BTS: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Stephen Thompson | Sept. 21, 2020
We've been trying to make a BTS Tiny Desk concert happen for years now - even gaming out ways we might move Bob Boilen's desk far enough forward to accommodate the superstar Korean boy band's dance moves.
In the end, it took a global pandemic - and the launch of Tiny Desk (home) concerts back in March - to make something happen. With BTS cooped up in Seoul, the group held true to the series's spirit by convening a live band for its Tiny Desk debut, and even arranged to perform in a workspace with a music-friendly backdrop: the record store VINYL & PLASTIC by Hyundai Card in BTS's hometown.
Opening with this summer's inescapable "Dynamite" - the group's first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S., as well as its first song to be fully recorded in English - BTS leaned hard into the new track's celebratory, "Uptown Funk"-adjacent vibes. From there, the group dipped into its back catalog, seizing on the opportunity to showcase its quieter side while (mostly) staying uncharacteristically seated. The breezily propulsive "Save ME," from 2016, ultimately gave way to a full-on power ballad in 2017's reflective "Spring Day."
The latter track seemed especially true to BTS's hopeful nature: Introduced with a few optimistic words from rapper and singer RM ("It's been the roughest summer ever, but we know that spring will come"), the song reflects on a need to wait out hard times, even as the weight of present-day pain feels oppressive.
BTS had intended to spend 2020 delighting the BTS Army in arenas around the world, only to spend these last few months performing in isolation. Released on the last day of a grim season, "Spring Day" provides a nice reminder of what awaits us on the other side. We just have to get through fall and winter first.
SET LIST
"Dynamite"
"Save ME"
"Spring Day"
MUSICIANS
V: vocals; Jin: vocals; Jimin: vocals; J-Hope: vocals; RM: vocals; SUGA: vocals; Jungkook: vocals; KHAN: drums; DOCSKIM: keyboard; Kim Kiwook: bass; Shyun: guitar
CREDITS
Video and Audio by: Big Hit Entertainment; Producer: Stephen Thompson; Audio Mastering Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Subtitles by Renee Klahr; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

ABOUT THE SERIES
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.

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  • Want to play your very own Tiny Desk concert? Unsigned musicians: Send us a video of you playing an original song by June 7. Learn more: npr.org/tinydeskcontest

    NPR MusicNPR MusicGün önce
    • L Lp

      Maria Yulita AnggraeniMaria Yulita Anggraeni3 saatler önce
  • This performance feels like spring after a whole dark winter 💜

    EMMA&EMMSEMMA&EMMS12 dakika önce
  • Taehyungs english is really improving! He seems alot more confident with it. Also jin's singing in this is flawless. He's really underated!

    Katie WilkinsKatie Wilkins18 dakika önce
  • 정국 노래 잘하네

    서율서율47 dakika önce
  • Love the live band and Korean language. Thank you so much BTS for your selfless. Save me is one of my faves.

    Anita Mullins BrownAnita Mullins BrownSaatler önce
  • BTS

    Najla AlhusseinNajla Alhussein2 saatler önce
  • 아니 몇개월이 흘렀는데 아직도 하루에 2ㅡ3만씩 조회수가 느냐. 나같은사람이 일케많아?ㅋ

    JW HJW H3 saatler önce
  • The guy with green mic is so talented and handsome!!

    alex turneralex turner3 saatler önce
    • His name is Taehyung :) Thanks for appreciating him💜

      SS59 dakika önce
  • They all look alike to me

    Jiten MehraJiten Mehra4 saatler önce
    • It's understandable to get mixed up at the beginning if you're not familiar with them but no they don't look the same...

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.2 saatler önce
  • Why are they using a vocoder??

    Arturo Narayan Loyola GonzalezArturo Narayan Loyola Gonzalez4 saatler önce
    • @S I think you got the wrong comment

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.8 dakika önce
    • It is understandable to mix them up. But they actually look very different

      SS59 dakika önce
    • On the 1st song only because it's the style of the song but for the other 2 it's juste their voices.

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.2 saatler önce
  • jimin being the craziest person..

