Taeyong Discusses Being The Leader Of NCT 127 And More
NCT’s Taeyong recently sat for an interview with News1.
In the interview, he discussed being NCT 127’s leader and the group’s 4th anniversary.
Taeyong told News1 how he became the leader of NCT 127.
“I didn’t know I’d become the leader, but it happened naturally. They told me that when I was a trainee, I looked like I had a lot of drive. I have a lot of pride in our team, and I imagine that’s one of the reasons why they felt I would be a good fit as a leader.”
When asked how he views himself as a leader, he responded “A leader that can successfully say his lines in one go with no mistakes. (laughs). I’m a leader with responsibility. I try to approach the role I have with a strong sense of duty.”
He continued, “Before, I thought a lot about what I need to do as the leader of NCT 127. There was also the pressure of feeling like I needed to show a different side of myself for each of the four NCT teams, and I had a lot of concerns. As time has gone by and we’ve promoted more and more, the pressure has dissipated quite a bit.”
Taeyong explained what his role is as NCT127’s leader. “Rather than making large decisions, there are a lot of smaller, everyday things that I settle. Starting with what we’re going to eat (laughs). I’ll talk with the members about how we should arrange our schedule, and we’ll often discuss ideas on how we can best show our abilities on stage. And of course, if there’s something important, then it’s my responsibility to speak with our agency.”
Taeyong agrees that he tends to be thorough, making sure that every performance us done without regrets.
He also revealed that Doyoung and Mark are assisting him a lot in his role as a leader. “They’re the two that I talk to most about performances. I’m also really thankful to Taeil Hyung, who’s the oldest. Because he acknowledges me [as a leader], I’m even more thankful, and I try that much more to do my best.”
Taeyong thanked the fans for the success of their songs and appreciated the members of NCT 127 for their hard work.
NCT 127 celebrated their 4th debut anniversary on July 7. Regarding their debut, Taeyong said “It feels like it’s been more than four years. Honestly, we weren’t successful from the beginning. We got to where we are step by step, and thanks to that, I think we grew well, experiencing everything we needed to. When we first debuted, we didn’t know what to do for performances or promoting, but seeing the group do everything now with familiarity and ease, that’s when I feel that we’re much more experienced now.”
He went on to say “There are several units under the NCT brand, but NCT 127 has something that feels like home. Because of that, it’s even easier to talk to the members. We’ve seen each other’s vulnerabilities, and we’ve overcome hardships together. It’s difficult to explain, but there’s a tight bond in the group.”
Like every idol, the members of NCT 127 have dreams and taeyong revealed them to the fans.
He said, “I want each and every member to be acknowledged for their abilities, to the point where everyone can have their own solo. If that were to happen, wouldn’t that just be the best team? And just like the SM artists before us, our dream is to be recognized as artists.”
I find his interview very touching. As the role of a leader is not an easy one, I am glad that he has the interest of the group at heart.