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【Bon Voyage】 BTS messages to ARMYs

Jimin: Hi ARMYs, I’m Jimin. I didn’t know I could record a video message while I’m on this trip. It’s great. I’ve made many wonderful memories during this trip and I think these great memories will become driving force that would make me work hard again. And this driving force was given by you guys. So I want to say thank you. When we return to Korea, we’re all full of energy now, so we’ll practice harder to perform nice songs, practice harder to bring better performances and we’ll work hard to show a cooler side of us. Thank you.

J-Hope: Now we’re at the end of the long trip. We’re on a train that takes us back to Korea and while I’m on the train, the one that I think of is ARMY. I’m a singer, I’ve been feeling this as I’m living the life of a singer. There would be no singers without fans. So I’m always thankful that you’re here for us. Even while this train is moving, I feel that the train is blessed. It’s taking me to our ARMYs. I really want to show everyone what we’ve prepared and our work as soon as possible. Like this train, I want to quickly come and show you guys. Thank you so much for always clapping and cheering for J-Hope. Now, as BTS’ J-Hope, I want to be the eternal young boy J-Hope in your memory. Thank you and I love you all.

Jin: Hello ARMYs. I’m Jin, the oldest in BTS. We’re also humans, so we needed some healing. It’s great that we got this opportunity just in time to relax. With the members… Jimin is looking at me right now. I’m so happy that I could go on a trip with the members. From now on, we’ll work harder to show better performances and better side of ourselves. So, I hope you guys will always wait for us. I love you all. Bbyong bbyong! Bye~

V: ARMY-ya! I’m on a trip. I can’t tell you every detail right now, but if I sum it up, it was the best trip.  Firstly, can’t you see from my face? Have I ever looked this happy before? I have? I hope that when you watch these videos, you could try to come here and have fun. Thank you. Bye.

Jungkook: Hello ARMYs, I’m Jungkook. I’ve shown you many sides of me since the age of 17. You’ve seen me gradually growing up… I’ll work hard to be a cool adult and a more hard-working Jungkook in the future. I really hope that we’ll continue to stick together and to go on together in the future. We’ll never forget this feeling and we’ll go on together, so I hope that you guys will always be with us forever. That’s what I wanted to say. The 7 of us and together with you guys, let’s continue to move forward. Thank you.

Suga: Hello everyone, ARMYs. I’m BTS’ Suga, greeting you from Finland in Northern Europe. Our Northern Europe trip will end today. It’s the first time for us to go on a trip together. Going on a trip without the help of our managers, it’s the first time for me and for us. It was a fun trip. The reason why we can go on a trip to a nice country, it’s not because we’re doing great, it’s more because of your love and support. That’s why we could travel all the way to Northern Europe from Korea. I want to say thank you through this video. It’s the end of the trip, but we have a lot of time to spend with you guys in the future. So, I’m not sad that the trip is ending. I think we got to relax well in order to return to Korea and make better albums. And we’ll work harder. It was a great trip. Thank you everyone.

Trans: KIMMYYANG

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Everything wrong with the first Flower Crew VAPP live

Well actually i can’t post EVERYTHING because there’s so much wrong with it.

First off yes, Jungkook was a few minutes late but that was because he was worried that the others didn’t eat yet and so he bough them burgers. Jungkook started off really excited and explained the burger and what was in it but Jo Seho shoots him down and says “are you sure these aren’t left overs?” he then refuses to take them and gives them to Jungkook who’s face falls as he whispers “nobody took them” eventually Kim Minseok does eat it saying he was hungry but Seho tells him to “쳐먹어" (very informal and rude basically means “stuff it in”)

Secondly Seo JangHoon was being very rude and korean fans pointed that out (International fans were relying on subtitles which I noticed were slow and not very accurate in many places) anyway he was clearly trying to ride along and use Jungkook’s popularity making Jungkook very uncomfortable. He said stuff such as “Our Jungkookie whom I already know because we were in Yaman TV together” and praised his amazing fans and said he ate food just for Jungkook because Jungkook wanted it and kept going on and on about how amazing he was, how friendly they were, he even forced Jungkook into a huge heart for the camera. Fans then repeatedly told him he was crossing the line and that he was making it uncomfortable by being overly respectful (using two hands to point to him etc) but he just said it was to be funny and that they were close that’s why.

