Singer Eric Nam (에릭남) recently spilled some inside story about South Korean sensation BTS in a recent podcast interview.

The 31-year-old made his appearance in “Not Too Deep With Grace Helbig”. During the session, he recalled on the multi-platinum boy group’s earlier days as K-Pop idols.

 

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Look at these shiny happy faces because @realericnam is on #NotTooDeep this week! We talk about how a message on YouTube led to his dream career, how he and he brothers work together and how a bonkers interview with Jamie Foxx helped make his career! This episode has a lot of loud laughter on my part, if you’re into that kinda thing. It’s a real silly one! Link in the bio to listen or watch the whole thing at youtube.com/GraceHelbig

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When asked about BTS, the Atlanta-born heartthrob opened the chat by saying, “I saw them from when they debuted. I’ve been with them since the beginning. I’ve seen them go through the entire thing”. For those who might not know, both Eric Nam and BTS debuted in 2013.

“When they started, they were these underdogs in the industry and I know they were having a very difficult time because Korea, K-Pop, is so competitive. You have hundreds of groups debut every year. Maybe one percent is going to stay around for a few years,” Eric further added.

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Additionally, he also recalled back the time when BTS decided to use a rarely used approach in promoting their music to the public, “I remember that they were doing things non-traditionally, in the sense that they were shooting a show in LA, and they were doing tiny venues, and they were really just cutting their teeth, I guess, to figure out what their sound and what their image and what their look was going to be.”

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Eric also gave all the credits to ARMYs (BTS fans) out there by saying that ARMYs “were really rooting for that underdog. They were that perfect underdog story. But it worked because they’re amazing performers.” In addition, he also compared the VMA Award winning group to America’s Best Dance Crew, complimenting their ability to sing, dance and rap at the same time.

The “Good For You” singer also dished on what happened during K-Con Concert back in 2014. At that time, BTS performed as an opening act for more popular groups like CNBLUE and also Girls’ Generation. Despite the fact, they managed to wow the audience during their live stage performance.

“I was there (at the event) like…watching them, and they stole the show,” Eric said, before adding, “Because their choreography, their charisma, and the way they do things. People were like, ‘Is that magic? What is going on?’ and from there it was this organic growth of people – like international fans – saying these kids are so under appreciated, but they’re so good. And (from there) they just kept touring and they just sold everything out. And now, they’re one of the biggest act in the world,” closing his discussions about the “Boy With Luv” hit maker.

Check out the full interview here:

Source: Koreaboo.

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