Today we’d like to introduce you to Hanjun and Nicolas.
MOMS’ story began in 2015 when high school friends Hanjun Bae and Nick started recording songs in Bae’s bedroom in their hometown of Los Angeles. Born of immigrant parents, their Korean background is a recurring theme in their music. The duo has since become a four-piece, after Steven Guillen and Julio Barajas of the Santa Ana band The Venisons joined.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I was always really into music but I never could really imagine myself as a musician.
There are almost no Asian rock musicians and Korean parents are very traditional in what they expect of their children career-wise. For us, it is really important that we find and support other Asian bands and musicians as we know that it is a hard path.
Please tell us about MOMS.
We are a DIY band, currently working to start up Sister Records, our own music label. All our music, merchandise, and promotion is made in-house. It is important to us that we keep our artistic integrity and support local bands and artists through our own artistic journey.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
A fond childhood memory that we share is camping in the woods over summer and cooking pork belly and kimchi fried rice over the portable stoves our parents would bring. I have never understood how American families can just be satisfied eating hot dogs and smores when camping for me was always a culinary experience.
- “Blood Brothers” Cassettes $5
- Website: sisterrecords.com
- Phone: 2139991056
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @_www.moms.com_
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