It was a day before J-Hope’s headlining appearance at Lollapalooza, and if he was nervous, it didn’t show up. Comfortable in a casual Balenciaga ‘fit, he smiled as he reflected on this historic moment. On Sunday, he became the first South Korean artist to headline a major US music festival, while also debuting his solo live.
Despite his chill demeanor, he’s working tirelessly for this night, and his expectations are high. “It’s a really big challenge for me as an artist J-Hope. It’s a very important momentum to move forward,” he says. Rolling stone Backstage through a translator in a cordoned-off enclave in the artist area. “So I had to prepare really hard because it is a very meaningful moment and an important part of my artistry. I am probably going to feel a lot after this performance. I am sure this is going to help me take the next step as an artiste.”
Preparatory work included a deep dive into completing the live delivery of the first two singles (“More” and “Arson”) from their debut solo album (“More” and “Arson”), Jack in the Box, and those are the songs he says he’s most excited to perform for the first time. “They’re also songs that have a style that I haven’t done before,” he explains. “So I practiced a lot because those are tough songs to do live.”
He says that singles require a lot of energy, and he spent a lot of time rehearsing on them., He said, ‘I have to perform these songs purely on the basis of my voice and vibe. I don’t have a normal weapon, which is dancing,” he added. “So in that sense, I focused a lot on those two lead singles that are very meaningful to me.”
Going alone also meant rehearsing without six of his other BTS bandmates. The experience has been “lonely,” he laughs. “I miss my members.” But it also presents good challenges – physically, energetically and mentally – after working in a group setting for the past 10 years. ,[It’s] Very challenging, but also very fun. So actually, I think it’s very positive to take on new challenges, [which] Really going to help me as a person. So I am really enjoying the whole process. Every moment is so fun and so new and it makes me feel like I’ve gone back to the old days.”
with Jack in the Box, J-Hope is the first BTS member to drop a solo album — and it’s actually a single, it doesn’t feature. “I just filled the whole album with my voice. That’s why I made this album so that I could prove myself, you know? I wanted to show people that this is the music I do. That’s the vibe that I have. I wanted to let many other artists listen to my music; that I want to tell the artists that, ‘Oh, J-Hope does this kind of music,'” he says. “I’m looking forward to a collaboration, so maybe I’m going to have a really cool and great one with other artists.” I can cooperate Nothing has been decided yet, but this is just my bold ambition. I am ready for any such future plans. If I do the next collaboration, it will probably showcase my ultimate weapon, which is dancing. ,
it’s only been a few weeks Jack in the Box arrived, but J-Hope already has a big festive performance under his belt and it’s time to reflect on some of the lessons he’s learned.
,Most importantly, I realize that doing what I wanted to do at the moment was a huge challenge. Looking back, actually, I think I realized that if it wasn’t for now, I wouldn’t have been able to release this album,” he says. “So I think this is a big milestone in my musical journey. So really after this album, I slowly start to determine the direction my music should be headed. I learned that maybe I was a little cocky, maybe I was a little lacking, and I was a little inexperienced. But I learned a lot through this album. In that sense, I think this album is very, very meaningful to me.”