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TIME OUT MEETS: Dean

Rebel with a cause

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Brief introduction, please.

My name is Dean and I am an alternative R&B artist.

You are one of the hottest musicians right now and people just love you. How do you fell about that?

I didn't expect peopel to like me so muych. I am thankful, and I am willing to try even harder.

You've collaborated with a number of artists, such as Dynamic Duo and Lee Hi. Are there any stories you want to share?

It has been a really fun experience. Although Dynamic Duo has been around for a long time, they were generous enough to let me come up with different ideas, and thanks to that, I believe, the end of product was successful. I had always thought Hi was a great singer, and she was even better than I had expected. That made the collaboration even more exciting.

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It's interesting that you released your single "I'm Not sorry" in America before you debuted it here in Korea. What are you plans in terms of making more music in America?

I amd grateful that I received some positive feedback about my first single album. I am planning to release EPs in America, both in collaboration with various artists and by myself. I am trying to develop my strengths and establish my own identity, as I want to achieve  recognition not as an Asian R&B artist but just as an R&B artist.

What’s your first EP, 130 Mood : TRBL, about?

What’s your first EP, 130 Mood : TRBL, about?

This is the first of my 130 Mood series and it has a love story in it. It's quite unique, as the tracks are organized in reverse chronological order, and different things happen in a set space—inside a room. It's a  monochrome album with a cinematic structure.

What do you usually in your free time?

I usually meet up with members of my crew, Club Eskimo, and members of the Fanxy Child crew to listen to music and talk.

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What stimulates and inspires you to make music?

I consider making music in the form of albums to be quite important. As such, I work on tracks that fit the general concept of that album and often get inspired by films and photographs as well.

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