Acclaimed Korean American rocker DMZ//38 has been more than hot in his first year as a solo artist: he has garnered awards, front page news articles, radio action, prestigious concert dates and is working on an upcoming album. This rebel poet's awards include Outstanding Political Band of the Year and a nomination for Outstanding New Artist at the 2005 Rockie Awards. Vocalist/songwriter DMZ//38 first came into prominence in the 90's while attending Columbia University and helped form the band UghUghUgh. This band was part of the famed Black Rock Coalition which included groups like Living Color and Fishbone. He then co-founded the highly political Korean American rap group Fists of Fury after relocating to the West Coast, and has the distinction of being one of the first Korean hip-hop artists. Fists of Fury gained international acclaim for their work on inter-ethnic relations in the wake of the LA riots. DMZ//38 is classically trained in voice, percussion, piano and violin. DMZ//38's current lineup was formed in Los Angeles in mid-2005, and includes bassist Mario Pagliarulo who is endorsed by Galli Strings, and Pat Godwin on drums. Their sound has been compared to artists as wide-ranging as Neil Young, early Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Public Enemy, and Violent Femmes. The name DMZ//38 refers to the De-Militarized Zone located at the 38th Parallel separating North and South Korea from the close of the Korean War in 1953 to the present day. It is perhaps the most heavily militarized region on the planet, an area former President Bill Clinton referred to as the "scariest place on Earth." DMZ//38 pledges "to never be silent until Korea is reunified and my name itself becomes a historical term."
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