JUN is a Korean American solo artist, mostly well-known for his past YouTube career under the name JuNCurryAhn. With over seven years of experience on YouTube as a violinist and garnering with over 2million followers on social media, JUN made his first step into the mainstream music industry with his single ‘Hold it Down’ in 2018.
Soju is your K-pop Drag Princess currently featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 11. Her popular YouTube show, Shot with Soju, is a Korean-inspired variety show that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of views each week! Soju is a multifaceted drag entertainer, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a drag queen.
No musician has ever openly sang about same-sex love in South Korea where homosexuality is still considered a taboo. Born and raised in such a closed society, Holland was always searching for someone who had a similar story to his, someone who would tell him that it was ok to feel what he felt, someone he could look up to. He began writing songs as a way to express his emotions; and at the age of 18, with the encouragement of his supportive friends, he decided to become a healing voice for others and pursue a music career.
Esna [에스나] is an American singer-songwriter active in SouthKorea. Her first extended play, eSNa, The Singer was released in October 2015. She has also written songs for other artists such as Wheesung, Mamamoo, 4Minute, Jo Kwon, and MadClown.
A diverse music collective taking their name from the famous Asian tiger balm ointment, Balming Tiger is a self-proclaimed ‘alternative multi-national k-pop band’ with the aim to create a global impact. Balming Tiger’s main creative vision is to reflect and represent today’s younger generation of society, with also having the goal of further popularizing Asian culture to the rest of the world.
AC Bonifacio is a Filipino-Canadian dancer known for being the first-ever grand champion of Filipino TV dance competition Dance Kids, was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and had a chance to meet and perform with American pop star Ariana Grande. She’s also the first Filipino chosen to be one of the members of the 2019 Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards (KCA) Social Squad.
Andreas Oberg is a multi platinum songwriter, guitarist & producer, who’s written songs on many No. 1 releases on the single/album charts in Japan, South Korea & many other countries. Come here him speak again at #KCON19NY and learn what the difference is between American Pop and K-Pop.
Angelina is a notable television personality, published model, and MC in Seoul, South Korea. She has worked with networks such as tvN, MBC, KBS, MNet, and more. With brands, Angelina has partnered with Banila, Castel Bajac, XYZ cosmetics, KITT, Me2On, and hironic. Angelina is also in development of a music career and her own fashion line!
Freshly new to the Los Angeles area, Candace Sosa, age 24, is making waves in the songwriting community. Having six placements on three #1 albums of the outrageously popular K-Pop group; BTS and working closely with DJ Swivel. Currently continuing her career in songwriting, Candace works actively towards starting up her artist career. Candace Sosa is a name to watch out for.
Chester Lockhart is a half Korean recording artist, actor, event producer & vampire who can be found in every queer crevice of the internet as well as under your local bar. Together with Soju from RuPaul’s Drag Race, they produce the only officially LGBTQIA+ K-Pop party; SEOUL TRAIN.
Dae Shik Kim Jr.
Dae Shik currently works as the Director of Development at the viral video company Cut.com and can be found on many of their videos. Dae Shik is also a freelance writer that covers topics around race, homelessness and religion. Some publications that have published his work include The Atlantic, Sojourners, and The Establishment.
Dami Lee is a Seoul-born, New York–based writer and artist. Her book, Be Everything At Once, was published by Chronicle in 2018, and she draws a webcomic on Webtoon called As Per Usual. She currently works as a Tech Reporter at The Verge and has drawn comics for The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, LA Times, and premium mustard brands.
Slang for “well-made” in Korean, Dandi is an ever-evolving tasting menu experience as imagined by Chef Jihee Kim and Chef Joshua Pressman. Together they have created a multi-course, communal meal that is rooted in a somewhat traditional format but is deliberately devoid of stuffy formalities.
Nathan David, professionally known as Davey Nate, is a songwriter and producer from Nashville, Tennessee, with a passion for creating K-Pop music. Some of the artists he has composed songs for include: Lee Hi, Exo-CBX, Red Velvet, SHINee, MONSTA X, AOA, NCT 127 and several more.
Joining us for the first time at KCON, David Amber! He has written for many kpop groups. Artist credits include TWICE, GFriend, AOA, B.A.P., EXO-CBX, NCT, fromis_9, LOONA, SF9, and many more. If you’re an @officialfromis_9 fan, we’re sure you’ve heard his name before if #LoveBomb is your jam 🎶
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young is a 2 time Grammy winning producer, songwriter, mix engineer who has worked with some of today’s top talents, including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, The Chainsmokers, and most recently, BTS.
