BTS: Jin Had No Singing Experience Before He Joined the Band

Though they’ve been working in the music industry for almost a decade, BTS’ recent explosion to the A-list has been a sight to behold. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, Jungkook, and V have created a sound and a K-pop group that has thus far been unmatched by their contemporaries.

While their vocals are stunning, BTS’ fans or the ARMY have praised them for their lyrics and the meaning behind their music. The band has focused on everything from individualism to mental health and authenticity.

Though it appears that the guys have been doing this for their entire lives, before joining BTS, Jin actually had no singing experience. Now, he is one of the biggest singers on the planet.

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Jin is the oldest member in BTS

As the oldest member of BTS, Jin is often looked at as an example for the guys to follow. Turning 28 this year, Jin who has earned the name “Worldwide Handsome” has often been called the heartbeat of the group.

Known for his killer visuals and signature style, he’s a major foodie who loves to live stream what he’s eating. He also exudes confidence, which is one of the main reasons his management company, Big Hit Entertainment, recruited him to be in the band.

Jin’s self-confidence has been something that  J-Hope, Jimin, Jungkook, RM, V, and Suga have been able to emulate. “I hope that the team always gets along and everyone is happy,” Jin told Paper Magazine.

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Jin was focused on other things before BTS

Though he’s now known for his stunning vocals and signature style, Jin was focused on other things before joining BTS in 2013. Born Kim Seok-jin in Gwacheon South Korda, Jin is often the voice of reason in the group.

“As the oldest member, I think I experienced the world a little sooner than many people my age, so I think I am a grown-up,” Jin said in the BTS Now 3 magazine. “I just act like a kid on purpose. But I feel like a grown-up when I talk to my friends and they ask for advice.”

He spent his time before BTS focusing on acting. He majored in acting at Konkuk University in Seoul where he graduated in 2017. He later enrolled in graduate school at  Hanyang Cyber University. He also owns a restaurant with his older brother in Seokchon Lake in Seoul.

Jin didn’t have any singing experience before joining BTS

With a passion for acting, Jin had never even considered a music career. He was modeling for and endorsing  ETUDE HOUSE, a popular South Korean cosmetics brand, when he was discovered. He also appeared in music videos before signing on to be in BTS.

Jin was recruited for the band while getting off of a bus one day. He originally auditioned as an actor for Big Hit. However, the company saw something else in hin and the rest is history.