Aziatix

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Aziatix
Genres R&B, pop, soul, hip hop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels ASTAR, Inc.
Music Cube
Cash Money
Associated acts Jae Chong
Website aziatix.com
Members Flowsik
Eddie Shin
Nicky Lee
Jae Chong

Aziatix (stylized as AZIATIX) is an Asian-American group. The individuals in the group were brought together by veteran producer Jae Chong. Since the group's inception, they have won "Best New Asian Artist Group" at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2011, they've been featured in Newsweek Japan on January 2012 and the cover of Newsweek Korea on February 2012, and their latest album Awakening hit #1 U.S / Japan iTunes charts. The group has a strong international fanbase and has been gaining popularity, with their debut EP AZIATIX reaching #4 on U.S iTunes R&B/Soul charts.[1] Aziatix has recently been signed to Cash Money Records in February 2013. CEO of Cash Money Records, Slim announced that Aziatix is a new artist in their record label at YMCMB's Annual Pre-Grammy Party celebrating the 55th Grammy Awards.[2] They are also working with multiple Grammy award-winning producer RedOne on their upcoming album and shooting their new music video with Jeff Panzer. Aziatix was also recently mentioned on Billboardbiz where Cash Money Records' A&R representative, Joshua Berkman said "Aziatix represents a new worldwide focus for YMCMB." [3]

Musical career[edit]

The group formed in 2010, with producer Jae Chong bringing Nicky Lee, Flowsik, and Eddie Shin together (all pursuing their individual careers at the time). [4] Aziatix released their first single "Go" in March 2011 and their self-titled EP "Aziatix" in May 2011.

Following the release of Aziatix's first full length album Nocturnal in July 2011, the group performed in the U.S. for the first time at the Key Club in Los Angeles.[5] In November 2011, the group returned to the U.S. for their first official tour.[6] During this time, Aziatix also released music videos for their tracks "Go," "Slippin' Away," "A Game," "Be With You (Rock Mix)," and "Cold."

Aziatix released the single and the music video for "Speed of Light" on April 17, 2012.[7] They followed this with the release of a teaser for "Alright" on April 24, 2012.[8]

On May 2, 2012, Aziatix released a new EP album, "Awakening" which debuted on iTunes U.S. R&B/Soul chart at number 1.[citation needed][9]

In 2013, Aziatix signed a record deal with music label Cash Money Records.

Tours[edit]

In October 2011, Aziatix toured Japan performing in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya. They again toured Japan in January 2012, this time performing at Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama.

In November 2011, Aziatix embarked on a 10 city, 12 stop US tour, performing in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.[10]

The group concluded their 2012 U.S. tour on April 1, 2012 with major stops in Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas, Austin (SXSW) along with returning to New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Members[edit]

Jay "Flowsik" Park[edit]

Flowsik is the rapper of Aziatix. A Korean American emcee from New York (Flushing, Queens), FlowSik (real name: Jay Park; born April 5, 1985), is a rapper active in the underground hip-hop scene. He has made appearances as a host and performer on MTV-K (MTV Korea) and Kollaboration NYC. He has performed on numerous compilations and released a number of his own mixtapes. His talents are recognized by many in the circle including Hip-Hop pioneer Ice-T whom he recorded with for the song “Hate”. Flowsik started composing when he was 15 and has always looked up to some of the greatest in rap music like Tupac, whose depth and ability to express his thoughts freely through his music has always served as an inspiration to Flowsik.[11][12] He has worked with other artists such as rapper Ice-T (with whom he recorded "Hate") and K-Pop group JYJ.[11][13] He was also mentored and co-signed by Ice-T.[14][15]

Eddie Shin[edit]

Eddie Shin (singer, songwriter) was born in Boston, MA. He has been writing songs since he was 16 and studied music at NYU; his vocals have a strong R&B influence. He launched a solo career from 2005 - 2009, starting with his self-produced album Just My Way and eventually releasing 3 singles including "Over." He has also written and composed songs for Lyn, Ivy, Wheesung, and Soulstar.[16][17][18][19] For South Korea's G20 Summit, he co-wrote/produced and vocal directed the song "Let's Go", featuring artists such as Seohyun (SNSD), Jun-hyung (Beast), Jonghyun (Shinee), Sistar, G.NA and Junsu (2PM).[20][21] He also composed and co-wrote the lyrics with Shin Hye-sung for "Let It Go" from Shinhwa's 10th album The Return in 2012.[22]

Nicky Lee[edit]

Nicky Lee (zh:李玖哲) was born in South Korea and raised in Los Angeles, CA, is currently living in Taipei, Taiwan. He is recognized as an accomplished R&B/Soul Korean male vocalist with five solo albums released. He earned the title of “Best Male Singer” at the Golden Melody Awards (Mandarin Pop Music Awards) in 2007 in Taiwan.[13][23] His music has been used in the movie The Forbidden Kingdom that starred international actors Jackie Chan and Jet Li.[24] Nicky is also developing his acting career, and appeared in the movie “Mulan.”

