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Cloud (singer)

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Native name
Also known as구름
BornApril 6, 1991
OriginSouth Korea
GenresIndie rock・Indie pop・Grunge Rock・Ballad・Lo-fi
Years active2010 - Present
LabelsMagic Strawberry Sound・Blue Vinyl
Associated actsBye Bye Badman・CHEEZE・Yerin Baek

Cloud, real name Koh Hyung-Seok (Korean: 고형석; born April 6, 1991), is a multi-instrumentalist and prolific musician who has been working on the Korean music scene since 2010. Koh started his career as a keyboardist for the band Bye Bye Badman and a member of CHEEZE and has worked alongside K-pop soloist Yerin Baek since her debut album Frank. Koh has also produced tracks for many well-known Korean artists such as Chungha, Giriboy, B1A4, Car, the garden, and more. In 2021, Cloud signed with Blue Vinyl, and released his first album under the label, With a lot of exaggeration.[1]


Koh was born on April 6th, 1991. He studied music composition at Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts.[1]

His interest in music started at a young age. While in high school, he played in a band with friends that he met at various recording studios and later formed his own group, Bye Bye Badman, with fellow students he met while studying music composition in college.[2]


2010 - 2017: CHEEZE and Bye Bye Badman, The Cloud Series, Work with Yerin Baek[edit]

Koh, along with four friends, formed the band Bye Bye Badman in 2011. The group debuted on January 7th, 2011 with their self-titled EP Bye Bye Badman. Shortly after their debut, drummer Jung Han Sol left the band. The remaining four members — Bonghil (vocal/guitar), Cloud (keyboard), Minhyeok (guitar), and Luli (vocal/bass), would continue to perform together for the remainder of the band's career. Through their openings for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, as well as their performance at 2016’s SXSW festival, the group garnered international acclaim.[3][4]

Shortly after starting his career with Bye Bye Bandman, Koh formed yet another indie group, CHEEZE, along with vocalist Dalchong. In 2017, the two parted ways after 6 years of working together, with Koh leaving to focus on personal projects and Dalchong carrying on as the sole member of CHEEZE.

In 2015, through an introduction via his agency, Koh met then JYP vocalist, Yerin Baek. A long-time fan of Baek, Koh began producing for her from the very start of her solo career, writing multiple tracks on her first extended play, Frank. He continued to work with her throughout her career with JYP and later at her own label, Blue Vinyl.[2]

Koh began building his solo career with the release of four digital singles, The Cloud Series, in 2016 and 2017.

2018 - Present: The Volunteers and Blue Vinyl debut[edit]

Along with Baek, former Bye Bye Badman guitarist Minhyeok (Jonny), and drummer friend Chiheon Kim, Koh formed a new band The Volunteers, releasing their unofficial debut EP Vanity & People through SoundCloud in 2018.

The group released another single, "Radio", the following year before signing with Baek's self-established label Blue Vinyl in 2020.

In 2021, Koh made his official label debut as a solo artist under Blue Vinyl. His debut album With a lot of exaggeration, features 9 tracks. He worked on the tracks over his years in the industry. The album shows more musical expertise and a different sound than that visible through his career as a producer and band-member. The album's title track of the same name, With a Lot of Exaggeration, was finished most recently and is described as a mellow and peaceful song.[2]

In May 2021 The Volunteers, made their official label debut with Blue Vinyl, releasing both a CD and LP version of their self-titled full-length album.[5][6]

Musical Style[edit]

In an interview with a Korean newspaper in 2021, Koh described himself as 'amicable,' not only to the various artists he works with, but also to the various styles of music he has pursued. As a producer and band member, he handles a diverse variety of different genres and sounds. From CHEEZE's cutesy melodies to the brit-pop sound of Bye Bye Badman and the grunge-rock style of The Volunteers, Koh has shown an ability to shift seamlessly between a wide range of sounds.[2]


Studio albums[1][edit]

Title Album Details
With a lot of exaggeration (많이 과장해서 하는 말)
  • Released: March 4, 2021
  • Label: Blue Vinyl, Dreamus Company
  • Format: CD, digital download, streaming


Title Single Details
Cloud. 1 'The Way You Make Me' ('더 나은 사람')
Cloud. 2 'As Usual As Today' ('지금껏 그랬듯 앞으로도 계속')
Cloud. 3 'yim' ('내가 모르게')
Cloud. 4 'Mafia'


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "구름(가수)". Namu Wiki. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Min, Kyun-Won (March 8, 2021). "Meet the producer, singer and songwriter who doesn't even like singing". Korea JoongAng Daily. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Bye Bye Badman". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Zimmer, Cindy (April 6, 2016). "Interview: Bye Bye Badman at SXSW". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Yeo, Gladys (June 11, 2021). "Baek Yerin's band The Volunteers talk their friendship and long-awaited debut". NME. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Choi, Ji-won (June 11, 2021). "[Eye Interview] Baek Yerin forays into 90s rock with The Volunteers". The Korea Herald. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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