Third Jo Seho was trying to be the opposite and kept saying stuff along the lines of “this broadcast was for Jungkook” (implying that it was Jungkook-centric) and he says that Jungkook shouldn’t go on the flower road he should “show a more humane side and just go through the dirt road” kind of forcefully making Jungkook acknowledge that “It’s okay if I go to the dirt road as long as the system is fair” which brings me to my fourth point…

Seo Janghoon kept calling the system unfair. He didn’t know how the Vapp voting worked (Basically there was the main camera and then 6 other cameras that were personal ones trained only on one cast member and the “votes” were set to zero then when voting was open the hearts counted as votes, so more hearts = more votes) As many of you know on Vapp ONE person can give endless hearts if they wait a few seconds for hearts to recharge (and giving hearts are free) so Seo Janghoon’s complaint was that it was unfair, “It should be one vote per person” implying that Jungkook’s fans should calm down.

That brings me to the last part where a excited Jungkook had to sit on his knees and that (as many would know) really hurts after an extended period of time. He ended up asking fans not to vote for him because the person with the most votes became the “flower path” leader and he didn’t want the pressure of being leader and having to choose his team mates as well as the overwhelming reminder he kept getting that it was “not a broadcast for the viewers but for Jungkook after all” (said by Seho) and that “the voting system is unfair” (said by Janghoon) He said “It’s okay if i’m in the dirt team I just want it to be fair”… nobody WANTS to suffer but near the end he was at the point that as long as he didn’t have the pressure and he could clear his name he was okay with physical suffering. That’s not right.

And also, not just for Jungkook but Seo Janghoon and Seho kept talking not giving other cast members a chance. How could Seho tell Kim Minseok to “쳐먹어"? Very very rude even if he is a senior that’s close to profanity (in fact in broadcast it IS profanity which is why so many korean fans were shocked and talking about it on twitter) It was not professional at all. Kim Minseok was kind enough to read the actual fan comments out loud to try and let the others know what the VIEWERS actually wanted, he read this one IN PARTICULAR saying “Stop making him (Jungkook) uncomfortable” but Janghoon ignores Minseok and just goes “it’s not uncomfortable it’s funny”. Also just not giving Ahn Jung Hwan much time to talk even if he’s a respected retired soccer player and making fun of Yoo ByungJae going like “ohh you actually had a fanclub”?! Is plain rude.

From the voting system to the way the MCs were taking care of this show it was all a mess and I know many people DEMAND for a better system! Please

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  • Me:I wanna learn that dance.
  • Me:I wanna lose weight.
  • Me:I wanna learn Korean.
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【GRAZIA September Issue 2016】Interview: BTS’ Suga, Min Yoongi or Agust D 

PROFILE

Name: Suga (Real name: Min Yoongi)

Birthday: 1993.3.9

Debut: 2013 BTS single album <2 Cool 4 Skool>

Hometown: Daegu (that’s why ‘D Town’ often appears in the lyrics)

Hobby: Browse speakers, read IKEA’s catalog

Favorite place: Quiet place

The dish that youre confident in: Gordon Ramsay style’s steak

Interview

Q: You look dead tired right now.

A: The day before we just got back from Beijing’s concert. Today I was composing until 5am and I thought ‘if I don’t sleep now, l’ll actually die’, so I had a nap and came out. 

Q: Recently (youre busy that) its driving you out of your mind, right?

A: We’re in the middle of BTS’ Asia tour. And I’m planning to release my first mixtape soon. After the concert, I work on my songs and record, even when I come back to Korea, I continue to work on it and record. Aside from the concerts, I’m always working on my mixtape.

