Nugu Roundup #63 – Feel it Coming, It’s Knocking at the Door

Whats up and welcome to the most recent Nugu Roundup!

What is that this?: This can be a weekly characteristic designed to focus on the unknown/underappreciated teams and soloists working laborious within the Kpop world that usually fall below the radar. Please share your individual info, favourite efficiency movies, fanmeet tales, or anything related beneath!

Final week we acquired to know Black Swan by way of the historical past of Rania. This week let’s get to know a boy group who’s confronted some challenges on the corporate entrance however who’s powered by way of the adversity to maintain making nice music, let’s get to know KNK!

Have a look at the primary remark beneath for the winner of the seventeenth Nugu Roundup Album Giveaway, plus particulars on this week’s album up for grabs!

What’s Nugu?: Whereas in Korean it actually means ‘Who’ within the broader Kpop context it refers to teams which can be typically unknown amongst the higher public. It would not must imply they’re extraordinarily new, although it will possibly, and there are in fact various levels of ‘unknown’ which some teams having very sturdy area of interest fandoms and others being virtually invisible. I take a reasonably broad view and can embrace teams which may be recognized to some, however who haven’t got widespread title recognition.

Let’s get on with the present…



Who’re they?: KNK is a 5 member boy group at the moment below 220 Leisure. Their title stands for “Kpop KnocK” and indicated their want to ‘knock on the door’ of Kpop with their music. Their title can be translated as “Nice” or “Big”. Their fandom title is Tinkerbell, impressed by the Peter Pan character as they need their followers to guard them to assist them turn into nice.

Firm: 220 Leisure is a brand new company fashioned by former-YNB supervisor Dae-Jin Han. KNK is at the moment the one group the corporate represents. The group was previously below YNB Leisure, predominantly often known as the previous house of BESTie, however left on account of inside points inside YNB resulting in the corporate being unable to correctly characterize the group.

Full Group Interviews


  • Jihun

    • Place: Chief, Primary Dancer, Vocalist

    • Actual Title: Kim Jihun

    • Age: 25 (IA)

    • Details: He auditioned for Mixnine however didn’t cross the auditions. He’s tall for a Korean man at 6’1″ (188 cm). He’s a former Nega Community trainee. He’s expert at writing choreography and has choreographed the songs Keep, Gone, and Gravity for the group. He’s an enormous fan of Jung Joon-Il. He loves Zombie films, particularly Daybreak of the Lifeless. His most prized possession is his telephone. His favourite meals is grilled pork stomach. He can do comedic results in falsetto voice. He appeared within the drama “20th Century Boy and Lady”.

  • Seoham

    • Place: Primary Rapper, Vocalist

    • Actual Title: Park Seoham (modified from Park Seungjun, which had been modified from Park Gyeongbok)

    • Age: 27 (IA)

    • Details: He’s extraordinarily tall at 6’3″ (192cm). He participated in MixNine. He’s a former Large Hit and JYP Trainee, having skilled with the members of BTS and GOT7. It is mentioned he resembles the character ‘Shokupanman’ (actually White Bread Man) from the Japanese kids’s cartoon Anpanman. He’s an enormous Pokemon and Digimon fan. He is a fan of Beast, 2PM, and Taylor Swift. He likes studying Tolstoy. He has appeared in quite a lot of dramas together with “20th Century Boy and Lady”, “Don Quixote”, “Simply One Chew”, and “Important Love Tradition”. His favourite meals is beef.

  • Dongwon

    • Place: Rapper

    • Actual Title: Lee Dong Gained

    • Age: 26 (IA)

    • Details: He’s the most recent member of the group, having joined in 2018 after former member Youjin left on account of a panic dysfunction. He’s from Daegu in southern Korea and speaks within the regional dialect when along with his household. He’s a former FNC trainee the place he realized to play the guitar. He says whereas he was a trainee he injured his again and could not dance for some time and it was a really troublesome time questioning if he’d be capable to dance properly once more. He’s good at doing his personal hair however very unhealthy at doing anybody else’s.

  • Inseong

    • Place: Primary Vocalist

    • Actual Title: Jeong Inseong

    • Age: 26 (IA)

    • Details: He’s a former Large Hit and FNC Trainee. He competed in MixNine. He appeared on the Duet Tune Pageant with “Korean Madonna” Kim Wanseon (Hyperlink). He appeared in BESTie’s Excuse Me MV (hyperlink) together with Seoham. He was a aggressive swimmer at school. His desire is for cuter songs. His favourite KNK tune is Confession as a result of the tune’s composer Kim Taejoo requested the group to sing it at his marriage ceremony. He’s a fan of the Marvel films. He collects Legos and may play the piano. He appeared on the internet drama “20th Century Boy and Lady” and within the musical “All Eyes On Me”.

