Taeil



  • I. Introduction

    Moon Tae-il (Hangul: 문태일), known professionally as Taeil (Hangul: 태일) , is a Korean singer. He is one of the main vocalists in the permanent NCT sub unit, NCT 127. NCT 127 sings primarily in Korean, as well as songs in English, Chinese and Japanese.


    II. Career

    III. 2016-17: SM Rookies and NCT Debut

    Taeil was born on June 14, 1994 in Jangan-dong, Seoul. He was recruited from a singing contest in 2013 and introduced as a member of the pre-debut SM Rookies group on October 13, 2015. He began appearing with other members of SM Rookies in live performances and variety shows. He also recorded a song for an OST.

    He debuted 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. Taeil appeared as a singer on "Without You" in the Chinese and Korean versions.

    Taeil appeared in the ongoing NCT reality show, NCT Life, from varying periods throughout 2016-2018. In April-May 2016, he appeared in NCT Life in Bangkok, focusing on the members of SM Rookies and their journey to debut. As part of the show, he prepared for shows and appearances in Thailand with other members, including Jaehyun, Hansol, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Ten, Mark, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin and Jisung.


    On June 30, 2016, it was announced that NCT would debut its first permanent sub-unit, NCT 127. Taeil debuted with NCT 127 on the EP NCT #127 on July 10, 2016 as one of the main vocalists. Taeil's rich and powerful voice, with its wide range, forms the backbone to the NCT 127 sound, contrasting with the lighter tones of Doyoung, the deeper tones of Jaehyun and the distinctive sound of Haechan, the other main vocalists.

    In July-August 2016, he appeared in the third season, NCT Life in Paju, with the other NCT 127 members planning and enjoying games and activities in Paju.


    In October-November 2016, he appeared in the fourth season, NCT Life: Korean Food King Challenge, a cooking competition show featuring his fellow NCT 127 members, as well as Ten.


    In December 2016, he participated in a song for SM's digital Station project, "Sound of Your Heart" with other SM Entertainment singers, including Yesung of Super Junior, Sunny of Girls' Generation, Luna of f(x), Seulgi and Wendy of Red Velvet and NCT 127 member Doyoung.

    IIII. 2017: Limitless and Cherry Bomb

    NCT 127 released its second EP Limitless on January 4, 2017.


    NCT 127 released its third EP Cherry Bomb on June 14, 2017. It made its first appearances in live shows in the U.S. throughout the summer.

    In June-July 2017, Taeil appeared in the seventh season, NCT Life in Osaka, featuring NCT 127 members Taeyong, Doyoung and Winwin touring Osaka with Yuta as a guide.

    IIIII. 2018: Empathy and first album

    Taeil participated on an SM Station track, "Timeless," as part of NCT U with Doyoung and Jaehyun in January. He also participated 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 re-released "Timeless" and "Without You" in Chinese and Korean, as well as the NCT 127 song "Touch." He is also a dancer in "Black on Black."

    NCT 127 released its first Japanese EP Chain on May 23, 2018. Taeil's extended high note on "Chain," would become a motif repeated across several NCT 127 songs.


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    NCT 127 released its first full album Regular-Irregular on October 12, 2018, featuring a popular English version of its lead single, "Regular," that was utilized during the group's United States' based performances. The group also released a repackage Regulate on November 13, featuring the single "Simon Says."

    Taeil also continued to feature on OST songs, including "New Dream" with Jaehyun and "Radio Romance" with Doyoung in 2018.

    IIIV. 2019: First World Tour

    In January 2019, NCT 127 began its first concert tour, Neo City - The Origin, with worldwide stops until May.

    The group also released its first full-length Japanese album, Awaken. The group then increased its publicity in the United States ahead of the release of its fourth EP, We Are Superhuman, including appearing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. They also released an English version song "Highway to Heaven" of the Korean song on the EP and an accompanying video filmed in California. On October 24, 2019, 127 released a live album based on the Neo City concert tour: Neo City Seoul - The Origin.

    In addition to his activities with NCT 127, Taeil continued to appear as a guest on variety shows, as well as within special performances. Taeil appeared in the ninth season, NCT Life: Chuncheon and Hongcheon, with NCT 127 members touring parts of South Korea.


    Taeil performed on other non-NCT 127 songs, including as a featured performer on Sohlhee's single, "Purple," in March 2019 and an NCT U song with his NCT 127 members Jaehyun, Haechan and Doyoung for SM Station, "Coming Home." He also appeared on variety shows, including the King of Masked Singer.

    IIV. 2020: Neo Zone and Resonance

    NCT 127 released its second full album, Neo Zone, on March 6, 2020, as well as a repackage Neo Zone: The Final Round on May 19.

    Taeil 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 127's song "Music, Dance," as well as a part of NCT U combination units on 4 songs: "From Home," "Raise the Roof," "Dancing in the Rain" and "Faded in My Last Song." He also features in the combination single "Resonance," which combines multiple songs. The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show.

    Taeil's vocals during a year-end performance on MAMA trended for his powerful vocal ad libs and riffs, where he was identified by viewers on Twitter as "beret guy."


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    IIVI. 2021: Loveholic, "Save", Sticker and more duet work

    NCT 127 released its second Japanese release, Loveholic, on Feb. 17. Taeil reaches another of his signature high notes on the title track, "Gimme More" at 2:57.

    He also released a duet with Moon Sujin, "The Moon."


    On June 4, NCT 127 released a digital single, "Save", a collaboration with the Korean hip hop label, Amoeba Culture.


    In June, Taeil featured on the song "Beautiful Person" on a tribute album, Morning Dew 50th Anniversary Tribute to Kim Min-Gi Vol.1.


    It was also announced at the SM Congress 2021 that NCT 127 would have a studio album and repackage in the fall.NCT 127 released its third Korean studio album Sticker on September 17, 2021. Additionally, Taeil appeared in a new season of NCT Life, NCT Life in Gapyeong and a new show, Analog Trip 2.

    III. Discography

    Title Date MV
    "Because of You" - The Merchant Gaekju OST 2016
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    "Sound of Your Heart" with Yesung of Super Junior, Sunny of Girls Generation, Luna of f(x), Seulgi and Wendy of Red Velvet 2016
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    "Stay in My Life" - School OST - with Taeyong and Doyoung 2017
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    "Radio Romance" - Radio Romance OST - with Doyoung 2018
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    "New Dream" - Dokgo Rewind OST - with Jaehyun 2018
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    "The Christmas Song" (Justin Bieber-Usher cover - social media only) 2018
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    "Baby Baby" (4 Men cover - social media only) 2019
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    "Purple" - with Sohlhee 2019
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    "The Moon" with Moon Sujin 2021
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    "Beautiful Person" 2021 -

    IV. Videography


    V. Trivia

    - His NCT emoji is 🌕 (moon, for his last name.)

    - Taeil is the oldest member in NCT.

    - He set a Guinness World Record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in the fastest time after launching his account on July 6 and reaching that total in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    - Taeil plays the guitar and piano.

    - Taeil is a quiet and caring member with a sense of fun who is deeply loved by the other members, who has been dubbed the oldest "maknae."

    - He likes to cook and hosts a semi-regular tongue-in-cheek cooking show called Master Moon Chef, with a running joke about his new assistant.

    - The other members love hearing his voice and will stop to listen quietly to his a capella vocals or his karaoke performances on episodes of shows.

    - He also often interacts with his fellow member, the high-energy Haechan, who is known for his sunshine personality and stage name of Full Sun (Haechan), and are known as "Sun and Moon." They even hosted a mini web talk show Welcome to Sun & Moon for the launch of Resonance.

    - His fans are called Moondanse.

    - SM released a video using the audio from NCT's MAMA performance that captures the journey of the members through their career.


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    - NCT members have participated in a 24-hour relay cam that gives a snapshot of their daily lives.


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