An audiophile hailing from Korea, Drake Go reviews a stunning range of audio products for his website, Bigheadfiler. And who better to review products and write about quality besides a writer for the Premium Headphone Guide KOREA, the definitive audio guide in the country
Drake’s audio journey was not exactly smooth sailing. Like many audiophiles with review sites, he started writing about his audio experiences out of his love for audio products.
Unlike most audiophiles though, Drake’s reviewer journey was inspired by another practical concern overlooked by hobbyists and retailers alike, his big head, with which his struggles were so well known that it earned him an interesting moniker from the Korean audio community.
Today we sit down for 10 questions with the embodiment of the Big-Head audio life, Drake Go of Bigheadfiler.
1) Why Bigheadfiler?
‘Bigheadfiler’ is a compound word of ‘Big head’, ‘head-fi’, ‘audiophile’ and ‘-er’. Every skull has its own different shape. And some people have suffered with their over-sized skulls. I am the one of them and want to share my experience to the public for better Big-Head life.
2) How did you enter the audio hobby?
I had been in a car accident and was spending a lot of time in the hospital 10 years ago. And I had to find something to keep me from becoming depressed during the rehabilitation. At that time, I was listening to a lot of music with audio gear, it was like my best friend and lover. It still is to me.
3) Tell us about your journey in the industry and how your site began.
I've shared my failed experiences in finding the right size headphones in South-Korean audio communities. They gave me the nickname ‘Mr. Failure’. From sharing my detailed experiences on my website, I have learned photography by myself and also sound-designing.
2 Years ago, ‘Premium Headphone Guide Korea’ magazine approached to me for co-working. After this happened, many companies approached me to shoot and review their products.
And I had to make my new name for studio work. This is how the ‘Bigheadfiler’ studio website born.
4) How do you think brands and retailers can better reach out to hobbyists?
I think brands and retailers need to approach to hobbyists’ “needs & wants” more simply. Many seem to spend a lot of time subdividing and caring about their own product line-ups when they could have saved this time to look after their consumers instead.
5) Desktop or portable?
I prefer a portable format. It gives less variation range and time for matching system. And, I can listen to it everywhere.
6) What is your favorite personal audio rig?
The Fostex T50rp mk3 headphone is my personal favorite, it has really really large size and fits me even when I’m wearing hats!
7) Your favorite audio spots around the world?
Akihabara city in Tokyo, Japan is my favorite spot. There is a fusion of audio and subculture that is a very interesting phenomenon to me.
8) What is the one indispensable device you have in your collection?
Chord Electronics Hugo DAC Amplifier is an essential device for my reviewing work without external power supply.
Well... it’s probably almost time to upgrade it to Hugo 2. (lol)
See more of Drake's writing and track his audio journey hear at bigheadfiler.com. You can also see some of beautifully shot and curated work on his Instagram account @mrotl.