Classical Musicians React: Samuel Seo ‘Happy Avocado’

By | August 24, 2019

Henry: Oh! Papa! Yah! Yeah! Oh, my God! Stephen: ‘Happy Avocado’.
Seiji: Hey, we’re from California. Umu: Ohhhhh!!
Stephen: Man, I think avocados are gross. I’m gonna say this. I do not like…yep, I know. I know. I’ve tried ’em. Umu: Out!
Stephen: I’ve tried them. Umu: OUT!!
Stephen: I do not like guacamole. Umu: You are now reacting to a Korean artist named Samuel Seo. So he specializes in many genres but mainly hip-hop and R&B. This track is called ‘Happy Avocado’, which was written and composed by him, and he tracked every single thing in there except for the guitar.
Aaron: No way! Umu: In this song, he expresses how the small things in life can make us happy. Henry: Yeah.
Elizabeth: Avocados do you make me happy.
Henry: Avocados make me extremely happy. Elizabeth: I have not had an avocado in so long. Henry: Oh, I know. I could bite into an avocado, skin and all. Umu: That’s a little weird. James: Love it. Already is good in my book Melissa: Ahh! It’s so positive already. Isaac: Is that a voice? (imitating music) Henry: Playing Diablo? Elizabeth: I love vegetables. Stephen: Okay, the guitar voicing sounds kind of weird to me–they’re just not what you’d normally hear. So it’s just kind of odd.
Seiji: Yeah, that studio musician should have gone to someone else. Sephen: No, that’s not what I meant!
Seiji: Thanks, Stephen! Melissa: Do you hear that second in the guitar? There’s like a major second in the guitar.
James: Yeah. Kevin: Okay, now we have more fleshed-out chords. Why does…this sounds like a cooking song. Fiona: (mimicking guitar) That sounds like the last sixteenth note of the beat. Jarod: Yeah! Henry: This hand percussion is awesome.
Elizabeth: It sounds like there’s clapping in there. The bass playing is… Oh!! Papa! Yah! Yeah! Oh, my God! Yah! This is really good! Stephen: That was a nice drum like, beat and rhythm, like it was kind of swinging, which was nice. Seiji: Kind of like an ostinato line in the singing, which is kind of cool.
Stephen: Yeah. Aaron: Okay.
Fiona: The rhythm he’s taking us on is like…. It like…it’s so cyclical. Henry: Oh, they bring it in! Aaah!!
Elizabeth: Yeah, okay, there’s definitely…. it feels almost Latin-inspired–like the the interplay of the, and instrumentation of the percussion. James: Really cool guitar riffs. Ooh! Yeah! Henry: Listen to that drumming! It’s so tight! The bass playing is so good! And the hand percussion is SICK!! James: Just the the vocal harmony, like the chords,
Melissa: Yeah.
James: is really cool. Melissa: Yeah, there’s a lot of like…a lot of the music comes from the humming, like harmonies. But his actual solo part, it’s very spoken, like not very melodic. Kevin: Yeah, this is a more wild, free style of jazz. I think it’s very fresh. Fiona: The vocals are so cool! There’s just so much stuff going on that came out of nowhere.
Aaron: I like the singsong voice, in combo with the singing.
Fiona: Yeah!
Aaron: I think that’s really cool. Oh, my God. Is that his breakfast? James: I love the ending. Melissa:Oh
James: Ooh. Melissa: It’s like, fading.
James: Just winding down.
Melissa: Yeah. Wait, I love… Okay, I have a thing to say: So like, you know how some songs, they fade out and get quieter and quieter until they just die off? I hate when songs do that, because I think it’s such a lazy ending. It’s like, oh, I didn’t want to commit to a chord to end on, so I faded out. But like, this is like more of a rhythmic, like a tempo fade-out, like it just kind of gets slower and slower until it ends, so it’s just like a really creative like play on the fade-out, which is overused and dumb.
James: Yeah. Melissa: But this is like a cool fade-out, cuz like it’s legitimately acoustically done with like the rhythms are literally getting slower, so it feels like it’s fading.
James: Yeah, no, I would agree. I mean, I liked that little wind down. I don’t think fade-outs are overused or dumb, but that’s a conversation for another day. He reminds me of Beyonce. Not musically at all, but
Melissa: The vibe.
James: this usually happens with solo artists in particular, who are multi-talented or who work to be – I hate that word, talented – who work to be
Melissa: Multi-skilled.
James: to be multifaceted in their musical expression. He has his fingers in everything, and I can tell, not only because Umu told us that he’s playing most of the instruments, but I can just tell that he’s very invested in his craft and his product and what he puts out, and I really admire that Beyonce–like, that’s why I’m making that connection, is Beyonce’s also one of those people. She goes nuts, and she has her fingers in the editing and like everything you could imagine–the choreo, everything. So, I really appreciate that kind of effort from him, especially as a solo artist. Honest to God, like watching the video, I was like, food porn food, food porn, food porn,
