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|Native name||スガ シカオ|
July 28, 1966 |
Hino, Tokyo, Japan
|Genres||J-pop, pop rock, funk rock, soul, smooth jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer, radio personality, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass|
Augusta/BMG Japan/Ariola Japan
|Associated acts||Fukumimi, Kokua|
|Website||Shikao Suga Official Website|
Shikao Suga (スガ シカオ Suga Shikao, born July 28, 1966) is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter from Tokyo known for writing the theme songs for several anime, movies and commercial ads. His name is 菅 止戈男. Suga (菅) is his family name and Shikao (止戈男) is his given name. He uses the katakana (スガ Suga シカオ Shikao) equivalent of his name as his professional name.
Prior to career
He went to Kosei Gakuen Male High School (佼成学園中学校・高等学校) in Suginami, Tokyo, where he saw his interest in music start to grow.
Beginning and major debut
By 1993 he had set his mind on becoming a musician. He already had a number of lyrics written. But, by that time, his age was something that didn't help. Most Japanese singers start their careers in their teens. Suga was in his late twenties. He decided to give it a try and, after struggling for someone to pick him, he made his first indie single, "0101", which he released using his birth name in kanji.
After 2 years struggling to have a major recording label, he was signed up by Office Augusta. His debut single "Hit Chart o Kakenukero" (ヒットチャートをかけぬけろ) opened up a world of possibilities. His EP album Clover, released in 1997, shows his J-Pop music has jazz, funk and soul influence. His work in Office Augusta began displaying his name in katakana, which continues today.
Rise as an artist
Yozora no Mukō, the song he wrote the lyrics to, and was sung by SMAP, has appeared in several Japanese music textbooks. Both SMAP's "Yozora no Mukō" (1998) and KAT-TUN's Real Face (2006) either debuted at or reached quickly the top spot in the Oricon charts, and sold over 1 million units each, making the name of Shikao Suga known all around the country
Several of his songs have been used in anime television series and live action dramas and movies adapted from manga. Honey and Clover included songs from his album "Clover", like Hachigatsu no Serenade, Tsuki to Knife and Yubikiri. He also did the theme songs to the XXXHOLiC anime series, including its movie xxxHOLiC: Manatsu no Yoru no Yume (Sanagi ~theme from xxxHOLiC the movie~), its first TV series season (Jūkyū-sai), and from xxxHOLiC Kei, its second season (Nobody Knows). The song Manatsu no Yoru no Yume has appeared in the first Death Note live action movie as an insert song. Also, his song Yūdachi was used as the closing theme for the movie Boogiepop and Others, and as the opening theme for the 2000 anime series Boogiepop Phantom. Hajimari no Hi was used as the first opening theme to Letter Bee. After a year and three months, he released the opening for the Letter Bee sequel, Yakusoku. Sofa was the song used in xxxHOLiC: Shunmuki in February 17, 2009. In February 2013, xxxHOLiC drama started on WOWOW, and Suga Shikao's Aitai was used as its opening theme song.
Anime had opened for him the world, since the series were being seen in all the continents.
His songs have also been included in non-manga movies, like "Dark Water" ("Aozora") and "Sweet Little lies" ("Ame agari no asa ni"), as well as countless of TV ads, like those of insurance agency Sony Sompo, and some car brands and housing businesses.
In 2009 he made his first trip overseas, to London. It was to be the first time he appeared before a non-japanese audience.
December 2017 he made his first trip within Asia, visiting Singapore on the 8th and Taiwan on the 17th, under the tour named "Suga Shikao Asia Circuit 2017". On the 26th of December he ends the tour in the city of Tokyo. 
Influences and work with artists
He is a big admirer of the work of other artists, and he is admired by them in return.
This has been proven with the ladies from CLAMP, who have even made the images for "Anayuru" MV. Anayuru was made in manga style, with the characters from XXXHOLiC in it.
He also loves writer Haruki Murakami's books, and the writer being admirer of Suga's music, to the degree to have included by name the songwriter's song "Bakudan Juice" in his novel "After Dark".
He is involved in the poster campaign for Chica Umino's seinen manga series, March Comes in Like a Lion with Anne Watanabe.. His song "Kizashi" was used in the commercial ad for the manga, and has even appeared in it, as requested by Umino herself.
