Next up in our Radio Kangol Spotlight series, we caught up with DJ/producer Smells of Foundation Records, shooting the breeze about everything from his uniquely slick, stylish electronic sound to what his favourite cereal is. As with all our other showcased artists/labels, you can hear each and every one played in-store at Boxpark during the KNGLxTRRBL collab collection takeover, which you can visit from tomorrow until Monday 12th October.
Based in Seoul, South Korea, Foundation Records is a cool and creative independent label that was started in 2005. Their signings cover a wide spectrum of music, ranging from electronic and hip-hop to disco and lo-fi.
Where is home?
I am living in Seoul, South Korea, where I was born and raised.
How would you describe your sound?
Electronic, hip-hop, old school to new school. I’m trying to break boundaries.
What do you look for creative inspiration?
YouTube-related videos give me awesome inspiration.
What is your favourite place to visit when touring?
Los Angeles, California. The weather is very moderate – never real cold and never real hot.
How would you describe your personal style?
Generally, I tend to choose casual outfits. T-shirts, jeans and hats make me feel comfortable.
What’s your spirit animal?
Maybe sheep. Because I’ve been educated that I was born in the Year of the Sheep, according to Chinese zodiac.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Immortality. I could live forever and be the oldest person on the planet.
What was your worst day job ever and why?
I don’t think I’ve experienced it yet.
Who do you most admire?
Nature. Our imagination is NOTHING compared with natures reality. (from @COSMOSonTV)
What profession (other than your own) would you like to attempt?
Adult film director.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would they be?
Satellite mobile phone, phone charger and a solar electric generator.
On a scale of 1-10, how honest are you? (… Is that an honest answer?)
8, maybe 9 today, truly.
What’s your favourite cereal?
Kellogg’s Special K Cereal, Red Berries.
If there is a fork in the road, do you go left or right?
My first instinct is left.
A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
‘Ice Ice Baby, Ice Ice Baby…’ Penguins party hard.
Beatles or Rolling Stones?
I love The Beatles.
Beer or Champagne?
Heads or Tails?
Jazz or Rock ‘n’ Roll?
I think I love Jazz more than Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Rock, Paper or Scissors?
That’s a too-difficult question. Current mood is paper, I can feel it.