Umu: Yeah, yeah! It’s hard! James: but I was listening to the music.
Melissa: I’m so hungry. James: I was listening to the music, and it was great.
Melissa: I’m just hungry.
James: It was it was really fun. Kevin: All right.
Isaac: Geez. Kevin: Wow. It gets to its destination very linearly. Like the same sort of percussion groove, sometimes he removes it, sometimes it gets it back. And sometimes the chords get more colorful, sometimes just a C suspended, going to a G major, which is really satisfying. Isaac: It was just like visually appealing, and also the music was very smooth. Kevin: The BPM of this song is actually quite fast, but the song yet feels so chill, which I think it is something that jazz is good for. You can have very chill jazz that’s very fast.
Isaac: Um-hmm. You have very chill jazz that has the musicians doing very intense stuff, but still chill. Like, (imitating drums) the drums are going crazy but it’s all light, and all the instruments come in, like the bassist is looking at everybody like…
Isaac: boom, boom, boom, boom
Kevin: I mean, this is not that type of song.
Isaac: Yeah. It’s not as intensive in that sense, but chill songs, chill fast jazz songs are a mood that I really like. My question is–and I know everyone who has seen this video has this question: Diablo 2 or Diablo 3? Answer me. Samuel Seo: I just wanted to express that happiness is nothing fancy. We don’t need a fancy ride to be happy, all we need is just something we like, all that little things that we feel happy about, you know what I mean?
Umu: Yes!
Samuel: And Diablo 2 was one of the elements. Umu: Ooh! Fiona: Wow, that was really fun. And it just kept adding more stuff. Just like the meal itself that he was creating Aaron: Oh, yeah.
Fiona: Like the vocal, like (singing)
Aaron: (singing) Fiona: Like that came in, and then it was like, his meal was over, it slowed down cuz he was really tired and full. Aaron: I really enjoyed the like,
Fiona: That guitar. cycling that you kind of felt, like,
Fiona: (singing) Aaron: it was like waves of just like kind of ease.
Fiona: Yeah.
Aaron: I liked that, and think that’s a hard mood to create. Especially with like each, in the beginning, the guitar part–like setting each bar into motion, because you have like, sustained notes, and then like the da-dun, da-dun, kind of like moves us forward. That’s really cool. Jarod: That was really awesome. It was very genuine, very true lyric-wise. Well, yeah, obviously, music and instrumentation-wise, you know, it was really just self-expression.
Collin: It was light-hearted. Jarod: Yeah, well he wanted to play out. Yeah,
if he was in a slump, he goes, I’m just gonna do something for me. That’s exactly how you do it, you know? Playing Diablo, peeling avocado. Two of probably my favorite verses that I’ve heard thus far, because it’s just so, you know, uniquely him. Stephen: The places that it went, like some of the grooves and stuff, it wasn’t just like your standard you know, now we’re at the chorus, or you know, it’s gonna be like this really big, driving dance beat, with like this instrument two and four, you know. Really weird way he orchestrated some of the rhythms and grooves on the kit, or percussion in general. Like with the toms and not really any snare drum, or just staying on the hi-hat, you know. Just different things like that, that just, it sounds cool. Henry: Yeah, it was really good. Umu: Yeah, okay, do you want to talk about why you like it so much, Henry? Henry: I did already.
Umu: No, you didn’t. Henry: Yeah, I did, in the song.
Umu: Just say it again. Henry: Okay.
Elizabeth: No, you just screamed really loudly.
Umu: It was like, YASSSSS
Elizabeth: And then turned it up really loud. Henry: Oh, I guess you’re kinda right about that. My brain was like, oh, but the..and the …oh…ummmm.. And that was my reaction. The bassline was really interesting, very obviously written by a pianist–I knew it. The drumming was groovy. The hand percussion was sick. The texture was awesome. It was mixed well, and I liked everything about it. And the food looks tasty.
Elizabeth: Yeah, it took us a full minute before we realized there was a song. Umu: Yeah, you know what, I was like, oh, guys? Guys?
Henry: And then once we realized there was a song, I was like I was like….so.
Elizabeth: It was like, oh, wait, there’s music. Oh, wait, it’s interesting music, wait a minute. Hello everyone, I’m Umu, React to the K channel creator, and I’d like to thank you for watching this video. I really hope you enjoyed or learned something from it If you’d like to support us or help React to the K grow, you can do so by visiting our Patreon and help us out by pledging any amount you can. Big tip of the hat to our Superstar Idol patrons. Thanks for the love. ‘Til next time.

