Ateez (stylized ATEEZ) (PR: eɪ-tiˈz) (Hangul: 에이티즈 RR: eitijeu), previously known as KQ Fellaz, is a K-pop boy group under KQ Entertainment. It is composed of eight members: Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho. They debuted on October 24, 2018 with Treasure EP.1: All to Zero. On November 2nd, the group performed their song, “Pirate King”, on KBS2’s Music Bank.
As a pre-debut group, ATEEZ were originally called “KQ Fellaz” after their label, KQ Entertainment, to signify which entertainment company they had trained under. They were promoted under this name prior to their debut.
On July 3, 2018, their name was changed to ATEEZ, standing for “A TEENAGER Z.”
On November 17, 2018, the group revealed through a live show that the name for their fans would be “ATINY,” a combination of the group name and the word “destiny.” The concept behind the name is that ATEEZ is their fans’ destiny and their fan’s destiny is ATEEZ.
Before becoming ATEEZ, they were previously known as a trainee group under the name KQ Fellaz. As KQ Fellaz, KQ Entertainment released a YouTube series, KQ Fellaz 미국 연수기 (KQ Fellaz American Training), in which they traveled to Los Angeles, California to train. Through the show, KQ Entertainment introduced a ninth member to the trainee group, Lee Junyoung. Member Yunho was also featured in one of Millennium’s famous dance videos.
For the finale of the YouTube series, KQ Fellaz released a song, “From,” on July 3. Through this release, however, KQ Entertainment announced Lee Junyoung’s departure from the group.
Following the YouTube Series, KQ Entertainment announced KQ Fellaz’s reality show on June 26th, 2018, with the first of three teasers. The second teaser was released on June 3rd, in which they introduced the official name for the group: ATEEZ. Hence, the reality show was ultimately called Code Name is ATEEZ. The third teaser was uploaded on July 13th, showcasing the show’s opening title. The show was set to premiere on the Korean broadcasting media Mnet on July 20.
On October 2, 2018, through their official SNS, ATEEZ released a teaser photo announcing their debut date. Additionally, it provided of the date and location of their debut showcase: October 24 in YES24 Livehall. Following this announcement, they sequentially uploaded teaser photos from October 8 to October 23.
On October 24, 2018, ATEEZ released their debut EP, Treasure EP.1: All To Zero. Alongside the release of the album were music videos for titles tracks, “Pirate King” and “Treasure”. The album reached #7 on the Gaon Albums Chart. ATEEZ held their debut showcase the same day with roughly 400 participants in the audience. Several weeks later, the group announced its first-ever U.S. tour dates, featuring concerts in Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
On January 2, ATEEZ released an image through their official SNS with Morse code as the caption. They later confirmed their comeback EP, Treasure EP.2: Zero to One, on January 3 with a follow up teaser. On January 15, they released their new EP, Treasure EP.2: Zero to One, alongside the music video for the title track, “Say My Name”.
The full names and positions of the members are as follows: