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Also known as The TRAX
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, rock, nu metal
Years active 2004–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
United Asia Management
Avex Trax (JP)
Associated acts M&D, SM Town, 24/7
Website Official site
Past members

TRAX (originally The TRAX) is a South Korean rock band formed in the summer of 2004 by S.M. Entertainment and formerly produced by X Japan‘s co-founder Yoshiki. The name “TRAX” refers to “recording tracks”, but also stands for the first letter of each original member’s stage name, Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-Mas. Originally a nu metal/rock band, they changed to a straight pop sound when drummer Rose left in 2006



[edit] Pre-debut

In 2000, S.M. Entertainment decided to produce a rock group, which took them four years to materialize.[1] The TRAX members, Typhoon, Rose, and Attack first appeared in the “2002 Survival Audition HeeJun vs. KangTa Battle of the Century” along with TVXQ’s Xiah and Super Junior‘s Sungmin and Eunhyuk.

[edit] 2004–2007

The band made their first public appearance for BoA‘s eleventh single “Rock With You” in December 2003. TRAX held its first concert on July 26, 2004 at Ziller Hall. They were featured in TVXQ‘s first two albums, Tri-Angle and Rising Sun. The band promoted in both South Korea and Japan with mixed success.

In May 2006, the drummer Rose left the band to pursue other interests. The band continued as a trio until 2007, when bassist Attack quietly disappeared from the group.

[edit] 2008–present: Acting activities and comeback

From late 2008 to early 2009, vocalist Typhoon and guitarist X-Mas joined Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin as regulars in MNet’s Band of Brothers.[2] In 2009, X-Mas was also cast on a short-lived show called Oppa Band[3] along with Super Junior member Sungmin.

They released a digital single as a project band called TRAX+Air[4] for the Korean drama Swallow the Sun.

S.M. Entertainment announced that the band was to release their first mini-album on January 25, 2010. The lead single, Let You Go, was promoted with an MV featuring Heechul of Super Junior and Victoria of f(x) as the leads. The mini-album contains songs written and composed by both Typhoon and X-Mas, and will feature other artists such as Key of SHINee, Wheesung and Shin Min Chul of T-MAX.[5]

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. Their second mini-album, Oh! My Goddess, was released on September 6, 2010. Seohyun of Girl’s Generation was featured in the MV of the same title.

They also sang the song “Tell Me Your Love” for KBS’s drama Mary Stayed Out All Night, featuring Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Seok.

In 2011 X-Mas teamed up with his label mate Heechul of Super Junior for the group M&D. M&D’s first title track “뭘봐 (Close Ur Mouth/What Are You Looking At?)” was released on the June 22 online.

On November 10th, TRAX made a return with their 3rd Mini-Album,”Window”, their first release in over a year.

[edit] Current members

[edit] Typhoon

Jay “Typhoon” Kim (제이김), April 8, 1984 (1984-04-08) (age 27), is the leader and main vocalist of the band. He grew up in California, United States. An occasional actor, he was a supporting character in 2009 drama series Romance Zero. In 2010, he participated in musicals Brothers Were Brave, Rock of Ages and rotated as D’Artagnan with Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun, in the The Three Musketeers.[6] He was cast to act alongside Super Junior‘s Sungmin in the KBS drama President. He plays the role of Sungmin’s half-brother. The drama aired on December 15, 2010.[dated info] He also was in a group (S.M. The Ballad) along with Kyuhyun and SHINee‘s Jonghyun.

[edit] X-Mas

Kim “X-Mas” Jung Mo (김정모), March 26, 1985 (1985-03-26) (age 26), is the guitarist of the band. He uses a Zemaitis GZ501-Heart/BK electric guitar. Was part of the TV show Oppa Band with Super Junior’s Sungmin.

[edit] Former members

[edit] Rose

No “Rose” Min-woo (노민우), May 29, 1986 (1986-05-29) (age 25), was the original drummer for the band as well as a back-up vocalist and guitarist. He left the group in 2006, and has attended Inha University.

