NCT, which stands for Neo Culture Technology, is known as one of the most popular Korean-pop boy bands of the moment. The band has various sub-units which include NCT Dream, NCT U and NCT 127 – all of which have made huge contributions to the music industry. Following the vision of Lee Soo-man, the founder of South Korea’s largest entertainment company – SM Entertainment Co. Ltd, to have ever-increasing members, NCT U, NCT Dream and NCT 127 have a total of 18 members. They have released songs, extended plays and albums which have gained nominations and awards at several award shows. Here’s all you need to know about the NCT U, NCT 127 and NCT Dream and their members as well.
NCT Dream, NCT U And NCT 127 Explained
NCT U, which is the first NCT subunit to be created, was debuted by SM Entertainment on 9th April 2016. The unit often rotates its members for different reasons based on who fits in best to the concept or style of the songs. They made their debut with the release of a digital single ‘The 7th Sense’ which featured only five members – Taeyong, Ten, Jaehyun, Doyoung, and Mark. They later dropped another single ‘Without You’ which had 3 members – Taeil, Jaehyun, and Doyoung.
On 19th February 2018, the unit released a song titled ‘Boss’ which featured an additional three new members; Jungwoo, WinWin and Lucas. At the moment, the NCT U current line up consists of 10 members – Taeyong, Ten, Doyoung, Kun, Taeil, Jaehyun, WinWin, Jungwoo, Lucas and Mark.
NCT 127 is the second subunit of the South Korean boy group, NCT; it was unveiled on 7th July 2016. With a mission of starting from Seoul and then going International, the unit was specifically given the number 127 which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul. The group is a fixed unit as its members cannot be taken out rather new ones are added. NCT 127 was unveiled as a 7 member group when they dropped their single ‘Firetruck’; the group consisted of Taeyong, Jaehyun, Taeil, Yuta, WinWin, Haechan and Mark.
During their comeback on 4th January 2017, two new members named Johnny and Doyoung (an NCT U member) was added to the group. A few months later, in October, Jungwoo became a member of the unit as he was featured in their full-length album, ‘Regular-irregular’. Presently, NCT 127 has 10 members which include Taeyong, Jaehyun, Taeil, Yuta, WinWin, Haechan, Mark, Johnny, Doyoung and Jungwoo. They are the most popular subunit of NCT and have released hit singles and EPs such as ‘Cherry Bomb’, ‘Limitless’ and ‘NCT #127’, which have peaked at music charts. They have also equally racked up many awards.
Aside from NCT U and NCT 127, NCT Dream is another subunit of NCT. It is the third unit that was formed by SM Entertainment; they made their debut on 24th August 2016 with the release of a single titled ‘Chewing Gum’. The group, which consists of the youngest seven members of NCT, has a rule which states that once a member turns 19 years old, he will graduate from the unit and join any of the other subunits. In 2018, the NCT Dream members were Mark, Renjun, Jisung, Jeno, Jaemin, Haechan and Chenle.
However, the current group line up doesn’t include Mark who turned 19 in August 2018 and as a result of the group’s rule, he graduated from the unit on 31st December 2018. The group released their first album ‘The First’ alongside the hit single ‘The First and Last’ on February 9, 2018; unfortunately, they did so without Jaemin who was having health complications then. He later joined in their subsequent release which includes ‘Go’, ‘We Go Up’, ‘Fireflies’ and ‘We Boom’.
Who Are They And Where Are They From?
Taeyong, who is the leader of both NCT U and NCT 127, was born as Lee Tae-yong on 1st July 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a songster, rapper, and dancer in NCT U and NCT 127. For his education, he attended the School of Performing Arts Seoul. Taeyong has been featured by Red Velvet in one of their songs titled, ‘Be Natural’.
Taeil, who is a vocalist in both NCT U and NCT 127, was born on 14th June 1994 in Seoul, South Korea as Moon Tae-il. He is a graduate of Seoul Science High School. He attended Hanyang University but didn’t complete his studies there. The musician is a multi-instrumentalist as he can play the piano and the guitar.
