Rize (band)

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OriginShimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan
Years active1997–present
Associated acts
MembersJesse McFaddin
Kaneko Nobuaki
Past membersTokie
Nakao Yoshihiro

Rize (stylized as RIZE) is a Japanese alternative metal band formed in 1997, debuting in 2000 and currently signed with Warner Music Japan. The band currently consists of Jesse McFaddin (lead vocals/guitar), KenKen (bass), and Kaneko Nobuaki (drums). Their music style is a mix of nu metal, alternative rock, punk rock, hard rock and even some reggae flavor.[3] Their song "ZERO" from Experience album has been featured on Coca-Cola commercial in Japan and Asian countries.


1997–2000: Formation & debut[edit]

Rize formed in 1997 with members JESSE, Kaneko Nobuaki and TOKIE. They started performing live concerts in the Shimokitazawa. In 2000, they performed at the 10th Kitazawa Music Festival and, after having been signed to Epic Records Japan, released their debut single "Kaminari". They followed up their debut in November with the hit single "Why I'm Me", with an album being released the same month. However, original member TOKIE left after the album's release, with u:zo joining as the new bassist and Nakao Yoshihiro coming in for guitar.

2001–2006: First nationwide tour and tour outside Japan[edit]

The following year proved to be a busy one for Rize. In April, JESSE and Kaneko Nobuaki became radio personalities for the program All Night Nippon until September. They also performed again at the Kitazawa Music Festival in July, as well as the Rock in Japan Festival, Arabaki Rock Fest and Summer Sonic Festival '01 in August. The band's collaboration with Zeebra, "I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO", became the theme song for FM Festival. They followed it up with a tour in December called 4City (there were four performances).

In May 2002, Rize appeared on the stage @ MTV Japan event with Oasis, Jay-Z, etc., in September Rize participated in the South Korean field festival 2002Etpfes at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. The event was the largest field festival in history, with over 30,000 people in attendance. In July 2003, they moved to Los Angeles to tour with Kottonmouth Kings and Phunk Junkeez. In 2005, JESSE formed their own label "Tensaibaka Records". And in July, Rize could successfully perform on the stage of "Live 8" as the opening act, a world-renowned event broadcast in 7 other countries. Their powerful performance was highly praised and left a big impression with the international music community.

In November 2005, Bassist u:zo left, KenKen (brother of Kaneko Nobuaki) replacing him. KenKen was made an official member of the band in April 2006. Their first Oricon appearance happened with the release of "Pink Spider" in November 2006, debuting at No. 8.


On the top of the successful performance at "Live 8", in 2007 Rize was invited to perform at "Live Earth" appearing on the stage with Linkin Park, etc., an acclaimed charity live founded by producer Kevin Wall, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where again Rize’s outstanding performance brought them international fame. In same year 2007, Rize released their fifth album Alterna. In October 2007, they released their latest single, "LADY LOVE". Rize released K.O., their sixth full-length album, in April 2008. The following month saw the band performing at the hide Memorial Summit, at which they performed their rendition of Pink Spider in tribute. On May 20, the band announced through their official site that Yoshihiro Nakao would be parting ways from Rize, citing creative differences as the main factor in his decision. However, the remaining members were determined to carry on activities as a trio. In June Rize went on their 2008 "T.K.O. Tour" that consisted of 29 shows and in November released a live DVD of the tour "T.K.O.".

In 2010, Jesse paved the road for Rize to release their 7th album Experience. A majority of the tracks from this album were masterminded and produced by Jesse, enabling him to get huge attentions as not only an artist and musician, as a music producer. "Zero," the iconic song of this album, was picked up by Coca-Cola and lead to the collaboration commercial with Hide Nakata / former famous soccer player and Coca-Cola Zero, which is still being aired across a large part of Asia.

In July 2011, Rize released their 10th debut anniversary, band history and live DVD titled PIECE.

In 2012, Rize transferred to Warner Music.[5]

On July 20, 2019, it was announced that members Jesse and KenKen had been arrested because they had been in violation of the Cannabis Control Law. [6]

Jesse's solo project[edit]

Jesse’s passion, desire and multi-musical "Gift" forced him to venture away from Rock and start up his Hip-Hop unit E.D.O., a diversity group of rappers and artist made up of some of Jesse’s old high school buddies. E.D.O. has puts out numerous single and their first full album Revolvers was big hit among the Japanese Hip-Hop community. In couple of years, members of E.D.O. have ventured off on their own to start solo projects that have brought much attention to Jesse and his Hip-Hop unit. One project in particular that has received spotlight from underground music critics is Jesse’s own E.D.O solo project THE BONEZ. A mixture of Jesse’s favorite music genres, rock, hip-hop, and electro, THE BONEZ has put out 6 singles, with each having a different music concept from the previous.

