It doesn’t take much more than knowing that there is a show going on to get me out, so when I found out that there would be a free gig at Platoon by the German group Brandt Brauer Frick I knew where I would find myself on Saturday night. With the stage hidden behind curtains, the crowd of all ages and nationalities eagerly awaited to see and hear what these three sharply dressed Germans – brought here by their embassy in Seoul – had in store.
At 10:45 the lights were dimmed and the curtains were drawn back. Instantly, the crowd moved to surround the band while others lined the upper floors to catch a glimpse of the action. Dressed in collared shirts and ties, Brandt Brauer Frick took to the stage. For a full hour Brandt and Bauer filled Platoon with their style of house and techno, infused with the sound of classical piano, while Brandt laid down the beats on the drum. It’s always great to see electronic music that is not just played, but performed. The trio seemed as happy to be performing as the crowd was to dance. After an hour long set the crowd was left wanting more and were treated to an encore track before the group finished and bowed out.
As always, Platoon put on a great event promoting art and culture in Seoul. It was great to see a diverse crowd of people let loose and find commonality in music, dance, and of course, drinking. The show was a great way to spend the evening – or in my case to begin my Saturday shenanigans.
Words by Travis Risneur
Images by Tor