Through the interview with Weverse Magazine, we know some (old and new) facts about BTS leader, Kim Namjoon aka BTS RM. How much do you know about him?
Did you know these facts about BTS RM?
1. RM does exercise more regularly
One of important facts about Kim Namjoon: he workouts four times a week! It’s no wonder that RM has this kind of arms.
So u r telling me Namjoon is promoting a beer?? No dude, he’s flexing is arms 🥵 pic.twitter.com/GGEUshukAF— Namjoons nipple⁷ 🤠 ᴾᵀᴰ (@btssomma) July 23, 2021
“Since I started doing it [workout] four times a week without fail. It’s like my lifeline. (laughs) Since, if you exercise, your body gradually improves. I like to feel like I’m doing something and getting better. If you look at other people posting their progress, you can see their bodies change dramatically, but I’m not very strict about my diet, so it’s not like that for me. (laughs) Still, I can feel my frame changing bit by bit.RM
2. Accomplishment means a lot to RM
BTS RM admitted to Weverse Magazine that Grammy is really something.
“I’m Korean, so I’m no stranger to finding joy in accomplishment. (laughs) It [being in Grammy nomination] was really satisfying and nice. It would’ve been better if we got a Grammy, but so what if we didn’t? In the end, getting it means you have one more trophy at home, and after that, your daily routine repeats.”RM
3. RM likes dancing and singing
We all know that RM is really talented at songwriting and rapping. However, this one of facts ensures ARMY that Kim Namjoon also enjoys singing and dancing. So who says Rap Monster can’t sing?
“They talked about putting some rap in “Permission to Dance” while we were working on it, but we said it would never work. I have more fun when I’m singing and dancing than anything else. I think this song was one of the few times that I felt like I was just having fun while singing and dancing on it. It feels amazing to give in to the song with your whole body and just laugh instead of thinking about it too much.”RM
4. ‘Butter’ is more stressful than ‘Permission to Dance’
Butter is doing really good on charts, but who knows it’s quite stressful for our best leader. One of the facts about Kim Namjoon mentioned in Weverse Magazine every ARMY should know.
“I wasn’t stressed preparing for it [‘Permission to Dance’] like I was with “Butter.” When it came to “Butter,” I had to think about what we should show off and how I could do that. I’m always careful not to be a problem within the group dynamic. But I didn’t really have to worry about that with “Permission to Dance.” Honestly, I felt like I only needed to add just a dash of the enjoyment I felt.”RM
5. Rap part really makes a difference
“Even though the song’s in English, I thought we should make it feel like our own, so we kept the original but put a little of our own flavor [the short rap part] in at the end.”RM
I think ARMY worldwide can also feel the difference.
“It’d feel like something’s missing if it [the rap part] weren’t there, right? (laughs) I felt like we absolutely had to have it in there. There’s something different about us from American pop stars. Our DNA is different.”RM
6. RM is honest with ARMY
It’s one of ultimate Kim Namjoon facts, because he is always honest.
“What I do can be thought of as a sort of business—a person-to-person kind of business. That’s why I want to be as honest with ARMY as I can be, almost obsessively so.”RM
7. Success is a result of hardship
“Another reason I talked about those [tough] times was that I wanted to pay off my debts to a lot of people. To pass over this story like it never happened would be like saying, “that’s not us.” And because it’s in the past. I think that, since it’s in the past, and since we’re doing all right now, and since those days were clearly necessary, I think we have to be able to talk about just how difficult a time that was.”RM
8. Riding a bike makes him feel free
As all ARMY knows, RM loves riding bikes. Even ARMY has a term of ‘Namjooning,’ which refers to when RM enjoys the time with himself just like riding a bike.
“When I ride my bike, I’m free from the pressure of the things I’m supposed to feel and think about. I don’t care if people recognize me, and that’s the closest I get to feeling free, mentally and physically—when I’m riding fast and feeling like I’m up on a cloud.”RM
9. “Bicycle” is as essential as bicycles for RM
The facts that Kim Namjoon sincerely wrote and released ‘Bicycle’ during BTS FESTA 2021 and how bicycle means to him was also talked in Weverse Magazine.
“Bicycles hold an important place in my heart, so that’s just what I ended up writing about. The song’s something like a compass, telling me where I’m at right now, I feel like. My present-day life is the input, so that was going to end up being the output one way or another.”RM
10. ‘Bicycle’ is who RM is
“So for now, “Bicycle” is also the result of collecting the selves I found who I think represent the best of me. Even while making a song like “Bicycle,” I have to convey—how do I put this? It’s just about me, this kid from outside the big city—an essence that I can’t get rid of, I guess. I can’t let go of the kid who used to perform in Hongdae. It’s not really something I want to express or hold onto; it’s my essence, so I don’t really have a choice.”RM
11. Two facts: Kim Namjoon loves reading books and is currently reading a book by Lee Seok Won
“I read a book by Lee Seok Won from Sister’s Barbershop recently. He was contemplating why he likes bookstores. He remembered how not only is it noisy, but everybody’s staring at their books and not looking at anyone else, and there’s a kind of freedom in that. I really sympathize with that. So I make time to go to the bookstore and spend a little more time reading.”RM
12. Things RM do during the pandemic
You’ve seen V doing karaoke at home long time ago, but never seen RM doing so. That’s because RM chooses different things to kill time during pandemic.
gallery date with namjoon ♡︎ pic.twitter.com/xkfAOmKRlt— 🐯 (@fairykimtete) July 26, 2021
“Read! Work out! Go to galleries! Ride my bike! (laughs)”RM
13. RM is inspired by Drake
“Exactly. 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.”RM
14. RM adores Suga
“I can’t write lyrics as fast as I used to. I don’t know what I’m doing, so I have no choice but to just write first. And that’s why I think Yoongi is such an amazing person. I mean, how does he make that many songs, and so well? Maybe it’s because he takes a producer’s point of view, but I can’t do that. Not only am I jealous, but I also think the starting point when I’m making music has to be the lyrics.”RM
no bc namgi are actually the greatest team and they complement each other so well pic.twitter.com/mZuly2tCtb— rice⁷ (@agustdidas) July 30, 2021
15. RM has indeed grown up
“I hope I’m on my way somewhere. But that’s how I always feel (laughs), so when I listen to my stuff from two years ago now, it already sounds old.”RM
16. RM’s lyrics on ‘Don’t’
Featured on eAeon’s single, ‘Don’t,’ RM wrote about pebbles. It was eventually inspired by a quote in a book.
“I absolutely love Lee Qoede. I saw a quote in a book about his art: “Let’s become entangled. Let us stand united. Let’s not argue. And let’s become pebbles in the new leadership narrative of my country.” He wrote it in a letter while he was working during the country’s liberation period. I thought it was a very modern way to express things for someone who lived through the chaotic political circumstances of 1948 to want to become a pebble. I felt like his words still have meaning—like they live on.”RM
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