Oh Hyuk

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Oh Hyuk
Ohhyuk.jpg
Native name
오혁
Born (1993-10-05) October 5, 1993 (age 25)
South Korea
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014–present
LabelsDRDR AC
Associated acts
Websitewww.hyukoh.com
Korean name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationO Hyeok
McCune–ReischauerO Hyŏk

Oh Hyuk (Hangul: 오혁, born October 5, 1993),[1] is a South Korean singer, and the lead vocalist and guitarist of indie rock band Hyukoh.[2]

Background[edit]

Born in South Korea, Oh moved to China when he was five months old with his parents, both of whom are teachers. His family lived in Jilin City, Shenyang, and settled in Beijing. In 2012, Oh defied his parents' wishes for him to study in the States and moved to Seoul, South Korea with no financial support to pursue music.[3] He was enrolled in art studies at Hongik University, but swiftly dropped out.

In an effort to convince his parents to allow him to pursue music, Oh auditioned for South Korea's three biggest music agencies, S.M. Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment during summer vacation when he was fifteen. Though all three companies immediately wanted to sign him, he declined their offers due to differences in musical style.[4]

He speaks Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and English.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Hyukoh[edit]

Oh created Hyukoh originally as a one-man band but in 2014, he formed the current four-piece band under the same name with bassist Im Dong-geon (임동건), guitarist Lim Hyun-jae (임현제) and drummer Lee In-woo (이인우). Oh worked with Lee in the past, and was introduced to Lee through Lim, with whom he had attended high school, and to Im through a mutual acquaintance.

The band has released two EPs, 20 (2014) and 22 (2015), and one full-length studio album, 23 (2017). Oh is credited with the songwriting on all three albums, which are named after the band members' ages (all four band members were born in the year 1993). While the band achieved success in the Korean indie music scene with the release of their EPs, they gained mainstream popularity after participating in the South Korean television program Infinite Challenge. Following the release of 23, the band embarked on their first world tour. Currently the band is signed to DooRooDooRoo Artist Company(DRDR AC).

Solo Ventures[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Oh has collaborated with a variety of South Korean artists across multiple genres, including hip hop group Epik High, singer-songwriter IU, rapper-producer Code Kunst and indie singer Car, the garden. In 2015, Oh and producer Primary collaborated on a four-track EP titled Lucky You!. In January 2018, Oh ventured into the house and techno genre through a collaboration with indie artist Cifika, entitled MOMOM (몸마음).

Original Soundtrack[edit]

In 2015, Oh released a cover of Lee Moon-se's A Little Girl (Original title: 소녀) for the soundtrack of the South Korean drama series Reply 1988.

Fashion[edit]

Oh's distinct and "nonconformist" fashion sensibility has set him apart from others in mainstream K-pop and granted him notoriety in the global fashion community.[5] He has been featured in several fashion and lifestyle publications, including Vogue and Elle. After modeling for NikeLab in China in late 2016, he was also featured on the cover of the country’s inaugural issue of Dazed magazine. He later became a campaign ambassador for Converse One Star.

Oh's interest in fashion was influenced early on by punk and skate styles and the aesthetic of Japanese designers.[2]

Discography[edit]

Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[6]
Lucky You
with Primary
N/A

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales (DL) Album
KOR
[7]
Collaborations
"Bawling"
with Primary
2015 39 Lucky You
"Momom" (몸마음)
with Cifika
2018 N/A Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"A Little Girl" (소녀) 2015 1
  • KOR: 2,500,000[9]
Reply 1988
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales (DL) Album
KOR
[7]
Collaborations
"eTunnel"
with Primary feat. Gaeko
2015 80 Lucky You
"Gondry" (공드리)
with Primary feat. Kim Ye-rim
"Island"
with Primary
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "오혁 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  2. ^ a b "How Hyuk Oh, the Korean Indie Rock Star, Is Changing the Sound and Style of Seoul". Vogue.
  3. ^ "Shifting Grounds---a Conversation With Rising Indie Star Oh Hyuk". Highsnobiety. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  4. ^ "This idol received casting offers from SM, YG, And JYP... and rejected them all". Koreaboo. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. ^ "The nonconformist energy of South Korea". Vogue.it (in Italian). 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
  7. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2017-03-09.
  8. ^ Cumulative sales of "Bawling":
  9. ^ "GAON′s 관찰노트". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). February 26, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "2015년 14주차 Download Chart".