Qian Kun (钱锟), known professionally as Kun (Hangul: 쿤), is a Chinese singer. He is the leader and one of the main vocalists in the permanent NCT sub unit, WayV. WayV sings primarily in Chinese, as well as songs in Korean and English, bridging a gap between c-pop and kpop.
II. 2015-18: NCT
Kun was introduced as an SM Rookie on December 18, 2015. He began appearing with other members of the pre-debut SM Rookies team in live performances and variety shows. He made his first appearance in NCT on April 10, 2016, as part of NCT's rotating combination unit, NCT U. NCT U utilizes different members to match the song and its accompanying performance, as well as serving to debut new NCT members. Kun appeared on the Chinese version of "Without You".
Without You - Chinese version
Kun appeared in the second season of NCT Life in Seoul in May-June 2016, featuring the members touring around Seoul and completing missions. Kun and fellow new Chinese member Winwin joined several of the other SM Rookies featured in Season 1, including Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung and Jaehyun.
Kun made his formal debut with NCT during the NCT 2018 project on March 14, 2018, featuring all NCT members, and debuting three new ones. This project also included the first NCT full album, NCT 2018 Empathy.He appears as a singer on the rereleased "Without U" and a dancer in "Black on Black."
Kun appeared in another season of NCT Life: Hot and Young Seoul Trip - touring Seoul along with other foreign-born NCT members, including Johnny (USA), Yuta (Japan), Winwin (China), Lucas (China) and Mark (Canada).
SM announced plans to launch an NCT China unit on August 13, 2018. The formation of the group was finalized and announced on December 31, under a new China-exclusive label. Due to the political tensions between China and South Korea at the time, the group was not promoted as an NCT sub unit.
III. 2019: WayV debut
Kun debuted in the permanent Chinese sub unit WayV on January 17, 2019 with the EP The Vision. Kun’s voice is distinct in NCT, as his is a sweeter, more delicate, often heartbreakingly beautiful voice, compared to many of the power vocalists across the sub units. His voice often sets up the build up to the other WayV main vocalists’ more powerful voices, creating a unique hallmark of their sound. WayV has a sleeker, sexier sound and style than the other sub units, as well as a more fluid style of dance.
Dream Launch teaser:
Dream Launch Kun:
Kun also appeared on a number of television and web shows, either with WayV or on his own, such as a host of the makeup and skincare-oriented show, Pink Festa.
IV. 2020: First full album and NCT 2020
WayV released its first full album Awaken the World on June 9, 2020, following its online live concert on Vlive. It also appeared on its own reality show, WayVision.
This is a pretty standard WavY song structure, where Kun leads with the prechorus. He comes in about :45
Another example of Kun's voice and the WayV style.
Kun's voice in a WayV ballad
WayV also participated in the NCT 2020 project in October 2020, featuring all NCT members, and debuting two new ones. This project also included a 2-part NCT full album, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2. He appears as a singer on WayV's song "Nectar," as well as a part of NCT U combination units on 5 songs: "Light Bulb," "Dancing in the Rain," From Home", "I.O.U." and "Raise the Roof." As in WayV, Kun's voice is utilized to harmonize with other vocalists or to provide contrast to rappers. He also appears in the combination single "Resonance," which combines multiple songs. The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show.
Light Bulb - he is 1 of 2 vocalists
Dancing in the Rain - he is 1 of 3 main vocalists and 2 leads
From Home - he is 1 of 5 main and 2 lead vocalists
I.O.U. - he is 1 of 2 main vocalists and 1 lead vocalist
Raise the Roof - he is 1 of 3 main and 3 lead vocalists
WayV - Nectar
MAMA - Resonance
NCT World 2.0
As part of Resonance, WayV performed in its own section of NCT's year-end awards show performances with "Turn Back Time," as well as in an online NCT Vlive concert.
2021: Kick Back
WayV released its third EP, Kick Back, on March 11, 2021, while simultaneously airing the second season of its reality show WayVision.
SM released a video using the audio from NCT's MAMA performance that captures the journey of the members through their career.
V. Social Media
Official Weibo: https://weibo.com/WayVKUN
His official NCT emoji is a 🐻 (bear face.)
2020 - "I'll Be There" with Zhoumi
Covers as a performer (released in digital/social media):
2020 - "How Do You Sleep" (Sam Smith)
2021 - "Free Love" (Honne) with NCT Dream's Chenle
2020 - "Gu Ren Gui-Kun"
2020 - "Leonidas"
2016 - NCT Life in Seoul
2018 - NCT Life: Hot & Young Seoul Trip
2019 - Keep Running (guest)
2019 - WayV Dream Plan
2019 - IQIYI 2019 Fan Fiesta
2019 - Crazy Magic Season 6 (guest)
2019 - Pink Festa (Main Host)
2020 - WayVision
2020 - Life Corp (guest)
2020 - NCT World 2.0
2021 - WayVision 2: Winter Sports Channel
- Kun is fluent in Mandarin and Korean and speaks some English.
- Kun is a producer and songwriter.
- Kun plays the piano.
- Kun has a Chinese and Korean drivers' license.
- Kun can do magic tricks and is highlighted on NCT social content.
- Kun is the only member of NCT with a college degree, in Pop Vocal Performance from Beijing Contemporary Music Academy.
- Kun is a good cook and hosts cooking videos on social media in addition to cooking for the WayV members.
- Kun often serves as the parent to the WayVs, and is good-natured, kind-hearted and friendly - but not without a dramatic eye roll, like any long-suffering parent. He complains about them, but is always the first to make a meal or pack a suitcase.
- Kun knows how to fly a plane and is working to obtain his pilot license.
- His fans are called NuoYis, which is also a pun on Kun's Chinese name.
- Winwin requested the other members dress up for his birthday. He is Snow White in WayV's Princess performance of their song "Bad Alive."