Seo Taiji

서태지(정현철),서태지(鄭鉉哲),

Jeong Hyeon-cheol(born on February 21, 1972), better known asSeo Taiji, is a South Korean singer, musician, and songwriter. After dropping out of high school to pursue a music career, he has risen to become one of the most prominent and influential cultural icons in South Korea; many refer to him as "the President of culture".He introduced incorporating elements of popular musical genres in the United States and contributed considerably larger to Korean pop culture and Korean pop 's development in the 1990s.

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    BTS describes their unique father-son relationship with the legendary Seo Taiji

    The September 21 broadcast ofSBS Power FM's'Cultwo Show' welcomedBTSon the air where the popular idol group talked about their unique father-son relationship with legendary singerSeo Taiji.Holding a collaborative stage with the renowned artist for his25th-anniversary concert, BTSperformed a total of…

  • by jaicoree  -  September 22, 2017 08:36 AM

    Legendary artist Seo Taiji expresses admiration and appreciation for BTS

    Seo Taijiposted a heartfelt message forBTSon his official Facebook page.On September 5, the legendary singer thanked BTS for taking part in his '25th Anniversary Concert', stating,"Our Bangtan sons who beautifully re-enacted the deep, precious memories in the hearts of me and my longtime friend…

  • by desire  -  September 10, 2017 05:45 PM

    Eddy Kim recreates Seo Taiji and Boys' classic track 'Now'

    Eddy Kimis first in line for Part 2 ofSeo Taiji's ongoing 25th Anniversary Project, recreating one ofSeo Taijiand Boys' classic tracks titled "Now".Set inside a traditional Korean home, likepreviously shown, Eddy Kim can be seen strumming his acoustic guitar as he watches a distorted black…

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 Seo Taiji's Biography

Early career with Sinawe

At an early age, Hyeon-cheol had a fascination with music. At 14, he participated in several amateur rock bands. At 17, he took the stage name ofSeo Taijiwhen he was recruited into the metal band Sinawe , playing the bass. He chose to drop out of school because he felt that continuing to be enrolled in school would not be useful in pursuing a career in music.

Seo Taiji & Boys: 1992-1996

Solo career: 1998-Present

1998: Seo Tai Ji

Two year after Seo Tai-ji and Boys' retirement, Taiji resumed his career as a musician. His solo career has and continues to also be successful. He recurred to return to his true roots and perform rock music. Without any appearances or activity in South Korea, he released an album with a couple of music videos in 1998. There was some controversy over his sudden reversal of retirement, but his first Solo album "Seo Tai Ji" sold more than a million copies even without any promotion in Korea. His first solo work included heavy metal and Nu metal songs, but the main genre was still alternative rock . Although it was his first solo work, fans refer to it as his 5th album.

2000: Ultramania

In 2000, he returned to South Korea after a four year absence. On the day of his arrival at the Kimpo International Airport in Seoul, the entire airport had been crowded by thousands of fans and media trying to get the first look on Seotaiji. There was great talk between fans and the media about Seotaiji's unique hair style and his clothes worn on that day. At a comeback interview in 2008, he jokingly referred to it as one of the most embarrassing moment of his music career.

He released the albumUltramaniawhich consisted of Nu metal and Hardcore punk . His solo act had an effect on many South Korean boy bands such as H.O.T. and caused them to decline in popularity. His songs "Internet War" and "Ultramania" were the biggest hits of the year. After the ETPFEST , which he founded during his comeback, Taiji was presented with hide of X Japan 's Fernandes MG-360S guitar, which is yellow with pink hearts, by hide's parents and his brother, Hiroshi, to celebrate the success of ETPFEST and the first hide Showcase tribute ever at a rock festival by X Japan. During his comeback, there were arguments that his seldom appearance on TV was aimed to make a mysterious image which helps promote his popularity, but in reality his personality is very reclusive and little is known about his personal life by the public. He has mentioned in several interviews that he chooses to maintain private personal life separate from his musical career but this concept is never well-accepted by the Korean culture where celebrity personal profiles are often disclosed widely to the public. This is one of the few reasons why he is criticized as being a mysterious figure.

