The Royalties

The Royal Pirates

Royal Pirates with members  Moonchul, Sooyoon, and James is a rock band that debuted in August 25, 2013 under Apple of the Eye Entertainment in Korea. They were previously based in Southern California. Moonchul and Sooyoon have lived in the United States for 10 years, while James was born and raised in the United States. They are all full Koreans.

Formerly known as Fading From Dawn in the year of 2004 with members: Moonchul, Sooyoon, and Richard(Moonchan). Richard, Moonchul's brother-the bassist in the band, passed away on 4.11.08 in a terrible car accident. Moonchul and Sooyoon couldn't be Fading From Dawn without Richard and decided to change their name to Royal Pirates. James, ex Azusa, joined Royal Pirates as bassist in Sep. 2009. 

로얄P.(Royal Pirates) 는 2004년도에 결성된 Fading From Dawn 이란 이름으로 미국 캘리포니아에서 활동했었습니다. 2008년 4월 밴드의 베이시스트인 문찬 (보컬 문철의 친형)이 안타까운 교통사고로 인해 고인이 된 후 로얄P.로 이름을 바꾸고 활동하고 있습니다. 2009년 9월부터 베이스 기타 주자로 제임스를 영입하여 본격적인 활동을 준비중입니다

Name meaning 

"'Royal' and 'Pirates' are relative words. They're mirror opposites of our band's identity. We named it with our band's goal to connect to 'royal' lineage of rock bands by being today's legends, and to make the music beyond generations and express  freely with spirits of 'pirates' in the voyage." (quote from Daum Music Bar Interview)


  • 9th September - 1st cover on Youtube – Muse “Time is Running Out”, followed by covers of various kpop songs such as the Wonder Girls’ viral hit song "Nobody," DBSK’s "Mirotic," Super Junior’s "Sorry Sorry," etc. They also covered Britney Spears’ "Circus," which was even featured on Britney’s homepage.

  • 3rd April – invitation to Star King because of the popularity of “Sorry Sorry” cover. Due to scheduling conflicts and the fact they did not wanted to be seen as “cover band”, they've refused the offer.
  • 14th May - appearance on the Korean news channel YTN.
  • 3rd June - appearance on allkpop. They debuted their original song "Crawling Out," written by Moonchul.
  • 20th September – James joined the band.
  • 10th October – Moon and Sooyoon's interview for KoME World.
  • 23th October – James is introduced in the KoME shoutout video.
  • December cover of “All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey.

  • 7th March – “Disappear”, 1st MV release
  • Summer signing of the contract with Apple of the Eye.
  • 2010-2011 – Training in Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.

  • 5th May - gig for One Day’s Wages
  • 17th June – performance at The Cat Club in West Hollywood
  • 7th July – performance at The Mint in Los Angeles
  • 16th July – acoustic performance at KAH Asian Restaurant & Lounge in Manhattan Beach
  • 5th August – performance at The Roxy, Los Angeles
  • 27th August – performance at The Viper Room, Los Angeles

  • 11th January – all of them are finally in Korea for training.
  • 21st April – performance at Men's Fashion Week in Singapore (1st overseas performance)
  • 1st June – guest performance for Danny Jung's concert in Seoul (1st Korean performance)

