Big Hit Music Producer Pdogg

Big Hit Music producer Pdogg poses for photos during an interview with The Korea Herald at Hybe’s headquarters in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Tuesday. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

K-pop has become one of the most popular musical genres in the global music scene, thanks to the active promotion of their songs by local artists. Seven-piece band BTS are one of the biggest musical sensations in K-pop history, topping global music charts and awards with their megahits.

“Butter,” “Spring Day,” “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” “Fake Love,” and “Dynamite” are just a few of BTS songs that are well-known around the world. The songs of the septet would not be the same without Pdogg, 38, who has contributed greatly to the septet’s many successes.

“It’s been more than a decade since my main focus has been on BTS and the band’s songs and album. … My role is to help the band tell their stories and express their feelings through music” , Pdogg said in a recent interview with The Korea Herald at his studio at Hybe’s headquarters in Yongsan-gu, Seoul.

Pdogg studied vocal music in performing arts college and high school, but he was also passionate about hip-hop and also enjoyed composing songs. The producer joined Hybe, formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment, in 2007 when company founder and chairman Bang Si-hyuk discovered the producer’s talents after reviewing some of his works on a community site. dialing online.

That same year, Pdogg officially started his songwriting career with the songs “Come Back” and “Love” on mixed group 8Eight’s debut studio album and Lim Jeong-hee’s studio album “Before I Go, J-Lim “. He then became BTS’ main producer at Bang’s request and was asked to create songs for a hip-hop crew, now known as BTS, to perform.

“The idea of ​​starting a hip-hop team that could perform like an idol seemed too vague. I wasn’t a dancer and there weren’t many teams with that concept that I could refer to either. .I had some ideas about it after watching the videos of some famous choreographers. Of course, I also had a lot of trial and error, “said the producer.

Big Hit Music producer Pdogg poses for photos during an interview with The Korea Herald at Hybe's headquarters in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Tuesday.  (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

Big Hit Music producer Pdogg poses for photos during an interview with The Korea Herald at Hybe’s headquarters in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Tuesday. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

Pdogg had a strong impression of the seven-piece band as “extreme music lovers”. Although Bang and Pdogg hoped to launch a team that could become at least the No. 1 idol group in Asia, the producer did not expect BTS to enjoy such popularity and success in the world. global scale, he said.

“I had seen a lot of artists before knowing BTS, but I had never seen a group that really loves music so much,” he said. “Each member has a passion for music and they work really hard. Even I am highly motivated by the group as it shows unremitting efforts and achieves excellent results.

The hit songwriter has a lot of affection for his work and BTS. Pdogg shared that he jokingly told Hybe’s founder and president, “The moment I leave Hybe will be my retirement as a musician.”

His passion and talents earned the producer a total of 40.07 billion won ($34.29 million) in the first half of 2021, beating the country’s far bigger tycoons who run conglomerates like Samsung, Hyundai and LG.

“To make BTS songs special, I try to include the members’ feelings, thoughts, and stories, as well as the trend of the times to connect with listeners not only in Korea but also overseas. stranger,” the producer said. He chose BTS’s 2015-2016 trilogy album “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Trilogy” as the work he is most attached to, and the group’s third studio album “Love Yourself: Tear” as the most difficult part.

Big Hit Music producer Pdogg poses for photos during an interview with The Korea Herald at Hybe's headquarters in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Tuesday.  (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

Big Hit Music producer Pdogg poses for photos during an interview with The Korea Herald at Hybe’s headquarters in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Tuesday. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)

The veteran producer is always concerned with surviving in the music scene by continually making great music. “I always feel a lot of pressure every time I finish new songs and new projects. As a composer, I still wonder how I was able to continue my work without losing contact.

Right now, he’s busy preparing for BTS’s upcoming anthology album “Proof,” which will offer an in-depth look at the group’s nine-year career. Ahead of its June 10 release, the producer revealed the purpose of the upcoming album and said it would be a chance for the band to look back on their career and growth story, take it to the next level, perhaps by another kind.

While BTS described Pdogg as the “eighth member of BTS,” the producer said the group was a “wonderful musical companion” that he’s been devoted to for most of his life.

He also thanked Army, the boy band’s fandom.

“BTS exists because of the military. The group also recognizes that. Since they expect a lot from us, I have to do well as a supporter,” he said.

Defining good music as songs that can bring happiness to listeners, Pdogg said he hopes his music can heal listeners’ sadness and make them happy.

“When I make music, I feel alive and happy. I hope to share these feelings with many people through the songs I produce.

By Jie Ye-eun ([email protected])