Korean Indie Artists to Catch at SXSW 2022

Korean Indie Artists to Catch at SXSW 2022

March 14, 2022 in Features

by DJ Happy Hapa

Every year, SXSW draws artists from all over the world to Austin, TX. Here are some Korean artists performing at SXSW to look out for!



HAEPAARY makes alternative electronic music with folk vocals inspired by Jongmyo Jeryeak, royal court music from the Joseon dynasty, and namchang gagok, a type of vocal music sung by men. MINHEE’s beautiful, classic vocals over HYEWON’s sometimes ambient, sometimes trancey production/instrumentation makes HAEPAARY truly stand out.

Catch them:

March 16 at St. David’s Bethell Hall alongside two other Korean experimental instrumentalists, Dal:um and Park Ji Ha.

March 17 at Flamingo Cantina

March 18 at the International Day Stage at Brush Stage Park



CIFIKA makes atmospheric electronic pop. Her influences range from R&B to techno, and her work pushes the boundaries both sonically and visually.

Catch her:

March 14 at Central Presbyterian Church in collaboration with lighting designer Alex Griff, presenting their collaborative audio visual installation HYDROVOX 2.0

March 18 at the Jaded showcase at 3TEN Austin City Limits Live

March 19 at Ballroom D



Y2K92 is made up of musicians Simo and Jibin. Their experimental electronic tracks draw from jungle, industrial, and hip hop music to make something that sounds familiar but is still very new.

Catch them:

March 19 at the Balming Tiger: Joyful Delivery showcase at Reina + ReyRey alongside the collective Balming Tiger; Balming Tiger members Omega Sapien, wnjn, and Mudd the Student; So!YoON!; and more!

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