Editors

Aastha
Hi everyone! I’m a sleep-deprived university student from Singapore, with an interest in music, TV shows, and writing. Hip-Hop, Pop and R&B are some of my favourite genres. I got sucked into the chaotic world of K-Pop with DBSK’s Mirotic. Other than being an avid fan of DBSK and BTS, I’m also interested in the social and geographic issues of Korea (probably because it’s what part of what I study). I love talking and analysing music and shows and how they intertwine with local culture and the political/economic climate. When I’m not writing, I like to indulge in the very popular hobby known as sleep, or catching up with shows like Brooklyn Nine-nine and Narcos.

Chelsea
I’ve been living/working/studying in South Korea since I graduated from Pratt Institute in 2014. Currently a GKS Scholar pursing my Masters at Korea University. I’m an unapologetic SM stan who spends too much time on Twitter. You know that baby Kyungsoo as the Teletubby sun meme? I made that. Aside from playing around in Photoshop, my amusement with K-pop stems from my academic interests in South Korean and East Asian media, specifically internet culture and literature. Above all, my main passion is writing, which is how I ended up here at Seoulbeats. When I’m not studying (or procrastinating), my life revolves around my pet poodle, photography, and reading.

Gaya
Hiya, I’m Gaya! Born in Tamil Nadu, raised in Melbourne and a proud Indian & Australian. My dream is to become a teacher, because I live for that ‘Eureka’ moment. I don’t do “spare time” anymore, but if I had any it would be spent devouring books and watching YouTube videos. Though, the last time I did the latter, I ended up a K-pop fan…

Janine
I’m a twenty-something writer from South Africa. I empathise with European fans’ struggle of hardly ever getting a tour but at least they got Zion. T. I split my time between listening to music and live-tweeting reality cooking competition shows.

Karen
Hello everyone! I am Karen, hailing from Singapore with an academic background in English Literature. I am also a writer of all kinds, from prose and poetry to ramblings on my instagram and blog. I enjoy drinking coffee, but I drink a lot less of it now. Korean culture remains immensely intriguing to me, with its infusion of both the modern and traditional. I am not an avid fan of Kpop or Korean dramas. K-hiphop was the reason why I was drawn to Korean entertainment and music. It remains well-loved in my heart as I continue to explore the Korean entertainment industry. My favourite artists include Giriboy and Guckkasten. Other music I listen to include a mix of English bands like The Killers and The Maine to Mandarin singers like Shin.

Pat
I became a K-pop fan back in 2007, incidentally the same year I started writing in earnest. An unrepentant Starlight, I spend my days writing somewhat too complex projects, some of which are VIXX fanfiction, and consider some of my finest Seoulbeats work to include that Chad Future featuring Ravi review (please, never again). When I’m not fangirling or raging at some K-pop incident, I can usually be found watching or reading the news. An International Politics graduate who minored in Peace Studies, I can usually be found raging on a myriad of political issues at one moment, then fangirling about whatever song is on my mind the next. In case of emergency, show a gif of Ravi falling on his butt and Leo laughing at him.

Rimi
A lawyer no longer lawyering, I am an MBA candidate in the real world, and a K-pop and general Asian drama fan in my own world. My ults are BTS, with special status to Suga, but I’m a multi-fan: my heart goes wherever the music leads it. I’m also fond of survival shows, cruel though they may be, and competition programs; and in fact found my way to K-pop through a random watch of Produce 101, season 2. Essential items I carry with me at all times: my phone with internet, and earphones.
Qing
I experienced my first heartbreak at the age of 18, when DBSK split up. Since then, I’ve vowed never to put all of my fangirl heart in one basket, until BTS crept their way into my life and that plan went up in flames (you know you’re past the fandom point of no return when a CF is enough to dissolve you into a puddle).

As a writer, I try my best to write clearly and bring in perspectives from my academic background in literature when relevant. As a person, I can often be found cooing at my stuffed toys, unimpressed cats on Instagram, and the excellent use of film techniques in K-pop MVs.

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Writers
Aaron
Hello there, I’m Aaron, and I’m originally from Cape Town, South Africa. My first exposure to the world of Korean Music was through San-E and Exo. Things have luckily spiraled from there! Now I’d consider myself more a K-R&B and K-Hip-hop listener with Colde, Dean, Woo, Jooyoung and Penemeco holding special places in my musical rotation. Outside of Korean music, I listen to a broad range of music from Thom Yorke to Frank Ocean, Tim Hecker to NIN. Other than that, I’m a perpetual law-student and published poet who consumes art in any form, and at every chance I get.

