Who Is Haechan (해찬)?
Haechan (해찬) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper and member of the K-pop boy band NCT 127. He was born on June 6th, 2000 in Anyang city, South Korea. His real name is Lee Dong Hyuck. He is also a member of the sub-units of NCT: NCT Dream and WayV.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Haechan had an interest in music since childhood. He learned to play the piano and drums at a young age and also enjoyed dancing. In 2013, he auditioned for SM Entertainment's Global Audition in Seoul. In 2016 he became a part of the pre-debut project SM Rookies. On April 9th of the same year, it was announced that he would become a member of the upcoming boy group NCT 127. The group debuted on July 7th 2016 with their first mini-album 'NCT #127'.
Rise to Fame with NCT 127
Since its debut, NCT 127 has been gaining popularity both domestically and internationally. Their first full album 'Regular-Irregular', released in 2018, peaked at number one on the US World Albums Chart. Haechan is a singer, rapper and producer for most of their songs. He also appeared on variety shows like 'Weekly Idol' and 'Sugar Man'.
Other Projects with NCT
In addition to being part of NCT 127, Haechan is also a part of two other sub units of NCT: NCT Dream and WayV. On August 17th 2017, he became part of the freshman group NCT Dream which debuted with their first EP 'We Young'. On January 17th 2019, he was announced as one of the members of WayV which debuted with their first extended play 'The Vision'.
Aside from his activities with NCT 127 and its subunits, Haechan has also appeared as a solo artist on various occasions. In 2018 he released his first solo single titled 'Don't Need Your Love'. He also featured in many other songs like 'Good Thing' by EXO's Suho or 'Don't Say No' by Seohyun.
Haechan is known to be close friends with fellow NCT members Mark and Jeno. He has also been seen in pictures wearing clothes from a brand named 'Haesica', which seems to be inspired by his name.
Haechan has been nominated for several awards throughout his career with NCT 127 including Best Dance Performance by a Male Group at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Best Dance Performance at the 2018 Melon Music Awards and Best Male Group at the 2019 Golden Disc Awards.
As a member of NCT 127:
- NCT #127 (2016)
- Cherry Bomb (2017)
- Regular-Irregular (2018)