Keiichi Suzuki (composer)

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Keiichi Suzuki
Native name 鈴木 慶一
Born (1951-08-28) August 28, 1951 (age 62)
Tokyo, Japan
Origin Japan
Occupations Composer, lyricist, actor
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts The Beatniks, Hachimitsu Pie, Hirokazu Tanaka, Keiichi Sokabe, Moonriders, Three Blind Moses, Yukihiro Takahashi
Website keiichisuzuki.com

Keiichi Suzuki (鈴木 慶一 Suzuki Keiichi?, born August 28, 1951) is a Japanese composer, performer, and singer-songwriter. He is perhaps best known to English-speaking audiences for his music for the Super Nintendo game EarthBound, which has been released on several soundtracks.

Suzuki's true notoriety comes from his work with the long-lived Moonriders, a group which became one of Japan's most innovative rock bands. Recently, he has also composed scores for a number of films, including The Blind Swordsman: Zatōichi, Tokyo Godfathers, Higuchinsky's Uzumaki, Hiroshi Shimizu's Chicken Heart, as well as Kitano's more recent Outrage and Beyond Outrage films.

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Suzuki was born in Tokyo, Japan. In the early 1970s, he became involved with the Japanese band Hachimitsu Pie, who released one album in 1973. Later in the 1970s, Suzuki functioned as the occasional-leader and regular singer of the Moonriders—the group's first album was in fact credited to "Keiichi Suzuki and the Moonriders"—which also included his brother Hirofumi. Suzuki will also be familiar to fans of the Yellow Magic Orchestra for his various collaborations with Yukihiro Takahashi, most notably on the material credited to The Beatniks. He was also a member of the trio Three Blind Moses.

As an actor, Suzuki appeared in 1980 film; Body Drop Asphalt; Shunji Iwai's Swallowtail Butterfly and Love Letter; and other films from the late '90s and early 2000s.[1]

In America, Keiichi Suzuki is known for his eccentric music style that is best embodied in his most famous work, the music for the SNES game EarthBound ("Mother 2" in Japan). He also worked with Hip Tanaka on its NES predecessor, Mother. A few years after EarthBound, Suzuki provided the music for the audio game, Real Sound: Kaze no Regret.

His song "Satellite Serenade" was remixed by The Orb and was later featured on Sasha & Digweed's Northern Exposure and The Orb's Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty compilation.

In February 2008, Suzuki released a new solo album Captain Hate & First Mate Love in collaboration with another Keiichi, Keiichi Sokabe, touring together in late spring 2008. The follow-up Pirate Radio Seasick appeared in 2009, and the third part In Retrospect in January 2011.

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