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|Labels||Mind Shift Music/Euntalk ltd.
Universal Music/Primary Color Records
|Past members||Lafa Taylor|
Jesse, the vocalist from Rize, named the band, the members of which did their own songwriting, arranging, and production. Def Tech had the 3rd best-selling album in Japan in 2005 and performed at Live8 in Tokyo in July of that year.
As posted on the their webpage in September 2007: Def Tech dispersed, citing different opinions on music direction as the cause for the split. Again, according to their web site, the band reunited in June 2010.
- Shen (b. Shenan Brown. on May 9, 1981 in the People's Republic of China) - grew up in Hawaii. He visited Japan many times growing up because of his father's job (J.D. Brown is a well-known applied linguist). Shen is bilingual in both English and Japanese.
- Micro (b. Yuki Nishimiya (西宮佑騎 Nishimiya Yūki?) August 28, 1980) - originally from Ōta, Tokyo. A Hosei University graduate, née created a label, Primary Color Recordz, under Universal Music in February 2007.
Def Tech in popular culture
The band's 2006 album, Catch the Wave, includes the title track that was used in trailers for the 2006 film Catch a Wave (キャッチ・ア・ウェーブ),. Micro played the part of a surfer, using his real name Yuki Nishimiya in the film.
- Def Tech (1,964,000 copies sold)
- Lokahi Lani (698,000 copies sold)
- "1×2" (Limited Edition) - Only on iTunes
- Canción de la expansión - Only on iTunes on September 3, 2005.
- Catch The Wave (3rd album) (1,225,757 copies sold)
- いのり feat. Sakura (Inori feat. Sakura)
- Mind Shift (4th album)
- UP (5th album)
- 24/7 (6th album)
List of Def Tech music videos
From Def Tech
- "My Way" (2004)
- "High on Life" (2005)
From Lokahi Lani
- "Lokahi Lani" (2005)
- "Konomama" reintroducing Rize (2005)
From Catch The Wave
- "Catch The Wave" (2006)
- "いのり (Inori)" feat. Sakura (2006)
- "Lift Up" feat. Lafa Taylor (2006) (Live Promotion Video)
From Mind Shift
- "The Come Back" (2010)
- Rize introducing Def Tech - "Vibration"
- Dan feat. Shen of Def Tech - "Jump Around"
- Yuna Ito feat. Micro of Def Tech - Mahaloha
- Def Tech feat Jamosa - "Lokahi Lani"
Awards and nominations
- J-WAVE Tokio Hot 100 Awards - Best Song - "My Way" (Winner)
- J-WAVE Tokio Hot 100 Awards - Best New Artist (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group Video - "Konomama" reintroducing Rize (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best New Artist Video - "Konomama" reintroducing Rize
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Album of the Year - Catch the Wave