Today I asked: The Colleagues

– By Nico H.

Harrison Johnson (left) and Karl ‘KP’ Powell (right) of The Colleagues. Photo found on The Colleagues official website.

On Jan. 25, 2017, Red Velvet teased Rookie, their upcoming release at the time, but this time around, they brought friends. A vaguely humanoid-shaped flower thing, to be exact, and a puppet. The puppet provided the introductions.

“And we’re live. Produced by The Colleagues. Take one.”

In 17 seconds, the K-pop world was teased with its newest hit, and formally introduced to the masterminds behind the beat. But who exactly are The Colleagues?

Karl ‘KP’ Powell and Harrison Johnson make up the duo, and they’ve produced songs for 2 Chainz, Plies, and Freddie Gibbs, among many others, including other K-pop acts. That’s right, they also produced the NCT 127 song “Paradise.” “Rookie” isn’t their first time in the the K-pop spotlight.

But, it is their first title track, and the mark they’ve left extends past that unique producer tag. A poppy yet funky track, with sharp horns and a bassline that’s worthy of Parliament-Funkadelic, The Colleagues provided a solid foundation for Red Velvet to showcase their own musical quirks. Combine all of that together, “Rookie” is a great song. Plain and simple.

And others seem to agree. The “Rookie” music video is up to 18 million views on YouTube, and rising, and Red Velvet has recently won their 9th award at Inkigayo. Safe to say, it’s their most successful comeback yet. That’s why I wanted to talk with The Colleagues themselves, and what it’s like to kick off not only Rookie the song, but Red Velvet’s fourth mini-album of the same name.

Here they are, the men behind the puppet.

Below is a brief Q&A with The Colleagues. Enjoy, everybody.

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