&AUDITION The Howling: Everything We Know About the New Program/Trainees (2022)
& AUDITION – The Howling is the brand-new survival competition K-Pop audition program produced by HYBE LABELS JAPAN. During the show, trainees will compete to join former-I-LAND finalists K, Nicholas, EJ & Ta-Ki in HYBE’s first Japanese boy group.
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The trainees will be mentored by a variety of music industry experts including Bang Si-hyuk, Pdogg, Song Son-Duk, Sakura Inoue, and Soma Genda.
According to the official &AUDITION website, “The trainees will participate in a large-scale project to produce artists who will debut in Japan and go on to perform on the world stage.
They share a common destiny: a mission to grow so that they can make their debut. To achieve this growth, the trainees will take on challenges together (“&”) as they pursue their mutually shared dream of debuting (“Howling”).
And the trainees will have mentors by their sides. The mentors will support and evaluate the trainees as they work toward the dream together, one step at a time.
After demonstrating their skills, growth, and ability to cooperate during each round, who will ultimately make their debut?”
About & AUDITION – The Howling
- Premiere Date: 9th of July, 2022
- Where to Watch: Hulu Japan, Nippon TV, HYBE LABELS YouTube
- Competing Trainees: Fuma, Hayate, Junwon, Yuma, Gaku, Jo, Hikaru, Harua, Maki, Minhyung, and Yejun
- Final Members: K, Nicholas, EJ, and Ta-Ki
- Mentors: Bang Si-hyuk, Pdogg, Song Son-Duk, Sakura Inoue, and Soma Genda.
& AUDITION – The Howling Mentors
& AUDITION – The Howling Mentors include Bang Si-hyuk, Pdogg, Song Son-Duk, Sakura Inoue, and Soma Genda.
Advisor: Bang Si-hyuk
Bang Si-hyuk, or “Hitman” Bang, is a top lyricist, composer, and producer responsible for some of K-Pop’s biggest hits including the majority of BTS’ discography as well as the music of TXT and ENHYPEN.
In addition to his work as a musician, Bang Si-hyuk is also an incredibly successful record executive, having grown his Big Hit Music company into the billion-dollar corporation, HYBE Corp. HYBE now includes a wide variety of labels including Pledis Entertainment, KOZ Entertainment, and Source Music, among others.
Pdogg, or Kang Hyo-won, is a record producer, composer, and lyricist working under Big Hit Music. One of BTS’ primary producers, Pdogg has composed the hits that have made BTS one of the most listened-to artists in music. In addition to BTS, Podd has also produced TXT’s albums “The Dream Chapter: Star,” “The Dream Chapter: Magic,” “Minisode 1 : Blue Hour,” “and their Japanese album “Still Dreaming”
Mentor: Song Son-Duk
Song Sung-Deuk is BTS’ primary choreographer and the mastermind behind some of K-Pop’s most recognizable dance choreographies. Song Sung-Deuk is one of the top performance experts in the K-Pop industry.
Perforamnce Director: Sakura Inoue
Sakura Inoue is one of the Performance Directors working under HYBE LABELS JAPAN. An incredibly talented dancer and choreographer, Sakura Inoue has worked with top artists and dancers across Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the US.
Performance/Sound Director Soma Genda
Soma Genda is a Japanese music engineer, composer, producer, Composer, Lyricist, and arranger, amongst others. His extensive discography includes credits on Top K-Pop Japanese albums including BTS’ “BTS, The Best,” “Face Yourself, and “Crystal Snow.” He has also worked on Tomorrow X Together’s “Chaotic Wonderland” and albums for Ren, BoA, NiziU, and 88rising, among others.
&AUDITION – The Howling Trainees Profiles
In addition to the four final members, K, Nicholas, EJ, Ta-Ki, &AUDITION – The Howling will feature 11 hopefully and talented trainees who will compete for a spot in the anticipated Japanese group
K (21/10/97) (Japanese)
Nicholas (9/7/02) (Taiwanese)
EJ (9/9/02) (Korean)
Taki (4/5/05) (Japanese)
Fuma (29/6/98) (Japanese)
Hayate (25/1/01) (Japanese)
Junwon (21/4/03) (Korean)
Yuma (7/2/04) (Japanese)
Gaku (25/4/04) Japanese
Jo (8/7/04) (Japanese)
Hikaru (28/3/05) (Japanese)
Harua (1/5/05) (Japanese)
Maki (17/2/06) (Japanese)
Minhyung (27/1/07) (Korean)
Yejun (28/4/07) (Korean)
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