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K-Pop Songwriter Andreas Oberg Interview

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Umu: Hello, thank you so much for agreeing to be featured on my channel, please introduce yourself. U: And like, talk about how long you’ve been writing songs, and what instruments you play. My name is Andres Oberg. I’m a Swedish songwriter, producer, and guitar player. A: I started out as a musician, playing a lot of jazz and blues and fusion; and then over time I became more of a songwriter and producer. A: And I found the K-Pop market and also the J-Pop market; I’ve been doing a lot of songs for Japan and Korea during the last couple of years. A: I find it very inspiring to work with all these artists and try out all these different genres. Umu: Fantastic. And so now we’ll start off with the questions that I’m sure a lot of people are wondering. U: First, do you think it’s more important to make a number-one hit, or write a song that you are personally most proud of? A: When I started within the jazz world, It was all about just creating, you know, interesting music that I really love myself, A: And I wanted selected group of people to really like it, of course. A: I didn’t want it to be too commercial, or have any of that kind of pop music impact. A: But then over time, I kind of realized I wanted to create music for the masses, but do something with quality too, you know? A: Like you can bring in cool chords to something musically that also has the quality of pop, with catchy hooks and simple melodies as well too. A: So I would say these days I want to, you know, make big hits but also do stuff that has musical value and quality. Umu: Fantastic. U: And then when writing a song for a company and an A&R (Artists and Repertoire) comes in and says, “Oh change this up, we don’t want this.” U: Do you ever feel that they ruin a song? A: Yeah, that has happened. But it’s all about personal taste. A: And most of the time I think they know what they’re doing, and there are some cases where songs actually turned out amazing from their feedback. A: There was one A&R at SM who actually came in when we wrote Red Velvet’s song called Sunny Afternoon. A: And she wasn’t happy with the chorus, and we kind of liked the chorus. A: But she said “No, I want something different”, then she had some ideas, and then we started writing a different chorus. A: And in retrospect – I mean that chorus was – the second chorus we created – was so much better than the first one so. A: It’s always good when the A&R’s know what they want. A: Especially in Asia, they’re musically trained, some have perfect pitch, they know about music, and they know what they want too, which is great. Umu: Awesome. U: And what is your favorite K-Pop song that you didn’t take part in writing? A: Well, there are a few – you know, there are a lot of great songs, A: But there are a few, you know, when I heard them I thought, “Okay ow, this is – I wish I was part of this”. A: One is actually Spellbound with TVXQ. Very cool song. A: And another one, a little bit maybe more unexpected one, it’s a song my my friends Caesar & Loui wrote. A: A song with TTS called Stay. A: It has a very cool the key change for the chorus, very unexpected. A: I was like, “Wow I wish I would have thought of that.” Umu: And what’s your favorite genre to compose it? A: I like a lot of the funky, jazzy R&B. A: Stuff where you can go a little bit crazy on on the chords. U: Yes, that’s my favorite, too. U: And what K-Pop artists have you been able to work with in person? A: I’ve been writing with BoA. A: The SM camps with Amber from f(x) and Siwon from Super Junior. A: Eric Nam. A: Henry, former member of Super Junior. A: It’s always great to write with these artists and especially the ones that are active writers, and they have a lot of ideas and they have a vision for what they wanna do. Umu: Awesome. And then what is your favorite section of a song to write, like is it the chorus?
A: Yeahhhh. A: When you get the chorus right it’s always a great feeling, but personally I like pre-choruses. A: Because that’s where you can go even more slick on the chords, and and do some really –
(U: Weird)
