“Jin has always been open about how he has been working hard from the beginning and has not shied away from critiquing himself so that he can improve. In one of their documentaries he said that he is not exactly phenomenal but you can see how much he has improved. It is true that he has improved a lot but one thing we do not completely agree on is him saying ‘he is not phenomenal’ Jin is P.H.E.NO.ME.N.AL!!
The “Abyss” vocalist literally had to start from scratch, singing and dancing were not part of his plan as he studied to become an actor. He learnt everything there was to know about the music world, and you can see that he did a pretty good job when you look at their debut music videos. Since they were to be a purelu hip hop group, they rapped and had sharp complicated choreographies that required so much energy and gruff and toughness which Jin exuded quite well.
When you look at these older videos and even now, you want to smack Jin at the back of his head and ask, “What were you talking about not phenomenal?” I do understand we all have our insecurities and have certain standards that we judge ourselves by but artists are usually much more harder on themselves, when we as fans can only see perfection.
Jin had a sit down for their “BTS Butter album release interview” and this is what he had on his mind…
The more time you spend practicing, the better the outcome, and the more ambitious you end up becoming.
Jin: “So, I’m not good at memorizing lyrics, for instance. I think some of the other members can catch on real quick, but it’s not like that for me. So if we do something like a new song or a special one at a fan meeting, I have to spend more time preparing than the others. When a new song’s coming out, I have to practice for at least 45 days to get the hang of it.“
That’s a lot of time to keep practicing constantly like that. Your work-life balance must also be important, too. It’s difficult to practice beyond a certain amount of time every day without having some time to relax.
Jin: “Exactly. Like I said, my skills are lacking when it comes to memorizing lyrics, but I think I have other abilities that cover up for what I lack. In fact, I enjoy constantly memorizing things like that. My gift is my ability to enjoy practicing repeatedly, so if I somehow succeed before the deadline, I give myself praise. (laughs) Practicing takes me a long time, so I just decided to treat it as one big project. The way I do it is, when I say it’s time for a break, it’s time for a break, and I rest to my heart’s content.“
Where do you find the ambition to keep working hard, even now?
Jin: “From ARMY’s reactions, of course. I’d say I’m trying harder and trying to do well without exhausting myself so I can see people on Twitter or Weverse saying I’ve improved or that I’m doing a good job. And these days we have to do the performances on film, and we shoot them in advance for the sake of quality. Because of that, we usually record the performances long before the songs get released, which means we have to change our looks for the recording. It’s hard to go public with my new look until anything’s officially released for that reason, or else there could be spoilers. That makes me all the more eager to show off the best parts of myself in our performances. If it weren’t for the current situation, I could instantly see our fans’ reactions, so it’s a shame they can’t see me working this hard.“
What would you like to say to ARMY?
Jin: “I hope our fans don’t lose their laughter. I’m not really good at saying those kinds of cheesy things. It’s not in my personality. I feel embarrassed and cringey when I talk like that and I can’t take myself seriously, so I try to keep it to a minimum. But fans watch us as a hobby, you know? Hobbies are all about enjoying yourself and being able to laugh, so I want to look happy for them, not exhausted. I go out of my way to make funny posts or leave funny replies on Weverse to make them happier. I just hope anyone who likes me is happy. And I don’t want them to see anything bad. That’s how I feel about my work.“
You performed the rap in “Daechwita” for BTS 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO, but it’s really rare to see you rapping. I imagine the process you went through to practice was intense.
Jin: “It was so hard. I had to do “Daechwita” and “Chicken Noodle Soup,” but it was only about a month before the concert when the set list was decided. During that time, I’d come home after finishing work, turn on the music for “Daechwita” and practice it for 15 minutes, then do “Chicken Noodle Soup” after that, and then go straight to sleep. The next day I’d wake up, go to work, come home and do another 15 minutes of “Daechwita” and more “Chicken Noodle Soup.” I kept repeating that for a really long time. I’m terrible at memorizing lyrics so that kind of took a while.“