Koreaâ€™s top hip hop producerÂ Brave Brothers (Kang Dong Chul 32)Â has joinedÂ JTBCâ€˜s â€˜Made In Uâ€˜ program as a panel judge.
Brave Brothers has composed a number of hits such asÂ Son Dambiâ€˜s â€œCrazyâ€ and â€œSaturday Nightâ€œ, as well asÂ Big Bangâ€˜s â€œLast Farewellâ€œ. He is one of the top composer / producers today, earning more than $1 million in copyrights alone. He started as a no-name composer with 12 violent-related crimes on his record, and went through some unique obstacles to become the experienced composer and producer he is today. Viewers are looking forward to seeing him on â€˜Made In Uâ€™, and ahead of the show,Â Ilgan SportsÂ met with Brave Brothers to talk to him about his career.
-So you have joined â€˜Made In Uâ€™ as a panel judge?
â€œI was attracted to the idea that it was a new kind of audition program where it incorporated communication with the viewers. If I were to just be another mentor who offered guidance to the contestants and taught them new skills, I probably wouldâ€™ve turned the offer down. But on â€˜Made In Uâ€™, I have the opportunity to be a producer, and an older brother figure to these hopefuls. My job is to lead them and help them grow.â€
-What will be your own judging standards consist of?
â€œMore than a strong set of vocal chords, Iâ€™m looking for potential and talent. A lot of times, you can see the talent in their expression when you first meet someone. I will attentively be reviewing all the contestants.â€
-We heard that you enjoy being on TV programs more than the average celebrity.
â€œTo be completely honest, I donâ€™t really enjoy being on TV. But as a label CEO, if it helps my artists get their name out there, I will personally promote them on TV programs.â€
-Some have pointed out that you are walking in the footsteps of CEO of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun Suk.
â€œHyun Suk hyung is my mentor. I learned a lot about how to run a business after being underÂ YG EntertainmentÂ for 7 years. Itâ€™s only natural that my work is similar to his own. It has been a huge blessing that I have been able to learn from a hyung who has such clear goals in his life. I have nothing but respect for him.â€
-You and Shinsadong Tiger are rumored to be close friends as well as the biggest rivals.
â€œGirl group rivalsÂ SNSDÂ andÂ KARAÂ are close friends too, arenâ€™t they?Â Shinsadong TigerÂ was a little afraid of me in the beginning, and when I first started, I didnâ€™t think it was necessary for me to be close to anyone in the same industry. But after we talked a few times, we realized that we communicate really well. Heâ€™s my closest dongseng with whom I can talk to most comfortably.â€
-You were recently targeted online for your violent past.
â€œYes, I know. I welcome any criticism in regards to my music, however, itâ€™s unfair that people are judging me based on my past. There were 160 comments on an article about me owning a nightclub, half of which were insults and profanity.â€
-Do you regret unveiling your past?.
â€œI always told myself that when I got famous, it would be better for me to personally confess my past, before someone else spoke out about it. The past canâ€™t be changed, and itâ€™s a part of me. Thereâ€™s no reason to hide it.â€