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album Album details Tracklist

NOCTURNAL

  • Release Date : July 27, 2011
  • Language : English
  • Genre : R&B / Soul / Hip Hop
  1. Intro
  2. Slippin' Away
  3. Superstar
  4. Whatchu Know About Us
  5. A Game
  6. Cold
  7. Be With You
  8. Start It Again
  9. Another Day
  10. Go
  11. Say Yeah

NOCTURNAL (Japan Deluxe Edition)

  • Release Date : Jan 11th, 2012
  • Language : English
  • Genre : R&B / Soul / Hip Hop
  1. Intro
  2. Go
  3. Lights
  4. Nothing Compares to You
  5. Be With You
  6. Cold
  7. Superstar
  8. Slippin' Away
  9. So Incredible (feat. Stevie Hoang)
  10. Whatchu Know About Us
  11. A Game
  12. Start It Again
  13. Another Day
  14. Say Yeah
  15. Be With You (Rock Mix)
  16. Go (Acoustic)

EP[edit]

Album Album details Track List

AZIATIX

  • Release Date : May 17, 2011
  • Language : English
  • Genre : R&B / Soul / Hip Hop
  1. Go
  2. Cold
  3. Whatchu Know About Us
  4. Another Day
  5. Start It Again

AWAKENING

  • Release Date : May 2, 2012
  • Language : English
  • Genre : R&B / Soul / Hip Hop
  1. Speed of Light
  2. Alright
  3. Radio
  4. If I Saw You Again
  5. History
  6. Lights

As main artist[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
Next Up 2011 Flowsik solo Non-album release
Cold (Fraktal Blazin' Remix) 2011 AZIATIX Non-album release
Be With You (Rock Mix) 2011 AZIATIX NOCTURNAL (Japan Deluxe Edition)
If Only 2011 Eddie Shin (feat. Flowsik) Non-album release
Go (Acoustic) 2011 AZIATIX NOCTURNAL (Japan Deluxe Edition)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
I Love You 2010 Micky Yoochun of JYJ (feat. Flowsik) The Beginning
Let This Die (Extended Eng Ver.) 2012 Brian Joo (feat. Flowsik) ReBorn Part.1
Converse #PeepShow 2012 AZIATIX, Jaurim and IDIOTAPE Non-album release
Tarantallegra 2012 Xia of JYJ (feat. Flowsik) Tarantallegra
Things I'd Like To Do With My Lover (English Version) 2012 G.NA (feat. Eddie) OUI
Only Love 2013 Kim Jaejoong (feat. Flowsik) Y (Repackage edition)
Kiss B 2013 Kim Jaejoong (feat. Flowsik) Y (Repackage edition)
I Like 2014 Hyuna of Trouble Maker (feat. Flowsik) Chemistry (EP)

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Number 1 on Japan R&B/Soul Charts and #4 on U.S. R&B/Soul Charts.[25][26]
  • Featured on AOL (first Asian-American group), Myspace, MSN and Windows Media music home pages.[27][28]
  • "Artist of the Month" for September 2011 under Japan's biggest distributor, Tower Records.[29]
  • Music videos for "Cold" and "Slippin' Away" both reached #1 for Blastro's Pop and R&B charts.[30][31]
  • Won "Best New Asian Artist Group" at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2011.[32]
  • Best New Artist Award 2011 on Blastro for "Cold."[33]
  • Featured in Newsweek Japan on January 2012.[34]
  • Featured on the cover of Newsweek Korea on February 2012.[35]
  • Number 1 on Channel V Pop Chart[36]
  • Number 1 on Japan's R&B/Soul iTunes chart with their album, "Nocturnal (Deluxe Edition)."[37]
  • Headlined at SXSW - Two showcases[38]
  • Debuted at Number 1 on the U.S., Japan and Korea R&B/Soul iTunes chart with their album, "Awakening."

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "K-pops idols come together for G20 Seoul Summit song". 
  22. ^ Ho, Stewart (21 March 2012). "Shinhwa’s Album Track List & Eric and Kim Dong Wan Teaser Pictures Unveiled". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
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  28. ^ "Aziatix's "Slippin' Away" MV featured on MySpace Music's homepage". 
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  30. ^ "Aziatix Reveals "Slippin' Away" MV Teaser + Album Release on July 28". Soompi. 
  31. ^ "Aziatix making waves as new band". 
  32. ^ "Aziatix Teases "Nothing Compares To You" MV". MTVK. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  33. ^ "Blastro Announces Winners for First Music Video Awards". Blastro. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Korean Hip-Hop: K-Hop Goes Global". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
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  36. ^ "Aziatix takes #1 on Channel [V] Pop Chart". koreaboo. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  37. ^ "Aziatix Hits #1 on Japanese R&B/Soul Charts". Soompi. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  38. ^ "Aziatix at SXSW 2012". Blastro. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 

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