Ellen Min and Brian Li are a Chinese American couple living in Los Angeles. They are known for their dance covers & tutorials on YouTube and Instagram. Earlier this year, they collaborated with MNET on a special dance video with Chung Ha as well as a dance cover compilation with Yoojung from Weki Meki.
James was bassist for Korean Rock band Royal Pirates until an accident in 2015 impaired the use of his left hand. After his crowdfunded project THE LIGHT EP hit number one in Southeast Asia, he’s back with new music just in time for KCON.
Jubilee Media exists to create a movement for human good. Known for viral series “Middle Ground,” “Spectrum,” and “Odd Man Out,” Jubilee has developed an audience of 3.3M subscribers and garnered 500M+ views. As the world becomes more divided, Jubilee bridges people together to create empathy, discourse, and love.
Jen is a writer, director, and editor. She’s currently a cast member of BuzzFeed’s series Ladylike. She regularly produces and edits episodes for Ladylike’s YouTube channel. When not working on Ladylike, she focuses on content that speaks to the LGBTQ and Asian American communities, as well as the intersections between those two identities.
As Billboard’s K-Pop Columnist since 2013, Jeff Benjamin has been a leading authority on K-pop for years. He’s written about the subject for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, Forbes and more, while being asked to share his expertise with CNN, Good Morning America, Washington Post and beyond. He has shared groundbreaking exclusives with artists like BTS, Psy, CL, Seventeen and more.
Jiavani Linayao can be seen in the upcoming Netflix feature Between Two Ferns: The Movie on September 20th. She performs live comedy internationally and is a co-producer of the Gaysian AF show at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles.
Joon Lee is an actor, emcee and content creator based inAtlanta. Most prominently known for his “ahJOONMa” character on Instagram, Lee has more than 100K followers on Instagram.(For non-Koreans, “ahjumma” is Korean for older, motherly woman. Check out his posts to enjoy the “ahJOONMa” in him.
Known for his vibrant online personality and superb body roll skills, JRE from JREKML has catapulted into the K-Pop scene by enlightening fans and viewers alike by shining light into the world of Kpop through his genuine reaction videos, documentary series, and comedic Collaborations.
Hobyn “K.O” Yi found his mark at Kairos Music Group after getting discovered by Joe during a writing camp. He soon became the Chief Engineer for Joe’s music, and eventually signed with Kairos Music Group as a popular producer for R&B and Hip Hop.You can check out his work from Jeremih, Ray J, TWICE, Jessica, BTOB’s Peniel, Kim Jo Han, Yangpa, and many more.
Joe J. Lee “KAIROS” is the CEO and founder of Kairos Music Group LLC. He is recognized for producing and writing #1 songs from the charts, including the MAMA Song of the Year Award for TWICE – “Signal”. You can also catch him on TV as a featured celebrity producer for “The Next Top Bang” in China. KAIROS continues to impact K-Pop through hit songs for artists such as Stray Kids, SHINee, GOT7, BTOB, Suzy, James, and many more.
KIGGEN is known as a former leader for K-Pop group PHANTOM. He also produced more than 10 hit idol songs in the last decade for Wanna One, Shinhwa, TWICE, NU’EST, Monsta X, I.O.I, WJSN, JBJ, VIXX, MXM, Verbal Jint, Block B and much more! Furthermore, he is one of the songwriters of ‘Produce 101’ Season 2 and 4.
Kristie Hang is a TV host and journalist who received her Bachelors from UCLA and her Masters in Broadcast Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. As a food and travel expert, Kristie has appeared on such shows as Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, celebrity chef Christine Cushing’s documentary series, National Geographic, Netflix, and judged contestants on Master Chef and Hell’s Kitchen.
The Berklee graduate and Billboard #1 songwriter has sprinkled her talents across the country. She has had the opportunity to write with Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars), Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna, Hot Chelle Rae), Marshmello, Anthony Evans, Kim Viera (Republic) and for, other creatives like BTS, TXT, Disco Fries, Wengie, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo, and Rihanna.
LDN Noise is a songwriting and record producing duo, consisting of members Greg Bonnick and Hayden Chapman, currently based in London, United Kingdom. They are best known for producing hits for other artists, such as EXO, NCT 127, SHINee, Taeyeon, ASTRO, Red Velvet, iKON and International artists Chris Brown, Nick Jonas, Nathan Sykes etc…
Matthew Tishler is a multi-platinum songwriter and music producer with a special love of K-Pop. Recent cuts include: BTS, TWICE, EXO, Taeyeon, AOA, TVXQ, Red Velvet, Tae-Min, Seohyun, and SHINee. He owns and operates music production and publishing company Laundromat Music in Los Angeles.
