Royal Pirates (로열 파이럿츠) is a Korean-American rock band which debuted in 2013. The band consists of Kim Moon-chul (vocals, guitar), and EXSY (drums).
Royal Pirates made their Korean debut on August 25, 2013 at Inkigayo with their digital single “Shout Out”.
On January 15, 2014, Royal Pirates released their first EP in Korea “Drawing The Line.
On March 24th 2014, Royal Pirates released their first album in Japan “Shout Out”, which also included English versions of the songs Shout Out, Drawing The Line and Fly To You.
Royal Pirates performed on several music programs as guests of Kim Kyung Rok of “VOS”.
The band also performed on a world tour with actor Lee Min Ho. As guests on the Reboot: Minho Tour, they performed at venues in South Korea, Japan, China and more.
On August 27, 2014, Royal Pirates released their second EP “Love Toxic”, which included the English versions of the songs “Betting Everything” and “You”. The band then later released a Taiwanese Deluxe version of their “Love Toxic” EP, featuring tracks from the “Drawing The Line” EP, as well as a Japanese edition, which included the Japanese version of the title track “Love Toxic”.
On November 30th, 2015, the 3 members of Royal Pirates returned with a 6 track EP titled “3.3”. Their title track “Run Away” was made into a music video. Prior to this comeback, member James Lee had a nearly-fatal freak accident which caused him to give up playing the bass after 13 years. However, he returned to play the keyboard for the music video of “Run Away”. Enik Lin of EDM group IAMMEDIC also helped write and produce the track, and can be seen in the music videos for both “Run Away” and “Dangerous”.
James Lee announced his departure from the band on January 31, 2017 via a handwritten letter on his Instagram account.