Rumbling with the Best in K-pop
To Choi Jin Yi, better known by her stage name, Rumble Fish, her rise to stardom has come full-circle. From coming out of relative obscurity back in 2003 to slowly becoming known to the mainstream, her success in the ballad-rock genre is noted by many. Her most recent hit, I Love You, I Love You [MV], garnered much praise for its whimsical, romantic tones.
Yet, Choi’s greatest success is most tied to her past. Before she was known as a solo singer, Rumble Fish used to be a four-person rock-pop group. Made of three guys and one girl, these four were known as one of the premier Korean rock-pop bands. From 2003 – 2010, the Rumble Fish crew consisted of:
Choi Jin-yi (최진이) : vocal
Kim Ho-il (심호근) : bass
Park Cheon-whi (박천휘) : drums
Lee Won-sang (이원상) : guitar
Debuting as an indie group, they didn’t have the luxury of being under a well-funded label such as SM Entertainment, YG, or JYP. Thus, to promote their music, they featured in venues at the popular Hongdae area in Seoul. They quickly developed a fan base at various clubs, as their once small indie gatherings soon became mini-concert sized.