Melanie Fontana is a multi-platinum, Billboard #1 songwriter. She is most recently noted for co-writing “Boy With Luv” for Halsey & BTS, which landed them in the Guinness Book of World Records for “most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours” as well as “most viewed music video in 24 hours”.
Mike Chen is a Chinese American video creator and his passion in life is food. Seriously the obsession is strong. Some of his greatest food adventures include the buttery Kobe steak in Japan, a MASSIVE whole roast pig in the Philippines and a delicious dumpling tour of New York City. In his spare time, Mike enjoy naps and planning the demise of all broccoli in the world.
Professional Weavologist. Makeup Enthusiast. Distinguished Geek. Miles Jai is a YouTuber under the name “MilesJaiProductions” and is among one of the top subscribed LGBT-themed channels with over 640,000 subscribers. You may recognize them from their most popular video, “Like Mah Status”, but Miles’ colorful videos consist of much more.
Named by HBO as one of their Asian Pacific American Visionaries, Nirav Bhakta is an award winning filmmaker and actor. With a background in architecture like a good Asian kid, he started his foundation in the theater and transitioned into film on an international platform with the Nollywood production ‘The Real America’. His award winning HBO film ‘Halwa’ co-directed by Gayatri Bajpai is now available on HBO broadcast and all of it’s streaming platforms.
samUIL is an LA based music producer, singer, and songwriter from Chicago, IL. He is multi-instrumentalist with creative credit on many k-pop outlets such as Stray Kids, BtoB, Jessica Jung, and more! He is currently one of the core producers for the renown production team Kairos Music Group.
Dr Sandra Lee (aka Dr Pimple Popper), is a board certified dermatologist in Southern California. She is the founder of SLMD Skincare, has a popular Instagram and YouTube channel where she shows you a window into her world as a busy dermatologist, wife, and mother. Dr. Lee is also the star of her own series on TLC, “Dr. Pimple Popper”.
Susie shares her love for K-Pop and dance through her content on Instagram and has been covering dance choreography and routines since her days on the Koreos Team at UCLA. She has now become the K-pop dance ambassador for Instagram, and she’s been invited to speak on numerous panels at Instagram events, was invited to launch IGTV with other influencers like Ninja, MannyMUA, LaurDIY, and has become one of the faces for IGTV.
Tim Milgram is a director and cinematographer with a choreography and dance background based out of Los Angeles, CA. T.Milly Productions is a creative production house specialized in making dance content in the form of concept videos, class videos, music videos, branded content, and more. Contact us about music and brand partnerships at info(AT)tmilly.com
As a lifelong foodie and an international jet setter, Tinger Hseih is an advocate for promoting cultural diversity via healthy regional cuisines. She has been featured in travel and food publishers such as Buzzfeed, Tastemade, Matador Network, and Thrillist. Not only does Tinger have experience in content creation, but she also has 11 years of digital advertising experience. Check out Dash of Ting
VIA is one of the directors of VIA Production and produces K-Pop music videos. He has worked with many top artists including Stray Kids, GOT7, TWICE, Wanna One, Hyorin and etc. He also works with American pop music artists as well.
Wengie is a Chinese-Australian YouTube creator turned recording artist, making K-pop inspired music, for a global audience in English. She made her music debut in 2017 and her single “Oh I Do” hit #5 on the Honggebang charts in China. Since then, she’s released 6 singles with a focus on K-pop style production in the US market and she’s accumulated over 65M streams in just 12 months!
A pharmaceutical student born in Daegu, South Korea. Dancer who rose to the YouTube stardom through his humorous and exotic dance covers of K-pop songs. His dance videos, in addition to a wide variety of challenges and reactions, have won him more than 1.7 million subscribers.
Former model and female beauty creator. From various make-up looks, howl, travel, daily content and more. The reason she started YouTube began when she went to China to take photos while doing modeling activities. So, it is not as fun as you do it, but she thinks that it is not a job you can do for a long time until you get older. It is said that he came to know his job as a beauty YouTuber.
Megan Lee is a Korean-American singer-songwriter and actress best known for her role as Sun Hi Song on Make It Pop and her singing talents on YouTube. From February 2013, Megan Lee was signed to Kim Tae-woo’s label, Soul Shop Entertainment up until November 2014.
K-pop beauty aficionado known for her beauty tutorials, style reviews, and the unique K-pop reaction video posted to her YouTube channel. She is a beauty Influencer with an unpredictable charm, reviewing many cosmetics with bright and entertaining energy.
