TraxX (Hangul: 트랙스; RR: teulaegseu, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
They recorded song “Tell Me Your Love” for KBS’s drama Mary Stayed Out All Night, featuring Moon Geun-young and Jang Keun-suk.
TRAX’s third EP Blind was released on November 10, 2011.
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. 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. Due to the bandmembers’ enlistment in the military, the group was taking to hiatus.
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).
On February 23, 2018 TRAX released their first 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 transformations as EDM trio.