In celebration of BTS‘s new song “Dynamite” being released August 21 KST, the members hosted an online conference — where they sat down and answered questions for the curious press and fans.
At this conference, BTS discussed their recent appearance in Episode 7 of the K-Pop survival show I-LAND. Members agreed that the invitation on to the show made them think about the “old days“. J-Hope explained that he felt the urge to encourage the trainees on the show — as their practice rooms reminded him of when he was a trainee.
Looking at the trainees and their rooms, I was reminded of my trainee days. It felt different. Of all people, I know exactly what it feels like to be a trainee… Like, when you’re a trainee, everything feels uncertain. Even if you’re trying your best, you don’t know if you’re going in the right direction. So I really wanted to encourage the trainees.
Jungkook also mentioned how the Q&A session with the trainees reminded him of his own questions that he had as a trainee. He explained, “Their questions have been very relatable, so it made [him] feel inspired.”
We spent some time listening to their questions and answering them. And I realized that their questions are not too different from the ones I had when I was a trainee. So it was deeply relatable. On the other hand, it made me feel very inspired. And I know the questions will keep popping up in their heads… but I hope they also focus on learning to love themselves and becoming confident.
J-Hope also found great inspiration from meeting the trainees. He commented, “Seeing the trainees has taught [him] something in return as well.”
Watching the trainees, I ended up learning something too. They made me realize I shouldn’t settle — but that I should keep thinking and asking questions so that I can propel forward. I too don’t want to lose that passion from when I first started.
Jungkook wished the best of luck for the trainees on the show — and emphasized that no matter what, “Growth is the most important thing.”
There will come days that they feel exhausted. But those days are what makes them grow. So I really want to them to keep growing. I look forward to seeing them gain more confidence.
Read more about I-LAND here.