Clazziquai

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Clazziquai Project
Alex Horan.jpg
Background information
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, J-pop, electropop, electronica, house, acid jazz, groove, lounge
Years active 2001–present
Labels Fluxus Music, Yedang Company, LOEN Entertainment
(Korea)
Avex Trax
(Japan, former)
Universal Music Group
(Japan, current)
Avex Taiwan (Taiwan)
Website www.clazziquai.co.kr
Members DJ Clazzi
Horan
Alex

Clazziquai Project (Hangul: 클래지콰이), also known as Clazziquai, is a South Korean experimental band that combines several genres including electronic music, acid jazz and house. The group's first short unofficial albums were released online in 2001, spreading its music through words of "netizens," who positively received the group's music. They remained underground until the release of their first album Instant Pig in 2004, selling over 80,000 copies. Since then, their music has been used in various television commercials, shows, and films, and they have been given the chance to perform at various events.[1]

Clazziquai is known for their songs, "Be My Love" and "She Is", which were featured on the Korean drama My Lovely Samsoon, with the former becoming the show's theme song. The group won an award at the MNET KM Music Video Festival for "Best Soundtrack", and has also been the most nominated group at the Korean Popular Music Awards II(2회), winning "Artist of the Year" and "Best Pop". They have contributed to works by Japanese artists Fantastic Plastic Machine and M-Flo.

History[edit]

2001: Formation[edit]

DJ Clazzi, described as "a magician at synthesizing different sounds in music into creating one unique [sic] new genre".[2] graduated from Capilano College, and continued his study at Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound (CDIS). After his graduation, he worked as a web designer, uploading his music online during his leisure time. Eventually, Netizens discovered his music and were drawn to its experimental nature, which is the reason why Clazziquai was initially labeled a "project group"[3]

Korean-Canadian siblings Alex and Christina Chu were initially acquaintances with DJ Clazzi and participated vocally on the first three short and experimental albums released online, named "[gray]", "[red]", and "[retro]".[citation needed] Due to the positive attention received from Netizens, Clazziquai released their first official album, "Instant Pig".[4]

Alex's sister Christina later quit due to her work in Canada, and an artist named Horan stepped in to fill her spot. Despite this, she still occasionally contributes vocals to several songs. However, she has not been regarded as an official member, and only as an uncredited guest artist.[citation needed]

2004: Instant Pig[edit]

"Instant Pig" gained critical acclaim leading to over 5 songs from the album to be used in 6 television commercials.[5]
"Novabossa" was used as part of the soundtrack for the 2004 Korean film "How to Keep My Love" (내 남자의 로맨스)[citation needed]. Over 30 songs were mixed in the production process[citation needed].

The remixed English version of the song, in its side Japanese remix album ZBAM was released in 2005, & was later used as a song in a television commercial featuring famous soccer star David Beckham. Fantastic Plastic Machine praised Clazziquai as a new group to lead the "Hallyu".[1]

2005: Color Your Soul[edit]

In summer of 2005, Clazziquai's "Be My Love" and "She Is", were featured in the Korean hit television drama, My Lovely Samsoon. These two major theme songs also raised the ratings of the series up 50%.[6] Clazziquai had hoped then that people's imagination towards their music would not 'decrease as a result of their unexpected popularity'.[5]

In 2005, Clazziquai released their second album claiming it had a "raw, funkier feel presenting a combination of electronic music and [an] emphasized acoustic genre".[2] In one week, Clazziquai's second album charted #3 in the Kyobo Hot track list, as well as #5 in the Hanter Album chart list.[citation needed]

2007–2008: Love Child of the Century[edit]

In 2007, "Lover Boy" was released for Clazziquai's third album, followed by "Last Tango". As Alex's fame grew after becoming a main cast member for the popular Korean reality TV show We Got Married, so did the track "Romeo N Juliet", which was prominently featured in the series. A Remix album, Robotica, was released later in the year.

After the album's release, the members of Clazziquai grew busy with their own work, which started false rumors that Clazziquai could be disbanding.[7] Alex released his first solo album My Vintage Romance while Horan joined an acoustic music project group titled Ibadi (이바디) as their main vocalist, and released their debut album Story of Us.

In 2008, a video game for the PlayStation Portable featuring many Clazziquai songs titled DJ Max Portable Clazziquai Edition was released.

2009: Mucho Punk and Mucho Musica[edit]

In early 2009, Clazziquai released "Wizard of Oz" as part of a commercial for LG, claiming it would be part of the album later in the year. Their fourth album, Mucho Punk was released alongside a single release of "Love Again", which features American fashion model Jarah Mariano.

In concordance to Mucho Punk, Clazziquai released Japanese album, Mucho Musica and later plan to released a remix album, Mucho Mix, later in 2009.[8]

On January 17, 2012, member DJ Clazzi released his debut solo album titled Infant.