YouTube beauty expert who is known for her ssin 씬님 channel. She has gained popularity for her intricate and often themed makeup tutorials, which have seen her transform into an eclectic blend of character looks.
Winner of K-factor 2019 – their name 17K Oreos is a combination of the boy group “Seventeen” and the love for “Oreos”. By combining the two names together, 17K Oreos means that they hope to bring out the spark in ordinary things and to put on a meaningful performance that will be dazzling like gold.
Salute! Come learn about AB6IX or make new friends with other ABNEW at a fun session planned full of games, fanchant practice, and AB6IX! ABNEW are encouraged to bring items (such as photocards) to trade with others. There will be prizes for game winners and album raffles for attendees.
ADN, also known as singer-songwriter/producer Adien Lewis, is an electronic urban-pop producer and songwriter based out of Los Angeles. He got his start writing for various artists on Youtube, amassing millions of collective views to date. He is most notable for his contributions to K-Pop, writing and producing Taemin of SHINee’s 2017 hit “MOVE”, along with his work on various songs for SHINee, SNSD Yuri, and most recently, NCT Dream’s comeback, “BOOM”.
Alexandra Reid made history as the first ever non-Asian, black K-Pop Idol. A major label U.S recording artist, Sony ATV songwriter, model in Seventeen Magazine (etc.), and diehard K-Pop fan; Alexandra’s wildest dream came true when she was scouted at a recording studio in Los Angeles, California and less than a week later found herself in Seoul, South Korea preparing to debut.
Alexis Hodoyan-Gastelum is a pop music connoisseuse based in Los Angeles, focusing mainly on K-pop and Latinx music coverage. She’s written for MTV News, NBC News, i-D México, OC Weekly, and many other publications that let her ramble about dope music. Along with a few friends, she also co-founded the Korean entertainment website KultScene.
ALICE is an R&B/Pop artist with trap influences, whose artistry revolves around 1 thing – fair representation of powerful Asians in the American pop music industry. This Berklee College of Music alum has most recently released 3 singles, “Wild Card” (2019) “Paper” (2019), “Intimidation” (2019), sang guide vocals for YG Entertainment’s Lee Hi, and won the CCM Songwriting competition in South Korea.
all things fromis_9 is a fan page dedicated to the 9 amazing girls known as fromis_9. If fromis_9 do something you better believe it will be posted about and hyped up here. The account is run by Zach, a Hayoung bias who can’t wait to see fromis_9 for the 2nd year in a row, and Gyuri for the first time.
Amy Knepper’s obsession with manga and manhwa led her to Korean dramas in 2010 (Boys Over Flowers, of course!). She’s a writer by trade who loves deconstructing dramas for symbolism, themes, and structure, and she can talk your ear off about her episode 13 theory. She’s been keeping playlists of her favorite kpop music and MVs since 2012, but her phone ringtone is still the theme from Healer.
balloon_wanted (balloon) is an active K-Pop enthusiast sharing translated content on both /r/kpop and Twitter. When she’s not translating content, she’s usually thinking about balloons.
Brian is the Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Utah Asia Campus, in charge of the overall student recruitment and the scholarship for the Asia Campus. Join the panel to learn about exciting opportunity to study and experience Korea while earning your US degree.
Caro Malis is a content creator and writer with a focus on K-Pop, K-Beauty and K-Fashion, born in Chile, based in NYC. She has written about pop culture and beauty for Nylon (US and Latin America), Soompi (US and Latin America), Cosmopolitan and more.
Catherine is a K-Pop cover dancer and former Koreos UCLA member. She joined Koreos from 2015-2018 and has performed in countless videos with Koreos on Youtube as well as numerous live performances including at KCON LA. She currently juggles between being an orthodontic resident at UCLA and performing K-pop covers on her own Instagram and Youtube channels.
Cherry has been fascinated by Korean pop culture for many years. She has spent time living and studying in Korea and immersed herself in the fan culture, having attended music shows, events and fansigns in Korea as well as concerts, conventions and fan engagements in North Ameri. Cherry is a STAY and has supported Stray Kids since their pre-debut show.
Chungha Global is an global fan base for MNH Entertainment’s solo artist Chungha! Since 2017, Chungha Global has been providing translations, streaming help, support projects, tutorials and fast/real time updates of MNH’s dancing queen. Chungha Global strives to bring byulharangs together for one common goal: to show support and love for Chungha!
Cody Schmitz and Wyatt Stark are filmmakers, boyfriends, and K-Pop super fans. Come greet them at #KCON19NY and meet them during the awesome programs taking place during the day! Stay tuned for a programming schedule – coming soon.
