Koji Nakamura

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Koji Nakamura
Also known as Nakako, NYANTORA, iLL
Origin Towada, Aomori, Japan
Genres Rock
Years active 1995–Current
Labels Ki/oon Records

Koji Nakamura (中村 弘二, Nakamura Kōji, born September 28, 1977 in Towada, Aomori) is a Japanese musician who is most famous for being the lead singer/songwriter in the Japanese band Supercar.[1] His music style in general involves drone-like guitar riffs and mixed in raw electronica. He presently records music under the names iLL and Nakamura Koji, and also participates in a band called Lama.

Musician history[edit]

Originating from Aomori Prefecture, Nakamura was convinced by his friend, Junji Ishiwatari to follow up on an advertisement posted in a local magazine by Miki Furukawa looking for fellow musicians. After Kōdai Tazawa, a middle school acquaintance of Nakamura and Junji, joined in as the drummer, the band Supercar was formed. For 10 years (1995–2005) Supercar dished out several different indie styled songs, eventually leading in a more electronic direction.[1]

In 1999, Nakamura started an electronic solo project entitled Nyantora. his project was done at the same time Supercar began to release electronica themed albums, such as Futurama and Highvision.[2]

In 2005, Supercar broke up because the members decided to go off in different musical directions. Nakamura began recording under the name iLL in 2006. iLL's musical style is similar to Supercar's latter style in many aspects. The band hasn't gone into a completely electronic direction like Supercar's Highvision era, but aims for a more zoning style of music.[3]

Globally, Nakamura's music is known for being used in the anime Eureka Seven, its spin-off film, the film Ping Pong, the anime Viper's Creed, the anime No. 6 and the anime Un Go.[4][5]

In 2011, Nakamura and former supercar bandmate Miki Furukawa formed the band called Lama. Lama jump-started their formation with a single entitled Spell which has been used as an opening theme for the anime No.6. He also serves as the composer for the anime series Eureka Seven: AO.

In April 2014 he released a new solo album, "Masterpeace", under his own name.

Solo discography[edit]

As Nyantora[edit]

  • 99-00 (May 9, 2001)
  • COSMOS (April 2, 2003)
  • Yoru o Wasurenai/97-03 (夜を忘れなさい/97-03, January 27, 2006)
  • Fade In Fade Out (この作品はフェードインフェードアウトで構成されています 音があらわれては消えるの繰り返しただそれだけ, Kono Sakuhin wa Fēdo In Fēdo Auto de Kōsei Sareteimasu, Oto ga Arawarete wa Kieru no Kurikaeshi tada Soredake, December 1, 2009)
  • White E.P. (May 18, 2011)
  • High Strangeness (September 23, 2013)

As iLL[edit]

  • Sound by iLL (May 31, 2006)
  • Dead Wonderland (March 5, 2007)
  • Dawn ~ Yoake (Dawn~夜明け, February 21, 2007) with Yuji Katsui
  • Rock Album (August 6, 2008)
  • Force (August 26, 2009)
  • (June 23, 2010) - Collaboration & Remix album
  • iLL the WorLd (September 7, 2010) - American compilation album
  • Minimal Maximum (October 13, 2010)
  • Call My Name (May 20, 2007)
  • R.O.C.K. (January 28, 2009)
  • Kiss (May 27, 2009)
  • Deadly Lovely (September 29, 2009)
  • iLLusion by iLL (April 4, 2007)

As Koji Nakamura[edit]

  • Eureka Seven AO Original Soundtrack 1 (June 27, 2012)
  • Eureka Seven AO Original Soundtrack 2 (November 28, 2012)
  • Masterpeace (April 30, 2014)


  1. ^ a b [1]. (The official sony records site which gives information about the band Supercar) Retrieved on December 18, 2009.
  2. ^ [2]. (News on Nyantora's release) Retrieved on December 18, 2009.
  3. ^ [3]. (The profile of Nakamura on the official iLL site.) Retrieved on December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ [4]. (Google Products listing of the Eureka 7 Soundtrack.) Retrieved on December 18, 2009.
  5. ^ [5]. (discogs.com listing of the Ping Pong Original Soundtrack.) Retrieved on December 18, 2009.

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