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[EXCLUSIVE] DEAN Talks Invoking A Response When Listening To His Music

DEAN is opening up to change of taste, emotion and the musical inner self. Image: Courtesy of Good Vibes Festival

#TeamCLEO got a chance to speak to Korean sensation DEAN before he came down to Malaysia for Good Vibes Festival and he was extremely excited to be included in the line-up and hoped he could watch other artists’ performances after his set.

And boy, did he bring a real good show. Dean got the crowd hyped and jumping to his and Rad Museum’s set. His songs have a strong R&B influence with a dash of hip hop– with a voice as smooth as buttah, he’s bound to get you hooked.

Can you tell us a bit about how you got into music?

I realised at 16, when I was rapping. I used to love expressing feelings through painting, writing, and different presentations.

How would you describe your sound?

It’s not just DEAN’s music, but DEAN’s life that changed too. Kwon Hyeok as a person experienced a lot of pain growing up. As I matured personally, I also matured musically.

Where do you usually get inspiration from?

I’m inspired by a lot of things. Working on the albums has made me sensitive so it’s inspiring to watch the stability and determination from people and society. Such as people who have been working the same job for more than 20 years, or people regularly starting their days early and heading to the office in the morning. A lot of my inspiration comes from society.

What’s the song writing process like for you? Lyrics then melody, or vice versa?

It differs from time to time, but usually melody first. Making a melody is my way of “playing”. I hear melodies even when I’m completely still. Then the melodies catch the emotions I want to express and lead the story through.

 

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Do you have any artistes that has influenced your music?

Out of all the artists, I’ve always wanted to say J Cole when I get asked a question like this in an interview. J Cole’s attitude, lyrics, and narrative in his albums influenced me a lot.

How would you describe your music evolution throughout the years? How do you think you’ve grown musically?

It’s not just DEAN’s music, but DEAN’s life that changed too. Kwon Hyeok as a person experienced a lot of pain growing up. As I matured personally, I also matured musically.

What are the songs that are always on your playlist?

Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano I, II, III, Deb Never, Dominic Fike, Daniel Caesar, MISO, Rad Museum, and TABBER’s new songs.

Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?

Currently I’m focusing on a sound that only I can create, so I’m not sure if there will be a fun collaboration for now. However, you can expect collaborations with producers!

 

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Do you have any new music in the works? Anything you can share with us?

In my upcoming album, you can definitely see how my changes in taste, emotion, and inner-self are expressed musically. I’m focusing so much more on expression.

How would you describe your visual aesthetics?

I guess it’s about new stimulation. The aesthetics I want to express do not depend on visuals only. The ultimate goal for my aesthetics is that it can cause a reaction in people’s thoughts and senses.

If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would it be?

You will knovv.

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