ZICO Mentioned How They Prepared The Listening Party And Will Be Performing The Full Album. J-Hope Added That Not Only Ten Songs, But All Of Them Are Him And There Are No Featuring Artists.
Ahead of the recent release of his solo album “Jack In The Box”, J-Hope BTS ( Bangtan Boys ) held a massive Listening Party featuring some of the biggest names in the Korean music industry. But on his own album, he did not invite anyone to collaborate and J-Hope revealed the reason.
One of them who came to J-Hope’s Listening Party was ZICO . Before they party together, J-Hope and ZICO sit down for a short interview. So, J-Hope became the first guest on ZICO’s new online series, “Give me a minute”.
During the interview, ZICO mentioned how they prepared for the Listening Party and will be performing the full album. J-Hope added that not only ten songs, but all of them are him and no other featuring artist.
“There are no featuring artists,” said J-Hope. “Wow, alone,” ZICO commented. J-Hope revealed that featuring other artists is more of a trend, and he wanted his first official solo album to reflect him properly.
“The reason I decided to do that was…following trends and other things isn’t a bad thing, and it’s something I can do. But I want people to see that I’m someone who can do what I want. That, I’m an artist like that,” said J-Hope.
“You want your personal identity to shine on this album,” said ZICO, confirmed by J-Hope. However, J-Hope’s reasoning behind not featuring another artist is very thoughtful. He felt that it was very important to uncover and present himself as an individual artist first before anything else.
“I think it’s necessary before taking the next step in my musical journey. I think you’ll understand because you’ve been making music for a long time,” he said. “What a great mindset. That kind of mindset is definitely different from trying to make a hit,” commented ZICO.
ZICO can understand what J-Hope is saying. It’s like saying, “You can’t break the rules until you know what the rules are,” or “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
So, it’s important for J-Hope to establish who he is as a solo artist before anything else, including featuring other artists. And it shows what a great mindset he has.
Previously, J-Hope explained to Variety why there were no featured artists on “Jack In The Box”. Filling the entire album with only his own personal colors and stories, this album is a true representation of what J-Hope is trying to convey.