K-Pop Producer Spotlight: Steven Lee

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.

Steven Lee

Years active: 2009-present (in K-pop)

Associated Acts: SS501, SHINee, Oh My Girl, A-Jax, SF9

His sound: As diverse a musical palette as you can imagine, Lee’s work has drawn from almost every conceivable genre. A strong melody is always at the core, often culminating in a huge power pop chorus.

Why you should love him: Steven Lee’s work encompasses J-pop just as strongly as it does K-pop, and if you follow any acts from Japan’s Johnny’s Entertainment you’ve likely heard his songs before. He brings a classic touch to his Korean material, having worked in the industry for a decade. Like most Western composers, the vast majority of his tracks are created in collaboration with other producers. This gives his discography a far-reaching appeal while tailoring sounds to specific artists and regions. His songs dabble in trends, but are always rooted in a timeless quality that guarantees longevity.

Examples of his best work:

Not K-pop, and not the entire song, but it’s one of my absolute favorites:


2 thoughts on “K-Pop Producer Spotlight: Steven Lee

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