While in Japan, Hongki and F.T. Island were recognized as a full-fledged band, who composed their own songs, and in Korea, Hongki revealed that they were just considered pretty faces who play instruments.
He said, "I had trouble with my musical identity. When we would promote in Japan, we performed the songs that we made and people would acknowledge us as a band, but in Korea we're labeled idols and promote with the songs that our company makes. I thought a lot about band music versus mainstream music."
Meanwhile, F.T. Island recently made their comeback with their fifth album 'I Will', the first album full of songs that the members themselves produced and composed.