Cortney is 1/2 of the lively duo 2MinJinkJongKey! You can consider them professional fangirls. Wether they’re spazzing over the latest MV’s, reviewing albums, or discussing serious topics, they love sharing their passion for K-Pop with the world.
Crystal Bell is the Culture Director of MTV News, where she oversees the coverage of all things film, television, and K-Pop. As the creator and co-producer of MTV News’s digital series “Homecoming” — which followed Asian-American artists Tiffany Young, Jay Park, and Amber Liu as they make a name for themselves in the U.S. — she’s always looking for new ways to cover global artists and tell their stories.
Danielle & Beatriz
*RING RING RING* Calling all VERRERS! Get Ready with us for VeriVery’s first KCON LA. We’ll definitely Light Up your day with a VERI_CHILL and exciting event filled with games, prizes, and unforgettable memories that won’t leave you feeling just Alright! Make sure to stop by because From Now on you won’t want to miss VeriVery’s Super Special Fan Club Meeting!
Debbie Lee is an illustrator and designer. She was born and raised right here in sunny Koreatown, Los Angeles. She went to school at the Art Center Collage of Design, and is currently working as a freelance illustrator. Other than working on illustrations and designs, she enjoys food and spending time with her family (aka her fiance, her dog, and two cats). See more at www.mongreldraws.com
Devon Abelman is Allure’s digital beauty reporter, with beats including K-beauty, identity, and skin-care deep dives. She was the first to interview members of K-Pop groups like BTS, EXO, SHINee, and Red Velvet about their beauty routines for a Western audience.
Dezzy March is a K-Pop entertainment channel focused on reactions, skits & vlogs. His amazing supporters are called Intellectualz! Dezzy’s calm fanboying & attention to details within the visuals & music he reacts to are what make him so relatable. He catches things within the music videos that some fans will probably miss until their 3rd or 4th listen. He also has an award-winning smile as well as a breathtaking visual.
An expert on transnational cultural studies, Dr. Crystal Anderson writes about all things K-pop, including its music, media, culture and fandom. In addition to scholarly publications (such as her 2013 book Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production) and numerous web articles on K-pop, she is the 4D leader of KPK: Kpop Kollective, the oldest and only aca-fansite for K-pop.
ECLIPSE is a dance team from Palo Alto, California formed in August 2016 focused on creating YouTube video covers to express their love of dance. Comprised of both students and professionals of varying ages and backgrounds, this diverse group bonded over their shared passion and love of K-Pop.
Edwin Lou is a youtuber who creates content surrounding fashion, beauty and… I think art? All packaged in a monotone voice and deadpan delivery that seems like he’d rather be doing something else. He is ready to meet everyone at KCON and might actually sound excited for once!
Elizabeth is a senior creative consultant with 1021 Creative, a marketing agency that works with brands like Google and Apple. She specializes in YouTube culture and trends, online fan communities, and K-Pop and previously worked in brand marketing for companies like YouTube and Eventbrite. Say hi on Twitter any time at @delunaelizabeth.
Emlyn Travis is a journalist specializing in Korean entertainment including K-Pop, K-Dramas, and K-Beauty. Over the last four years, she’s covered the spread of the Hallyu wave for multiple outlets including Paper Magazine, MTV News, PopCrush, and Dazed. Talk to her about Chen’s solo album.
Hailing from the frozen tundra of Toronto, Canada and driven by an intense passion for music and fashion, Heather has been an active member in the North American K-pop community for the past 8 years. In her spare time, she is a self-made seamstress and avid historical K-drama fan.
Immy is a Radio DJ from the east coast with listeners all over the world! When not crying over the latest K-Pop release she channels some of that energy into producing and hosting her own K-Pop radio show called “Daebak K-pop with IMMY” every Sunday. She is also the creator of “The sprinKle Podcast” where unfiltered discussions about everything Hallyu happens!
Sam works as an admin of ITZY GLOBAL, an international Twitter fanbase dedicated to promoting ITZY and providing daily updates for MIDZY. On her personal accounts, Sam enjoys posting video edits, ice skating dance covers, and her love for Chaeryeong!
Janet Ly is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #106716, located in Northern California. Janet has worked with a variety of mental health issues with a range of young kids to adults. Aside from mental health, K-Pop has always been something Janet has been passionate about and is excited to bridge these two topics at KCON this year!