    Bakhtawar AhmedBakhtawar Ahmed5 saatler önce
  • JUNGKOOK PLEASEEEE

    Irene IvalinIrene Ivalin6 saatler önce
  • *On may 21 @ 1pm kst* we need everyone to tune in for the premiere, after the countdown we will be redirected to the MV and we need everyone to use multiple devices (and wifi if possible bc youtube tracks the IP) the live views won’t be deleted so we need to take advantage of that

    Army GirlArmy Girl6 saatler önce
  • Peace in Myanmar457

    PeacePeace7 saatler önce
  • Love yourself Relay3699

    LoveLove7 saatler önce
  • 얼마나 잘부르면 오토튠이라고 오해받냐 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅈㄴ웃기네 방탄채널에 직캠있으니까 보고 주둥이나 싸물자..제발

    성이름성이름9 saatler önce
  • Jungkook adlib king 🥺💜

    Yoon KookYoon Kook10 saatler önce
  • Korean fashion, though...LoL

    MPC325NYCMPC325NYC11 saatler önce
    • So What?

      성이름성이름9 saatler önce
    • Did you mean Korean 70s fashion? Or did you really believe Koreans really dressed like this?

      Tray VixkTray Vixk9 saatler önce
  • 진짜 귀호강한다😍

    내_큐티클조차 귀여워내_큐티클조차 귀여워11 saatler önce
  • Here in 2021...🌝

    Hi GurlyHi Gurly13 saatler önce
  • Love JK’s scratchy voice🥰😍😍😍 they are talentedddddd

    Jessica YJessica Y13 saatler önce
  • Army ayúdenme a difundir esto: Los chicos en varias entrevistas dijeron que su primera canción No More Dream no lo consideraban un hit, ayudemos a que esta canción llegue a los 300M antes de la fecha de su debut. Por favor difundan . (copien y peguen yo hice lo mismo)

    magdalena velascomagdalena velasco13 saatler önce
  • Sometimes I think of a moment that I liked in this video, thinking that I need to listen again, and come to watch that moment, but then I find myself watching the whole video again.

    Lily SnowLily Snow13 saatler önce
  • Hermosos de mi vida!!!!

    Mercedes GonzalezMercedes Gonzalez17 saatler önce
  • Tq for adding subtitles their lyrics are really beautiful

    BUTTER May 21stBUTTER May 21st17 saatler önce
  • Stream BUTTER on May 21st

    BUTTER May 21stBUTTER May 21st17 saatler önce
  • I love everything about Suga 😍🤤

    Marlenis TejedaMarlenis Tejeda18 saatler önce
  • Them singing spring day during lockdown Nd quarantine hit really hard we miss u BTS 💜

    saraswathi paisaraswathi pai18 saatler önce
  • Hobi and jungkook harmonising is my favourite concept

    Tazin XTazin X19 saatler önce
  • Bogo Shipda BTS.

    Anjali ChowdharyAnjali Chowdhary19 saatler önce
  • We trully purple u💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

    Aakriti ChaudharyAakriti Chaudhary20 saatler önce
  • Amo

    Eliany Delgado CadenasEliany Delgado Cadenas20 saatler önce
  • 저 키보드 치시는분 예전에 크리스말로윈때 그분아니신가요?

    Awesome TaiAwesome Tai21 saatler önce
  • Je m'en lasse pas 😭💜 c'est tellement beau

    princesseprincesse22 saatler önce
  • you can give the extroverts line a chair but they won't use it

    NourNour22 saatler önce
  • I'm late..

    Yash 00Yash 0022 saatler önce
  • so much autotune

    Jayson MakalintuladJayson MakalintuladGün önce
    • You're confusing some vocal fry as a singing style as too much autotune

      Tray VixkTray Vixk9 saatler önce
    • Only on the first song actually, because it's the style of 'Dynamite'. The other 2 it's just their voices ^^

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.22 saatler önce
  • They're really good. I was at 100% ahah.

