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: 2017-present
Associated Acts: Dreamcatcher, ATEEZ, Infinite, Golden Child, A.C.E, KARD
His sound: Heavy rock influence, paired with aggressively textured electronic touches. Big, anthemic choruses, powered by energetic riffs and soaring vocal moments.
Why you should love him: Most often working with producing partner Ollounder, LEEZ is part of a new crop of young composers with incredible potential. He’s steered most of Dreamcatcher’s work, establishing a heavy rock sound that blends with K-pop’s dance-pop framework remarkably well. Though still early in his career, LEEZ has already begun branching out. His ability to pinball between diverse styles seems unlimited, as evidenced on newly-debuted rookie ATEEZ’s diverse mini album. Things promise to get even bigger and better from here, so jump on board early!
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