Introduction to GOT7

GOT7. 갓세븐. Hailing from JYP Entertainment, the group debuted with 7 members on 16th January 2014. Consisting of 4 Korean members and 3 foreign members, GOT7 has steadfastly grown over the years, alongside their fandom IGOT7 or more affectionately known as ahgase.

Before GOT7, two of the members, JB and Jinyoung (previously known as Jr.) debuted as JJ Project in 2012. After a hiatus, they redebuted as GOT7.

 

JB / Jaebum

 

 

 

Im Jaebum, or also known as JB, is the leader of GOT7. Due to having the same name as a senior singer, he was given JB as a stage name. While he promotes mostly with his stage name, he has been introducing himself as Jaebum as well. Born on January 6, 1994, he is the only child in the family. He is currently attending Konkuk University, majoring in the Arts.

JB has recently earned the nickname kkakdugi for losing in games. The nickname came from the Fencing episode of their reality show in 2016, Hard Carry. Apart from being the leader, JB is also the main vocal of GOT7, together with Youngjae. Because of his early birthday, he is considered to be in the 93-line with Mark.

JB has a lot of interest in dancing since he was a kid, and specializes in b-boying. He became interested in composing and writing music during his career as GOT7, and is now actively composing music under the name Defsoul.

He is left handed and has two beauty mark on his left eyelid. He now raises 3 cats in his room: Nora, Odd and Kunta, with the last two being strays that he used to feed.

Official account(s): SOUNDCLOUD

 

 

 

Mark

 

 

Mark Tuan Yi-En, eldest of the team, hails from Los Angeles, USA. Born on September 4, 1993, he is the third child of the family, with two elder sisters and one younger brother. Mark is a Chinese American of Taiwanese descent.

Scouted while he was in school, he moved to Korea to be a trainee, with no prior knowledge of dance or rap. Over the years, he picked up Martial Arts Tricking (MAT), and became in charge of MAT for the group. His nickname Mark-tial Arts, is used more in Korea because of the similar spelling.

Alongside being the member responsible for MAT, Mark is also the rapper in the group. Despite being the oldest in the team, he is often in charge of the cute antics in the group. His interest in composing for music has seen his name coming up in the credits for several GOT7 songs.

Although awkward with Youngjae at the beginning of their career as GOT7, the two have since gotten close and were roommates at one point in time. Mark is also interested in thrill-seeking activities, such as paragliding and sky diving.

Official account(s): TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

 

Jackson

 

Jackson Wang Jia Er is a Hong Kong citizen born on March 28, 1994. He has one older brother. Jackson used to be a national fencer for China. After winning first place in the 2011 Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships, he decided to move to Korea to be a trainee under JYP Entertainment.

Jackson also introduces himself as Wang Jia Er or Jia Jia when promoting in China. Affectionately, he is known as Gaga to his family and friends back in Hong Kong. Due to his energy and cute outlook as well as being born in the year of the Dog, he is also known as Wang Gae (Wang Puppy) to the fans.

While he is officially a rapper of the group, Jackson has shown interest in singing and has since sung for a few of GOT7 songs. He is also interested in composing and has a few songs under his name.

Jackson is active as a variety star and emcee in both Korea and China. He flies to and fro the two countries regularly. A fixed cast in several shows in China, Jackson is a rising star in the Entertainment field and has won awards for New Variety Star in both Korea and China.

Jackson has established his own studio, Team Wang, in China to handle his activities there.

Official account(s): INSTAGRAM | WEIBO

 

 

 

Jinyoung

 

 

Park Jinyoung originally promoted as Jr. and Junior before switching to promote under his real name, Jinyoung. Born on September 22, 1994, Jinyoung has two older sisters. He is currently attending Howon University and is in the Division of Performing Art and Media.

Jinyoung has several nicknames, the well known ones being Actor Park and Park Gae. Like Jackson, Jinyoung was born in the year of the Dog, earning him the nickname Park Gae (Park Puppy). Aside from being a vocal for GOT7, Jinyoung also occasionally raps. He also contributes to creating choreography for GOT7 with Yugyeom and has composed several songs for GOT7.

