Punk Blues from Korea
Billy Carter started in 2011 in Seoul, Korea as a two-piece acoustic project by Jiwon Kim (Vocalist) and Jina Kim (Guitarist). In 2014, Billy Carter released their first untitled EP, commonly called “The Red,” and were chosen as the Rookie of the Year by K Rookies KOCCA. They were also featured in many popular Korean music websites, such as Y, Diffsound, and Naver Music.
“The Red” was nominated for three 2015 Korean Music Awards: Rookie of the Year, Best Rock Music of the Year, and Best Rock Album of the Year. In 2016, Billy Carter released their second untitled EP, an acoustic album referred to as “The Yellow,” and their first full length album, "Here I Am,” which once again led to nominations for Korean Music Awards. Since then, they have toured heavily throughout South Korea, with appearances on TV shows and music festivals, and completed their first international tour in Europe, which included playing at Primavera Pro Festival in Spain.
Through all of this, the band has continued to develop their unique three-piece sans-bass rock sound. Following the release of “Here I Am,” Billy Carter spent nearly a year working on the third and fourth installments of their ongoing EP series, which were concurrently released in December 2017. The two EPs are filled with powerful, dark, and beautiful songs that address some of the most difficult and intimate experiences of life.
Since then Billy Carter has participated many overseas festivals such as Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape in Brighton, Dour Festival and The Eastern Tunes. In 2019, Billy Carter performed at Zandari Festa in Korea, Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil and B-Festival in Taiwan. They will release a new full length album in 2020.