[Exclusive Interview Part II] BTS Talks Facebook, Member With Most Aegyo and More
It′s no surprise that BTS is fast becoming one of the hottest rookie groups on the idol scene right now.
If you couldn′t tell by BTS′ performances, there′s no easing into it for the boys, whose debut single No More Dream is as in-your-face as it gets.
Uncharacteristic of rookie groups, all of the members also wrote the lyrics to the songs in their debut album 2 Cool 4 Skool.
After opening up to Mwave about their debut and fan following abroad, we asked the boys about the songwriting process and got to see what the boys are like off the stage in our exclusive interview.
We heard the members wrote the lyrics to the songs on the album themselves. Could you talk a little bit about how you wrote the lyrics to No More Dream?
Rap Monster: I had a really hard time writing the lyrics to the debut track. Suga hyung and I have been writing lyrics to songs since before our debut, but I don’t think it was ever as difficult as it was with No More Dream. To be honest, before I decided that music was what I wanted to do, I didn’t have a dream. I only studied hard because I knew that if I got good grades, I’d get compliments, and I liked that. I wanted to ask those who are like how I was then: ‘What is your dream?’
J-Hope: The members got together and discussed what subject we should write about. We came up with close to 50 subjects. But when it came down to choosing the story that we were most capable of telling, that we experienced ourselves and could relate to, it was about school and dreams.
Suga: Since I was little, my dream was to do music. But when I looked around at my friends, there were a lot of kids who went to school every day then went home and were in this cycle without knowing what their dreams were. I wanted to ask those friends what it is that they really want to do, what their dreams are.
A lot of people have said that they can relate to the track Like. How did that song come about?
Jin: Like is a track in our debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool that the members like in particular. We like it as much as the title track. If the title track is strong and dynamic, Like is a song that showcases BTS’ sweet charm. When we looking for material that a lot of people could relate to, Facebook’s ‘Like’ came up. I think anyone who has debated whether or not to press the ‘Like’ button on an ex’s post can relate to the song.
The group’s image is hip hop, but which member has the most aegyo in real life?
Jung Kook: I’m the maknae of the group, but Jimin hyung has the most aegyo. And Suga hyung doesn’t have aegyo, but he’s mischievous. He likes to joke around a lot.
Jimin: I’m a year older than Jung Kook, but strangely, unlike a maknae, Jung Kook is really chic. I’m not the type to act cute on purpose, but I think it’s because I laugh really easily.
What do you each consider is your best feature?
Suga: My eye smile. And the fact that my image on stage is completely different from my image off stage. I think the twist will charm fans.
Jimin: My abs and eye smile. I think that my eye smile has a different kind of charm from SUGA hyung’s. And as you’ve probably seen onstage, I’ve got some abs. I haven’t been able to work out as much these days due to our schedule, so I worry all the time that my abs will melt away…
V: I speak with my face! I realized this when we shot the album jacket photos and when I’m on stage, but my facial expressions vary a lot. When I look at photos fans have taken of me, even I’m shocked.
Rap Monster: It’s not a strength...but i break things easily. That’s why the members call me ‘Destroyer.’ Strangely, I break everything I touch.
Jin: I like to cook. But that’s just it, I enjoy it. I’m not good. I have my ups and downs when it comes to cooking. On good days I cook really well, but on bad days, it tastes bad.
J-Hope: I think the fact that I’m really positive is my strength.
Jung Kook: My charm is...I really don’t know yet. But according to the hyungs, I’m good at everything - rapping, singing and dancing.
Photo credit: Big Hit Entertainment
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