BTS‘s RM recently delved into his musical inspirations and his own identity as an artist in a recent interview with Weverse Magazine.
RM shared that part of his inspiration for the musical style of “Bicycle” came from his interest in various artists.
I drew on music from the people who’ve had an impact on my life—artists I’ve been listening to lately, like Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley, and groups like KIRINJI.
He shared how, with so many influences, the song is “difficult to attribute to any one era” and more of a snapshot of his life in that moment in time.
I, and our team, are, you could say, at the forefront of pop, so after I made “Bicycle” we wondered whether we should go with it. But that’s actually why I ended up doing it this way instead. Because that’s what my life looks like right now. It’s good for me just to get to know myself this way, but I don’t want to trap myself, either.
On the other hand, I’m interested in artists from all around the world who are totally different from me. There’s even people who make music on a whim and who don’t care about the genre whose music I’m interested in now. It’s—how should I say this? Anyway, I’m at some place in my life, I guess. (laughs)
Often inspired by Drake, he admits that his upbringing allows him to put his own spin on his music.
Drake’s the one who made me think I could sing, too, back in 2009 (laughs) and that’s what brought me all the way here. In the past I wanted to do something just like Drake—he influences Western music as the musical style he’s after changes. But because I don’t live my life the way they do, I can’t make the exact same music as them.
Check out more from RM’s interview below.