Kim Chang-wan’s Band
Kim Chang-wan along with his younger brothers Kim Chang-hoon and Kim Chang-ik began composing music during their mid-teens and formed the band Mui when they were college students. The three brothers are all from a prestigious university. Kim Chang-wan graduated from Seoul National University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Natural Fiber of Agriculture, Kim Chang-hoon graduated from Seoul National University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Food Engineering, and Kim Chang-ik graduated from Korea University with a Bachelor’s degree of Mechanical Engineering. All three brothers did not learn music formally.
After Kim Chang-wan graduated in 1975, they went professional and changed their band’s name to Sanulrim, meaning Mountain Echo. In 1977, with Kim Chang-wan as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Kim Chang Hoon on rhythm guitar, bass, and keyboards, and Kim Chang-ik on drums, they made their debut and released their first album What, Already? which became a critical and commercial success.
The band’s psychedelic rock/hard rock sound (reminiscent of the Sex Pistols) was music Koreans had not heard before, and Sanulrim revitalized the Korean music scene which was currently devastated after several major musicians were arrested for marijuana possession in the 1970’s. Then, they released their albums and so on. In 1979, Sanulrim temporarily suspended group activities due to Kim Chang-won and Kim Chang-hoon’s army services. Kim Chang-hwan’s younger brothers Kim Chang-hoon and Kim Chang-ik chose to become workers, and this is the reason the band was dismantled in 1983.
Kim Chang Ik worked for Daewoo Motors in 1983 and then left the company in 1997 due to the financial crisis. Then, he immigrated to Canada and worked as a director of a food wholesaler in Vancouver, Canada. On January 29, 2008, Kim Chang-ik had an accident. He was seriously injured by a forklift and was immediately taken to the hospital but died from excessive bleeding. The band Sanulrim disbanded after his death.
In 2008, Kim Chang-wan founded the eponymous Kim Chang Wan Band with himself on vocals and guitar, keyboardist Lee Sang Hoon, bassist Choi Won Sik, drummer Kang Yoon Gi, and songwriter and guitarist Yeom Min Yeol. They released their debut EP The Happiest in November 2008. And, in December 2008, a concert titled It’s Happiness Because of Kim Chang-wan commemorating the release of the EP was held. In September 2009, they released their first album Bus and participated in various rock festivals. Then, they released several EPs. Kim Chang-wan also contributes to OST soundtracks and collaborates with younger artists such as IU.