Ryan Jhun Shares Story Behind Recording Of “Pick Me” From “Produce 101 Season 2”

Songwriter and producer Ryan Jhun was the most recent guest to appear on the segment “Makers” on MBC’s “Idol Radio.”

Ryan Jhun produced songs like “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” by Lee Hyori featuring Ceejay of Freshboyz, SHINee’s “Lucifer,” EXO’s “Love Me Right,” Red Velvet’s “Dumb Dumb,” “I” by Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon featuring Verbal Jint, and more.

First, Ryan Jhun explained about the unique recording style of “Pick Me” which was the theme song from “Produce 101 Season 2.” He said, “Other than the trainees in grade F, about 80 trainees recorded in rotation. I ordered the rotation with only the trainees who were good at it remaining, and the members who remained until the end were Ong Seong Wu and [AB6IX’s] Lee Dae Hwi.”

Then he shared, “It was touching to see [NU’EST’s] Hwang Min Hyun do well while re-recording ‘Pick Me’ with the members who debuted as Wanna One.”

Concerning the copyright fees for “Pick Me,” he said, “It’s not as much as expected because it is shared equally with many composers. My pride in the song matters more than the copyright fee.”

Ryan Jhun has especially worked with many SM Entertainment’s artists. He commented, “It’s a company that recognized me when I first came to Korea and didn’t know anything. I’ve been with the company for a long time, so I know their style, and I want to give them the good songs first.”

Ryan Jhun picked Oh My Girl, who recently worked with him, as the “group that best expresses the feelings of the song.” He said, “Oh My Girl was able to express the song in a precise manner in four to five hours.”

When asked who he thought was really good at making songs, the producer picked BTOB’s Ilhoon, the radio host. He said he wishes to work with him, and Ilhoon promised that he would visit his studio.

Lastly, Ryan Jhun shared his dreams, saying, “I want to discover many new composers. I want to be at the center of propagating K-pop to people all over the world.”

“Idol Radio” broadcasts everyday from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. KST.

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