    OneMorePixelOneMorePixelGün önce
  • JK's vocals will always amaze me pls its out of this world

    Aly JeonAly JeonGün önce
  • I don't know many things but what I do know is that I trust BTS singing Spring Day with my life ^^

    pallavipallaviGün önce
  • When Hobi sings in Spring Day, I feel in heaven

    Amk blueAmk blueGün önce
  • The performance of Save me might be the best I have seen, they were so calm and happy and great

    Lilly RLilly RGün önce
  • Thank you for adding subtitles!!!!

    dba 1234dba 1234Gün önce
  • 6:33 Jin casually grabbing Tae's hand, so cuuute !

    EmmelineEmmelineGün önce
  • 2:13 I thought this line was sung by a girl 😳😳😳

    KeyuriKeyuriGün önce
    • Meet Jimin, voice of an angel. 💜

      e0ne0n19 saatler önce
    • No offence but why would they randomly tell a girl to sing only one line in between😂😂

      SSGün önce
    • Jimins vocals are really unique 😘💜😊

      7starsthatshine bright7starsthatshine brightGün önce
  • Jimin's voice like a diamond, i love it ❤️

    herti siagianherti siagianGün önce
  • hearing them sing save me and spring day right after, after not listening to those songs in such a long time makes me 🙁

    jeno's nipple that slippedjeno's nipple that slippedGün önce
  • Love yourself Relay3702

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  • 1:30 JIMINNNNNNN

    Josh ManansalaJosh ManansalaGün önce
  • Why there are chairs if they don’t use them???😅

    MmelodieMmelodieGün önce
  • BTS PERFECT VOICES

    BTS ANGELSBTS ANGELSGün önce
  • BTS KINGS OF THE WORLD

    BTS ANGELSBTS ANGELSGün önce
  • BTS THE BEST

    BTS ANGELSBTS ANGELSGün önce
  • Tip: turn on CC (closed captions) for the lyric translation from korean to english! Won’t regret it : )

    luxury-rejectluxury-rejectGün önce
  • why does it sound so autotuned

    Nondescript BeingNondescript BeingGün önce
    • you might be hearing some vocal fry in their singing. It's a stylistic choice some experienced singers will add in.

      Tray VixkTray Vixk9 saatler önce
    • *Because they are highly talented and their live singing is great* 😉 (Only the first song had some pitch effects to match the song's feel)

      SSGün önce
  • Es un placer poder ver a estás 7 grandes estrellas.

    Marcela Ortega UgarteMarcela Ortega UgarteGün önce
  • MY HANDSOME MAN

    Anggita ShofianidaAnggita ShofianidaGün önce
  • I miss you!!!!

    Anggita ShofianidaAnggita ShofianidaGün önce
  • My Birthday is september 15

    Ann PatalinghugAnn PatalinghugGün önce
  • Hi bts i want jungkook, v, jhope, jimin, jin, rm, suga❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘😍😘😘😍😘😋🥰😙🥳🥳🥳

    Ann PatalinghugAnn PatalinghugGün önce
  • Every time when I feel lonely here I am, listening to their music and feeling way better.

    hamsa vahinihamsa vahiniGün önce
  • Nice song😍😍😍😍

    Rajkumar SambampheRajkumar SambampheGün önce
  • Jhopeee

    Ester PajueloEster PajueloGün önce
  • son todos iguales

    Ignacio OrtizIgnacio OrtizGün önce
  • I love how open-minded and positive this comment section is :) So many people who listen without prejudice!! I guess this perfomance gave birth to a lot of baby armies :D

    HannahHannahGün önce
    • @Noelle Mikaela Martin exactly!

      HannahHannah4 saatler önce
    • That’s why I love npr. This is one of the rare channels where people listen to music no matter what language or genre! 🤍 my love for bts truly started with this video ✨

      Noelle Mikaela MartinNoelle Mikaela Martin6 saatler önce
  • We listened to this in online school in my chorus class last week lol. I was lowkey fangirling in the chatbox-

    KiM sEOkJinKiM sEOkJinGün önce
  • They are so sweet

    Michelle McKinneyMichelle McKinneyGün önce
  • Can someone tell me the name of the dude in the orange pants(not the suite just the pants), I really like his singing voice.

