Today we are starting with our special series about Led Apple (Korean: 레드애플). The group that debuted in 2010 and became one of the most active bands in the whole K-pop scene is already far away of being a rookie anymore. Through “Music Note”, a project that is composed of 50 episodes, they proved that, by rearranging popular songs from all over the world, they are a skilled band by showing off their vocals, and live performance skills. We’ve been advertising their upcoming European concerts for some time now and by now, many of our readers will recognize their name – but perhaps not all of you are aware of this band!
It has been a while nearly one year ago, that Kpopeurope had the possibility to exclusively interview Led Apple for the first time ever in Europe. Back then we noticed that the band had a lot of potential and a slightly different concept to the normal idol groups that we are used to in K-pop. The 5 members make up a Korean rock band formed by Starkim Entertainment (under a Loen Entertainment label), but like most of the idol bands we’re used to – their unusual name – does have a meaning. The part “Led” in Led Apple stood for “Logic Egoism Delete” and was promoted as this during their debut. Later, this was replaced and now it is seen to refer to their musical role model Led Zepplin. Additionally, reading through different sources, you will also find the practical explanation of “shining as brightly as LED whenever they perform”. The word “Apple” in the band’s name is supposed to represent their fresh image as idols and fresh music that they release – and although this may sound a bit strange, we are all used to names such as MBLAQ etc.
The band itself has seen quite a number of changes since its debut in 2010. There are currently the same amount of current members as there are past members. The current 5 being Youngjun, Hanbyul, Hyoseok, Kwangyeon, and Kyumin. The 5 past members are I-OH/Kiwook, Minyong, Sunghyun, Jaehoon, and KeonU. The Current members Kwangyeon and Youngjun are the only consistent members in the group. Out of the current members, Hanbyul used to be the leader but early 2012 it was changed to Youngjun, since Hanbyul was focusing on his studies.
You might ask, “Why did so many leave the group?” There were a number of different and legitimate reasons, I-OH/Kiwook left the group due to health issues; more specifically, tuberculosis – he stated that he would remain within the company. Sunghyun left LEDApple due to feeling like he wouldn’t be able to improve himself as a musician with the band. The reasons why Minyong and Jaehoon left weren’t revealed publicly. KeonU also left the group for health and personal reasons, though there’s not much information about what he is doing currently, but it was said he wants to focus on composing.
The band made their debut on October 6, 2010 with their promotional single, “Dash” (대쉬), a remake of Baek Ji-young’s song. The band’s single was released alongside their single album, Logic Egoism Delete. They later performed the promotional single on November 11, 2010 on Mnet’s M! Countdown as their debut stage. Three new members joined the band (after I-OH, Minyong and Sunghyun left) for the release of their mini-album, Niga Mwonde (Who Do You Think You Are) Hyoseok, Jaehoon and Kyumin with Jaehoon becoming leader of the band.
With Led Apple we have a talented group of musicians featuring all the standard performers – guitar, drums, bass, and keyboard with a gifted lead singer Hanbyul. Let’s now take a closer look to more details about the band.
Led Apple (Korean: 레드애플), commonly stylized as LEDApple or Ledapple
October 6, 2010.
* Birth Name: Seo, Youngjun, Birthday: May 11, 1990 Position: Leader and Older, Guitarist
* Birth name: Jang, Hanbyul Jason, Birthday: July 4, 1990, Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Rapper
* Birth name: Kim, Hyoseok, Birthday: April 27, 1993, Position: Drummer
* Birth name: Kim, Kwangyeon, Birthday: June 12, 1993, Position: Bassist, Sub Rapper
* Birth name: Lee, Kyumin, birthday: August 10, 1993, Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Rapper, Maknae
Led Apple Online Resources:
Official Website: http://www.starkiment.co.kr/
Official Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/steroyal
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/steledapple
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/steledapple
Official Fancafe: http://cafe.daum.net/L.E.D.A