BTS, the Korean boy band that debuted in 2013, is almost impossible to define. Are they K-Pop, hip hop, rock, pop, latin or rap? They are, it seems, capable of all of the above and they are, according to three of its members—Jungkook, V and J-Hope—they are their own genre. However, their music is crossing over into the Candlelight realm of enchantment with a sensational tribute concert you do not want to miss.
Whether you’re a part of the BTS global ARMY, you’re fascinated with all things K-Pop, or are interested in experiencing a string quartet reimagine the music of the fastest act to accumulate five US number-one singles since Michael Jackson, a Tribute To BTS is for you.
BTS have broken boundaries, including the seven-year curse that seemingly afflicts every other K-Pop group, and have broken records since forming to become a global phenomenon. In Korea, they have amassed a staggering 32 million albums sold to become the country’s best-selling artists in history while they have also become one of the few groups alongside The Beatles to clock four US number-one albums in under two years.
The septet began with an old-school hip hop sound, but since forming have branched out to include multiple musical styles in their releases which they typically co-write and produce. These include traditional yet distinctive genres like rock and disco as well as moombaton, neo soul, future bass and emo rap.
They’ve even featured orchestral strings in their music, which shall be the easiest of the styles for Candlelight’s string quartets to reinterpret and resound when they take to the stage. You have not heard BTS songs sound like this before.
Perth’s Candlelight concerts have spread and grown since the first homages to classical greats to now include celebrations of contemporary music’s most popular artists and songs. Jazz greats, rock legends and pop stars have all been paid tribute as well.
Keep an eye out to see who Candlelight covers next.