BTS‘s J-Hope was the first member to release a full-length solo album. Although most members had released mixtapes and singles in the past, Jack In The Box marks the first solo full-length album to be borne from one of the seven.
As all the BTS boys are highly supportive of each other, here’s their reaction to “More”, the first release from Jack In The Box.
RM loves being part of the process and action, while Suga prefers respecting the process and only listening post-release. RM was shocked to hear J-Hope’s new sound.
The first person I shared the album with … it’s always the same for me. I always share with RM first. I could have also shared it with Suga, but he likes to be very respectful of the process. He told me, “I’ll listen to it when it comes out.” He always says that to me. There’s a bit of shock and motivation that comes after hearing that. “When it gets released, I’ll look it up and listen to it then.” So I let RM hear it first … and after that was Jung Kook. For the other members, I showed them the title songs, but not the full album.
When RM heard the album, he said, “Wow, I didn’t think you’d do music like this. I have a bit of a brain freeze.” [Smiles.] “And it’s so you. The fact that you brought this music at this time.… I really respect it, and I love that it’s so you.” He gave me that feedback.
On the other hand, Jungkook was inspired by J-Hope’s solo music.
For Jungkook, it was really funny. After hearing the album, he suddenly went to his studio. [Laughs]. I think he felt the motivation to start. I love that one of our greatest motivators is one another. I’m like that myself. When one of my members is doing a certain type of music or working on an album, I see their individuality and color, and think to myself, “I have my own color, too. I want to reveal mine, too.” We influence each other positively and are good motivators to one another. When “More” came out, we were all together for work. [Smiles.] They were very surprised by the strong visual direction, that J-Hope did this type of music.… They were surprised.
Does this mean that we can expect to hear more solo releases from the group? In the meantime, make sure to tune in to J-Hope’s “ARSON” below.