I had the pleasure of interviewing the funk rock band ‘PentaSonic’ shortly after the release of their second album ‘Analogue Soul’.
Based in Seoul, Korea they are a four piece band, Ben Akers on vocals and guitar, June Bae on bass, Ji-Ho Chang playing keyboards and Jin-Young Park behind the drums.
After watching them play a set at Liberty a new venue in Apugjeong, Seoul we all sat down for the interview. I have only shown excerpts below from the main interview questions, for the full interview listen in the video below.
How did you get together as a band? 00:47
June wanted to get a band together for a competition four years ago. They each arrived at a studio separately and thats when things came together. Listen to more from 00:47
What music do you listen to? 03:50
A mixture of acid jazz and rock ranging from the Brand New Heavies to Bon Jovi. To get a real understanding of what PentaSonic listen to – Listen from 03:50
What inspired you to take up music? 06:25
For Ben it was Bon Jovi who inspired him and for June it was Queen, find out more details – Listen from 06:25
You’ve just released your second album ‘Analogue Soul’, how would you compare it to your self-titled first album? 10:02
Having been together since 2012 they feel their second album shows them as a band that has matured in musicianship and writing. Listen from 10:02
Who are PentaSonic?
Here we find out more about who the band are as regular people.
Name your three favorite films? 13:30
Ranging from animation to Star Wars find it who likes what. Listen from 13:30
Who or what makes you laugh? 19:20
Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and an ongoing tv feud? Listen from 19:20
Who would you like to collaborate with? 23:13
This question was quickly sabotaged into “Let’s create a super band”, still a cool answer. Listen from 23:13
What does the next six months look like for PentaSonic? 26:39
A possible residency at a new venue, perhaps a trip to Japan and more gigs. Listen from 26.39
Do you have any stories from the industry that you would like to share? 29:28
A sensibly careful answer but still very juicy. Listen from 29:28
Where can people find out more about PentaSonic? 31:26
You can find out more about PentaSonic at:
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A huge thank you to PentaSonic for taking the time to grant me this interview.
Watch the full interview video below: