Kavka Shishido

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Kavka Shishido
Kavka Shishido at MTV VMAJ 2014.jpg
Background information
Birth name Yuna Shishido
Born (1985-06-23) June 23, 1985 (age 32)[1]
Mexico
Origin Japan
Genres rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, drummer, spokesperson, radio personality, television personality, actress
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 2004–present
Labels Imperial Records, Justa Music
Associated acts The News, Dohzi-T
Website shishido-kavka.com

Yuna Shishido (宍戸佑名, Shishido Yūna, born June 23, 1985), known by the stage name Kavka Shishido (シシド・カフカ, Shishido Kafuka) is a Japanese drummer and vocalist. Originally a member of the rock band The News, she debuted as a solo musician in 2012 and released her debut album Kavkanize in 2013. She prominently plays the drums in all of her promotions.

Shishido was given the name Kavka for her stage name by copy editor Junpei Watanabe. Shishido always wore black, reminding him of a crow. He picked the Czech word kavka, which refers to the daurian jackdaw.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Shishido was born in Mexico in 1985 to Japanese parents. She lived there until she was two, later going to Japan for elementary school.[1] Between the ages of 13 and 14, Shishido lived in Argentina.[1] She learnt Spanish to use in her daily life, though on returning to Japan forgot it since she had nobody with whom to practice.[2] When she was 14, Shishido was inspired to take up the drums after seeing a live performance on TV. She enjoyed the idea of the drummer being an "unsung hero" of the band, after noticing the camera never focused on the drummer.[3] She was first taught the basics of drumming at 14, by Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla, a drummer and grandson of tango musician Astor Piazzolla.[2]

Shishido started performing with her own vocals at age 20.[1] In 2004, Shishido joined the all-female band The News as their third drummer.[4][5][2] In 2005, Shishido started collaborating with The High-Lows' drummer Kenji Ohshima and Uverworld producer Satoru Hiraide, and made a band called Eddy12 together.[6][7][8][9] During this period, Shishido started to perform in her signature style, performing the drums and singing simultaneously.[1]

While in Eddy12, Shishido was scouted by a record company for her to debut as a solo musician.[2] She was scouted before she started performing the drums as part of her act, but added them back in during discussions for how to set her apart from other musicians.[2] She left The News in 2009,[4] however continued to work with her Eddy12 bandmates who act as producers.[2] She debuted under Imperial Records with the digital single "Day Dream Rider" in May 2012. Since then, Shishido released three physical singles, "Aisuru Kakugo", "Music" and "Kiken na Futari". The latter was used as the opening theme song for the TV Asahi drama Doubles: Futari no Keiji.[1] Shishido released her debut album, Kavkanize, on September 4, 2013. In February 2014, Shishido held her first Japanese tour after the release of her single "Wagamama" / "Miss. Miss Me".[10]

In September, it was announced that Shishido had switched labels to the newly created Justa Music, a sub-label of Avex Group, and would star in the second series of Erika Sawajiri fashion drama First Class.[11] Her first release under the label is the song "Don't Be Love" featuring veteran singer-songwriter Kazuyoshi Saito, and will be used as the theme song of the 2015 Fuji Television drama Isha-tachi no Ren'ai Jijō.[12] This song also serves as the leading track from K5, a special extended play where Shishido will collaborate with five different musicians, released in June 2015.[13]

Other ventures[edit]

Since her debut as a musician, Shishido has worked as a runway model.[3] She has participated in the Kobe Collection 2012, Tokyo Runway in 2012 and 2013, Laforet Fashion Week 2012, and Fukuoka Asia Collection 2013. Shishido made her acting debut in the live action film adaptation of Ai Ore! in 2012. Shishido debuted as a radio personality in 2013, and has radio shows on All Night Nippon and Bay FM.[1] Shishido also became the drummer for the house band on the KinKi Kids' variety show Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai in 2013.[1] In 2014 she joined the second season of the Erika Sawajiri drama First Class, as fashion designer Namie Kawashima.[14]

Products and endorsements[edit]

Shishido starred in her first nationwide commercial for Glico's snack food Pretz, which debuted in February 2013. It features Shishido playing the drums in the Strahov Monastery library in Prague.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio album[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[16]
JPN
[17]
Kavkanize 31 6,000
Toridori (トリドリ, "Various")
  • Released: April 27, 2016 (JPN)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, digital download
TBA

Extended play[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[16]
JPN
[17]
K5
  • Released: June 27, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
29 4,000
DO_S
  • Released: February 18, 2017 (JPN)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
119 663

Singles[edit]

As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[16] Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[17]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[18][A]
"Day Dream Rider" (デイドリームライダー, Dei Dorīmu Raidā)[27] 2012 15 Kavkanize
"Aisuru Kakugo" (愛する覚悟, "Ready to Love") 59 7 2,000
"Music" 2013 87 12 2,000
"Kiken na Futari" (キケンなふたり, "Dangerous Us") 63 14 2,000
"Wagamama" (我が儘, "Selfishness") 2014 52 20 2,000 Kavkanize (Deluxe Edition)
"Miss. Miss Me" (Miss. ミスミー, Misu Misumī) [B]
"Dame Kashira?" (ダメかしら?, "Is It Bad?")[29] 76

