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Bang Chan: Leading the Way in K-Pop

Image: 5-STAR Teaser A Bang Chan 2 Introduction K-Pop has taken the world by storm, and one of the rising stars in this phenomenon is Bang Chan. Born on October 3, 1997, in Seoul, South...

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Introduction

K-Pop has taken the world by storm, and one of the rising stars in this phenomenon is Bang Chan. Born on October 3, 1997, in Seoul, South Korea, Bang Chan is not just a member of the popular group Stray Kids, but also a talented producer, vocalist, and dancer. In this article, we'll delve into his personal life, career, and artistic contributions that have made him a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Personal Life

Bang Chan grew up as the eldest son of three children in Seoul before moving to Sydney, Australia, during his childhood. Despite numerous relocations, he developed his artistic side by taking dance classes, including ballet and modern dance, at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. Additionally, he excelled in sports and even won multiple swimming awards, as his father served as a swimming instructor. After returning to South Korea, he graduated from Cheongdam High School.

Career

2010 - 2017: Predebut

At the age of 13, Bang Chan auditioned for JYP Entertainment in Australia and made the bold move to Korea to pursue his dreams. He officially joined JYPE on April 11, 2011, despite being the youngest in the company at the time. During his seven years of training, he built strong friendships with other trainees, such as those from GOT7, TWICE, and DAY6. Despite witnessing his trainee friends debut before him, Bang Chan persevered and formed a hip hop crew called 3RACHA with fellow trainees HAN and Changbin. Together, they released self-composed extended plays on SoundCloud, showcasing their talents.

2018-present: Stray Kids

After years of hard work, Bang Chan finally debuted with Stray Kids on March 26, 2018, with their mini album "I am NOT." As the leader, producer, lead dancer, and sub-vocalist of the group, Bang Chan played a pivotal role in shaping their unique sound and style. Over the years, he has continued to contribute to the group's success with his talents, releasing solo songs and captivating dance covers.

Artistry

Bang Chan's role within Stray Kids has evolved over time, with a focus on vocals to compensate for the departure of a group member. He skillfully incorporates harmonies into their music, showcasing his versatility as an artist.

Discography

  • 2020: SKZ-REPLAY
    • "i hate to admit"
    • "Connected"

Covers

  • 2021: Taylor Swift's "ME!" with Tzuyu

Filmography

Music Videos

  • 2015: miss A's "Only You" (Customer)
  • 2015: TWICE's "Like OOH-AHH" (Zombie)
  • 2020: Stray Kids' "My House" (Himself)
  • 2021: TWICE's "ME!" (Cover by TZUYU) (Himself - voice)

TV Shows

  • 2020: JTBC's "Knowing Bros: After School Activities" (Guest)
  • 2021: Mnet's "Kingdom: Legendary War" (Press conference)
  • 2021: NHK's "Hikari Ota's Tweet English 2021" (Guest)

Hosting

  • 2018: MBC's "After School Club" (Special MC - Ep. 320, Ep. 325)
  • 2022: Mnet's "KCON LA 2022" (MC - Day 3)
  • 2023: "KCON LA 2023"

Videography

Live broadcasts

  • 2019: "Chan's Room"

Official content

  • 2020: "CHAN BANG VLOG"

Other content

  • 2020: DAY6 [YBC(Young K Broadcast)] Ep.14 영케이와 스페인의 공통점은?! 열정..★ (w. 방찬, 알레) | 스페인편
  • 2021: JYP Entertainment [2021 JYP EDM DAY] Every Dream Matters!
  • 2023: JYP Entertainment [2023 JYP EDM DAY] Every Dream Matters!

Performances

  • 2018: KBS Song Festival - "Nobody"

Fancams

To see Bang Chan in action, check out his fan-recorded performances here.

Pictorials

  • November 2019: ARENA HOMME+
  • March 2021: Men's Folio

Conclusion

Bang Chan's journey in the world of K-Pop is an inspiration to many aspiring artists. From his early days as a trainee to leading Stray Kids, he has proven his talent, dedication, and versatility. With his thoughtful lyrics, captivating performances, and exceptional leadership skills, Bang Chan continues to make a name for himself in the music industry. As he continues to grow as an artist, we can't wait to see what he has in store for the future.

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