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YOUNA is an emerging DJ/Producer in the realm of melodic techno and progressive house. Originally from South Korea, YOUNA’s musical journey took an unexpected turn when she found herself in Dubai, where she discovered a love for house music, a less familiar genre in the Asian music scene. Channeling her passion to hone her skills, YOUNA created a distinctive sound, seamlessly blending emotional melodies with the infectious energy of melodies.    After reading the extensive interview, be sure to listen to her sets and her tracks on Spotify.

 

Oswald: In what city in Korea were you born?

YJ: I was born in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and grew up in Pangyo, a beautiful city where nature combines perfectly with high technology, located near Seoul.

 

Oswald: When, how and why did you come to this profession? Did anyone influence this decision?

YJ: As I mentioned before, I have had a great interest in music since I was very young, but circumstances did not allow me to take up it as a profession. In the Korean industry, the focus is mainly on pop music, particularly K-pop, and big entertainment companies, which made it difficult for me to even consider starting making music there. However, after moving to Dubai, I delved into the house music genre for the first time in my life. While I was in Korea, I hadn’t been as exposed to genres like house, progressive house, melodic techno or afro house.

Gradually, as I became accustomed to house music, I found myself in a room where the resident DJ was exceptionally skilled. It was a moment of contemplation for me, but I was so immersed in the music that I forgot all my worries for a while. That’s when I thought, “Oh, maybe I should learn to DJ.” And soon after, I bought DJ equipment and started learning on my own through YouTube tutorials.

Oswald: How long ago and why did you move to live in Dubai? How did that city receive you?

YJ: It’s been about three years since I moved to the UAE. I lived in Abu Dhabi for two years before moving to Dubai just over a year ago. While living in Abu Dhabi, I worked at an investment firm. However, now that I live in Dubai, I have focused on music work.

 

Oswald: Do you plan to go to another city later or do you think Dubai is your place in the world?

YJ: Of course! I’m considering doing a tour starting this year. I’m thinking of starting with the Arab countries and then Europe. I have shows in the Maldives in March, which will be my first international concert outside of Korea and Dubai, so I’m really excited about that!

 

Oswald: Do you have your own radio show? Is it in your plans?

YJ: No, not yet. But if the opportunity arises, I’d love to challenge myself with a radio show one day!

 

 

Oswald: Tell us about your own brand of SOS events: Sound of Sand

YJ: To be honest, it all started just for fun. My first yacht party was meant to celebrate my birthday with about 10 close friends, but suddenly, about 90 people showed up. I went ahead with my plan to play my music and the music I like, and everyone loved it.

Word spread about our parties in Dubai and people kept asking about the next one, so I decided to make it bigger and organize it properly in the desert.   The brand name “SOS” came from the aggressive warning sound that I like and as I mentioned before, Dubai is the starting point of my musical journey, so I called it “Sand” to evoke the Dubai desert.

SOS is simply a platform to share the music I love with people who love it too. I never really thought I’d be organizing events, but it turned out to be pretty fun.   Having attended other events as a performer, I have encountered many shortcomings, especially in terms of gender-specific timing, DJ care, and crowd control.    Through these first-hand experiences, I am happy to create a better vibe and experiences for the DJs and the audience that supports us.

Oswald: Is it difficult for a young, beautiful woman to go into this profession? Are you accompanied and supported by someone right now?

YJ: First of all, thanks for the compliment, haha. When I first mentioned my beginnings in music, most people judged me based solely on my appearance and assumed I wasn’t serious about it. It was painful because only I knew how passionate he was about music and this profession. In fact, I’ve encountered similar misunderstandings in every job I’ve ever had. However, in those moments, I always remind myself that actions speak louder than words. I just do what I love, and if someone can find joy in my work, then that’s all that matters.

 

Oswald: What plans do you have for the future of your career? Do you have a specific project you are working on?

YJ: I don’t really have big goals, just small daily and weekly goals. I will continue to make music, perform and occasionally host events as I have been doing.

 

Oswald: What messages can you give to those who will read this interview and start listening to your music from now on?

YJ: As someone who loves electronic music, melodic techno, and progressive house, I’m thrilled to connect with all of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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