Daisuke Asakura

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Daisuke Asakura
Native name 浅倉 大介
Also known as DA, Dai-chan, Scorpion
Born (1967-11-04) November 4, 1967 (age 47)
Origin Japan
Genres J-pop, electronica, synth-pop
Occupation(s) Keyboardist, producer, songwriter, Musician
Instruments Synthesizer, piano
Years active 1990–present
Labels Darwin Records (private label)
Sony Music Japan
Associated acts Access, Iceman, T.M. Revolution, TM Network, Kenichi Ito, Mad Soldiers, Kinya Kotani
Website www.danet.ne.jp
Notable instruments
Keyboard, synthesizer, keytar, piano

Daisuke Asakura (浅倉 大介 Asakura Daisuke?, born November 4, 1967) is a Japanese pop artist, songwriter and producer who is known for his compositional work and mastery of the keyboard synthesizer.

Career[edit]

Asakura's childhood consisted of piano and electronic organ lessons, though he was expected to follow the family trade of plumbing. He started working with Yamaha keyboards and synthesizers in his early teens.

Asakura began his career with a job at Yamaha right after finishing high school. While at Yamaha, Asakura worked on the EOS[disambiguation needed] synthesizer; he was also featured in its instructional video. His talent was discovered by Tetsuya Komuro of TM Network and Asakura was pulled from Yamaha to work under Komuro as his protégé. Subsequently, Asakura played the bass synthesizer during TM Network's 1990-91 Rhythm Red tour. Also in 1990, Asakura met the vocalist Hiroyuki Takami and featured him in some of his solo work. The two eventually formed Access (or "AXS") in 1992, after Asakura broke away from TM Network.[1] He and Takami went on to achieve notorious success before splitting up in 1995.

The breakup of Access left Asakura open to pursue different projects that included composing and producing songs for new artists; one of the most successful acts he created was J-pop idol Takanori Nishikawa under the title of T.M.Revolution (also known as "TMR"). In the middle of 1996, Asakura started a three-man unit titled Iceman which brought Kenichi Ito (guitar) and Michihiro Kuroda (vocals) to the spotlight. After a few years, Iceman ended activity due to conflict between Kuroda and Asakura.

During and after his years with Iceman Asakura built his wealth and reputation as a composer taking after his idol and teacher, Tetsuya Komuro. He produced singles and albums for various J-Pop vocalists. He was also the featured music composer for the anime series Gravitation. Examples of Asakura's past projects includes vocalists such as Yosuke Sakanoue, Kinya Kotani, Daichi Kuroda, Akiko Hinagata, Yuki Kimura, FayRay, Takashi Fujii and groups such as, Onapetz, Pool Bit Boys, Lazy Knack, Run&Gun and The Seeker. He also composed songs for artists such as the visual-kei J-rock band, Shazna. Most of the above listed, as well as a group of school boys under the name D.A.N.K., were included in a project called Cherry Garden.

In 1999, Asakura and Takanori Nishikawa formed their own official two-man unit, The End of Genesis T.M.Revolution Turbo Type D (or "TMR-e", for short). They produced three singles and one album together, with Asakura performing alongside Nishikawa and appearing in their music videos. The project was officially ended in April 2000 when Nishikawa reverted to his original stage name of T.M.Revolution. Asakura is still TMR's primary songwriter.

In 2001, Asakura produced his first solo album in five years and worked with Iceman guitarist Kenichi Ito in Mad Soldiers; a sort of comedic spin-off from Iceman in which both men's "sinister" alter egos "Scorpion" (Asakura) and "Snake" (Ito) produced music for Kinya Kotani, amongst others, and performed officially unrecorded cover versions of famous songs such as "Lemon Tea" by Sheena & The Rokkets and "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran. The name of Asakura's alter ego is a reference to his zodiac sign, Scorpio.

In 2002, he reunited with Hiroyuki Takami and reformed access.

