THROWBACK: When BTS got candid about making music during COVID 19; Says ‘We decided to take on the challenge’
Back in September 2020, BTS spoke to Scott Goldman for the Grammy Museum’s new streaming service Collection: Live. In the interview with Goldman via Soompi, BTS opened up about making music in COVID-19, which included their upcoming album, their recent English-language single “Dynamite,” and Suga’s mixtape “D-2” as Agust D. The members also talked about “Dynamite’s” chart success, choreography, and their group dynamic over the past seven years.
About life in quarantine, RM said, “In February and March, we also felt angry and sad and desperate. As time went by, we decided to focus on what we could do. We’ve been focusing on our new album and this single. We’ve been developing personal hobbies like playing guitar, painting, drawing, etcetera.” In response to a question about his mixtape, Suga said, “I had a lot of time on my hands, so I could work on a tight schedule for the mixtape. I was able to compile ten full tracks and release it.”
Jimin, V, and J-Hope emphasized that “Dynamite,” which is BTS’s first English-language single, was meant to lift people’s moods during this difficult period. Jimin said, “When we came across the song while working on the album, it had meaningful lyrics and the overall feeling of the song was best suited as it was [in English]. We decided to take on the challenge of bringing that to life.” J-Hope added, “Everyone is having a hard time right now. As singing and dancing was the best thing we could do during this time, ‘Dynamite’ was the best way of conveying our joy in performing.” V said, “‘Dynamite’ was a reaction to the current pandemic situation. We wanted to give people energy through singing and dancing, which is what we do best.”