ZE:A (or Children of the Empire) has started in January 2010 under the label Star Empire Entertainment. ZE:A directly shows their ability to make amazing choreography, their talent in dance was already great since debut. Their vocal abilities has improved through the years. Now they have very nice vocal harmonies and the main vocalists show great vocal capacities. One year after debut, they debuted in Japan where they started to get a real success. They were actually able to perform a concert in Japan before making it in Korea. This year 2013, they are finally able to make their very first solo concert in Seoul, showing that their success has finally grown in South Korea. Even though, it seems that they are still a bit underrated compared to the super Idol Stars. They clearly have the talent and they all work hard, fortunately, they have been able to show different skills and therefore, they are also actors or MC’s. They are also called to appear in different broadcast as some are really funny and extravagant. That’s the reason why their success had grown, I still think they deserve more, especially as their choreographies are always visually beautiful. But in 3 years of activities, they did a good job and they certainly have success outside of Korea!
ZE:A is composed of 9 members. The leader Junyoung who is also a main vocalist, he is very talkative with a lot of charisma. He is taking his role of leader very seriously and shows a lot of maturity. The lead rapper, Heechul, he is a good rapper but he can also sing. He doesn’t have that much lines to sing though. The oldest member is actually Kevin, and is also the lead vocalist and a sub-rapper. He lived in Australia and therefore fluent in English, which is a good thing to speak with his international fans. He is very charming with a wonderful smile. He can be very funny when he starts his imitations. And of course, he can dance very sexy! Then we have the main rapper, Taehun, he looks like a tough guy, he is also quieter than the others. He is of course a good rapper and has a lot of presence on stage. We also have Kwanghee, who doesn’t know him? he is very active as entertainer and also actor. He is extravagant, always acting stupid, sometimes he seems a bit hyperactive, but at least, he is able to make you laugh a lot. Minwoo, the lead dancer, rapper and vocalist, he is a bit weird and very cute at the same time. He can dance very well and seems like a sweet guy. Another vocalist, Siwan, who is also an actor, he is one of the oldest in the band but he looks more like a child. Always smiling, whatever he does, he smiles brightly. He does not only look like a child but he also acts like it, a bit troublesome, annoying his dongsaengs all the time. The second main vocalist, Hyungsik, who has a nice voice, he is quieter and since he is younger, he is always annoyed by the other but he is himself playing some tricks to his hyungs. He seems to be friendly and sweet even though not entirely innocent. The Maknae and third main vocalist, Dongjun, the hyperactive kid, who is so funny that you cannot help but laugh with him. He is always acting stupid or crazy, talking a lot. He is handsome though and the one who is always showing his abs. He has a great voice, easy to recognize when he sings!
9 members is a lot and it’s not easy to see their individual charms when they are all together. Fortunately, they made sub-units so we are able to appreciate their individual talent a bit more. You have ZE:A Five composed of Kevin, Hyungsik, Dongjun, Minwoo and Siwan. They already debuted in February 2013. The other subunit is ZE:A 4U composed by Junyoung, Kwanghee, Taehun and Heechul, but they didn’t debut yet.
They released their first single “Nativity” in January 2010, with their debut song “Mazeltov“. In March 2010, they were already releasing a second single “Leap for detonation” with the song “All day long” produced by Brave Brothers. Without waiting long, they released their 3rd single in July 2010 titled “Level up”. After that, they made their debut in Japan and released a few Japanese single. They came back on the Korean music scene in April 2011 with their first full length album “Lovability”, the title track of this album is “Here I am“. Then they released a mini album “Exciting”, before heading back to Japan and release again a few singles. Their Second full length album “Spectacular” has been released in July 2012 with the famous song “Aftermath“. In August, they released simultaneously their 1st full Japanese album “Phoenix“ and a Korean single of the same title. After that, the subunit ZE:A Five debuted in February 2013. They came back recently all together as ZE:A in August 2013 with a mini album titled “Illusion“ including the amazing song “Ghost of the wind“.
ZE:A have worked a lot and very hard during 3 years, they really deserve to have success and we can only hope that they will get more in the future. Let’s wish also that someday they will come to Europe to meet their European fans. In any case, from now on, Japako Music will keep an eye on them and we will update you with their new release for sure! And Don’t forget to also give a lot of love to them!
Text by Virginia Clinberghe