Through E.D.O, Jesse was also able to express and expand his talents as a film director with his self-produced music video "Revolvers." His camera work, use of colors and fast-edgy scene changes receive much attention from film and video critics.

Another source of recognition that Jesse has received respect for is his role in introducing the Japanese music community to the well-acclaimed duo, Def Tech. With many major labels turning away their heads to the young and fresh pair, in 2001 Jesse decided to take Micro and Shen under his wings and mold them into the multi-platinum artists that they are today. Not only did Jesse create the road to success for Def Tech but he also played a key role as their producer for their first album and helped Def Tech write the hit song "My Way". In 2005, Jesse has launched his own label Tensaibaka Records, where Def Tech, Rize, and E.D.O. have released a majority of their work.

With much under his belt as a successful musician, artist and producer, Jesse has also become one of Japan's leading icon in fashion with his original clothing line S&Co’s and clothing shop Takenaka Sound Shop located in his hometown of Togoshi. S&Co’s has become a popular brand amongst celebrities, with big names such as Hayato Ichihara being one of its many loyal customers and fans. Starting in May 2010, led by Jesse, Bring the Hope Project was established. This project is a form of Jesse’s manifest to spread the message of "Hope" through music and free live performances. The first Bring the Hope Project Live took place on May 4, 2010, in which many artists and fans gathered to commend in a charity-live to raise hope and awareness for our past, present and future.

Goals / motivation[edit]

Their "natural vibe" for world music stage has surely been expanding along their music career, because Jesse & Rize has always been targeting to the glove. And finally, Jesse has just fixed his mind for fully entering into world, due that Rize made 10th anniversary in 2010, heading for next 10 years towards the globe from 2011. But on the top of it, they are highly motivated for trying to become "Interactive Hub" between east and west through "their power of music to activate & encourage Japanese people & world when they faced with Tohoku disaster, navigating Jesse to this decision naturally with his double blood & culture."

Rize Music DNA[edit]

Rize, all 3 members are born and raised with "real, professional" music environments on the backgrounds as all of their fathers were in the legendary 3 pieces band called "Pink Cloud" which played from 1979–1994, making a huge impact in Japanese rock scenes and influenced the modern bands.

The singers of Rize are Jesse McFaddin in English and Sorato Takenaka in Japanese. Takenaka's father is Char, a guitarist who pioneered "a musician’s musician type of genuine rock", while having a prominent music career including collaborations with various types of top ranked artists, such as; Steve Lukather, Stevie Salas, Richie Kotzen, Paul Jackson, Jeff Beck, Micky Moody, Brian Setzer, Jeff Porcaro, and David Paich, etc.

Rize rhythm section, N.K on Dr. and KenKen on Bass who are brothers having legendary female rock vocalist, Mari Kaneko = famously known as "Japanese Janis Joplin" as mother + established rock drummer, Johnny as father, so Rize have been cultivating their own unique "Alternative" rock sounds & presence distinctively different from other rock bands in Japanese rock scene from their start.

Band members[edit]

Current members
In addition to singer/rapper, guitarist, he is also proven career as music producer/composer, plus as "Fashion Icon" among youngsters appeared on Sony CM + Vans sponsored their 2009 Live Tour, etc. His father is Japanese musician Char.[7]
  • KenKen — bass (2006–present)
He is a recognized session bass player in various kind of collaborations with famous artists including performing @ Muzikmesse.
  • Kaneko "NK" Nobuaki — drums (1997–present)
He is only signature drummer in Japan by Pearl.
Former members
  • Tokie — bass (1997–2001)
  • U:zo — bass (2001–2005)
  • Nakao Yoshihiro — guitar (2001–2008)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[8]
2000 Rookey
  • Released: November 22, 2000
2001 Foreplay
  • Released: December 5, 2001
2002 Natural Vibes
  • Released: November 27, 2002
2005 Spit & Yell
  • Released: July 6, 2005
2007 Alterna
  • Released: February 21, 2007
2008 K.O.
  • Released: April 16, 2008
2010 Experience
  • Released: June 23, 2010
  • Released: September 6, 2017


Year Title Oricon chart[9]
1998 "Project from the East Tokyo"
2000 "Kaminari"
"Why I'm Me" 10
2001 "Name"
"Light Your Fire"
"Dream Catcher"
2002 "02/One"
2003 "Vibration" (introducing Def Tech)
"Gun Shot"
2006 "Pink Spider" 8
2007 "Kami/Heiwa"
"Lady Love" 22
2008 "Live or Die" 32
2009 "Zero" 25
2010 "Laugh It Out" 14
2012 "Local Defense Organization" 37
2017 "Silver" 15

