DOCSKIM is a reputation that usually pops up on this planet of Okay-pop.
From tearing it up onstage with Epik High and as a part of Ghost band with BTS, to working facet by facet Okay-Pop pioneer Search engine marketing Taiji, the Korean-American keyboardist, music producer, and songwriter has all of it. DOCSKIM has been across the scene for 11 years, exploring and increasing his inventive abilities with each mission and present he is thrown upon.
“The music trade is difficult; there’s no different method to put it,” DOCSKIM tells Bandwagon. “However the ones who’re meant for will probably be those who pay their dues and courageous via the storm. Success will not be all the time assured however a larger appreciation for music and life, typically, got here to me after all of the arduous instances.”
Bandwagon caught up with DOCSKIM to speak about his origin story, the bits and items he picked up all through his musical journey, and the opposite initiatives he has lined up.
How lengthy have you ever been within the music trade and what does it take to stay round?
I’ve been within the music trade for technically 11 years.
I believe one piece of recommendation I might give to these within the music trade is keep on with your instincts. It’s very easy to overthink conditions and fear about what the opposite occasion would assume however each time I caught with my intestine, some life-changing occasion would fall into my arms.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to fail. Failure results in success.
What was your first instrument?
My mother signed me up for piano classes after I was younger and I caught with it ever since! There was a time when my household have been going via monetary points and my mother requested me if I wished to proceed piano classes. Me being a child, I had no concept about our cash issues and I apparently stated sure. That’s when my mother knew I used to be meant to pursue music.
I took French horn fairly severely after I was younger. I REALLY took bass guitar severely in faculty when a pal left his bass in my dorm room. (Bass is my favourite instrument!)
You are a multi-instrumentalist, however most identified for the keyboard. What drew you to the keys specifically?
After I was in highschool, the reward staff chief knew I performed the piano and requested me if I wished to play the keyboard at church. I believe that’s when my musical pursuits actually began to take off.
It was so cool with the ability to play totally different sounds reminiscent of strings, guitar, bass on mainly what was an electrical piano. That led to my desires of being a session keyboardist and a music producer; I’d be using and finding out many sounds as a substitute of simply piano.
What are the highs and lows of being within the music trade?
I’m unsure concerning the music trade however so far as music typically, the highs are assembly so many nice musicians and artists and listening to a lot new music.
I can’t describe the sensation I get after I meet somebody inspirational or hear a brand new music that makes me need to go into the studio instantly.
The music trade is difficult; there’s no different method to put it. However the ones who’re meant for will probably be those who pay their dues and courageous via the storm. Success will not be all the time assured however a larger appreciation for music and life typically got here to me after all of the arduous instances.
Each inventive has that stagnant second the place they can not seem to create. Inform us, how did you overcome the dip you confronted in 2017? What did you to get you again up within the zone?
I lived within the USA all my life so even to this present day, I nonetheless really feel like a foreigner right here in South Korea. That feeling of loneliness, coupled with being round folks that I didn’t appear to click on with, I misplaced all curiosity in music.
In my free time, I had no urge to the touch the piano or make any songs. This lasted for about two years. Slowly however absolutely, I simply form of went into my very own world and stopped caring what individuals considered me and my music. I burned bridges with anybody that I felt could be a unfavorable affect on my psychological well being and/or my profession.
Ever since then, so many nice issues occurred career-wise and I fell again in love with life, music, and particularly piano once more. What could also be unimaginable for the haters could be your subsequent dream come true!
How totally different is it working as a producer from performing as a member of a touring band? Is there one thing you want greater than the opposite? How do you shift your mindset once you put in your composer hat/producer hat/arranger hat/and so on?
I used to have massive points with going forwards and backwards as a producer and a keyboardist. Nonetheless, I spotted how fortunate I used to be that I could possibly be a part of each worlds.
Manufacturing and musicianship are undoubtedly intercorrelated. Each outcome from how a lot work you set in! Manufacturing helped me simplify my musicality whereas enjoying devices helped me to place a particular sonic stamp on my tracks.
You’ve got labored with among the finest acts within the trade all through the years – Search engine marketing Taiji, Epik High, BTS, and extra. Inform us about these experiences and the way they’ve helped you develop as a musician.
I respect Search engine marketing Taiji a lot as he’s the primary main artist to essentially belief me and provides me the arrogance to pursue manufacturing as a profession as a substitute of a passion.
After I was scouted for his band, it actually felt like boot camp from day one. However via that have, I discovered professionalism and that placing within the further work results in outcomes that most individuals can’t obtain.
BTS skyrocketed my manufacturing profession beginning with ‘Lie’ and it simply bewildered me how my dream got here true and the way hundreds of thousands of individuals have been liking music that I had a hand in creating. BTS undoubtedly pushed me to grow to be a greater producer and I can’t thank Pdogg (BTS’ primary producer) sufficient for all the time trusting my sound.
Seeing BTS’ success develop from small recognition to worldwide domination, it’s undoubtedly a reminder that something is feasible with the suitable mindset, robust will, and luck.
Even after taking up the world, they’re nonetheless so cordial and humble. It’s a very good reminder to all the time hold my ego in examine and pursue all of my desires, regardless of how loopy they appear.
How do you discover the dedication to maintain combating in your craft?
I nonetheless have a lot to say. And I’ve a lot room to enhance musically. I need to be the perfect DOCSKIM there ever was. All in a matter of time!!
Moreover K-pop, what other forms of music do you take heed to and affect you as an artist?
My favourite artist is D’Angelo however I like a lot music, it’s not possible to checklist all of them. Hip-hop, ’90s r&b, jazz, and soul music are undoubtedly my favorites however something from Studio Ghibli OSTs to JRPG soundtracks to emo rock.
If the music stirs some form of emotion in me, I prefer it. It’s hilarious however I truly don’t take heed to any Okay-pop in any respect. I really feel like I’d begin making an attempt to comply with tendencies production-wise if I achieve this.
Are there different initiatives outdoors the world of Okay-pop you could have lined up?
I’ve been engaged on my debut album for over 10 years however scrapped a whole bunch of demos. Simply need to launch the right album that I might need to take heed to. Hopefully, when the world is healthier, I’d be capable of tour with my band and say hello to my followers in particular person!
What dream initiatives do you sit up for reaching within the close to future?