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K-Pop’s Dreamcatcher For InSomnias: A Comprehensive New Fan’s Guide

Dreamcatcher on “Dystopia: Road to Utopia” Album Release, 01/26/21. Instagram credit: ss_one_1

Dreamcatcher is one of K-Pop’s most unique and interesting girl groups, from their rock/pop music to their long and winding underdog story. I’ve often heard new fans ask for guides and videos to get to know them better, and rather than paste the same links and videos over and over, I thought it’d be good to put them all in one place. You can jump to a particular section below.

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Dreamcatcher: The Basics

Dreamcatcher shows support for Handong’s first Chinese single in October 2020. From left to right — Gahyeon, Dami, Siyeon, Handong, JiU, Yoohyeon, SuA. Weibo Credit: Catfish Entertainment

Number of members: 7

Members By Age Order (Oldest to Youngest), Positions

NOTE: Primary positions listed first in bold. Secondary positions have become a bit hazy over the years, but it has been said often that Dreamcatcher’s members are versatile and have filled dancing/vocal/visual secondary roles interchangeably. For more on positions in K-Pop, see this article which explains K-Pop positions, though there are variations.

JiU from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

JiU/지유 (Kim Minji/김민지, b. 05/17/94)

  • Leader, Lead Dancer
SuA from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

SuA/수아 (Kim Bora/김보라, b. 08/10/94 )

  • Main Dancer
Siyeon from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

Siyeon/시연 (Lee Siyeon/이시연, b. 10/01/95)

  • Main Vocalist
Handong from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

Handong/한동 (Han Dong/韓東, b. 03/26/96)

  • Sub Vocalist, International Member (China)
Yoohyeon from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

Yoohyeon/유현 (Kim Yoohyeon/김유현, b. 01/07/97)

  • Lead Vocalist
Dami from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

Dami/다미 (Lee Yubin/이유빈, b. 03/07/1997)

  • Main Rapper
Gahyeon from Dreamcatcher. Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

Gahyeon/가현 (Lee Gahyeon/이가현, b. 02/03/99)

  • Lead Rapper, Maknae (Youngest member)
Dreamcatcher Concept Trailer, 12/06/16. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Pre-Debut Videos

Dreamcatcher debuts on Music Bank with “Chase Me”, January 13th, 2017. Credit: KBSkpop

Debut Date: 01/13/2017

Fandom Name: InSomnia, named for the literal Latin translation of “In Somnia” (In Dreams). Also referred to as Somnias, Somnyas, Insomnias.

Typical Greeting to Fans: “Dream of us, we are Dreamcatcher!”

Company: Originally Happyface Entertainment, currently Dreamcatcher Company (Happyface Entertainment changed names to Dreamcatcher Company in order to create dedicated resources for the group). Japanese promotions/discography handled under Pony Canyon.

Official Channels:

Official Lightstick (purchase link):

Dreamcatcher’s Lightstick Unboxing. Credit: Dreamcatcher official

Official Robe (purchase link):

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Dreamcatcher Concept/Discography

Dreamcatcher in 2019, group photo teaser for “Deja Vu”. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Yoohyeon, SuA, JiU, Handong. Top Row, Left to Right: Gahyeon, Siyeon, Dami. Photo Credit: hf_dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher’s musical style has a rock core, augmented by a pop style sound and, starting in 2019, integration with other genres such as EDM, Moombahton, Metal, and more. The result is a unique sound that, while not as popular domestically in Korea, has garnered a respectable international following. Additionally, non-title “B-Side” tracks have experimented with even more genres such as Trap, Jazz, Funk, and more, along with more traditional expected K-Pop styles such as ballads and pure Pop/Dance, making Dreamcatcher one of K-Pop’s most varied groups.

