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.
In 2000, S.M. Entertainment decided to produce a rock group, which took them four years to materialize.
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.
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.
Jay Kim (제이김) real name Kim Young-deok (김영덕)was born on April 8, 1983. Jay is known under the stage name Typhoon, is a Korean-American singer and lead singer of South Korean rock band TRAX and a member of the project group SM The Ballad.
Jay grew up in California, United States. He first appeared in the “2002 Survival Audition HeeJun vs. KangTa Battle of the Century”
He had his acting debut in the 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, alongside label mate CSJH The Grace’s Dana.
He was cast to act alongside Super Junior’s Sungmin in the 2010 KBS drama President. He plays the role of Sungmin’s half-brother.
Kim Jung Mo (김정모) was born on March 26, 1985. Jungmo is known under the stage name X-Mas, is the guitarist of the South Korean rock band TRAX and a member of the project duo M&D.
He uses a Zemaitis GZ501-Heart/BK electric guitar.
Jungmo was part of MNET’s TV show “Band of Brothers” alongside fellow member Jay and Super Junior’s Heechul and Kangin.
He also was part of MBC’s Oppa Band alongside Super Junior’s Sungmin.
- Kang Jungwoo (강정우)
He was born on June 15th, 1985. Jungwoo was known by his stage name “Attack” and was the original bassist of the group. He used to use a ZON’s Sonus5 (SVT Classic). It has been confirmed that Jungwoo 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.
- No Minwoo (노민우)
He was born on May 29th, 1986. Minwoo was known by his stage name “Rose” and was the original drummer for the band as well as a back-up vocalist and guitarist. He left the group in 2006. Minwoo recently resurfaced in 2009 as a member of the singing trio 24/7. In 2010 he appeared in many dramas like “Pasta” “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” “Midas” and more.