BTS│② 10 Questions with RM and Suga (2014. 5. 1)2019.04.26
RM: All I do is work on music. This might just be me talking, but I find it hard to wander around freely. If I could, I’d love to just throw on a hoodie and visit places like Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gwanghwamun while listening to music. I used to do that often when I was a trainee, but nowadays I’m usually stuck in the studio so lyrics don’t come to me that easy. I should spend more time watching, listening, talking to my friends.
RM: I guess the hardest part was that I couldn’t say what I wanted and had to say things I didn’t want because of my responsibilities and obligations as the group leader. It’s tough when it feels like I’m becoming fake or being rejected.
3. Despite it all, what have you learned in the past year?
RM: I think there are things I learned in theory but not yet in practice. I know it in my head, but my actions don’t follow. For instance, I’ve learnt you can find a middle ground and get positive results in an argument by respecting the other person and complimenting them. Before, I used to keep pointing out things, and I feel like it must’ve been frustrating for the other side. For those who don’t know me well, they might think I’m pretty mature, but people who know me better see me as a kid. (Laughter) So another thing I learned in the our first year is that I can be such a “kid!”
4. Do you have many fans who are still young?
RM: I get a lot of letters from young fans who are fourteen or fifteen. They say things like “Oppa, you were an ace student and found your passion early, but I didn’t know what I was doing. I started thinking about what my dream is listening to your music.” Or there are people who tell me they don’t listen to songs like “No More Dream” in the exam period because they feel guilty and as though they’re “getting smaller.” Reading this sort of feedback helps me reflect on myself.
5. What do you think you would be doing now if you hadn’t done music?
RM: Re-doing college exams? If I’d got into university like others I would probably be drowned in assignments by now, and begging professors for mercy. I think I wouldn’t have been able to let go of my passion for music completely, and probably joined a music society or watched gigs at Hongdae. I don’t think I would’ve cared much about grades, just enough to graduate. (Laughter)
6. What’s the most deviant behavior you could think of at the moment?
RM: Maybe miss a song deadline by a little, or go to a park to write a song. I wrote the lyrics for “No More Dream” at Hakdong Park after tossing my keyboard and mouse away because I couldn’t focus at the studio.
7. Do you sometimes wish you were less thoughtful?
RM: All the time. I feel like my thoughts get in the way of my creative work. Out of all the songs I wrote, most of the ones that got the best response were written where I’d just kind of exploded. But normally I have too many thoughts in my head to organize into lyrics. I guess there are two sides, since all of my complicated thoughts do provide a foundation for my music at the end of the day.
8. If you could get all your life’s luck in one day, where would you use it?
RM: Let’s leave out music because that requires effort and not luck, but can’t I choose two things? (Laughter) I suppose I would use my luck for falling in love with someone I truly love and getting married to that person. Another one would be to have two friends from kindergarten that never ever change. I think that sort of thing comes with luck, because with life you never know.
9. What do you think art is?
RM: I think it’s visualizing the world that you see and delivering it to others. That’s why I think anyone can become an artist.
10. What sort of artist do you think you are?
RM: I’m someone who thinks a lot about contradictions. For instance I want to wander the unknown but at the same time I want stability. I think about what I would lose if I gain a certain thing. Sometimes I want to hurry up and get a stable life and enjoy the nature, gaining inspiration from my daily life - but I also want to be successful already and challenge myself even more. I think whatever you have you’re faced with a dilemma. Everything in life is contradictory in some way.
Suga: I do. The reason I switched outfits earlier because I thought it was too warm. I don’t usually buy expensive clothes but I do put a lot of thought in picking out accessories. I love wearing earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and the like. Lately I’ve been into collecting basketball shoes I liked since primary school. I feel like I’m using it to fill a void after being so busy last year.
2. What is your energizer?
Suga: Basketball. I won a few competitions back in school, and even while I was a trainee I played every Sunday. I used to be scouted into other teams while playing by the Hangang River, but since the debut I haven’t had the time. I play point guard or shooting guard, so mostly defence rather than attack positions with more agility. But now that I’ve been out of it so long I’ve lost my edge. Back in the day, 3 points never used to be so far away… (Laughter)
3. What are some things you enjoy in your daily life that other people don’t know?
Suga: Working on music alone. I’m normally under the most stress between midnight and 6 AM, but it’s actually not that bad. I don’t really like crowded or loud places. I think everyone needs some alone time and space to feel energized once in a while.
4. What is the biggest change transitioning from the underground artist Yoon-gi Min you once were, to the Suga Min you are now?
Suga: I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I’ve learned quite a lot since then. Even in terms of music I used to think whatever I did was the best, but I’ve grown a lot. I’m worry, though, that I’ve lost some of the edge that I used to have, or some of my true colors.
5. How is it different writing lyrics and being on stage?
Suga: Personally I think being an idol is about being an entertainer, so it’s important what you show. So while it’s important to be good at writing lyrics and rapping, what people “see” comes first. At the same time I don’t want to just be about looks, so I try to explore my inner self where I can. I feel like some things are underestimated and other things are overestimated. Of course, it would be ideal to be good at everything!
6. Let’s say you have to live in a deserted island for 3 years. Which member would you take?
Suga: Jimin. So that I can boss him around. (Laughter) Just joking. I’m not the funny or talkative type but Jimin is pretty likeable and dependable.
7. You might not be the funny type, but you do have a fun side. You’re not greedy but you seem to have ambition.
Suga: I would say I’m not as ambitious an entertainer as I am as a musician. As a kid I used to like listening and feeling things compared to reading or studying. Ultimately I want to be someone who creates overall contents and even a new culture... someone who can cover everything from producing music videos to directing on stage. It’s a big dream. Who knows if I’ll make it!
8. If you could get all your life’s luck in one day, where would you use it?
Suga: I’m not really about being all-in… but if I got that sort of luck I would put it all into what I’m doing now. Life is long, but my ambition is to hit my prime with my music.
9. Where do you draw the line when you have to compromise to do things you don’t want in order to achieve what you want?
Suga: One of my fans once asked me what I do first, what I need to do or what I want to do. I think the answer is what I need to do comes first. It’s not like I can just say I don’t want to, and I’m not the kind of person who refuses by putting my pride first. But I draw the line when it comes to being honest about my music… that I can’t give up. I only write what’s truly me.
10. What kind of attitude do you live your life?
Suga: I don’t care what people think. It’s in one of our lyrics: “I don’t give a shit!” Since I don’t like worrying about what others think of me, I try not to. At least that’s how I’ve lived so far.
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