84 thoughts on “Classical Musicians React: Samuel Seo ‘Happy Avocado’

  1. Enni Hartikainen Post author

    omg yes i’ve been waiting for this ever since i saw this on the list!!

  2. ᄋᄋ Post author

    Plz react k-indie band 'the black skirt' new song 'queen of diamonds '

  3. Nor Eryna Post author

    Please react to chanyeol & punch – stay with me (ost goblin) 🙏

  4. Nazareno Chaves Post author

    Hi Umu and Reacttothek sorry if im rude but i'd appreciate if u react to Hwasa's (Mamamoo member) new song "Twit"

  5. STORYTELLER from KOREA Post author

    Never been so fast… the english sub isn't even here yet…. whaaaaat……

  6. Liberalz Post author


  7. Alexander McLaughlin Post author

    Gordon Ramsay and Alton Brown can eat their hearts out: Samuel Seo is clearly best chef.

    Also Insert “Fre Shavocado” comment here.

  8. insouth Post author

    Thank you so much for this reaction T-T Samuel Seo is soooo underrate…

  9. 1234 567 Post author

    please react IU's Last Fantasy… If you guys reacted this song, please comment for me😢 I really wanna see

  10. AlleyBetwixt Post author

    D2, of course, Kevin! Not even sure if I'd say LoD. I played D2 through almost all my teenage years. And also ate a lot of avocado. This song instantly became my jam when released.

  11. Samuel Jones Post author

    Fadeouts are not overused and dumb. They're a soul/R&B staple. They're an artistic choice. MJ, one of the best modern musicians, for example, used them all the time.

  12. aquariol Post author

    Thanks for reacting to Samuel Seo! Could you react to Giriboy please?

  13. 신태리 Post author

    PLEASE YOU NEED TO REACT TO SOHYANG'S LEAN ON ME, ARIRANG ALONE, I HAVE NOTHING, YOU RAISED ME UP. EVERY SINGLE LIVE PERFORMANCE SHE DOES IS LITERALLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ONE 🙁 She is a Christian singer known for her controlled, skillful, and developed voice. I'll very thankful if u keep her on mind for a future reaction. <3

  14. Lê Xuân Tùng Post author

    Not too relevant but Collin is KILLING the outfit game ughh i want his sweater/cardigan !!!

  15. Annabelle Lee Post author

    Umu you should have the vocalists react to a show called "Vocal Play!" It's so cool and the majority of the performances are acapella. There is even a dude with a crazy low voice

  16. Korean Chingu with love. Post author

    Please react to his new single 'I hate holidays', it's coming out tomorrow ^^

  17. Layla billet Post author

    Can you please react to Dreamcatcher Piri and Itzy Dalla Dalla!!!!

    Btw love you guys soooo much ❤️❤️❤️

  18. Laurenze Gaming Post author

    Try reacting to Leessang songs like “Turn off the tv”

  19. stella ana Post author

    Hei, Taemin's 2nd mini album has been released. 'Want' is the title track and the genre is called 'space disco'. Please do react to Taemin's new songs, I mean if you have time please do react to the rest of his new songs.

  20. huangcjz Post author

    Damn , who knew that Seiji could be so savage when he looks like such an angel? He looks smart in that shirt though, it suits him. 🙂 Also, is Collin going for a John Lennon look now, or?

