TraxX

TraxX (Korean트랙스; RRTeuraekseu, formerly known as The TRAX and TRAX), was a South Korean EDM trio that consisted of Jay, Jungmo and Ginjo. Originally a four-member rock band formed by SM Entertainment and X Japan's co-founder Yoshiki in 2004, it consisted of Typhoon Jay (leader and vocals), Rose Minwoo (drums), Attack Jungwoo (bass), and Xmas Jungmo (guitar). Their name is an acronym of "Typhoon Rose Attack Xmas", the members' nicknames.

No Min-woo and Jungwoo left the group in the period between 2006 and 2007. This resulted in the band becoming a duo with the remaining members being Jay and Jungmo. They changed their band name from The TRAX to simply TRAX. The duo kicked off with the release of the EPs Cold-Hearted Man (2010), Oh! My Goddess (2010), and Blind (2011). Thereafter, the members went into individual activities, with Jay pursuing acting and Jungmo collaborating with several artists.

On March 26, 2018, TRAX changed their name to TraxX with DJ and producer Ginjo joining the group and changing their music genre from rock to electronic dance music. TraxX unofficially disbanded after 2 members left SM in April 2019.

History

Pre-debut

Typhoon, Rose, and Attack were introduced initially to the public through in the 2002 Survival Audition HeeJun vs. KangTa Battle of the Century. The three-members were formed to debut as rock band. With the addition of X-mas, the four-member would debuted as rock band The Trax. Before making their official debuted, they made appearance on their labelmates song BoA's "Rock With You" which released in December 2003.

2004–07: Debut and First Rain

TRAX released their debut single Paradox on July 20, 2004. A few days after debuted, they held their concert on July 26 and on July 31.

Their second single Scorpio was simultaneously releases on November 14 in Japan and November 17 in South Korea.

TRAX released their second Japanese single Rhapsody on April 20, 2005. Their third Japanese single, Blaze Away was released on September 14.

On May 10, 2006, drummer Rose (No Min-woo) left the band to pursue other interests. The remaining three-members release their first full-length album First Rain on July 20.

The band released their fourth Japanese single "Resolution" on August 3.

The band continue released their fifth Japanese single "Cold Rain" on January 24, 2007. Shortly afterwards, Attack (Kang Jung-woo) left from the band.

2008–10: Cold-Hearted Man and Oh! My Goddess

In late 2008, vocalist Typhoon and guitarist X-Mas joined Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin as regulars in Mnet's television series Band of Brothers. In 2009, X-Mas was also cast on a short-lived show called Oppa Band along with Super Junior member Sungmin.

They released a digital single as a project band called TRAX+Air for the Korean drama Swallow the Sun.

On January 25, 2010, they released their EP Cold-Hearted Man with lead single "Let You Go". It contains songs written and composed by both Typhoon and X-Mas, and features artists such as SHINee's Key, Wheesung and T-MAX's Shin Min-chul.

In August 2010, TRAX became a special guest for Super Junior's third Asian tour, Super Show 3 on some tour dates, performing in the bridge of the song "Don't Don".

TRAX released the EP Oh! My Goddess on September 6, 2010.

They recorded song "Tell Me Your Love" for KBS's drama Mary Stayed Out All Night, featuring Moon Geun-young and Jang Keun-suk.

2011–12: Blind and hiatus

TRAX's third EP Blind was released on November 10, 2011.

On March 26, 2012, Typhoon (Jay) enlisted for his two-year mandatory military service. He received four weeks of basic military training in Busan and then continued to serve as a public service worker. X-Mas (Kim Jung-mo) enlisted seven months later, on October 25, 2012. They were originally scheduled to enlist together, but Jung-mo's scoliosis condition and a fractured collarbone delayed his enlistment. He served non-active duty as a public service worker for 23 months after completing four weeks of basic training. Due to the members' enlistment in the military, the group took a hiatus.

2015–19: Reformation as EDM trio and disbandment

In July 2015, TRAX returned to performing in their agency concert SM Town Live World Tour IV for the first time after a three-year hiatus.

On January 7, they released the digital single "Road" as a part of SM Entertainment's project SM Station. This marked their first release since Blind (2011).

On February 23, 2018 TRAX released their first and only EDM single "Notorious" with LIP2SHOT featuring Sophiya, as a part of SM Entertainment project SM Station.

On March 26, 2018, it was announced that TRAX changed their name to TraxX with addition DJ and producer Ginjo to the group and would transform their music genre from rock to EDM. On December 12, TraxX released their English-language single "Escape", which marked their first release since their revamp as an EDM trio.

On April 30, 2019, Jay and Jungmo left SM Entertainment after their contracts expired and TraxX disbanded.

Band members

Final members

  • Jay — vocalist (2004–19)
  • Jungmo — guitars (2004–18); bassist (2018–19)
  • Ginjo — DJ (2018–19)

Former members

  • Rose — drums (2004–06)
  • Attack — bassist (2004–08)

Timeline

Discography

Studio albums

Extended plays

Singles

As featured artist

Soundtrack appearances

Concerts

Headlining

  • TRAX 1st Concert (July 24, 2004)
  • TRAX 2nd Concert (July 31, 2004)

Concert participation

Related publications

  • 1st Story Book - BLAST (December 1, 2004)

Awards and nominations

External links

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