media

i’m not a YouTuber, English teacher, or soldier. i’m Ryan. to collaborate, email [email protected].

art

i’ve composed, recorded, and performed since i was 15 years old. in Fall 2020 i quit my day job to pursue music full-time. specifically, K-pop in South Korea.

in April 2021 i began performing in the popular Hongdae (홍대) neighborhood of Seoul. check out one of my original Korean songs below:

my first Korean/English album, 외국인 (Foreigner) debuted September 30, 2021.

i’m now releasing music videos and other original songs as “singles.” you can stream all my music free on SpotifyiTunes, 멜론, YouTube, BandCamp, or SoundCloud.

live broadcasting

i’ve been interviewed on dozens of podcasts and participated in live business negotations.

since moving to Seoul i began appearing on radio shows like TBS eFM UNCODED, [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] a Seoul-based broadcast that celebrates lesser-known musicians with in-depth album reviews.

during the Fall of 2021 i was a weekly guest on a dozen episodes of Life Abroad [1, 2, 3], a Monday morning segment discussing the idiosyncracies of Korean culture.

in September 2021 i joined popular Twitch streamer Tyongeee for a 2.5 hour live interview and performance in Gangnam, Seoul.

in October 2021 my submission to the Sing Sing Arirang competition made me a Top 10 finalist. after a month of shooting with Arirang TV and awaiting judge deliberation, we won 1st place and performed at the annual K-Healing festival in December.

personality

to share my American perspective on Korea i’ve collaborated with Korea Times, Awesome Story, Buzzfeed, and Korean Bros. i’ve vlog’d a variety of lesser understood experiences from crypto mining in Seoul to getting a Corona test.

my daily life is open sourced on Instagram and my Going K-Pop experiment blog, where i published 52 editions over 52 weeks.

hobbies

in Spring and Sumer 2021 i produced over a dozen “가사 의미” (Lyric Explanation) videos to help Korean native speakers learn natural English expression through popular song lyrics.

여여 가사 해석

entertainment

in Summer 2021 i was cast as a weekly guest on KBS’s 백종원 클라쓰 (Paik-jong won Class), a reality cooking show where foreigners are taught to make traditional Korean dishes.

on one episode i had the opportunity to sing a duet with co-host and pop superstar 성시경 (Sung Si-kyung).

art

to celebrate Korean culture and the recent merger of technology and art (NFTs), in September 2021 i launched Gimbap with 2 friends.

we sold out our entire collection in just 24 hours, then sold out another collection (Seoul Metro) in a week.

i now help artists and creators launch their own NFTs through my indie web3 agency, Ooju. follow me on Twitter for upcoming drops.

hands

i enjoy making things with my bare hands. most recently i created a Korean board game.

to view more of my projects go here.