In a Weverse Magazine interview, Nicole Kim, the leader of BIG HIT MUSIC’s A&R Team, revealed how BTS narrows down which song and songwriters they want to choose for a single.
For “Permission to Dance,” BTS chose a song with the intent of giving people “good vibes, like positive energy and hope” to convey the uplifting message they wanted to send out to fans during the pandemic.
One of the goals of the song was for it to “be about what the members thought they should be doing during this situation.” The A&R team specifically chose songwriters that could not only convey this message but would also have a sound that suits BTS and their best qualities.
It’s a hard time for us, but there must be far more people having a much harder time than us, and we want to give people hope in our own way. We hope we can give them strength somehow.
Ultimately, the decision “depended on how well [the songwriters] understood the artists.”
Lots of people are good at writing songs, but the best song is one that suits the members well and emphasizes their qualities.
— Nicole Kim
Check out more from the interview below.