DPR Ian or Christian Yu is a Korean-Australian rapper, director and composer. Through an interview with The Zach Sang Show quoting KoreabooDPR Ian frankly explained his struggle from mental illness and how he could overcome it with the help of music.
Previously, Ian debuted with the boy band C-Clown, but unfortunately the age of the boy band did not last long, they disbanded in 2015. After the disbandment of the group, Ian joined DPR (Dream Perfect Regime) and started his new music career.
Music has an important role in Ian’s life. The handsome rapper admitted that he started listening to music since he was a teenager. However, teenage Ian had to go through a difficult time when he was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 while in high school, “I remember when it (Bipolar) came, I thought ‘a strange feeling that I have never felt before’,” said the owner of the Korean name Yu. Ba the Rom.
Ian was advised to undergo treatment with music as a method coping so that they can express their feelings through creativity.
Music worked to help him but he also shared how ups and downs he felt that could have a negative impact on his work, such as he couldn’t finish his work before he felt ‘high’ in his cycle but as he got older Ian began to understand himself.
He explained, “At first, I only knew how to use it when I was high. However, as I got older, I started channeling it when I was in a low position, and I think that’s when it became dangerous — those things, however, were much more impactful.”
In the interview, Ian also acknowledged how his downturn in mood has resulted in some of his best work, and how he has to avoid relying on those positions to create.
According to Ian, one of the drawbacks of this process is that he cannot listen to or relate to his own music after it is made because he is disconnected from the experience of creating the work.
Despite the tough struggles when creating his work, DPR Ian loves whatever his music currently creates and the rapper says he will continue to do what he loves going forward.