I’m sure we’ve been asked it several times. But I want to know from my readers how they got into J-Pop, K-Pop or even C-Pop and how it perhaps led them to an interest or an obsession. Another person’s story that I came across was quite interesting that I found at Ladyalice’s Weblog.
I want to leave the part about J-Pop out until September since that’s when it’s officially 5 years. But this month marks my 4th year in K-Pop, it’s pretty amazing how I can vaguely remember the month too, guess my memory’s not so bad. After getting into J-Pop for a few months, my other friend who was interested in the music told me to listen to BoA’s Girls on Top. Even though it was in Korean somehow I didn’t hear it very well and thought she was Japanese. I only realised when my friend told me when I got into Se7en. It made me think “Where did all these Korean people come from debuting in Japan?” This was also past the point when I got into C-Pop (around May/June).
I searched for an artist when my same friend talked about Jay Chou and I found Jolin Tsai who I find pretty cool. Two years later, and I also listen to Elva Hsiao. Thing is though at the point we started to become possessive by saying to each other “I found _ first!” or “She/he’s my favourite artist, choose another!” I also thought DBSK were Japanese when I discovered them in Koda Kumi’s video, LAST ANGEL (course back then, I only concentrated on Jaejoong for a good 9 months) then clicked on a link in Veoh to Wonder Girl’s Tell Me in December and instantly loved the song. I have to say I became a fangirl of girl grous before boy groups. I started finding out more about Wonder Girls straight away and only grew to love DBSK in July 2008. And in that summer, I also learned who SS501, Big Bang, Super Junior and SNSD. The last four months are a blur because of Mirotic and I started getting to know more new artists such as Seo In Young, 2PM, 2AM, SHINee, Lee Hyori, Rain Son Dambi, U-KISS, KARA and Brown Eyed Girls.
Back then, I didn’t rely on sites allkpop for info either just Wiki (not Wikipedia, a random site that quickly updated on artist’s singles and albums) even though it opened in 2007. I only started using Korean related sites in 2009 such as K Bites and then allkpop. To think I’ve been listening to this music for so long, I feel that perhaps I should have learned Japanese in 2007 and Korean back in 2008 and worked even harder. I know there are some people who started listening to the music way before me but I don’t think I know any black girls who have been listening to it longer than me around my age group. Technically the four artists I thank for getting me into K-Pop are BoA, Se7en, DBSK and Wonder Girls.
So, what’s your Asian Pop Story? Part 1 of how I got into J-Pop will be revealed in September.