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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kan Mi Youn
Kan Mi Youn
Kan MiYoun (간미연) was born on February 2, 1982. She is a South Korean singer. Mi Youn was the lead singer in the girl group Baby V.O.X from 1997 to 2006. After the group’s breakup, Mi Youn moved on to pursue a career as a solo singer.
She debuted in 1997 as a member of a K-pop girl group Baby V.O.X, replacing an ex-member (Cha Yu-mi) who was injured on stage during performance. Kan was assigned the “princess” role in the group and known for her cute and comical traits. Kan was considered not only the main but also the best vocalist in the group, having the ability in hitting high notes.
In 2006, Mi Youn decided to go solo when she signed on to a new record label, thus ending her 8 years of activities as a member of Baby V.O.X. With Kan departure, in March 2006, Baby V.O.X was officially disbanded.
Kan Mi Youn has released two albums (one in korean and it’s version in chinese) and two mini albums.
She appeared in some TV programs:
- 2006: MBC 레인보우 로망스 (MBC Nonstop 6, Rainbow Romance)
- 2008: ETN 간미연의 트렌드섹션
- 2010: QTV 여자만세
And currently she is the radio host of “Kan Mi Youn Chin Chin’s Radio”
Choi HweeSung (최휘성) born February 5, 1982,better known by his first name Wheesung, is a South Korean R&B singer.
Wheesung began his career in 1999 with the short lived Korean boy band, A4. He left after the band’s first album debut, citing musical differences between himself and the other members of the band.
After being released from A4, he signed onto M Boat, a former sister company to YG Entertainment. He underwent a few years of vocal training under the label and released his first solo album Like A Movie in 2002. The album became very popular after receiving praise from many well-known artists, including Seo Taiji and Shin Seung Hun.
In 2003, he released his second album, It’s Real. It proved to be as popular as his first, making him the best selling artist of 2003 in Korea. Unlike his debut album, It’s Real wasn’t restricted to R&B and it included different musical elements like pop and hip-hop.
Wheesung left YG Entertainment after his contract expired in March 2006. He signed a new contract that is reportedly worth 1.5 million won with his new company Orange Shock Agency. It was stated that he will be composing and producing more with his new company giving him more freedom to do so.
In late 2008, Wheesung was asked by British R&B artist Craig David to record the Korean version of his hit single “Insomnia”. The music video was released on February 17, 2009 and Wheesung’s comeback performance was broadcast by Mnet on February 19.
On November 7, 2011, Wheesung enlisted and started his 2-year military service.
Baek Ji-Young (백지영) was born on March 25, 1976. She is a South Korean pop and ballad singer.
JiYoung began her music career in 1999, splashing onto the Korean dance scene with her first album Sorrow. The first single, “선택” (Choice), was unusual in that it was one of the first Korean pop songs to feature Latin beats. However, this single proved to be popular and charted very well.
She quickly followed this album with a second, Rouge, which came out in April 2000, selling 360,000 copies and cementing her status as one of Korea’s most popular female dance artists.
She underwent vocal cord surgery to remove a cyst some time in February 2008. Although there were fears that her singing voice may change, the fear of losing her voice entirely is what prompted her to go ahead with the operation.
Jiyoung have released 8 studio albums. And did many collaborations and soundtraks.
She also made a cameo in SBS’s drama “Secret Garden”.
Choi Jin (최진) was born on January 6, 1983, is more commonly known by the stage name Mithra Jin (미쓰라 진), is a Korean hip hop musician, rap artist, and lyricist. He is the second MC of the group Epik High.
Mithra was originally a poet whose poems also worked as rhymes. Then he made a debut in the group named K-Ryders, which included J-Win, DJ D-Tones, Kyung Bin. K-Ryders actively led a concert in Korean underground around 2000s, and was disbanded in 2002 due to members’ personal reasons (such as studying or pursuit of personal careers). Park emceeing and poetry readings were the first places where he met Tablo, someone who he would work together with in the group Epik High.
DJ Tukutz (DJ 투컷) born November 19, 1981 is a DJ, Producer, songwriter. He is best known as the DJ of the South Korean hip hop group Epik High.
DJ Tukutz first got into DJ-ing in the summer of 1995 while spending his time at illegal raves and warehouse parties, where his passion for the scene and music began. He started playing at local raves and parties in Japan’s underground hip-hop scene, before moving to South Korea in 2000 to attend the Technics DJ School. After returning from the academy, he partnered up with Tablo and headed to the States. He worked and DJ-ed on radio shows, live events and clubs around the Boston and New York City area.
In 2003, along with Tablo and Mithra Jin, they formed the rap group Epik High.
On October 15, 2009, DJ Tukutz entered the military to serve his mandatory 2 years service.
He arrived back from the military on August 9, 2011.
Lee Seon-Woong (이선웅) also known as Daniel Armand Lee or Tablo (타블로, was born on July 22, 1980.
He is a hip hop musician, rap artist, songwriter and lyricist. He is best known as the rapper and leader of the South Korean hip hop group Epik High. Tablo produces almost all the songs of Epik High with DJ Tukutz, and writes the lyrics with Mithra Jin. He has also produced and featured on many songs in South Korea. His work incorporates numerous musical styles, ranging from hip hop, to electronic music such as trance, trip hop, as well as rock.
He is a Canadian of Korean descent.
Tablo got married with the actress Kang HyeJung and they have a daughter.
He appeared in MBC’s drama “Nonstop 5” and made a cameo on “Unstoppable High Kick”.
Tablo also was casted in the films “Fantastic Parasuicides”and “August Rush”.
He recently joined YG Entertainment and realeased his first solo album.
Epik High (에픽하이) is a South Korean indie hip hop group from Seoul, South Korea. The group is composed of Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz.
Their music has been considered by many as a “lyrical piece of literature” and “urban poetry”, lyric orientated, soulful and often witty while addressing serious social issues such as identity, discrimination, community, unity and change as a whole through the use of sometimes controversial subject matter.
The group went on hiatus in 2009 as a result of DJ Tukutz being called for mandatory military service. DJ Tukutz returned from his mandatory military service on August 7, 2011, leaving only Mithra Jin away from the group. Mithra Jin is also enlisted into the military and is expected to return in 2012.
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