Rose recently resurfaced in 2009 as a member of the singing trio 24/7, as well as taking part in a single with Girls’ Generation‘s Sunny for Story of Wines soundtrack. In 2010, he starred as a chef in MBC drama series Pasta along with his 24/7 members. He is also in the 2010 drama My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox as one of the main characters. In December 2010, he starred in a special drama Rock Rock Rock as the legendary guitarist Kim Tae-won. He has also appeared in the movie A Frozen Flower. In 2011, he is starring in another drama called Midas as one of the main characters alongside Jang Hyuk, Kim Hee Ae and Lee Min Jung. He is going to play in Fullhouse 2 that will be air on march 2012 in both Japan and South Korea, also he will be play as vampire in Vampire Idol that will be air on 5th dec 2011.

[edit] Attack

Kang “Attack” Jung Woo (강정우), June 15, 1985 (1985-06-15) (age 26), was the original bassist for the band. He goes by both, his birth name and nickname “Dul Bong”. He uses a ZON’s Sonus5 (SVT Classic).

It has been confirmed that Attack left the group to pursue other interests, but it is unknown if he is still with S.M. Entertainment or not. He has had no activity with TRAX since 2007.

[edit] Discography

[edit] Korean Singles

Single #1 – Paradox

  1. Paradox
  2. On the Road
  3. Are You Ready?

Single #2 – Scorpio

  • Released: December 17, 2004
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. Scorpio
  2. Tears
  3. Beat Traitor
  4. Knife
  5. Over the Rainbow (Piano Version)
  6. Over the Rainbow (Rock Version)

[edit] Japanese Singles

Single #1 – Scorpio

  • Released: December 15, 2004
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Tracks:
  1. Scorpio
  2. Tears (X-Japan Cover)
  3. Beat Traitor
  4. Knife

Single #2 – Rhapsody

  • Released: April 20, 2005
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Tracks:
  1. Rhapsody
  2. Vampire

Single #3 – Blaze Away

  • Released: September 14, 2005
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Tracks:
  1. Blaze Away
  2. End of the World
  3. It’s a MONSTER

Single #4 – Resolution

  • Released: August 23, 2006
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Tracks:
  1. Resolution
  2. Criminal Scream

Single #5 – Find The Way

  • Released: January 23, 2007
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Tracks:
  1. Find the Way
  2. Cold Rain

[edit] Albums

Volume 1 – 초우 (初雨) (First Rain)

  • Released: July 20, 2006
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. 영혼을 감싸안아 (Embrace One’s Soul)
  2. 축제 (Carnival)
  3. 초우 (初雨) (First Rain)
  4. Liez
  5. Paradise
  6. CRAZY
  7. Total Eclipse
  8. This Love
  9. Sad Wedding Song
  10. Paradox
  11. Scorpio

Trax Mini Album Volume 1

  • Released: January 25, 2010
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. 가슴이 차가운 남자 (Let You Go)
  2. One Night ft. Shin Min Chul (T-Max)
  3. 송인 (Goodbye Lover)
  4. 아직은 나 (I Can Change)
  5. 치유 (Healing) ft. Key (SHINee)
  6. 끝나지 않은 이야기 (Don’t Go)

Trax Mini Album Volume 2

  • Released: September 6, 2010
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:

1.오! 나의 여신님 (Oh! My Goddess)
2.Let’s Play
3.자기야 (Jagiyah)
5.없는 사람 (Everlasting Story)
6.태양의 노래 (Running My Way)

Trax Mini Album Volume 3

  • Released: November 10, 2011
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:

1.창문 (Blind)
2.Like A Dream
3.Knock Knock Knock
4.가슴속에 묻어두겠지 (Goodbye To Romance)
5.Good News
6.이별여행 (Silent River)

[edit] Joint discography


  • Released: June 20, 2006
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. 태양은 가득히 (Red Sun) – SM TOWN
  2. 오아시스 (Oasis) – TVXQ
  3. Dancing Out – Super Junior
  4. 한 여름밤의 고백 (Summer Night Love) – Kangta
  5. TOUCH – BoA
  6. Catch the Shooting Star – TSZX
  7. 너없이 (Without You) – The TRAX
  8. Raindrops – Hyun Jin
  9. Shake – Black Beat
  10. Smile! – Super Junior
  11. 태양은 가득히 (Red Sun) Instrumental

