|Distributor(s)||In Japan:Avex Group, Sony Music Entertainment Japan, King Records, Tokuma Japan Communications, Pony Canyon
In Europe:Gan-Shin, CLJ Records, Universal Music Group
|Genre||Rock, punk, metal|
|Country of origin||Japan|
Free-Will (フリーウィル?) is a Japanese independent record label founded in 1986 by Color vocalist Hiroshi "Dynamite Tommy" Tomioka, with branches predominantly in Japan and the United States, as well as previously in Europe. It also continues to co-manage many of its artists after they have signed recording contracts with a major record label. Free Will along with Extasy Records are credited with helping to spread the visual kei movement. Free-Will also produced the 2001 anime adaptation of the long running manga series Grappler Baki.
The company operates several sub-divisions, some of them for a single band or purpose only. For example, Firewall Div. solely handles material which is released in collaboration with Sony Music.
Under Sony Music
- Back Coat - 12012
- Firewall Div. – Dir en grey, Merry
- Lizard – Kagerou
- PS Company – The Gazette, ViViD
Under King Records
- PS Company – Kra, formerly managed Kagrra
- Indie PSC – Born
- S'Cube – Baroque, Eile de Mu, Puppet Mammy, Ruvie, Tokyo Michael, Cooky
Under Tokuma Japan Communications
Under Pony Canyon
- PS Company – SuG
Under Avex Group
- ism – Kannivalism
Bands or Solo artists managed directly
- Billy & The Sluts
- Dir En Grey
- Genkaku Allergy
- Gilles de Rais
- Red Tail Cat
- Rentrer en Soi
- Sea Monkey
On September 14, 2007, the label's founder Hiroshi "Dynamite Tommy" Tomioka was arrested, along with fellow Free-Will official Kazunori Murasaki and Koichi Kaku, a former employee of the Asatsu-DK advertising agency. The trio is accused of defrauding Asatsu-DK of 324 million yen (approximately US$ 2.8 million) by placing false orders for materials for Dir en grey. Kaku has since confessed to the charges, while Tomioka denied any involvement.
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