BTS‘s Suga is back with a new episode of his musical talk show Suchwita, and this time his featured guest was one of his childhood idols, Nell‘s lead vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist, Kim Jong Wan.
Nell, a Korean alternative rock band, celebrated their 24th anniversary in January, and as a global star who recently celebrated his 10th anniversary with BTS, Suga wanted to know the secret to making music for over two decades.
Kim Jong Wan shared that consistency is key, noting that over the course of their career, Nell worked “consistently enough for people to not forget [them].” He also noted that the group “just really loves music.”
The Nell member stressed the importance of artists loving their craft, stating there’s a noticeable difference between someone “in love with [themselves] doing music” and someone who is just in love with music.
Being in love with music can help carry artists through tough times or instances where their songs don’t perform well, whereas artists “in love with [themselves] doing music” may constantly seek outside opinions and acceptance to be content.
He shared that he often discusses that concept when juniors approach him for guidance, adding that industry juniors must often approach Suga for advice, too.
Suga revealed that he met a lot of CEOs who “produce their own stuff,” and they frequently asked him what the “secret behind BTS” is.
The BTS member has an answer prepared, stressing the importance of being musically free, even if “[they’re] going to get hate for it.”
For BTS, Suga shared that HYBE founder Bang Si Hyuk and BIGHIT MUSIC had the group’s back in their creative pursuits.
… Before our debut [and] after our debut, no matter what song we make and how we want to present it, the response [from Bang Si Hyuk and BIGHIT MUSIC] was, ‘Just do it!’
— BTS’s Suga
Suga said the group was aware they may “get hate,” but they learned a lot by doing the music they wanted to do.
The BTS member added that he’s been approached by fellow idols who want to pursue a solo career, and his advice for them is to “go all the way in showing [their] colors or do something popular,” acknowledging there is “no middle ground.”
Speaking to BTS’s talents during the episode, Nell’s Kim Jong Wan admitted he was “scared” of maknae Jungkook‘s incredible vocals.
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