Masami Tsuchiya

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Masami Tsuchiya
GenresAvant-garde, pop
InstrumentsGuitars, violin
Years active1979–present
LabelsEpic, Epic/Sony, BMG
Associated actsIppu-Do
WebsiteOfficial Website (Japanese)

Masami Tsuchiya (土屋 昌巳, Tsuchiya Masami) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and musician, coming to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and guitarist in the group Ippu-Do. His subsequent output includes solo work and collaborations. Tsuchiya has worked with artists as diverse as English new wave rockers Japan and Bill Nelson, Japanese electronica composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Duran Duran side-project Arcadia, and Japanese rock band Buck-Tick.

In March 2008, Tsuchiya formed the rock band Vitamin-Q along with Kazuhiko Kato, Gota Yashiki, Rei Ohara and Anza. However, after Kato's suicide on October 17, 2009, the fate of the group is uncertain.

In June 2010, following news of former collaborator Mick Karn's (former Japan bassist) cancer diagnosis, Tsuchiya reunited with former bandmates Gota Yashiki, Vivian Hsu, and Masahide Sakuma (of Japanese new wave group Plastics) and recorded two songs for a proposed September 2010 release to raise funds for Karn and his family.[1] The musicians had recorded together as The d.e.p. in the early 2000s, releasing the album "Shinkei Stop" in 2001.[2]

In April 2017, Tsuchiya married his cat 'Holmes' in a small ceremony at Fujikyu Highlands resort.


Solo and collaborations[edit]

  • (1982) Rice Music - album
  • (1983) Alone - book with flex disc records
  • (1985) Tokyo Ballet - album
  • (1986) Life In Mirrors - album
  • (1988) Horizon - album
  • (1989) Time Passenger - album
  • (1998) Forest People - album
  • (2013) Swan Dive - EP [3]


Other work[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Shinkei Stop - d.e.p. | Credits". AllMusic. 2001-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. ^ a b "Masami Tsuchiya Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  4. ^ "::Metropolis Tokyo :: CD REVIEWS". Retrieved 2014-08-21.