J (musician)

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J
Ryuichi & J 2013.jpg
J (left) performing with Luna Sea in Singapore 2013
Background information
Birth name Jun Onose (小野瀬 潤?)
Also known as J
Born (1970-08-12) August 12, 1970 (age 44)
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, progressive rock, post-grunge, punk rock, hard rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels Universal,
Avex Group/Blowgrow
Associated acts Luna Sea, Zilch, M*A*S*S
Website j-wumf.com
Notable instruments
ESP J-TVB-V -Fire Red-

Jun Onose (小野瀬 潤 Onose Jun?, born on August 12, 1970 in Hadano, Kanagawa), known exclusively by his stage name J, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known as bassist and co-founder of the rock band Luna Sea. After the group disbanded in 2000 he focused on his solo career, for which he performs lead vocals and bass. He has recently rejoined Luna Sea as they reunited in August 2010.

Since 1997, J has had prominent names in the music industry playing either on his albums, as his backing band, or showing up as guests at some of his concerts including Raymond Watts (PIG), Ray McVeigh (Zilch), Takashi Fujita (Doom), Scott Garrett, Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury (all three from The Cult), Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), Duff McKagan and Slash (both from Velvet Revolver), Franz Stahl (Scream) and Youjeen (Cherry Filter).

Biography[edit]

During middle school through high school J became good friends with Inoran, and in 1986 they formed a band called Lunacy.[1] In 1991, they changed their name to Luna Sea and released their first album. They went on to become very successful, having sold more than 10 million certified units in Japan, and are considered one of the most influential bands in the visual kei movement.

In 1993, J teamed up with Inoran and X Japan guitarist hide to form the group M*A*S*S.[2] Their only material released was the song "Frozen Bug" on the sampler Dance 2 Noise 004 (the song would later be remixed by hide and put on his debut solo album Hide Your Face). J signed with Universal Music Group in 1997 and put out his first single called "Burn Out" on June 25, which contained a cover of the Blondie hit song "Call Me". His debut album Pyromania was released on July 24 and reached number 9 on the Oricon chart.

In 1999, he remixed Zilch's song "Electric Cucumber" for their remix album, Bastard Eyes. J later performed and toured with Zilch in 2001.[3]

J did some arranging, writing and composing work on Youjeen's albums and singles released 2001-2002, together with Franz Stahl. In 2002, he played bass on the track "I Hate You" for Tomoyasu Hotei's album Scorpio Rising.[3] Hotei later remixed J's song "Perfect World" for the "Go Crazy" single.

J participated in the making of Seo Taiji's 2004 album 7th Issue, by playing bass.[3] Since November 9, 2005, starting with the "Break" single, J has been signed to Blowgrow a division of Avex Group. J covered Buck-Tick's song "Iconoclasm" for their tribute album, Parade -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick-, which was released on December 21, 2005. Later on September 8, 2007, he performed at "Buck-Tick Fest 2007 on Parade", the finale of the tour for the album.[3]

In 2006, he played bass in a collaboration with other musicians the song "Pursuit", under the name Aggressive Dogs Death Note Allstars "N-Crew", on the Death Note manga's tribute album, Death Note Tribute.[3]

On December 24, 2007, J reunited with Luna Sea for their concert God Bless You ~One Night Dejavu~ at the Tokyo Dome.[4] The band would reunite and perform again at the hide memorial summit on May 4, 2008, along with X Japan, Oblivion Dust, T.M.Revolution, and many more.

In 2008, J played bass on five songs for, Aion leader, Izumi's death metal band The Braincase's self-titled debut album.[5] In the 1980s J was a roadie for Aion. In April 2009, J made the announcement, in his fan club issued Pyro Magazine Vol.21, that he had gotten married.

In August 2010, he appeared with the other members of Luna Sea at a press conference in Hong Kong, where they officially announced their reunion and their 20th Anniversary World Tour Reboot -to the New Moon-.[6]

To celebrate his 14 year anniversary as a solo artist, J released the self cover album Fourteen -The Best of Ignitions- in January 2011. March 8, was the debut of Pink Spider, a musical based on and featuring hide's music, which J performed a supporting role in.[7] The production ran from March 8 to the 27 at the Tokyo Globe Theater and was then brought to Fukuoka, Kobe, Nagoya, Niigata, Sendai, and Sapporo in April.[8] From May 5 to 9, J held five consecutive concerts at Shibuya-AX titled J 14th Anniversary Special Live Set Fire Get Higher -Fire Higher 2011-, each day with different bands such as Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, Nothing's Carved in Stone, Avengers in Sci-Fi, Pay Money to My Pain and The Hiatus.[9]

On August 10, 2013, J began a series of concerts titled Tokyo 10 Days!! - 5 Months a Blaze -, which had him performing two consecutive nights in five locations, in five months.[10] This is in addition to his nationwide tour J Live Tour 2013 - Believe in Yourself - from August 24 to October 27, 2013, which included 11 shows in 10 different cities. The band also participated at the year's Rock in Japan Festival and Monster Bash.[10] J released his ninth studio album, Freedom No.9. on October 23.[11] His former support guitarist masasucks appears on the album, as does drummer Masuo Arimatsu from Back Drop Bomb.[11] The album was released on vinyl on April 19, 2014 for Record Store Day.[12]

Support band[edit]

