YB, formerly known as Yoon Do-hyun Band (Korean윤도현밴드), is a South Korean rock band. Formed in 1996, the band consists of Yoon Do-hyun (lead vocals, keyboard, guitar), Heo Jun (guitar, keyboard), Kim Jin-won (drums), Park Tae-hee (bass guitar) and Scott Hellowell (guitar). YB rose to major popularity and success during the 2002 World Cup, and once again in 2011 through appearing in the Korean TV show I Am a Singer. They have performed across the world and regularly headline major rock festivals in South Korea.[1]

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Background information
OriginSouth Korea
Years active1996–present
LabelsDEE Company
Universal Music Group Korea
MembersYoon Do-hyun
Heo Jun
Kim Jin-won
Park Tae-hee
Scott Hellowell

The band has released nine full-length studio albums and numerous other releases and live albums.[2] Their music style is primarily influenced by classic rock with elements of modern rock, also combined with a contemporary Korean cultural identity. YB is widely known for their explosive and dynamic live performances, and a resonant directness in vocal style and songwriting. YB has won the "Best Music" award from Korea's three main broadcast stations KBS, MBC and SBS, and in 2011 won the "Mnet Specialized Award" at the Mnet Asian Music Awards.



Yoon Do-hyun debuted as a solo artist with the album In Front of the Post Office in Autumn (가을 우체국 앞에서) in 1994, and following that formed the eponymously named Yoon Do-hyun Band in 1996,[3] with himself on vocals, drummer Kim Jin-won, guitarist Yoo Byung-yeol, and bass guitarist Park Tae-hee. Later that year, Yoon played the lead role in Jungle Story, Kim Hong-joon's film that recounts the rise and fall of a fictitious, underground band. His bandmates also appeared in the film.

The initial lack of success led to Yoon Do-hyun Band almost disbanding in 2000, and guitarist Yoo Byung-yeol left the band and was replaced by Heo Jun.

Other successes (2003–2011)Edit

YB won the WPMA (World Peace Music Award) in 2003 for their activities in 2002 promoting human rights, and through a concert in North Korea called "Oh Unification Korea". This is the first a rock band has performed officially in North Korea.

Following YB's rise to being the foremost rock band in Korea, Yoon Do-hyun began to host TV shows such as Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter (2002-2008) and grow as a celebrity in Korean media.

YB continued to release various albums and tour extensively within Korea. In 2005 they were the first Korean band to tour Europe, returning to a crowded Trafalgar Square in London in 2008.

In 2007, YB performed at the SXSW music festival held in Austin Texas, being the first Korean band to do so.

In 2009 they embarked on the Warped Tour in the USA.

Following a friendship developed from 2005, YB began to include Scott Hellowell from England as a special guest guitarist for concerts in the summer and eventually winter, (2008-2010). This relationship progressed into the band inviting him to become a full-time official band member in 2011. His official induction to the band was later televised in Yoon Do-hyun's MUST music TV show.

Continued popularity (2011–present)Edit

In 2011, YB joined a cast of seven artists who provided the original line up for MBC's I Am a Singer, a TV show which proved to be a cultural phenomenon in Korea and across Asia that year winning many awards. This led to YB's second wave of huge success, at the same time the show also instated Yoon Do-hyun as its host.

As a result of a second rise to major popularity, YB performed in several overseas concerts including China, Japan and America. [4][5]

YB are regular headliners at many of the biggest Korean rock festivals such as Pentaport and Busan International Rock Festival.[6]

YB performed in Pyongyang on April 1, 2018.[7]


Studio albums
  • In Front of the Post Office of Autumn (가을 우체국 앞에서) (released as Yoon Do-hyun solo album) (1994)
  • Don't Cover it Up (가리지좀 마) (1997)
  • Alienation (蘇外(소외)) (1998)
  • Korean Rock Remade (4집 - 한국 Rock 다시 부르기) (1999)
  • An Urbanite (2001)
  • [YB] Stream (2003)
  • Why Be (2006)
  • Coexistence (共存 (공존)) (2009)
  • Reel Impulse (2013)
Live albums
  • Yoon Do-hyun Band (2000)
  • Live is Life (2002)
  • After 10 Years (2007)
  • I Bow (2010)
  • "Nation Anthem (애국가)"
  • "2006 World-Cup Cheer Song"
  • "Han Ban Do O.S.T - 1178"
  • "Tell Me"


Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Work Result
2002 Best Rock Performance "Love Two"[8] Won
2003 "I'll Get Over You" (잊을께)[9] Nominated
2005 Best Male Artist "It Must Have Been Love" (사랑했나봐)[10] Nominated
2006 Best Music Video "Today" (오늘은)[11][12] Nominated
Best Rock Performance Nominated
2011 Mnet Specialized Award[13] N/A Won


  1. ^ Kim, Jae-heun (13 October 2015). "YB Band to perform 20th anniversary concerts". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  2. ^ Won, Ho-jung (19 October 2015). "Herald Review: YB celebrates 20 years". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  3. ^ "In September, Yoon Do Hyun Band (YB) Toronto performance at Sony Center". www.koreatimes.net. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  4. ^ "윤도현 첫 일본공연 '성황'" (in Korean). 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  5. ^ "YB, 스매싱 펌킨스 미국투어 참여..."꿈 일부 이룬듯"". 오마이스타. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  6. ^ "제 14회 부산국제록페스티벌, YB 등 라인업 최종 확정" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  7. ^ Kim, Solji (2018-04-05). "[Pyongyang concert 'Spring is Coming'] YB " Only 16 years in Pyongyang, I feel so precious for a long time. "". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  8. ^ "2002 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  9. ^ "2003 MMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  10. ^ "2005 MKMF part 1" Archived 2016-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  11. ^ "2006 MKMF Part 1 : I Love Punk - Haerang + Lee SungWoo/ Break Through-SS501/ The Queen Is Back! - Cocoboys and Dodogirls + Um JungHwa". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  12. ^ "2006 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list" Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  13. ^ "2010 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-14.

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