  • Heejun

    • Place: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae

    • Actual Title: Oh Heejun

    • Age: 24 (IA)

    • Details: He’s a former FNC Trainee the place he skilled to turn into a part of a band idea group and may play the guitar. He says he was recruited by FNC by way of the Korean social networking service Cyworld and initially thought it was a rip-off. He competed in MixNine. He has participated within the writing and composition of the KNK songs Tonight and Really feel So Good. He performed soccer by way of faculty till he was injured and needed to cease. He says his supreme kind of girl is Amanda Seyfried. His favourite films are “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts” and “Bruce Almighty”. He appeared within the drama “20th Century Boy and Lady”.

Debut: March third, 2016 with Knock (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Dance Apply (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: Described as a ‘hybrid’ tune that mixes orchestral parts much like a film soundtrack with electrical rock guitar, that is the title observe of the group’s first single album “Knock”. Some attention-grabbing parts within the songwriting are sadly let down by subpar mixing/mastering that leaves it sounding a bit muddy and compressed (the reside model is considerably higher).

  • Producers/Composers: Butterfly (Gugudan – Wonderland, April – Dream Sweet, Forestella – Collectively)

First Comeback: June 2nd, 2016 with Again Once more (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Dance Apply (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The lead single from the group’s first EP “Awake” the tune is described by the corporate as “dance tune with a mushy home tempo” however that does not do it justice IMO. With audio manufacturing leaps and bounds improved from their debut, the tune itself encompasses a driving pulse and nice songwriting with a melodic line that flows fantastically from the verse by way of the pre-chorus into the emotionally highly effective refrain. A phenomenal bridge and a few almost-a-capella moments enable the vocals to be highlighted in a tune that fortunately resisted the traits in direction of extreme choppyness and random lure breaks that have been turning into widespread on the time.

  • Composers/Producers: Kim Taejoo (BEAST – Shadow, EXID – Suppose About, Velocity – It is Over)

  • Trivia: The group launched the tune I Keep in mind (audio) Reside Stage (Hyperlink), a fairly R&B ballad, as a digital single pre-lease earlier than this EP, the place it exhibits up as a b-side. They later promoted the b-side from this album Gone (one other very fairly R&B ballad) in reside levels (hyperlink). The choreography for Gone was made by group member Jihun (dance observe).

Second Comeback: November 17th, 2016 with U (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Dance Apply (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The lead single from the group’s second EP “Stay” the corporate says that is an “R&B dance tune primarily based on Future Bass” with “lyrics written just for ladies”. Succumbing to a number of the traits on the time it would not really feel fairly as cohesive as Again Once more to me, however the members do nonetheless some very good vocal moments.

  • Composers/Producers: Kim Taejoo (see above)

  • Trivia: The launched MV for U is a efficiency dance video, nonetheless an actual MV was apparently filmed, however scrapped on the final minute as the corporate felt the standard of it wasn’t as much as par and could not be salvaged and didn’t need to spend money on refilming it. Members of the group participated within the lyric writing and composition of a number of the songs on this album with member Heejun writing lyrics and music for Tonight (audio) and former member Youjin taking part in lyric and music writing for Goodbye (audio). Member Jihun as soon as once more confirmed his choreography abilities with the b-side Keep (dance observe).

Third Comeback: Could 25th, 2017 with Solar Moon Star (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Dance Apply (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The promoted single from the group’s second single album “Gravity”, that is an R&B ballad evaluating the orbits of the solar moon and stars to 2 lovers after they’ve damaged up. An actual string orchestra was used within the recording of the musical accompaniment.

  • Composers/Producers: Kim Taejoo (see above)

  • Trivia: Member Jihun as soon as once more choreographed the dance for this tune.

Third Comeback Half 2: July 20th, 2017 with Rain (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Efficiency Video (Hyperlink) Dance Apply (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The title observe for the group’s third EP “Gravity, Accomplished” (a repackage of their earlier single album “Gravity”) this moody and intense soulful R&B ballad options some nice saxwork within the background and wonderful use of atmospheric sounds with rain and water coming and going within the audio. The tune is in regards to the melancholy emotions of a pair separating in a darkish wet evening. You should definitely take a look at the reside stage and efficiency video for some very cool umbrella prop choreography.

  • Composers/Producers: Kim Taejoo (see above)

  • Trivia: Group members as soon as once more acquired to assist write a number of the b-sides on this album with member Heejun receiving lyrics and composition credit for Really feel So Good (audio) and former member Youjin receiving the identical for Goodnight (audio).

