C u t e !
taekook: still cuter than you
jungkook lookin’ real good in a denim jacket.
140727 방탄소년단 for MCM BUZZ interview at RWeL8? Fanmeet in Berlin
Bangtan Boys are a group of young men with some amazing talents ranging from rapping, dancing and singing. Consisting of members Jin, Rapmonster, Suga, J-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, they created a whole new generation of Korean hip-hop music and their own combination of old-school hip-hop with modern day K-pop idols. After debuting under BigHit Entertainment in 2013 they set their style with “No More Dream” followed by “N.O” which secured them an award for Best Newcomer at the Golden Disk Awards.
Recently BTS have released two Japanese singles for “No More Dream” and “Boy In Luv” along with a compilation album “2 Cool 4 Skool/ O!RUL8,2?”. They have starred in their own SBS MTV variety show Rookie King: Channel Bangtan and are currently airing their very own show American Hustle Life where they learn the ways of American hip-hop stars through the tutoring of “Gangsta Paradise” legend Coolio. It’s safe to say that within a very short one year time span, the Bangtan Boys have achieved some amazing feats, and it seems things can only get better from this point onwards.
After attending the press conference in the Korean Culture Centre for their “RWEL8?” showcase concert in Berlin, we were invited outside into the beautiful sunshine to host our own exclusive interview with all of the members. The atmosphere was very bright, and it seemed as though these young men and their staff were old friends of ours. We gathered around a table full of smiles and laughter, greeted each other, and with a deep breath took the opportunity to hold a relaxed and fun filled interview.
Before going to interview the Bangtan Boys I didn’t really have a clue as to how it would all go. There is always a worry about meeting someone like a brick wall, but the boys took the lead and really held their own very well.
Jin you are known amongst your fans as the mother or chef of the group after you shared some of your recipes online. Would you ever consider creating your own cookbook? What is your favourite food to cook?
JIN: I think that to publish a book is a bit hard and I would like to continue using our blog to share all of our recipes to our fans. I like healthy foods, like salads, and chicken, but the food I don’t like is something I have to cook for all of our group members. Especially when it’s for all of the members, as it’s very hard.
As for Rapmonster, being the leader of the group you must have more difficulties than the other members. What is the most difficult thing as a leader?
RAPMONSTER: For me to handle all seven people is a bit hard as I myself am a hard to handle person, and it is really hard when we are all together and for me to lead.
During one of your Bangtan Bomb videos (Lets Test BTS’s Nerve) J-hope was the only member who jumped out of his skin. Do you have any big fears?
J-HOPE: After our new show “American Hustle Life” I think I come off as more of a coward. I’m afraid of lots of things, but when someone shocks me suddenly it’s a bit scary, and I really don’t like things that jump out suddenly.
Suga has shared photos and shown off his photography skills to his fans. Whilst other idols have created their own photobooks do you have any plans to release your own?
SUGA: I like taking pictures and posting them on the blog and online, but for a photobook I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to make it yet. After I study and learn more I could possibly think about it and give it a go, but for now I have no plans to publish anything. I’ll just use the blog.
Jimin is known as being the dancer of the group and throughout your videos you share with your fans you are always seen dancing. What is your favourite dance style and dance move?
JIMIN: I like lots of different dances, like popping, hip-hop and urban dance. But my most favourite dance movement is the gun dance we use during “We Are Bulletproof”.
During the practice video for “Just One Day (Appeal Version)” V is seen laughing throughout the whole recording. What happened to make you laugh so hard? It looked like you was having all the fun by yourself.
V: During the video I was laughing a lot because of Jimin, Rapmonster and J-hope as they were making faces and messing around. I wanted to stop laughing myself, but it was too funny.
This question is for Jungkook. You have already reached a point in the Korean music industry where your name is known worldwide. This has been achieved in very little time (one year). Where do you see yourself in the future and what would you like to achieve by then?
JUNGKOOK: Thank you for knowing that we have worked hard for a short time and that you like us a lot. I am curious about many things in my life and in the future I will continue to be curious and explore other areas and do other things.
You each have your own background as rappers, vocalists and dancers. If you could swap your position with another member of the group who would you choose and why?
SUGA: I would choose J-hope because he just does what he has to do and is bright and funny, and he dances really well.
J-HOPE: I would change with Rapmonster because he is a nice cool guy, his rapping is great and he can also speak great English.
RAPMONSTER: I would change with Jungkook because I’d love to try to be the vocal within the group.
Through your Bangtan Bomb videos online you have given fans a glimpse of your lives, but if you could feature as a group or as individuals on any Korean variety shows, which ones would you pick?
J-HOPE: I want to be in some realistic shows or a programme that gives us our own show. Like American Hustle Life.
What about the variety show Running Man? It’s very popular within Europe. Would you go on that?
J-HOPE: No, I get tired, very tired (decides to act out his tiredness with some very exaggerated hand movements and panting, which was followed by all of Bangtan laughing).
Everyone has someone who inspires them to be where they are today. If you could choose someone who you look up to and who has inspired you to follow your dreams, who would you pick and why?
