|Birth name||桜井 敦司|
|Born||March 7, 1966|
|Origin||Fujioka, Gunma, Japan|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, saxophone|
|Labels||Victor, Cutting Edge|
|Associated acts||Buck-Tick, Schwein, The Mortal|
Atsushi Sakurai (櫻井 敦司 Sakurai Atsushi?, born March 7, 1966 in Fujioka, Gunma) is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter. He has been the vocalist of the rock band Buck-Tick since 1985, previously being their drummer from 1983. He released the solo album Ai no Wakusei in 2004 and was also a member of Schwein alongside Hisashi Imai (Buck-Tick), Sascha Konietzko (KMFDM) and Raymond Watts. In 2015, he formed a solo project called The Mortal.
Originally Atsushi was the drummer for Buck-Tick. When the members graduated high school and moved to Tokyo, Atsushi was the only one left in Gunma. He then asked Toll Yagami if he could be the singer for his band SP, but was declined. Ironically, he ended up switching to vocalist of Buck-Tick, after the band fired Araki, and Toll became their drummer.
His last name was originally written with the first kanji as "桜" ("sakura"), but when his mother died in 1990 he changed it to "櫻", the older version. He also wrote "Long Distance Call" about his mother's death. He married Buck-Tick's stylist in 1991, but divorced a year later. They have one child. He married again in 2004.
Throughout Buck-Tick's long career, he has written the most lyrics to their songs. He also performs on Der Zibet's Shishunki II and Kaikoteki Mirai - Nostalgic Future, Issay's Flowers, PIG's Wrecked, Masami Tsuchiya's Mori no Hito ~Forest People~ and Chiaki Kuriyama's Circus.
In 2004, Atsushi released his first solo album Ai no Wakusei (愛の惑星?, "Planet of Love"), which featured tracks written by musicians such as Wayne Hussey (The Sisters of Mercy), J. G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Cube Juice, My Way My Love, Raymond Watts, Cloudchair (Jake of Guniw Tools), Masami Tsuchiya, and the remake of a 1992 song where he collaborated with Clan of Xymox.
In 2015, he announced the formation of his second solo project, a band called The Mortal. The group consists of guitarist Jake Cloudchair, guitarist Yukio Murata (My Way My Love), bassist Ken Miyo (M-Age) and drummer Takahito Akiyama (Downy). The mini album Spirit was released on October 14 and they played a three date tour in November. The full-length album I am Mortal was released on November 11, 2015.
- "Sacrifice" (May 26, 2004), Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: #25
- "Taiji/Smell" (胎児/SMELL?, "Embryo/Smell") July 21, 2004 #22
- "Wakusei -Rebirth-" (惑星-Rebirth-?, "Planet -Rebirth-") February 23, 2005 #62
- Longinus (August 25, 2004, short film), Oricon DVDs Chart Peak Position: #16
- -Explosion- Ai no Wakusei Live 2004 (-EXPLOSION -愛の惑星Live2004?, December 16, 2004) #47
- With The Mortal
- With Buck-Tick
- Yasou (夜想?, "Nocturne") July 14, 2004
- Sacrifice (July 20, 2004)
- LOVE ME, Yasue Matsuura, Takao Nakagawa; Shinko Music Publishing Company, Ltd. 1989. ISBN 4-401-61275-2.
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- "BUCK-TICK and Theatre Brook Participating in Kuriyama Chiaki's New Album". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
- "Sakurai Atsushi JaME Profile". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
- "Longinus". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
- "BUCK-TICK櫻井ソロプロジェクトTHE MORTAL、10月に音源リリース". Natalie. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
- 櫻井敦司のシングル売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- 櫻井敦司のアルバム売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- "櫻井敦司のDVD売り上げランキング". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- THE MORTALのアルバム売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-02-28.