On a journey with Clazziquai

By Korea Herald

Lyricist DJ Clazzi says latest album strays from ‘obvious love’

  • Published : Sept 20, 2016 - 17:38
  • Updated : Sept 20, 2016 - 17:38

With a 12-year music career under its belt, experimental band Clazziquai Project is done trying to label its music.

“It’s hard to categorize our music into one genre,” said vocalist Horan at a press showcase held at Understage in Hannam-dong, Seoul on Monday. “Instead, we are now more focused on showing the different colors of our group.”

But this doesn’t mean that the trio -- consisting of vocalists Alex and Horan, and DJ Clazzi -- will stop experimenting with different sounds. 

Returning to the spotlight as a group for the first time in two years, Clazziquai unveiled its seventh full-length album “Travellers” this week.

Staying true to its name, the 10-track album takes listeners on a musical journey with the electronic-inspired tune “Sweetie Fruity Jelly,” Latin-infused track “Speak of Love,” and others. 

Experimental band Clazziquai Project performs at a press showcase for the release of its seventh album, “Travellers,” in Seoul on Monday. (Fluxus Music)

Written, composed and produced by DJ Clazzi, the album was engineered in part by leading London-based recording studio Abbey Road Studio’s Miles Showell.

Even though each member has been pursuing individual acts since the release of the group’s sixth studio album “Blink” in 2014, Clazziquai still “feels like family,” said vocalist Alex.

“When we get together, it’s always comfortable,” said Horan, who is also a member of acoustic band Ibadi. “Each member has a defined role and we all try our best at it.”

With tracks such as “Love Satellite,” “Love Right” and “Love Again,” Clazziquai members recognize that their music has fallen victim to the trend of today’s mainstream music scene, which is inundated with talks of love.

“When I looked us up at a karaoke bar one time, I realized that too many of our songs start with the word ‘love,’” said DJ Clazzi.

Album cover of Clazziquai Project’s latest full-length album “Travellers” (Fluxus Music)

However, instead of turning a deaf ear to one of human’s rawest emotions, he decided to focus on the untold stories of love.

With lyrics like “You’re too innocent, too naive / How will you survive in this dangerous world?” the title track “Speak of Love” is about lovers who seem to have “an allergic reaction” to each other, Alex said.

“There are lots of people out there with similar vocals as us,” Horan admitted. “But my hope is that our music can distinguish itself from the rest without losing a sense of familiarity.”

After kicking off its first solo concert in three years at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m., Clazziquai is scheduled to hold more public and broadcast appearances.

By Kim Yu-young (ivykim@heraldcorp.com)