John Seo, professionally known as Johnny, was born in Chicago, the United States on 9th February 1995. He is a rapper, dancer and songster in NCT 127. He is a graduate of the School of Performing Arts Seoul and Glennbrook North High school. He was a former EXO trainee before joining SM Entertainment in 2007. He is fluent in both Korean and English.
Yuta was born as Nakamoto Yuta in Osaka, Japan on 26th October 1995. He is a vocalist, rapper and dancer in NCT 127. He attended Yashima Gakuen High School. He had his audition in Japan which he passed and was trained for more than three years. He can speak Japanese and Korean eloquently.
Kun is an NCT U member who was born as Qian Kun in Fujian, China on 1st January 1996. He is an alumnus of Beijing Contemporary Music Institute. He can also play the piano and is fluent in Chinese and Korean.
Doyoung’s birthname is Kim Dong-young. He was born in Guri, Gyeonggi, South Korea on 1st February 1996. He is a vocalist in both NCT U and NCT 127 and is also a graduate of Topyeong High School. His older brother is the actor amd musician – Gong Mung, a member of a musical group called 5URPRISE.
Born as Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul in Bangkok, Thailand, Ten is a dancer, rapper and vocalist in NCT U whose birthdate is 27th February 1996. The musician attended Shrewsbury International School and is fluent in English, Korean, Thai and Mandarin. He can play the piano and the guitar as well.
Jaehyun was born as Jeong Jae-hyun but he legally changed his name to Jung Yoon-oh. He was born in Seoul, South Korea on 14th February 1997. He is a singer, dancer and rapper in NCT U and NCT 127. He is an alumnus of Seoul School of Performing Arts. He can eloquently speak English, having resided in Connecticut for five years during his childhood.
WinWin is a dancer and songster in both NCT U and NCT 127. He was born as Dong Si Cheng on 28th October 1997 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China. He graduated from The Central Academy of Drama and is fluent in Korean and Chinese. The NCT vocalist can also play the piano.
Jungwoo, who is a dancer and singer in NCT U and NCT 127, was born as Kim Jung-woo in Sabon-dong, Gunpo, South Korea on 19th February 1998. Growing up, he attended Gimpo Neil Technical High School. He was featured in ‘Paper Umbrella’ music video by Super Junior Yesung.
Lucas’ birth name is Wong Yuk-hei and his birthdate is 25th January 1999, while his birthplace is Hong Kong, China. He is a dancer, vocalist and rapper in NCT U. He is also a runway model who has worked for brands like Kye, the Charms and Kappa.
Mark was born as Mark Lee in Toronto, Canada on 2nd August 1999. He is a rap artist and singer in NCT U and NCT 127. He is an alumnus of Eonju Middle School and School of Performing Arts Seoul. He is also fluent in English and Korean. Mark co-wrote the lyrics of one of their songs, ‘The Seventh Sense’ along with Taeyong.
Huang Renjun is a vocalist in NCT Dream known professionally as Renjun. He was born on 23rd March 2000 in Jilin, China. He is a graduate of Beijing Contemporary Music School and can fluently speak Chinese, Korean, Mandarin and English.
Jeno who is a singer, dancer and rap artist in NCT Dream was born as Lee Je-no on 23rd April 2000 in Incheon, South Korea. He attended the Seoul School of Performing Arts and can play the violin, guitar, and piano. He also made an appearance in a web series titled, A-TEEN.
Haechan was born as Lee Dong-hyuk on 6th June 2000 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a vocalist and dancer in NCT 127 and NCT Dream. He is a graduate of Seoul School of Performing Arts. He is also commonly referred to as Doongsookie and Donkey.
Jaemin was born as Na Jae-min in Jeonju, South Korea on the 13th of August 2000. He is a dancer, rapper and singer in NCT Dream. He attended Cheongil Elementary School and Seoul School of Performing Arts. He also had a role in The Way I Hate You, a webtoon drama.
Chenle’s birthname is Zhong Chenle and he was born on 22nd November 2001 in Shanghai, China. He is a vocalist in NCT Dream. He is also an alumnus of Ying Siu Sing School and Beijing Contemporary Music School.
Jisung is a vocalist in NCT Dream who was born as Park Ji-sung on 5th February 2002 in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently the youngest member of NCT dream. He acquired his elementary education from Mia Elementary School.