The Creators Project: Can you briefly introduce yourselves to our audience around the globe?
E. Yunjung: I debuted in 1995 as a vocalist in a punk rock group called PiPi Band, and in 1998, I did some electronic music. I also worked as a stylist for over 10 years before I met this guy, with whom I formed a group called EE. We are the very first total art performance team ever to come out in Korea.
E. Hyun Joon: I majored in fine art in college. I’d been only doing art until I met this interesting woman who led me to broaden my field to music and things like that.
Can you tell us how you got together and a little about what you are trying to do?
E. Yunjung: Because Korean music today is dominated by pop music, there aren’t many chances for indie music to be heard. Hongdae was the only place that the indie scene was happening. I was into electronic music and was looking into developing other different kinds of music back then, so I used to do a lot of DJing for the indie bands in that area. That’s where I met E. Hyun Joon, who had just come back to Korea from England where he studied. He had a long hair just like he does now and wore a very striking outfit, and was dancing. So I checked him out thinking, “Who is that guy? I’ve never seen anyone like him before." We eventually got into a conversation and he told me he was an artist. So I suggested we work together on a project that would involve music, art, and various interesting elements, and he was into it.
How did you come up with the name EE?
E. Hyun Joon: It doesn’t really have a meaning behind it. People tend to believe names are overly important. We thought about it a lot, and came up with all kinds of different names, but weren’t completely intrigued with anything so at the end we decided to name our group after our common initial.
E. Yunjung: We think if you have a meaningful group name, your ideas tend be limited to the concept of your name. ‘E’ is the most commonly used alphabet letter in English, and it seemed like the perfect letter play around with.
How did your show “Curiosity Kills” come about?
E. Yunjung: We wanted our performance to be in the form of an art exhibition, not pop music. We were interested in people’s reaction to every aspect of the performance. To evoke people’s curiosity and be curious ourselves about their reaction. The lyrics are about being curious about what is happening behind the locked doors of our parents’ room.
Your album is called “Imperfect, I’m perfect." Can you explain what that means?
E. Yunjung: "Imperfect" and "I’m perfect" have the same spelling. But the apostrophe gives them opposite meanings. We were trying to reflect the sad reality of the flawless idol singers and celebrities we see in Korea these days, whose dance movements and lip-syncing must be perfectly timed and are never allowed to get one single note out of tune. We wanted to make a statement that this kind of striving for perfection is bad for music. We wanted to show just how fun it can be to be imperfect. We wanted to convey the message that, for us, the imperfect music we’re making is perfectly fun.
What do you think the relationship between art and technology will be like in the future?
E. Hyun Joon: Not long ago I believed that technology would wipe out art completely. But now I don’t think so.
E. Yunjung: I think it will become almost impossible not to use technology in art.
What plans do you have for yourselves in the future, professionally?
E. Hyun Joon: We have so many things we want to accomplish, from hosting our own bizarre fashion shows to producing a movie. We’d also love to collaborate with more artists like us, if we can find them.
What are you currently working on?
E. Yunjung: Oh, we do have a massive project to carry out. We just got married!
E. Yunjung: Besides that, we’re also planning to go abroad to record our next album and exhibit our art.
How did your relationship evolve into marriage?
E. Yunjung: Well, who else would have me besides this dude? [Laughs.] Seriously though, we have a lot in common.
(To E. Hyun Joon) Do you feel the same way?
E. Hyun Joon: Yes.