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[17]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[A]
"Beni no Prologue" (紅のプロローグ, "Crimson Prologue")
(among And Roses)
2016 Non-album single
SYNERGY
(M-flo)
Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[18]
"Love Corrida" (ラヴコリーダ, Ravu Korīda) 2013 7 Kavkanize
"Don't Be Love"[30]
(featuring Kazuyoshi Saito)
2015 53 K5 / Toridori
"Bane no Uta" (バネのうた, "Coil Song")
(featuring Hiroto Kōmoto (The Cro-Magnons))
[C]
"Crying" 2016 Toridori
"Ashita o Narase" (明日を鳴らせ, "Ring Out Tomorrow")

Participation in albums[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Note
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[18]
"Over The Top" 2014 4 " LINDBERG TRIBUTE ~Minna no Lindberg~" (LINDBERG TRIBUTE ~みんなのリンドバーグ~, LINDBERG TRIBUTE ~Everyone's Lindberg~) LINDBERG Tribute Album
"Calling Dr. Love" 2015 15 Kiss & Maekup KISS Tribute Album

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Ai Ore! Meguri Yuasa Film, credited as "Shishido".
2014 First Class Namie Kawashima Drama, main cast.
2015 Z Island Naomi Film
2016 TOO YOUNG TO DIE! Wakakushite shinu Asura Film
2017 Hiyokko Sanae Kusaka Drama (Asadora)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Day Dream Rider",[19] "Aisuru Kakugo",[20] "Music",[21] "Kiken na Futari",[22] "Love Corrida",[23] "Wagamama",[24] "Dame Kashira?"[25] "Don't Be Love".[26]
  2. ^ Charted at number 98 on the Hot Top Airplay chart.[28]
  3. ^ Charted at number 34 on the Radio Songs subchart.[31]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "美しきドラマー、シシド・カフカがQetic初登場! 2ndシングル「music」に渦巻く混沌と、ミュージシャンとしての野望を語る" [Beautiful drummer Kavka Shishido's first appearance at Qetic! The swirling chaos of her second single Music, and her ambitions as a musician]. Kohei Ueno (in Japanese). Qetic. May 15, 2012. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b ドラム一筋!シシド・カフカがデビュー「やっと夢がかなった」 [Drums all the way! Kavka Shishido debuts, "Finally my dream has come true".] (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. May 15, 2012. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Member" (in Japanese). ING Label. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Yuna Shishido" (in Japanese). ING Label. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ 僕たちの夏 [Our Summer] (in Japanese). Shimokitazawa Garage. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "eddy12のBLOG" [eddy12's Blog] (in Japanese). Yuna Shishido. Archived from the original on January 8, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Eddy12" (in Japanese). Kenji Ohshima. June 7, 2008. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kavka Shishido" (in Japanese). Daizo. September 19, 2012. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "シシド・カフカ4thシングルは両A面、4都市ワンマンも決定" [Kavka Shishido's 4th single is a double A-side, plus a four city one man tour announced] (in Japanese). Natalie. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "シシド・カフカ、avexの新セクション『JUSTA MUSIC』に移籍決定!女優デビューも!" [Kavka Shishido moving to new Avex sub-label Justa Music! Also debuting as an actress!] (in Japanese). mFound. September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "シシド・カフカ feat. 斉藤和義が斎藤工主演木10ドラマ主題歌に" (in Japanese). Natalie. March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "シシド・カフカ新作CDはコラボ集、KenKenとタッグ" (in Japanese). Natalie. April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ シシド・カフカ、沢尻ドラマで“猟奇的な姉役” [Kavka Shishido plays "bizarre sister" on Sawajiri drama] (in Japanese). Natalie. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ シシド・カフカ、初CMでドラム「夢がかなってバンザイ」-スポニチ [Kavka Shishido, drumming in first CM. "My dreams are coming true, let's go for it!"] (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. February 18, 2013. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved August 26, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  17. ^ a b c d "シシド・カフカのリリース一覧" [List of Kavka Shishido's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  19. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). September 26, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). February 27, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). September 11, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). February 5, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). July 9, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). May 13, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  27. ^ "カフカナイズ(外付け特典なし)". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Hot Top Airplay". Billboard (in Japanese). July 16, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  29. ^ "シシド・カフカ、配信限定シングル『ダメかしら?』のMV&新ビジュアルを公開". Rockin' On Japan. June 25, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  30. ^ シシド・カフカ、新曲「Don’t be love feat.斉藤和義」がドラマ「医師たちの恋愛事情」オンエアで一斉解禁 (in Japanese). F.B.Communications Inc. & Magnet Co.,Ltd. April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Hot Top Airplay". Billboard (in Japanese). June 24, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 

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