Though known as one of the creative masterminds behind SEVENTEEN‘s songs, HYBE producer BUMZU has worked for many K-Pop artists like NU’EST, BTS‘s Jin, and NCT 127.
Despite working for famous groups and meeting other famous artists, BUMZU can’t forget the K-Pop group he was completely starstruck to meet.
Speaking with Billboard magazine, BUMZU recalled working with JYP Entertainment‘s boy group 2PM. BUMZU admitted, “It’s still surreal. Growing up, 2PM was a huge artist.”
BUMZU worked on the group’s 2016 song “Shall We?” from GENTLEMEN’S GAME. On top of the honor of working with 2PM, he said, “Once my song became a number in their album, I was like, ‘Oh my god. My song is on 2PM’s album.’ But the biggest thing was meeting 2PM.”
Back then, BUMZU went to JYP Entertainment headquarters to “vocal direct” the song. Although he’s not sure if the member was Wooyoung or Junho, BUMZU remembered they “took really good care” of him.
In addition to getting BUMZU whatever he needed, he noticed how well 2PM treated the staff working for them. To BUMZU, it was an unforgettable moment that showed how kindly famous K-Pop groups should treat others.
They would just buy me coffee, anything. I was a baby in the industry at the time. And for me to see them be so nice and be so caring toward all their staff, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s how successful K-pop artists should be.’
They really felt like the model standard for me, so that’s an experience that I will never forget.
Since the 2PM members seem down to earth whenever they appear on shows, it’s positive to see their true personalities are just as caring. For BUMZU to still be amazed by them over five years later, the group is truly special.