Learn more about one of the most unique singers in Korean music
24 Apr 2018 - 4:21 PM  UPDATED 24 Apr 2018 - 4:21 PM

DEAN has established himself as one of South Korea’s top alternative R&B singer-songwriter and record producers. He’s known for his amazing vocals and unique style which he’s become famous for.

Let’s get to know more about DEAN!

1. DEAN started his career when he was 16 with hip-hop artist Keith Ape. (By the age of 20 he was already writing songs for K-pop groups such as EXO’s “Black Pearl” and VIXX’s “Voodoo Doll”)

2. He first debuted in America with the single “I’m Not Sorry” featuring Eric Bellinger and has worked with artists such as Mila J and Anderson Paak. (It’s rare for Korean artists to start their American career first over their Korean one)

3. DEAN’s real name is Kwon Hyuk, he chose his stage name ‘DEAN’ because he’s a big fan of the late American actor James Dean.

4. He is good friends with Zico and Crush, who are all same age friends. The three collaborated on a song called “Bermuda Triangle” which became a huge hit. 

5. When asked what was the craziest thing a fan had done for him, he said that he recognised a fan who had followed him all the way from Seoul, South Korea to Taipei, Taiwan. (Talk about dedication!)

6. DEAN is a well-known fashionista on his Instagram showing off his latest trendy looks. He also likes to have a bit of fun occasionally posting extremely zoomed in photos of his face.

7. Artists that DEAN looks up to are Kanye West, Donald Glover and Miguel. (All artists who are known for bringing their own individual style to music).

8. For the rap survival show Show Me the Money 6, DEAN appeared as a producer teaming up with his friend Zico. They ended up working extremely well together with their team winning the competition with rapper Hanzoo.

9. When it comes to food, you might think DEAN would like something exotic, expensive or fancy but he simply loves to eat sushi, pizza, chocolate and jelly.

10. As an artist DEAN doesn’t like to listen to his old music and is always trying to create something new and refreshing that people would like. (His music has always been different – he can really pull off some unique styles!)

11. Over the years DEAN has collaborated with artists such as Taeyeon, Heize, Loco, Dok2 and Dynamic Duo to name a few. He's been nicknamed 'The R&B Prince of Asia’ due to his remarkable singing talent and popularity.


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