BTS‘s RM and American rapper and producer Pharrell Williams recently sat down for a one-on-one chat with Rolling Stone. They talked about everything from the prejudice against boy bands, EX-CEO Bang Shi Hyuk, and advice to K-Pop trainees.
RM also reminisced on his days as a small-time rapper. Before he knew it, he had spent over a decade as a member of BTS, leading the group and taking charge during interviews.
I was just a small rapper and lyricist when I was young. So it was 10 years, really intense as a team. And I actually was in charge of almost all of the interviews and representing the team in front of the other members. That was my role, I guess.
However, the disadvantage to it is that he soon felt mentally exhausted. He would tell himself, “Yo, I got to stop this for a bit. I got to shut it down and fall away from it and then just see what’s going on.” Once he took a break, he was able to concentrate on his solo album.
I think I got really . . . I don’t know, ‘Yo, I got to stop this for a bit. I got to shut it down and fall away from it and then just see what’s going on,’ making my mind really calm down. That’s how I got to concentrate on my solo [album]. These days I really have been thinking about when I first listened to you, the first feeling and the vibe, and the reason why I started, why I chose music for my whole life, I guess.
Concluding, RM reflected on the way he has been doing music for many years now. He called the process “tricky” and “confusing,” adding that he is unsure what the future holds.
When I started my music, I was like 14, and now I’m 28. So I’m in that process. It’s really tricky and confusing, and I just don’t know what’s going to happen.
Read more from the interview in the article below.