Shikao Suga not only writes and sings songs. He is also a music producer, DJ, and radio personality. His radio stint began shortly after his debut. In 1997 he headed FM NORTHWAVE's "スガシカオのヒットチャートをかけぬけろ" (Suga Shikao no Hitto Chaato wo Kakenukero"). From October 3, 2005, until March 27, 2006, he was hosting a radio program called Night Stories Monday on J-Wave radio station, which was downloadable as a podcast.. Other stations where he worked at are BayFM and FM802.
He still appears sometimes as guest "navigator".
In 2017 he celebrates 20 years of career with a musical festival that he has named "Sugafes", which had the participation of renowned artists like Dohatsuten, Pornografitti and Mr. Children, among others. The festival was organized by him and Atsushi Shikano, producer of the Viva La Rock festival, as well as editorial manager for the publishing house that distributes Musica magazine.
He has provided work to other artists:
- Kyoko: Ijimete Mitai (music, lyrics), Happy Birthday (music, lyrics)
- Smap: Koko ni Iru Koto (music, lyrics, arrangement), Yozora no Mukō (lyrics), Ringo Juice (lyrics)
- Chisato Moritaka: Tanpopo no Tane (music, arrangement), Mahiru no Hoshi (music)
- KAT-TUN: Real Face (lyrics)
- Arashi: Aozora Pedal (music, lyrics)
- Kamenashi Kazuya: Ai ni Tsuite (music, lyrics)
- JUJU: "Hoshizukiyo" (music, lyrics)
- Sayaka Yamamoto: "Melody" (music, lyrics)
- Little Glee Monster: "Hikaru kakera" (music, lyrics)
He was a member of Fukumimi, a band formed by artists from the same label (Office Augusta); it consisted of Shikao Suga, Masayoshi Yamazaki, Kyoko (杏子), and later on Chitose Hajime, COIL, Araki Yuko (mi-gu), Sukima Switch and others.
In 2006 he was part of a group of singers all born in 1966. The unit was called Roots 66. And they had a special event called [ROOTS 66 DON'T TRUST OVER 40] on the 2nd of April.. Ten years later, in 2016, they reunited again for an event called [ROOTS 66 -Naughty50-]. In 2017, they lent their voices for the ending theme of the second season of the anime Osomatsu san, called レッツゴー!ムッツゴー!～6色の虹～ ("Let's go! Muttsu go! ~ Rokushoku no niji").
In 2006 he was involved in another group, Kokua, for which he has served as vocalist and songwriter. In 2016, the members reunited for their 1st official album and tour.
- Clover (September 7, 1997)
- Family (June 24, 1998)
- Sweet (September 8, 1999)
- 4Flusher (October 25, 2000)
- Smile (May 7, 2003)
- Time (November 17, 2004)
- Parade (September 6, 2006)
- FUNKAHOLiC (September 10, 2008)
- FUNKASTiC (May 12, 2010)
- Acoustic Soul (January 15, 2014)
- The Last (January 20, 2016)
- 0101 (1995)
Live, compilation & best albums
- Sugarless (October 3, 2001)
- The Best Hits of Live Recordings -Thank You- (November 5, 2003)
- All Singles Best (January 24, 2007)
- All Lives Best (October 10, 2007)
- Sugarless II (August 10, 2011)
- Best Hit Suga Shikao ~ 1997 - 2002 (Universal) (February 27, 2013)
- Best Hit Suga Shikao ~ 2003 - 2011 (Sony) (February 27, 2013)
- Live Bootleg (February 23, 2015)
- The Best (-1997 - 2011 -) (January 20, 2016)
- Live Bootleg: The Last (September 10, 2016)
- "Hit Chart o Kakenukero" (ヒットチャートをかけぬけろ) (February 26, 1997)
- "Ōgon no Tsuki" (黄金の月) (May 28, 1997)
- "Dokidoki Shichau" (ドキドキしちゃう) (July 30, 1997)
