Jang Ki-ha’s Career
Starting out his career as a member of the band Nunco, Jang Ki-ha went ahead and proposed the idea for Jang Kiha and The Faces to a group of fellow musicians and band members. The group itself marks the return of Korean indie music into the mainstream scene after the Music Camp incident, which featured indie musicians that went a little bit too far on national television. The name of the band comes from the nickname Jang Ki-ha earned as the face of the Korean indie music scene, and how the industry seems to place an importance on how people look.
Yet through it all, Jang Ki-ha remains unperturbed — “enough to make you wonder if this is really the guy at the center of all that success.” He says, “I am surprised by it, but on the other hand, even if I hadn’t sold well, I’d still put my hard work into my performances anyway.” That same unruffled reaction applies to his album.
On October 8th, 2015, a Dispatch report came out stating that IU and Jang Ki-ha had been dating for around two years at the time. It came as something of a shock for most, as neither of them are musicians people usually see interacting often. Adding to that, there’s a pretty significant age gap between them, causing doubts among the masses. Surprisingly, the two were swift to confirm the rumors, in a statement saying that they had been meeting quietly during that time and it was completely love at first sight. They both hoped that the public would continue to support them in the future.
In a supplementary statement, both they revealed that they met when Jang Ki-ha was working as a DJ in one of the national broadcasting companies, and IU came in as a guest. He fell for her at first sight and the two have continued to spend time together since then, having a shared interest in composing and producing songs. IU also said that she learned a lot about the world of songwriting from Jang Ki-ha and he continues to give her feedback on her work.
Sadly, on January 23rd, 2017, four years into their relationship, they announced that they had split from each other due to personal reasons. Both of them stated that the two parted on good terms and that their breakup had no specific reasoning, but netizens assume that it had something to do with their busy schedules and the struggles they face to make ends meet.
As mentioned before, Jang Ki-ha ranks eating as one of his favorite things to do, and a hobby of his. This is reflected in his Instagram posts,, which have pictures his daily meals mixed in with some of his more promotional posts. As seen below, Jang Ki-ha has posted a picture of a sandwich he had after only eating kimbab for a long time. He calls the sandwich one of the little things that made his day. Another of his posts features a piece of tuna sushi he seem to be quite enticed by.
He’s also known for is his very pretty handwriting, something he cleverly uses in his Instagram posts, as well. His handwriting is featured in the post below, in which he promotes his appearance on the variety show, Problematic Man. The video does not only feature his handwriting but a witty animation and editing to go with it.
The content Jang Ki-ha posts on his Twitter account is somewhat similar to the ones on his Instagram, as demonstrated below, where he posts about quitting alcohol for 21 days and a book he has been enjoying lately.
— 장기하 Kiha Chang (@KihaChang) December 11, 2018
— 장기하 Kiha Chang (@KihaChang) December 1, 2018
Kiha and The Faces Disband
On October 18, right at midnight, frontman Jang Ki-ha and the five other members of the band posted on their personal Instagram pages simultaneously the announcement of their disbandment, “Our upcoming 5th album will be Kiha & The Faces’ last. Starting from the first day of 2019, all six of us will be going our own ways.” Kiha & The Faces debuted in 2008 with “Cheap Coffee.” Due their unique music style, they were said to have created a huge change in the indie band industry.
In the disbandment statement, the members stated, “It’s already been 10 years since we released ‘Cheap Coffee’ and started this band. During that time, we made an effort to always grow. We know that the [fans] who love us and are reading this can only feel hurt.” They continued, “Starting from today until December 31, more than ever, we will have a great time together with [the fans].”
The disbandment seem like something that came out of nowhere for fans, but on a different occasion, Jang Ki-ha explained the group’s decision to disband. He revealed that through the their 10 years together, the band has grown and became somewhat of the ideal for them. Most call this the comfort zone and while creating their latest studio album, Jang Ki-ha concluded that he does not think it could get any better than that album. Rather than subjecting themselves to the endless torment of trying to make something better in the long run, he chose suggest closure to the members.
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