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​11 Cool Facts About the First Non-Korean K-Pop Group EXP EDITION

Last updated on November 26, 2018

Have you heard of the non-Korean K-pop band EXP EDITION? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. EXP is the first and only K-pop boy band made in New York CityThough they’re K-pop, none of the five members are Korean. Scroll down to check out the 11 cool facts about the first non-Korean K-pop band! 

1. This first and only non-Korean K-pop band has 3 singles & EPs under their belts 

Hunter, Koki, Frankie and Sime come from different parts of the world like Hong Kong, Croatia and the United States. They have released “Stress” (2018), EP “First Edition” (2018) and single “Feel Like This” (2017).

2. EXP EDITION started out as an experimental project of a Columbia University graduate student

EXP EDITION debuted after Bora Kim, the Columbia University student, turned her doctoral dissertation into a successful Kickstarter project, raising enough seed money to make a boy band. The band’s name comes from the first three letters of the word “experiment.”

3. EXP EDITION is the first K-pop band made by three women

Unlike BIGBANG or GOT7, which are formed by K-pop’s mega agencies, EXP EDITION was made from scratch by three female artists. Bora Kim, Karin Kuroda, and Samantha Y. Shao initiated the I’m Making a Boy Band (IMMABB) project to recruit and debut the five EXP members. The project was born to illustrate concepts like gender roles in pop culture and their impact on other issues in the globalized world.

4. The boys come from diverse musical backgrounds 

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올해로 20회를 맞이하는 동두천 K-Rock 페스티벌에 EXP EDITION이 작년에 이어 올해도 함께합니다! 시나위, 김종서 밴드, 김경호 밴드~ 이름만 들어도 가슴 벅차오르는 한국 락 레전드 선배님들과 한 무대에 선다니 정말 영광이에요~~ 우리 9월 1일 동두천 소요산 주차광장 특설무대에서 만나요~~~ EXP EDITIONが20周年のドンドゥチョンK-ROCKフェスで公演します!9月1日、土曜日去年のK-ROCKフェスでライブをして本当に楽しかったのでたのしみにしてまーす!🤘来てね! EXP EDITION will be performing at The 20th Dongducheon K-Rock Festival on Sat, 9/1! Special headliners include: 김경호 밴드, 김종서 밴드 and 시나위! Looking forward to performing at K-Rock again! See you there!!!!!!!!! #동두천락페스티벌 #동두천락페 #이엑스피에디션 
#코키 #시메 #프랭키 #헌터
#光希 #シーメ #フランキー #ハンター

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The five members come from different musical backgrounds such as jazz, pop, R&B and musical theater. Their music producer comes from an EDM and dance background, and together they create what’s uniquely EXP EDITION.

5. EXP EDITION is K-pop and a few other genres

“It’s a hybrid of a few different genres,” member Hunter describes their music style. As the first K-pop boy band, EXP EDITION embraces various cultures and genres of music. Though none of the five members are Korean, EXP EDITION labels their music as K-pop because of their Korean lyrics and love for the K-pop fandom culture.

6. EXP EDITION sings in Korean and English

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Lyrics for their two singles, “Luv/Wrong” and “Feel Like This,” are in both Korean and English. Moving forward, they hope to sing more in Korean. They take two-hour Korean lessons every day as seen on a KBS documentary about them in January. They’re planning a Korean debut this year.

7. EXP EDITION members write their own lyrics

Most of the members come from a songwriting background. They write the English version of the songs, which Bora translates into Korean.

8. EXP EDITION gets their inspirations from Zion T, CL and Michael Jackson

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드디어 오늘! 도쿄에서 첫 공연을 했어요! 완전 최고였어요~ 많은 분들께서 와주셨고 엄청난 환영을 받았어요! 정말정말 감사합니다~ 앞으로 약 한달동안 신오쿠보 Show Box에서 계속 여러분을 만날 예정이니 EXP EDITION의 공연 일정 확인해주시고 많은 관심 부탁드려요~ 내일은 오후 3시 30분에 시작합니다~~ 감사합니다!!! 사랑해요!!! 今日来てくださったファンの皆さん本当に素敵な時間を過ごせて嬉しいです!! 8月10日までいるので今日来れなかった方は是非来てください!!また明日午後の3時30に始まります!(*^◯^*) Had the most amazing welcome at our show for our 1st performance in Tokyo today! If you weren't able to join us be sure to check the schedule for our month long promotion at Show Box in Shin Ōkubo!!! See you tomorrow at 3:30pm!! #TOKYOEDITION #이엑스피에디션 
#코키 #시메 #프랭키 #헌터
#光希 #シーメ #フランキー #ハンター

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The boy band members say their music is inspired by American and Korean artists aforementioned. They are keen on creating an electric blend of American and Korean pop music.

9. EXP EDITION hopes to star in a variety show 

In February 2016, when asked what they’d like to do in the future, former member Tarion said “I’d love to be on a variety show with these guys,” adding that Hunter will probably outdo the rest of the members. And he was right. Hunter now has his own YouTube channel.

10. EXP EDITION challenges boundaries

“We’re all doing something that’s never been done before and we’re breaking boundaries,” Hunter said. They’re challenging the notion of K-pop for the audience. Is K-pop a musical genre? Must K-pop groups have a Korean member? In other words, what constitutes K-pop?

11. They’re the most controversial K-pop group in the world

They’re the most controversial K-pop band according to Vice.

What are your thoughts on EXP EDITION? Do you follow them on social? Comment below!

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