A: Unexpected stuff actually. A: So I love the pre-choruses too. Umu: Fantastic. U: I can tell. Umu: What was the most difficult K-Pop song to write? U: Like whether it was difficult to communicate with the other composers, or you just couldn’t come up with any ideas. A: We did a song on on the Lee Dongwoo album. A: The original title was Broken Wall. A: And I think Once There Was A Love is the title.
(U: Yeah.) A: It took a long time to write. We were trying different chords, going back and forth. It was a ballad, so. A: And one of the writers, a Korean writer who didn’t speak much English, we tried to communicate. A: It took a long time, but it’s a song I’m very very proud of, the outcome of that song. A: It’s not a typical K-Pop song, more like a jazz ballad., but it’s a song I’m very proud of. Umu: Do you see improvisation ever playing a bigger role in pop music? A: Hopefully, you know? A: A great thing is when you find that balance between improvised elements, and then more like structured, thought-out ideas. A: For instance in the verse, it can be more like R&B urban, it can be more of an improvised flow. A: And then the hook could be a little bit more structured for people to be able to grasp it and sing along with it. Umu: Right. And when writing a song do you ever think of a group’s international audience, instead of just writing for like maybe Korean ears? A: Well, yes, since the lyrics for the demos are made in English. A: We always try to have like catchphrases and lyrical content that could also work in the West. Umu:: When writing a melody for a specific group, do you assign vocal parts based on their “jobs” AKA main vocal or lead vocal? U: Or do you study their voices and give high notes to someone and fast notes to others?
A: Yeah, it depends on I mean – A: Some groups I worked a lot with, like for instance Shinee, so I know the different sounds, you know, of the different voices. A: Some groups I might not know exactly all the members and how they sound, but I try to listen and see if something stands out. A: You know, if there’s one singer that has a really like, high-pitched voice or something, that you can like use and take advantage of when you when you write melodies. Umu: Right, and are there any artists that you would like to work with in the future that you haven’t worked with yet? A: Yeah, of course. There are quite a few, especially solo artists. A: More that – I’ve worked with a lot of the idol groups, but it would be interesting to work with some of the solo artists in Korea. A: There are a lot of great ones, like IU and Heize. A: They’re doing their own stuff composing and working with a group of people, I think their friends and co-writers. A: But it would be fun to try doing something for those artists as well, and not just to those – the bigger idol groups. Umu: And do you ever draw from your classical music theory knowledge when writing pop music, or do you more draw from your jazz theory knwoledge? A: More from the jazz theory knowledge, and I try to not overthink too much, you know? A: And go follow my ears and what I’m hearing. A: But it’s great to have the theory and know it as a tool. A: So I can actually, you know, know why something doesn’t really work, and vocal arrangement for instance. A: And I also, since I know the theory, I have a lot of colors available, a lot of sounds that I can use for the different extensions from each chord. Umu: What are your favorite songs that you’ve composed? A: There are many, it’s so hard for me to choose. A: But like One of These Nights with Red Velvet, I really like that song. I’m proud of it. A: Did this song for SHINee called Romance that I really like myself too. A: Like it has kind of a Stevie Wonder- Ferrell kind of vibe. A: Did another one for them in Japan called Wishful Thinking, that’s another song I’m very proud of. A: There are so many it’s hard to choose, but those were just a few. Umu: What artists or group do you like writing most for? A: I would say SHINee because I’ve done so many songs for them. A: I’ve done 13 songs for the band both in Korea and Japan, you know, combined. A: And then I’ve done two for Taemin, and then one for Onew together with Lee Jin Ah. A: So 16 in total, so I think I have a history with that group and I met them a few times. A: I like how they sound, I like their use of the vocal arrangements and their voices, and how they bring my ideas to life. Umu: Fantastic.

