BTS’ Jimin is Ready To Show Darker Material, Be Explicit With Personal Rawness in His Music & “With You”

“BTS’ Jimin had come full circle fr the time he wrote promise to the time he worked on his duet single ” With You” he revealed how his journey to being able to sitand appreciate the hard work he put in on his music and that of BTS. He speaks of how he struggled to be satisfied with his out put but is slowly learning to appreciate himself. He talks about his close relationship with the BTS members and how important they are to him. He also reveals the type of music he wants to work on in his “Proof” interview with Weverse.

After you released “With You,” you went on V LIVE and said, “Starting with this, I’m going to try many things.” Are you currently working on new material?

Jimin: I’m just starting. I decided to just keep going straight through, staying together with the producers. I think we’ll basically always be together for around a month. We met a few times and were talking about what messages and what kind of appearance or image I want to get across.

Speaking of “Friends,” how do you see the other members of BTS now? I imagine you feel the same as your “Tony Montana” days, but with some things different, too.

Jimin: They’re more than just friends, brothers or family—they just feel like a place you can always come back to. What I really felt when we were in the US recently was that I had times where I would have a lot of things going on in my head, and after I went through all that and came back around and talked with the other members, a lot of times they would tell me, “Ah, I see. I sort of figured. But I think you’ll be okay if you just keep doing what you’re doing. It’s all good.” It’s hard to put into words exactly, but I always got the impression they’re this powerful force that mentally helps me to return to my true self. So they’re more than just cool—it’s just, “thank you always.” It’s hard to put into words, but it’s something like that. (laughs)

It sounds like you still have more you want to show, even after the Grammys and the concert.

Jimin: Exactly. Maybe I can be just a little more explicit

What do you mean, “more explicit”?

Jimin: I just think I can show something a little more raw about me. That might include a more mature side, too, but what I’m really interested in is showing something closer to my real, personal rawness directly in a format like music or music videos. By doing so, I think maybe I can show something I never have before.

What do you mean by “raw,” exactly?

Jimin: Like, something that shows the things I usually think about a little more honestly? My thoughts are already well-represented on BTS’ albums, but, you know, some of the older members have already dealt with some darker material  on their solo mixtapes. I think I’m trying to do something similar.

I heard that making “Promise” allowed you to get out of the funk you were in at the time. Would you say that “With You” was a way for you to try and find the emotions that you wanted to express?

Jimin: I took an MBTI test recently and it said I’m extroverted, but when I made “Promise” I was really introverted and feeling depressed. I think “Promise” was a chance for me to look at myself. I managed to come out of my shell a little thanks to that song. The first version of “With You” we recorded was very emotional and there was a long process involved in relieving that emotion. “I’ll soften up a bit. … I’ll try it a little softer. … Ah, right—a little bit softer now. … I’ll just try it nice and simple.” Like that. I wanted to show sadness and a desperate longing expressed in a simple style.

The lyrics to “Run BTS” start by talking about life before the debut, and you really got into the rock and roll mood with your vocals on the song. How do you feel revisiting the way you used to run around all the time working so hard?

Jimin: I think in those days I was sort of desperate. (laughs) Saying, Wait till you see what I can do next. I can see it in my old videos, too.That “wait till you see what I can do next” sense comes across particularly well in “Tony Montana (with Jimin).”

How did you end up doing that song?

Jimin: SUGA and I said, “Let’s do something together,” and that was the result. I think I wanted to sound cool. (laughs) I guess I really wanted to stand out when we made that. “I’m good at this, too!” (laughs)

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