“We hope it’s an album that we can celebrate like a festival with our fans”
On August 24, BTS made a much awaited comeback with “Love Yourself: Answer,” the grand finale to their “Love Yourself” series. After finishing off their first concert to “BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF'” in success, the group participated in a press conference to share their thoughts about the newest album, as well as contract renewals and growing as a group since debut.
First, the group explained a little bit about their newest album. Suga said, “this is the last album to our “Love Yourself” series, which started in March, 2016. This album includes everything about our motto, “Loving yourself is the definition of true love.””
RM continued, “while this album is indeed the grand finale, we try to not mind the numerical results. We just hope this can be like a festival, where fans and even us can enjoy it like it is.”
Overall, the group emphasized on the concept of “festival” regarding their newest album. RM explained, “when we first decided to put “festival” as our main concept, I had lots of concerns. To be honest, a festival takes a long time to produce and organize, and you also have to keep in mind the aftermath, cleaning the mess up afterwards. I thought in that way, a festival was similar to life. As a result, I thought the end to “Love Yourself” should be like a festival, enjoying the moment, despite how short it is. Let’s put down our worries and enjoy our life as it is.”
BTS also shared about how they were able to grow as a group throughout the “Love Yourself” Series. Suga said, “we talk to producer Bang Si-Hyuk a lot when we work on our albums. We tried to think about the things that make us happy, suffer, among other emotions. As we work on our music through those feelings, we finally feel like we have matured as human beings. Both musically and humanly, we have grown. I feel much regret that the series is coming to an end, but glad that I was able to take one step further into being a better, mature person.”
Jimin added, “while we were doing the “Love Yourself” series for the past two years and a half, we realized we weren’t able to love ourselves. We were lost at some point, we didn’t know if we were on the right track, and I was being harsh on myself the most. However, I decided to trust myself and my members from now on, and just do the best that I can.”
At last, they also answered questions about their contract renewals with BigHit Entertainment. As a group entering their 6th year since debut, many people wondered if they would be able to break the curse of 7th year. In response, Jin said, “we talk about the issue frequently among members, as well as our agency. We think we will be able to come back with a very positive news soon.”
In conclusion, RM mentioned briefly about their next step after “Love Yourself” series. The leader said, “we plan to keep tellings stories that we need to, and we want to. We think we will start working on our next album very soon. It’s important that we continue doing what we do – telling stories we want everyone to hear.”
Image Source – BigHit Entertainment
Translated by Dasol Kim
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