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100 thoughts on “K-Pop Songwriter Andreas Oberg Interview”

  1. ReacttotheK says:

    He co-composed all these songs btw:

    BAP Jongup Try My Luck

    BOA Mannish Chocolate, Lookbook

    Boyfriend Never End, Welcome to My

    CBX Girl Problems, Tornado Spirals, Thursday, Playdate

    Cross Gene Amazing/Bad Lady (Jpn)

    EXO Stronger & Coming Over (Jpn release), Winter Heat, Drop That

    F(x) Glitter

    FT Island Shadows, Crazy Love

    GFRIEND Love in the Air

    Girls Generation Only One

    Gugudan Could this be Love, Snowball

    Hyolyn One Step

    Lee Dong Woo What A Wonderful Cane, Sweet Island, Smiling Face, Once There Was A Love, Lonely Night, Cheers To Nothing, Wanna Be Your Guitar, Step It Up

    Lee Jin Ah & Onew Starry Night

    LOONA Cheorry/Jinsoul Puzzle

    Momoland Welcome to Momoland

    Monsta X Dramarama, GFYL

    NCT 127 Once Again

    NCT 127 somethingontheirnextalbum

    Oh!GG Fermata

    Oh My Girl Windy Day, Coloring Book, Say No More, Love o Clock, Butterfly, Magic, Perfect Day, Agit, In My Dreams

    Red Velvet One of These Nights, Sunny Afternoon, Would U

    SF9 Hide and Seek, Midnight Road

    SHINee Breaking News (Jpn release), Downtown Baby (Jpn release), Romance, U Need Me, Chocolate, Beautiful Life, Sing Your Song, Gentleman, Retro

    SPICA Secret Time

    Sunny & Henry U & I

    Super Junior Lo Siento

    Super Junior D&E Illusion

    Taemin Flame of Love, Door, Backstage, In Love with the Music

    Taeyeon Christmas Without You

    TWICE One in a Million

    Up10tion Run, Sign Me Up

    VIXX Starlight, BODY, Stop it Girl, Butterfly Effect, Scentist

    WJMK Strong

    Xiumin & Mark Young & Free

  2. Bae Monae says:

    Charli Taft next please !😍

  3. Moriam Alade says:

    You did well in this interview πŸ‘πŸΎ

  4. escarcha multicolor says:

    I love the SHINee songs 😭

  5. escarcha multicolor says:

    Could you give me a link for the songs In love with the music and backstage of Taemin I haven't heard that songs ,thank you 😁

  6. clicclaccjennie says:

    Thank you for writing One of These Nights!!

  7. Muhammad Ichsan says:

    Thank you so much for One of These Night sir!

  8. kilzol says:

    this is so cool! the songs he composed for SHINee are some of my favorites! ^^

  9. Freekick Bangerz says:

    This was Fantastic

  10. filencia105 says:

    When he pronounced korean names correctly 😍

  11. Elizabeth Le says:

    I LOOOOOOOOVEEEEE THIS GUY!!!!!!

  12. Asra's Azuumi says:

    BSFCGSFDCGC HELL YEAH SECRET TIME IS MY SHIT UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH THANK YOU??!?!??!?!?! WOW

  13. Aileen Park says:

    Omg i love all of his vixx songs

  14. Gaby says:

    Wow he has written so many. Playdate, Drop That, Young and Free, Coming Over, Would U and Lo siento are some of my favorites.

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  16. Red Velvet's Kingdom Come issa BOP says:

    Ohhhh he likes One of These Nights a masterpiece indeed ❀

  17. michelle says:

    this is so interesting nsnsksjs

  18. michelle says:

    so youre saying he helped make Could This Be Love and Snowball by my gugudan girls? Wow i really owe this man my wig huh

  19. exidika says:

    Thank you for this video πŸ™‚

  20. jeon threesixteen says:

    He's insert umu's voice fantastic

  21. Julie Yaaa says:

    Only in kpop where you also stan music producersπŸ‘πŸ‘

  22. jinkirang90 says:

    Woowwww…. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  23. K-PLANET says:

    TTS queens!

  24. Aditya prambudika Leonardus says:

    Umu please react to lee younghyun – into the new world (immortal song 2)
    Thanks

  25. 손Wenrene says:

    Omg I really love One of These Nights and Romance!!!

  26. nic hole says:

    idk why i can't explain but i'm just so happy that i subbed to this channel uwu

  27. Miu-chan Can't Study! says:

    Red Velvet One Of These Nights???! WHAT? O.O Thats insane wow that song is a masterpiece!!!

  28. Min C says:

    OMG Dramarama!!!!!!

  29. loonafanclub says:

    Respect to this dude

  30. Manon Lcz says:

    So much of these songs are my favourites songs.. I need to thank you for the amazing job Mister, and you too Umu it was a really interesting interview!