Anna
From being heavily empowered by 2NE1’s confidence to spazzing over the synchronised dance moves of Infinite and Dowoon’s drumming skills, my journey as a K-pop fan has shaped a lot of who I am today. It led me to pursue writing in a way I would never have expected, and allowed me to become friends with amazing people all around the world, an opportunity I would not have gotten otherwise. I’m a student in Singapore and is currently stanning DAY6, who I’ve loved since their debut thanks to Sungjin’s raspy voice.

Caterina
Hi everyone, I’m Caterina and I can proudly say I’m ‘made in Italy’. After majoring in East Asian Studies and spending around four years back and forth from Seoul and Tokyo, I decided to give my biggest passion a shot and I’m now working in my country’s music industry. My first contact with K-pop was around 2004 with BoA, but I consciously got into it in 2008. I tend to prefer girl groups, but I end up being the most passionate when I’m stanning boys. I was an affectionate 2PM fan for many years, but I now settled as an hard-core Winner stan. I spend most of my time checking out music releases and watching tv series, but I also have a deep interest in fashion and makeup. And pets, of course!

Celina
After taking a ridiculously long break, I recently decided to go back to school to finish my degree. My goal is to have a successful career if only to finance my expensive fangirl lifestyle. I’ve been making it a mission to try to attend any and all K-pop concerts in the Los Angeles area. Originally, I was all about the girl groups but most of my favorites have disbanded, and I have since fallen in love with boy groups like BTS, Big Bang, and Got7. On top of the obvious, I’m also a fan of anime and webtoons.

Denise
Hello! The first K-Pop song I ever heard was Stand By Me by SHINee (thanks, Boys Over Flowers), but it was only when I found Day6 in 2016 did things really change for me. My interests are extremely wide (an emo band kid, a dancer AND a musical theatre geek all at the same time?), it’s probably of little surprise that it’s reflected in the musical diversity of the groups I’ve come to love: BTOB, Block B, Mamamoo, Seventeen, Highlight, UNB, Gugudan, Dreamcatcher, D-Crunch, FT.Island, N.Flying, and A.C.E. There’s so much good music waiting to be discovered, and I hope to share that during my time with seoulbeats.

Divya
I got into K-pop about two years ago thanks to Call Me Baby and EXO’s hip thrusts. Currently an undergraduate student, I try my best to stay afloat in a sea of assignments by fostering my obsession with this beautiful genre of music. When I can take my eyes off Sehun, I watch Grey’s Anatomy and read Austen novels.

Gina
Harro, all! My name is Gina, and I’m from Koreatown, Los Angeles. An A-blood perfectionist and worrywart, I wondered what to do during my post-grad resting period, only to stumble upon Seoulbeats – the perfect outlet and challenger of all my thoughts regarding this industry. Despite being a quiet reader, I have always had more than enough reasons to rant or despair at the latest turn of events. Though now, I can thankfully relay them in a way where the rest of the world can understand. The majority of my life was spent in America, but my family and this industry must be credited for teaching me enough Korean to have me translate on my own.

Shinhwa was my bait into K-pop, while the remaining 1st and 2nd gen kept me by their side all throughout my teenage life. Come 22 though and my view spread out towards Hip-hop, R&B, Indie, and Underground, and K-Pop sometimes struggles to find a spot. Epik High, Sik-k, Baek Yerin, Heize, punchnello, Cheeze, and 10cm got me in their grip and it’s been hard to leave. Most of the time I’m either listening to a favorite album or watching baking videos on YouTube, if not creating stickers or designing outfits. Or I’m just daydreaming on my bed with a lo-fi playlist setting the vibes, because what a mood that is.

Hannah
Hey, I’m Hannah! Having spent most of my life in a sleepy English village, I plan to adult in London so I can fall asleep to the sound of planes, traffic and human civilization, as opposed to cows. Besides struggling to read Shakespeare and study Spanish for my degree, I binge-watch Bangtan Bombs and jam to Epik High, Nell, Babylon, Mamamoo and Seventeen, to name a few faves. Having hustled a handful of publishing work placements where I was paid in stacks of books, I’m determined to return, because books are far better than gold. My dream in life is to become the next Exeter student to write internationally acclaimed fantasy stories (you read that right – J K Rowling went to my university!) But if all else fails, I intend to use my four years of breakdance training to finally master headspins and make it as a pro b-girl, smoking the opposition in battles across the globe. As a writer for Seoulbeats, I enjoy being professionally opinionated about my love for K-pop. I hope to one day save or steal enough money to visit Seoul, to battle at R16 and see BTS perform live.

