[Opinion] A Much Needed Look at Dean

Dean is a writer, singer, an aficionado of artistic picture-taking for Instagram. Besides that, he might be apart of a trend of non-idol South Korean artists looking outside the country for musical freedom.

Image source – Ginza Magazine Japan

It had been over a year since Dean released his iconic song “Instagram” that topped charts for weeks before giving way to iKON’s “Love Scenario.”

Prescient in its content and evocative in its narrative, it was a song that stood out on Korean music charts that are usually inundated with songs about love. Similar to its monochromatic video, it had a belied simplicity regarding the complex set of qualities that come into play when one uses social media including but not limited to addiction and depression.

It had a subtle depth — just enough to provoke (a comfortable amount of) thought and was general enough to make it relatable. Further, Ginza, a magazine out of Japan, described the song as ” inspired by the millennial generation,” and as a millennial, myself — though I don’t engage in social media that much because of the abovementioned effects — it is easily one of my favorite Korean songs from the past year.

Image source – Places + Faces

However, since the release of the song, Dean seems more absent than present. His occasional updates on social media breathe life and anticipation into his fan base and he did release a song called “Dayfly” on different music sites in November.

Additionally, even with the beautiful melody, smooth vocals, and the meaningful lyrics, it didn’t feel like Dean was back; it was not a comeback. So when is Dean coming back and what has he been up to?

According to a social media post, the singer is working on a new album titled 130: mood: RVNG that he is dedicating more time to write, compose, and produce. Moreover, as he works on this album, Dean is also experiencing a personal transformation where he is ridding himself of the idea that he could only show his “perfect and good side to the world,” afraid of being branded after an unfortunate slip of the tongue. In turn, he is acknowledging his “badness, stupidity, weakness, and the dark shadows” of his past.

Image source – Ginza Magazine Japan

Interestingly, as he grows personally and musically, he seems to do so mostly outside of South Korea and instead is finding solace someplace in London. Perusing his Instagram account, the singer looks to be out of his native country for months at a time. In his posts, he appears to spend much of his time in England, with short forays elsewhere, working on music, collaborating with artists, and generally living his best life.

At the same time, I see an emerging trend where independent non-idol artists are finding freedom and solace outside of the Korean entertainment market. Similar to Jay Park who is working on expanding in the U.S., like Dok2 who moved to Los Angeles late last year, and alternative rock group Hyukoh that released an all English album last year and is currently on tour, it seems like Korean artists are looking to find their voice and music made and heard outside a system tipped heavily in favor of political correctness, cookie-cutter idols, and deep-pocketed companies.

On the other hand, it could be that other industries are now ready for Asian artists.




By O.C


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Comedian Couple Kim Min-Ki ♥ Hong Yoon-Hwa Share Pictures of Their European Adventure

Hong Yoon-hwa and Kim Min-ki are having a great time in Europe.

On April 1, comedian Hong Yoon-hwa posted a set of (super cute) photos with her longtime boyfriend and fellow comedian Kim Min-ki on her Instagram account. The photos document their travel in Europe, where they have been since late March.

In the post, Hong writes, ” Indulging in couple-looks [even after] dating for 9-years.” Indeed, the cuteness and coordinating outfits is definitely something to be admired.

Last year Kim proposed to Hong live during a special holiday episode of “Tomorrow’s King of First Pitch.”

Dressed as a pitcher, Kim stood on the baseball mound, kneels on one knee with a bouquet of flowers and says, “We have dated for seven years. Now, let’s get married.”

According to media reports earlier this year, the two will have a wedding in November this year. Regarding their trip to Europe, the couple has previously visited London and Paris and are currently in Spain.

Translated by O.C



WINNER Hoony & Mino Steal the Show at Burberry Fashion Show

Hoony and Mino from popular K-pop boy group WINNER impressed in head-to-toe Burberry at the fashion label’s show.

Via Twitter: @realllllmino and @maetamong

Competition at fashion shows is stiff as celebrities, designers, editors, and fashionistas battle for the title of “best dressed” in the front row. The combination of people makes it difficult to standout — especially if you are a new face in the crowd. However, donned in head-to-toe pieces from the label’s Spring collection Hoony and Mino were an immediate sensation.

Hoony and Mino sat front and center at the fashion show with Mino wearing a knitted cardigan underneath which he wore a new rendition of Burberry’s Haymarket check. Hoony chose a brilliant red double-breasted military style jacket.

The two band-mates were personally invited to attend the Burberry fashion show for London’s fashion week. Furthermore, the special invitation granted them early access to the brand’s newest collection. Moreover, The fashionable pieces, gaggle of fans, and attention from paparazzi created a perfect storm that made the pair hard to ignore.

On top of their unique style, Hoony and Mino were noted for their good looks. At the show, Hoony met Partrick Egbon-Marshall, the director and head scout of AMCK Models. Patrick was so impressed with Hoony that he actually tried to recruit him for his agency!



However, whether the inquiry proves to be real or not has yet to be seen, but it is nice to see these two members who love fashion being acknowledge for it.

WINNER returned in early August with ‘Our Twenty Four’, which featured a double title track release.

By O.C