Q: How do you compose when youre abroad?

A: I work in the hotel room. I’d take all the equipment with me. I’ll set up in the hotel room so I could record.

Q: But still, you went overboard to work until 5am.

A: If I didn’t have a photoshoot today, I wouldn’t even sleep and continued to work. My mixtape is in the final stage of composing. I wanted to use all of my beats, so it took longer to finish.

Q: How many tracks are in this mixtape that you need to compose and suffer like this?

A: Technically there’re about 10 tracks, but the featuring part haven’t finished yet, so it’s hard to give a definite answer. 

Q: You won’t be releasing it under the name ‘Suga’?

A: Yes. I’m releasing this mixtape under the name of ‘Agust D’. I wrote ‘DT Suga’ in the lyrics in the past, it’s spelt backwards. DT is my hometown Daegu, or D Town. The meaning is great and it sounds cool when I’m rapping, so when I’m composing with people outside (the company) I kept using this name. And looking at it now, the mixtape will be released in August, so it feels like it’ll have a great result (laughs).

Q: What kind of atmosphere is the music in this mixtape?

A: I made it with the base of hip hop. It has a different feeling with the existing BTS music. It has all the elements that I wanted to do. I’m composing with who or who’s featuring in my tracks, my company doesn’t get involved. There’s no need to consider about the popular appeal/ popularity and I composed without dwelling on the ranking on music charts.

Q: What are the lyrics about?

A: It’ll make people say “oh? did he say that?”, “is it ok to write these lyrics?”. There’re strong and shocking parts. Anyway I wrote all the stories that’s inside of me, so I feel relieved. 

Q: How come you decided to publish a mixtape instead of releasing (and sell) an album?

A: If you say ‘album’, it has a feeling of being trapped in some sort of framework. And if the company does the promotion, I’ll have the pressure of having to be on the Melon chart. Since I just made the music that I wanted to do, I hope those who listens to it will like it. Anyway, those who won’t listen will not even listen to 30 seconds, so there’s no need to advertise and tell many people to listen to it a lot. So I didn’t release as an album, just readily release it free to the public (laughs)! 

Q: Which areas do you usually pay attention on?

A: I love to talk about stories on dream and youth, and reality. The social atmosphere is only rushing the people in the 20s in the world we live in. From a young age, they emphasize on studying. The standard of ‘an outstanding person’ is clear. The environment is difficult for people to have their own dreams. But if you’re turning to 20, it doesn’t seem like you’re. Now it’s the ‘N포 generation’, where people have to give up many things. The reason why people get discouraged is because they can’t see the future. It’ll be ok, if they see the light and goes along that way, but they can’t even see that light so they fall into despair and can’t progress. So, I hope my music can comfort those who listens to it and walk out (of the misery).

Q: Wow, youre so mature. Is it because youve been making music since a young age?

A: I think I was 13 years old, at that time I learnt about MIDI on the computer for the first time. I started to write my own lyrics around that time too. And then, I started to work in a studio in Daegu at the age of 17.

Q: As a part-time job?

A: Yes. Instead of saying I started to make music at a young age, it’s more appropriate to say I started to work at a young age. Just like that, I composed songs, wrote lyrics and arranged songs. People sees me and say that I was active in the underground scene, but actually I was just making music in Daegu. When I was working in the studio, I arranged songs or made beats and even sold them. Then I naturally started to rap and did performances.

Q: How much did you earn?

A: Nothing. 

Q: You said you were working though.

A: That’s what it’s like to work there. Usually we don’t have any income. Working in the studio, it was difficult to pay for food and transport. In front of the studio, there was a Chinese restaurant that sells Jajangmyeon for 2,000 won, if I walk down further, there was a place that sells Janchi guksu for 1,000 won. I worried about it everyday. If I eat the 1,000 won Janchi guksu, I could get the bus and if I eat the 2,000 won Jajangmyeon, I’d have to walk 2 hours to get home. Even though it was tough, I want to make music so I endured it.

