Get to Know The First Generation K-Pop Group, Sechs Kies!

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The First Gen Group, Sechs Kies

If you’re one of the 90s K-pop kids, you must know Sechs Kies, a first generation boy group. Sechs Kies debuted on April 15, 1997, under Daesung Entertainment (now DSP Media) with six members. They were Eun Ji-won, Lee Jae-jin, Kim Jae-duck, Kang Sung-hoon, Ko Ji-yong, and Jang Su-won.

Not long after their debut, Sechs Kies became popular, and their songs were on the top on various music charts. Unfortunately, in the middle of their popularity on May 20, 2000, Sechs Kies announced that they would disband without explaining any reason. But, in 2016, Sechs Kies held a reunion concert and in the same year they signed a contract with YG Entertainment as Sechs Kies with 5 members, but now only 4 members are left.

Curious to find out more about Sechs Kies? Let’s check them out!

Profile and Facts

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Sechs Kies Fandom: Yellow Kies
Sechs Kies Fan Color: Yellow
Facebook: OfficialSECHSKIES
YouTube: Sechskies
V Line: channel

Jiwon

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Real Name/ Hangul: Eun Ji-won/ 은지원
Nick Name: G1, G, G-One, Eun Cho-ding, Matthew Eun, Kanshi
Date of Birth: June 8, 1978
Place of Birth: South Korea
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Blood Type: A
Education: Hawaiian Mission Academy
Occupation: Singer, rapper, actor, host, dancer, composer
Position (in Sechs Kies): Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist
Sub-unit: Black Kies
Agency: DSP Media, GYM Entertainment, YG Entertainment
Years Active: 1997-present
Ideal Type: a girl with a natural, fresh look, like Kim Ji-ho

  1. When Jiwon was studying abroad, he was scouted by DSP Ent along with Kang Sung-hoon
  2. Jiwon and Sunghoon were originally planned to debut as a duet
  3. Member of Clover, solo activities
  4. He was being named Kanshi because of his dark skin
  5. He used to be married in 2010 but divorced in 2012
  6. Jiwon’s favorite colors are black and white
  7. He likes to bite his nails

Jaejin

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Real Name/ Hangul: Lee Jae-jin / 이재진
Date of Birth: July 13, 1979
Place of Birth: Busan, South Korea
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Blood Type: O
Occupation: Singer, dancer
Position (in Sechs Kies): Main Dancer, Sub Rapper
Sub-unit: Black Kies
Agency: DSP Media, YG Entertainment
Years Active: 1997-present
Ideal Type: A cute girl

  1. Jaejin and Jaeduck were members of a dance crew called Quicksilver in Busan 20, 2000, wa and had submitted an audition tape to Daesung Entertainment
  2. He is the brother-in-law with YG Entertainment CEO, Yang Hyun-suk because Papa YG married her sister
  3. In 2008, he suffered from depression and almost committed suicide in the military
  4. His hobby is collecting various stuff
  5. Jaejin likes blue and yellow

Jaeduck

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Real Name/ Hangul: Kim Jae-duk /김재덕)
Nickname: Ducky
Date of Birth: August 7, 1979
Place of Birth: Busan, South Korea
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Blood Type: B
Occupation: singer, rapper, choreographer
Position (in Sechs Kies): Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer
Sub-unit: Black Kies
Agency: DSP Media, TN Nation Entertainment, YG Entertainment
Years Active: 1997-2000, 2002-present
Ideal Type: Kind girl, someone who catches his eyes the first time

  1. Jaeduck is a member of J-Walk, a duo with Jang Su-won after Sechs Kies disbandment in 2000
  2. Jaeduck likes to reading fan mails
  3. His favorite colors are black and white

Suwon

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Real Name/ Hangul: Jang Su-won / 장수원
Date of Birth: July 16, 1980
Place of Birth: South Korea
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 52 kg
Blood Type: A
Occupation: Singer
Position (in Sechs Kies): Sub Vocalist, Maknae
Sub-unit: White Kies
Agency: DSP Media, JS Entertainment, A&G Mods, YG Entertainment
Years Active: 1997-2000, 2002-present
Ideal Type: A Small, cute girl who has a lot of charm.