Former members

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Pyromania (July 24, 1997), Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: #9[13]
  • Blood Muzik (December 27, 2001) #34[13]
  • Unstoppable Drive (November 27, 2002) #18[13]
  • Red Room (May 19, 2004) #24[13]
  • Glaring Sun (December 7, 2005) #39[13]
  • Urge (March 14, 2007) #39[13]
  • Ride (April 23, 2008) #36[13]
  • On Fire (March 21, 2012) #24[13]
  • Freedom No.9 (October 23, 2013) #31[13]
EPs
  • Igniter #081 (July 18, 2002)
  • Crack Tracks (August 21, 2002) #28[13]
  • Go with the Devil -Crack Tracks II- (July 9, 2003) #26[13]
  • Stars From The Broken Night (August 5, 2009) #20[13]
  • Here Comes Nameless Sunrise (December 16, 2009) #36[13]
Live albums
  • The Live -All of Urge- (December 19, 2007) #62[13]
Compilation albums
  • Blast List -The Best of- (December 22, 2004) #43[13]
  • Fourteen -The Best of Ignitions- (January 26, 2011, self-cover) #28[13]
Singles
  • "Burn Out" (June 25, 1997), Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: #6[14]
  • "But You Said I'm Useless" (October 22, 1997) #31[14]
  • "Perfect World" (July 25, 2001) #19[14]
  • "Go Crazy" (March 20, 2002) #23[14]
  • "Feel Your Blaze" (October 30, 2002) #17[14]
  • "Nowhere" (April 14, 2004) #18[14]
  • "Get Ready" (July 6, 2005) #32[14]
  • "Break" (November 9, 2005) #22[14]
  • "Fly Away/Squall" (July 12, 2006) #43[14]
  • "Twister" (February 7, 2007) #24[14]
  • "Walk Along ~Infinite Mix~" (August 22, 2007) #42[14]
  • "Reckless" (March 19, 2008) #31[14]
Home videos
  • Pyromania Tour'97 ~Crime Scene~ (VHS: October 22, 1997, DVD: December 18, 2002)
  • Film The Blood Muzik 80min. Riot (June 26, 2002), Oricon DVDs Chart Peak Position: #34[15]
  • The Judgment Day -2003.1.4. Live at Budokan- (March 26, 2003) #51[15]
  • Blast List -The Clips- (December 22, 2004) #158[15]
  • Crazy Crazy ~Live & Document~ (March 26, 2006) #59[15]
  • Crazy Crazy II ~Road on Flames~ (December 6, 2006) #48[15]
  • Live And Let Ride (April 2009)
  • Crazy Crazy III -With The Unfading Fire- (March 17, 2010) #49[15]
  • -Complete Clips- (November 13, 2012) #220[15]
  • Crazy Crazy IV -The Flaming Freedom- (March 26, 2014) #147[15]

With Luna Sea[edit]

Main article: Luna Sea discography

Other work[edit]

  • M*A*S*S; Dance 2 Noise (1993) - "Frozen Bug"
  • Nav Katze; Out (1994) - bass on "Arabian Night" (アラビアの夜?)
  • hide; Hide Your Face (1994) - composer (as part of M*A*S*S) on "Frozen Bug '93 (Diggers Version)"
  • Zilch; Bastard Eyes (1999) - remixed "Electric Kyōdai Jingi Cucumber" (ELECTRIC 兄弟仁義 CUCUMBER?)
  • Zilch; "Charlie's Children" (2001) - bass on track 3
  • Zilch; Skyjin (2001) - bass on tracks 1-3, 5, 8, 11 & 13
  • Youjeen; "Hey Jerks" (2001) - arrangement & bass on all tracks; lyricist on tracks #1 & 3; composer on track #2
  • Youjeen; "Someday" (2001) - arrangement, bass, guitar, lyricist and composer on all tracks
  • Youjeen; The Doll (2001) - arrangement & bass on all tracks except #12; guitar on tracks #1, 4, 6, 8-11; lyricist on all tracks except #4, 10, & 12; composer on all tracks except #2, 3, 5, 7 & 12
  • Youjeen; "Beautiful Days" (2001) - arrangement & bass on all tracks; lyricist on tracks #1 & 2; composer & guitar on tracks # 1 & 3
  • Tomoyasu Hotei; Scorpio Rising (2002) - bass on "I Hate You"
  • Dice; One (2003) - producer
  • Seo Taiji; 7th Issue (2004) - bass
  • Various artists; Parade -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick- (2005) - "Iconoclasm"
  • Various artists; Death Note Tribute (2006) - "Pursuit"
  • The Braincase; The Braincase (2008) - bass on tracks #3, 4, 7, 9 & 11
  • Aggressive Dogs; Aoki Garou (蒼き餓狼?) (2009) - bass on "Seize the Light"
  • Various artists; Ma Waga (真我?) (2009) - bass on "Aoki Garou" (蒼き餓狼-Aoki Garou-?)
  • Various artists; Jack Rocks (2010) - "Miss Dizzy"
  • Tokyo Girls' Style; "Get The Star / Last Forever" (2013) - composer on tracks 1 & 2
  • Various artists; hide Tribute VII -Rock Spirits- (2013) - "Flame"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LUNA SEA: God Bless You". JRock Revolution. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  2. ^ "The Men of LUNA SEA: A Closer Look". JRock Revolution. 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Biography". j-wumf.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ "「いつかどこかの空の下でまた会おう」LUNA SEA復活ライヴで意味深発言". Barks.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  5. ^ "The Braincase". tsutaya.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  6. ^ "LUNA SEA海外ツアー開催!12月には東京ドーム2DAYS公演". natalie.mu (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  7. ^ "hide musical "Pink Spider" in the works". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Minamisawa Nao to star in rock musical, "Pink Spider"". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  9. ^ "J Celebrating 14th Anniversary with 5 Days at SHIBUYA-AX!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  10. ^ a b "J Begins Their National Tour! Also Announces Participation in Summer Festival". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Details on J's New Album". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  12. ^ "J will release his first vinyl album on RECORD STORE DAY 2014". barks.jp. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Jのアルバム売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Jのシングル売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "JのDVD売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-01-22. 

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