Seoul has become much more international in the time I've been here. One prime example is the growing popularity of Mexican food with places like “On the Border.” But something I was pleasantly surprised to see was a mariachi band playing in front of curious but excited locals and non-locals alike.

Alive with the sound of music

Can't believe I just referenced that movie, but have never even watched it all the way through. Anyway…I was coming out of Euljiro 1-Ga subway station in downtown Seoul, heading to the presentations and communications program I run at the Bank of Korea, when my ears were pleasantly greeted by the fun, lively sounds of mariachi music. These guys filled that station area with such life and vibrancy that I couldn't help but pull out my trusty Kodak Zi8 and shoot some video, which is posted below.

After the song I videoed, the organizer/manager, asked about the mic I was using. I was also testing out the Edutige EIM-004 for an Edutige product demo video. Anyway, after a quick chat I donated a bit of money but really wanted to buy one of their CDs to enjoy at home, etc. But since I don't have a CD player, I didn't buy their CD.

Opportunity opens a door

One thing about making promo-videos is that I truly believe a great video can make a big difference for a business. So I decided to edit and send the video posted below to the mariachi manager as a way of saying thanks for putting a smile on my face. I really did love the music and wanted to do something for them since I didn't buy their CD. I guess I could still do that, huh?

The video

If you like these guys, make sure you go check them out around Seoul and book them… or buy their CD 🙂