    Reina PandaReina PandaGün önce
    • The leftmost one is J-hope and sitting besides him is suga

      SSGün önce
    • That is SUGA. His real name is Min Yoongi

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  • On peut encore plus apprécier les performances individuelles quelles belles voix c est vraiment agréable à écouter 😊

    Isabelle BeauvoisIsabelle BeauvoisGün önce
  • JIN 😭

    charlie queencharlie queenGün önce
  • Camping here again huhuhu i love this perf

    charlie queencharlie queenGün önce
  • 개지린다 ㅅㅂ BTS 월클 포에버

    KiHoon KimKiHoon KimGün önce
  • Wow,first time watching bts with the live band ,now i know why so many people are crazy...including me now. 😂😂😂❤❤❤

    Kelly KeelyKelly KeelyGün önce
    • Welcome💜💜💜

      성이름성이름9 saatler önce
    • Have you seen them sing in Carpool Karaoke? Super fun and that episode is pretty legendary in general

      Tray VixkTray Vixk9 saatler önce
  • if theres a BTS girlfans, boyfans ...hope there will be a Golden fans ( including parents,single parents and people in 30s and above )😇😇😇😇

    Onatnom RamielOnatnom RamielGün önce
    • Actually about 60% of BTS fandom is between 30 and 60y/o.

      pansita3pansita314 saatler önce
    • There are a lotttt of 30+++ Army, including myself 😁

      Aidan LeonidasAidan LeonidasGün önce
  • their energy is too much😅😅 they are not happy just sitting still while singing😅🤣😂if somebody still say that these young men still doing lip sync, u must be kidding me!!! u need to see an EENT doctor

    Onatnom RamielOnatnom RamielGün önce
  • by far, my fave live performance of theirs

    Dominique Jane SurimaDominique Jane SurimaGün önce
  • BTS NEW ENGLISH SINGLE "BUTTER" COMING OUT ON MAY 21st (13.00 PM KST)

    Rrrrappp #ButterIsComingRrrrappp #ButterIsComingGün önce
  • My Fellow ARMY💜 let's VOTE Kim Taehyung "" Most Handsome Asian King Fan Choice Voting Contest 2021"" just search in Google and click that Link.He is now Rank#.2 and Let's make Kim Taehyung #.1💜💜💜💜💜 You can VOTE multiple Times😊 Please ARMY lets VOTE💜🙏

    Zein InsertZein Insert2 gün önce
  • Why do they use tuning so much?

    Ulrica LuoUlrica Luo2 gün önce
    • Hey it’s tiny desk concert🤣🤣 u know?

      성이름성이름Gün önce
    • The first song had some pitch effects for style purposes but the last 2 songs had no effects or tuning....This. Is. A. Tiny. Desk. Concert. And. It. Is. Meant. To. Be. Sung. Live. Without. Autotune

      SSGün önce
    • It's the style of the first song, they like it that way 🤷‍♀️ But the other 2 songs it's just their voices.

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.Gün önce
    • funniest comment ever.

      Henz RacazaHenz RacazaGün önce
    • Deaf.😊

      Kpop success is not influenced by fcking J-poopKpop success is not influenced by fcking J-poop2 gün önce
  • One of the best live performance 💜

    Inzali OoInzali Oo2 gün önce
  • I'm an army and I don't like BTS' tiny desk concert. What I love about tiny desk concert is that you can hear raw vocals. But BTS used autotune. You can clearly hear it. I know they have amazing vocals so that's why I'm so disappointed. That's not the "Tiny Desk Concert" I love.

    MNL StudioMNL Studio2 gün önce
    • Do you ever watch other Tiny Desks, for example the recent one with JB. Just saying, there are some flexible parameters.

      e0ne0n19 saatler önce
    • Dynamite had some pitch effects but I don't hear much effects for save me and spring day though

      SSGün önce
    • lol, nothing about tiny desk concert is 100% raw vocals. how dumb are you?

      SynergistSynergistGün önce
    • I guess they do it to blend there voices. Otherwise it might not sound good. IDK

      SoMyMomGaveBirth ToMeAnd-SoMyMomGaveBirth ToMeAnd-2 gün önce
  • Thank you for adding the subs!

