TXT Opens Up About Recent Hobbies And Interests Including Music, Fashion, Photography, And More

TXT recently participated in a photo shoot for Vogue magazine!

In the accompanying interview, each member got the chance to explain what they’ve been particularly interested in or focused on recently.

Soobin kicked off the interview by describing his particular affinity for the idea of nostalgia. A fan of K-pop since childhood, Soobin mentioned the odd feeling he gets whenever he catches sight of his album collection. He shared, “Whenever people ask about an artist’s goals, they usually mention awards or performing on a big stage. While those are great goals, I also hope that the fans who listen to our music will be happy in the future when they reflect back on this time, just like I did.”

Aside from music, Soobin also likes to return to the games and TV shows he enjoyed when he was younger. He then expressed his disappointment at the places he frequented in the past disappearing one by one. Among these places was a tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) restaurant, one that he and his friends would visit after collecting enough money. He mused, “If there were a taxi that could take me to any time, I would choose my middle school days as my destination. I have a lot of fun memories with my friends. We still contact each other and share our joys and sorrows.”

Soobin recently sifted through the photos he had amassed on his computer since 2012. He elaborated on the reason why he tries to take as many photos as possible, saying, “I try to capture the simplicity of daily life, like the food we eat at the filming site or the members’ funny faces. Once you transfer those easily-forgotten memories into pictures, they become precious memories.”

He concluded by noting that the present was just as important as clinging onto the nostalgia for the past. “Although I’m busy working as a member of TXT, this is time that I can’t get back and a precious part of my life. As such, I’m working hard to immerse myself in the present.”

Yeonjun chose to share his love of fashion as he commented on how each person chooses to express themselves is a reflection of their inner world. He continued, “I wasn’t always an opinionated person. However, I matured through dance and music and also started to refine my view of life through my interest in fashion. It’s not just about being assertive. Rather, I’ve come to know exactly what I want through a more broadened and flexible perspective.”

His interest in fashion began in middle school, where he wore paint-stained pants and a knitted sweater that didn’t fit quite right. After growing more immersed in fashion as he picked up dancing and singing, he has solidified his own personal style to a point where even his fellow members are unable to gift him fashion items. Instead, Yeonjun enjoys buying clothes for the members, his friends, and other trainees. He explained, “It’s fun to spend time wondering what kind of clothes would suit that person.”

Yeonjun looks forward to winter fashion the most. Among his recently purchased items are a bomber jacket, a hooded blazer, and gloves. However, his current favorite item is none other than a heart pendant necklace passed on to him by his grandmother. Yeonjun said, “It’s even more meaningful as it’s a necklace that represents my grandmother’s time and love. I’ve only been able to wear it once so far.”

Yeonjun hopes to get the chance to design his own clothes someday. Although nothing is set in stone, Yeonjun was certain about one thing: “No matter what, they won’t be normal. They’re going to be innovative.”

Beomgyu is currently interested in photography, a hobby he began to take up when he was in the United States with the members during their time as trainees. He explained his reasoning at the time, saying, “I’m someone who likes nature, and I wanted to capture the unfamiliar yet appealing scenery.”

Despite being unable to travel, Beomgyu has found plenty of beauty in the world around him. “The sunset has been really beautiful recently,” he commented. “If I don’t have a camera with me, I just take pictures with my cell phone.” Of course, Beomgyu also takes plenty of pictures of people, usually of the other members. He expressed his appreciation for them as he said, “I’m thankful that they let me drag them over to take pictures, even if they act like they hate it. Soobin recently bought a Polaroid camera, so we’ve been taking pictures of each other.”

As Beomgyu loves to share his pictures with his fans, he also expressed the hope that they would be able to meet and capture memories in person next year. He also has one picture he definitely wants to take: a family photo 10 years from now. “I hope that my 30-year-old self in that picture will be a good person.”

Sports have played a big part in Taehyun’s life. “I love to exercise, and I do it a lot. When I have time, I watch sports like basketball, soccer, and ice hockey. I also watch combat sports like martial arts and boxing,” he revealed. “Just like how your mind feels nourished after passing by a bookstore filled to the ceiling with books, I get that sort of delight through watching sports.”

Taehyun named three reasons why sports were similar to his own profession. “First of all, it’s accompanied by the cheers of fans. Secondly, hidden behind the players’ abilities is a huge amount of hard work. Finally, it’s beautiful to watch players who weren’t that good grow to achieve great success.”

As a child, Taehyun participated in boxing, even competing at the national level as an elementary school student in front of thousands of people. He noted that much of his current mindset is thanks to what he learned through sports, including the importance of not giving up. “I used to think that I had little inborn talent,” he confessed. “Now I consider talent to be the result of hard work, so I’ve gained some pride. Although hard work is usually described as a hot passion, I think it’s more cool and composed. I have to work hard in a calm and continuous manner.”

The lessons Taehyun learned through sports were also reflected in his unofficially released song “Sweat.” He said, “Surpassing its literal meaning, sweat is the proof of hard work. Spectators are captivated by a player’s sweat. In the same way, I hope that someone will be touched by the growth of TXT.”

From the beginning, Huening Kai was surrounded by music. At a young age, his father taught him how to play the guitar, leading to memories which he still looks back on fondly. Instruments became Huening Kai’s diary, and by the time he was in elementary school he had already written a song about wanting everyone to be happy. Huening Kai reflected on his talent show performances, saying, “It was then that I think I got a little used to performing in front of people.”

Aside from the guitar, Huening Kai also familiarized himself with the piano, drums, and other instruments. Having recently taken up piano again after stopping during middle school, he explained, “One day I want to be able to hear the chords of a song and reinterpret it with my own freestyle playing. It would be nice to have a grand piano in my space then.”

Huening Kai emphasized the importance of practicing every day, likening the habit to his outlook on life. “Of course, there’s times when my playing doesn’t improve,” he admitted. “Regardless, if I practice and go to sleep, my skills improve the next day. It’s the same in other areas too. Persistence is key.”

He concluded, “I have to invest a lot to complete just one song. When it comes to instrumental songs, it’s difficult because I have to convey emotions without lyrics. Maybe it’s because I like instruments, but I work on those songs easily. Of course, I’m the happiest when I let other people listen to my completed songs. While working as a member of TXT, I’m most proud when people listen to and like my playing.”

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