BTOB's Hyunsik And His Father Open Up About Being In The Music Industry Together

BTOB’s Hyunsik and his musician father Im Ji Hoon appeared on the May 5 broadcast of MBC’s “Idol Radio.”

The radio show, which was staged to mark the “Family Month” of May, shared the story of Im Ji Hoon’s life story during his 1980s career. Hyunsik listened carefully to his father speaking and shared, “This is the first time I heard my father’s anecdotes and songs.”

Im Ji Hoon entered the Korean music scene as a member of the six-member acoustic guitar project group called Kim Chang Wan and the Mischief Makers. The group is a living legend of folk music and holds the record of making South Korea’s first album to sell over 1 million copies, which included hits like “The Ebb of Love,” “My Beloved Country,” and “Reminiscence.”

Regarding the release of his first solo album in 1987, Im Ji Hoon recalled that he was so popular at the time that he could hardly walk around Myungdong. When the DJ, BTOB’s Ilhoon, said, “That’s what it was like during BTOB’s ‘Missing You'”, and Im Ji Hoon quipped, “[Our popularity] was more than that.”

Im Ji Hoon revealed that he was opposed to Hyunsik becoming an idol. He shared, “I wished he would do music only after getting a basic education. When I said he should just do music as a hobby, he said he wanted to go study in China during his second year of middle school.”

He continued, “I sent him to study abroad to think deeply. When he came back and said he wanted to do music, I told him that he should do it if he could risk his life for it. I gave him a week to think if he could be responsible for it.”

Hyunsik explained, “I secretly went to competitions and started writing my first song in China with my guitar. Since then, I’ve only wanted to play music until I die, and I still don’t want to change. I’m grateful to my parents for accepting my big decision. I am most grateful to have inherited my father’s blood and be able to like music and do it well.”

Im Ji Hoon replied, “I’m very grateful that we’re colleagues in the music industry, and I’m thankful that he is doing well in his position. I’m grateful that there are many people who came to love Hyunsik and BTOB’s music.”

Lastly, Hyunsik’s father shared, “I want to make everyday, calm stories into songs, and I hope the songs will become music that people can lean on one day for a while. If I have a chance, I would like to have a concert with Hyunsik.”

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