K-pop star tells Oxford Union that it took 30 nights to perfect his equine gallop
Mother Teresa, Yoko Ono and Michael Jackson have all done it before, but yesterday (November 7) it was the turn of K-pop juggernaut Psy to take to the podium at Oxford University to discuss his career and global success.
The rapper, whose track ‘Gangnam Style’ become a global smash with over 650 million hits on YouTube to date, said he invented the horse-style gallop featured in the video after he was offered a spot dancing on a TV show. “I was so desperate to get noticed I went to a TV production company in Korea and started doing a dance – a crazy dance – up and down the corridors,” he said. It worked, and he was offered a slot on the show.
“I stayed up for 30 nights to find that horse-riding dance,” he said. “I tried every creature: elephant, monkey, kangaroo, snake. The kangaroo hopping was too slow, so we ended up imitating a horse.”
Psy told the packed crowd at the prestigious Oxford Union debating society that he originally trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston before pursuing his own pop career. Demand for the event was so great from the society’s members that tickets had to be assigned to students via a ballot, which students queuing outside the venue told [i[NME[/i] was completely unheard of in the society’s 189-year history.
When the ‘Gangnam Style’ video came to the attention of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, he called Psy up immediately. “I couldn’t believe it was him,” Psy told the crowd, adding that even though he speaks good English he wanted to keep the Korean lyrics in the song. “I communicate more effectively in Korean. When I speak English, I sound so serious, I wanted to show the real me,” he said.
Despite that, Psy said his next single will be a mix of Korean and English, “so maybe you will understand the lyrics more”.
The event finished when Oxford Union committee members – some of them dressed in white tie for the occasion – took to the stage to do the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance with their guest.