Be.A (Hangul: 비에이, shortened from Be. A rtist or Be an Artist; formerly known as K-Much) is a South Korean boy band formed under Chrome Entertainment in 2014. They debuted on 7 January 2014 as K-Much with the release of their first mini album Beyond the Ocean. The group currently consists of three members: Hong-gyu, Yeong-kyun, and Ato.
Although the group’s English name had always been K-Much, their original Korean name was Gamulchi (가물치), which translates to “snakehead”. The snakehead fish is a popular health food in Korea, and symbolizes longevity. In August 2014, the Korean name of the group was changed to K-Much (케이머치) to match the group’s English name, but it was changed again in February 2017 to Be.A.
K-Much made their first public appearance on an episode of Crayon Pop TV on 8 September 2013. Prior to their debut, they promoted themselves in high schools throughout Korea and held street performances. K-Much featured in Crayon Pop’s solo concert, 2nd POPCON in Tokyo, performing a remix of three songs. Crayon Pop’s Ellin formally introduced K-Much to the public shortly before their debut.
On 7 January 2014, K-Much released their first mini album, Beyond the Ocean. The album consists of three tracks: “I’m Sorry”, “What Should I Do” (나 어떡해), and the single, “Good to Go” (뭣 모르고, lit. “Don’t Know Anything”). A story version music video of “Good to Go”, featuring Crayon Pop’s Ellin, was uploaded to YouTube on 6 January, a day before the album’s release. On the same day, K-Much performed on SBS MTV’s The Show: All About K-Pop!, marking their first live stage performance. K-Much made their official debut stage on 8 January 2014, performing “Good to Go” on MBC Music’s Show Champion.
In late 2014, K-Much participated in the first Chrome Family project, a digital single album titled 2014 Chrome Family – A Very Special Christmas . The album was released on 3 December, as well as a music video for the single, “Love Christmas”. Loki was not in the music video, and Chrome Entertainment later confirmed he had left the company to pursue an acting career. Loki’s departure was amicable, and K-Much continued as a four-member group.
On 17 February 2015, K-Much pre-released the single “December 24” (12월 24일), ahead of their upcoming album. The music video featured former Hello Venus member Yoo Ara. A second song, “On the Hook” (어항 속 물고기, lit. “Fish in a Fishbowl”), was released on 6 March. Another single, “Tie My Hands”, was released on 26 November.
In January 2017, funding site Makestar announced K-much would hold a ‘Renewal Project’ until the 21st of March. In February, it was announced through Makestar that K-Much were looking to change their group name through a fan poll. They asked fans to choose one of the three candidates named : Be.A (Be Artist/Be.A/ Become an artist), Champ (Become the Idol Champion) and B.O.T (Boy on top). On February 28, they announced their new name had changed to Be.A. They also announced they would be making a comeback in the first half of the year with a new member. On March 2, it was announced that Boys24 contestant previously known as Park Woo-young joined the group with the stage name BomB.
In February 2018, Be.A announced a European tour. However, BomB was absent from the tour photos and was unfollowed by the official account. Even though Chrome has yet to release an official statement, it’s safe to say BomB is no longer a member. Furthermore, Milly was unable to attend, and had a replacement fill in for him whose name was Taeyoung. On August 27th Milly posted on his Instagram that he will no longer be promoting as a member due to music differences and the direction the group is going in. Rather he plans on promoting as a soloist.