July means double the postings and double the people here at People You Should Know. So why not kick off the double posts with a multi-person posting? This segment involves one of the finest bands you’ll see…and hear… in Gwangju. Covering a wide variety of genres and years, it is my opinion they could probably perform any piece of music and be fantastic at it. Here, in their own words, is Malarkey….people you should know in Gwangju.
How long have you been in Gwangju?
Wil: I have been in Gwangju since 2010.
Paul: 7 years.
Cat: Malarkey has been a part of the community since mid-2013. Our band members have lived here for varying lengths of time.
Stan: I actually live out in Samho, which is just by Mokpo, where I’ve been since last August. I’ll be leaving the country as of next August.
What do you do here in Gwangju?
Wil: I am an ESL instructor for public middle school.
Paul: English Teacher.
Cat: We entertain the Gwangju community (and sometimes the rest of Korea) with fun mix of popular covers and originals.
Stan: I’m an English teacher, like everyone else. In particular, I’m a highschool English teacher who spends an unreasonable amount of time making students write essays, reading essays, giving feedback on essays, grading essays, and then re-grading essays when students aren’t happy first time.
What did you do before you took up your current job?
Wil: Many things. Highlights include pc repair specialist, movie theater projectionist, and domicile relocation logistic consultant. More commonly known as “mover”.
Paul: Musician/Music Teacher.
Stan: Well a while before I came here I finished my MA in Musicology at the University of Bristol, and then I spent a few months playing Europa Universalis IV at my mum’s house while I sent out occasional job applications.
What has been your most rewarding achievement?
Wil: completing my language study abroad program in Japan.
Paul: Having a son.
Cat: Getting the opportunity to record high quality tracks in a real studio was, and continues to be, amazing.
Stan: This is a difficult question. I’m not really sure what parts of my life I should consider achievements, and working out which of those I consider rewarding from that point is frankly mind boggling.
What do you do for fun?
Wil: play video games, watch TVprograms, and cartoon series.
Cat: Play music and have a couple of beers together at our favorite haunts.
Stan: Drinking, eating fried chicken and pint tubs of Baskin Robbins ice cream, hanging around playing pool while eating free peanuts and drinking water at a bar that apparently doesn’t mind me not buying anything, playing on my 3DS, planning my three months of travel through Asia (which will hopefully include Pyeongyang), and of course coming up to Gwangju to play music and stuff.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?
Wil: Nothing really all that interesting happens. That could be a matter of perspective though.
Paul: BSc Theoretical Physics.
Stan: This is another really difficult question – what do people find interesting?
Any family? Pets?
Wil: Mother –Marsha Garza, Father- Wendell Rawlins, Sister—Marrissa Rawlins.
Paul: My beautiful wife & son, and several guppies.
Cat: Our drummer and lead guitarist are married. I have a dog and a cat.
Stan: Yes. Not in Korea, though.
What is something you wish you could do?
Wil: Be a voice actor for a cartoon series.
Paul: Too many – ranging from buying a new guitar to Space Travel!
Stan: Get ProTools to work on my computer, because that’s been annoying me for ages.
Any embarrassing tales for public consumption?
Wil: In band camp me and back in high school me and my friends stage a kidnapping for a fellow band mate so that he could get out of marching practice. We wore ski masks and camouflage. We didn’t get caught specifically, but the entire brass section had to do extra marching next practice.
Paul: One time I accidentally left a spoon in the chopstick compartment of the kitchen drawer.
Cat: We once showed up to a show in Jeonju, ready to rock, and no one came. We played to our wives/girlfriends and the bartender. We still rocked it!
Stan: Shat myself in Paris.
Is there any person you admire?
Wil: too many to write about, mainly anyone that I consider close. People who are my family and close friends I draw inspiration and admiration from. All of them display attributes of perseverance and drive. They do this while acknowledging their failing and doing their best to compensate for them. Things like this I find admirable in people.
Paul: Again, too many! But, here’s a few: Jeff Beck, Richard Feynman, Bill Hicks …
Cat: The St. John family. Dave is always keen to help out with sound and to make sure we sound as good as possible. Rachel supports all the artists in Gwangju with her great energy and sound advice. Jeremy provides body armor that keeps us safe from all physical harm.
Stan: No, people are terrible.
Any personal code you live by?
Wil: Do my best to try to say what I mean, and mean what I say.
Paul: Go with the flow, and try to be happy.
Stan: I tried “don’t be a dick” but it was too difficult, so now my personal code can be summed up as “eh”.
What’s your “perfect” day in Gwangju?
Wil: A day when I go to the movie theater get the most comfiest chair in the theater where I can put my legs up, and watch a show. Followed by (or preceding) visiting a video game arcade and playing games.
Paul: Malarkey at Speakeasy, 4th July.
Cat: Sleeping in, eating at the Alleyway, and then playing a gig at Speakeasy.
Stan: wake up late, probably brunch hard at Alleyway and order a beer with it because no-one tells me what to do, and then go and get some ice cream for pudding and wander the streets getting funny looks. I probably then wander into an arcade and waste all my coins on air hockey and that funny taiko game. Then I go and get dinner, which is ideally an entire fried chicken, before playing a gig with Malarkey in what turns out to be The Best Gig Ever™. After that I go out and get unreasonably drunk and have the sort of encounters one only has while unreasonably drunk in Gwangju. On my way back to wherever I’m staying, I get a kebab.
Is there any place in Gwangju you recommend?
Wil: Yaksaam, Mudeung mountain temple. Has a great view and is very peaceful. I would also recommend Unjusa Temple in Hwasun which is very close to Gwangju city. Unjusa has a lot of history that some might find interesting.
Paul: I recommend Speakeasy, 4th July, Malarkey.
Cat: Anywhere we’re playing is going to be a fun time. We tend to frequent the bowling alleys and the arcade under H&M.
Stan: The fun migrates around the city as far as I can tell. I’m not here all that often though.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their life?
Wil: Give an Epic high five. The kind that stings and the sound echoes.
Paul: Everyone should see Malarkey at Speakeasy, on the 4th July.
Cat: Everyone should try to learn the basics of any instrument. A ukulele is a nice instrument to start with. If not music, find another side of the arts to dabble in.
Stan: I want to say “live outside of the country they were born in” but this could be tricky for some people depending on their situation, so I suppose just travel.
Any advice you want to give the people of Gwangju?
Wil: Be excellent to each other.
Paul: Go to Speakeasy, 4th July, and see Malarkey.
Stan: Don’t let non-geeks in. They ruin everything.