He is active as an actor with dramas and a movie under his belt. The pride the members and fans have for him being an actor is what led to the Actor Park nickname.

Jinyoung prefers to spend time on his own when GOT7 gets a break. He is also an avid reader after first being influenced by JB. He has since done two reading V apps for the fans, recommending them certain books, reading several notable parts out and giving wise advice.

Official account(s): INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

 

Youngjae

Choi Youngjae, lead singer of GOT7, is born on September 17, 1996. The youngest child with one older sister and one older brother, Youngjae worked through part-time jobs to put himself through a singing academy. He is currently enrolled in Daekyung’s University Model department.

Youngjae earned the nickname Nich-In-Bi from their reality show, I GOT7, after being recognized for his visuals by 2PM member, Nich Khun. He is also known as otter to fans and members alike for the cute resemblance to the mammal.

Although the main vocal is the last to join the team, Youngjae has left his fans and members alike amazed by how quickly he picked up dancing. Despite training as a vocal, Youngjae has also rapped for GOT7’s songs after indicating interest in rapping. Furthermore, after dabbling in composition, Youngjae is now actively composing and writing music under the name Ars. He also releases songs on his Soundcloud account.

Youngjae currently does not dorm with the other members but lives with his brother. Coco, the dog he used to raise together with Mark, is currently with the Choi brothers.

Youngjae’s love for music has also resulted in him having an interest in music therapy. He hopes to be a music therapist one day and heal people with music.

Official account(s): TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD

 

 

 

BamBam

 

BamBam

is a Thai national, and is also formally known as Kunpimook Bhuwakul BamBam. He has two older brothers and a younger sister. Born on May 2, 1997, BamBam left Thailand at a young age to be a trainee in Korea.

While BamBam does not have a set nickname, a snake emoji is often used to represent him as the word ‘Bam’ means snake in Korean.

As a rapper in the team, BamBam contributes to many of the rap making in their songs. He is also known for his excellence in dancing to girl group dances and has performed on several special stages covering them.

BamBam has a flair for languages. He often surprises people with his knowledge in Korean language and has picked up English without any formal training. He is also talented in drawing and his artwork was used as the cover image for Real GOT7 DVD. Once in a while, BamBam edits videos and uploads montages of his overseas trips on Instagram.

BamBam has opened a cafe in Thailand called B’Chill that is currently run by his family members.

Official account(s): TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

Yugyeom

 

 

Kim Yugyeom was born on 17 November 1997. He has one older brother, making him the youngest at home as well as in the team. Together with Youngjae, he is currently enrolled in Daekyung’s University Model department.

After his appearance and win in a dancing competition for celebrities, Hit The Stage, the name of the show was become a nickname for Yugyeom. Like BamBam, Yugyeom is also often represented by an emoji, an ant, as his name sounds alike to the Korean word for ant.

A vocal for GOT7, Yugyeom occasionally raps in their songs. He is also in charge of dance for the team. He choreographs for some of their dances as well as dance breaks for special stages. He has also composed and penned lyrics for GOT7’s discography, with his songs landing spots in their Korean and Japanese albums.

The youngest in the team, he finds joy in teasing the older members in the group with his antics. However, he is also very innocent according to the members, and is always the member to be pranked and tricked through their hidden cameras.

Official account(s): INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD

 

 

 

I GOT7

I GOT7 was introduced as the fanclub’s nickname on May 9, 2014. As the Korean spelling for I GOT7 is 아이 갓세븐, it is often shortened to 아가세. As the pronounciation is similar to 아가새, which means baby birds, the fandom has then been referred to as baby birds by the members. The members have increasingly started using bird emojis to represent I GOT7 and have started a wings flapping movement to refer to the fanclub.

An official lightstick was informally introduced to the fandom by the members during a mini-fanmeeting after Music Core, on April 23, 2016. While I GOT7 were never informed of their official color, fans have taken green to be the official color, due to the light stick having a green light. During the fanmeeeting, while coming up with names for the lightstick, Youngjae suggested ahgabong. Ahga, derived from ahgases, means baby while bong stands for stick. Although officially while the lightstick is still unnamed, members and fans alike have been using ahgabong.