Their concept (or group and musical theme) matches this unique flavor, typified by a darker, dramatic, and emotionally weighty presentation of the group as a whole. This is augmented by a focus on world-building for their songs, telling stories that have spanned two main “arcs”:

Dreamcatcher “Chase Me” Group Promotion Image. From Left to Right: SuA, Gahyeon, Siyeon, JiU, Yoohyeon, Dami, Handong. Photo Credit: hf_dreamcatcher
  • “Nightmare” (spanning title tracks “Chase Me”, “GOOD NIGHT”, “Fly High”, “You and I “, “What”, and “PIRI”)— The story of seven ordinary girls that become nightmare personifications through the capture of a spider that places a curse on them, and their subsequent attempts to escape said nightmare.
Dreamcatcher “Road to Utopia” Group Promotion Image. From Left to Right: JiU, Handong, Dami, Gahyeon, Siyeon, SuA, and Yoohyeon. Photo Credit: hf_dreamcatcher
  • “Dystopia” (spanning title tracks “Scream”, “BOCA”, and “Odd Eye”)—The story of an enchanted tree of language corrupted by the evil words of others and the attempt of seven spirits/goddesses awoken to purify the tree and thus achieve utopia in the world. This also serves as a social commentary on the toxicity of online interaction, both with idols in the K-Pop industry and as a whole.

Additionally, there are tracks that exist outside of this world-building, which include:

  • Fan songs (“Full Moon” and “Over the Sky”)— songs dedicated to and made for Dreamcatcher fans by the group
  • Collaborations with others (“Deja Vu”, and “Eclipse” with Vespa for mobile game “King’s Raid” and the anime of the same name respectively, “R.o.S.E BLUE”, with Seasun Entertainment for mobile game “Girl Cafe Gun”, and with Seungyeon of CLC for Tadow” choreography)
  • Japanese songs (title tracks “Breaking Out”, “Endless Night”, “NO MORE”, and B-sides such as “Don’t Light My Fire”)
  • Soundtrack contributions (songs for dramas “Into The Ring”. “Take Revenge”, and “Dark Hole”)
  • One-off albums (2nd Special Mini Album “Summer Holiday”, with a self-contained concept/theme/story)

Most Dreamcatcher songs have been produced and written by the same individuals, most notably the duo LEEZ and Ollounder (who once were in a production team called Super Bomb with producer J.Soul). They have, in essence, been responsible for much of Dreamcatcher’s unique sound. But Dreamcatcher have themselves been at times involved in the production process and have been credited in several songs in the discography.

Below you’ll find the history of Dreamcatcher’s music. I’ve also provided asterisks next to B-Side tracks for each album that you may want to check out from the group, though all of their songs are, of course, excellent. You can use the links below to navigate to a specific release.

Dreamcatcher Discography Summary

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Other Releases

“Chase Me”, title track for “Nightmare”. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Nightmare (Release/Comeback Stage: 01/13/17)

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“GOOD NIGHT”, title track for “Fall Asleep In The Mirror”. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Fall Asleep In The Mirror (Release/Comeback Stage: 04/05/17, 04/06/17)

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“Fly High”, title track for “Prequel”. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Prequel (Release/Comeback Stage: 07/27/17)

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“Full Moon”, Dreamcatcher fan song 2018. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Full Moon (Release: 02/26/18 — Digital only, Live Stage: 06/08/18 )

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“You and I”, title track for “Escape The ERA”. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Escape The ERA (Release/Comeback Stage: 05/10/18)

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“What”, title track for “Alone In The City”. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

Alone In The City (Release/Comeback Stage: 09/20/18)

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“What”, title track for “What (Japanese ver.)”. YouTube credit: ponycanyon

What (Japanese ver.) (Release: 11/21/18)

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“Over The Sky”, Dreamcatcher fan song 2019. YouTube credit: Dreamcatcher official

Over The Sky (Release: 01/16/19 — Digital Only, Live Stage: 03/08/19)

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“PIRI”, title track for “The End of Nightmare”. YouTube credit: Happyface entertainment

The End of Nightmare (Release/Comeback Stage: 02/13/19, 02/14/19)

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“PIRI”, title track for “PIRI (Japanese ver.)”. YouTube credit: ponycanyon

PIRI (Japanese ver.) (Release: 03/13/19)

