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Koichi Fukuda during the Operation Annihilation tour October 2007.
July 1, 1975 |
|Genres||Industrial metal, nu metal, alternative metal|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records7, Reprise Records|
|Associated acts||Bellusira, Static-X, Otep, Revolve, Drugstore Fanatics|
Koichi Fukuda (born July 1, 1975 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician, best known as the former lead guitarist, programmer, and keyboardist for the industrial metal band Static-X. He was the former lead guitarist from Drugstore Fanatics.  Fukuda also was the former guitarist of Bellusira.
He was present on Static-X's debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip, but left the band prior to the recording of their second album, Machine, citing personal problems due to excessive touring. However, he did still contribute keyboards to the record. He rejoined Static-X after the firing of their then-current guitarist, Tripp Eisen, at the end of the recording process of the 2005 album Start a War, and was present to record their fifth album, Cannibal.
Between his stints in Static-X, he formed another, less aggressive band called Revolve. Drawing comparisons to Tool and Pink Floyd, they were very successful locally and played several concerts in and around the Los Angeles, California area. They released several demos as free downloads on their website, and released one EP containing several reworked versions of previously released demos, as well as a few new tracks.
On Fukuda's rejoining into the band, frontman Wayne Static said:
|“||We invited [Fukuda] back to do some programming on the record (Start a War). Then Tripp got arrested ... My first thought was let's ask Koichi if he wants to rejoin. I just crossed my fingers and, lucky for us, he said yes. Koichi was with us back in the club days here in Los Angeles, played on our first record, Wisconsin Death Trip, and did the first two years of touring with the band. He's been in the studio with us since October working on the new record and this feels like a very natural transition.||”|
Fukuda also contributed to Wednesday 13's 2011 Remix EP, "Re-Animated". The tracks from the EP were re-released as part of Disc 4 for Wednesday's "Dead Meat: 10 Years of Blood, Feathers & Lipstick" box set under the Disc title: "Re-Animated Resurrected". The disc also featured extra remixes by Koichi.
In 2015, Fukuda was in the Australian rock band Bellusira, working out of Los Angeles.
- ESP Guitars and Ibanez Guitars (particularly favoring the RGR models, with reverse headstock)
- Fernandes Monterey Deluxe and Revolver Elite Ltd.
- EMG 60AX, 81X, 89X, SAX, EXG, and SPC pickups and tone controls
- Seymour Duncan Distortion and Custom bridge pickups, with a Cool Rails in the neck position. 
- Hughes & Kettner Switchblade heads.
- Digitech GSP-1101 effects unit. 
- Electro-Voice digital wireless system. (the same one Wayne Static used) 
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-  Archived March 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.