All About Producer Bang Shi-hyuk
Bang Shi-hyuk is a South Korean composer, songwriter, record producer, and also the CEO and founder of Big Hit Entertainment. Bang Shi-hyuk’s popularity is parallel with the successful boy-group from his agency, BTS. Both Bang Shi-hyuk and BTS are internationally popular among A.R.M.Y (BTS fans). However, before BTS successful in the industry, Bang Shi-hyuk had already collaborated with many famous Korean singers and even formed the duo “Hitman” with JYP Entertainment’s CEO and founder, Park Jin-young. Always hidden behind the success of BTS and Big Hit Entertainment, Bang Shi-hyuk has a lot of hidden stories which are well worth sharing. Let’s find out more about Bang Shi-hyuk PD-nim.
Profile and Facts of Bang Shi-hyuk
Real Name: Bang Shi-hyuk
Nickname: “Hitman” Bang
Birthday: August 9, 1972
Origin: South Korea
Education: Kyunggi High School | Seoul National University
Occupation: Composer, Songwriter, Record Producer, CEO
Years Active: 1994 – Present
Known for: CEO and founder of Big Hit Entertainment
- He is known for partnering with JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young as a songwriting duo.
- He good at composing and arranging music.
- His passion for music began early, as he grew up in a musical home.
- His parents discouraged him from pursuing a career in music.
- He debuted as a composer while in college.
- He was a former part of JYP Entertainment as a composer, arranger and producer.
- He got nickname “Hitman” Bang after his work with G.O.D made them one of the country’s best selling and most popular boy-bands of the early 2000s.
- He founded Big Hit Entertainment in 2005 after he left JYP Entertainment.
- In June, 2018, he was named one of International Music Leaders by Variety due to his role in BTS success.
- Along with PD-Dogg, he shared an unboxing video of BTS’s Love Yourself 轉 Tear
- He shared his successful formula in creating BTS.
- For BTS, he’s currently focused on creating Korean songs rather than making English songs.
- On his Twitter account, he mostly posts about food, other than retweeting other people’s posts.
- He came from an elite family. His father was a high-ranking government official, his sister is a high-end jewelry designer, his cousin is the founder of one of South Korea’s biggest online gaming companies, Netmarble, his uncle is the director of a news agency and also an ambassador based in Hungary, and is currently a member of a South Korean government party.
- Unsurprisingly, all of his family members are alumni of South Korea’s most prestigious universities as well.
- On an episode of SBS “Radio Star”, he once called soloist Rain an octopus, and said his first impression of Rain’s appearance was that he looked like a ‘nightclub employee’. He called Rain an octopus after Super Junior’s Kyuhyun claimed that Rain danced like an octopus.
- He become a model for Lee Hyun’s music video You Are The Best of My Life, which released in 2011.
Since Bang Shi-hyuk first joined JYP Entertainment and then founded Big Hit Entertainment, he’s produced a lot of songs and composed for many artists, ranging from veterans Im Chang-jung and Park Ji-yoon, singer-actor Rain, the groups Wonder Girls, 2AM, and Teen Top, R&B singer Baek Ji-young, BTS and many other artists. From the beginning of his career through the present, Bang Si-hyuk is still active behind the scenes, supporting his artists. Here’s a list of Bang Shi-hyuk’s work until now.
|2007||Wonder Girls||The Wonder Years|
|2009||Taegoon||1st Mini Album|
|2011||Homme||Homme by Hitman Bang|
|Teen Top||Roman||with Composer Park Chang-hyeon|
|2013||BTS||2 Cool 4 Skool||Co-produced with Pdogg|
|2014||Skool Luv Affair|
|Skool luv Affair Special Edition|
|1st Japan Single Album: No More Dream|
|2nd Japan Single Album: Boy In Luv|
|Dark & Wild|
|3rd Japan Single Album: Danger|
|1st Japanese Album: Wake Up|
|2015||The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1|
|4th Japan Single Album: For You|
|The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2|
|5th Japan Single Album: I NEED U|
|6th Japan Single Album: Run|
|2016||The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever|
|2nd Japanese Album: Youth|
|2017||WINGS: You Never Walk Alone|
|Love Yourself 承 Her|
|2018||Love Yourself 轉 Tear|
|Love Yourself 結 Answer|
|IZ||Angel||“Angel” with Supreme Boi, co-composed “Granulate” with Kim Do Hoon.|
Awards and Nominations
Bang Shi-hyuk efforts as a producer has earned him a lot of recognition from many award ceremonies inside Korea. The following achievements are from his work with BTS and other artists. Bang Shi-hyuk’s personal work has still gained a lot of appreciation from the public. Bang Shi-hyuk attended several award ceremonies with BTS when his schedule was free. Here’s the list of Bang Shi-hyuk award achievements until now.
