As COVID-19 restrictions ease in South Korea, Warner Chappell Music Korea has brought back in-studio songwriting camps by hosting a two-week songwriting camp in the company’s newly renovated building in Seoul. The camp brought together songwriters from all around the world, where they gathered to collaborate and create future hits for South Korea’s leading artists, labels and entertainment agencies.
Held this month at Warner Chappell Music Korea’s brand new multi-purpose songwriting rooms and studio, the camp brought together 45 songwriters from markets including Canada, Columbia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the US to collaborate and compose new songs. Songwriters who took part in the event included Dougie F., Jay B, Jesper Borgen, Larzz Principato, Lee Hyun Do, Pooh Beatz and many more.
Participants were tasked with writing songs for superstars such as AESPA, Cravity, NCT, The Boyz and TWICE from large South Korean labels including IST Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment and Starship Entertainment, with 55 songs written over the two weeks.
Songwriters had the opportunity to interact with label A&Rs during the event’s listening party and also had the chance to see the sights of Seoul, eat out at popular restaurants, and experience South Korea’s warm hospitality.
CJ Kim, General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Korea, says: “We are very happy to bring back in-studio songwriting camps again. Although musicians were relying on technology to create songs remotely during the pandemic, many say that co-writing songs online was difficult to do, as it felt very one dimensional. As the pandemic continues to ease in South Korea, we plan to organize more camps like this to create opportunities to develop our songwriters’ careers and promote interesting collaborations where participants can once again meet in person and tap into one another’s vibe. ”
Monica Lee, President, Warner Chappell Music Asia Pacific
Monica Lee, President, Warner Chappell Music Asia Pacific, adds: “We are delighted to be able to partner with our colleagues from around the world in-person again and bring together the best local songwriters, as well as top musicians from around the world, to write K-pop. We hope that through our camps, writers from all around our global network get to have meaningful exchanges in a creative space and form partnerships and friendships.”