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|[HA for DROKU] A Day in the life of DJ Young|
July of 1997, Young John Kim, the man who is now DJ Young flew from
Santa Monica to Korea to go through several auditions he had landed.
Hearing that he might have a chance in the entertainment industry, DJ
Young returned Stateside to clear out his apartment, threw all his
belongings into storage, and booked a one-way ticket back to Korea.
the time, Young says, there were few Koreans in entertainment, and
Asians were only offered stereotypical roles like "the Vietcong," the
"guy who can't speak English," the “karate fighter,” or the "liquor shop
DJ Young is known primarily as the host of KBS World Radio’s Kpop
Connection. Along with co-host Angie Park, DJ Young appears on the daily
radio program broadcasted on KBS World, picking his own playlists as
well as writing the script for the show.
DJ Young’s typical day:
6 AM I generally wake up and [use the toilet]. That's the first thing I like to do. If I don't get that out of the way, the day feels really weird for some reason. I should go for my daily dose of the 8K run but I usually don't during the winter. Too cold, so I sit there and watch the news and see what's been going on in the world, while I write my scripts for KBS World Kpop Connection and choose the playlist for the show.
8 AM I leave the house and get to work at about 9 AM.I trade a couple of jokes with Luke Cleary, the contracted white boy, and start getting the show ready. I print the scripts, throw the music in the system and record the show. Basically, I write and put together Kpop Connection.
11 AM I'm heading out of KBS and heading to Arirang.
12 PM Between 12 and 2, I do necessary recordings and other side recordings I need to do. For example, “Pops in Seoul,” documentaries, entertainment programs.
2 PM TheKpop Zone.
4 PM 4 to 7 is my time for other recordings for other companies and such. Sometimes it's TV stuff, [sometimes]it's other stuff. If I don't have anything, I'll go work out.
7 PM From 7 on is Generally my free time. I go out and get wasted with friends, or I go home and enjoy the ambient noises of home. When we're doing “Let's Speak Korean,” we'll do our tapings on Saturdays and Sundays.
There really is no flexibility in our business because we can't call in sick one day and say, "I can't do my show. "Rain or snow, hail or sleet – it doesn't matter if I have the bubonic plague. The work I do right now is work that only I can do. I have to physically be there or the show will not go on. Vacation...what's that?
QUICK Q&A with DJ Young
DROKU: What was the most memorable moment in your career thus far?
The day Isak told me she was going on a diet.
DROKU: What about an exotic or unique dish (food)?
Grasshoppers. In Thailand.
DROKU: Who is your favorite Korean artist?
I have many favorite Korean artists, but I tend to lean toward the indie guys or the guys who aren't idols. I like the guys who are in it for the music, not the stardom. I respect that. The people who do it for the passion of music.
I guess that's what I didn't like about myself as a musician. It was all about the music at first, but it got warped. That's probably why I'm not doing it anymore. And the fact that there's not much money involved especially if you do the music you want to do.
DROKU: If you could adopt any animal as a pet, which animal would you choose and what would you name it?
A brachiosaurus. I'll name him Bracky.
DROKU: Which musical instrument describes you and why?
I've always been a guitar guy. I've played guitar since I was in elementary, and if I really worked on it, I would have become a great guitarist. In junior high, we formed a band where we'd play covers to bands like Guns n Roses and Skid Row. But I liked and still like hanging out and talking with friends and entertaining them. I still play but not with the passion I did once before.
DROKU: Which film or drama/soap opera is a mirror of your life and why?
“Lost.” Because I still don't know the damn secret of the island. Honestly, I still feel like I’m running around the island trying to figure out how to get off.
DROKU: What is your dream house like? Do you want your house to have a yard or not? Why? Where would it be located (fictional or non-fictional)?
My dream house would be up in the cliffs of Malibu. You know what? I really don’t dream of something that big. Actually, I can just imagine myself living in a pretty decent suburban neighborhood in a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house. Nothing super fancy, but it has to have a yard. I want a couple of dogs. Or a yard big enough to fit a brachiosaurus if they ever find a way to do what they did in “Jurassic Park.”
Interview By: Diana Kamel and Diana Truong
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