2004: 7th Issue

Seo Taiji maintained his Nu metal sound in his third solo album,7th Issue. However, unlikeUltramania,7th Issuewas recorded mostly on a dropped C tuning, which gave the effect of the album sounding like one long song. Nevertheless, it had no problem attracting attention to a wide range of audiences.7th Issue'scatchy rock tune made his fans call it " Punk rock ". Also, he obviously added Drum and Bass sound into his several songs, so that it proved him to be a favorable electronica musician (skills he learned from producing the "Seo Taiji & Boys" albums). J from Luna Sea also participated in the making of this album as the bassist. His song "Live Wire" was a good hit succeeding the vivacity of "Ultramania". "Robot" deals with his youth and anguish, while the song "F.M.Business" acrimoniously criticize the issues of and the commercialized music business and the artist exploitation from greedy corporate record labels. He also touches on the issue of abortion along with sexism and sexual assault with the song, "Victim". His record sale was reduced to a half million due to on-line downloading services, but was still the highest selling record of 2004 in South Korea. Taiji proved himself to be a musician in top popularity for more than a decade. After his activities up to 2005, he once again suddenly disappeared out of the spotlight.

2008~2009: 8th Atomos

He returned to Korea after a long awaited absence, and revealed his latest single "Moai". It was the first release of Seo Taiji's ambitious 3-part "mystery project", which was followed by another single, "Bermuda Triangle" which was put up as a digital single. The third part, Atomos Part Secret, was released on March 10. He had a promotion called "Missing Taiji", where there were false rumors that Taiji went missing, only to return on the "Wormhole" concert day. In his single "Moai", Taiji reinvents his sound, and introduces a new experimental style he calls "nature pound". "Moai" draws inspiration from the mysterious statues of Easter Island which had long fascinated him since his childhood. He performed at the 2008 ETPFEST which he spearheaded to promote his comeback along side bands such as The Used , Dragon Ash , Death Cab for Cutie and Marilyn Manson .

He also put together "The Great Seotaiji Symphony" with Tolga Kashif and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform his old hits and new songs presented in an entirely new form, combining rock and classical music. The main concert was held at the Seoul Worldcup Stadium. After the main concert, there were complaints about the sound quality not being delivered to the second and third floors at the further ends of the stadium and to make up for this mistake, another encore performance (same setlist) was held in December at an closed/indoor venue, Jamsil Gymnasium upgraded with better sound systems.

Taiji's second single - following Atomos Part Moai - called Atomos Part Secret was released on March 10, 2009. It is the same date as the arrival of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to Mars in 2006. Taiji also held a concert promoting his second single on March 14 and 15. Tickets for the concert, cryptically titled Wormhole, sold out in just 20 minutes.

Seotaiji's 15th anniversary album consisted of most of his works so far, re-recorded and re-mastered but it was released in a limited edition with only 15,000 copies available, each with unique serial numbers. Serial numbers #1-15 were purchased by Seotaiji himself. He kept #1 for himself, gave #2 and #3 to his old time friends Lee Juno and Yang Hyun Seuk, and the rest to his close friends. Since the re-recorded and re-mastered songs were only available for the limited anniversary album and not all the fans were able to purchase it, he decided to re-release all the albums with the containing the new versions. On April 3, the first two Seo Taiji and Boys Albums were rereleased. Taiji will rerelease all 7 of his albums, from Nan Arayo! to 7th Issue. On May 25, the 3rd and 4th Seo Taiji and Boys albums were rereleased.

As of June 13, he will hold a nationwide tour named "The Möbius". The first of the concerts will be held in Seoul, Korea. The tour has ended, but a repeat performance was given 2 months after the finish. ETPFEST 2009 was also held with guest groups such as NIN, Limp Bizkit, Keane, Fade, Boom Boom Satellites, Pia and GUMX.

