These days, new K-Pop groups seem to debut on a weekly basis. 2019 saw 30 rookie group and unit debuts, and 2020 is unlikely to be much different. So, in a sea of new boy groups, what sets rookies DKB apart? The members told all in a new interview.

Brave Entertainment’s first boy group in almost a decade, DKB (pronounced Dah-Keu-Bee) debuted in February with “Sorry Mama”. The group, whose name stands for “Dark Brown Eyes”, has 9 members: D1, GK, Teo, E-Chan, Heechan, Lune, Junseo, Yuku and Harry-June.

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It still feels like I’m dreaming. We just took a baby step, and we are satisfied with what we have shown with our first work. We look forward to how much more we can ascend.

— E-Chan

Of course, every K-Pop group is different in its own way, but DKB does have one particularly unique element—they produce their own songs and their own choreographies.

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Of course, DKB isn’t the only self-producing idol group. They stand alongside seniors like SEVENTEEN, EXID, and Stray Kids, but groups who produce and choreograph are still in the minority. All 9 members have been working together to make their own music since trainee days, where their songs were evaluated monthly.

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SEVENTEEN

Some of these songs actually made it into DKB’s debut album, Youth. One of them was “Samsung”, which compares confidence with the success of the Korean tech giant.

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DKB’s GK

I had written a self-empowering song titled ‘Samsung’ for the monthly evaluation. I wanted to approach hip-hop, which is usually serious and heavy, in a more interesting way… My idea was taken, and it went into our debut album.

— GK

Their first title track, “Sorry Mama”, was written by D1, GK, Teo, and E-Chan. It combines a hip-hop beat with a relatable message about standing up for yourself against adults. GK revealed that he faced that very fate when his mother didn’t support his K-Pop goals at first. Heechan went through something similar, paying for his own performance lessons as a youngster.

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DKB’s Heechan

I moved to Seoul six years ago… I had to work day and night to afford money for lessons. My parents had worried a lot, but I didn’t want to depend on them.

— Heechan

With Dancing High winner Junseo in the group, DKB was also able to develop its own dance without the need for a professional choreographer.

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DKB’s Junseo

Alongside songwriting and choreography, the members also have skills in DJing, acrobatics, Chinese, and Japanese.

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DKB’s E-Chan

I learned DJing, which helped me understand hip-hop in a wider, more in-depth perspective,

— E-Chan

According to the members, these skills give them a huge competitive edge. Between them, D1 says, “We are capable of producing what we want. We are not confined to any framework”.

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DKB’s D1

What matters now is having the audience’s approval.’ We plan to keep showing our musicality step by step until they accept us.

— D1

“Sorry Mama” has already amassed 750,000 views on YouTube in less than 2 months. Watch the video here!