NCT Dream’s new Ok-pop album ISTJ borrows from MBTI to make music – what do the group’s members actually consider the character check?

NCT Dream’s new Ok-pop album ISTJ borrows from MBTI to make music – what do the group’s members actually consider the character check?


By Dong Solar-hwa

Younger Koreans itching to discover their internal selves usually look to the Myers-Briggs Kind Indicator (MBTI) character check for steerage. This on-line check is claimed to disclose if an individual leans extra in direction of introversion (I) or extroversion (E); sensing (S) or instinct (N); considering (T) or feeling (F); and judging (J) or perceiving (P).

The check teams individuals into 16 letter-based character varieties, and other people in Korea will usually use them when introducing themselves to others.

The album’s lead single, additionally named “ISTJ”, is a hip-hop dance observe about ENFP-type boys who fall for the ISTJ-type ladies regardless of their polar reverse characters.

“The MBTI check is so scorching and well-known in Korea, so we needed to put it up for sale to the worldwide viewers as effectively,” says NCT Dream’s chief, Mark. “We additionally thought we might deal with a brand new problem by including the MBTI parts to our music for the primary time. In our track, NCT Dream members assume the position of the ENFP boys whereas our followers play the ISTJ-type ladies.”

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Fellow group member Renjun says: “By means of the lyrics, we query why we’re interested in our opposites. These lyrics are fairly enjoyable and contemporary.”

Jaemin stresses that individuals mustn’t decide others by their MBTI check outcomes, including: “The MBTI check is one thing very particular, however I personally imagine we must always not solely depend on the check outcomes to make predictions about others.”

The MTBI character varieties key. Photograph: Shutterstock

Not like his bandmates, Haechan says he has taken the MBTI check many instances.

“I’m so into it,” he says. “I belong to 4 totally different MBTI varieties together with ENFP and ESFP. My sort appears to alter relying on my present standing.”

Additionally included within the ISTJ album are 9 different tunes: “Damaged Melodies”, “Yogurt Shake”, “Skateboard”, “Blue Wave”, “Poison”, “SOS”, “Pretzel”, “Starry Evening” and “Like We Simply Met”.

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For the NCT Dream members, “Like We Simply Met” is especially significant as a result of all of them helped to write down the lyrics.

“It was the primary time that every one seven of us have written lyrics for our track,” Chenle, who’s Chinese language, explains. “It was additionally my first time to write down lyrics in Korean. I’m happy with my work.”

NCT Dream racked up a whopping 4.2 million pre-orders for ISTJhowever the septet imagine they nonetheless have an extended technique to go.

NCT Dream carry out on stage at Jamsil Sports activities Advanced in Seoul, South Korea, in October, 2022. Photograph: Getty Photos

“We contributed lots of concepts to make our album this time,” Jaemin says, including that their conferences usually lasted greater than three hours a day. “I feel this can be a testomony to our development. However I at all times imagine that we’re simply at the start stage.”

Jisung provides: “Many individuals lose their ardour as time goes by, however we’re extra passionate and enthusiastic than ever proper now. About seven years have handed since our debut, however all of us are nonetheless striving to do higher.”

Jeno says: “We at all times wish to promote our group and our songs to individuals worldwide, so we are going to proceed to ponder other ways to take action.”

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