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BTS’ RM on exploring music – “I want to produce something long-lasting and timeless”

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South Korean juggernaut BTS member and leader RM has opened about some of his biggest concerns at the moment. In a recent interview for the cover story of Vogue Korea January 2022 issue, RM shared his thought on his career and more.

BTS' RM on exploring music - "I want to produce something long-lasting and timeless"

BTS’ RM on exploring music – “I want to produce something long-lasting and timeless”

Each of the seven BTS members sat down for a separate interview for Vogue and GQ covers which will be available in several countries. RM began reflecting on how BTS’ music has changed since their debut in 2013. While preparing for their latest online concert, RM looked back on BTS’s entire discography, including their older songs, and it led him to start contemplating how their more recent releases would age as time went on. “This music was heartfelt at the time, but trends change quickly, and I realized that my own ear for music has changed quite a bit,” said the BTS leader (as per Soompi translations).

He continued, “Because we live within trends, I’ve gotten used to going along with what’s fashionable at the time, but I don’t think I should live like that. I’m not sure what to do, but I want to produce something ‘long-lasting’ and ‘timeless.’ Now that it’s been nearly nine years since I debuted as BTS, I’ve started thinking about that a lot.”


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As for how he’s changed as a lyricist, RM shared, “In the past, I used to have a lot of rules in my head, like ‘You need to do this or that,’ and I was caught up in the idea of wanting to show off something amazing, such as an impressive technique. These days, I focus on trying to create a certain texture that I want to convey in an abstract way. I’ve developed the ability to think in multisensory dimensions, such as vision or touch. When you create music, there are different elements like lyrics, melody, beat, and voice, and my approach is to look at the sum of all these things together to see if they express what I originally wanted to convey.”

In recent years, BTS’s influence around the world has gone beyond just music, with the members speaking more than once at the United

Nations General Assembly and even being appointed special presidential envoys for South Korea earlier this year. “At times, representing the nation feels great, and at other times, it can be a lot of pressure,” he confessed. “What’s certain is that this role isn’t something we achieved because we sought it out, and it’s not something that goes away just because you want it to. I think it’s my fate to accept it as my calling and do a good job at what I can. If I had to put it into words, I’d say that I’d like to live my life while thinking, ‘This kind of life is fun too.'”

RM also spoke about his love of the visual arts, especially paintings, and explained that he enjoyed being able to immerse himself in an entirely different field. Finally, RM concluded his interview with an inspiring summary of his goals as an artist. “I believe that everyone is born for a reason,” he said. “I hope that everything I do leaves behind something meaningful.”


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BTS has been selected to be on the main covers of GQ magazine and Vogue magazine for the January issue. On December 6, GQ Korea and Vogue Korea released the film teaser for the January issue featuring the global K-pop group for both magazines.

On the work front, BTS’ ‘Butter’ earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. At the end of November, BTS returned to live performances, following a number of previous cancellations during 2021 due to Covid-19, in Los Angeles. On January 15, 2022, a new fictional Webtoon about BTS will be released, titled "7Fates: Chako".

Also Read: BTS, Lata Mangeshkar, AR Rahman, Taylor Swift and Armaan Malik become most-talked about musicians on Twitter in 2021 in India


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