    Margaret PunsalanMargaret Punsalan2 gün önce
  • Obssseeeeeessed with Jhope's rapping and voice♥

    F MawiaF Mawia2 gün önce
  • After watching this i bacame ARMY💜🎵they are full of positive energy💜love you boys💜💜💜💜

    Sadaf SaidiSadaf Saidi2 gün önce
  • Rewatching this to make me feel happy

    april macyitapril macyit2 gün önce
  • the way jungkook can harmonize with literally anything is crazy

    Allyson N. Morales MarinAllyson N. Morales Marin2 gün önce
  • I love you bts❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Nur 2021Nur 20212 gün önce
  • You all really “glow up” 🥰

    Mentariani KadekMentariani Kadek2 gün önce
  • 사랑해

    Hinata 히 나 타 桜井ヒ ナ タHinata 히 나 타 桜井ヒ ナ タ2 gün önce
  • This will never get old

    Gabriela de Paiva Miranda TeixeiraGabriela de Paiva Miranda Teixeira2 gün önce
  • Save me? 😭

    Joy RilleraJoy Rillera2 gün önce
  • Fue una buena presentación. No obstante, pareció que el formato de los Tiny Concert no era para ellos y, por tanto, este concierto está lejos de ser el mejor bajo este formato. Para mí, la esencia de estos conciertos es la conexión íntima y creativa entre el artista y sus músicos (o instrumentos, en caso de ser solista), conexión que genera un ambiente especial disfrutable para el público. Tal vez, el número de miembros, la naturaleza del grupo, las canciones elegidas o el escenario (el cual es distinto a otros) ocasionaron que BTS no explotara este formato de concierto en su completitud.

    Henrry PérezHenrry Pérez2 gün önce
    • @Jessicaelle M. No hay problema con que estés en desacuerdo conmigo. Coincido contigo con el hecho de que los miembros de BTS tiene una buena química entre sí. No obstante, de los Tiny Desk Concert que he escuchado, he notado que su esencia es la conexión del artista con el ambiente musical (es decir, con los músicos e instrumentos musicales) y su público. Por eso, pienso que BTS no pudo explotar al máximo este formato. Tal vez, la razón sea el escenario, el número de miembros o las canciones elegidas (por ejemplo, el "Intro" de "The most beautiful moments" hubiese sido genial para que los músicos y los raperos del grupo se luzcan). En mi opinión, otros artistas pudieron explotar al máximo este formato, por ejemplo, Alicia Keys, Natalia Lafourcade, Jeff Milner, The Wu Tang Band, entre otros.

      Henrry PérezHenrry Pérez2 gün önce
    • I disagree, for me they had that connexion between the members through their little interactions, their smiles and complicity. They are not a band so they are not used to sit and speak with the musicians, I don't think it would have felt natural if they had tried it any other way. They don't have to follow a "perfect example", they just made it their own.

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.2 gün önce
  • Their English has gotten so much better! I'm so proud, I'm gonna cry 😭

    Anna RiisAnna Riis2 gün önce
  • A veces me pregunto ¿Nos podremos reunir todo ARMY de cada país en un solo concierto de BTS? eso sería realmente hermoso y todos hablando diferente idioma a pero cuando inicie el concierto todos cantamos en coreano como podamos jsjsjsjs ♥♥♥ Solo algún día pasará eso:)

    Carlita KpoperCarlita Kpoper2 gün önce
    • @Jessicaelle M. True it would have to be too big a field jsjsjsjs

      Carlita KpoperCarlita Kpoper2 gün önce
    • There is no place big enough for all of us 😄

      Jessicaelle M.Jessicaelle M.2 gün önce
  • Dancing @ the 7:00 minute mark. 😊

    H MH M2 gün önce
  • Acá fue ✨✨✨

    Melissa GraciaMelissa Gracia2 gün önce
  • I come back to re-watch this video whenever I want to be happy and in a good mood! I've seen it so many times!

    L GervaisL Gervais2 gün önce
  • Each member of this band earns 10 Million dollars a year. They are the cutest multi-billionaires.

    Claire EClaire E2 gün önce
  • Thank you for adding subtitles..... Finally! 💜💜💜

    flyushkiflyflyushkifly2 gün önce
  • Guitar riff 2:20

    Jenson YuenJenson Yuen2 gün önce