If there’s anything I’ve learned from covering pop music for over a decade, it’s that songwriters and collaborators are just as important as the artists themselves. Though they often work behind the scenes, this feature is a chance to shine the light on some of k-pop’s most innovative and accomplished producers and composers.
Years active: 2014-present (under the name MonoTree)
Their sound: Takes cues from Sweetune‘s synth-heavy, 80’s-flavored dance pop but brings in a smoother r&b influence. Often groove-driven, with a general preference towards a slower, more chill tempo.
Why you should love them: MonoTree was created by former members of Sweetune, so the two production teams have quite a bit in common. But while MonoTree can crank out a propulsive dance track with the best of them, their material is more-often utilized as subdued b-sides. They haven’t produced all that many major hits, but their sound is incredibly easy to bop along to — and they’ve given girl group Stellar the biggest, best moment of their career.
Examples of their best work: