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Moon Tae-il (Hangul: 문태일) referred to as Taeil (Hangul: 태일) is a South Korean singer, born in Jangan-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul on June 14, 1994. He is a main vocalist of NCT U and NCT 127.


Life and Career

Early Life

Moon Tae-il was born on June 14, 1994, in Seoul, South Korea. His family consists of his mother, father and a younger sister. When he was young, he dreamed of becoming a zookeeper, but he listened to Stevie Wonder which made him want to become a singer.

In 2013, Taeil was discovered by SM Entertainment talent scouts at the Youth Singing Contest. At that time, Taeil had been admitted to the Music Department of Hanyang University. After a week of careful consideration, he decided to become a college student. Soon, he changed his mind and decided to become a singer.

2013-2016: Trainee & SM ROOKIES Period

Taeil participated in various SM Entertainment projects during his time as a trainee and SMROOKIES member. In December 2013, he participated in the opening performance of the SMTOWN WEEK concert alongside his now-NCT co-members. In October 2014, he sang Kim Mingyo's - "The Last Game" for EXO's variety show "EXO 90:2014". From August 15, 2015, he participated with the SMROOKIE BOYS in the regular concert "SMROOKIES SHOW''. On October 13, 2015, he was officially announced as a member of SM Rookies. On January 27, 2016, he sang the OST "Because of You'' for the soundtrack of the series The Merchant: Gaekju 2015.

2016–present: Debut with NCT U, NCT 127, and NCT 2018

On April 3, 2016, Taeil was confirmed as a member of NCT's first sub-unit, NCT U, on April 9, 2016, he officially debuted with NCT U's digital single, "Without You". On July 1, 2016, Taeil was confirmed as a member of NCT's second sub-unit, NCT 127, on July 6, 2016, he officially made his second debut with NCT 127's "Fire Truck", with the mini-album NCT#127. On December 20, 2016, he along with NCT co-member Doyoung collaborated with other labelmates released a digital single "Sound of Your Heart" for the project SM STATION Season 1.

On January 30, 2018, it was confirmed that all NCT members will come together with the project NCT 2018, he participated in NCT 127's "Touch" which was released on March 13. On March 14, 2018, they released the first full-length album, NCT 2018 Empathy.

In September 2020, it was announced confirmed that all NCT members will come together with the project NCT 2020 and would be releasing their second full-album as a whole, on October 12, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1, and the second part NCT Resonance Pt. 2 on November 23. In the first album, he participated in "Music Dance" BY NCT 127, and he joined NCT U with the titled track "From Home" and B-side tracks "Dancing In The Rain", "Faded In My Last Song". In the second album, he participated in NCT U's B-side track "Raise The Roof", and "My Everything". On December 4, NCT 2020 released the final single, "Resonance".

On March 30, 2019, he collaborated with labelmate Sohlhee with the digital single "Purple". On April 11, 2021, he collaborated with Moon Sujin with the single "The Moon".

History on NCT

  • April 10, 2016: Made his debut on the sub-unit NCT U with the second digital single, "Without You".
  • July 10, 2016: Made his debut on the sub-unit NCT 127 with the first mini-album, NCT #127.
  • March 14, 2018: Participated on the project unit NCT 2018 with the first full album, NCT 2018 Empathy.
  • October 12, 2020: Participated on the project unit NCT 2020 with the second full album, NCT Resonance Pt. 1.
  • November 23, 2020: Participated on the project unit NCT 2020 with the second full album repackage, NCT Resonance Pt. 2.
  • December 4, 2020: Participated on the project unit NCT 2020 with the second full album final single, Resonance.

