Everything You Need to Know About 2007 Debuted Boy Group T-MAX!
Competition in the music industry, of course, often occurs throughout the country in order for groups to gain popularity and also certain awards for works released by artists or singers. The same is true in South Korea, one of the countries in Asia which is also famous for K-Pop or Korean Pop. As time goes by, K-Pop has grown and reached increasing popularity among many fans who come from abroad. Beside that, there is also competition going on in the K-Pop industry among the various boy groups, girl groups, or co-ed groups.
In the early 2000s, K-Pop was originally a music genre that was in demand among Korean teenagers because it had upbeat music and was also easy listening. The concepts given by each group are also different and very trendy, so that it can be a reference for teenagers in terms of visuals, dancing or singing skills, fashion, make-up, and a lot more. Then, have you also heard of the Korean group T-Max who are famous for their soundtrack for the popular K-Drama Boys Over Flowers, which was aired in 2009? If not, let’s get to know T-Max more closely from their full profile, career journey, to the latest news, in this article below!
T-Max (Hangul: 티맥스) is a boy group that debuted in 2007 under 2Step Entertainment or also known as Planet905 and had 5 members to promote with. Initially, T-Max debuted with a formation of 3 members, including Shin Min-chul, Kim Joon, and Park Yun-hwa. T-Max was a boy group that had a name meaning, in which the T stood for ‘Triple’ because there are 3 members who started the journey and released their debut single titled “Blooming”.
Like a fresh concept, T-Max’s Shin Min-chul, Kim Joon, and Park Yun-hwa were in the midst of the competition in the South Korean music industry and their existence even earned them the nickname Kkotminam (Hangul: 꽃미남), or also known as the youngster (mostly used for men), who are concerned about having a great personal style, fashion, and beautiful appearance.
T-Max are also now known as one of the boy groups who often released their new songs in the form of EPs, also 5 singles, as well as other songs that have successfully become soundtracks of K-Dramas. One of the most popular OSTs was “Paradise” which became the soundtrack of the popular K-Drama titled Boys Over Flowers (2009) that was released on KBS, becoming a top hit and also earning a place among the most legendary soundtracks ever. “Paradise” was sung by T-Max fits perfectly with the theme of F4, a handsome and charming male group in the K-Drama.
Not only that, T-Max also got the opportunity to fill in several other soundtracks for K-Dramas, such as for Master of Study (2010) that was aired on KBS2, and Detectives in Trouble (2011) that was also aired on KBS2. T-Max have also released several Japanese tracks, such as “Motto Paradise” as the Japanese version of “Paradise”. On July 15th, 2009, T-Max released their 1st EP, Single Collection, as well as releasing 3 solo tracks that were sung by different members.
Along with the popularity of T-Max, which was increasingly recognized by many people and has succeeded in attracting the attention of many fans, individual members of T-Max also got another opportunity to try a solo career by making an appearance in K-Dramas, just like Kim Joon who became very popular from his act in Boys Over Flowers as Song Woo-bin, appearance in sitcoms and also musicals.
With their career journey, Park Yun-hwa decided to leave the group because he had to undergo military service. Because there were only 2 members left, it was impossible for them to continue the promotion as T-Max. Then, to replace Park Yun-hwa, there was a change in the member line-up by adding 2 new members and there was a change in the formation of T-Max, which debuted with 3 members in 2007. This means they changed to a 4-member group in mid-2010.
2011 was the last year T-Max released a new single titled “She Was Crying” (Hangul: 그녀 가 울어) which is a ballad song and has the meaning of a man’s confession and also seeking for forgiveness after a mistake that happened in his relationship with his lover, which leads to a painful farewell. This song is the last single promoted by T-Max with the formation of 4 members before they decided to disband on January 4th, 2012.
T-Max’s Members’ Profiles
To find out more about T-Max’s members’ full profiles, let’s check out the section below!
Real Name: Shin Min-chul (Hangul: 신민철)
Birthday: February 5th, 1982
Star Sign: Aquarius
Height: 178 cm (5’10”)
Weight: 63 kg (138 lbs)
Position In The Group: Leader, Vocalist
Official Site: Instagram (@shinmincheol)
T-Max’s Kim Joon
Real Name: Kim Hyeong-joon (Hangul: 김형준)
Stage Name: Kim Joon (Hangul: 김준)
Place and Date of Birth: Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, February 3rd, 1985
Star Sign: Aquarius
Height: 183 cm (6’0”)
Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Position In The Group: Rapper
Real Name: Joo Chan-yang (Hangul: 주찬양)
Birthday: October 23rd, 1988
Star Sign: Libra
Position In The Group: Vocalist
Official Site: Instagram (@j.praize)
Real Name: Park Han-bi (Hangul: 박한비)
Birthday: June 3rd, 1990
Star Sign: Gemini
Position In The Group: Vocalist, Maknae
Real Name: Park Yun-hwa (Hangul: 박윤화)
Birthday: January 31st, 1986
Star Sign: Aquarius
Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
Weight: 52 kg (115 lbs)
Blood Type: AB
Position In The Group: Vocal
Official Site: Instagram (@yh3rd)