  • 8th February – the beginning of debut album recording
  • 16th June – performance at Club FF in Hongdae, Seoul
  • 30th June – announcement about winning the Super Rookie contest for Supersonic Korea, pre-showcase performance at V-hall, Seoul
  • 6th July – performance at GOGOS2 club in Hongdae, Seoul
  • 10th July – announcement of official debut in Korea.
  • 19th July – performance at Club FF in Hongdae, Seoul
  • 15th August – performance as a Super Rookie at Supersonic Korea 2013
  • 25th August - first network debut at SBS Inkigayo with Shout Out
  • 26th August - release of Shout Out digital single (in Korea) and MV
  • 6th September - debut performance in Music Bank
  • 7th September - debut performance in Music Core
  • 11th September - performance at Cosmo Rock in Hongdae
  • 12th September - debut performance in M!Countdown
  • 13th September - release of Shout Out digital single worldwide
  • 22th September - performance at Inkigayo
  • 26th September - appearance in Arirang Radio K-Poppin' 
  • 27th September - performance at Vouge Night Out
  • 30th September - recording for Simply Kpop (broadcasted at 8th October)
  • 9th October - appearance in Arirang Radio Super Kpop
  • 28th October - performance at MAC store opening in Hongdae
  • 15th December - broadcast of Let's Go Dream Team 2 with James
  • 16th December - appearance in Arirang Radio K-Poppin' 
  • 24th December - Christmas Medley video
  • 31st December - New Year Greeting video
  • 4th January - MV recording for the mini album promotion
  • 11th January - Daum Music Bar recording at Gogos 2 club
  • 12th January - Idol Star Athletics Championship recording
  • 14th January - 1st comeback stage at SBS MTV THE SHOW All About Kpop
  • 15th January - DRAWING THE LINE EP release
  • 16th January - comeback stage at M!Countdown
  • 17th January - comeback stage at Music Bank
  • 18th January - comeback stage at Music Core
  • 18th January - performance at Lee Minho fanmeeting "My Everything" in Seoul
  • 19th January - comeback stage at Inkigayo
  • 19th January - 1st fansigning event at Yoong Poong Books Gimpo
  • 20th Januaryappearance in Arirang Radio Super Kpop
  • 20th January - Simply Kpop recording
  • 21st January - performance at  SBS MTV THE SHOW All About Kpop
  • 23rd January - RP TV episode 1
  • 24th January - appearance at TBS eFM K-Popular
  • 24th January - performance at Music Bank
  • 25th January - performance at Music Core
  • 26th January - performance at Inkigayo
  • 27th January - RP TV episode 2
  • 28th January - Simply Kpop airing (recording from 20th January)
  • 28th Januaryperformance at  SBS MTV THE SHOW All About Kpop
  • 29th January appearance in Arirang Radio K-Poppin' 
  • 30th January - Serosu Live Acustic Performance 
  • 30th and 31st January - Idol Star Athletics Championship airing
  • 2nd February performance at Inkigayo
  • 3rd February - Simply Kpop recording
  • 4th February performance at  SBS MTV THE SHOW All About Kpop
  • 4th February - RP TV episode 3
  • 5th February - appearance at Arirang TV After School Club
  • 6th February - MBC radio ShimShimTapa recording
  • 7th Februaryperformance at Music Bank
  • 8th FebruaryMBC radio ShimShimTapa airing
  • 9th February - Let's Go Dream Team Recording (James)

The Royalties

"I won't say what needs to be said but say what needs to be heard."


Full name: Kim Moonchul (김문철)
Birth date - 2nd September 1988
Birth place - Incheon, South Korea
Blood Type - O
Height - 178cm

Additional info:
  • His English name is Andrew
  • Describes himself as  adventurous, sarcastic, and evil
  • Besides guitar he can play bass, drums and piano.
  • He is afraid of insects
  • He has been singing since he was around 13
  • His favourite bands are Muse and Coldplay

"Sometimes it's good to slow down and practice being present" 

Bass Guitar/Subvocals
Full name: James Lee Joohyun (이주현)
Birth date - 9th June 1988
Birth place - Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Blood Type - A
Height - 188cm

Additional info:
  • He has been playing the bass since sixth grade.
  • Besides bass he also plays six-string guitar and even played trumpet in fourth grade.
  • He loves Mexican food.
  • Before joining Royal Pirates he was a bassist in other bands, including metalcore Azusa and the frontman for The Clear and Conscious.


 “I don't have enough talent to be a special artist. But I do have greater passion”

Full name: Kim Sooyoon (김수윤)
Birth date - 17th December 1989
Birth place - Seoul, South Korea
Blood Type - A
Height - 180cm

Additional info:
  • Besides drums he can also play bass and guitar.
  • He released few solo songs, including “One Hundred Roses” and “Like Butterflies”
  • Has sweet tooth – loves chocolates.
  • He has been playing the drums since he was around 13 and guitar since he was around 14. 
  • He hates when it's raining.
  • He is huge fan of Pikachu and he has also played all Pokemon games.