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Eugene Ahn is an Asian American lawyer-turned-hip-hop artist. Since he quit his job in 2010, he’s released a ton of free geeky music online using the moniker Adam WarRock. Today he is launching his newest EP, Sozin’s Comet, based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series! Secret tunnels, Sokka styles, and yip yips for everyone!
Adam WarRock’s released a lot of themed EPs in the past like his Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, and Indiana Jones EPs. Like his past EPs, Sozin’s Comet is hosted online free for anyone to download. One of the seven songs is titled “The Last Airbender” which you can preview below!
We interviewed Adam WarRock about his latest creation and his newfound foray into Avatar fandom!
RACEBENDING.COM: Glad to see that you finally got around to watching the Avatar series! What did you think and what inspired you to create the EP?
ADAM WARROCK: I think it’s pretty obvious to say that I loved it. I’m still trying to process exactly where I put it in the pantheon of geeky things in my lifetime, but I honestly think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I haven’t been able to really stop thinking about it; or talking about it with friends. So of course I had to make some music about it.
RACEBENDING.COM: Water Tribe, Air Nomad, Earth Kingdom, or Fire Nation?
ADAM WARROCK: Fire Nation.
RACEBENDING.COM: Legend has it that you quit your job as a lawyer to become an independent musician full time. Now that you’re several years in, how has that experience been like for you?
ADAM WARROCK: It’s been amazing, but a lot of hard work and realigning your perspectives on the future, on what you want out of any kind of notoriety or attention, how to manage everything. The best has been getting to the point where I can start doing some good with what I do, trying to raise some awareness for good causes or working with students and younger people. For the first few years, you’re just so worried about making it and paying your bills, that I think it’s easy to lose sight of that.
RACEBENDING.COM: You’ve created a lot of geeky music about topics like Star Wars, Marvel, and even NPR’s Ira Glass, but you’ve also written some more personal songs about your experiences with geekdom (Andrew Garfield at ComicCon), defying racial stereotypes (Don Glover 4 Spider-man), and growing up Asian American (Angry Asian Man). What is your process for creating your music, particularly since you cover a huge range of subjects and moods?
ADAM WARROCK: I try to write every day, at least SOMETHING, so there always comes a point where I’m either out of geeky things to write about; or I just don’t feel like doing it anymore. So I try to write something personal, or meaningful to me, or mix it with some kind of geeky subject. But it’s that daily schedule of writing and recording, it lets you cover a broad range simply out of trying to avoid boring yourself.
RACEBENDING.COM: To use fandom parlance: Zutara or Kataang?
ADAM WARROCK: Okay, so I had no real idea about the fan culture of Avatar until recently, because I just tended to avoid it since I hadn’t seen the show. So when I watched the show, nothing was spoiled for me, I barely knew anything about it. And it’s hilarious, because my friends (who are longtime Avatar fans) were asking me about this question, and I was just like “uh, whaa?” I will say this: by far, Zuko is my favorite major character in the show. But for your specific question, I would answer Kataang.
RACEBENDING.COM: What do you hope Avatar fans get out of this EP?
ADAM WARROCK: I don’t think it’s so much that they get something out of it. I just hope that it lets people celebrate the show a little bit after the fact, and maybe make it my kind of penance/apology for taking so long to finally see it.