One half of the fun loving reaction duo 2minjinkjongkey, Jasmine shares her love of all things K-POP! Through reaction videos, reviews, vlogs, and concert adventures with her best friend Cortney they both bring a unique perspective to life as an international fan.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea. Boyeon “JAYDA”Jeon is classically trained in piano and composition and has been making music since the age of 12. She currently has 4 singles(featured by Nessly, Jesus Honcho, and Father Jfont) and released 2 music videos. Her passion for music has given her the opportunity to write a #2 chart (14 weeks, Oricon) hit song for Japanese Pop artist from Johnny & Associates, A.B.C.-Z.
Everyone’s favorite little one. Jelly is a university student/ model who’s been living in South Korea since high school. Debuting on the runway in 2018 at Seoul Fashion Week his love for k-fashion and creativity has only just begun. He’s also really cute…like really really cute.
Jenny Zha is a content producer working in K-Pop since early 2010s. In 2018, she produced “When You Call My Name,” a Viki Original mini-documentary exploring the crossing of musical cultures through lens of Grammy-nominated R&B singer Gallant and MONSTA X. She also led Soompi’s annual event, Soompi Awards, which set a new Guinness World Records title for “Most Used Hashtag on Twitter in 24 Hours,” thanks to the dedication of over 150 fandoms around the world.
Jing is a K-Pop cover dancer based in Los Angeles. She began her dancing journey four years ago when she started school at UCLA. She loves traveling, dogs, and Felix from Stray Kids. You can find her dance covers @jing.h on Instagram!
JoAnn heard a SHINee song in her friend’s car in 2008. Following a mess of months where she only slept two hours every night, she ended up an event director for SHINee Forums International, the largest SHINee fan community in the known universe. In the past, she’s been a writer for Koreaboo, an editor for Hellokpop, a panelist at KCON 2012, has a storied background in event production, and her favorite pastime is cheap travel. She feels funny writing this herself so she’s going to stop now.
Johnson Chang is a Taiwanese Kpop dancer who has been dancing for 7 years. He started his dancing career with a Kpop dance crew “DAZZLING.” He continues to dance after he moved to America. He is a hardcore Kpop fan who pays attention to almost every group (especially Produce groups)! Find Johnson Chang on YouTube for his dance covers/tutorials!
Meet the JRodTwins! This cover duo is made up of twin brothers named Jason and Justin. Their ethnic background consists of Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese. In 2015, Jason and Justin took a leap of faith and moved down to Los Angelos to pursue their Youtube careers. Since then, they’ve steadily gained over 180,000 subscribers. You can find a variety of content on their channel such as acoustic covers, vlogs, and lifestyle videos.
Julia Yin, also known as jycovers, is known for her Kpop dance covers on Instagram. Since 2013, when she first began listening to Kpop, she’s been teaching herself various Kpop choreographies at home. After opening her Instagram account in late 2017, she’s garnered over 3M total views on her dance cover videos and has recently become a member of Eclipse Kpop, a dance cover team based in Northern California.
JUNG IM LEE KOREAN DANCE ACADEMY
Operating for over 30 years in Southern California, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy is one of the oldest and largest Korean dance groups in Los Angeles. The studio aims to preserve traditional Korean dance in its most authentic form and specializes in pieces ranging from royal court to common folk dances.
Kevin Jin is an avid Kpop fan originally from Houston, Texas. After moving to LA four years ago, he found his passion in dance and Kpop covers, and has since then fallen even deeper into the endless hole that is Kpop. Kevin enjoys eating, dancing, gaming, and endlessly following Twice.
To summarize Kevin and his relation to K-Pop, he is your inner army. We’ve all been there with our favorite K-Pop artists, but Kevin is shameless when it comes to his love for BTS. His expression for the band within the fandom has been regarded as either over the top or relatable. Nonetheless, his outgoing bubbly personality will remind you of why you got into K-Pop in the first place, and that is to have fun and be yourself.
King Kenny Slay is now an aspiring artist that found his passion through the Korean Pop culture. He used to enjoy reacting to K-Pop music videos, now he is a co-host of a Podcast called “Pinoy And a Half” with JRE.
Kris Espinosa is a current student of the University of California, Los Angeles studying Psychobiology as she prepares to apply for her Masters in Nursing. She began dancing four years ago under the handle @xcviii.kr on Instagram and is known for the dance covers made in her kitchen. After moving to LA, Kris continues to dance and share her love for K-Pop.
Lai Frances is a music and pop culture writer and producer whose made bylines on PopCrush, tmrw, Billboard and Allure. Immersing herself for over a decade, Lai has went from a fan to a professional raving about all things Hallyu on social media to entering the media industry, interviewing artists and talking about K-Pop on The Korea Society, New York Comic Con, and of course, KCON USA.
LALARY is a co-ed group that will be performing for the first time at KCON LA. They will also be performing their new Kpop song for the first time. Come dance with them at the convention stage!