Q: Do you still contact those who youve worked with back then?

A: There’re many people who gave up music. A hyung that said: “I like music but I lack the talent”, he set up a hip hop musician management. There’s a hyung who works in an ordinary company and there’s a hyung who operates a meat restaurant (laughs).

Q: Do you think you have the music talent?

A: I don’t know about the talent. But I’m very sincere when I’m making music. I actually live half-heartedly (laughs). But with music, I won’t allow myself to be half-hearted. If you’re going to start, then you do need to your best.

Q: Is there a musician that you want to work with?

A: Kayne West. When I was in high school, there was a time where I got a hip hop festival ticket and went to see it, instead of getting paid. The main artist was Kayne West and I can’t forget the impact. He performed a song called ‘Power’, and the level of it was so different to the performances that I’ve seen back then. It wasn’t music, it was purely art. It’s Kayne. There’s no need for words, because anything he does, it’ll become a trend.

Q: Whats your goal as a singer?

A: From a young age, I’ve listened to a lot of music which carries hopeful messages. I don’t know what was so hard for me at the age of 13 (laughs). I want to make that kind of music too. I want to hear people say: “this friend makes such touching music”. Although it’s hard to achieve that (laughs).

Q: So, whats your goal as a human Min Yoongi?

A: I want to become a good person. But how can you become a good person to everyone? That’s my greed. At least I want to be an honest person that doesn’t lie. So, I’ve been trying to live my life like the lyrics that I wrote. Even after 10, 20 years, I can hold my head high to my lyrics.

Q: Aside from music, is there any other field youre interested in?

A: I’m really interested in fashion, but I’m more interested in music equipment and sound equipment. So I read a lot of foreign magazines and I often read equipment reviews posted on the community. It’s lucky that our company has the mics and many equipment like the converter which are difficult to purchase in Korea. While we have overseas schedule, we bring back all sorts of equipment. 

Q: Im kind of surprised.

A: I’ve worked in the studio for a long time. Now, I do all the recording, mixing and mastering. People asks: “why are you doing that?” (laughs), but making music like this energizes me and it’s fun.

Q: I thought you were going to say fashion.

A: Of course I’m really interested in fashion. In the old days, I’d pay attention on trying to make myself stand out with fashionable accessories, but now I’ve changed. I want to look cool even wearing a plain 10,000 won t-shirt. So recently, I’ve been wearing simple clothes, which is comfortable for me. 

Q: Youre a rapper but you dont have any tattoos.

A: When I was young, I really wanted to have one. But as I turned 20 years old, I didn’t want to any more. Recently, I heard that Pharrell Williams is removing his tattoos and saying that he doesn’t even know why he got it tattooed. I might want to do something else in the future. I want to do charity work, it might not look good so I’m refraining myself.

Q: If youre getting a tattoo, what and where do you want it?

A: A dot on my toe. 

Q: What did you say?

A: I’m trying to minimize the visibility, but I don’t know yet. I could change my mind and tattoo my whole back next year (laughs).

Q: What kind of accessories do you like?

A: Rings, bracelets, necklaces/chains, watches, I like everything. Not long ago, my dream was to buy an expensive watch. Men are like that. Having a luxury watch is the measure of success and it also represents that person’s identity. But at one point, my greed disappeared completely. If I wear the watch that I like, will people call me a ‘cool person’? I thought that it could cause repulsion. I think that it could bring bad influence to someone so I became cautious about it. 

Q: It seems that youre also very interested in charity work.

A: The media uses ‘how skinny are you’ as the standard of beauty and cause a heated issue. But in the other parts of the world, there are people who has nothing to eat and dying because of hunger. Shouldn’t we pay more attention on that? I think if I become someone with a great influence and an honorable person, then people might focus on that area.

Q: Now how close are you with the ideal person that you have in mind?

A: 10%? There’s a long way to go. I must be cooler.

Trans: KIMMYYANG
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