2013: Blessed[edit]

In February 2013, the group released a new fifth album, Blessed. The launch also included MVs for their songs "Love Recipe" and "Sweetest Name".[9]

This album seem to be taking a different approach compared to their previous ones where they seem to be underutilized on some songs where there is a bit too much of repeating lyrics. However it seems to be presenting a mature side of them as they stray away from their typical music genre or style.

2014: Blink[edit]

In September 2014, Clazziquai released their sixth album, Blink.[10]

Members[edit]

  • Kim Sung Hoon (김성훈), better known by his stage name DJ Clazzi (DJ 클래지) is in charge of composing, mixing and producing the group's songs.
  • Choi Soo Jin (최수진), better known by her stage name Horan (호란) is the female vocalist for the group.
  • Chu Hun Gon (추헌곤), better known by his stage name Alex (알렉스) is the male vocalist for the group.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
KOR
[11]
JPN
[12]
Instant Pig
  • Released: May 14, 2004
Color Your Soul
  • Released: September 22, 2005
94
Love Child of the Century
  • Released: June 7, 2007
72
Mucho Musica
  • Released: July 1, 2009
158
Mucho Punk
  • Released: July 14, 2009
158
Blessed
  • Released: February 5, 2013
8
Blink
  • Released: September 18, 2014
16
Travellers
  • Released: September 20, 2016
16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Special albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
KOR
[11]
JPN
[12]
Beat in Love
  • Released: August 13, 2008
188
Metrotronics with DJMAX
  • Released: November 6, 2008
Taiwan Special Best Of Album 2013
  • Released: October 23, 2013
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Remix albums[edit]

Title Album details
Zbam
  • Released: November 25, 2004
Pinch Your Soul
  • Released: March 14, 2006
Robotica
  • Released: December 11, 2007
Mucho Mix
  • Released: October 28, 2009
Mucho Beat
  • Released: November 26, 2009

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Love Mode
  • Released: August 16, 2006

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[13]
"Novabossa" 2004 Instant Pig
"After Love"
"Sweety"
"Come to Me" Zbam
"Fill This Night" 2005 Color Your Soul
"Dancing" (춤)
"Love Mode" 2006 Pinch Your Soul
"Lover Boy" 2007 Love Child of the Century
"Last Tango"
"In the Middle of Life" (생의 한가운데)
"Robotica" Robotica
"Beat In Love" 2008 Beat In Love
"Flea" Metrotronics with DJMAX
"Electronics"
"The World of Oz" 2009 Mucho Musica
"Love Again" Mucho Punk
"Tell Yourself"
"Ping" (핑) Mucho Beat
"La La La"
"Can't Go On My Own" (함께라면)
feat. Kim Jin-pyo (김진표)
2013 36 Blessed
"Sweetest Name" 38
"Love Recipe" (러브 레시피) 24
"Blessed"
"Love Satellite" 2014 Blink
"Madly"
"Still I'm by Your Side" (내게 돌아와)
"Call Me Back"
(feat. Baechigi (배치기)
"Crave You"
"Android"
"I'm Curious" (#궁금해) 2016 Travellers
"Speak of Love" (걱정남녀)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Artist Member(s)
2002 "Coming At Me To Disco" Yoo Hee-Yeol All
2004 "Even Alone"
(혼자라도)
Epik High
2005 "Today's Weather"
(오늘의 날씨)
Yoon Jong Shin
"Heart Of Snow Girl"
(마음이 눈뜰때)
Buga Kingz Horan
2006 "Greed"
(욕심일까)
2soo
"Don't You Know?" Fantastic Plastic Machine All
"Orange Sunshine" Asami Izawa DJ Clazzi
"Battlefield Of Love"
"The Little Match Girl"
(성냥팔이소녀)
015B Horan
"I Love You"
(사랑해)
Jisun of Loveholics Alex
2007 "Calling" Asami Izawa DJ Clazzi
"Harmony" FreeTEMPO Alex
"Monologue"
(독백)
Rhyme Bus All
"Open The Door"
(문을 열어 문으로)
MC Sniper Horan
"Love Me After 12AM" m-flo Alex
"Calling You" Ryohei Yamamoto All
"Crazy Night" Slow Jam Horan
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" Lee Jeong-Sik
2008 "Make My Day Sound Around Horan
"Cry" Mighty Mouth
"Butterfly" Loveholics All
2009 "You Are The One" Epik High Horan
2014 "Maybe"
(메이비)
Freestyle