LATE. is the newest indie alternative rapper who seeks to bridge the Western/Korean pop, rap and indie scene. LATE, bringing to the table his various quirks and stylistic influences, adding to the overall dynamic of the group’s image—a collective of odd yet passionate creatives full of personality and life.
LOONA USA is a US based fan union whose goal is to build support for LOONA in the States. They deliver content and news about the group, as well as information on voting, streaming, and other ways to support LOONA. They also create and promote fan projects for LOONA that show how much Orbits (LOONA’s fans) love and care for them.
Matthew Wang is a 23-year-old film composer, songwriter, and producer born and raised in NYC. After graduating from the NYU Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he has written music for projects including NBC show New Amsterdam, Hulu original show Shrill featuring Aidy Bryant from SNL, the upcoming 3rd season of Glow for Netflix, HBO show Mrs. Fletcher, and the Pharrell Williams Executive Produced Netflix Original Kids Show, Brainchild.
Michelle Cho is Assistant Professor of East Asian Popular Culture at the University of Toronto. She’s published on Asian cinemas and Korean wave television, video, and pop music in such venues as Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Communication, The Korean Popular Culture Reader, and Asian Video Cultures.
Born in Seoul, South Korea but raised in Queens, New York city, Minah is an attorney plus part time Korean Hip-Hop and R&B fan turned interpreter and has helped interview artists such as Dynamic Duo and Up10tion.
Miranda Ruth Larsen is a PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo and a lecturer at Bunkyo Gakuin University. She studies K-pop, affect, and fandom, specifically male K-pop groups and how they operate in Japan. She’s mostly interested in the rookie and ‘rising’ groups that appear in Tokyo’s Koreatown, Shin-Okubo, and have promotional events at Tower Records. While earning her Master’s degree at UCLA she regularly attended KCON LA.
MVP Elite is a K-Pop group that focuses on original choreography. Established in 2012 and based in Los Angeles’s Koreatown, MVP Elite thrives to develop people’s love for K-Pop and dance in a unique way. MVP Elite focuses on teaching dance in a professional and friendly environment. They hope to inspire others in the art of dance with a new light on dancing.
Calling all N.Fias! Come and fly high with fellow N.Flying fans at the first ever KCON LA fan club meet up! N.Fias both new and old are welcome to join in on the fun as we celebrate N.Flying’s first US performance!
Natalie covers music and entertainment at Refinery29, where she is also the resident K-Pop expert. She’s interviewed some of the industry’s biggest acts, including Monsta X, Stray Kids, NCT127, iKON, Red Velvet, and more, and takes a special interest in their cross-cultural and social impact.
Pete spends most of his time covering dances, watching dramas, and cosplaying! Growing up with K-Pop since his elementary school days, it has always been a part of his life. What he loves most about K-Pop is the inclusive, passionate community; so he hopes to connect with K-Pop fans across the world!.
Pledisweek is a fan-run account created in 2015 by Esme Kwak to help promote Nu’est & Seventeen. As a Nu’est fan since 2012, Pledisweek was created in order to send support and gifts to all Pledis artists from all over the world, as well as to promote the artists to the general public. Four years later, they are still around participating in multiple I-Fan Projects!
Randy has been into K-Pop for quite some time now. He remembers watching TVXQ’s Catch Me and immediately falling in love with the amount of performance and training into K-Pop. Now, you can find Randy learning K-Pop dance after K-Pop dance, to help grow as a dancer as well as possibly teach to his dance team, Absolute Zero (A0K).
ReacttotheK is a YouTube channel centered around classical music majors who react to and musically analyze K-Pop songs. Through their videos, they hope to not only entertain their audience, but also highlight the cool melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and instrumental things that are happening in the songs they react to.
Riley has been told by an idol, “We think of you as the girl with the colorful hair,” and I mean what more could she ask for? Although she has a strong background in concert production and translation, she still adamantly asserts that she is actually a photographer. If you’re reading this, she also hopes you consider being more environmentally conscious or we will all die!
Shelby is super excited to see all her fellow K-Pop fans at KCON this year. Since KCON 2012, Shelby has bonded with fans across the country through dancing, cosplaying and Kpop memes. Shelby spends her days working on dances with her crew A0K, running a huge Hip Hop dance competition in San Diego, and converting all of the students at UCSD into K-Pop fans. Her go to groups are Pentagon and Stray Kids, but she loves all of K-Pop.
Ever since she was young, Shirying has always been in love with dancing. After she discontinued Chinese Contemporary Dance in 2010, her discovery of K-pop quickly reignited her passion for dance and performance. So in 2016, she created a dance cover account on Instagram and has been posting covers as a self-taught dancer ever since.