Unit Interlude: April 28th, 2018 with Nearer (audio) Reside Efficiency (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: A particular digital single that includes the group’s vocal line of Inseong, Jihun, and Heejun, this lovely vocal-driven ballad was not promoted on Korean music exhibits however did see reside performances. Throughout the virtually full yr between this and their earlier comeback the group had launched a Japanese album, auditioned-for/competed-in MixNine, and brought half within the drama “20th Century Boy and Lady”. This marked the primary departure from composer Kim Taejoo for the group, turning to Korean R&B singer-songwriter 40.

  • Composers/Producers: 40 ( – My Day With out You, 40 – Blanket, Boni – It Hurts)

Fourth Comeback: January seventh, 2019 with Lonely Night time (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Choreography Video (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The lead from the group’s third single album “Lonely Night time” this mid-tempo R&B/hip-hop tune options some cool retro brass synths and a catchy refrain. This was billed because the rebirth of the group and the start of their 2nd act.

  • Composers/Producers: Kim Taejoo (see above)

  • Trivia: This was the primary launch for the group with out former member Youjin, and with new member Dongwon. It was additionally the primary launch below the group’s new firm 220 Leisure after leaving YNB.

Fifth Comeback: July 15th, 2019 with Sundown (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Efficiency Video (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The lead from the group’s fourth single album “KNK S/S Assortment” this marks a serious shift within the group’s musical route with one other departure from Kim Taejoo for a darkish deep home/disco/vogue impressed tune full with an understatedly intense and attractive MV. Describing the emotions of a person captivated by love at first sight the retro parts on this tune virtually trace at a little bit of synthwave combining with the membership beats for a tune that is recent and invigorating for the group.

  • Composers/Producers: Stranger (낯선) (KARD – Hola Hola, Berry Good – Do not Consider, Soya – Y-Shirt), Dalgui (ZSun – Ah Yah So Good, KARD – Trip the Wind, Holland – I am Not Afraid), DONO (DONGKIZ – Lupin, KARD – Moonlight, Uno Buckx – Wave)

Most Latest Comeback: September 17th, 2020 with Trip (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Choreography Video (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The lead single from the group’s third EP “KNK Airline” this marks one other musical departure because the group has begun to experiment extra of their type. That includes a wide range of rhythms and disparate musical motifs tied collectively by way of a driving percussion observe there’s quite a bit happening however it manages to be extra cohesive than many such songs are.

  • Composers/Producers: The HUB (Brian U, Enan, Jacon Aaron, Frankie Day) (XUM – Lip Gloss, Astro – Knock, Moonbin & Sanha – Eyez on You), Charlotte Wilson (ITZY – Not Shy, Kang Daniel – Runaway, The Boyz – Butterfly)

YouTube Channel: KNK Official

Random Stuff

Trivia: The group is on the extraordinarily tall facet for a kpop boy group, with 4 of the 5 members being 6’1″ or taller and the shortest member being 5’11”. The group’s CEO was initially towards the title KNK for the group and different names thought-about included Mugunghwa (the Korean title of the Hibiscus flower), 5 Boys, Suggestions, Climax, To the O, Officers, Kaiser, and Royal. The members collaborated with BESTie fairly a bit early-on, together with two members options in BESTie’s Excuse Me MV, performing as backup dancers for BESTie reside levels, and members Jihun, Seoham, and former member Youjin showing in BESTie’s Zzang Christmas MV (Hyperlink). The group modified their official colours from gold and silver to a number of shades of pink which drew some backlash from APink followers who felt the brand new colours have been too much like APink’s. The group has been chosen because the official promotional fashions for well being meals model Key & G. The group has carried out internationally in Japan, Europe, and the USA.




Who’s she?: Kiara is a brand new soloist and the one artist below new firm EZ Leisure.

Actual Title: Baek Jin-Ju

Age: 22 (IA)

Debut: January 18th, 2020 with Boss (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Dance Apply (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: Her first digital single, this aggressively lady crush tune options some enjoyable synthwork, a drop harking back to CLC’s Me, and a cool dance break instrumental change-up following the bridge. The corporate states that “Kiara’s ‘Boss’ efficiency expresses an environment by which sensual and pure types coexist from a lady’s progressive perspective”.

  • Composers/Producers: Search engine marketing Jaehyuk (서재혁) (Han Summer time – Retro Sizzling, Baek Chung-Ang – Farewell Appears to be a Star, Resurrection – Glow), Fizzy Echo (Dino.T – Curse)

Most Latest Comeback: October 10th, 2020 with Tomboy (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink) Choreography Video (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: Her second digital single, that includes a mix of funky rhythm guitar and staccato vocals with a fats dubstep drop that does not sound prefer it ought to work however by some means does, this continues along with her lady crush picture and one other very polished wanting MV with one other enjoyable dance break.

