After 9 long years of solely promoting as a group, the BTS members are exploring their own solo projects for the first time. According to their FESTA Dinner, the members will be making their official solo debuts and releasing albums instead of mixtapes. Jin discussed why the members focused on group activities for so long in a recent interview with Weverse Magazine.
Setting aside their solo journeys for almost a decade, the members continuously sacrificed for the greater good of the group.
They’re all very ambitious, but I think you could say they’re not that ambitious at the same time. They are extremely ambitious collectively as the group, but they set aside their personal ambitions sometimes, believing that the group comes first.
By prioritizing the group for this long, BTS was able to ascend to the successful point they have reached today.
They have now reached a level where they want to better themselves individually to strengthen the group for the long term.
I’m more fascinated than thankful about how this is even possible, but still, everyone put the group first. I’m grateful for the very fact that they’ve all made certain personal sacrifices to better fit with the group’s needs, and I think Namjoon is amazing for the fantastic job he did coordinating everything and everyone.
They were able to not only maintain a good atmosphere by focusing on the group for so long, but they were also able to achieve things they never would have thought possible, had they branched off into solo careers earlier.
I think we were able to put on such big concerts and make it to the stage at the Grammys because we function as a group of seven. There are some things you can do and some kinds of happiness you can only experience as a group.
Now, after almost a decade, the time has come for each member to focus on their individual identity to not only establish themselves as solo artists but also to have new and unique experiences as well-rounded artists.
This new change for their second chapter will ultimately strengthen BTS as a group for the future. Meanwhile, the first member with plans for his solo release is J-Hope. Check out what we hope to see from his first solo performance below!