Hyena O.S.T. (tvN)

  • Released: November 3, 2006
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. The Night Chicago Died – Super Junior – K.R.Y.
  2. Go! Go! – The TRAX
  3. 한 사람만을 – Super Junior – K.R.Y.
  4. 0 (영 ; 零) – Hyun Jin
  5. Smile – Kyuhyun from Super Junior
  6. Bossa Cha Cha – Lee Yoon Jae
  7. My Tears – The TRAX
  8. 그대 떠나가는 길에
  9. Drive
  10. The Night Chicago Died (Instrumental)

2006 WINTER SMTOWN – Snow Dream

  • Released: December 12, 2006
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. Snow Dream – SM TOWN
  2. 내가 그대 없이 (When We’ll Be Together) – TVXQ
  3. Tic! Toc! – Super Junior
  4. Dreams Come True – CSJH The Grace
  5. 그것뿐이에요 (Just You) – Super Junior – K.R.Y.
  6. White Christmas – Kangta
  7. DOTCH – BoA
  8. Alone – The TRAX
  9. Heaven – Zhang Liyin
  10. Without You – Black Beat
  11. 눈의 이야기 (Winter of Memories) – Hyun Jin
  12. I Love Hoya – Choo Ka Yul
  13. Joyful Day – Song Kwang Sik

Billy Jean Look at Me O.S.T. (MBC)

  • Released: January 24, 2007
  • Label: S.M. Entertainment
  • Tracks:
  1. Angels – Sunday The Grace (Rock Version)
  2. 그것뿐이에요 (It’s Just That) – Super Junior – K.R.Y.
  3. Dreaming – Lee Ji Hoon
  4. Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Dana The Grace
  5. Angels – The TRAX (Ballad Version)
  6. Angels – Instrumental (Rock Version)
  7. 영국 빌라 (English Villa)
  8. 음흉한 방희씨 (Insidious Bang Hee)
  9. 암흑가의 아저씨들 (Men of the Underworld) – Tango Version
  10. 달려라 빌리 (Run, Billy)
  11. 싸움의 법칙 (Rules of Fighting)
  12. Joyful Dayz? (Don’t Let Me Down)
  13. 괴짜 방희 (Eccentric Bang Hee)
  14. Walkin’ With Billy (Ragtime)
  15. Fury of Billy
  16. 늘 하고 싶던 이야기 (The Story I Always Wanted to Tell)
  17. 재미있는 이야기 (Fun Story)
  18. 나와 함께 춤을 (Your Dance with Me)
  19. 아름다운 방희 (Beautiful Bang Hee)
  20. STRANGE MUSIC 1 & 2

[edit] Other works

TVXQ – Volume 1 – Tri-Angle (October 13, 2004)

  • Track 3 – Tri-Angle (feat. BoA and TRAX)

TVXQ – Volume 2 – Rising Sun (September 12, 2005)

  • Track 10 – Free Your Mind (feat. TRAX)
  • The TRAX also sang a rock version of “Don’t Don 돈!돈!” by Super Junior, before Super Junior even released the album.

[edit] Related publications

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

The TraX Members

Typhoon- Vocalist

Real Name: Jay Kim
Birthdate: April 8th, 1984
Note: The leader of The TRAX and main vocals

Rose- Drummer (ex-member, now in the band The Romantist)

Real Name: No Min Woo 노민우
Birthdate: May 29, 1986
Note: He left the band on May 10, 2006 to pursue other interests. He’s a guitarist of the band The Romantist.

Attack- Bassist

Real Name: Kang Jung Woo 강정우
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Note: The instrument he uses is ZON’s Sonus5 (SVT Classic).

X-mas- Guitarist


Real Name: Kim Jung Mo 김정모
Birthdate: March 26, 1985
Note: The instrument he uses is Zemaitis GZ501-Heart/BK Electric Guitar.


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