DEAN – a South Korean future R&B artist and Multi-Platinum songwriter. DEAN began his musical journey as a hip-hop artist at age 16, beginning his career as part of a crew with Korean rapper Keith Ape (whose single ‘It G Ma’ boasts over 18 million YouTube views), but by the age of 18, DEAN discovered his talent for singing and his gift of creating infectious melodies. Now having written chart toppers for K-Pop boy bands such as VIXX and EXO, DEAN has already proven himself as a successful hit maker. Recently DEAN wrote ‘Unfair’ for EXO, ‘World Tour’ for Lee-hi, and ‘Bingle Bingle’ for Block B in 2016.
DEAN is committed to becoming one of the greatest cross-over acts to break onto the music scene both in Korea and the U.S. DEAN has worked with several in-demand artists and producers such as Mr. Camack, DJ esta of Soulection, Anderson .Paak, Eric Bellinger, EXO, Crush, ZICO and more.
In July of 2015, DEAN released his first English single, ‘I’m Not Sorry’, featuring Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/producer Eric Bellinger. To-date, the video has racked over 1.5M views on YouTube.
With the second Korean single “Pour Up (Feat. ZICO)” he received the Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year by the Korean Music Awards, one of the most recognized and respected awards in Korea.
His recent Korean single ‘What 2 Do (feat. Jeff Bernat, Crush)’ released on 28th Jan 2016 ranked top 11 on the MELON chart (No.1 digital retailer’s chart in Korea) putting him in the Top 20 along with other well established Korean superstars such as Zion. T, Zico, IU, Beenzino, Taeyon from GG and followed by more superstars like Big Bang, Sam Smith, Maroon 5 and EXO in the Top 100.
<130 mood : TRBL> is DEAN’s very first EP including three previously-released tracks, “I Love It (Feat. Dok2)”, “Pour Up (Feat. ZICO)”, and “What 2 Do (Feat. Jeff Bernat, Crush) with four new tracks: ‘And You? (Skit) (Outro)’, ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, ‘D (Half Moon) (Feat. Gaeko)’, and ‘21’. The meaning of title is – ‘130’ is kind of symbol of James Dean as he put the number 130 on his car. It is revealed that DEAN has been inspired by James Dean. ‘TRBL’ stands for ‘trouble’, and it’s from DEAN’s nickname ‘DEAN TRBL’.
The whole album is in reverse order of one man’s love story, from falling in love with a 21-year-old girl to suffering heartbreak, which seems to be a part of our life. : It will win the sympathy of the listeners through his storytelling.
He has shown his talent at many of the industry’s major events and festivals including SXSW—Spotify House and Hypetrak.