  31. Raya Hazyhila says:

    He is a staple name in SM releases! I'm always curious so thank you for making this interview!

  32. Bora says:

    HE WROTE THAT MASTERPIECE THAT IS SUNNY AFTERNOON?? THANK YOU I LOVE YOU <3

  33. BLACKJACK #2NE1 says:

    wow where does that come from
    I mean, other than that he's good!!! how do you become a kpop composer.
    It's crazy. It's a dream
    I think It's about lucky, talent, contacts, Idk no?

  34. Chanyeol's voice killed me says:

    Wow, I'm impressed. Thanks so much to both of you for this interview. It's really interesting!

  35. BLACKJACK #2NE1 says:

    How that work?
    He write, the melody too. He doesn't produce right?
    So the instrumental It's not him work, or him help like, for example the genre. Or the producers do what they want?

  36. BLACKJACK #2NE1 says:

    Wow It's not easy that right?. I want to write but i'm not good and i dont know

  37. Victoria P. says:

    Amazing that you got him as an guest!! Amazing first episode and I'm looking forward to the other special episodes!

  38. 2yoo insomnia says:

    What What What What

  39. loy daba says:

    Is he working on a new song?

  40. jstndcsn says:

    Love in the air GFRIEND β€πŸ’•

  41. Dynamite Robot23 says:

    Exo❀❀❀

  42. MZJ says:

    this is platinum content. thank you. THANK YOU.

  43. Imene Flici says:

    He wants to Work with Iu yeeessss😍

  44. Syafira Nasution says:

    Your channel is on another level Umu~

  45. doombox says:

    This is the man that wrote DRAMARAMA! He is god-tier for us Monbebe. β™₯β™₯β™₯

  46. Pauline Javellana says:

    may I ask what song that was at the end?

  47. μ™•λŒλ©©μ΄ says:

    Dramarama…..!!!

  48. Xirangeix101 says:

    What I got from this video TLDR; Shinee are kings πŸ™‚

  49. John Lemuel Flor says:

    His signature composing skills are those guitar chords. Listen to Lo Siento, Windy Day, etc. THOSE CHORDS…

    Edit: Listen to One Of These Nights by Red Velvet. That Chord Drop when Joy sing in the chorus… ooohhhhh those little details

  50. Mili N. says:

    OMG he did Lo Siento πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ he have my respect, like for your fault I'm an ELF todayπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ I just hope you write more songs for Super JuniorπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

  51. moonlight says:

    "NCT 127 somethingontheirnextalbum" πŸ˜‚

  52. gvsTV says:

    LEGENDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  53. Valeria Vagapova says:

    What a great interview!! Also, whoever took their time to create the captions, bless you <3

  54. Irelda Alarcon says:

    His face glitches? OJO 6:44

  55. mirlo 89 says:

    IU x Andreas collab?? Yess please!!

  56. living in stereo says:

    "And theennnnn…."

  57. Lyd says:

    romance is one of my favorite shinee songs, love it love it

  58. μˆ˜μ•„ says:

    With IU!!!would be so cool πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  59. Robin J says:

    β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘

  60. peachy kash says:

    I just saw Jinsoul LOONA and clicked

  61. peachy kash says:

    Puzzle is a bop song

  62. πŸ–€ SM STAN πŸ–€ says:

    I admire him!

  63. πŸ–€ SM STAN πŸ–€ says:

    Girl thank you so much for all your hardwork, I like to know as much as possible about kpop music and specially how’s made. Thanks πŸ™

  64. CherryBanana1027 says:

    "Henry, former member of Super Junior."

    GUESS WHO'S CRYIIIIIIIING RN T.T

  65. AgainstWind says:

    This is really awesome unique content you're making. It's super cool to see how you have evolved this channel, keep it up!!

