Def Tech

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This article is about the Japanese pop band. For the Malaysian defence company, see DefTech.
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
Members Shen, Micro
Past members Lafa Taylor

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


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]


  • 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].


  • 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)

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)


  • 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]





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

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