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album Member(s)
2003 "Play Girl" Good People OST All
2004 "Nova Bossa" Chocolate Post Office OST
"By The Sea"
(바다로)
Heong-bu Hurt His Head OST
2005 "Be My Love" My Lovely Sam Soon OST
"She Is" Alex
"Stepping Out"
(클래지콰이)
April Snow OST All
2007 "I Only Know Love (You Are My Destiny)"
(사랑밖에 난 몰라 (너는 내 운명))
At the Movies
(Korean Special Edition)
Horan
"Love Me After 12AM" EX Machina OST Alex
2008 "Listen To My Heart" Listen Campaign OST Horan
2010 "Lazy Sunday Morning" Le Petit Nicolas OST All
"Tree"
(나무)
Cinderella's Sister OST Alex
2011 "Flowers Bloom"
(꽃이 피네요)
Only You OST Alex & Horan
2014 "Lost Things"
(잃어버린 것들)
Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong OST Horan

Solo works[edit]

Clazzi[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
KOR
[11]
Infant
  • Released: January 27, 2012
14

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[13]
"How We Feel" (우리 변한거잖아)
with Seulong of 2AM
2011 Non-album single
"Sexy Doll" 2012 Infant
"Love & Hate"
feat. Yi Sung Yol
99

Horan[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
KOR
[11]
She's Alright
  • Released: May 19, 2015
21
Wonderland
  • Released: August 24, 2016
47

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[13]
"Flowers Bloom" (꽃이 피네요)
with Alex
2011 51 Only You OST
"Maybe Maybe" (어쩌면 어쩌면)
with Alex
2012 23 Music and Lyrics OST
"Maybe" (메이비)
with Freestyle
2014 18 Non-album single
"She's Alright" (괜찮은 여자) 2015 She's Alright
"Alice" (앨리스) 2016 Wonderland

Alex[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
KOR
[11]
My Vintage Romance
  • Released: June 11, 2008
Just Like Me
  • Released: May 27, 2011

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[13]
"Bad Behavior" (나쁜 짓) 2008 Non-album single
"Love Me After 12AM" 2009
"I Love You" (사랑하오) 2010 My Vintage Romance
"If It’s You" (그대라면)
"Love Year" (사랑살이) Non-album single
"Tree" (나무) 84 Cinderella's Sister OST
"Very Heartbreaking Words" (너무 아픈 이 말)
feat. Jisun of Loveholics
84 Non-album single
"If I Could Turn It Back" (되돌릴 수 있다면) 2011 52
"Can’t Be Crazy" (미쳐보려 해도) 58 Just Like Me
"Goodbye Smile" (웃으며 안녕) 89 Non-album single
"Flowers Bloom" (꽃이 피네요)
with Horan
51 Only You OST
"You’re So Gorgeous" (화려한 그대) 85 Non-album single
"Sweet Dream" (같은 꿈) 2012 67 Just Like Me
"Maybe Maybe" (어쩌면 어쩌면)
with Horan
23 Music and Lyrics OST
"D.N.A LUV" (연애세포)
with Song Jieun
2015 Flirty Boy and Girl OST

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2005

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2004 Best New Group Video "Sweety"[14] Nominated
2005 Best Mixed Group "Fill This Night"[15] Nominated
Best OST "She Is..." (My Lovely Sam Soon)[16] Won
2007 Best House & Electronic "Lover Boy"[17] Won
Best Mixed Group Won
2009 Best House & Electronic "Love Again"[18] Nominated
Best Mixed Gender Group Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tak, Jin-Hyun. Clazziquai, a new Hallyu Star "Sportainment", March 4, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Choi, Seung-hyun (2005-09-23). "푸근하고 정감있게 변신했죠". Chosun Ilbo. 
  3. ^ "Horan goes straightforward. "호란은 직진한다"". Magazine T. 2006-12-26. 
  4. ^ Lee, Jae-Won (2005-10-04). "클래지콰이 다채로운 리듬 '감칠맛'". Sports Korea. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Young Pyo. "Clazziquai comes back with 2nd album(2집으로 돌아온 클래지콰이)", "Seoul Newspaper(서울신문)", October 20, 2005.
  6. ^ Lee, Hye-Ri. "러브홀릭·클래지콰이 '삼순열풍'에 한 몫", "NoCut News", June 6, 2005.
  7. ^ "Horan and Alex go solo ("클래지콰이 '줄줄이 솔로'")". Hankooki News. 2008-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Clazziquai will release another Japanese remix album". KoME World. 2009-09-03. 
  9. ^ "Clazziquai Project reveals MV for "Love Recipe" + fifth album "Blessed"". 
  10. ^ "Blink". 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Gaon Album Chart". 
  12. ^ a b "Oricon Chart". 
  13. ^ a b c d "Gaon Digital Chart". 
  14. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  15. ^ "2005 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  16. ^ "2005 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  17. ^ "2007 Winners". Mnet official website. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-18.

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