An Intro to DPR

By Avery Souders

With the growth in the music industry of independent companies and artists, they have developed their own look, style, and sound, anything you can think of! They create a unique niche for themselves. One of those groups making a mark in the Korean music scene is none other than Dream Perfect Regime, DPR. With their breakout song, "Eung Freestyle," the group has been thrust into the limelight for not only the performances and music but the videography too.

  • DPR Crew

Dream Perfect Regime’s core members are Hong Da-Bin, Christian Yu, Kim Kyung-Mo, and Scott Kim.

Hong Da-Bin is known best by his stage name, DPR Live. Da-Bin was born in South Korea but grew up mostly in Guam. His signature opening in many of his songs is Coming To You Live, which is meant to be a rendition of how radio announcers would start their broadcasts. In 2017, Da-Bin’s debut EP as DPR Live was Coming to You Live, later releasing yet another EP entitled HER that same year.

DPR +Ian’s real name is Yu Ba-Rom or Christian Yu. Originally from Australia, Christian is the director and chief editor for the group as well. His portfolio of music videos outside of DPR includes Mino’s solo debut music video "Body," Bobby’s solo debut M/V "Holup!," BIGBANG Taeyang's M/V "Wake Me Up," and more! 

Kim Kyung-Mo, also known as DPR Cream, is the main musical producer for the Dream Perfect Regime. Prior to joining, Kyung-Mo was working as a singer and a music producer for the group LAYBACKSOUND with Han-Gyeol and U-Turn. He has done the production and arrangement of music for most. Recently, he came out with his own single "The Voyager 737," which includes his songs "Color Drive" and "Problems."

New York City native Scott Kim joined the crew and became DPR Rem, working on the show WhatthePineapple with Amber Liu, a member of the girl group f(x).  Currently, he is the creative director, executive producer for DPR’s work and he also designs the merchandise.

In 2015, the first project was a song called, "Till I Die." After that, there were more videos uploaded, but it wasn’t until "Eung Freestyle," featuring rappers like Sik-K, Punchnello, Owen Ovadoz, and Flowsik, came out. This recording captivated viewers from all over the world, showing off their symbolic and idiosyncratic style of rapping in South Korea. Their videos have a distinct theme that makes them fall under the DPR style because of the use of captivating backgrounds and dream-like sequences. The EPs Coming to You Live and Her were just the beginning for the group. Since then, they have been releasing singles, like "Action" featuring GRAY, the tropical sounding "Playlist," and the collaboration between DPR Cream and DPR Live, "Gravity."

It couldn’t have better stated it in their mission statement, “Dream Perfect Regime (DPR) is multi-genre music and video group. We create, direct, produce, and edit all types of visual work as well as curate artists that derive from various musical backgrounds and influences. Based in Seoul, our collective’s main focus is to engage all audiences by actualizing a distinctive audiovisual experience.” A perfect example of this engagement is best noticed at their live concerts when DPR sings "To Myself," the lyrics repeating, “DPR we gang, gang.” A coming together of both the group and their fans sing along at the top of their lungs as one. 

The Dream Perfect Regime is a coalition of individual artists who come together to create a new and distinctive musicality and production. They have built a strong, independent label for themselves to show off their diversity in the music industry and continue to wow audiences with unique creative projects. 

What do you think of their style? Who would you like to see DPR collaborate with in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Avery Souders

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