The global pandemic has made promo schedules for new music very different – but that wasn’t going to stop BTS connecting with their fans ahead of the release of their new single.
RM, Jimin, V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Jimin and J-Hope held an online press conference in Korea to answer questions from media outlets around the world in a special Q&A to mark the release of their new song Dynamite.
Metro.co.uk was among the outlets invited along to hear what BTS had to say not only about their new single, but about their upcoming album and how they coped with the postponement of their world tour.
And from sharing why Dynamite was originally not on the cards to the ’emptiness’ they felt at the sudden shock to their schedule, the boys gave an insight into their work over the last few months.
What we learned about Dynamite
Suga: Dynamite is disco pop with a very fun cheery vibe and it sends a message of happiness and confidence. It is very bright and cheerful so I’m sure many people can dance to it. It’s a very fun song.
Jin: The lyrics are also very cheery and fun and fit the melody – one of the lines goes “I’m gonna light it up”, so I hope people can gain energy from listening to this song. This is the song we want you to hear.
RM: The release of Dynamite wasn’t our plan at all. We had been working on our album and aiming to release it in the second half of this year, and when you’re preparing the album, you record a lot of songs. We came across this song Dynamite. As soon as we heard it, we thought it was really fun and exciting, and it was a song we really wanted to try. It just made us feel good when we heard it, we could just dance to it. We really wanted to share this feeling with the fans as soon as possible and share this energy. I want to share this song with as many people as possible.
Jimin: Everyone in the world is going through tough times right now, nobody expected this, and we ourselves couldn’t do a lot of the things we had planned. We really wanted to be on stage, we wanted to meet out fans. As artists we felt empty and helpless and we needed a breakthrough to overcome this emptiness, and we came across this opportunity to try something new. Dynamite is a song that can lift anyone’s spirits.
Suga: Dynamite sends a message of happiness and confidence. It says, even though we’re going through a tough time, let’s do what we can in our places to find freedom and happiness through dance and music. I’d say it’s a song dedicated to all the people who feel that they have fallen down while running a marathon.
J-Hope: We felt this was a song that was very therapeutic. We felt that rather than having it in the album, it would be good to share it right now with everybody. It was kind of a last minute decision and the schedules were tight, but we worked together towards a single goal. Throughout this whole process, we all shared this sense of fun and joy that we felt when we first heard this melody.
For my part, my key was pretty high, so it was a bit difficult for me when I was recording this song. It wasn’t easy, but I think it turned out well.
Jin: We wanted to impart a message of hope and encouragement through our song and our dance. This will show a very new side of BTS.
Why they recorded Dynamite in English
V: When we were recording the guide version, the English lyrics fit the melody a little bit better, and it felt new and different from what we had tried before. So we all agreed that singing in English would be better.
J-Hope: When I first heard the demo version, I really liked the vibe. I thought the message fit the direction we wanted to go. When we were recording, it energised us and I wanted to share this feeling with many people. The release of this digital single is a new challenge for us so I think it’s more meaningful. We tried to maintain that refreshing, exciting vibe we got when we first heard it, and as always, we focused on delivering that feeling and that message when we record it.
Jungkook: There are some flashy moves, and the dance also fits the song really well. It’s very cheery and refined. And there’s also some easy moves that you can try yourselves – I’m sure the fans can do some covers in their own rooms. There are a lot of moves that bring out our unique personalities.
What we learned about the new album
(When asked if the schedule had changed) Jimin: No. We are still working on our album, it’s still a goal. Our goal is to release it in the second half of this year. This new album has the highest participation rate of any albums that we’ve released. We’re working really hard. [We cannot confirm] the release date just yet but as ARMY is waiting for us, we really want to see you too, so we’re going to work harder.
I am the project manager of this album – the PM – and V is in charge of visuals. We also took part in planning stages in the previous albums too, but it is our first time having who is in charge of what. I’m not sure if I did a good job as PM! But we are working hard to produce results. [V] worked hardest among us.
V: Everyone has really been actively participating in this album. It was of course the same for all the albums we have worked on, but I think this album will show the unique colour of BTS like never before.
How BTS feel about chart success
Suga: The chart rankings are always something we watch with a lot of nervousness and excitement. Of course, if they’re good results, it’s always a great honour. But rather than have some sort of result as a target, it’s better to do our best so that we can repay the love that our fans show us.
Jin: No matter what the rank is, it’s always an honour. It means many people listen to our song, many people like our song. Everytime we see this report card, it always excites us, and that doesn’t change no matter what that rank may be.
How the band coped with the postponement of their world tour and cancellation of plans
V: We have a situation that nobody predicted. We had a lot of plans, many of which did not happen. We love music more than anyone, we are as passionate about singing and dancing as anyone else, but it was more important for us to understand that we need people who love us, people who love our music.
Suga: It was decided that our world tour concert would have to be rescheduled. When that happened, it made us feel very powerless. It was very frustrating. These were things we couldn’t really change even if we tried, something we experienced for the first time since we debuted. It felt like we were running this whole time, and we tripped, we had fallen. We were sad that we couldn’t meet our fans, it was tough that we couldn’t sing on stage. We held an online concert to make up a little bit for those feelings. We realised that we really belong on the stage and singing and dancing is when BTS can really be BTS.
It was a chance to come together and communicate with our fans. When we had our online concert, we were able to really feel the encouragement and love that our fans were sending us. Even though our bodies were apart, we felt it is important to communicate and encourage each other in as many ways as possible. It gave us a lot of strength.
RM: At first, we were all lost. It was very frustrating, it was very hard the more time passed. Things that are suspended in water will settle to the bottom after a while and then you get clear water. This allowed us to see more clearly in the future. Covid-19 put a halt to many of our activities but it also gave us a chance to not just work on music, but to think really deeply about music.
When things were difficult and frustrating for us, [Dynamite] was a sort of ray of light. A sip of sweet water. We call this our own recharge project and we hope that it will be able to recharge your batteries.
Dynamite is out on August 21.
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