Though Ezen is a new name on the scene but members are well known and qualified musicians in the industry. First, the band was formed by 015B’ Jang Ho Il (장호일). 015B is a veteran group on
Korean scene being around more than 20 years, experimenting with different styles and highly praised by Korean pop singers. And other members are: Hex, vocalist of indie rock band Vanila City (바닐라시티); Brave (keyboards), who is known to be music director in drama world; talented guitarist Cha Il Hoon (차일훈) and 015B’ former drummer Hong Sung Ho (홍성호). Each of them has their own story and music experience but when mixed and blended we received a new band, which we would like to recommend to our readers. Their first EP was released on March, 20 preceded with music video for title track ‘Angel’. And we were lucky enough to ask band several questions.
Could you introduce your band? How can you describe your music?
We are EZEN (이젠) and we are rock band from Korea. Nice to meet you.
There are so many genres in rock music. But we just wanted to play easy rock for everyone even though rock music is not popular in Korea. Our musical background was from 80’s rock and we believe that 80’s rock is the most successful and commercial. Also, 80’s rock is kinda vintage now and vintage is cool .
How did you come up with the idea of creating band? What are the main things that unite you?
We are friends from different music areas. We met each other often just for fun or some music projects. We used to talk about our favorite music all the time and one day Jang came up with an idea to make a band together. We like same music and we are friends and can play music…..So we started from there.
Does the band’s name have any special meaning for you?
EZEN means ‘now’… let’s start band now… kinda funny name, isn’t it? haha
What are your music influences?
80’s rock band mostly such as Motley Crue, Poison,Winger and etc.
Why have you decided to base on 80’s glam rock? Aren’t you afraid that it would be difficult to find your audience?
It is kinda natural because we grew up listening 80’s rock music all the time. We know that it won’t be easy to find our audience nowadays. But we just decided to do what we wanna do. We’ll take our chances. That’s all and we also think it’s good time to start that kind of music now
Usually 80’s are associated with the certain lifestyle and image. Will you use anything of it for your shows looks and behavior on stage?
No…just music only. We are not going to do hair like them and not gonna wear their spandex pants… haha
What do you want to achieve with Ezen band? Is it a short or long term project for you?
We just wanna play rock’n’roll as long as possible. It’s our plan…
Hex and Jang Ho Il were known previously to be part of Vanila City and 015B. What is going on with that projects?
They are just taking a rest. Not on hiatus. But Ezen is our first priority now. We don’t know the future yet.
Your first record saw light on 20th of March. There are different type of songs including ballad ‘Angel’ and even neo-punk flavored ‘Trip’. What songs are your favorite ones?
Every track, of course. If you like poweful rock music we suggest ‘Rock star’. For AOR fans – ‘Don’t give up’ will be your choice. But title track ‘Angel’ is for everybody
What are your plans for the 2014? Will anything big happen?
We just started and this is our first year for Ezen… We’ll try to play as many times as possible and we already have two shows coming up in April and June. But, we wanna do more!
What would you like to say to our readers?
Hello, readers. We are Ezen from Korea and thank you for your interest in our band. Hope to see you guys soon in concert. Keep rocking~!!
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