Produced by: Dee.P
Dee.P: “I actually made the main guitar riffs of the track before I signed with YG. It was saved in my hard drive for a long time, along with many other demo tracks I made. One day, I was looking through my demo files and thought that this could fit GD's new album. So I started to brainstorm what concept I should go for.
“Hearing GD’s remake of "This Love”by Maroon 5 on Big Bang's first album, I thought GD and alternative rock match well. I was also into electro music, so I wanted to combine alternative rock with an electro sound. I began arranging the song, and started to stack up a bass synth and a mid-range synth, with an electric guitar on top to make the main theme of the song.
[YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk] gave me a little bit of a hard time after he heard my track. He thought the theme lines were repetitive and boring. So I had to come up with a different theme on the second verse and the bridge. - Dee.P
“I spent quite some time to make the synth sounds blend with the guitar riffs. After that, everything went smoothly and I was able to finish it without any stress. But [YG CEO Yang Hyun-suk] gave me a little bit of a hard time after he heard my track. He thought the theme lines were repetitive and boring. So I had to come up with a different theme on the second verse and the bridge.”
G-Dragon: “‘Runaway’ is kind of like the song 'Who You?' Since I tour, I have to think about making records that could resonate during a live performance—something that the audience could run around and jump to, and people could sing along to easily. It’s also something I enjoy personally. When you’re touring, it’s great to have people vibing with you because you look cool, but it’s always better, especially for fans, to perform songs that they could relate to and go wild. It’s something I enjoy as I’m doing it, and it’s also more memorable. So I consider those factors as I’m making a record. When you listen to it, you can tell, it’s more accessible than other records. It’s a record that a wider audience can enjoy.”
Dee.P: “I always hear the record after he finishes it, because he writes the melody and I don’t have to direct him. After recording, he would give me ideas on the track’s structure and I would get inspiration to rearrange it to fit his melody.
“This song was originally completed about two years ago. I was satisfied with the track and loved GD's melody and lyrics, but the album got delayed so I thought it was going to be on the One of a Kind mini-album. Somehow, the boss thought that it was better to be on the full-length album so I had to wait another year. When mixing and mastering was completed, I thought to myself, ‘Finally!’”