N.Flying is a South Korean rap rock band produced by FNC Entertainment. The band consists of Kwon Kwangjin (leader, bass), Lee Seunghyub (rhythm guitar, vocal, rap), Cha Hun (lead guitar) and Kim Jaehyun (drums). The name ‘N.Flying’ is derived from the word ‘NEW’ and ‘Flying' which also means ‘new wings’ or ‘new escape’.
Back in 2009, before N.Flying was formed, Kwon Kwangjin was the bassist of labelmate CNBLUE. He and the band performed on streets and in live clubs in Japan. On August 19, 2009, the band officially debuted with a full English mini album titled Now or Never. However, due to personal circumstances, Kwangjin left the band in late September of 2009. Kwangjin continued training under FNC, met fellow trainees, Lee Seunghyub, Kim Jaehyun and Cha Hun in January 2011 and formed a band together under the name ‘N.Flying’.
In 2013, Lee Seunghyub appeared in Juniel’s music video titled Pretty Boy. In the MV, he acted as Juniel’s ideal guy that she saw at the café.
Meanwhile, Kim Jaehyun is known as a younger brother of Kim Jaekyung, the leader of a South Korean girl group, Rainbow. On October 2, she tweeted a photo of N.Flying’s debut poster on her personal Twitter and told everyone that her younger brother is debuting in Japan.
2013: In Japan, BASKET and live gigs
N.Flying began their first gig at Shibuya CYCLONE on September 28. On October 1, they released their first Indies singles album titled BASKET and performed as opening act at FTISLAND’s ‘Replay’ Zepp tour. BASKET peaked at No.2 on Tower Records weekly singles chart, No.2 on Oricon Indies weekly singles chart and No. 4 on Oricon daily singles chart. The band continued doing live gigs at live clubs and also performed as opening act at CNBLUE’s ‘One More Time’ Arena Tour. On November 14, N.Flying did their first one-man live at Live Space Halot.
2014: One and Only and Korean debut
On January 1, N.Flying released their second Indies singles album titled One and Only. The album hit No.1 on Tower Records chart on its second day of release. They made their first appearance on the 7th episode of FNC’s reality drama, tvN’s Cheongdamdong 111. In the show, it is also announced that N.Flying will be making their Korean debut in March 2014.