Gwangju Blog

People You Should Know in Gwangju…Andrew Vlasblom

Hello and happy Friday Gwangju. It is time again to meet a member of our amazing community. This week we have a very talented Canadian. He is rarely seen without a musical instruments in tow. Here in his own words is this week’s person you should know in Gwangju…

 

Andrew and his accordion

Name…Andrew Vlasblom

Occupation…Teacher

Hometown…Selkirk, Canada

Length of time in Korea…7 years

 

Fantastic Mistake

Fantastic Mistake

I wish I could…play the guitar (well). It’s sort of a dream of mine to nail some classic rock solos someday.

 

My favorite sport to play is…do board games count as sports? If not…table tennis.

The food I am best known for is…I used to run a small operation known as “Gwangju Pie”…

On my days off I like to…sleep late. Maybe write a song or two.

My favorite movie is…Raiders of the Lost Ark

4Tae

4tae

What is your best tip for living in Korea? This is gonna sound cliché, but it’s my honest advice/thinking: be active in doing what you are passionate about. Whether that is painting, pursuing higher education, writing music, walking dogs, learning Korean, whatever–you’ll be happier if you focus on doing what you enjoy rather than conforming to societal expectations.

 

Tequilaz Open Mic

Tequilaz Open Mic

 

Describe your dream day in Gwangju.  Wake up at the crack of noon, play board games at the Alleyway with friends, tunes at Daein market with friends, then head to Tequilaz. Some dreams really do come true.

Do you belong to any clubs or community organizations in Gwangju? I’m an active open mic (Tequilaz, Corona) attendee, and I frequent Taesang Park’s Dreamers space in the Daein market. I’m also in a couple of bands and collaborate with a few talented artists I’m privileged to call my friends. I enjoy playing music so most of my activities in the community center around that.

Dreamers Space at Daein Market

Dreamers Space at Daein Market

What are some future plans that you have for your music? In addition to continuing playing music in the community, I’ll continue to write my own instrumental songs/compositions. A dream of mine is to one day write soundtracks for films, but that really is just a dream. Til then, I am grateful for the opportunities this community affords to wannabe musicians like myself. (If you are so inclined, you may choose to listen to my music here: http://soundcloud.com/andrew-vlasblom )

4tae

4tae

 

4Tae

If you’d like to see Andrew and the other members of his band 4tae play be sure to check out Speakeasy tonight. You can also spot Andrew at open mic night’s at Corona’s (alternating Tuesdays), Tequilaz (alternating Wednesdays), and Loft 28 (Friday’s).