Lee Chang-Sub, who faces both military enlistment and first solo album ahead of him, opens up about having to live in the middle of BTOB’s rapid growth.

On December 10, BTOB’s Lee Chang-Sub hosted an interview to commemorate the release of his first solo album “Mark.” The singer said, “just like the title of my solo album, I want to leave a “mark” of my voice.”

Lee continued, “I feel honored and almost overwhelmed to be able to release my solo album for the first time in 7 years. With this as my first step, I hope to keep on releasing albums that contain only my voice in the future.”

Compared to other idols, it took a while for him to be able to release a solo album. When asked why, Lee explained he wanted to focus on BTOB promotions more. Lee said, “to be honest, while promoting as a member of BTOB, I wanted to focus on group activities more. Because BTOB was my priority, I didn’t feel the need for a solo activity. Now that my group has grown and become somewhat successful, I decided it was the right time for me to promote as a solo artist.”

Lee Chang-Sub also mentioned his military enlistment, which is scheduled to take place on January 14.

The singer said, “after receiving the confirmation about my enlistment, I begun preparing for my solo album. I wanted to leave my mark while I was gone to the military, and I wanted to compare my music to before and after I completed my military duties.”

He continued, “to be honest, I’m a little upset. BTOB has finally started to receive the attention for our unique color and we have finally started to do music that we’ve always wanted to. It’s upsetting that I have to leave in the middle of that. Sometimes, I wish that this could’ve happened to us sooner. But then, I also consider it as my fate. I think it will look better on my part that I leave on my own will, instead of being forced to leave later.”

Lee Chang-Sub concluded by mentioning his fellow BTOB members. He said, “by the time Sung-Jae enlists in the military, other members will all be back. I will tease him one month prior to his enlistment. But, I think everyone will be fine. I do worry about Peniel, I hope he doesn’t feel lonely.”

He concluded, “by the time BTOB becomes whole again, it will be around 2021 or 2023. After we return from the military, Sung-Jae will have to rethink about the renewal of our contract. We thought about enlisting altogether, but the age difference between us did not allow us. However, since there’s not much we can do about military enlistment, we decided to respect the opinions of each other. I will wait no matter how long it takes.”

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Translated by Dasol Kim