“I don’t want to define it as a genre”: BTS’ Suga reveals what K-Pop means to him

"I don’t want to be defining Kpop as a genre".

BTS star Suga has discussed what K-Pop means to him, and how it’s so much more than a single genre.

During their recent US tour, the  Korean band took part ina Q&A at the Grammy Museum with executive director Scott Goldman, which proved to be unexpectedly profound.

As Goldman asked if K-Pop was an accurate description, Suga stressed that it transcends their music – he insread believes that it’s a reflection of the entire culture that has encircled the group.

“I’m a little careful to talk about K-pop as a genre because I don’t want to be defining Kpop as a genre”, he told Goldman. “I’m a little bit wary of that but I think rather than approach Kpop as a genre, a better approach would be ‘integrated content.'”

He added: “‘K-pop includes not just the music, but the clothes, the makeup, the choreography…all these elements I think sort of amalgamate together in a visual and auditory content package, that I think sets it apart from other music or maybe other genres so again, as I said, rather than approach K-pop as it’s own genre I think approaching it as this integration of different content would be better.”

The Q&A came on the same US tour that saw BTS playing a historic show at New York’s CitiField Stadium.

“It might look beautiful but it can never be as beautiful as being right in the thick of it, experiencing this explosion of love, which has, by now, reduced many to tears, including a sobbing Jimin”, NME wrote of the show.

“BTS have already made history but, as they tell their fans, this is really just the beginning.”