Def Tech

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Def Tech
Origin Japan
Genres Pop, reggae
Years active 2005 (2005)-2007
2010 (2010)-present
Labels Mind Shift Music/Euntalk ltd.
Universal Music/Primary Color Records
Website deftech.jp
Members Shen, Micro
Past members Lafa Taylor

Def Tech is a Japanese pop band signed to Mind Shift Music, an independent label.

Career[edit]

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.

Band's break-up[edit]

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.[1]

Members[edit]

  • Shen (b. Shenan Brown.[2] 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[edit]

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),[citation needed]. Micro played the part of a surfer, using his real name Yuki Nishimiya in the film.

The PlayStation drumming simulation game Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人) Vol. 6 includes the Def Tech track "My Way", from the band's self-titled 2005 album[citation needed].

Discography[edit]

  • 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)

Music videos[edit]

List of Def Tech music videos[edit]

From Def Tech[edit]

  • "My Way" (2004)
  • "High on Life" (2005)

From Lokahi Lani[edit]

  • "Lokahi Lani" (2005)
  • "Konomama" reintroducing Rize (2005)

From Catch The Wave[edit]

  • "Catch The Wave" (2006)
  • "いのり (Inori)" feat. Sakura (2006)
  • "Lift Up" feat. Lafa Taylor (2006) (Live Promotion Video)

From Mind Shift[edit]

  • "The Come Back" (2010)

Collaborations[edit]

  • 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[edit]

2005

2006

2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ Def Tech gets back together, Thu, June 3, 2010
  2. ^ "Musician Shenan Brown '99". Iolani School website. 15 September 2006. 

External links[edit]