When BTS made their debut in 2013, few could’ve imagined the heights this K-pop group would scale. But after several world tours using their best selling bts lightstick army bomb by kpopchoices.com, two albums debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 and edging out Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato to win back-to-back Top Social Artist Awards at the BBMAs, it is clear that they’re here to stay.
Here is an introduction to the seven members of Beyond The Scene, as they now call themselves:
The leader of the group Kim Nam-joon or RM, as he is popularly known, was the first member to be drafted into BTS in 2010 at the age of 16. He started rapping at 13 in the Korean underground hip-hop scene and is the lead rapper and lyricist. He got the name Rap Monster during his training years because of the lyrics of a song he wrote and performed at the time. He changed this to RM in 2017 because he felt that his style of music had evolved beyond that moniker. With an IQ of 148, he is the brains of the band.
Min Yoon-gi is one of the older members and the second person to join BTS. He was the shooting guard in his school basketball team which became the inspiration for his stage name. He joined the record label as a music producer but, instead, spent three years training with RM and J-Hope. He is a pianist, a songwriter and one of the group’s main rappers.
Aside from being the lead dancer, Jung Ho-seok is also a lyricist, a sub-vocalist and completes the triad of rappers in the group. Hobi joined BTS after RM and Suga, is an accomplished dancer and was part of the underground dance scene before making his debut. J-Hope chose his stage name wishing to be a beacon of hope for the band and its fans. He is known for injecting energy into his vocals and dance moves.
Kim Seok-jin or Jin, as he is fondly called, is one of the vocalists in the group and a songwriter. The oldest, he is the hyung or older brother of the group and takes care of the other members. He studied acting before applying for BTS. Though not officially named as the group’s visual, it is his good looks that got him an audition with the label. He, then, trained in music and dance to be a part of the band.
With V for Victory as his stage name, Kim Tae-hyung was the mystery member of the group and the last one to be revealed. He is one of the vocalists, a lead dancer, and a lyricist. His deep, soothing vocals and his ability to emote with his voice make him a distinctive part of the BTS sound. His funny antics and happy-go-lucky personality have endeared him to fans.
One of the primary dancers and a lead vocalist, Park Ji-min started training in dance at a young age and was adept at the popping, locking and contemporary genres before joining BTS. He honed his skills as a singer and began writing songs when he became part of the group. He is a perfectionist and, with his fluid dance movements, delicate vocals and oodles of charm, popular with the fans.
The maknae or baby of the group, Jeon Jung-kook was inspired by RM’s performance to join BTS and made his debut with the band at the age of 15. He is one of the main vocalists and a lead dancer. He can rap, be a visual or a centerpiece and is, possibly, the fan favorite. RM nicknamed him “golden maknae” because of his ability to excel at everything.