- "Ai ni Tsuite" (愛について) (November 21, 1997)
- "Story" (ストーリー) (May 27, 1998)
- "Bokutachi no Hibi" (ぼくたちの日々) (November 18, 1998)
- "Yoake Mae" (夜明けまえ) (June 23, 1999)
- "Amai Kajitsu" (あまい果実) (August 18, 1999)
- "Spirit" (SPIRIT) (August 2, 2000)
- "Affair" (AFFAIR) (October 12, 2000)
- "Hachigatsu no Serenade" (8月のセレナーデ) (August 1, 2001)
- "Aozora/Cloudy" (青空／Cloudy) (January 17, 2002)
- "Asymmetry" (アシンメトリー) (May 29, 2002)
- "Sayonara/Kimagure" (サヨナラ/気まぐれ) (February 26, 2003)
- "Himitsu" (秘密) (May 12, 2004)
- "Climax" (クライマックス) (August 25, 2004)
- "Hikari no Kawa" (光の川) (October 27, 2004)
- "Kiseki/Natsukage/Sanagi" (奇跡/夏陰/サナギ) (August 10, 2005)
- "Jūkyū-sai" (19才) (April 26, 2006)
- "Manatsu no Yoru no Yume" (真夏の夜のユメ) (June 21, 2006)
- "Gogo no Parade" (午後のパレード) (September 6, 2006)
- "Phonoscope" (フォノスコープ) (June 13, 2007)
- "Nobody Knows" (NOBODY KNOWS) (May 14, 2008)
- "Kono Yubi Tomare" (コノユビトマレ) (September 3, 2008)
- "Party People" (July 15, 2009) #7 . 1st week sales - 14,639 . Total sales - 17,326
- "Hajimari no Hi feat. Mummy-D" (はじまりの日 feat. Mummy-D) (November 25, 2009)
- "Ame Agari no Asa ni" (雨あがりの朝に) (March 17, 2010) Digital single
- "Sayonara Homerun" (サヨナラホームラン) (April 28, 2010)
- "Yakusoku" (約束) (February 23, 2011)
- "Re:you" (June 27, 2012)
- "Festival" (October 25, 2012)
- "Aitai" (アイタイ) (April 10, 2013)
- "Miagete goran yoru no hoshi wo feat. Daniel Ho" (見上げてごらん夜の星を feat. Daniel Ho) (March 10, 2013) Charity Relief song
- "Akai mi" (赤い実) (September 18, 2013)
- "Akai mi remix" (赤い実 remix) (December 04, 2013)
- "Life" (July 5, 2014)
- "Monaural Sekai" (モノラルセカイ) (October 22, 2014)
- "Anata hitori dake shiawase ni naru koto wa yurusarenai no yo ~ Anayuru" (あなたひとりだけ 幸せになることは 許されないのよ ~ あなゆる) (December 7, 2015
- "Ame nochi hare" (雨ノチ晴レ) (May 6, 2017)
- "Happy Strike" (ハッピーストライク) (May 6, 2017)
- "Twilight Twilight" (トワイライト★トワイライト) (Dec 26, 2017)
- +731 (February 26, 2002)
- 1095 (February 26, 2002)
- 20 Music Clips of Suga Shikao (May 12, 2004)
- Shikao & The Family Sugar ~FAN-KEY PARADE07~ in Nippon Budokan (Shikao & The Family Sugar ~FAN-KEY PARADE '07~ in 日本武道館) (June 13, 2007)
- Jounetsu Tairiku x Suga Shikao (情熱大陸 x スガシカオ) (July 25, 2008) Documentary
- Suga Shikao FKT-Meeting ~Haru no Utage~ (スガシカオ FKT-Meeting ~春の宴~) (Fan Club Only)
- The Best Music Clips of Suga Shikao 2004-2011 (August 10, 2011)
- Live DVD "Japan - UK circuit 2009 - 2010" (March 21, 2012)
- The Last ~ Encore ~ Live Tour 2016 at Toyosu Pit) (October 21, 2016)
- Boogiepop wa Warawanai: Boogiepop and Others. IMDb.com, Inc. Accessed March 26, 2008.
- "スガシカオ、12月に初のアジアツアー開催 - 音楽ナタリー". 音楽ナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-12-20.
- 3月のライオン ｜ 白泉社 (in Japanese). Young Animal/Hakusensha. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
- Night Stories Monday (Shikao Suga). (in Japanese) J-Wave, Inc. Accessed March 25, 2008.
- WOWOW's Plage Drama official page (in Japanese) Accessed May 25, 2017.
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- Shikao Suga official website (in Japanese) (Office Augusta)
- Shikao Suga official website (in Japanese) (Universal Music)
- Shikao Suga official website (in Japanese) (BMG Japan)
- Shikao Suga official website (in Japanese) (Speedstar Records)
- WOWOW's Plage Drama official page (in Japanese) (WOWOW's Plage Drama)