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 (vocals), Rose Minwoo (drums, percussion), Attack Jungwoo (bass guitar), and Xmas Jungmo (guitar, bass guitar). Their name is an acronym of "Typhoon Rose Attack Xmas", the members' nicknames.

TraxX
Also known as
  • The TRAX (2004–09)
  • TRAX (2009–18)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2004 (2004)–2019 (2019)
Labels
Past members
Websitehttp://traxx.smtown.com/

No Min-woo and Jungwoo left the band 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 record producer Ginjo joining the band and changing their music genre from rock to electronic dance music.[1][2] TraxX unofficially disbanded after 2 members left SM in April 2019.[3][4]

HistoryEdit

Pre-debutEdit

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 RainEdit

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 GoddessEdit

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[5] 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.[6]

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.[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]

2011–12: Blind and hiatusEdit

TRAX's third EP Blind was released on November 10, 2011.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10] Due to the members' enlistment in the military, the band took a hiatus.

2015–19: Reformation as EDM trio and disbandmentEdit

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).[11][12]

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.[1][2]

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 revamp as an EDM trio.[13][14]

On April 30, 2019, Jay and Jungmo left SM Entertainment after their contracts expired and effectly the band disbanded.[15][16]

Band membersEdit

  • Jay — vocals (2004–19)
  • Rose — drums, percussion (2004–06)
  • Attack — bass guitar (2004–07)[a]
  • Jungmo — guitar (2004–18); bass guitar (2018–19)
  • Ginjo — DJ (2018–19)[17]

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[18]
Cold Rain (초우) 19

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[20]
Let You Go (가슴이 차가운 남자)
  • Released: January 25, 2010
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6
Oh! My Goddess (오! 나의 여신님)
  • Released: September 6, 2010
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
Blind (창문)
  • Released: November 10, 2011
  • Label: SM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[22]
JPN
[23]
Korean
"Paradox" 2004 37[A] Paradox single album
"Scorpio" (Korean ver.) 26[B] Scorpio single album
"Cold Rain" (초우) 2006 Cold Rain
"Let You Go" (가슴이 차가운 남자) 2010 20 Let You Go
"Oh! My Goddess" (오! 나의 여신님) 30 Oh! My Goddess
"Blind" (창문) 2011 115 Blind
"Road" 2017 SM Station Season 1
"Notorious"
(with LIP2SHOT feat. Sophiya)
2018 SM Station Season 2
Japanese
"Scorpio" (Japanese ver.) 2004 28 Scorpio single album
"Rhapsody" 2005 95 Rhapsody single album
"Blaze Away" 129 Blaze Away single album
"Resolution" 2006 Resolution single album
"Find The Way / Cold Rain (初雨)" 2007 189 Non-album single
English
"Escape" 2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes release did not chart or was not released in that region. "N/A" denotes data is unavailable.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[22]
"Tri-Angle"
(TVXQ feat. BoA and TRAX)
2004 Tri-Angle
"Free Your Mind"
(TVXQ feat. TRAX)
2005 Rising Sun
"—" denotes release did not chart. "N/A" denotes data is unavailable.

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
[22]
"Fate" (운명) 2009 Swallow the Sun OST
"Heaven" (하늘아) 2012 God of War OST
"—" denotes release did not chart. "N/A" denotes data is unavailable.

ConcertsEdit

HeadliningEdit

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

Concert participationEdit

Related publicationsEdit

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rock Video "Paradox"[28] Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly album chart.[24]
  2. ^ Charted on the RIAK monthly album chart.[26]
  1. ^ Attack's departure was never formally announced by SM Entertainment, leaving his window of departure unknown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "트랙스, 록→EDM 그룹 변신..새 멤버 긴조 영입(공식)". March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "트랙스, 그룹명 TraxX로 바꾸고 EDM 변신‥새멤버 긴조 영입(공식)".
  3. ^ "[단독]트랙스, Sm 떠난다…15년 만에 전속계약 종료".
  4. ^ "Sm 측 "트랙스와 최근 전속계약 만료, 아름다운 이별" [공식]".
  5. ^ "Trax + Air Unite". Archived from the original on September 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "TRAX Official Website". trax.smtown.com.
  7. ^ "트랙스, '창문' 뮤비 공개…빅토리아 애절한 눈물 연기".
  8. ^ "트랙스, 10일 '창문'으로 컴백..정모 자작곡 다수 수록".
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (March 22, 2012). "TRAX Jay to enter military next week". 10 Asia. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  10. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (October 4, 2012). "TRAX's Jung Mo to Enlist in the Army". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "록 그룹 트랙스, 5년만의 신곡 '길' 오늘 밤 공개".
  12. ^ "트렉스(TRAX), 7일 0시 신곡 '길 (Road)'로 5년만에 컴백". January 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "[팝's신곡]"Escape it ride"…트랙스, 록밴드→EDM그룹 성공적 변신".
  14. ^ ""새롭게 출발해"…트랙스, Edm으로 그린 새 시작 'Escape' [퇴근길 신곡]".
  15. ^ Jang, Jin-ri (April 30, 2019). [단독]'SM의 산증인' 트랙스, 15년 만에 친정 떠난다…아름다운 이별[종합]. SpoTV News (in Korean). Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Lee, Ji-seon (April 30, 2019). '계약 만료' 트랙스 정모, SM떠난다 "이수만 선생님 감사…많은 응원 부탁" [전문]. Herald Pop (in Korean). Herald Corporation. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  17. ^ "traxX 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  18. ^ "K-pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009.
  19. ^ "August 2006 K-pop Album Sales Volume" (in Korean). Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on November 3, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  20. ^ "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.
  21. ^ "November 2011 Album Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  22. ^ a b c "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart.
  23. ^ "TRAXのリリース一覧" [List of Trax's Releases] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  24. ^ "July 2004 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  25. ^ "July 2004 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  26. ^ "December 2004 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  27. ^ "December 2004 K-pop Album Sales Volume". Recording Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  28. ^ "2004 MKMF part 1". Mwave. Retrieved August 25, 2014.

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