“If you’re seeing us for the first time at SXSW, it’s actually the perfect time to get to know who Epik High is,” Tablo tells Billboard. “I’m sure some of our fans are excited, but even more than the fans, we’re excited to be performing stateside again. It’s been a very long time. During that time, we’ve grown stronger as a group…whoever’s coming to the show, you’re going to be a part of the stage, you’re going to be part of the act just as much as we are. That’s the best part of playing live.”
The last time American fans saw Epik High at home was nearly a decade ago when the group hit New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and more on a 2009 tour alongside Far East Movement, Dumbfoundead and more. Should fans expect another star-studded stage?
“With the tour back then, it’s not like we planned for guests to be there,” says Tablo. “We went there and we became friends with these people, it was a very organic development. We were freestyling together, just hanging out together. We’re like, ‘Hey, you want to do a couple songs at our show?’ And Dumbfoundead came along. Then Far East Movement just came with us to all our stops. I think that’s the way it should be. I guess when we’re at SXSW, if we make new friends and they’re down, we’re down, they can just come up and do their thing.” And Tablo’s dream cameo? “Hopefully Kanye West.”
Adds Mithra of the group’s evolution since their last U.S. shows, “If we were a tasty, ripen green apple five years ago during our performance in the States, we are now a very juicy, ripen red apple coming to you guys.”
Watch the full interview above to get more info on Epik High’s upcoming SXSW show along with info about new music (“Sometime this year,” Talbo teases), an upcoming U.S. tour (“We’re going to hit as many cities as possible, you’re going to find us somewhere nearby”), SXSW setlist (Hey, Taeyang fans!) and more.