Sobae is a host and singer-songwriter based in Seoul. She started her career as a journalist before joining rappers San E and MadClown on their 20-city U.S. tour and releasing four self-written singles that have been described as “alluring and effortlessly captivating… finding her place alongside the sensual nocturnal musings of future R&B innovators.”
SOYUL GAYAKEUM ENSEMBLE
Founded in 2008, SoYul Gayageum Orchestra consists of around twenty students, ranging from third-grade to college. Every year, they regularly hold performances and play at concerts and festivals to introduce to the American society of the Korean traditional instrument, the gayageum, and share the beauty of its sound.
StillNotDavid (David Le) is a veteran YouTuber who’s been around for over 10 years! David has over 10 million views and 100k subscribers on his channel and is best known for his K-Pop covers and comedy videos/vlogs.
Sue is a freelance writer, former concert reviewer/music critic, and current social media guru who stumbled upon all things Hallyu in 2012. Since then, she has been to every KCON in LA, and is now honored to be a panelist this year! She can be found on at least three Twitter accounts at any given time, all dedicated to her favorite group, BTS.
🎨 ART WORKSHOPS ARE BACK! 🎨
Susie Kelly joins us once again with two jam packed days of art workshops! From paint nites, to making your own emroidered patch and fansigns, come take a break from the busy convention and relax while creating some art.
SVTCaratsUSA was started by a group of self-producing fans that wanted to help CARATs in USA show their love for SEVENTEEN! From updating official news, hosting giveaways, or executing events across the world, this team is always thinking of new ways for CARATs to make great memories together.
Tamar Herman is a pop correspondent for Billboard, and specializes in international music and media as a contributor to Forbes. Over the past few years, she has covered breaking news stories and interviewed many popular K-pop acts including BTS, BLACKPINK, NCT 127, TWICE, and Red Velvet.
Suey, Megs, Toto and Ryn created their Youtube channel to share their love of Kpop with friends, family, teachers, and strangers. This channel is multi-fandom and multi-generational; their fangirl feels range from a junior in college to fan-grandma in her fifties. Compilations, covers, reactions, non-kpopper reactions, concert vlogs and general kpop chaos can be found on their channel.
The Vanderveers [Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer and Ebony Rae Vanderveer] are Sony music producers and songwriters who have created international chart-topping songs for XIA JUNSU– Uncommitted, Incredible, and Rock The World and Twice — I’m Gonna Be A Star. They have also worked with Christina Aguilera Pink, Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Milian and Cher.
Tucker Drew is the director of communications and a moderator of /r/kpop Reddit K-Pop. He organizes all of the AMAs (Ask Me Anything) events, and has worked with many of your favorite idols, songwriters, influencers, and entertainment companies.
Known for always spreading the most love & positivity for fromis_9, Jordan Salonga, born and raised in Toronto Canada, is one of the biggest flovers out there! After seeing huge success being responsible for the fromis_9 Fanclub Event at KCON19NY, he’s nothing less than excited to be flying out and returning to do the same here in Los Angeles alongside his two good friends.
This is Will. He likes to spend most of his weekend at Noraebang (or KTV/Karaoke depending on where you live). He’s the type of guy to go by himself and reserve the biggest room just so he can have more room to dance. He also sometimes posts photos of himself on Instagram.
EYES ON US!
O MY WIZ*ONES! Do you love IZ*ONE as much as we do? Come join the IZ*ONE Fan Club Meeting to discuss all the IZ*ONE memes and meet UP with fellow WIZ*ONES. Anticipate games, prizes, fanchants, and COLORS!
We’ll have a great MEMORY`
Rosan is a content creator on YouTube. She got into K-Pop in 2006 and ever since then, it has always been part of her life. She loves to sing, dance, travel, play video games and edits for fun.
Sara Layne, better known on social media as Young Ajummah, entered the Hallyu world one fateful night through the wonderful world of K-Dramas. Now a Hallyu blogger for multiple sites, she enjoys teaching her Fanboy the ways of being a positive K-pop fan and discussing how to navigate life as an older K-pop fan. Follow her on all social media to keep up with her antics!
Stevie Chong is a PR-wiz with over 9 years of communications experience working in fashion and beauty for brands like Tiffany & Co, Bumble and bumble, and Glow Recipe. He is currently the Director of PR and Influencer Strategy for the iconic LA-based celebrity skincare brand and clinic, Kate Somerville. If he wasn’t a publicist, he would be a professional mukbang YouTuber (call me Hyunee!).