Breakout artist Gallant has teamed with longtime partner Red Bull Sound Select to create ‘Seoul Music: The Rise of Korean R&B,’ a short doc chronicling his exploration of the country’s emerging KR&B scene with South Korean soul R&B singer Lee Hi. On the road to headline Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Gallant sits with rapper Tablo, DJ Soulscape and Korean artist Jinbo the SuperFreak to discuss South Korea’s musical history and influences. ‘Seoul Music’ culminates in Gallant’s performance of “Skipping Stones” with rising star Lee Hi during his headlining slot at Jisan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea, the last show of his Grammy-nominated Ology tour.
“The amount of love that I have for Seoul is never ending,” states Gallant. “I was a fan of K-Pop back in high school and later on in college it kind of took over as the leading Eastern musical genre.Over time Korean artists started writing their own songs and creating their own movements, which was the thread that pulled me into learning more about the history and delving into exactly what this emerging KR&B scene was really like.”
Gallant links with rapper Tablo in ‘Seoul Music,’ a relationship born from their wildly popular collaboration on “Cave Me In” with Eric Nam earlier this year. With his performance at the MNET Awards last December, Gallant has seen his popularity on the continent explode over the past year, including a sold out headlining show in Seoul and his recent festival performance.