Dean may be known for his silky voice and high-profile collaborations within the K-pop industry, but Korean isn't where the popular Korean R&B singer has his sights set for the future of his music.
In a fascinating new interview in the April 2017 edition of Rolling Stone India, Dean spoke at length about his music influences and his career so far. While the singer has worked with a variety of big-name artists within the K-pop industry, such as Zico and Taeyeon, he remains true to himself by bringing his underground R&B roots to the fore in each project.
"I don't think that I was influenced so much by the artists, but I did want to express many new things through my music. You see, I would rather influence than be influenced."
But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview is Dean's reasons for debuting in the U.S. than in South Korea, something that sets him apart from his fellow Korean artists. Influenced by music from the U.S. since he was young, Dean states that debuting in the U.S. as opposed to Korea was the perfect decision and the best way to learn more, saying that "it would be awesome to continue that kind of musical movement in [his] own way."
A few years on from his debut, Dean has had no regrets about his decision, saying that "I believed that it would be a good experience when I first started out, and to this day, I don't want to settle for less when it comes to music and getting my messages across."
We love everything you've put out so far, Dean, and we can't wait to see what you do next!
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