Details About KARD
K.A.R.D is a Korean co-ed band under DSP Media Entertainment that consists of four members and Jiwoo is one of them. Before their official debut, they released three project singles where with every new release a new hidden member was being revealed.
On December 13th, 2016, they released their first project single titled K.A.R.D Project Vol. 1 with the track “Oh NaNa” featuring ex-Kara member, YoungJi, as the first hidden member. They officially debuted on July 19th, 2017.
In this article, we will not talk too much about KARD, but we will focus on talking about one of the members, Jiwoo who has struggled to overcome the problems she faces. Make sure you don’t miss this article and stay tuned!
KARD’s Jiwoo as a Trainee
KARD’s Jiwoo once said that she has become a trainee in three different agencies. She used to be a trainee under FNC Entertainment for five years, and she even became a trainee at YG Entertainment but it didn’t last long, that’s why sometimes some netizens claim that Jiwoo has the aura/style of YG Entertainment.
Then, she was trained under DSP Media for two months, after which she finally became a member of KARD under DSP Media Entertainment.
Becoming KARD’s Vocalist
Jiwoo revealed that she was asked to record “Oh NaNa” on the day she auditioned for DSP Media, because her vocal skills honed through her classical music majors, the company deemed her immediately ready to join the group as KARD’s lead singer.
Jiwoo revealed, “I was majoring in classic but I got the courage the audition for my current label. On the night I auditioned, they told me to come back and I recorded “Oh NaNa.” It wasn’t the official recording but it still felt unreal.”
It’s hard to believe, but KARD’s lead singer Jiwoo used to be completely tone-deaf. Now, she has opened up about how she overcame this obstacle in order to debut.
She explained, “I was tone-deaf, but the real issue was that I cared what other people thought. I couldn’t make the sound burst from my throat; it was blocked because I was scared. And I would think, ‘I can’t sing. Am I even doing it right?’”
“Even when I was alone in my room, I was scared someone would hear me if they walked past so I couldn’t even sing when I would be alone. It was kind of an obsession.”
She confessed that her vocal trainer had a hard time with her, as she would constantly look for excuses to get out of singing. Her trainer ended up being extremely strict with her, pushing her to get over her issues.
Overcoming Her Own Fears
According to Koreaboo, Jiwoo shared her struggles and how she overcame them in order to debut.
She said, “When I was hesitating to train because of those thoughts, the people around me would say, ‘Why can’t you utilize your talent even though you’re gifted?’ I heard this a lot and I felt that it was unfair if it ended like this, before even (debuting). So I started from scratch.”
Jiwoo confessed that until that moment, she had never learned the basics of singing because she’d been too busy practicing for her singing tests instead. She began by learning scales and wasn’t able to hear or sense the difference in the sounds.
She would press ‘C’ for hours until she could sense the sound. If she got it, she would move on to ‘D’, and combine the two before moving on to ‘E’ and repeating the process. She would practice scales for five to six hours every day. Then she moved on to falsetto and humming.
“I still have some basic skills to learn, like voice control and breathing, there’s still a lot I can’t do well. I want to learn, even though I don’t have much time after debuting, I want to change a lot still, like vocalization and so on.”
KARD made their most recent comeback on March 27th, 2019 with “Bomb Bomb.”
In the MV, the KARD members heat things up as they take their dance moves to the desert. “Bomb Bomb” is the co-ed group’s latest digital single, and it’s about wanting to spend the entire night with someone.
If you haven’t watched the Music Video, watch KARD’s “Bomb Bomb” MV below!