJing while performing live.”

DJ Symphony performs at Lit Lounge in central Seoul's Itaewon, March 18. Courtesy of Pinnacle TheHustler

DJ Symphony performs at Lit Lounge in central Seoul’s Itaewon, March 18. Courtesy of Pinnacle TheHustler

This time, he’ll visit three different cities for four events across three nights. First, he’s going to Club AU in Daegu on Friday. Then he’s back in Seoul on Saturday for the DJ workshop at Lit Lounge, before heading to Downtown Hip-Hop Lounge in Gwangju later that night. And on Sunday he’ll be back in Seoul for a New Year’s Eve show at Lit Lounge. The tour is being facilitated by Pinnacle TheHustler, owner of Lit Lounge.

“Every time I come to Korea, I normally just perform in Seoul,” Symphony said. “But this time around, I wanted to bless more of Korea with DJ Symphony. So Pinnacle decided to go to those two hot spots and have me DJ and perform there. So, thanks to Pinnacle, we are now able to bless more of Korea with an amazing DJ set by me.”

Visit planethustle.com or Instagram @lit_itaewon for more information about the event, and djsymphony.com or Instagram @djsymphony for more about the artist.

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