Isabella
I’m a student currently living in Maryland, US. I discovered K-pop a few years ago, and since then I’ve fallen hard for NCT, BTS, SHINee, and Red Velvet. My bias list has taken quite a beating over the years, but that’s an occupational hazard of being a K-pop fan, I guess. When not watching crack videos and running my K-pop journal account on Instagram, I can be found reading science fiction novels, writing my own short stories, and learning German. I dream of becoming a teacher or journalist someday.

Kabejja
I’m currently a university student in the UK. Years ago, I fell down the Korean culture rabbit hole, gaining a love of learning more about K-pop and K-drama. I am multi fandom — IU, BTS, EXO, Twice, Red Velvet, Gfriend, and SNSD — but I am not at all loyal to any artists. I love discovering new artists and acquiring new favourites everyday. However, my first and greatest love is K-dramas, especially slice of life, family, fantasy and romance dramas. I love analysing and going deeper into different works and writing is a great passion of mine. When I am not taking notes on the newest K-drama or K-pop video, I spend my time being sha sha sha, reading a lot, cooking, travelling, studying politics, laughing at memes and learning the dances to K-pop songs.

Kaitlin
I’m a tall, blonde Texas transplant to Chicago, where I work as a newspaper editor. My favorite groups are Got7, Seventeen, f(x) and Red Velvet, to name a few, but I’m always checking out the latest releases to find a new obsession. Besides K-pop, my other hobbies include watching (American) football, trying new recipes, taking hip-hop dance classes and volunteering with refugees.

Kalia
Hello! I’m Kalia, born and raised in New England. “Abracadabara” by Brown Eyed Girls was my first music video back in 2011, “Fantastic Baby” dragged me in, and SHINee has kept me here since “Sherlock”. I pride myself on being the go-to friend for trivia and breaking news in all of my group chats. My love for music and writing go hand-in-hand, so you can usually find me studying up on either at any given time.

Kameka
Hi! I’m Kameka, born and raised in Hong Kong, but otherwise German/Australian. Living in Asia, K-pop was always somewhat on my radar, but it wasn’t until I discovered 2NE1’s I Am The Best in 2015 that I began to casually look into it— and was finally dragged into its unforgiving depths in 2016, by Park Jimin’s shoulder in BTS’ Blood Sweat and Tears MV.

I’m currently heading into my last year of studying film and media at university in the US, where I’ve also participated in funky and fresh activities such as: showing off my best moves in a K-pop cover dance team, going to see BTS at Citi Field, watching a few K-dramas here and there, and trying not to devote ALL of my time and energy to the 12 (!) main groups who have by now captured my heart. When I’m not gazing out of the window hoping for f(x) to return someday, I also enjoy writing (surprise!), reading, photography, playing the guitar, and reading far too many webcomics.

Kelsey
A 20-something fueled by coffee. I’m a literary and cultural studies critic based in the U.S. with a scholarly interest in all things “identity,” from gender and sexuality to race to socioeconomic status. When I’m not at work, I’m laughing with my sister, poring over a book, rowing, traveling, watching K-dramas, or trying to catch up on sleep.

Lo
I, Lo Pullum, am a 94-liner, originally from Omaha, NE. I’m currently a full-time college student, working on a history degree with a film minor. I found K-Pop through dramas, but my love didn’t really take off until “Fantastic Baby” popped up in a sidebar, and the rest is history.

When I’m not spazzing over K-Pop, I have an eclectic list of geeky hobbies to partake in: comics, film and tv analysis, Arrow, history, and any intersection of the above you can imagine.

Lynn
Hi everyone! I’m Lynn and I’m a university student from the west coast of Canada. My entry into the world of K-pop was my mom downloading “Bo Peep Bo Peep” by T-ara and “Ring Ding Dong” by Shinee onto my MP3 way back when. My love for dramas and variety shows started soon after, and since then I’ve never quite managed to escape the grips of the Korean entertainment world. Other than doing typical university student things, I like to spend my time watching movies and looking out for the next K-pop group to add to my ever-growing list of favourites.

Sadie
I’m a 20 something proud Londoner who cannot stop talking about Korean dramas or Pop.
My life took a turn from the moment I laid eyes on Kim Soohyun in My Love from the Star.
I’m relatively new to the K-pop world so I don’t stan only one group or artist. Though saying that, I am attracted to all things Taemin. Monsta X, Dean, and most recently Ateez have a special place in my heart too.

