Try as hard as you may, but you will find that is almost impossible to put the girls of Dreamcatcher and their music into one K-pop category. There are very few groups – male or female – that makes music like this fearless seven-member group. Dreamcatcher was formed in January 13, 2017, and made their debut with their single album Nightmare under Happy Face Entertainment. The members are JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Yoohyeon, Dami and Gahyeon, and they all bring their own talent and “nightmare” to the table.
When you account for studio albums, single albums, and EPs, the girl group has released over 5 projects in just a few years. They have also received several nominations; these include nominations for the Mnet Asian Music Award, Korean Brand of the Year, and Melon Music Award. In 2018, they were awarded at the Keum Yeong Star Awards with the title of “Promising Idol” group.
So what makes this group so special? What sets the girls of Dreamcatcher apart from their contemporaries in Korea’s music landscape.
What Every K-pop Fan Needs to Know About Dreamcatcher
1. The Group Was Formerly Known As MINX
To find the true beginning of Dreamcatcher, we will need to travel back to 2014. Back then the group was known as MINX and it had only five members: JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, and Dami. The group made their debut on September 18, 2014, with their single “Why Did You Come To My Home?” The group was so successful that after the release of their 2015 EP, Love Shake, Happy Face Entertainment decided that they could do even more with the group, so they rebranded the group as Dreamcatcher and added two more members – Handong and Gahyeon.
2. Dreamcatcher’s Success Inspired Their Company’s Name Change
After rebranding to Dreamcatcher, the group took it up a notch with their music, dance, and the entire branding strategy. The agency was so happy with the group’s success and the bond between the members that they moved to rename the company from Happy Face Entertainment to Dreamcatcher Company.
3. The Group Started Exploring Darker Nightmare Themes After Their Rebrand
Only a few seconds into a Dreamcatcher video will tell you that this group is nothing like the conventional bubbly K-pop girl group. All the girls of Dreamcatcher are an integral path of their new direction since their rebrand. The group is known for their more intense lyrics coupled with their darker-themed music videos rolling on to the background sounds of crashing drums, blaring guitars, and screaming people. In fact, they are sometimes seen as more of a metal rock band with just a dash of K-pop culture, given that they still perform dance routines — although more ferociously.
The group is mostly known for the stories they tell in their music; their most popular story series being the ‘Nightmare’ series where each girl is the subject of a different nightmare.
4. The Group’s Official Fan Club Is Known As “InSomnia”
When the members of Dreamcatcher bestowed their fan club with the official name “InSomnia”, they were very intentional with their name choice. During an interview, they revealed that the name was a blending of two words “Somnia” in Latin, and “In” in English. “Somnia” means dreams in Latin, while “In” is a known English word that expresses the situation of a subject being surrounded or enclosed by something else. So basically, InSomnia means “in dreams”.
The girls said it was their way of revealing to their fans that they wished they could be with them forever in a dream or fantasy land. They felt there was no better way to show their love and appreciation to their teeming fan base.
5. All The Members Of Dreamcatcher Are Learning New Languages
The members of Dreamcatcher seem to have made it a point to push themselves in ways that other groups are not known for. During the period they were promoting their Alone in the City album, they were asked how they connect to their international audiences who were not familiar with the Korean language. The girls revealed that they were all in programs learning different foreign languages. They reiterated the need for them to be able to connect with their global audience on a personal level as the reason for learning to speak their language as much as they could.