Internet/ Digital releases[edit]

Year Title
2007 "Heiwa"
  • Released: February 7, 2007
  • Released: February 7, 2007
2014 "Lovehate"
  • Released: October 1, 2014
2015 "Party House"
  • Released: July 24, 2015
2016 "One Shot"
  • Released: October 26, 2016

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[8]
2005 Kakumei (YamaArashi vs. Rize)
  • Released: February 23, 2005
Fuck'n Best
  • Released: March 24, 2005
2013 Fet Best
  • Released: June 26, 2013


Year Information Oricon chart[10]
2001 Fresh Blend
  • Released: April 25, 2001
2002 Fuck'n Live
  • Released: November 7, 2002
2005 Lost Clips
  • Released: March 24, 2005
2007 Alterna Live
  • Released: October 10, 2007
2008 T.K.O.
  • Released: November 5, 2008
2011 Piece
  • Released: July 20, 2011
2018 RIZE Tour 2017 "RIZE IS BACK" Live in Budokan (2017.12.20)
  • Released: March 28, 2018

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
2000 "Kaminari" Epic Visual
"Why I'm Me"
"Music" James Leung
2001 "Name" Takimoto Noborukoi
"Light Your Fire" Usuihiroshi
"Dream Catcher" Takahashi Eiki
"Nihontou" Unknown
2002 "One" Higuchinsky
"02" Inoue Yasuo
2003 "Vibration" (introducing Def Tech)
"Gun Shot" Masaaki Uchino
"G・I・C・O・D・E" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'GICODE']) Unknown
2005 "ALL STAR" Unknown
"Youth II Youth" Nishigōri Isao
"Owtkast" Shiga Takumi
"Stand Up" Takashi Inoue & Yukiko Ichimura
2006 "Pink Spider" Shuichi Tan
"Blacklist" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'E.D.O.']) Unknown
2007 "Kami" Electronik
"Heiwa" Hiroki Tange
"Lady Love" Sudō Kanji
"You Don't Know" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'E.D.O.']) Unknown
"Revolvers" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'E.D.O.']) Unknown
2008 "Live or Die" Electronik
"カミヒコウキ meets Char" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'E.D.O.']) Unknown
2009 "Zero" Josh Taft
"Home Sweet Home" (feat. AI & JAMOSA) (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'GICODE']) Unknown
"Tell Me Why" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'Kaikigesshoku']) Unknown
"ALLCLEAR" (Jesse [from 'RIZE' with 'Kaikigesshoku']) Unknown
"Lies & Monkey" (Kaneko [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
"Orca" (Kaneko [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
2010 "Laugh It Out" (feat. Yamato) Ugichin
"Muppet" Yoshinari Fuse
2012 "Local Defense Organization" Ugichin
"Access Violation" (Jesse [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
"Bossman" (feat. DOGMA) (Jesse [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
2013 "Thread & Needle" (Jesse & Nakao [from 'RIZE' with 'The BONEZ']) Unknown
"Place of Fire" (Jesse & Nakao [from 'RIZE' with 'The BONEZ']) Unknown
"Zenith" (Jesse & Nakao [from 'RIZE' with 'The BONEZ']) Unknown
2014 "Lovehate" Unknown
"Historia" (Kaneko [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
2015 "Ray" (Jesse & Nakao [from 'RIZE' with 'The BONEZ']) Unknown
"Party House" Unknown
2016 "To a person that may save someone" (Jesse & Nakao [from 'RIZE' with 'The BONEZ']) Unknown
"Take Me Home" (Kaneko [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
"Firebird - Special Exhibition with enra -" (Kaneko [from 'RIZE']) Unknown
2017 "Silver" Unknown
"One Shot" Unknown
"Good Day" Unknown
"TKC" Unknown
"Thunderbolt Came Back" Unknown

Awards and nominations[edit]

Japan Gold Disc Award
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 RIZE New Artist of the Year Won
Space Shower Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 "02" Best Directive Shooting Video Won
Space Shower Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 RIZE Best Punk/Loud Rock Artist Nominee


  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "Rize – Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ Hernon, Matthew (2 October 2015). "Nobuaki Kaneko heads in darker direction on 'Lobo' and rises to the occasion". The Japan Times. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b Cage & Christine (January 1, 2014). "RIZE Biography". JaME USA. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "RIZE Biography". Sync Music Japan. January 1, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  5. ^ RIZE on Warner Music Japan.
  6. ^ "NEWS|RIZE Official Site". July 20, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Char、息子JESSEと親子セッション披露 - Oricon Style
  8. ^ a b Oricon. RIZEのランキング
  9. ^ Oricon. RIZEのランキング
  10. ^ Oricon. RIZEのランキング

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