K-Pop Fan Interview: Cypherdrone
Could you tell us who you are, where you’re from and give us a little description about yourself?
I’m Cypherdrone: a 36 year old K-pop DJ from Sydney, Australia that’s opened for K-idols such as Dreamcatcher, The Rose, Cheetah and Verbal Jint. I’ve been DJ-ing at K-pop clubs around Sydney since 2017.
So how long are you a K-pop fan and how did you get introduced?
I’ve been a K-pop fan since 2010 and was introduced by my brother to ‘Gee’ by Girls Generation followed by Super Junior’s ‘Sorry Sorry’ and been obsessed by the K-pop world every since. The videos and music was so different to anything I’ve ever seen, it was mesmerizing.
Why do you love K-pop and what makes it different compared to other genre’s?
K-pop is very unique in a sense that it’s not just about the music. It’s about the whole Idol culture. They are called Idols for the sheer fact that they are pretty much perfect. They can sing, dance, rap, act, model and are very physically attractive with polished music videos and choreography. The whole package comes together to form a perfect group/person to idolise with the whole fandom creating a community and sense of belonging.
If you make K-pop related content, could you tell us what you do and why?
Apart from DJ-ing live, I make many free mixes and mashups for K-pop fans around the globe to listen to when they want entertainment without the effort of creating a playlist themselves. I love finding the latest, best tracks and making fun mixes that get people excited and happy so that they feel good as they go about their day. Seeing someone really have fun to my mix is so rewarding.
Could you tell us your top 5 K-pop groups (in no particular order):
BTS, Stray Kids, TXT, SF9 and Seventeen.
Out of those 5, if you had to pick a number 1, who would it be and why?
BTS – nothing compares. Out of all the k-pop groups I liked before BTS came along, BTS were the ones that felt the most authentic and real and I think that’s why I connected to them the most. They weren’t afraid to show them messing up and their internal struggles where as most other groups at the time only wanted to show their good side.
Who’s your bias. Could you tell us your top 5 (in no particular order):
Jimin (BTS), Jungkook (BTS), Kang Daniel, Dawon (SF9) and Heuningkai (TXT).
If you had to pick a number 1 bias, who would it be and why?
Jimin is my ultimate bias. From the moment I saw him dance I couldn’t look away. He was so passionate and portraying every move with grace and emotion. I hadn’t seen anyone dance like him for a very long time (the video was “I Need U” dance practice). I didn’t know anything about BTS before I saw that dance practice video. Seeing him dance made me want to see more so I ended up going down that BTS rabbit hole and now I just bias Jimin as a whole, not just his dancing. He’s the whole package.
Imagine getting a wish granted, but it has to be K-pop related: could you tell us what your wish would be and why?
My wish would be to go on a week-long vacation with BTS like they do on Bon Voyage. They look like they have so much fun and it would be nice to get to know them as people.
Let’s spread some love by giving a big shout out. Who would you like to give a shout out to and why?
I want to give a big shout out to the friends that believed and supported in my DJ dream. To the club owners who gave me a chance to play when I was unknown and to ‘My Music Taste’ for the opportunity to open for some amazing K-pop acts, making memories to last a life time <3 you guys are amazing!
And last but not least: if you could change the world with just one positive message (it doesn’t have to be K-pop related), what would it be?
“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Alan Watts
Official social media links:
Youtube: search “CYPHERDRONE KPOP”
Mixcloud: @cypherdrone (free mixes)