Asakura went off on a solo project in 2004 titled "Quantum Mechanics Rainbow", in which he released multiple CDs for a year, and each CD title referenced both a color and math property. The project featured multiple live performances and subsequent DVD releases. In 2006–2007, Asakura produced two singles for new J-pop idol Kimeru, hit the road with TM Network for 2007's TMN Tribute tour and created new songs for the newest version of the popular dance-step game, Dance Dance Revolution. In November 2007, access released a memory/discography book, alongside highly coveted access plushies, to commemorate their 15th anniversary. As of 2012, access is currently celebrating their 20th anniversary. In 2008, Asakura embarked on a new solo project entitled "DA Metaverse ~100 Songs for 1000 Days," in which he would release 100 new songs over the course of 1000 days exclusively through iTunes. The project was launched on June 25, 2008. In 2009 he composed and produced the soundtrack for the anime adaptation of Chrome Shelled Regios. Also in 2009, Asakura composed and arranged the soundtrack for a musical rendition of Goodbye Charlie in which Hiroyuki Takami played one of the lead roles.

Asakura has worked with J-pop artists such as Daisy x Daisy (for the opening theme song to Chrome Shelled Regios), ON/OFF, and May'n as a composer and/or producer. He is also currently featured as an MC/performer for the event concert series, "Girl's Factory", alongside Mayu Watanabe of AKB48 and various guest artists. Since 2006, Asakura has been a member of the Domoto Bros. Band on the music TV series Shin Domoto Kyodai ("New Domoto Brothers"), hosted by the duo of KinKi Kids, as a keyboardist. Asakura formed a group with other musicians from the show's band in 2009 called "Sugar and the Honey Tones", and they have produced one album.

Asakura is featured in his own radio talk show, Neo Age Circuit, which airs every Saturday at 11pm (JST) on FM Nack5 79.5. His official fanclub, "Smile", was temporarily the official fanclub for access until their breakup in 1995. It is still active in relation to Asakura's activities today.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Cosmic Runaway (1 February 1995)
  • Siren's Melody (10 May 1995)
  • Black or White? (25 May 1995)
  • Rainy Heart - Doshaburi no Omoide no Naka (10 June 1995)

DA Metaverse[edit]

  • Dream Ape Metaverse (25 June 2008)
  • Repli Eye-Program"d (25 June 2008)
  • Nothung Syndrome (25 June 2008)
  • Ya・Ti・Ma (30 July 2008)
  • Sonic Cruise (24 September 2008)
  • So・U・Shu・Tsu - mould (12 November 2008)
  • Fall Fear (12 November 2008)
  • Leaf Fall (12 November 2008)
  • The Transmuters (19 November 2008)
  • 創出 (Soushutsu) (19 November 2008)
  • Kiss For Salome (19 November 2008)
  • Chimera Draft (26 November 2008)
  • Star Cascade (26 November 2008)
  • Gate I (26 November 2008)
  • X-Night (17 December 2008)
  • Der Rattenfänger Von Hameln (7 January 2009)
  • Fractal Vibe (25 February 2009)
  • St.Electric (4 March 2009)
  • 'Blanca' (29 April 2009)
  • Rip (10 June 2009)
  • Prime Diffusion (17 June 2009)
  • Sphere Valley (24 June 2009)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1 July 2009)
  • YaTa-Raven Chronicle (2 December 2009)
  • Space Closer (16 December 2009)

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • DA's Best Works '91-'95 (24 June 1998)
  • DecAde: The Best of Daisuke Asakura (21 November 2001) (1 July 2002)
  • D・Collection: The Best Works of Daisuke Asakura (19 July 2007)
  • DA METAVERSE I + II (8 March 2013)

Soundtrack albums[edit]

  • Daiva (4 November 1992)
  • Gravitation (Anime OST)
  • Koukaku no Regios : Sound Restoration
  • Koukaku no Regios : Sound Restoration 2

Remix albums[edit]

  • Sequence Virus 2003 (20 December 2003)
  • Sequence Virus 2004 (14 August 2004)
  • Sequence Virus 2005 (17 October 2005)
  • Sequence Virus 2006 (23 December 2006)
  • Sequence Virus 2007-2008 (25 July 2008)
  • Sequence Virus 2009

DVD[edit]

  • 21st Fortune Complete Box (19 September 2002)
  • 21st Fortune DVD (20 November 2002)
  • Daisuke Asakura Live Tour'04 Cultivate Meme: About Quantum Mechanics Rainbow (4 March 2005)
  • Daisuke Asukara Quantum Mechanics Rainbow (17 October 2005)
  • Drive Meme-over Quantum Mechanics Rainbow- (20 March 2006)
  • D-Clips

Tour[edit]

  • Electric Romance (14 December 1995) to (9 January 1996)
  • Quantum Mechanics Rainbow (2004-2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "Biography: Daisuke Asakura". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 

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