TraxX

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TraxX
Also known asThe TRAX (2004–2009)
TRAX (2009–2018)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitehttp://traxx.smtown.com/
Members
Past members

TraxX (Hangul트랙스; RRteulaegseu, formerly known as The TRAX and TRAX), is a South Korean EDM trio consisting of Jay, Jungmo and GINJO.

Originally a four-member rock band formed by SM Entertainment and X Japan's co-founder Yoshiki in 2004, the band was initially composed of the members: 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", which also used as the members stage name. In the period of 2006 and 2007, No Min-woo and Jungwoo left the group. This resulted in the band becoming a duo with remaining members Jay and Jungmo, with changes in their band name from The TRAX to be simply name 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.[1][2]

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

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.

2004–2007: Debut and First Rain[edit]

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.

2008–2010: Cold-Hearted Man and Oh! My Goddess[edit]

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.[citation needed] In 2009, X-Mas was also cast on a short-lived show called Oppa Band along with Super Junior member Sungmin.[citation needed]

They released a digital single as a project band called TRAX+Air[3] 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.[4]

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

TRAX was released EP Oh! My Goddess was released on September 6, 2010.[citation needed]

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

2011–2012: Blind and hiatus[edit]

TRAX's third EP Blind was released on November 10, 2011.[5][6]

On 26 March 2012, Typhoon (Jay) enlisted for two years of mandatory military service. He received four weeks of basic military training in Busan and then continued to serve as a public service worker.[7] X-Mas (Kim Jung-mo) enlisted seven months later, on 25 October 2012. They were originally schedule 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.[8] Due to the bandmembers' enlistment in the military, the group was taking to hiatus.

2015–2018: music project and reformation as TraxX[edit]

In July 2015, TRAX returned with performing in their agency concert SM Town Live World Tour IV for their first time after three years hiatus.

On January 7, they released digital single "Road" as a part of SM Entertainment project SM Station, its marked their first releases since Blind (2011).[9][10]

On February 23, 2018 TRAX released their first EDM single "Notorious" with LIP2SHOT featuring Sophiya, as a part of SM Entertainment project SM Station.[11]

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.[1][2]

On December 12, TraxX released their English-language single "Escape", which marked their first release since their transformations as EDM trio.[12][13]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jay — vocalist
  • Jungmo — guitars (2004-2018); bassists (2018-present)
  • GINJO — DJ [14]

Former members[edit]

  • Rose — drums (2004-2006)
  • Attack — bassists (2004-???)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[15]
초우 19[A]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales
KOR
[15][B]
가슴이 차가운 남자
  • Released: January 25, 2010
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40 N/A
오! 나의 여신님 (Oh! My Goddess)
  • Released: September 6, 2010
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 N/A
창문 Blind
  • Released: November 10, 2011
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 N/A

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[C]
JPN
Oricon

[23]
Korean
TRAX
"Paradox" 2004 37[D] N/A 초우
"Scorpio"[E] 26[F] 28 N/A
"초우"
(Cold Rain)
2006 N/A 초우
"가슴이 차가운 남자 "
(Let You Go)
2010 31 N/A 가슴이 차가운 남자
"오! 나의 여신님"
(Oh! My Goddess)
30 N/A 오! 나의 여신님
"창문"
(Blind)
2011 115 N/A 창문
"Road" 2017 N/A SM Station Season 1
"Notorious"
(with LIP2SHOT featuring Sophiya)
2018 N/A SM Station Season 2
Japanese
TRAX
"Rhapsody" 2005 95 N/A Non-album singles
"Blaze Away" 129 N/A Non-album singles
"Resolution" 2006 N/A Non-album singles
"Find The Way / Cold Rain (初雨)" 2007 189 N/A Non-album singles
English
TraxX
"Escape" 2018 To be released Non-album singles
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"Tri-Angle" (TVXQ feat. BoA and TRAX) 2004 N/A Tri-Angle
"Free Your Mind" (TVXQ feat. TRAX) 2005 N/A Rising Sun
"태양은 가득히 (Red Sun)" (SMTOWN) 2006 N/A '06 SUMMER SMTOWN
"너없이 (Without You)" N/A
"Snow Dream"(SM TOWN) N/A 2006 Winter SMTown – Snow Dream
"Alone" N/A
"Crazy" (TVXQ feat. Jay of TRAX) 2011 N/A Keep Your Head Down
"Like a Dream" N/A Winter: The Warmest Gift
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
Gaon
"Go! Go!" 2006 N/A Hyena Soundtrack
"My Tears" N/A
"Angels" (Ballad Version) 2007 N/A Billy Jean Look at Me Soundtrack
"하늘아" ("Heavens") 2012 N/A God of War Soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Concerts[edit]

Headlining[edit]

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

Concert participation[edit]

Related publications[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rock Video "Paradox"[26] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[16]
  2. ^ Week references for Gaon: Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja,[17] O! Naui Yeosinnim,[18] Changmun.[19]
  3. ^ Week references for Gaon: "Gaseum-i Chagaun Namja (Let You Go)",[20] "O! Naui Yeosinnim (Oh! My Goddess)",[21] "Changmun (Blind)".[22]
  4. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[24]
  5. ^ "Scorpio" was released in two versions: Korean-language versions are digital downloads while Japanese-language versions are physical units. Korean-language versions was also later included on the full album 초우.
  6. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly domestic album chart.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "트랙스, 록→EDM 그룹 변신..새 멤버 긴조 영입(공식)". 26 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "트랙스, 그룹명 TraxX로 바꾸고 EDM 변신‥새멤버 긴조 영입(공식)".
  3. ^ "Trax + Air Unite". Archived from the original on 2009-09-09.
  4. ^ "TRAX Official Website". trax.smtown.com.
  5. ^ https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=022&aid=0002330328
  6. ^ https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=109&aid=0002273018
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (22 March 2012). "TRAX Jay to enter military next week". 10 Asia. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (4 October 2012). "TRAX's Jung Mo to Enlist in the Army". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  9. ^ https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=468&aid=0000226008
  10. ^ http://www.topstarnews.net/news/articleView.html?idxno=233902
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference edm was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  12. ^ https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=112&aid=0003108386
  13. ^ https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=109&aid=0003920265
  14. ^ "traxX 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  15. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "2006.07월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [July 2006 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2006. Archived from the original on October 24, 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  17. ^ "2010년 10주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  18. ^ "2010년 38주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  19. ^ "2010년 47주차 Album Chart 종합". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  20. ^ "2010년 09주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  21. ^ "2010년 38주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  22. ^ "2011년 48주차 Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  23. ^ "TRAXのリリース一覧" [List of Trax's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  24. ^ "2004.07월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [July 2004 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2004. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  25. ^ "2004.12월 - 가요 음반 판매량" [December 2004 Album Sales]. Recording Industry Association of Korea. 2005. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  26. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved 2014-08-25.

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