  1. Suwon was cast by Daesung Entertainment during an open audition
  2. Member of J-Walk
  3. Suwon is known for his robot acting
  4. He did Taekwondo
  5. He loves watching movies
  6. Suwon’s favorite colors are ivory and white
  7. His girlfriend is 13 years younger

Sunghoon

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Real Name/ Hangul: Kang Sung-hoon/ 강성훈
Nickname: Hoony, Ricky Kang, Koma
Date of Birth: February 22, 1980
Place of Birth: Seoul, South Korea
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Blood Type: B
Occupation: Singer
Position (in Sechs Kies): Main Vocalist, Visual
Sub-unit: White Kies
Agency: DSP Media, YG Entertainment
Years Active: 1997-present
Ideal type: A small and cute girl who would be interested in only him

  1. He was scouted by Daesung Entertainment along with Jiwon
  2. He likes listening to music
  3. His favorite colors were ivory, blue, and white

Jiyong (former member)

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Real Name/ Hangul: Ko Ji-yong /고지용
Date of Birth: July 1, 1980
Place of Birth:
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Blood Type: O
Family: wife, son, older sister
Occupation: singer, businessman
Position (in Sechs Kies): Lead Vocalist
Sub-unit: White Kies
Agency: DSP Media
Years Active: 1997-2000
Ideal Type: A girl who would love only him

  1. Jiyong got married to Heo Yang-lim in 2013
  2. He has a son named Seungjae and appeared with him on The Return of Superman
  3. He is Kang Sunghun’s childhood friend
  4. He was the final member of Sechs Kies
  5. He likes to skiing
  6. After Sechs Kies disbandment, he quit the entertainment industry to focus on business (non-celebrity life)

Discography

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Studio Albums

Album Released Date Label Formats
School Byeolgok  May 14, 1997 DSP Media CD
Welcome to the Sechkies Land November 1, 1997 DSP Media CD
Road Fighter July 15, 1998 DSP Media CD
Special Album October 30, 1998 DSP Media CD
Com’Back September 9, 1999 DSP Media CD
Another Light September 21, 2017 YG Entertainment CD, Digital download

Compilation Albums

Album Released Date Labels Formats
1020 Mix April 26, 1999 DSP Media CD
Blue Note May 31, 2000 DSP Media CD
2016 Re-Album December 1, 2016 YG Entertainment CD, Digital download
The 20th Anniversary April 28, 2017 YG Entertainment CD, Digital download

Music Videos

Year Title
1997 School Byeolgok (학원별곡)
The Way This Guy Lives – Pomsaengpomsa (사나이 가는 길 – 폼생폼사)
For you
1998 Road Fighter
Reckless Love (무모한 사랑)
Letting You Go (너를 보내며)
Couple (커플)
Prayer (기도)
1999 Hunch (예감)
Summer in love
2000 Thanks
2016 Three words (세 단어)
Couple (커플) New Ver.
2017 Be Well (아프지 마요)
Sad Song (슬픈 노래)
Something Special (특별해)
Smile (웃어줘)

Awards and Nominations

Year Awards
1997
  • 12th Korea Visual and Records Grand Prize Award (Golden Disc Awards), Bonsang
  • Seoul Music Awards, Bonsang
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, New Artist
  • KBS Music Awards, Bonsang
  • MBC Music Festival, Best 10 Artist Award
  • SBS Music Awards, Best 10 Artist Award
1998
  • 13th Korea Visual and Records Grand Prize Award (Golden Disc Awards), Bonsang
  • 9th Seoul Music Awards, Daesang (Shared With H.O.T.)
  • 9th Seoul Music Awards, Bonsang
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Popularity Award
  • KBS Music Awards, Artist Of The Year (Teen Category)
  • MBC Music Festival, Popularity Award (Voted By Under 30)
  • SBS Music Awards, Best 10 Artist Award
1999
  • 14th Korea Visual and Records Grand Prize Award (Golden Disc Awards), Bonsang
  • 10th Seoul Music Awards, Bonsang
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Bonsang
  • KBS Music Awards, Bonsang
  • MBC Music Festival, Best 10 Artist Award
  • SBS Music Awards, Best 10 Artist Award
2016
  • 8th Melon Music Awards, Hall of Fame
  • 31st Golden Disc Awards, Best Male Group Performance
  • 26th Seoul Music Awards, Bonsang
  • 6th Gaon Chart Music Awards, The Kpop Contribution of The Year
  • Star Wars Awards, Hall of Fame
2017
  • 2017 BOF Awards, The Legend Star
  • 2017 BOF Awards, Best Fandom (YellowKies)
  • 7th Gaon Chart Music Awards, Song of the Year – September
2018 2018 KBS Entertainment Awards, Popularity Award (Ko Jiyong, Ko Seungjae)

