SU Introducing: Callum ‘Coco’ H

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By Social Underground / CultureM Music Contributor

On the first Saturday of every month for over a year,Social Underground has been showcasing the best local and international DJ talent that exists on the Korean peninsula. The monthly event has quickly become one of Seoul’s most popular parties boasting a packed house each time invited guests and residents get behind the decks.

This time around, Callum ‘Coco’ H takes to the ones and twos. Social Underground managed to sit down with Englishman to find out how it all began and what partygoers can expect when he makes his Seoul debut on April 6th.

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Social Underground: You have a huge record collection. How did you come to accumulate so much music?

Callum: It all started when I was 15 and got my first vinyl decks. I went to my local record shop in Sheffield and began buying bargain packs of 10 vinyls for £10. Those weird and wonderful vinyls, like bootlegs of the Waasssup Budweiser advert and acapellas from The Godfather started my passion – and is probably the reason I never had any money. Like every expat DJ, my vinyls are taking up space in my mom’s attic currently but I dream about our reunion often.

SU: You collect tracks from a variety of different genres. What’s the appeal?

C: I’m an expat and a globetrotter. In every country there’s some different form of music, each crazier than the next. I love to share that with people and use it to create something different – like a feeling or an image. That sounds pretentious but I’m genuine about it.

SU: You are drawn to a lot of re-edits. Why?

C: In the beginning, I wanted anything different from my parents. Now I find myself listening to their style of music. This kind of music sounds great on vinyl, but not in clubs or when recorded. So, re-edits give these amazing songs a kick-start for our generation.

When I play this kind of music in clubs, people hear songs they might recognize from hip hop or house songs that sampled them. They might also recognize them from their parents. Either way, it’s always appreciated by crowds when I play ‘gems’.

SU: Do you have a favorite ‘gem?’

C: One of my favorite gems is by Melo do Tagarela. It’s called Gang do Tagarela with an edit by JM.

SU: What is Strut?

C: Strut started in 2011 as three lads from England throwing house and disco parties: Sam Gates, Paffers (Oli Stuart), and I. Then Matt Ferguson joined as an artist and things started moving. We had themed parties and special events. It was always about the music for me though. I would’ve gone crazy if I’d have had to DJ with people who knew less about this music style. I think our most recent party was a corker – people danced to funk until 5am. Then we played garage!

Click here to check out Matt Ferguson’s artwork.

SU: How do partygoers in Busan react to your eclectic sets?

C: I had a rather humbling experience when I was booked to guest DJ at Fix in Somyeon. I was skeptical whether to accept the slot because Sam was a resident there and told me how they threw off one of the Plump DJs. They did the same to me – I built a set up which was just about to drop properly, then I was kicked off and some joker played Gangnam Style and gyrated rapidly. The crowd loved it.

That made me realize it’s better to play for less people who are interested than vice versa. So nowadays the crowds I play for in Busan are up for it, in the know, and most importantly bloody nice people. Not everybody gets it when I play random African or world music but then it wouldn’t be underground.

I’m due back in England in the summer to study an MA degree, so I’m interested to see what crowds make of these sets. The last time I played in England, it was at free party style events playing rather different music than disco edits.

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SU: What can we expect when you play at Social Underground?

C: It’s an honor to be asked to play the best event in Korea. I know that Social Underground’s crowd like a party atmosphere, that’s what they can expect. I’ll play nothing too serious, everything too funky. Maybe I’ll play a little global music with obligatory verses in Spanish that nobody can understand. Then, I think disco and funk are on the itinerary every time I play to a largely expat crowd.

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Catch Callum at Exit on Saturday April 6th alongside fellow Strut resident, Sam Gates and Social Underground head honcho, Lewis Anthony.

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To find out more about Callum, and to check out his regularly updated podcast, click here and head over to his blog.

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