The Black Skirts

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The Black Skirts
Native name
Birth nameJo Hyu-il
Also known asBrian Cho
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, percussion
Years active2008–present
Associated actsTablo, Hyukoh, Code Kunst
WebsiteOfficial website

Jo Hyu-il (Hangul: 조휴일) or Brian Cho, better known as The Black Skirts (Hangul: 검정치마), is an indie rock musician based in South Korea. He released his debut album, 201, in 2010.[1] He is currently signed to HIGHGRND, an indie sub-label owned by YG Entertainment.[2]


Jo was born in Seoul, South Korea on December 5, 1982. He moved to the United States when he was 12 years old and grew up in New Jersey.[3] His musical taste was influenced at an early age by what he would learn from American music media such as MTV and Rolling Stone.[4] He was also heavily influenced by Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill and the first album he ever purchased was Michael Jackson's Dangerous.[5]


Pre-The Black Skirts[edit]

In 2004, Jo formed a three-member punk rock band called Castel Prayon while living in New York City. The band eventually dissolved as members went on to pursue their individual endeavors, leaving Jo to become a one-man band.

The Black Skirts (2006-Present)[edit]

In 2006, Jo returned to South Korea and began making music as a one-man band under the name, The Black Skirts.[1] In 2009, Jo released an unofficial album titled My Feet Don't Touch the Ground (And I Am So Winded I Can't Sing for You Today).

In 2010, Jo gained notoriety in the Korean indie rock scene upon releasing 201, his first album as The Black Skirts Produced by Kia Eshghi.[6] The album was recorded in his basement.[7] Later that year, he won Best Modern Rock Album at the Korean Music Awards.[8] A special edition of 201 was released on March 18, 2010.

On July 13, 2011, Jo released his second album, Don't You Worry Baby (I'm Only Swimming).

On January 7, 2016, Jo signed to HIGHGRND.

On May 30, 2017, Jo released his third album, Team Baby. The album cover features Jo's parents.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
201 9
Don't You Worry Baby (I'm Only Swimming) 3

Single albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Hollywood 7
"In My City of Seoul" (내 고향 서울엔) 5

Other Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
As featured artist
"You Look Good" (좋아보여)
Verbal Jint feat. The Black Skirts
2011 5 Go Easy
Soundtrack appearances
"Wait More" (기다린 만큼, 더) 2016 21 Another Miss Oh OST


  1. ^ a b "검정치마 소개" [Black Skirts profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ Hong, Dam-young (2017-10-24). "[Herald Interview] After 3 years, Epik High raps as if it's their last". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  3. ^ "K-pop Indie Gem: The Black Skirts". seoulbeats. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  4. ^ "변한 것 없는 검정치마 | 엘르코리아(ELLE KOREA)". (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. ^ "검정치마 조휴일 인터뷰_ 2집은 노골적으로 교외적, BPM은 쭉 떨어질 계획". 화이트퀸의 음악여행 (in Korean). 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ Kim, Soo-kyun (2017-05-29). "검정치마, 정규 3집 'TEAM BABY' 발매…6년만의 귀환" [The Black Skirts return after 6 years with 3rd album 'Team Baby']. 10 Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  7. ^ NEWSIS. "'검정치마' 조휴일, 나? 이런 가수야…반말 인터뷰". newsis (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  8. ^ Han, Sang-hee (2010-03-09). "Korean Music Awards to Honor Quality". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  9. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
  10. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart.

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