“Deja Vu”, title track for “Raid of Dream”. YouTube credit: Dreamcatcher official

Raid of Dream (Release/Comeback Stage: 09/18/19, 09/19/19)

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“Scream”, title track for “Dystopia: The Tree of Language”. YouTube credit: Dreamcatcher official

Dystopia: The Tree of Language (Release/Comeback Stage: 02/18/20, 02/20/20)

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“Endless Night”, Dreamcatcher’s Japanese single for early 2020. YouTube credit: ponycanyon

Endless Night (Japanese Single) (Release: 03/11/20)

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“R.o.S.E BLUE”, Dreamcatcher’s single for the Girl Cafe Gun OST. YouTube credit: Dreamcatcher official

R.o.S.E BLUE (Girl Cafe Gun OST Single) (Release: 07/15/20)

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“BOCA”, title track for “Dystopia: Lose Myself”. YouTube credit: Dreamcatcher official

Dystopia: Lose Myself (Release/Comeback Stage: 08/17/20, 08/20/20)

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“NO MORE”, Dreamcatcher’s Japanese single for late 2020. YouTube credit: ponycanyon

NO MORE (Japanese single) (Release: 11/19/20)

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Eclipse (TV Size), Opening for anime “King’s Raid.

Eclipse (TV Size) (Japanese anime OP, “King’s Raid”) (Release: 12/25/20)

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“BEcause, title track for “Summer Holiday” in mid-2021. Credit: Dreamcatcher official

Summer Holiday (Release/Comeback Stage: 07/30/21, 07/29/21)

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“Maison”, title track for “Apocalypse: Save Us” in early 2022. Source: Dreamcatcher official

Apocalypse: Save Us (Release/Comeback Stage: 04/14/22)

  • Intro: Save Us
  • Locked Inside a Door
  • Maison (Title Track)
  • Starlight
  • Together
  • 널 위해 (Always)
  • Skit: The Seven Doors
  • Cherry (Real Miracle) — JiU Solo
  • No Dot — SuA Solo
  • 황홀경 (极夜) (Entrancing) — Siyeon Solo
  • 한겨울 (寒冬) (Midwinter) — Handong Solo
  • For — Yoohyeon Solo
  • Beauty Full — Dami Solo
  • Playground — Gahyeon Solo

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“Paradise”, Dreamcatcher Siyeon’s solo release. YouTube credit: Dreamcatcher official

Other Releases

Some additional releases include:

  • Paradise (Siyeon Single) (Release 01/28/20 — Digital Only)
  • Good Sera (Siyeon Single — Into the Ring OST) (Release 07/05/20)
  • No Mind (Siyeon Single — Take Revenge OST) (Release 11/21/20)
  • First Light of Dawn (Handong Single) (Chinese) (Release 10/20/20 — Digital Only)
  • Shadow (Siyeon/Dami Single — Dark Hole OST) (Release 05/14/21)
  • Shadow (Slow Ver.) (Siyeon/Dami Single — Dark Hole OST) (Release 05/14/21)

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“Get To Know Dreamcatcher” Recommendations

Dreamcatcher at the KMDF concert in 2020. From Left to Right: Dami, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, SuA, Gahyeon, JiU, Handong. Twitter credit: hf_dreamcatcher

One of the most common things new Dreamcatcher fans ask about is what to read or watch in order to get to know them a bit better. I have a few general recommendations, though I would be remiss if I didn’t shamelessly promote my own article on Dreamcatcher’s journey, “Dreamcatcher is K-pop’s Increasingly Well-Known Underdog Story” (which you can read if you have a half hour to spare).

Other than what I’ve written, here’s some recommendations for getting more familiar with Dreamcatcher.

Dreamcatcher’s VLOGs Playlist

This playlist from the Dreamcatcher Official YouTube channel is a bunch of VLOGs from Dreamcatcher members. These are small, personable video accounts from various members on tour stops, craft-making, trips out to places, and more, and are a good resource to get to know the group personally.

