In a recent interview with Weverse, BTS’s Jimin revealed just how hard he worked for their English releases. Because they were unable to meet with fans at concerts, it was harder for the group to receive feedback on their performance.
I learn a lot from going on tour. I combine the audience’s immediate reactions and the parts I wasn’t satisfied with and practice based on that, and ask the other members about it too, but right now there’s no time to review that. So I keep practicing a lot, but it’s hard to tell how the things I’m doing will end up looking, so I keep trying things out on my own but without any feedback.
With no immediate feedback, it was more difficult for the boys to get a grip of how to sing the songs and what type of emotions to convey.
Even the pronunciation is definitely different, and the part of your throat the sound comes from changes depending on the pronunciation. I think that’s why I was a little flustered. On ‘Butter,’ if I had done it the way I always do, it wouldn’t show up. So I studied a lot on how to sound more pure and simple.
With so many different techniques and styles to work on, it took a toll on him as he tried to maintain his unique vocal tone with the new style of music.
I guess you could call it the song that most made me think like a new singer again. I think I practiced harder than ever before. I think I’ve worked extremely hard to have my own unique style, but then I hit a wall and had to go back to the beginning to find a new way.
And I went over it a lot with Jung Kook. What if I sing it like this? Or what about this way? How should I practice? I asked so many questions like that and practiced a lot, too. But I enjoyed the process. At one point I was like, I can get that kind of voice out of my throat too? Even though it didn’t make it onto the final recording, I tried doing different adlibs while singing other parts and I found my strengths that way.
He also admitted that although it was hard to adjust to the changes, he realized that he could find a new side to themselves in the process.
It was hard to adjust to the changes, but in other ways, since the group saw a greater outpouring of love, I thought we should be featuring emotions and content that’s a little more comprehensive. Personally, it was hard adjusting to a situation where I couldn’t perform. But after ‘Butter’ was out and we moved on to ‘Permission to Dance,’ I saw how lots of people took positively to the way I put so much effort into attempting to change things a bit more with these songs, and I realized that we could find a new side to ourselves in the process.