When hard work meets talent, it bears resounding success. Simon Dominic is a talented and hard-working rapper and singer who has achieved success in his musical career both as a part of a group and as a solo artist. He has broken several records and set a precedent that is hard to meet or beat through his many achievements in the South Korean music industry.
Like every successful artist, Simon has ventured into television and has appeared in a handful of television shows and sitcoms. Some of the shows he has appeared in include Hot Brothers (2010-2011), Stand By (2012), Show Me the Money 5 (2016), and I Live Alone (2018).
Simon Dominic’s Life Before Fame
Simon Dominic was born Jung Ki-suck on the 9th of March 1984 in Busan, South Korea. He grew up loving music and began to rap in the Korean underground hip-hop scene in the early 2000s.
After gaining popularity in doses for several years, Simon finally broke into the mainstream music industry where he formed a duo with E-Sens in a group called ‘Supreme Team’ under the management of Amoeba Culture. The pair debuted in 2009 with an EP titled Supreme Team Guide To Excellent Adventure. They received a Mnet Asian Music Award (MAMA) for the Best New Male Group following their debut and was on Mnet’s 20 Most influential Stars of 2010. They also won the ‘Hip Hop Award’ at the Golden Disk 2010 Awards.
Supreme Team had so much potential, however, it was truncated when E-Sens was sentenced to 2 years of probation for smoking marijuana. This prompted Simon to launch his solo career in 2011 by releasing his album titled Simon Dominic Presents: SNL League Begins which peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Album Chart.
Although the band came together to perform two new songs at the 2013 Amoebahood concert, they disbanded the same year after E-Sens’ contract was terminated. Simon himself went on to leave the record label.
In 2014, Simon Dominic collaborated with Jay Park to form a new record label called AOMG where he consequently continued to release songs as a solo artist. Although he resigned from his position as co-CEO of AOMG in July 2018, he has remained signed to the label as a rapper.
Height and Other Interesting Facts
The hip-hop recording artist has an average height that fits his overall stature as he is reported to stand at 5 feet 7 inches (170cm) tall.
Choice of Name
When he began to rap, Simon was first known by the name K-OUTA. As his career progressed, he changed his name to Simon Dominic which is a combination of his baptismal name ‘Dominic’ and actor Wesley Snipes‘ character in the movie Demolition Man, Simon.
Moreover, having an English stage name has opened up doors in his career on many levels.
Simon Dominic has been very successful since he began to concentrate on his solo career in earnest. He was nominated for ‘Best Rap Performance at the 13th Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2011.
In 2015, he released his first extended play titled Won & Only. The first single on the album which is ironically named after him achieved what has been described as an “all-kill”, meaning it reached the #1 spot on all South Korean’s major music charts. This is a feat that hasn’t been achieved in a long while. The song later peaked at number 2 on the weekly Gaon Digital Chart.
Simon also appeared on the rap competition TV Show, Show Me the Money 5 in 2016. He was a producer and a judge alongside Gray (an AOMG artist). Their team member – Bewhy- won the show.
In 2018, Simon Dominic won the Korean Popular Music Awards in the Hip Hop Award category.
Music Helps with His Insomnia
Aside from Simon’s love for music, his career choice has proven to be very therapeutic as he sometimes finds it difficult to sleep. During this time, he is able to concentrate on his craft, thus making it somewhat of a win-win situation.
Simon Dominic is a Very Creative Person
Simon is very creative when it comes to his music. He is involved in the creative process of all the work he churns out from writing the lyrics to creating the beats. He has revealed that when making music, he writes his lyrics first as it flows and comes to him before adding the beat.