With the widespread popularity of K-Pop growing globally, the reach of Asian culture has extended further than ever before. That's why the creation of the inaugural MetaMoon Music Festival has taken the US by storm. This single-day festival and cultural experience celebrates the Asian American diaspora with the mission for folks that attend to expose themselves to aspects of Asian culture they were previously unfamiliar with and discover music as a universal language.
MetaMoon is set to take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022, in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and feature an array of artists, including Lay Zhang, Amber Liu, 9m88, Karencici, ØZI, Sury Su, Tia Ray, Tyson Yoshi and host MC Jin in a primarily Chinese-centric line-up of talent.
The festival also features themed activations, including the MetaMoon Food Crawl, where folks can collect stamps from eatery to eatery, as well as a themed MetaMoon Market with a variety of shopping experiences available for those that attend.
In an exclusive press conference with Lay Zhang and Amber Liu, who both have been tenured Chinese and Chinese-American K-Pop artists turned now soloists, they spoke on their excitement for the future of Asian music as well as their upcoming performances at MetaMoon.
"My team and I are all working so hard to give you all a great show," remarked Lay Zhang. Lay and Amber have both served tenured pasts as long-running K-Pop artists in the early stages of the global Hallyu Wave in massive culture-shifting groups EXO and f(x), respectively. Both have experienced unique upbringings in the industry because of their Chinese identities and continue to explore what it means to be an Asian artist bridging their music from the East to the West.
"Now, after processing my past, I definitely grew up in very different places. I grew up in LA, and all my twenties were mostly in Korea and spent traveling. I've met a lot of different people and been exposed to many different cultures." replied Amber Liu when asked about how the Asian American diaspora has impacted her. She followed up by emphasizing the importance of open-mindedness and music. "It doesn't matter where you come from, or what language you speak, or what you look like. I'm so grateful to have all those experiences and be able to meet so many people so vastly different from me.
Both artists are excited to showcase their unique solo setlists and are excited to make more of a presence of global artists that represent their own identities. Lay stated, "I Hope Asian Artists can be appreciated worldwide. I hope there are platforms that support their music and give them a chance to shine. There are so many beautiful languages and cultures in the world. As Chinese artists, we're trying to find the sound that works in the East and West, but soon, I think you will see Chinese artists on the world stage!"
Amber echoed this sentiment with encouragement to those who are interested in being part of this global movement to "Keep going and stay curious." She continued to explain how she envisioned the future of music for these Asian Artists, to be saying, "It takes time. I remember when "Gangnam Style" became a huge thing. It was just out of no where and PSY has been doing music for decades. I'm so happy to see a lot more Asian-centric music festivals. In the end, keep doing your thing. When you are living your truth, people will see that within your art." She continued by encouraging those interested in pursuing a similar path to hers to "Keep going and stay curious." "Music and being in the arts is one thing, but being in the industry is a whole other thing to tackle. The industry isn't kind, but you should be kind to yourself. Always remember why you started to do things, and why you love what you love." she concluded.
This massive line-up of artists is set to take the Barclays Center by storm at the end of this month, and tickets are available now for purchase at https://metamoonfest.com/.