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“I love expressing attraction and letting someone know how beautiful they are”

BM ready to show his true artistic color. K-pop star born Matthew Kim, also known as Big Matthew from the group of co-directors KARD, took time out during the costume hiatus, while member J.Seph completed his mandatory military service, to stabilize activities for his solo debut album. He hopes to release it later this year, he’s passionate about it NME via a Zoom call. “It will be a very, very different BM,” he teases. “So great. It’s so different.”

But before the much-anticipated release, BM first wanted to introduce it correctly. That effort led to appropriately titled ‘First Statement’, an exciting and daring three-track prequel to rapper KARD’s solo journey. Released earlier this month, the polish project that the Korean-American rapper recorded and produced outside DSP label with hit producer 8PEX, is a wide range of genres: featuring a pop rock hit ‘Broken Me’, a surprise house song ‘Body Movin’ and standout rap ’13IVI ‘.

BM sat down with NME discusses his latest solo endeavor, stepping out of his comfort zone to express himself freely, and his ability to collaborate with colleagues Reality podcast host, Ladies’ Code and Ashley Choi BtoBby Peniel.

Hey BM, how are you? Congratulations on the release of ‘First Statement’!

“I feel great. There has been great feedback from fans and listeners. And, you know, it was a great start to my solo career. I can’t wait to figure out what’s next. I have a lot of other stuff in the works and it’s very different from what I did with ‘First Statement’. “

This is clearly a big project for you. How long did you have it before you finally decided to release it?

The “title song” 13IVI “has been in the works for a long time. I think it’s been over a year since I was ready? Two other songs, “Body Moven” and “Broken Me”, were actually produced recently. I mean around August or September? Along with other demos, projects, and songs that I’m also working on. However, there are also great songs created by other great producers, but these three, I feel like the strongest songs to make a ‘first’ statement. “

‘The First Statement’ is a very engaging preview of the diversity of your musical palette as a solo artist. What was your main goal when creating this project?

“I think the main goal is to show [my] Diversity. As a solo artist, you have a voice, but there are many genres that you can be exposed to. Many sounds that you can experiment with. I want the ‘First Statement’ to be a statement that I let people know that I will be in for the long haul.

“With that being said, you know, though [‘The First Statement’] a little on the darker side and a little on the heavier side [thematically], that’s how I want to start because that’s what people expect of me. I think I have a raspy low voice that’s hard to hit. So, you know, I want to give my fans everything and anything that they expect from BM. “

BM Kard First Statement
Credit: DSP Media

You said before that while putting the project together, these three songs stood out the most to you. What do you mean by that?

“I feel, in terms of quality, all the songs and all the demos I’ve done are great. But when it comes to music, it needs to resonate with people – and people need to feel a certain way. Out of the six songs that I have ready, here are three that when people in my company listen to them, they [were] like, ‘Wow, this makes me feel a certain vibe’.

“Like ‘Body Moven’ is such a great family song you’ll want to perform it at a party or a club, even though we can’t come see them today. While ‘Broken Me’ is a song that people can resonate with because it’s about inner struggle. And “13IVI”, the reason I made that title track is because it’s the perfect introduction to who I am as an artist and what I’m doing. “

Sometimes as a producer or a musician, you will create a series of songs that you think will be interesting to others. At that point, you realize while making these tracks that they had are yours, and you don’t want to give them away?

“I love that you asked that because when I first got the beat for ’13IVI’ it was really [producer SQUAR’s] production trash folder. I asked, ‘Why is this in your trash?’ And he said, ‘I can’t find a home for it’. And I said, ‘Well, now you’ve found one. Give it to me!’ I brought it home, wrote on it and [the song] released immediately.

“[For ‘Broken Me’ and ‘Body Movin’] those are two beats that I got from my production team called 8PEX when I joined their team as a musician. When I first heard the beats in my head, I said, ‘Okay, I’ve never touched any of these genres before’. Let me take it home and see what I can do. I went back to the lyrics, the melody and I recorded and [8PEX] like, ‘Yo, this is really good’. Mind you, these are words from experts who have worked with SM, JYP – the big three – and they created great songs. “

Would you say that the producers you’ve worked with really encourage you to push your creative limits?

“Sure. I didn’t really record [‘Broken Me’ and ‘Body Movin’] in DSP, I recorded with 8PEX. I recorded songs with them and they guided me. So I learned a lot about myself, it was a different experience. We also have experts in DSP, but being able to step out of my boundaries and get out of my comfort zone and work with different people is definitely an eye-opening, seeing-the-art experience. Where can my art go? “

Let’s talk about ’13IVI’. In the song you said, ‘Since 2013, I have envisioned myself as a king’. Fast-forward to today, eight years later, do you think you’ve achieved the “king” status you envisioned for yourself?

“I think I’ll let the fans and listeners decide, you know, I’m not the ‘I’m king!’ guy, unless I’m on stage. I am very proud of my current position. I’m so happy and I feel so lucky and grateful that I have listeners who are interacting with me and I have fans who love what I’m doing, you know, so all Just my best wishes. “

The lyrics of ‘Broken Me’ are heartbreaking and personal. Do you find it difficult to express those feelings on your own – especially without the support of the KARD members in the song?

“No, I wrote the first verse until hooking in three hours. And I wrote the rest of the song in one day. It’s really quick and it’s really natural for me. I feel like those kinds of songs, when it comes from a real place, I have more to say, you know? So it appears much faster and smoother.”

There is a Korean and English version of ‘Broken Me’. As a multilingual musician, which language helps you best express yourself and your feelings: in Korean or English?

“Both really, because I think it’s different. Contents [of both languages] very different. English as a language just sounds a little more fluent. Korean has more stress, you know, it’s not as smooth as English. So there are different things you can do with it.

“With the Korean version, I covered another topic [as opposed to internal struggle]. It’s more about being sorry for the person you hurt while in love. Love is not love without pain, there is always pain. That’s what I want to reach for the Korean version. I feel like anyone who’s been through multiple relationships in their life knows what it’s like to hurt someone and be hurt. So in that sense, I think [the Korean version of the song] will be something that listeners can also resonate with. “

BM Kard First Statement
Credit: DSP Media

Out of the three songs, which was the hardest to write or put together?

“[pauses] It’s all too easy, so I don’t know. But I’ll tell you which one is the easiest! “

Which is that?

“Body Moven” is the easiest. It’s a little hidden, sexy. I think I might have hit the club too many times, and it’s like, eyes locked with [many] women. [laughs] I love to show attractiveness and I love letting someone know how beautiful they are, whether it’s words or body language.

“It’s a really fun song that makes me imagine being in a neighborhood where the music is loud and just feeling someone so strongly attracted and it gives you flight. I feel for me it’s okay to talk about it now. I feel okay about being transparent about these things. Attraction is attraction! If you’re attracted, show it, be confident.”

So here’s a question that I’m pretty sure has been on a lot of fans’ minds for the longest time: will there ever be a collaboration between Reality podcast host – you, Ashley Choi of Ladies Code and Peniel from BtoB?

“Wow, you know what? That would be a really, really, really good song. I feel like ‘for me and Peniel’s [vocal] very different colors. Ashley has a wonderful voice. And they can all dance – we can all dance. Yeah, I mean, yo, you came up with the idea first! “

You mean you haven’t discussed that idea yet? You guys absolutely should – it would be a real treat.

“We never talked about it for some reason! Yeah, that’s not a bad idea at all. I’ll bring it up next time Reality [meeting]. “

BM’s ‘The First Statement’ is out now.

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