Mika Horiuchi

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Mika Horiuchi
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Background information
Born (1986-04-22) April 22, 1986 (age 31)
Origin Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • agent
  • hair stylist
  • designer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesizer
  • trumpet
Years active 2001–present
Labels Epitaph, Metal Blade
Associated acts

Mika Horiuchi (born April 22, 1986)[1] is a Japanese-American musician. He is known as the bassist for the bands Cellador, Falling in Reverse,[2] and Rob the Cartel. He is currently the bassist for the band NOISE.

In mid-2008, Horiuchi released his own clothing line titled Aizou Clothing.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mika Kazuo Horiuchi was born on April 22, 1986 in Seattle, Washington.[4]

At 9 years old, Horiuchi learned to play guitar. He started playing the guitar and the trumpet and took part in classical music and jazz bands.[5] As a teenager, Horiuchi learned to play bass, forming his first band in 2001, at age 16.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Cellador (2007–2009)[edit]

Horiuchi in concert with Cellador in 2008

Horiuchi joined the band Cellador in early 2007. His first show with the group was in his hometown, Nebraska, alongside the band Unearth.[citation needed] In April, the band was called to join the tour of the band All That Remains headlining tour; after that, Horiuchi became the permanent bass guitarist.[citation needed] Horiuchi left the band in mid-2009 and was replaced by James Pickett in 2011.[citation needed]

Starstruck for Stereo (2010–2012)[edit]

Horiuchi started an acoustic, pop, alternative rock, indie rock, and experimental rock solo career, known as "Starstruck for Stereo". Horiuchi released a demo on his MySpace page on January 22, 2011 called LOVE-U.[6] In this project, Horiuchi sings and plays guitar, bass guitar, percussion, piano and more.[citation needed] Horiuchi had released a few songs for SFS throughout 2010 and 2011; when questioned by fans through his Facebook page about whether he would continue with the project, he responded, "...starstruck for stereo is just a time killer..."[7]

On the 13th November, Horiuchi posted lyrics for an upcoming Starstruck for Stereo song, indicating that he was continuing with SFS.[8]

Falling in Reverse (2011–2012)[edit]

In place of the founder and bass guitarist, Nason Schoeffler, Horiuchi joined the band Falling in Reverse, in late April 2011.[citation needed] Nason left the band due to prioritize his project Me Myself Alive, in which he was a bass guitarist. Shortly afterwards the band released its debut album, The Drug In Me Is You, on July 26. Horiuchi is listed as a bass guitarist in the credits, but did not compose or participate in the studio; however, he did participate in video clips and appear in the music videos.[9] The band went on tour, and confirmed its integration into the Warped Tour annually.[10] In January 2012, the band announced Mika Horiuchi's departure.[11][12][13][14]

Rob the Cartel (2012)[edit]

During late 2012, Ahmad Alkurabi's (A Smile from the Trenches member) was searching for a new bassist for his band Rob the Cartel. A few days later, the band announced via its Facebook page that Horiuchi was in the band. Currently the band is touring and have plans to release a new EP.[citation needed] On the 22nd October, Ahmad announced that Rob the Cartel had disbanded due to Stason, Andrew, Mika, and Tommy leaving to form the band NOISE.[15] Despite this, Ahmad decided to recruit members for RTC again, one of whom was former Black Veil Brides guitarist Chris "Hollywood" Bluser.[citation needed]

NOISE (2012–2013)[edit]

On the 22nd October, RTC had split, leaving all the members but Ahmad to form a band called NOISE.[16][17] The band announced its plans to release a debut album and its first single soon afterward.[18] The band released a studio teaser for its song "My Sanity" on the 27th of November.[citation needed] The band released a second single called "One You Plus Three Who's Your Lover", on the 25th January 2013.[19] The band stated its plans to reside in New York.[20]

Deadbeat Diary (2013–present)[edit]

As of mid-2013, NOISE was supposedly disbanded when all the websites for the band were deleted, including the Facebook page.[citation needed]

Horiuchi later joined the band Deadbeat Diary alongside Joel Faviere (formerly of Get Scared) and Stephen Krypel.[21] They released 2 singles in 2013 titled "Born To Hate You" and "Hell To Pay", the latter of which was produced by Faviere.[citation needed] The band later disbanded, and "Born To Hate You" ended up being the last song on Joel Faviere's latest release Dark Days.[22]

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