|2009||Melon Music Awards||Songwriter Award|
|2010||Mnet 20’s Choice Awards||20’s Most Influential Stars Award|
|2016||Asia Artist Awards||Best Producer Award|
|Melon Music Awards||Songwriter Award|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Special Awards – Best Executive Producer|
|2017||Golden Disc Awards||Best Producer Award|
|Gaon Chart Music Awards||Producer of the Year|
|Korea Content Awards||Presidential Commendation Award|
|2018||Seoul Music Awards||Producer Award|
|MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Producer of the Year|
Founded Big Hit Entertainment
Bang Shi-hyuk established Big Hit Entertainment in 2005, on February 1. Located at Seoul, Gangnam-gu, South Korea, the agency is the home of the popular boy-group BTS, the upcoming boy-group TXT, and soloist Lee Hyun. Big Hit Entertainment had a lot of famous artists signed up with them, such as K.Will, 2AM, 8Eight, GLAM, Lim Jeong-hee, and Hommee. Bang Shi-hyuk has a different point of view from other CEOs and founders, and it influences the culture and energy inside Big Hit Entertainment.
The Success of BTS
Bang Shi-hyuk’s magic touch and his hard work with his entertainment company, Big Hit Entertainment, helped BTS gain a lot of success as the first male group from the company. However, Bang Shi-hyuk doesn’t like being referred to as BTS’s father, because it might make the relationship become like a company-product relationship rather than a producer-artist relationship. Plus, the public might think Bang Shi-hyuk was already married, which he isn’t.
BTS and Bang Shi-hyuk have a very close relationship. Bang Shi-hyuk really supports BTS from the bottom and is still actively contributing with BTS title tracks and other activities until now. He also gives the group its freedom to explore their aspirations in music.
Their close relationship can be seen through several occasions with BTS members teasing Bang Si-hyuk “PD-nim”, both on-stage and off-stage. Several members of the group can also impersonate Bang Si-hyuk’s intonation also appearance.
It’s been predicted by a reporter from Hankyung (Korean Economic Daily) that Bang Shi-hyuk can potentially become the richest person in Korean entertainment if the company decides to go public with an IPO. Big Hit Entertainment is currently on the same level with the ‘Big 3′ entertainment agencies’ (SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment), or even above them after the company value surpasses the ‘Big 3’ total value. Big Hit Entertainment’s potential market capitalization is estimated to be around 700 billion KRW ($651 million USD). With Bang Si Hyuk holding 50.88% of the company, his stock holdings would be worth 350 billion KRW ($326 million).
Bang Shi-hyuk was once caught in a dating rumor in 2018. He was spotted with a beautiful lady having a holiday together in Vietnam. The lady’s identity was revealed afterward, and Sohee was born in 1997, the same year as BTS’s Jungkook. Netizens would know it after Sohee was spotted wearing the exact same outfit in her own photo. There hasn’t been any further news or information related to this rumor until now.
Relationship with JYP’s CEO, Park Jin-young
Bang Shi-hyuk is a former producer, composer, and arranger for JYP Entertainment. Even before that, he and Park Jin-young met during mid-1990 and become partners as a songwriting duo. He and Park Jin-young become “Hitman” together after writing for the successful boy-group G.O.D at the time. Even after Bang Shi-hyuk became focused with his own agency, Big Hit Entertainment, he and Park Jin-young have stayed friends, and support each other to this day. When BTS became hit in the U.S, Bang Shi-hyuk made a phone call to Park Jin-young. He shared the reaction through an interview.
Q: “We’re curious about the reaction of J.Y. Park, who you used to work together with for a long time. Is he envious at all?”
A: “Not at all. Jin Young hyung is not the type to get jealous of such things. He’s the person who I think is the coolest of all, and the first person who came into my mind when BTS succeeded. Jin Young hyung was the first person I talked to on the phone when BTS received an award at ‘Billboard Music Awards‘, and I’ve also talked with him on the phone when they recently attended ‘AMAs‘. He told me, ‘I’m so proud of you. Thank you. You are amazing’.”
Bang Shi-hyuk has his own personal Twitter account, @hitmanb, and sometimes shares his personal activity. Most of his tweets are about BTS, as he supports the group all he can. Through Bang Shi-hyuk’s posts, A.R.M.Y and the public will very quickly realize that Bang Shi-hyuk loves food a lot.
New taste from old pal! pic.twitter.com/Q7zYtZ9k3l
— hitman (@hitmanb) August 19, 2018
— hitman (@hitmanb) August 18, 2018
And more 🙂 pic.twitter.com/aUGx7r2tWw
— hitman (@hitmanb) August 19, 2018
Sometimes food can make you go crazy! pic.twitter.com/B6SXBa77SP
— hitman (@hitmanb) August 20, 2018
Sushi you expected! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/IZuv4yDz2F
— hitman (@hitmanb) September 1, 2018
Bang Shi-hyuk might be busy preparing Big Hit’s new boy-group, TXT’s, debut this year, 2019. he’s also planning the upcoming comeback of group BTS, with a brand new concept. He’s always working behind the curtain, so let’s support and anticipate Bang Shi-hyuk’s work in the future.