Yasutaka Nakata

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Yasutaka Nakata
Capsule RELEASE PARTY"PLAYER", STUDIO PARTITA, 2010-03-26.jpg
Nakata (background) performing with Capsule in 2010
Background information
Native name 中田 ヤスタカ
Born (1980-02-06) February 6, 1980 (age 34)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Genres Shibuya-kei, techno, EDM, new wave, electronica, electro house,[1] complextro
Occupations DJ, record producer, composer, songwriter, mastering engineer
Instruments Keyboard, synthesizer, drums, guitar, programming, music sequencer, turntables
Years active 1997–present
Labels Contemode, Warner
Associated acts Capsule, Coltemonikha, Perfume, Meg, Ami Suzuki, SMAP, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Website www.contemode.com

Yasutaka Nakata (中田 ヤスタカ Nakata Yasutaka?, born February 6, 1980 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa) is a Japanese songwriter, music producer and DJ. He formed the group Capsule in 1997 with vocalist Toshiko Koshijima and himself as composer/producer when both were 17. They formally debuted as capsule in 2001.[2]

He has been the producer for girl group Perfume since 2003, and for solo artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu since 2011.[3] Nakata has worked with several other Japanese pop singers, including Meg, Ami Suzuki and SMAP, and has also remixed songs by other artists, including M-Flo and Leah Dizon. He runs his own label, Contemode, in association with Yamaha. After Towa Tei, he was the second Japanese artist to officially remix Kylie Minogue,[4] contributing a version of her single "Get Outta My Way". He also formed Coltemonikha with singer, model and fashion designer Kate Sakai.

On July 2012, he won the "Creator" award for the "Change Maker of the Year 2012" event.[5]

As of 9 October 2013, Nakata has yielded a total of six number-one albums, mostly under his production with Perfume (four albums and a compilation)[6] and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (one album).[7]

Works[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums listed are full-length original studio albums fully produced by Yasutaka Nakata.
Year Title Artist Record label Oricon
Weekly
chart
peak
position
2001 High Collar Girl Capsule Yamaha Music Communications
N/A
2003 Cutie Cinema Replay Contemode
232
Phony Phonic
120
2004 S.F. Sound Furniture
35
2005 Nexus-2060
59
L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer
49
2006 Fruits Clipper
29
2007 Sugarless Girl
25
Beam Meg Universal J
24
Flash Back Capsule Contemode
20
2008 Game Perfume Tokuma Japan Communications
1
Step Meg Universal J
8
More! More! More! Capsule Contemode
6
Supreme Show Ami Suzuki Avex Trax
16
2009 Beautiful Meg Universal J
10
Triangle Perfume Tokuma Japan Communications
1
2010 Player Capsule Contemode
4
Maverick Meg Universal J
20
2011 World of Fantasy Capsule Contemode
3
JPN Perfume Tokuma Japan Communications
1
2012 Stereo Worxxx Capsule Contemode
5
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Unborde/Warner Music Japan
2
2013 Nanda Collection Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
1
LEVEL3 Perfume Universal J
1
CAPS LOCK Capsule Unborde/Warner Music Japan
13

Produced artists[edit]

  • capsule (music group with vocalist Toshiko Koshijima, active since 1997 [major debut: 2001])
  • Meg (producer/lyricist/composer from 2007 to 2012)
  • Perfume (producer/lyricist/composer since 2003)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (lyricist/composer/producer since 2011)
  • Coltemonikha (music group project with vocalist Kate Sakai; active from 2006 to 2007 and 2011)
  • Ami Suzuki (producer/lyricist/composer on three singles and album Supreme Show in 2008)
  • Nagisa Cosmetic
  • Marino (lyricist/composer/arranger of two songs on her 2006 album Lolipop)
  • Sarina (composer/arranger of one song, "Cyber Girl", on her 2007 album Violin Diva: 2nd Set)
  • Aiko Kayō (composer/arranger on her 2006 single "Cosmic Cosmetics")
  • Marina Inoue (composer on her 2007 single "Beautiful Story")
  • SMAP (lyricist/composer/producer of one song, Kokoro Puzzle Rhythm, on their 2008 album Super.modern.artistic.performance, and their 2009 song "Chanto Shinai to ne")
  • Crystal Kay (lyricist/composer/producer of one song, "Step By Step", on her 2009 album Best of Crystal Kay)
  • Tackey and Tsubasa (lyricist/composer/producer of one song, "Spotlight", from mini album Trip & Treasure)
  • Minmi (lyricist/composer/producer of b-side, "Taiyō no Shita de", from the single Lalala (Ai no Uta) and "Kaze ni Nosete" from the album I LOVE)
  • Tomohisa Yamashita (lyricist/composer/producer of one song, "Baby Baby", from album Ero)
  • Scandal (writer and producer of the song "Overdrive", off the single of the same title and album "Standard")
  • Ringo Sheena (arranger of the song "Netsuai Hakkakuchū," off the album Ukina)

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perfume Interview" (in Japanese). bounce.com. 2008-02-07. Archived from the original on 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-06-02.  (English translation)
  2. ^ "An interview with Yasutaka Nakata". cnngo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "PONPONPON" Music Video w/ Art by 6%DOKIDOKI". tokyofashion.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  4. ^ "capsule-web.com". capsule-web.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  5. ^ by (2012-07-07). "Nakata Yasutaka wins "creator" award at "Change Maker of the Year 2012" event". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  6. ^ Perfumeのアルバム売り上げランキング (Oricon)
  7. ^ きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅのアルバム売り上げランキング (Oricon)

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