Since 2003, Dynamic Duo has been captivating Korean hip-hop enthusiasts with their sound. Considered to be one of the main faces of Korean hip-hop, the duo talks to Audrey Magazine about their career, plans for the future, and a peek into their personalities.
Dynamic Duo’s Without You.
Audrey Magazine: (Performing in America): What are your thoughts? How do/did you feel? How does this compare to performing anywhere else?
Dynamic Duo: Above all, performing in America, the home of hip-hop, was very meaningful for us and we really loved shows in Seattle and Los Angeles since everyone there was having fun. The response was crazy so we got more excited seeing them enjoying it. I guess that’s why people love America.
AM: Which songs has the most meaning in terms of your growth as an artist? Why?
Dynamic Duo: I remember that I tried really hard to get the nominated albums of American Music Awards such as, THE NOTORIOUS BIG’s “BIG POPPA”, 2PAC’s “DEAR MAMA”, and WARREN G’s “REGULATE”, back in my elementary school. I recorded the Awards ceremony and watched it hundred times. I think 90s Hip-hop inspired us a lot.
AM: Please share a surprising fact about yourself that fans may not know about.
Choiza: I am more polite and humorous than what you thinking.
Gaeko: I am more gentle and cute than you expect.
AM: Musicians that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
DD: JAY Z, LIL WAYNE, KANYE WEST. (Hahaha) Kidding. We worked with DUMBFOUNDEAD and KERO ONE at a studio in America. It was really fun.
AM: What are some weird/unique habits/rituals you have before performing?
Gaeko: I instinctively dance on stage.
AM: You stated your influences as some Motown artists: can you talk a little bit more about how specifically these artists (Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green) have influenced your sound?
DD: Well, we don’t think we have to mention about Stevie Wonder’s music, but his passion that makes him continually working as an artist even after he achieved everything is very inspiring. Although we cannot be such a great artist as he is but we can be the artist who are continually working hard. We would say Al Green and Marvin Gaye’s music is the root of our music. Codes, scale, singing style and the feelings of melody are all influenced by their music.
AM: You two have known each other for so long – since sixth grade! What are your favorite memories of each other from the past?
DD: There were so many memories we shared so it is hard to pick one. Everything happening now in America will be great memories too.
AM: What are some challenges you have had as a duo over the years – how did you overcome them?
DD: We didn’t have many challenges because we understand and respect each other. It’s been 20 years since we’ve known each other but never fought physically. There were little arguments but we usually don’t remember it the day after.
AM: Tell us a little bit about the hip-hop crew The Movement – and what are your upcoming activities?
DD: Well, since it is about friendship not about business, we don’t know what we are going to have in the future. However, we are always ready for each other.
AM: Activities for 2012?
Dynamic Duo: We are going to participating in new artists’ albums of Amoeba Culture directly and indirectly, and planning to have a tour in Asia countries. 2012 will be an year that we focus more on collaborating with artists in other genre.