RAPMONSTER: Kanye West, Nas, all because they do amazing rapping.
JIN: Kanye West, yes.
SUGA: I have lots of people who inspire me, but through Kanye West I learned the culture of hip-hop.
V: Yes, I’m the same, same!
Your music and fashion style started off a new generation of music in the Korean music scene, but what kinds of songs are you all listening to at the moment? Who are your current music obsessions?
RAPMONSTER: Do you know Kendrick Lemaar and Ab-Soul? Trey Songz as his new album just came out.
V: And Tenashar.
JIN: And Chris Brown.
After a little bit of chatter whilst we packed away our gear the boys lined up against the wall ready to take some group photos. They posed professionally and well rehearsed, until we asked for a silly pose, then all hell broke loose ending with laughter all around. We bowed and said our goodbyes. I was upset that 30 minutes alone with them didn’t feel like enough. They each had their own stories they wanted to talk about, and it seemed that they were relaxed and just as happy to be meeting us as we were to meet them.
more pics here
full interview here (the rest is not Bangtan related)
Maybe ‘brilliant’ word is used at this time. LA’s weather was clear, and BTS’s expression of who crisscrossed LA looked happy. BTS flew to LA for their comeback album work and reality program shooting.
[LA Freedom! That brilliant sunshine!]
The first day of their arrival in America was perfect since they had no recording or reality shooting. BTS found LA Dodger Stadium for the first place of their visit! It would have been perfect if player Hyun-Jin Ryu was the first runner, but we could not see ‘Korean Monster’ Hyun-Jin Ryu. Kershaw was at the mound this day. (Promising for the meeting of RAP MONSTER and ‘Korean Monster’ next time…)
They were all busy taking photos before entering the LA Dodger Stadium since they had come for their first time. Taking photos then seeing the scene!
Audiences in the stadium all radiated heat hotter than the sun. BTS also started to watch the game enthusiastically after seating themselves! (* We have taken lots of pictures of them cheering, but it did not pass the evaluation due to their excessive anxiety and roars. Please understand *)
BTS, who had spent every energy watch the game, suddenly appealed their hunger. They headed to ‘In-N-Out Burger’ in order to alleviate their ‘hunger’ which is the hardest to control among appetites. BTS all considered deeply of what to eat by looking up the menu.
But the youngest JUNG KOOK showed an embarrassing smile and stepped back. “I’m still not friendly with English. Other members appeared carrying full of hamburgers at the time when the youngest laughter was fading away. Everybody went into the eating mode after giving daily food to the youngest!
But V picked up a camera instead of a hamburger in order to shoot members’ image. V, who had the attitude of “I will take pictures, so eat”, headed his angle toward RAP MONSTER, SUGA, and BTS’s noisy couple J-HOPE and JIMIN.
J-HOPE who is busy eating and posing, and JIMIN who shows his determination of eating first~
BTS headed to Santa Monica seashore by patting their full bellies. We couldn’t take pictures much since we busily played. But we have took photos in the other beach where they visited for shooting, so we will release them after 60 seconds. Don’t go too far away~ Healthy BTS felt their free time since they left the plane, starting from the stadium to In-N-Out Burger and the seashore!
[Filming in LA! BTS shooting!]
The honey-like free time of the first time ended, and they started to shoot their reality program earnestly. They visited LA attractions without missing any of them. Shooting as if not shooting~ BTS’s reality shooting progressed excitingly like this.
This is at the Hollywood Walk of Fame! J-HOPE and JIN acted as they came out for playing in the town, but they could not hide their ‘excitement’ full in their eyes.
JIMIN, who looked around right in front of the turned camera, was caught. He was a pure boy whose eyes went big whenever they went out to the crowded streets even though it had been long since they arrived in US. JIMIN could not pass his usual idol Michael Jackson’s star copperplate.
The youngest line in BTS; JIMIN, JUNG KOOK, and V took commemorative pictures at the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Let’s go to the seashore that we noticed before. Here is Manhattan Beach in LA. V and JUNG KOOK photosynthesized as much as they liked this day. But the point that they got sunburns slightly on their faces is the flaw;;;
Standing on the beach sand is best when stepping on with bare foot! (Today’s fashion tip: If the shoes are burdening, you may use them as props like this.)
They are in their youth since they can jump! This is the proof shot which one needs to leave, if one has come to a beach.
[Behind the Scene! BTS resting!]
What would BTS’s daily life outside the broadcast camera angle be like? In three words; Sleep, Game, Jokes!
There were long moving times since they had to crisscross LA for shooting. They lacked sleeping since they had to work on their music at night after the shooting was done. So they kept on sleeping short in cars, and meeting with ‘deep-sleep god’ whenever they put their heads together in the accommodation.
But the youngest JUNG KOOK played with the camera even when other members were sleeping.
BTS’s turbulent LA shooting continues. If you’re curious of the detail story, please watch BTS’s ‘American Hustle Life’ on Mnet, every Thursday, 8 p.m.
The reason why JIMIN is dressed up so ?~tastic in LA? Guess the story together, readers. The answer will be released next week~