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: 2011-present
Associated Acts: BTS, TXT, Produce 101/I.O.I, Hyolyn, Everglow
Her sound: Trendy pop melodies and groovy instrumentals with an emphasis on bright synths. Prominent use of EDM elements, often fused to a more traditional pop structure.
Why you should love her: Along with her husband, Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, Fontana is slowly taking over the K-pop industry. She’s become a favorite of Big Hit Entertainment, composing 2019 singles by both BTS and TXT. In between, she’s crafted quirky tracks for a number of girl groups, melding international sensibilities with K-pop’s adventurous nature. Her songwriting prowess only seems to be growing as the years go on, so she’s definitely one to watch. Plus, it’s always good to have more female composers working behind the scenes!
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