  66. 0dd525 says:

    Thank you for this πŸ™‚ my heart melts whenever someone draws attention to SHINee 😭😭❀️

  67. Max 99 says:

    I was watching this with my friend besides me and 3 1/2 minutes into the video he said "Take a shot everytime she said "awesome", you'll be waking up at the side of the road knowing nothing that happened pretty fast." πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Lol Umu he doesn't even drink that's what cracks me up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  68. Noberti Chandra says:

    Red Velvet – One of These Nights 😍😍😍

  69. maru maro says:

    the guy went from slow beautiful songs like beautiful life and one of these nights to sinful songs like BODY and dramarama

  70. Fransheska AnotherOne says:

    Andreas is so talent

  71. frankanator says:

    OH MY GOD i got goosebumps down my whole body when you said you composed starry night for onew and lee jinah!!! thats one of my absolute favorite songs!

  72. hanifah addini says:

    aaaakkk please work a lot with shinee in future… πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  73. Dayse Annie says:

    This channel keeps getting better and better

  74. ONCEuponaTWICE says:

    Wait… One in a Million??? Man… that's one of THE best TWICE's songs ever!!!!!!

  75. korming says:

    Thanks for this interview, I had no idea that so much of the music I've been listening to and enjoying daily are the product of this writer. Please highlight more K-pop writers and producers.

  76. SHINee taemint says:

    I love the fact that professionals and music critic always love SHINee.
    My boys are great

  77. SHINee taemint says:

    He is a really great composer and songwriter. I love all of his co composed SHINee songs. Chocolate, Retro, Beautiful Life, Sing Your Song, Romance, Downtown Baby, Starry Night, Flame of Love and Door are my absolute favorite

  78. ricecake1010 says:

    Thank you for bringing such interesting content to the channel! Love the interview!

  79. BLACKJACK #2NE1 says:

    Question.
    You can create, produce music without know in the theory?
    That's so hard. I feel like scare. Cause I don't, you know, like have the natural Talent for music.

  80. RISE VIXX RISE says:

    Okay i know he made Scentist by VIXX!!!

  81. S S says:

    He said he's trying to make songs that appeal to the masses but have the QUALITY at the same time.
    He's right, we need some jazz and other genre-based/influenced musicians to make K-Pop industry good!

  82. Gemel6 says:

    Andreas: says anything
    Umu: "fucking superb you funky little songwriter"

  83. XIUMIN'S HOE 24/7 says:

    HE WROTE DROP THAT???? THATS MY FUCKIN SONG (along with all these other bops OKAY KING)

  84. kim chae says:

    He's really proud of One Of These Nights AND WE ARE TOO OMG THANK YOU FOR WRITING THAT PIECE!

  85. Kata rin says:

    In the background at one point I might have heard SEVENTEEN Oh My ?

  86. Rifdah Imtyaaz says:

    he's the one writing No Longer!

  87. Fryderyk Lim says:

    Im really really into "One of These Nights", and gosh this man helped creating it !!!! Also f(x)'s "Glitter" is a bop. It deserves more attention

  88. Ona Esquivel says:

    I know that's irrelevant, but he's so handsome

  89. Mi anh Sowon says:

    Plz react to TTS – Stay 😍😍😍😍

  90. Mr.Stranger says:

    I only know him as one of the best jazz guitar players in the world.

  91. scrumpti0us says:

    he wrote another Red Velvet song Sappy

  92. Nguyα»…n HΖ°ng says:

    "Sunny Afternoon" ! SM, hello, you still there ?

  93. love caleb motion says:

    He made Sunny Afternoon and One Of These Nights? I'm in love.

  94. Yoshi says:

    ONE OF THESE NIGHTS?!!? A legendddd

  95. Alicia Ramirez says:

    Once Again !

  96. obry says:

    I love EXO- stronger!!!11

  97. Mango says:

    Dude?! TVXQ spellbound????
    πŸ™‡πŸ™‡πŸ™‡πŸ™‡
    A king

  98. Jan Jose says:

    Guys, Check out his Jazz guitar solo albums….He is literally A monster.

  99. Deskawaii says:

    OOTN is the best

  100. THICC DICC says:

    What an absolute BEAST

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