In an industry where artists barely achieve local notoriety, AZIATIX have already conquered globally. The trio comprised of Eddie Shin, Flowsik, and Nicky Lee (along with producer Jae Chong) have touched on all corners of the world, and the United States is next.
Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB), the record label home to Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj recently signed AZIATIX as one of their latest artists in 2013. They are currently working on their new album set to come out early this year with multiple Grammy award-winning producer RedOne and many other musical virtuosos in the industry. Producer Jeff Panzer, who currently oversees Cash Money Records music videos and worked with infamous artists such as The Rolling Stones, Lil Wayne and Brian McKnight, etc. will also be working with AZIATIX for their upcoming music video.
The Korean-American collective started when the three came together after having forged separate careers. Despite only working as a group for the past year, their movements have been monumental.
Eddie Shin became a phenomenon in Korea back in 2005 when his self-produced album Just My Way hit the ground running. The R&B-meets-KPop singer/songwriter has been writing songs since he was 16. Born in Boston, but raised in Korea, Eddie developed a multi-cultural understanding of music early on, one that has echoed throughout his entire career. Having studied music at NYU, Eddie Shin has even written and composed for other artists, while crafting the theme song “Let’s Go” for Korea’s G20 Summit. Flowsik earned his stripes on the New York City battlegrounds as an MC with the gruff voice yet stellar delivery. Mentored by none other than Ice-T, the Queens rapper even had the rap veteran on his track “Hate”. While navigating the city street music scene, Flowsik took his talents abroad, where K-Pop acceptance ran rampant, having Flow drop bars on songs from K-Pop acts like JYJ. As his U.S. Hip-Hop fan base swells, his lyricism only gets better and better. Nicky Lee has his roots in Los Angeles, but has earned undeniable achievements in the Korean market. The R&B/Soul singer became a fixture in the Asian music scene, having released five solo albums and won “Best Male Singer” in 2007 at the Mandarin Pop Music Awards known as the Golden Melody Awards. And golden melody he has, as Nicky provides a soulful touch to AZIATIX.
The glue that holds the group together is Jae Chong. The production guru had similar beginnings as AZIATIX, having started in the R&B group Solid. The group sold over four million albums; known as the first Korean R&B act to break the million albums sold mark. Jae composes scores for TV and film, while producing for other famed Korean acts like Coco Lee, Kim Gun Mo, Shin Seung Hoon, Stanley Huang, and Nicky Lee as a solo artist. The two met when Nicky was singing in church as a teenager.
With four power players and loads of talent, AZIATIX are geared for a worldwide takeover. Just shy of two years together, and their accomplishments are endless. They were the first Asian-American group featured on AOL, while MySpace, Windows Media, and MSN homepages all featured them as well. They won the “Best New Asian Artist Group” at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards just a couple months after their debut. Their YouTube page broke records with the most subscriptions (over 800,000) by a group, and their self-titled debut EP reached #4 on iTunes R&B charts. AZIATIX’s latest album “Awakening” also hit #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul charts in Korea, Japan and the U.S. immediately upon release.
AZIATIX are on the road to superstardom, and this is just the beginning. With YMCMB, AZIATIX is getting ready to set the stage worldwide once again in 2013.
Jae Chong (Producer)
His musical career started in the 90′s as producer of local underground LA rap groups – Baby G, The Funky Few, and Soul Selection. Following his success with the pop group sensation LA Boyz, Jae’s reputation extended towards Asia where he became the writer, producer and member of R&B group SOLID, who sold 4 million+ records. Jae’s success led him to produce for international Asian superstars like Coco Lee, Kim Gun Mo, Shin Seung Hoon, Stanley Huang, and Nicky Lee. In addition, he produced the JYJ’s 1st album, raising his worldwide fame.
Born in Boston, MA, Eddie’s family moved to Korea at the age of 10. Most of his writing is based on R&B, mixing it with his experiences performing in Asia. Eddie has been writing songs since age 16. He made his debut in Korea with his self- produced album “Just My Way,” which became a hit in the local Korean music scene in 2005. After producing his own mini-album “Love 20″ in 2006, he contributed to OSTs for many Korean dramas as well as composing, writing and producing for other K-pop artists’, establishing himself as a promising singer-songwriter.
Rapper “Flowsik” – Born and raised in Queens, NY, Flowsik is no stranger in the local underground Hip-Hop scene. His talents are recognized by many in the circle including Hip-Hop pioneer Ice-T whom he recorded with for the song “Hate”. Flowsik started composing when he was 15 and has always looked up to some of the greatest in rap music like Tupac, whose depth and ability to express his thoughts freely through his music has always served as an inspiration to Flowsik.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Nicky is recognized as an accomplished R&B/Soul Mandarin male vocalist with five solo albums released. After years in the Asian music industry, Nicky earned the title of “Best Male Artist” at the Golden Melody Awards in 2007, in the Mandarin speaking market of billions. His songs have been used in the movie “Forbidden Kingdom” that starred international actors Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Nicky is also developing his acting career, and appeared in the movie “Mulan.”