Newcomers From DSP, “K.A.R.D”
K.A.R.D (카드) is a Korean a co-ed band that consists of 4 members: B.M, Jiwoo, J.Seph and Somin. They are under DSP Media. Before their official debut, they were planning to release three project singles (with every new release, a hidden member was also revealed). On December 13, 2016, they released their first project single entitled K.A.R.D Project Vol. 1 with the track Oh NaNa featuring ex Kara member, Young Ji as the first hidden member. They officially debuted on July 19, 2017.
K.A.R.D Fandom Name: Hidden Kard
K.A.R.D Official Fan Color: –
K.A.R.D Official Accounts:
Twitter: @KARD_Official (they share the same twitter account)
Youtube: KARD’s channel
Somin was previously a member of DSP Media’s Japan-based girl group Puretty, which disbanded two years after its debut in 2012. She later joined Kara Project, where she competed to become a new member of KARA, and finished in second place. On August 24, 2015, she debuted as the leader of DSP Media’s girl group April, which she decided to depart from on November 9.
J.seph trained for five years, and BM trained for four and a half years under DSP Media, which planned to debut a hip-hop duo, but later their plans had changed.
Prior to the debut, BM was featured in Goo Ha-ra’s song La La La from her 2015 debut EP Alohara (Can You Feel It?), and was also her dance partner in the music video and live performances of Choco Chip Cookies, the lead single.
The last member of the group was Jiwoo, who had trained under FNC Entertainment for two years and moved to DSP Media in 2016, where she only trained for two months before debuting with KARD.
K.A.R.D Members from Oldest to Youngest
1. Oldest Member – J.Seph’s Profile
Stage Name: J.Seph/제이셉
Real Name: Kim Taehyung/김태형
Birthday: June 21, 1992
Birthplace: South Korea
Blood Type: O
Height: 178 cm
Position in group: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist
Languages: Korean, English
Siblings: unknown number of brothers
– He speaks some English.
– J.seph has an older sister.
– He was a trainee for 5 years.
– Originally BM and JSeph were supposed to debut as a hip-hop duo, but plans were changed.
– Everyone in the group says that J.Seph is the funniest member.
– Somin and Jiwoo picked J.Seph as the member who eats the most and jokes the most.
– Jseph is friends with Sowon from GFriend (their Reddit question and answer session)
– He represents the letter A and the Ace card.
– J.Seph the Ace explained: “the Ace can either be the lowest card that supports the team, or the highest card that is sharp.” (during their debut party)
– J.Seph’s ideal type: Someone like Park Si Yeon or Cha Ye Ryun
2. A King Kard – BM/Matthew’s Profile
Stage Name: BM/비엠
Real Name: Matthew Kim/Kim Jinseok/김진석/Kim Woojin/김우진
Birthday: October 20, 1992
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Blood Type: A
Height: 186 cm
Position in group: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Languages: English, Korean, Spanish
– He is from Los Angeles
– BM stands for Big Matthew.
– He has two Korean names Kim JinSeok and Kim WooJin.
– BM has two younger brothers.
– Matthew’s mom deigns clothes.
– He participated in Kpop Star.
– He was a trainee for 4 and a half years.
– He is fluent in English.
– He was featured in Goo Hara’s song La La La
– He appeared in Goo Hara’s Choco Chip Cookies music video (was her dance partner).
– He represents the letter K and the King card.
– BM, who is the King card, explained that the King is the most dependable and strong card, so he is the team’s solid foundation. (during their debut party)
– B.M was a special host of After School Club.
– J.Seph helped B.M a lot when he moved to Korea.
– BM is friends with Jae from Day6, Ashley from Ladies Code, and Woosung from The Rose (their Reddit question and answer session)
– B.M’s ideal type is a woman who has a strong, fierce personality and appearance, someone like CL or Jessi.
3. A Joker KARD – Baby Hara/Somin’s Profile
Stage Name: Somin/소민
Real Name: Jeon Somin/전소민
Nicknames: Baby Hara, Pumpkin
Birthday: August 22, 1996
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Blood Type: A
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Position in Group: Main Vocalist, Visuals
Card: Joker (Black)
Languages: Korean, Japanese
Hobbies: Watching movies, listening to music, running
Education: Seokyeong University
– Somin has two older sisters.
– She was a member of DSP Media’s Japanese girl group Puretty (which disbanded in 2014).
– She was a Baby KARA contestant (she finished in 2nd place).
– On August 2015,Somin debuted as the leader of DSP Media’s new girl group APRIL (but she decided to leave the band in November, because she wanted to try out new music).
– She appeared in Epik High’s Born Hater music video.
– Somin can play the piano, the violin, and the ocarina.
– Somin represents the black joker.
– Somin, the Black Joker, explained, “Depending on the situation, the black joker can be the best card, so I will show the various appeals that I have.” (during their debut party)
– Somin is friends with Jeongyeon from Twice, Mingyu and Seungkwan from Seventeen (their Reddit question and answer session)
– Somin’s ideal type is someone manly.
4. A Maknae – Jiwoo’s Profile
Stage Name: Jiwoo/지우
Real Name: Jeon Jiwoo/전지우
Birthday: October 4, 1996
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Blood Type: A
Height: 165 cm
Position in group: Main Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae
Card: Joker (Color)
Hobbies: Watching movies, singing, dancing, rapping, shopping
– She is a former FNC Entertainment trainee (she trained there for 5 years).
– Then Jiwoo became a DSP trainee, where she only trained for 2 months before debuting.
– Jiwoo majored in clarinet for 6 years.
– Jiwoo has a brother, but they aren’t very close.
– She can withstand pain because she got 8 piercings in one day, in both ears.
– She can also do a doraemon impression
– Jiwoo represents the letter R and the color JokeR.
– Jiwoo explained, “I’m in charge of making our group’s singing, rapping, dancing and music colorful.” (during their debut party)
– Jiwoo is friends with Mimi from Gugudan and Doha from Boys24 (their Reddit question and answer session)
– Jiwoo’s ideal type is someone manly and kind.
K.A.R.D Dating Rumors and Gossip
Because of their chemistry, many fans and netizens think that they are dating. Especially, because the group has two girls and two boys. It make sense that for them to spark rumors like they might be dating each other.
K.A.R.D Members Dating Each Other?
The members had an interview with Xports News. On being a mixed gender group, B.M said, “I think we’re getting more attention because we’re mixed gender, that’s not so common nowadays. Also, I think people like the groovy dance hall genre choreography that’s popular overseas.”
J.seph said, “To be honest, when I heard I was going to be in a mixed gender group, I was surprised. I couldn’t picture it. But thankfully, meeting and practicing with the girls made us a good group. It also sets us apart from the others.”
On dating each other, Jiwoo said, “We practice together, eat together, and we’re not family. Dating each other doesn’t even make sense. I don’t think it’ll ever happen. I can promise that. We see each other every day, so we don’t get any feelings. We don’t even need to write an oath that says that we won’t date each other.“