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 Seo Taiji's 1997: Marriage

On April 21, 2011 it was revealed by daily SportsSeoul and later confirmed by numerous media outlets that Seo Taiji married his ex-wife Lee Ji Ah (real name Kim Sang Eun) on October 21, 1997. Their union was kept secret because both Seo Taiji and Lee Ji Ah kept their personal lives hidden from the media. In the past, netizens have commented on Lee Ji Ah's past- giving her the infamous nickname of "alien" because of her ability to keep her private/past life secret. Since the shocking news of Seo and Lee's 10 year union, many have speculated that Seo Taiji's power and wealth were two of the main reasons why her past has been undetectable. In addition, many believe the real reason behind the controversial disbandment of Seo Taiji and the Boys was because of his relationship with Lee Ji Ah. Since their marriage in October, the once happy couple lived in Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia from Seo's retirement in 1996 until his return in June 2000. Lee filed for divorce in 2006 citing both lifestyle and personality differences. According to Lee, the divorce was finalized in 2009. Their relationship went public after Lee sued Seo for alimony, since then (as of 4/21/2011) they have had two appearances in court- once in January 2011 and April 2011. Currently (as of 4/21/2011) they have yet to settle their lawsuit.

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 Seo Taiji's Seo Taiji Band

Although Taiji now works as a "solo" artist, the following musicians consistently play with him during tours, studio recordings, and music videos. Some of them belong to other bands, but they participated in recording and performances for a short period of time.:

  • Top (Ahn Seong-Hoon)- lead guitar for SeoTaiJi's 6th~8th album
  • Rock- rhythm guitar for SeoTaiJi's 6th~7th album
  • Sang Uk (Monkey)- bass for SeoTaiJi's 6th~7th album
  • Heff "The Machine" Holter- drums for SeoTaiJi's 6th~7th album
  • Kim Seok-Jung( Hangul :김석중) - Keyboards/Programming/Samples/FX/arrange for SeoTaiJi's 8th album
  • Kang Joon-Hyung( Hangul : 강준형) - bass for SeoTaiJi's 8th album. He normally works with the band "A'ccel in a story".
  • Choi Hyun-Jin( Hangul :최현진) - drums for SeoTaiJi's 8th album. He normally works with the band "Vassline"

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 Seo Taiji's Discography

Seotaiji and Boys

Solo studio albums

Live releases

  • 2009 Seotaiji Band Live Tour [The Möbius] (2010)
  • The Great Seotaiji Symphony (including the track 'FM Business') (2009)
  • Seotaiji Live Tour Zero '04 (2005)
  • 6th Album Re-recording & ETPFEST Live(2003)
  • Seotaiji Band Live Album 2000/2001 태지의 話(Taiji Speaks) (2001)

Singles & Etcs

  • 8th Atomos Part Secret (2009)
  • 8th Atomos Part Moai (2008)
  • [&] Seotaiji 15th Anniversary Album (2007): remastered all songs from 'Seo Tai-ji & Boys' albums, live albums, solo albums, and remix songs are included.
  • Feel The Soul Maxi Single (Released in Japan) (2001)

DVD releases

  • Seotaiji Live Tour: The Möbius (2011)
  • The GREAT 2008 Seotaiji Symphony with Tolga Kashif & Royal Phillharmonic DVD (2010)
  • 2004 Seo Taiji Record of the 7th (2005)
  • The Shedding Bird: Seo Taiji Company DVD+Art book (2005)
  • Seo Taiji Live Tour ZERO 04 DVD+Art book (2004)
  • Seo Taiji Live Tour '2000-2001 The Taiji Speaks' DVD (2001)

Blu-ray releases

  • Seotaiji Live Tour: The Möbius (2011)
  • The GREAT 2008 Seotaiji Symphony with Tolga Kashif & Royal Phillharmonic DVD+Blu-ray (2010)

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