In the second half of NCT DREAM‘s Jeno, Haechan, and Jaemin, appeared on episode 120 of K-Pop Daebak w/ Eric Nam, after the rest of the members appeared on the previous episode.
One of the big defining differences between a K-Pop group like NCT and a solo artist like Eric Nam is, well, they have several members, and he has none. Not only that, but NCT is one of the largest groups of all time.
Eric confessed to them that he, as a soloist, has always struggled with group envy. He had revealed this to listeners in a previous episode when speaking about Super Junior.
They’ve [Super Junior] been on every single show, and they have been working together for over 15 years, so they just know how to push each other’s buttons. I just find it incredibly funny and makes me wish I was in a group!
— Eric Nam
He told the NCT members that when he sees companies with many groups, he thinks of how fun that might be, and feels somewhat envious. So, he inquired if it is truly as fun as he suspects.
I have always been a solo artist. And there weren’t lots of other artists in the company, so whenever I see companies like SM, I thought, ‘That must be so much fun!’ And I was so envious. So I wanted to ask about that. For Haechan and all of NCT, not just the other artists, but there are lots of members inside the group.
— Eric Nam
Haechan explained that there are quite a lot of people in the terms of SM Entertainment, especially just within NCT alone. And, despite a large number of members, they are treated the same as any other group.
Actually, we have 23 members now. There’s a concert called ‘SMTown Concert’ where all the SM artists gather to perform. Then, in a huge waiting room, all the NCT members are put in.
Eric was shocked to find out that all 23 members of NCT would be fit into one waiting room. However, Haechan said that it is not as bad as one would imagine it to be.
Yes, in one room. But we play games and hang out in that one big room, so in that sense, it’s quite fun.
Haechan said that he believes the one flaw might be the loudness of all of the members together, especially when playing. From an insider’s perspective, though, he finds it quite nice to have as many members as they have because there is always someone to hang out with. There is never a time to be bored when you have 22 friends with you!
The loudness can be a flaw, but I think it’s nice that members can always hang out, and there’s no time to be bored.
Now, we might be with Eric and have some envy too. 😅
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