Explosive vocalists on live stages – Park Hyo Shin and Ha Hyunwoo

I was inspired to translate this article featuring two singers whom I have great admiration for – Park Hyo Shin and Guckkasten‘s vocalist Ha Hyunwoo. The informative article analysed the reasons for Park Hyo Shin and Ha Hyunwoo’s rise to popularity as the most sought-after live singers.

I came across this article courtesy of Guckkasten Global, a global fan club for Guckkasten. I was intrigued by the analysis of Ha Hyunwoo’s vocals, then found out that the article also discussed Park Hyo Shin. Hence, I decided to do a translation for the part of the article on Park Hyo Shin.
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나침반 Compass – 국카스텐 Guckkasten Guitar Tab

Stranger by 국카스텐 (Guckkasten)

I was inspired to work on the guitar tab for this song, 나침반 (romanised: Namchimban; translated: Compass), when I watched Guckkasten’s ONSTAGE performance.

This song is one of the tracks on Guckkasten’s latest EP, Stranger. But did you know that 나침반 was not originally a Guckkasten song?
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이방인 Stranger – 국카스텐 Guckkasten Guitar Tab

Stranger by 국카스텐 (Guckkasten)

Stranger, or 이방인 (romanised: Ibang-in), is the title track from Guckkasten’s second EP of the same title. It was released on 15 November. That was not the first time the song was heard in public though; back in July 2017, Guckkasten performed the song for the first time at their Squall concerts in Seoul.

I was again reminded of this song recently when I saw a clip of their performance on Onstage Plus – as usual, a tight performance from Guckkasten (complemented with a beautiful stage setup).

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Guckkasten at “Trigger the Fever FIFA U-21 World Cup Street Support Concert”

Guckkasten performing at the "Trigger the Fever FIFA U-21 World Cup Street Support Concert" at Gwanghwamun. (Seoul, South Korea, 23 May 2017)

I’ve finally experienced this myself. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it was an out of this world experience listening to Guckkasten’s front man, Ha Hyunwoo, sing live.

Team Guckkasten doing their soundcheck for their performance at the
Team Guckkasten doing their soundcheck for their performance at the “Trigger the Fever FIFA U-21 World Cup Street Support Concert” at Gwanghwamun. (Seoul, South Korea, 23 May 2017)

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2017 Guckkasten [HELLO] Concert

2017 Guckkasten [HELLO] Concert

The reason I’ve not updated this blog for a while is partly because I don’t have my guitar with me – I am and will be in South Korea for a short while.

Although I’m here in South Korea, I was not expecting to attend a Guckkasten concert since I thought they will probably start doing more gigs only during summer when the rock festivals kick in.

When I arrived a few weeks back, I found out that they will be holding a concert next weekend on 19 March in Seoul. I was too late. The concert is sold out.

Guckkasten Hello Concert (2017)It will make my day if I can be at the concert. If anyone has a ticket to let go, please contact me.