For a long time, KPOP fans have been an audience for boy bands who have masculine and aggressive concepts. Over the years, we’ve seen many boy bands sporting dark and rebellious styles in both music and fashion. It made us kind of miss the vibrant, bright, and playful concepts that boy bands used to do back then. Thankfully, ASTRO came along.
ASTRO is a six-member boy band formed under Fantagio in 2016. The group is composed of JinJin, MJ, Eunwoo, Moonbin, Rocky, and Sanha. Their debut single is called “Hide & Seek” which is the carrier single of their debut EP “Spring Up”. Subsequently, they were named as one of the best new KPOP acts of 2016.
Name: Park Jinwoo
Birthday: March 15, 1996
Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
JinJin as a rapper has a very unique way of rapping. Unlike most rappers who spit out words as fast as they can, he raps in a slow and steady pace. This earned him the nickname “Slow Rapper”. Before joining Fantagio as a trainee, we went to NY Dance Academy in Ilsan. JinJin can speak English well. He revealed that he and Eunwoo are the members with the best English skills in the group. When it comes to his ideal type, he said that he likes a girl who has her own opinions and who is not afraid to stand by them.
Name: Kim Myungjun
Birthday: March 5, 1994
Position: Main Vocalist
MJ’s most notable nickname is “The Happy Virus” because he is almost always laughing. It’s in his personality too. He cracks jokes a lot and he is mischievous towards the members. And because he is like a comedian, one of his special talents is impersonation. He can imitate Kwanghee, Park Jaebum, Yoon Moonshik, Ha Dongyun, Zion.T, Lee Sungkyun, Lee Saedol, a camel, a chicken, a chick, and an “aegyo duck”. He loves seafood and said that he would love to open a sushi restaurant one day. MJ’s ideal type is someone who has a nice smile and a good sense of humor just like him.
Name: Lee Dongmin
Birthday: March 30, 1997
Position: Vocalist, Visual, Face of the Group
I mean, who doesn’t know who Cha Eunwoo? He is practically everywhere! He is in a lot of commercials and advertisements. He has recently taken on acting roles in Korean dramas that become so popular. Wherever he goes, people always stop and stare because of his extremely good looks. Aside from his handsome face, Cha Eunwoo is quite a responsible human being. His nickname is “Morning Alarm” and this is because he is always the first one to wake up in the group and he wakes the rest up. Cha Eunwoo’s ideal type is a girl that is curious but is wise and intelligent. Do you think you could be that girl he likes?
Name: Moon Bin
Birthday: January 26, 1998
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
Moonbin isn’t new to the spotlight. Before being a member of ASTRO, he was already appearing on TV as a child model. He once filmed a CF for a popular phone brand. In 2006, he was also one of the mini-versions of DBSK members in their “Balloons” MV. In 2009, he played the young So Yijeong, the character played by Kim Bum. His childhood best friends are iKON’sChanwoo and SF9’s Chani. His ideal type is a girl who has a good sense of humor.
Name: Park Minhyuk
Birthday: February 25, 1999
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Rocky is good at cooking and that is why he is nicknamed “Chef Minhyuk”. Everyone also knows how good of a dancer he is. He has joined many dance shows. One of his most notable performance is in “Hit the Stage”. And for some weird reason, he is my bias. He’s really silent and he does not normally want the spotlight to be on him all the time. I guess it’s because of his dancing skills. I just like seeing him move. It’s clean and full of energy. He is close to Monsta X’s Jooheon, Lee Suhyun of AKMU, SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan, and actress Kim Saeron. Rocky’s ideal type is simple. He likes a girl who is caring, cute, and nice.
Name: Yoon Sanha
Birthday: March 21, 2000
Position: Vocalist, Maknae
Sanha has a good musical background. He knows how to play the guitar. His teachers were his dad and brothers. He also attended A-Sound Music Academy. Sanha may be the youngest member of the group but he’s the tallest and he is extremely tall. Some fans call him the “Big Baby”. If you like a clingy guy, Sanha might be the one for you. His ideal type is a girl who thinks about him a lot and always asks him about his day.
For the most part, ASTRO’s songs were characterized by vibrant and colorful energy that is full of youthfulness. Even their ballad songs are sweet like teenage boys confessing their love to their crush. It was only until their recent comebacks that they took on a more mature concept. And even then, it was not even a sexy kind of mature. It was a subtle change and I loved that. I like how they are not jumping into the bandwagon and trying what everyone else is doing. My favorite Astro track would be “Innocent Love” from their debut EP. It’s a ballad that is filled with the boys’ sweet voices.
ASTRO is still young and they are just starting to make it big in the industry. There are a lot of things to look forward to with this group. To date, they had just experienced their first music show win last January 2019 with the song “All Night”. It’s going to be the first of many. The group will embark on their world tour and I’m sure that it will be the start of a new journey that will lead the boys’ to a series of victories and successes.