BTOB has debuted in 2012 under Cube Entertainment. At the beginning, you could have said that BTOB was like a second Beast, but they have been able to differentiate themselves, showing their talent and their true color. BTOB it’s 7 talented boys who live their passion at 100%. What I really appreciate, it’s the fact that they are true talents, they are natural. They are not those super handsome guys that you can see in a lot of other boys-band. They are young and they didn’t debut a long time ago, but they are already taking part in the production of their albums. I think it’s particularly rare and it’s showing their determination. They didn’t reach yet the success of their sunbaenim Beast, but they have quite a success, they could have more of course but I am sure they will get more success in the future. They still didn’t really promote outside of Asia, when they actually have success in Europe or in America, we hope that they will visit those continents soon, so their western fans will be able to see them perform live and maybe meet them.
7 members, 7 different personalities that makes a perfect mix, it’s BTOB. The leader Eunkwang, who is also the main vocalist, is very funny and likes to play the cutie. He is handsome and has a lot of charm. He has a great voice, that special voice you can recognize easily. He has a lot of charisma and seems to lead his group very well. One of the rappers, Minhyuk is a bit weird especially in his way to talk. He is very sportive and can do amazing flips. He is very handsome, of course, he is considered as the face of the group. Changsub, the vocalist, who also has a great voice and can push some high notes too, is quieter than the others. He seems to be a bit in his world and in his own way, it makes him funny. Hyunsik, I cannot help but see him as a happy pabo. He is always smiling and looking at people with question marks in his eyes. It’s so funny to see him acting like an idiot. Whenever you see him, you cannot help but laugh at his expression. He is the dancer of the group and a vocalist. The other dancer is Peniel, he can speak English which is a good thing to communicate with their international fans. He is also a bit weird and funny but he is also a bit mysterious. Next, we have the main rapper, Ilhoon, probably the most famous of the band, he has a lot of talent. He can act very well, he is funny and is not afraid to say what he thinks. He is a good MC because of that. Of course, he is a great rapper and he could one day become as good as his sunbaenim Jun Hyung. Other than that, he is just plain cute. The maknae Sungjae, the handsome boy, he is clearly growing well. But he is still young and you can see it in the way he acts sometimes, which makes him so cute. You just cannot not love him!
They already made a few releases since their debut. They first released a single “Insane“ in March 2012. Then in April, they already came back with a first mini album “Born to beat” including the track “Insane”. They didn’t stop there, in May 2012, they were already back, first with a single “Father”, then with a repackage of their mini album “Born to beat” where the song “irresistible lips“ was added. In September 2012, they released a second mini album “Press play” with the successful song “WOW”. It’s with this mini album that they really started to get more attention. They finally got some rest in between 2012 and 2013 to come back in April 2013 with a single “Second confession”, this single was a bit different from the others as they tried to make a cute concept for this song. Recently, in September 2013, they came back with a third mini album “Thriller“ which is gathering a lot of success.
BTOB is clearly a band to keep an eye on, we want more of those amazing boys! We hope they will come visit the rest of the world one day. In the meantime, all you can do is showing them your support from far away, so scream your love for them! At Japako Music, we will keep on following their musical activities very closely.
Text by Virginia Clinberghe