DSP Media’s Kard (Korean: stylized as K.A.R.D) is a South Korean co-ed group. They are made up of J.Seph, BM, Somin, and Jiwoo. They made their formal debut with their extended play Hola Hola on July 19, 2017.DSP Media declared the creation of KARD on December 1, 2016, after creating various social media profiles in the group’s name. After being disclosed in chronological sequence, all of the members of the group were revealed by December 5, with the label expanding on their card-game idea. The name of the group is an acronym of the several “cards” that are allocated to each member: BM is the “King” card, J.Seph is the “Ace” card, Somin is the “Black JokeR” card, and Jiwoo is the “Color JokeR” card. The agency also mentioned a “hiDDen card,” but did not explain further in its statement.DSP Media later stated that the group’s debut release date would be December 13.
KARD’s K-pop has been regarded as “undeniably fashionable,” with their discography focused on modern house and dancehall sounds, which Billboard has described as “ripped directly from Top 40 charts.” The group’s musical approach deviates from electropop, hip hop, EDM, and alt-R&B, which were all popular in the American music market. Mixed-gender ensembles are uncommon in the Korean music business. Forbes observed that with KARD’s debut, the group was “heading for worldwide success” after swiftly developing an international profile with their pre-debut North and South American tour.
Stage Name: BM (비엠)
Birth Name: Matthew Kim
Korean Names: Kim Jin Seok (김진석) / Kim Woo Jin (김우진)
Birthday: October 20, 1992
Height: 187 cm (6’2″)
Weight: 80 kg (176 lbs)
B.M is from Los Angeles, California and his family consists of him his parents, two younger brothers. He did his schooling in Beverly Hills High School and his major in college was Psychology. He had other plans such as being a counselor, rapping but dancing was just his hobby at the time.
He is multilingual as he speaks Korean, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is quite fashionable since his mother is a clothes designer. BM’s father also lived in Brazil for some period of time.
while he was still in college he was part of a dance team that performed in the “World of Dance” dance competition in California. his mother saw him dancing for the first time and was quite impressed so she signed him up for a “Kpop Star” audition in LA but he didn’t want to go because of his then poor Korean language skills. But he ended up going and passing the audition. he came to Korea in 2011 and trained for four and a half years in total before his debut. He debuted as the rapper of Kard in 2016.
BM is made up of the initials of Big Matthew. Another thing that he has done besides being an idol is being an mc for a talk show ‘ after school. The singer has appeared in Rainbow’s Sunshine, KARA’s Mama Mi, Goo Hara’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Z.SUN’s (K.A.R.D’s choreographer) I On My Way! MVs. One of his inspirations is JAY Park. Just like his mother, BM also has a fashion brand called “Stadium”. The motive of the name is to stay motivated and inspired. Bm also has a podcast with Ashley called get real. Some of his work as a soloist is Broke me which he recently released in June 2021.
He has also participated in Kard’s songs as well. Their 2nd mini-album ‘Dumb litty’ was produced by BM. It also has a producer tag that goes ‘BM make it bang”.
Stage Name: Somin (소민)
Birth Name: Jeon So Min (전소민)
Birthday: August 22, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rat
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Weight: 42 kg (92 lbs)
Jeon So-min was born on August 22, 1996, in Seoul’s Seongdong District. She attended Seokyeong University and Seoul Broadcasting High School.
Somin is the eldest of two sisters. Twice’s vocalist Jeongyeon is also known as a distant relative of Somin, as she is the niece of Somin’s uncle’s wife.
Somin debuted with the female group Puretty on September 5, 2012, which is a South Korean group located in Japan; they were aiming to debut in South Korea as well. They made their debut at the 2012 Tokyo Toy Show, singing “Check it Love,” the theme song for the anime Pretty Rhythm: Dear My Future. The trio split up in January 2014, before making their Korean debut. Somin, with her fellow members Yoon Chae-Kyung and Cho Shi-Yoon, took part in KARA Project, a show aimed at finding new members for the girl group KARA. Somin ended the show in third place and was eventually eliminated. She made her comeback on August 24, 2015, as a member of the girl group April. However, she quit the group in November of that year to concentrate on her studies. She joined the co-ed group Kard in 2016. They released three pre-debut songs before making their official debut on July 19, 2017, with the short album Hola Hola. Somin can play the piano, violin, and ocarina, and he can also predict the brand of tteokbokki based on its flavor. She loves accessories and buys a lot of them, but she often forgets or becomes too sluggish to wear them.
Stage Name: J.Seph (제이셉)
Birth Name: Kim Tae Hyung (김태형)
Birthday: June 21, 1992
Zodiac Sign: Cancer/Gemini cusp
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Height: 178.5 cm (5’10”)
J.Seph is from Chungju, Chungcheong Province, South Korea, and his family include him, his parents, and his elder sister. He spent five years as a trainee at DSP Media. He is KARD’s senior member. Jseph and BM were supposed to make their debut as a hip-hop combo, but plans were modified. According to the members, he is the most amusing member of KARD. Seph also wants to pursue acting (KBS “A Song For You”). Aside from that, He is an expert at creating fire chicken noodles. He also makes excellent ramyun. In KARD, he said regarding his card name, “The ace might be the lowest that support, but it’s the highest at sharp.” He has an extremely sentimental personality.
He appeared in Rainbow’s “Tell Me Tell Me” music video. Another interesting fact is that J.Seph and BM appeared in Rainbow’s “Sunshine” music video. He is good friends with Gfriend’s Sowon, one of his numerous idol buddies. Even if he isn’t proficient, he can communicate in English at a reasonable level. J.Seph is the closest to BM in the bunch. He and Somin performed an OST for “Newlywed Diary 2” on tv.
He, like every other guy in Korea, joined the military on October 5, 2020.
Stage Name: Jiwoo (지우)
Birth Name: Jeon Ji Woo (전지우)
Birthday: October 4, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rat
Height: 165 cm (5’5″)
Blood Type: A
MBTI Type: INFJ-T
Jiwoo attended Chungdam High School, as she stated on “NCT Night Night” 180726. She attended the same school as Jihyo from TWICE.
She is also a former FNC trainee who was trained for a total of five years. She later joined DSP Media and trained for barely two months before making her debut with KARD. She was a clarinet major for six years. Clarinets are a kind of woodwind instrument. A single-reed mouthpiece, a straight, cylindrical tube with an almost cylindrical bore, and a flared bell are all features of this instrument. Her brother is the only member of her family with whom she is not very close. Jiwoo pierced 8 earlobes on both ears in one day.
Another adorable tidbit is that she can make a Doraemon impersonation. She is the most adaptable member of the group, as we can see most of the time. She has a pet dog. Tani is the name of the cat that she frequently posts photographs of on SNS. She symbolizes the R in K.A.R.D. as Somin. She adds color to the group’s idea, dancing, singing, rapping, and music. She is friends with all of the SF9 members and Up10tion’s Bit-to.
Jiwoo is also buddies with Mimi from Gugudan, Doha from Boys24, and Dami from Dreamcatcher. Jiwoo and Somin appeared in a cover of Super Junior’s Lo Siento. Seph believes Jiwoo is an excellent spy and a skilled liar.
Some of the group’s achievements are:
Asia Artist Awards-Rookie award(2017), New Wave Award (2018)
CJ E&M America Awards- Hottest rookie (2017)
Melon Music Awards- Best new artist (2017)
Korea-China Management Awards- Asia rising star award(2019)