Everything You Should Know About Self-Producing Idols Who Have Made Hit Songs
In the entertainment industry, especially K-pop, many labels or agencies are ‘deeply involved’ in the lives of their artists, not only in personal matters but also in their work, which is often produced with little or no input from the artist themselves. But lately, there has been a growing trend where idols are gaining more control over their music, taking over the creative process of making the hits we love.
There are more and more idol groups producing their own music by helping to write the melodies for some of their songs, music production still needs to involve other parties because to make just one song, there is a long series of processes to go through.
It takes a lot of effort and special skills, which is why it’s rare for an idol group to be almost completely capable of producing their own music. But for some K-pop groups that have the ability to self-produce, there will definitely be a difference in the material.
When artists take control of the creative process behind their own songs, the music becomes an intimate reflection of their feelings, experiences, and personalities, which makes the music so relatable and more special.
Are you curious to find out which K-pop groups have produced most of their own music? Let’s find out more about these 10 K-pop groups that have self-produced their songs and whose members have the talent to become producers, in this article below!
Seventeen is one group that deserves the nickname ‘self-producing idols’ because Woozi, along with singer/songwriter/producer Bumzu, is known to be responsible for writing and producing most of the group’s music, from “Very Nice” to “Clap”.
Woozi has even produced the work of other artists, such as Ailee and I.O.I. But he hardly ever works alone, and the rest of the members of Seventeen are heavily involved in the creative process, from production to choreography, with Hoshi in particular, helping to compose some of their amazing dance moves.
(G)I-DLE may be relatively new to the K-pop scene, but they mostly produce their own music, thanks to Soyeon‘s talent as a songwriter and producer. Soyeon is behind many of the group’s hit songs, but she still credits the other members for inspiring her to create songs that match their unique talents and characters.
The rest of the group also started to highlight their production skills: their second EP was titled I Made because all the members helped make the music. The unique single from (G)I-DLE, “HANN”, is also one of the tracks written and co-produced by Soyeon.
There’s a reason why BTS‘s music has won the hearts of people around the world, and that’s because you can feel the personal experiences, struggles, and emotions of the members in each song. The group has written their own music from the start, with increasing responsibility for the production of their long music catalog, along with in-house producers Big Hit Entertainment, Pdogg, Slow Rabbit, and Supreme Boi. RM, Suga, and J-Hope bagged a lot of credit for the group’s songs, such as the hype, “Ddaeng”.
It’s only natural that we can’t be separated from EXID since their debut in 2012. This group has its own flagship producer, LE, who has helped make most of EXID’s songs. LE has worked with renowned producer Shinsadong Tiger on hits from “Up & Down” to “Me & You”.
Zico is best known for his talent as a producer, and he has not only worked on most of Block B‘s tracks himself, but he has also lent his production skills to composing songs for television shows like Show Me The Money and Produce X 101. But Zico is not alone, because the other members, especially Park Kyung, have also participated in the creative process for a lot of Block B’s music.
Although Block B tend to be known for their distinctive tough boy voice, they are versatile, you know! One of their more refined songs, “A Few Years Later”, written by Zico and Park Kyung, also became one of the favorite tracks of Block B fans.
Apart from writing most of their lyrics, Winner members have also had an active role in their music production from the very beginning. Kang Seung-yoon, Song Mino, and Lee Seung-hoon have helped produce many of the group’s hit songs, such as Yoon and Mino on “Everyday” and “Really Really” for which they wrote the lyrics themselves.
There isn’t a single Stray Kids song that doesn’t contain personnel contributions, thanks in large part to their production unit, 3RACHA, which consists of Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han (under the stage names CB97, SPEARB, and J.ONE, respectively). 3RACHA has been featured on nearly every Stray Kids track, from the pre-debut song “Hellevator” to the popular “Side Effects”.
Some of the songs that the trio did not take part in feature the other Stray Kids member credits on the production line, and the songs on their mixtape are entirely self-written and produced.
It’s no secret that Pentagon leader Hui is a genius songwriter, having written for artists like Shinhwa and Wanna One. When it comes to music, Hui and his bandmates are actively and fully involved in the creative process. Hui and E’Dawn worked on the production of the group’s hit song “Shine”, while Kino played a role in the production of “Violet” from 2017.
However, to capture the full character of the group, you have to check out the super hilarious “Round 2”, which all nine members worked on together. No wonder the song is so ridiculous!
One of 2PM’s label mates, which is DAY6, is also active in the creative process behind their music, which they feel is appropriate for a group that is filled with talented instrumentalists and vocalists! Young K, Jae, Sungjin, and Wonpil took part in the production of the group’s latest release Time of Our Life but even DAY6’s debut single from 2015 was impressively composed and written by all the members.
Even though they weren’t originally a group making their own music, GOT7 began to take more and more control over their music since their 2016 EP Flight Log: Departure, with all seven members working on many B-side tracks on their subsequent albums. Their 2017 single, “You Are”, was co-composed and written by JB.
Well, that was all the information about every K-pop group that self-produces its own songs. There are a lot more K-pop groups that have made their own songs, not only from senior groups, but some rookie idols have also started to master the skills to make music and produce their own songs.
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