Sara
Hi! My name is Sara, and I am a college student from New York. When my day is not drowning in history reading (my major), other schoolwork, or editing the Arts & Entertainment section of my college’s newspaper, I love to read, blog about books, and analyze art in its many forms (let me tell you about the Abstract Expressionist and Pop movements!). I found K-pop a little more than a year ago, starting with BTS’ “Fake Love,” in which, afterwards, all I wanted to do was learn their names and faces. Since that year and a bit has passed, I have become better acquainted with the dark hole of K-pop. I mostly listen/follow boy groups, my top three being BTS (naturally), Seventeen, and Stray Kids. Honorable mentions include ATEEZ, Day6, NCT/WayV, Onewe, Shinee, The Rose, Monsta X, Exo, and most recently, A.C.E.

Semi
Hi, I’m Semi! I’m in my final year of university, studying for a degree in English Literature. While I don’t read as much as I used to (for fun anyway), I’ve grown to really enjoy writing over the past few years, especially creative writing! I got into K-pop in 2011, and I’ve liked many groups over the years, but my favourite is B.A.P. I’m still not sure what I’d like to be when I graduate, but as long as it has something to do with writing, I think I’ll be happy. Nice to meet you all!

Siena
I’m a writer and glitter-enthusiast from the US. I was introduced to the wonderful world of K-dramas in middle school, but didn’t fall for K-pop until my first semester of college. Now, I’m all in on both, plus I’m a newbie variety program fan and am diving into Korean indie music. Basically, I love all things Hallyu! Since I also love writing, Seoulbeats is the perfect way for me to combine these passions. To name just a few of my faves, I adore Ateez, Baek Yerin, Epik High, Heize, Loona, Sunmi, and Taemin. When I’m not having a profound philosophical debate with myself about whether I should buy my first K-pop lightstick, you can find me being a complete bookworm, relating deeply to unicorns, working and volunteering for social justice organizations, and waxing poetic on how tahini is the best food ever invented.

Tássia
Hello! I am a Brazilian graphic designer currently living in Lisbon, Portugal. During my childhood, I was a hardcore NSYNC and Hanson fan—much to the dismay of my teenage self, who swore eternal love to gothic metal. The years passed, and in 2013 I stumbled upon what I like to call the perfect (yet unexpected) mix between the two: K-pop. Needless to say, I was instantly hooked by the addictive songs, breathtaking performances, and gorgeous boys in eyeliner. Nowadays, I nurture this passion by writing, digging deep into the peculiarities of the genre, and researching more about East Asian pop culture in general.

Victoria
Hi, I’m Victoria! I’m currently an overworked, over-caffeinated graduate student in the US where I’m getting Masters degrees in Music Education and Musicology (at the same time, send help.) When I was an undergraduate, my best friend got me into Day6 and BTS, and the rest is history. Now I enjoy exploring new music, making space for underrepresented artists, and learning about socio-cultural relationships as they relate to the entertainment industry. Some of my favorite artists right now are Stray Kids, IU, BTS, Eric Nam, Hyukoh, and Ateez. When I’m not avidly consuming new music or dramas, teaching, or writing, I love to cook, play soccer, run, and (attempt to) play the saxophone.

Vivien
A long-time K-pop and general music / East Asian pop cultures fan, soon to be on the wrong side of my twenties. Based in the UK, I’m a graphic designer by day and Seoulbeats writer / amateur illustrator by night. First contact with K-pop was through 2NE1, F.T.Island and later Big Bang, before Running Man and Infinity Challenge took my heart and I was hooked on all things Korean pop culture. Proud to have been on the BTS bandwagon when it was just a wheelbarrow and to have seen it grow into a monster truck; other loyalties include the burgeoning C-pop industry and manga for life!

Qian
I’m a Singaporean serving mandatory military service, lasting until the end of 2017 and then I’ll be off for UNI studies. I like reading and writing in my spare time. I’m an avid follower of TV shows Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones, and mangas Tokyo Ghoul, One Piece and Jagaaaaaan.

Zea
Having lived for almost a decade in both Pakistan and Canada, I’ve always listened to music in another language. Sometime in 2014 I heard Super Junior’s Mr. Simple and suddenly my life wasn’t so simple. In the 4 years since, I’ve casually or passionately stanned everyone from 2NE1 to EXO to Twice to every male lead of the K-drama I happened to be watching (I still have the biggest crush on Lee Jongsuk). I’m currently a hard stan of Winner, BTS, and f(x), though Jay Park, Dean, and Offonoff also have a special spot in my music library. When I’m not laughing over memes, I watch Brooklyn Nine Nine or make gifs on Tumblr.