Jimin Reveals What It’s Like Recording an Album Solo For the First Time: “I Feel a Lot of Pressure”
ARMYs have been begging BTS’s vocal line to release solo albums for what feels like forever, and their dreams are finally coming true. On June 14, 2022, BTS announced they were taking a temporary hiatus from making music as a group to focus on their solo music, promising each member will release a solo project.
First came J-Hope’s solo album, “Jack in the Box,” which dropped on July 15, 2022. His large-scale album promotions wrapped up with a history-making solo performance at Lollapalooza on July 29, 2022. Next came RM, who released his solo album, “Indigo,” on Dec. 2, 2022, which boasted big-name features like Anderson .Paak and Erykah Badu. Basically, Big Hit is not playing around when it comes to the group’s solo work. Case in point: Jimin is linking up with some of the biggest producers in the game for his first solo outing.
Jimin has kept much of his solo plans close to the chest, apart from letting fans know he’s “working” on it on multiple occasions and dropping “Vibe,” a collaboration with Big Bang’s Taeyang. Jimin gave insight into what it’s been like recording an album on his own for the first time in a January 2022 interview with W Korea. “So many things are different,” he said. “Since I am working alone, it makes me think a lot, which makes outcomes slower. When I work with the members, we talk about lots of things and clear them quickly. I think the problem is doing it for the first time. Since I am working on an album like this for the first time, ‘Can it be released like this?’ I am having lots of thoughts like that, which makes me modify more and do it over.”
If you’ve been paying attention to Jimin’s Instagram, he’s been giving fans some insight into what he’s been up to. Still, very few official details are known about Jimin’s solo release (which has long been referred to as “PJM1,” aka “Park Jimin 1,” by fans), though Hybe CEO Park Ji-won gave insight into when it will be released in a Nov. 3, 2022, earnings conference call. Beyond that, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know Jimin’s been working on his album while in LA.
Here’s everything to know about Jimin’s upcoming solo album so far – including its rumored release timeline.