Dreamcatcher’s Note Playlist

Dreamcatcher’s Notes are another type of content from the Dreamcatcher Official YouTube channel that focus in on behind-the-scenes content from music show promotions, video shoots, special clip creations, and more. If you ever wanted to get to know the members by seeing how they work hard (and play hard) during production, this set of videos is for you.

Wanna Stan Dreamcatcher? The Ultimate 2020 Dreamcatcher Guide

This 41-minute video is in essence a video version of much of what I’ve written. While this does not cover promotions in late 2020 and beyond, it is nevertheless the best comprehensive visual guide I’ve watched for new fans to get familiar with Dreamcatcher. You’ll be shown their history, most of their album discography, and then each member in turn, talking about personality traits and some sample clips. KraayJay recognizes you may have trouble recognizing members at first, and labels each of them as the video progresses so you get a reminder of who’s who.

“This is…” series from insomnicsy

insomnicsy is one of the most prolific content creators for translating and editing montage clips of Dreamcatcher. With the language barrier being a challenge for most international Dreamcatcher fans, what insomnicsy does on a regular basis is a great service to the community. The “This is…” series is a nice set of bite-sized, short videos to get to know the members outside of their stage presentation. Not unexpectedly, Dreamcatcher is just as entertaining off-stage as they are on-stage.

Fact in Star Dreamcatcher Appearance — 03/08/19

There are a ton of variety appearances Dreamcatcher has made over the years, and Fact in Star has historically given some of the most time to Dreamcatcher, a boon to any group that doesn’t come from a larger company. This is a 47-minute appearance from their official channel and should give you a great idea as to what Dreamcatcher is like.

Idol House with Dreamcatcher — 10/14/20

Dreamcatcher’s 2020 appearances have included a ton of first-time activities on the variety show circuit, and Idol House, which has idols do group games as well as show the audience who they are in the process, is one of their best. This appearance has everything — energy, comedy, a little bit of hilarious drama parody, and should give you a good idea of Dreamcatcher as a group.

Weekly Idol Episode 497 with Dreamcatcher — 2/3/21

Weekly Idol is one of the most well-known K-Pop variety shows around, and in early 2021, Dreamcatcher finally got to appear on an episode dedicated entirely to them. The show blends get-to-know-you games meant to reveal new or interesting information about groups with interview and performance segments, and there’s plenty to hear about in this episode about Dreamcatcher. You’ll find out who is the most mysterious member, whether or not Dreamcatcher can keep up with dancing to a random playlist of their songs, nicknames for the group, and more. Well worth your time for 50 minutes of Dreamcatcher goodness.

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More Dreamcatcher Resources

Dreamcatcher after the Seven Spirits online concert in 2020. From Left to Right: SuA, Siyeon, Gahyeon, Dami, Yoohyeon, Handong, JiU

Still need to know more about Dreamcatcher? Did I somehow forget to cover something? Hungry for more Dreamcatcher content after falling down the Insomnia rabbit hole? Here’s some other fan-run places to check out.

7 Dreamers Dreamcatcher Fansitehttps://7-dreamers.com/

Dreamcatcher Discord -https://discord.gg/dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher Subreddithttps://www.reddit.com/r/dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher Fan Twitter accounts of note:

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Dreamcatcher (black trench coats) poses with fellow girl group CLC. From Left to Right: Seunghee, Handong, Elkie, JiU, Seungyeon, Sorn, Dami, Siyeon, Gahyeon, Yeeun, SuA, Yoohyeon, Eunbin, Yujin. Twitter credit: CUBECLC

If you’ve gotten to the end of this guide, I hope you’ve gotten a better idea of Dreamcatcher as a group and are armed just a bit better with more knowledge. If there are any other things that I’ve missed, or you have suggestions for content, please feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter!

Welcome to all new Insomnias, and remember — it isn’t important when you got into Dreamcatcher, just that you’re into them now.

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Lifetime geek dual-wielding in the tech and games industries for over a decade. Builder of walls of text. Shameless Asian pop lover.