  • Composeres/Producers: Search engine marketing Jaehyuk (서재혁) (see above), Fizzy Echo (see above), Purple J (Rockim – Do not Give It Up, Jimmi – Moonlight, Minkat – Bermuda)

YouTube Channel: Kiara Official

Random Stuff

Trivia: Whereas she has a European look she is pure Korean. She is a fan of pizza, hen, and chocolate. She would not communicate a lot English and prefers to not communicate in any respect, so want to be on a spread present that is about doing challenges somewhat than speaking.



A Practice to Autumn

Who have been they?: A 4 member vocal-ballad lady group below Dice Leisure. The group was named by Dice Leisure Co-Founder and former Chairman Seung-sung Hong. The title was supposed to offer the impression of listening to their stress-free music whereas on a gradual shifting prepare through the autumn watching the panorama change.

Pre-Debut Launch: July 15th, 2018 with Watercolor of a Wet Day (audio)

  • Tune: That includes two unrevealed male vocalists this was a remake of a tune from the Korean film of the identical title which was launched in 1989. The tune is meant to offer the impression of how strolling round within the rain the surroundings blurs away simply as your troubles can blur away when viewing them from a distance at a leisurely tempo. Stunning vocals and a lightweight bossa nova acoustic instrumental make this a soothing pay attention.

  • Composers/Producers: Kang In-Gained (Kang In-Gained – Endlessly Dokdo, Kwon In-Ha – This Ugly Love, Im Byungsoo – Your Title)

Debut: November 11th, 2018 with That Season You Had been In (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The group’s first digital single, that is one other fantastically rendered emotional ballad. Kino of Pentagon participated in writing the lyrics for this. The official firm assertion of the tune paints a fairly image “Each season is particular. As if at the moment’s fallen leaves are new pink, and tomorrow’s sky boasts one other greenery. The seasons full of recollections of family members, meanly, return yearly. The breakup that everybody has skilled at the very least as soon as, the nice recollections that I bear in mind once more when the season of such breakup approached. Now they sing quietly as if representing the hearts of everybody who desires to turn into uninteresting in that season.”

  • Composers/Producers: Wild Boar (멧돼지 ) (Rachel – Daybreak Arirang, Kim Gyurang – Do not Give Me That, Cheetah – Fashion Eating regimen), Kim Taehong (Xst – Tremendous, M.Fect – Designer, Monika – Will It Get Higher)

First Comeback: February 25th, 2019 with Farewell Once more (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The group’s second digital single, one other lovely ballad, this time a breakup tune, with properly crafted orchestral accompaniment. Dice introduced with this launch that every of the group’s releases can be tied to the following in order that they may all stream seamlessly from one to the following.

  • Composers/Producers: Ahn Youngmin (Tune Ha Ye – Say Goodbye, Shannon – Like This Night time, Wheesung – Causes for Ready)

Ultimate Comeback: April 29th, 2019 with Spring Rain (MV) Reside Stage (Hyperlink)

  • Tune: The group’s third and ultimate digital single, this tells the story of reminiscing about strolling along with your love within the rain. Easy accompaniment of acoustic guitar and piano was designed to permit the group’s vocals to shine by way of purely.

  • Composers/Producers: Mospick (IZ*ONE – Secret Story of the Swan, BVNDIT – Jungle, Golden Little one – Pump it Up)

Energetic Between: November fifth, 2018 – Someday in 2020

Causes for Disbanding: Regardless of Korea’s love for ballads, and having huge title composers write their songs (together with a number of Golden-Disc and Bonsang winners) the group by no means took off, failing to chart meaningfully and certain disappointing Dice’s beancounters. Whereas the group did launch two OST recordings after their final regular launch, they have been quietly faraway from Dice’s web site this yr.

Random Stuff

Trivia: Surprisingly for a gaggle from an organization with the assets of Dice, little or no is thought about them. Dice did little promotion earlier than their debut, simply dropping their first digital single with no fanfare. Members of the group attended Dong-A College learning sensible music. After the group disbanded member Ahyoung competed in The Voice Korea. Member Subin had studied to be a voice actor previous to becoming a member of the group. The group had said that their function fashions have been BtoB and needed to turn into a gaggle like them. Apart from member Soobin, who was recruited after being seen at a highschool singing competitors, the opposite members have been all solid by way of a blind vocal audition.


That is it for at the moment, let’s get the dialogue on!

As all the time, when you have any recommendations for teams, content material, or belongings you’d prefer to see, please let me know within the feedback beneath.

Additionally as all the time, an enormous shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding r/nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for persevering with the work over there.


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