Rize (band)

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

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), Nobuaki Kaneko (drums), and KenKen (bass). 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 and debut[edit]

Rize formed in 1997 with members JESSE, Nobuaki Kaneko 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 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, with Nobuaki's brother KenKen replacing him. KenKen was made an official member of the band in April 2006. Their first Oricon appearance happened with a cover 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 KO, 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 Hidetoshi 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 Jesse and KenKen had both been arrested for violation of the Cannabis Control Law.[6] After a month long investigation based on a tip, police raided their homes;[7] Jesse was found in possession of 2.4 grams of marijuana and .09 grams of cocaine, while KenKen had 0.2 grams of marijuana.[8][9][10] Both pled guilty and in October 2019 both received prison sentences suspended for three years; KenKen received 6 months, while Jesse received two years.[11][12]

Jesse's solo project[edit]

Jesse started the Hip-Hop unit E.D.O., a diverse group of rappers and artists made up of some of his 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.

Jesse introduced the Japanese music community to the duo, Def Tech. With many major labels turning away their heads to the young pair, in 2001 Jesse decided to take Micro and Shen under his wing 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.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Jesse McFaddin – vocals, guitar (1997–present)
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.[13]
He is only signature drummer in Japan by Pearl.
  • Kensuke "KenKen" Kaneko – bass (2006–present)
He is a recognized session bass player in various kind of collaborations with famous artists including performing @ Muzikmesse. He is Nobuaki's younger brother.
Former members
  • Tokie – bass (1997–2001)
  • u:zo – bass (2001–2005)
  • Yoshihiro Nakao – guitar (2001–2008)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[14]
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 KO
  • Released: April 16, 2008
2010 Experience
  • Released: June 23, 2010
  • Released: September 6, 2017


Year Title Oricon chart[15]
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[14]
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[16]
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


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  7. ^ "Dragon Ash bassist KenKen and son of Char both arrested in marijuana bust". Japan Times. July 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
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  16. ^ Oricon. RIZEのランキング

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