Static-X were a band that came from Los Angeles, California but key members grew up in Michigan (Wayne Static and Ken Jay). These two moved to LA where they linked up with the rest of the original ine-up to establish Static-X.
Their 1999 album, Wisconsin Death Trip garnered interest from their heavy industrial metal sound and gained traction with the nu metal movement in the late 1990's. This album would go platinum in the USA.
The line-up fluctuated over the years, with the only constant being founder, frontman, vocalist and guitarist Wayne Static. Koichi Fukada (guitarist) was replaced with Tripp Eisen (ex-Dope) for 2001's Machine, and Ken Jay (drummer) left after the 2003 album Shadow Zone. Then in 2004 Eisen was forced to leave the band for personal issues. Wayne Static was able to recruit Fukada back in to the band on the guitar and programming. The touring drummer Nick Oshiro also took over full-time.
The band went on hiatus in 2009 as Wayne Static worked on a solo project. The band reformed in 2012 but then officially broke up in June 2013.
Sadly on 1st November 2014 Wayne Static died from a combination of excessive prescription drugs and alcohol, although the manner of death was deemed natural.