Over the past 10 years, K-pop has expanded beyond Korea’s shores thanks to the Hallyu Wave (increase of interest in Korean culture outside of Korea). K-pop acts like Girls’ Generation, EXO, TVXQ, and many others are now household music names on an international scale.
On the flip side, many aspiring singers and dancers living outside of Korea find being either a soloist or part of a K-pop idol group a dream come true. Amber and Krystal of f(x), Tiffany and Sunny of Girls’ Generation, and Mark Tuan of Got7 are from the United States. Fei and Jia of miss A, Lay and Luhan of EXO, and Victoria of f(x) are from China. Henry of Super Junior and Sera of 9MUSES are from Canada. And if one wanted to really see barriers broken, RaNia now has Alex who is the very first African-American to ever be in a K-pop group.
The Hallyu Wave has also given birth to the international K-pop community, a group of fans outside of Korea that find companionship in one another despite what their biases (favorite K-pop idol group, favorite K-pop idol group member). It is within this community that numerous individuals show off their love for K-pop by covering songs, recording dance practices, and even providing K-pop idol cosmetic tips, mostly through YouTube. However, one K-pop fan, a talented Taiwanese drummer, is standing out from the rest because she has found a way to combine her talent with the music. The results are awesome drum compliments to K-pop idol groups Big Bang, Crayon Pop, and T-ARA.
So who is this talented Taiwanese drummer turning heads with compliments to K-pop artists? According to Audrey Magazine, her English name is S. White and she is a jazz drummer and street performer. Over the course of her career, she has been getting a lot of attention for her drumming.
Though all of S. White’s performances are phenomenal, her most popular ones are when she complimented “Fantastic Baby” by Big Bang, “Bar Bar Bar” by Crayon Pop, and “Roly Poly” by T-ARA. The three music videos are attached below for viewing (and listening).
As shown in the videos attached above, S. White loves to have fun with her drumming. This is definitely proven by the fact she sings along with the song she jams with, often bobbing her head in tempo with the beat. Also, her drums are at times decorated for the occasion. When she covered “Roly Poly” by T-ARA, one of her drums were wrapped in lights. And just to be clear, just because White is having fun, it does not mean she isn’t taking her drumming seriously. Yes she compliments K-pop songs, but she does the same for numerous other popular songs including “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, “Baby” by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, and even “What Does The Fox Say?” by Ylvis.
Apparently, S. White’s talent to compliment a wide range of songs from many different music industries is making her more popular with each passing day. As of December 5, 2015, S. White’s official Facebook page has over 700,000 likes. Her official Instagram has over 40,000 followers. As for her videos (which are recorded by other people), they often have millions and millions of views. Given her popularity, it probably won’t be long until Big Bang, Crayon Pop, or T-ARA contact her to officially add drum compliments to her songs (or maybe on new songs yet to be recorded).
[Image via S. White’s Official Facebook Page]