Disbandment

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Sechs Kies disbandment on May 20, 2000, was such a tragedy at the time. They disband without any explanation to the fans, resulting in various rumors spread which pursed on DSP Media high involvement. This made an unforgettable incident where at Sechs Kies last performance, reporter Jo Young-goo’s car was mistaken by fans as Lee Ho-yeon’s, the CEO of DSP, and the angry fans destroyed the car completely. Given the young age of fans, the reporter did not file a complaint against them, but Lee Ho-yeon paid him 11 million won as compensation.

After the disbandment, each member talked about it several times in various tv show. Most of them said that it would be best if they disband at the peak of their career, but Jaejin said that they actually wanted to change their agency but ended in disbandment.

Reunion and Signing with YG Entertainment

Through the variety show Infinity Challenge, Sechs Kies held the reunion concert after 16 years of their disbandment at Sangnam World Cup Stadium on April 30, 2016. Around 6,000 Yellow Kies attend that concert because they miss the legend so much. Besides that, Ko Ji-yong attendance made this concert more emotional since his hiatus from the entertainment industry to focus on business.

On May 11, 2016, YG Entertainment announced that Sechs Kies had signed contracts with the company without Ko Ji-young. Jaejin and Sunghoon also signed the individual contracts with YG Entertainment. After their signing with YG, in 2017 they launched album titled Another Light by involving YG teams like Epik High Tablo, WINNER Mino, and WINNER Seunghoon. Their songs back to peak the music charts.

Sunghoon’s Departure

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Previously, he was involved in some scandals. First, he was accused in fan meeting scam that stole money from Taiwanese fans. Taiwan’s media keeps bringing down Sunghoon to play the story. A rumor also spread that Sunghoon’s fans club, Hoony World, were the ones in charge of the fan meeting. Fans suspected Sunghoon and the club work together for this fan meeting scam, as Sunghoon rumored to be dating one of the Hoony World’s admin.

Due to the heat up situation, Kang Sunghoon released his statement. He said, “The company holding the event, Forever 2228, tried to continue with the event, even if it meant that we would be losing money. However, the Taiwanese company tricked us, so the Taiwanese government denied our visa applications. That’s the fact.” He continued, “I’ll continue to keep updated on this issue to make sure it gets resolved, so please don’t stress over this and wait for me to give you an update at a later time.” Well, let’s hope the truth will be revealed soon.

Not only that fan meeting scam, but Sunghoon was also caught up in more scandals. His ex-manager reported Sunghoon and his female stylist for breaking and entering his house. The situation seemed already settled down after the police arrived, but the witness said that Sunghoon and the stylist began harassing the ex-manager as soon as the police left, resulting the second batch of policemen to come again to the scene. The case continued in the term of law.

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The police discovered that the motivation behind Sunghoon’s case is his ex-manager is the key suspect in his recent fraud scandal, the fan meeting scam. Kang Sunghoon and his stylist had repeatedly requested to meet the ex-manager since he left the agency back in August.

Due to his scandals, Sunghoon was in indefinite hiatus. After the Sechs Kies members uploaded photos from their 2019 Season’s Greeting, the fans speculated Sunghoon’s departure because it only consisted of four members.

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Sunghoon also caught to unfollowed Sechs Kies members on Instagram, as well as Yang Hyun-suk’s. But, Jiwon and Suwon still follow him, while Jaeduck not following anyone and Jaejin doesn’t own Instagram account. Due to this rumors, YG Entertainment has not released the clarification yet because Sechs Kies are preparing for their concert.