[B.A.P Hot Debut Story] Youngjae ③ “Joining JYP and placing first in the auditions…I felt dazed”
“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?”
With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well.
We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is B.A.P’s “brain” Youngjae, who has stepped forth into the music industry with his strong charisma.
Youngjae officially fell in the charms of music after he entered high school and in getting closer to his peers who attended the same academy he did, they would exchange their knowledge of music with one another.
“When I was a first year in high school, my teacher was very understanding of me in placing me with the hyungs of our academy and I spent a lot of time with the hyungs singing. I think it was a time where i9 was so into music that I didn’t even go home – I had a lot of fun playing and learning music at the same time (laughs).”
It wasn’t just Korean music that Youngjae was into, but he came across American music as well in broadening his music spectrum.
“When I first came across American music, I at first had revoked it and there were lots of moments where I listened to it due to it being required in our lessons, but I started growing onto it once I kept listening to it. Since then, I started liking pop to the point where there weren’t much Korean music on my MP3 player.”
And Youngjae lived in going crazy over music, yet he never had the intention of becoming a singer from the start.
“The more I thought about music, I started growing greedier. Instead of a singer, I had the thought of wanting to become a true musician. I thought that I should just naturally pursue in my own kind of music and it was stubbornness like none other (laughs).”
And it was during this time also that Youngjae began going to a lot of auditions. Many entertainment companies that one can recognize just by the name recognized Youngjae’s talents and had recruited him, even an offer from a male idol group of whom is promoting actively today. However, after much dilemma, Youngjae entered JYP Entertainment as a trainee and officially prepared for a debut, his age being 17 at the time.
“After 10 months of discussing with JYP, I ended up being a trainee and I don’t know why, but I didn’t want to dance at the time (laughs). But later on in time, I poured my entire focus into practicing dancing and that’s how I spent my time until the people around me told me to audition for JYP’s 6th Audition. After auditioning by myself, I even advanced into the final round of auditions. Thirty teams competed and I placed first. I really didn’t know what to think of then (laughs).”
It was an anecdote of which his music skills were so advanced that it had shut down the other contestants from keeping up with him.