BTS member says solo prep was “lonely” without his bandmates but also “very fun and very new.” It’s the day before J-big Hope’s performance at Lollapalooza, but he didn’t seem nervous.

On Sunday, he was the first South Korean musician to be the leading actor at a prominent U.S. music festival. It was also the first time he performed solo live.

Even though he seems calm, he has been working hard for this night and has high hopes. “As an artist, J-Hope, it’s a huge challenge for me. It’s a big deal just to keep moving forward

I had to prepare hard since it’s a significant moment and an important part of my artistry. After this performance, maybe I will feel a lot of things. It will help me as an artist.

As part of his preparations, he worked hard to perfect his live performance of the first two singles (“More” and “Arson”) from his first solo album, Jack in the Box.

Going solo also meant he had to practice without the other six members of BTS. He laughs and says, “It’s been lonely.” “I miss my members.” But that’s also presented good challenges

J-Hope is the first member of BTS to release a solo album, Jack in the Box. It’s a proper solo album with no other artists on it. “I filled the entire album with only my voice.

Nothing’s set yet, but it’s just my bold ambition. I’m open to any plans like this. If I do the next collaboration, it’ll probably showcase my ultimate weapon, which is dancing.”

Looking back, I think I realized that if it wasn’t for now, I wouldn’t have been able to release this album,” he says. “So I think that marks a big milestone in my musical journey.

I was a little bit arrogant, maybe I was a little lacking, and I was a little inexperienced. But I learned so much through this album. In that sense, I think this album is meaningful to me.”