No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

Find out what we learned from our virtual exchange with the members of S.M. Entertainment’s newest K-pop unit

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

Photos: SM Entertainment, TPG/YONHAPNEWS AGENCY

There’s a catchy hook in K-pop boy band NCT 127’s latest single ‘Cherry Bomb’ that repeatedly goes, “I’m the biggest hit, I’m the biggest hit on the stage”.

It’s a bold claim, but not exactly an empty boast. While the nine-member outfit still has a ways to go before matching the accomplishments of their decorated senior S.M. label mates like EXO, Super Junior and TVXQ, they have already amassed some impressive feats for a rookie group, including multiple “Best Newcomer” awards and sold-out showcases.

NCT 127, one of several subunits under “Hallyu localisation project” NCT (the number represents Seoul’s longitude coordinates), is enjoying success once again with its third mini-album Cherry Bomb not just in their native South Korea, but abroad as well.

In the midst of what we can imagine is an insanely busy schedule packed with promotions and shoots, Taeyong, Jaehyun, Doyoung, Yuta, Taeil, WinWin, Haechan, Mark and Johnny took the time to speak to Toggle via an e-mail interview, in which they shared about their thoughts on their new EP, what – or who – makes them happy, fears of ripping their pants (yes) and more:

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No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

Toggle: Congratulations on the release of your 3rd mini-album Cherry Bomb! Please share your thoughts about this comeback.
Taeyong:
I think many of our NCTzens (the fandom name is pronounced as ‘n-citizens’) from all over the world are loving and supporting our song and performance! So, we will continue to work hard for the amount of love and support that we’re receiving.

What are the members’ favourite songs from the new EP (besides the title song) and why?
Mark:
Although ‘Cherry Bomb’ is the song that I like the most since I spent the most time working on it, ‘Sun & Moon’ is my next favourite. All of our members expressed the heavy but dreamy mood of the song really well.

Speaking of ‘Sun & Moon’, which of the NCT 127 members are morning people (sun) and night owls (moon)?
Yuta:
Johnny is a morning person! He’s really bright and brings up everyone’s mood in the morning, so that’s why I think he’s a morning person.
Johnny: Taeil sleeps less and is more active at night compared to how he is during the day, but because we’re opposites, we balance out one another, so I feel like we are able to show better teamwork.
Taeil: I, too, think that I am a night owl. I definitely tend to be more active at night, so I don’t get sleepy. 

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

Members Mark and Taeyong co-wrote several songs in the album. What were your inspirations?
Mark:
Taeyong and I really put our heads together to think about the lyrics, share our ideas with one another, and discuss the lyrics a lot. Some songs took a longer time to write while others were easier to do so. I imagined the topic for the rap and also listened to our members’ opinions as I worked on the songs.

What were your biggest challenges recording this EP and making the music video for ‘Cherry Bomb’?
Johnny:
We think the hardest part about shooting the music video was being careful not to rip our pants. There’s a scene where we had to do the splits for our choreography and we were all constantly worrying about our pants ripping. That was the hardest part.

How did the people around you react to your new EP and song?
Johnny:
My parents loved the song! They told me that it was addicting and that it became better and better as they listened to it more.

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

There is a part in ‘Cherry Bomb’ that goes “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”. What are some things that make you happy?
WinWin:
There are a lot of things that make me happy, but the one thing that makes me the happiest is when I get to talk to the members, especially right before going to sleep!
Doyoung: Sleeping! After finishing up all our schedules for the day, preparing for bed is what makes me the happiest. And when I’m in bed, I feel really proud of myself for being able to finish up all my schedules well.
Johnny: I think I’m the happiest when I get to talk to our members because we get to know each other more.
Yuta: I feel the same way as Johnny. Our home makes me the happiest.

NCT 127 celebrated its first anniversary on July 7. Looking back, what are some ways the members have changed since debut?
Jaehyun:
The way I approach fashion is different now. I wasn’t interested in fashion when I first debuted, but I started to take interest in it recently. Now I look at styles that fit and express NCT 127’s concept the best.
Doyoung: I don’t think any of the members have changed since debut. We have all been putting in a lot of effort and working hard ever since the beginning.

Which of your label mate seniors do you wish to work with the most in the future and why?
Haechan:
If we have the chance, we would like to work with as many seniors as possible so that we can work together on various projects.

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

Lastly, please share a message for your fans in Singapore.
WinWin:
To our fans in Singapore, thank you for all of your support! We will work hard and show only the best!
Jaehyun: Through our Cherry Bomb – The 3rd Mini Album promotions, we had fun and thought it was more meaningful to be able to be with our fans. We will work hard to show our best performances! Thank you.

NCT 127’s Cherry Bomb – The 3rd Mini Album is now available on online digital platforms.

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

NCT 127 performs during a showcase to promote their 3rd mini album Cherry Bomb in Seoul.

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

NCT 127 performs during a showcase to promote their 3rd mini album Cherry Bomb in Seoul.

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other
04 Aug 2017

No one makes NCT 127 happier than each other

NCT 127 performs during a showcase to promote their 3rd mini album Cherry Bomb in Seoul.

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