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A reasonable percentage of celebrity success stories usually involve some sort of emigration – people who had to leave their home country to find success in a foreign territory. The story of Christian Yu is the opposite; He traveled across the seas to return to his home country and start a career in the music industry. Today he is heralded as one of the best at what he does in the music landscape of South Korea.
Who is Christian Yu?
Christian Yu was born Yu Ba Rom on September 6, 1990, in Australia, in the city of Sydney. Not much is known about Yu’s heritage, except for the fact that his parents are from South Korea. Nothing else is known about their identities. Yu Ba Rom, the only child of his parents, fell in love with music and dancing at a young age.
He had his high school and university education in Australia. It is not known exactly which high school he attended, however, Yu went to the University of Sydney. His major was science and art.
At this time, Christian Yu was already a dancer and was drawn strongly to the world of music and entertainment. Eventually, the pull became too much for him to ignor so Yu decided to quit his university education and return to his native land of South Korea to pursue a career in the industry. Yu Ba Rom’s initial plan was to become a professional Bboy dancer when he landed in the city of Seoul but fate had other plans for him.
Christian Yu’s time with the K-pop Band C-Clown
His first stab at fame came with the South Korean boy band known as C-Clown. The K-pop group was signed to Yedang Entertainment and had five other members besides Ba Rom: Siwoo, Ray, Kang Jun, T.K, and Maru. Yu Ba Rom went by the name Rome, which is obviously a spin-off from his last name Rom.
Ba Rom’s C-Clown – which is short for Crown Clown, released their first studio project on July 18, 2012. It was a mini-album titled Not Alone. The success of the album and its lead single “Solo” brought them some much-needed recognition. They got on Mnet’s radar and soon made their debut performance on Mnet’s program M! Countdown.
On November 15, of the same year, Yu and his boy band dropped their second project titled Young Love. Inspired by Rom’s versatile taste in music, the group’s next album explored other genres of music than their pop-laden last two albums hence the album titled Shaking Heart was released on April 2, 2013.
The group continued to push boundaries with the release of a few singles in early 2014. They released tracks like Tell Me and Justice and then on July 7, 2014, they dropped a music video for their song Let’s Love.
By early 2015, signs began to emerge that suggested that all was not well in C-Clown land. One of the most obvious was that Yu Ba Rom changed his Instagram username from @romecclown to @christianyu_ and took down all of his pictures from the account in April 2015. The account’s description was now a cryptic statement that suggested that the label was trying to change Yu into something he did not want to be. At first, fans thought this was a sign that Yu was walking away from the group and nothing more.
Everything remained uncertain until the label itself released a public statement on October 4, 2015, announcing that the K-pop group had disbanded. But it was not all doom and gloom. Yedang Entertainment announced that even though the band was no more, the talents in the group would all remain under its umbrella. The sixth member of the group, Maru, stayed on as a singer under the agency, while the rest transitioned into producing while having talks about forming a new group.
Here’s Everything you Need to Know about the Musician
A lot has changed since the days of C-Clown and Rome. For one, Yu Ba Rom has moved on but he is more than just a musician now. Here are a few things you must know about him.
1. Christian Yu was a YouTuber Before his C-Clown Days
You wouldn’t blame a guy for trying his luck. The dancer cum rapper had obviously heard of the stories of many who became successful on social media and decided to try it out. However, it did not really work out the way he anticipated, so when C-Clown came along, he jumped at the opportunity. Before C-Clown, Yu was also a participant on KBS2’s Let’s Go Dream Team! Season 2.
2. Christian Taught Other Members of the Group English
Ba Rom’s position as the leader and first member of the group was down to a host of qualities. One of them is that he could speak fluent English and communicate in his native language too. This made him by default the group’s in-house English tutor.
3. Christian Yu has Gone from Singing to Directing
Yu has moved up the ladder since his days as a rapper and dancer for C-Clown. He went on to work for an independent label DPR (Dream Perfect Regime). He works as the director and chief editor of the agency where he has worked with artists like Bobby from iKon to create some of the best music videos in the country. The agency also has different artists from different music genres on their roster.
4. Christian Yu Still Meets with his Former Group Mates once in a while
It turns out that the C-Clown disbandment did not ruin the friendship between the members of the group. Christian Yu and the others are all doing their own thing now. However, they still make out time to get together and catch up every once in a while.