  21. ladypierre09 Post author

    I am not sure if you guys ever reacted to Jung In but I would definitely recommend her!!! she is amazing and her voice is just one of a kind, truly one of a kind.

  22. Bea Mateo - skyewinder123 Post author

    I went to high school with seiji this is ?????

  23. j연희 Post author

    can you react to dreamcatcher's new song PIRI please? thank you so much

  24. kim soo Post author

    can you do "classical musicians" reaction for infinite "clock" mv there's only reactions for their old stuff

  25. nomurida Post author

    Please react to This is War by MBLAQ, Through the Night by IU and Before the Dawn by INFINITE!!! I know it will make some great reactions and commentary and I’d love to see it 🙂 x

  26. spawnymint Post author

    I LOVE THIS SONG, thank you Umu for recommending this song! I'm so frickin excited to see this reaction LMAO henry in the beginning ult bias

  27. gfriend stan Post author

    Reacttothek can you please react to Gfriend's la pam pam? Btw Happy Valentines day to all the reactors and creators of these videos 💞

  28. Wiccan Post author

    Please react to Itzy's Dalla Dalla! People have a lot of opinions about the song and I'm curious about what you're gonna think, though I'm afraid you may think it's terrible or something since some people say it's badly produced…

  29. Jerry Connors Post author

    Lowkey disappointed an Umu Dreamcatcher 'Piri' review/analysis hasn't been posted yet 🙂

  30. Juan Diego Alvarado Post author

    please react to rose from blackpink eyes closed cover

  31. Lauren Almeida Post author

    stephen, i'm in your team cuz i hate avocado too, just look them make me feel uncomfortable so i can totally relate
    let's be honest, it looks like baby's poop

  32. Lauren Almeida Post author

    HENRY I MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!
    it's such a shame that you don't react to now or never, i really waited for that 💔

  33. haise's banana Post author


  34. Jay Walker Post author

    That one dislike is from the avocado being eaten by Samuel

  35. Joy Peng Post author

    Please react to JYP’s new girl group ITZY and their debut song DALLA DALLA

  36. brianna perez Post author

    Would you be able to react to EXO’s black pearl? Or El Dorado? Unless… you already did?? And especially Taemins new song Want!!

  37. Reverlous Hizkia Post author

    Please react to FTISLAND – Love Sick(사랑앓이) (With Kim Na Young(김나영)) MV

  38. 김지현 Post author
    Could you guy's react to this song??? The song was inspired by the movie '왕의 남자' It's a song written from the point of view of Yeonsan, so look below as an explanation of Yeonsan. I really like this song, so I hope you guys react. Thank you.
    king Yeonsan is a hardhanded ruler, but he had too sad bygone.
    king Yeonsan's mother was the queen of Joseon. but, king(Yeonsan's father) loved other women.(The king was  an extreme itinerant ) So queen was consumed with jealousy. But, king's mother didn't like her so she fell into a snare by the king's mother and other power groups and the king bestowed poison as a death penalty.
    And king Yeonsan didn't know anything because he was young.  
    So… he was raised by a new queen. 
    But, the New Queen didn't loved him and because of that, he wandered. he could have not became a king because the king's mother didn't like him 
    but, because king really loved the former Queen and of rule, after all he became a king and he finally finds out the reason that he was hated in the palace And the former queen's mother, who was still alive until that time, gives King Yeonsan a bloodstained cloth which the queen left for her son so that he gets to know about her in the future and revenge and he starts revenge of his mother's death. 
    in early his period, his politics were  very fine but… after that, he became crazy. a lot of people were dead by king Yeonsan. And… finally… he died tragically.

  39. iNDiGO.i Post author

    사무엘형을 리뷰하다니……

  40. HMKBC Squad Post author

    Bro I found this song so stupid in a good way I was laughing the entire time it was not what I expected it to be 😂😂

  41. Ariel O'Gwin Post author


  42. Hivecliff Post author

    This made me so happy!! This is my chill song!! Its like, I hace to stop to overthink everything and chill a little then I put this song and everything is fine!!!

  43. rachel mcneill Post author

    I absolutely love him, and not loads of people react to him so this makes me soo happy, if you liked this you should react to New Dress Girl or Make up Love .

  44. Meyra M. Post author

    You guys should see him doing it live


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