Profile

  • Stage Name: Taeil (태일)
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Position:
    • Main Vocalist
  • Nickname: Taeyomi, Strony, Teddy Bear,[1] Taeilddy Bear, Moon, Shintaeil, Billy, NCT's Funniest Member, Human Catnip, Tails (by Jungwoo), Moonie

Discography

Collaboration

  • Sound of Your Heart (with Yesung of Super Junior, Sunny of Girls' Generation, Luna of f(x), Seulgi & Wendy of Red Velvet, Doyoung) (2016)

OST

Year Album Song Note
2016 The Merchant Gaekju 2015 OST "Because of You" Pre-debut solo
2017 School 2017 OST "Stay in My Life" with Taeyong, Doyoung
2018 Radio Romance 2018 OST "Radio Romance" with Doyoung
2018 Dokgo Rewind OST "New Dream" with Jaehyun

Featured Artist

Year Album Song Artist
2019 Purple "Purple" SOHLHEE
2021 The Moon "The Moon" Moon Sujin

Endorsements

Year Brand Notes
2020 Nature Republic with NCT 127

Trivia

  • MBTI: ISFP
  • Guinness World Record : Fastest time to reach 1 M followers on Instagram [1]
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, Watching Movies, Cooking, Working out.
  • Personality: Quiet, warm, cuddly, cute, and caring. Unexpectedly mischievous.
  • Education:
    • Seoul Jangpyung Elementary School (Graduated)
    • Jangpyung Middle School (Graduated)
    • Seo Seoul Life Science High School (Major of Practical Music) (Graduated)
    • Hanyang University ERICA Campus (Major of Applied Music) (Dropout)
  • Likes: Playing computer games, pranking the members, cats
  • Dislikes: Sushi, Carrots
  • Insturments: Guitar, Piano
  • Favourite Foods: Pork Belly, Ice Cream, Pizza, Chicken, Meat
  • Favourite Season: Spring
  • Favourite Weather: Clear Skies, Snowy Days
  • Favourite Number: 3
  • Favourite Colour: Yellow[2]
  • Favorite Places: Apgujeong Rodeo, anywhere as long as he goes with his friends
  • Favorite Singer: Stevie Wonder[1]
  • Favorite Entertainer: Kim Yun Seok
  • Favorite MC: Shin Dong Yup
  • Favorite Movies: Lump of Sugar, Masquerade, Inception.
  • Favorite Dramas: Rustic Period
  • Favorite Animations: Crayon Shin Chan
  • Favorite Musicians: SHINee, Kim Bum Soo, Maxwell, Migos, Stevie Wonder, The 1975
  • Favorite Genre: EDM, R&B.
  • Ideal Type: Someone with short hair who is cute.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Eating ice from the freezer like it's a snack[1]
  • His favorite ice cream is the Haagen Daz's Green Tea flavor.[3]
    • He sleeps early but is not able to fall asleep deeply.[3]
  • He frequently falls asleep during movies.
  • Mark said Taeil talks to himself a lot.
  • He said he wants to try skydiving.
  • One time, while Doyoung was showering, Taeil kept on squirting shampoo onto Doyoung's hair.[4]
  • He has a younger sister born in 1997.
  • He loves to ski.
  • His favourite soccer player is Messi.
  • When he was a child, he wanted to be a lawyer.
  • He loves animals, and has had dreams of becoming a zookeeper when he's older.
  • He is the oldest member of all of NCT (born in 1994), but doesn't mind when the younger members like Chenle and Jisung talk to him informally.
  • When he is stressed he tends to eat.
  • He's very close with Yuta. Taeil and Yuta have been roommates since summer 2017.
    • He is currently living in the 10th floor of the NCT 127 dorms.
  • He's very close with Haechan. They share the same mischievous humor, and Haechan often mentions how Taeil has taught him how to enjoy himself and have confidence in himself. [5]
  • He doesn't believe he's awkward with any member of NCT, but admits that the Dream and the WayV members he doesn't see often may feel awkward with him. [6]
  • He originally had a 48.7% viewer rating but changed it to 45.6%.
  • If he wasn't a singer, he would be a regular office worker.[1]
  • Taeil is the former record holder for the Guinness World Record of fastest time to reach 1 million followers on Instagram in one hour and 45 minutes.[7]

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References

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