Nakamoto in 2014
|Also known as||Suzuka (in Karen Girl's)
Su-metal (in Babymetal)
|Born||December 20, 1997|
|Origin||Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan|
|Genres||Kawaii metal, heavy metal, J-pop|
|Occupation(s)||Idol, singer, model|
|Associated acts||Karen Girl's (2008–2009)
Sakura Gakuin (2010–2013)
Suzuka Nakamoto (中元 すず香? Nakamoto Suzuka, born December 20, 1997), known by her stage names Suzuka and Su-metal, is a Japanese idol. She is best known as the lead vocalist of three-piece kawaii metal band Babymetal. She is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of three musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's, Sakura Gakuin, and Babymetal.
In 2008, her agency formed a trio called Karen Girl's, and Suzuka was selected to be in it. The group was introduced as a little sister of the girl trio Perfume and sang several theme songs for the anime Zettai Karen Children. After the animated series ended, on March 31, 2009 the group was dissolved.
In 2010 Suzuka became a founding member of Sakura Gakuin, an idol group created by her agency. The group members also formed so-called clubs, or smaller groups, each of which released their own songs as a unit. Suzuka became a member of the heavy music club, which released songs under the name Babymetal. That group also includes fellow Sakura Gakuin members Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi.
In the spring of 2013, Suzuka Nakamoto graduated from junior high school and therefore had to "graduate" from the group Sakura Gakuin (which consists of girls of up to junior high age). Her graduation concert was held on March 31 at the Tokyo International Forum. Suzuka now performs with Babymetal under the name Su-metal. Babymetal's self-titled debut album was released in February 2014.
Suzuka has an older sister, Himeka Nakamoto, who is a member of the idol group Nogizaka46. They both studied together at the Actor's School Hiroshima(ja) (ASH) and sang together in a duo known as Tween.
- Karen Girl's (2008 — March 31, 2009)
- Sakura Gakuin (April 2010 — March 31, 2013)
- Babymetal (2010 — present)
With Sakura Gakuin
- Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo: Message (2011)
- Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo: Friends (2012)
- Sakura Gakuin 2012 Nendo: My Generation (2013)
With Karen Girl's
- Fly To The Future (2009)
- Zettai Karen Children (2009) - Episode 40
- BABYMETALのご実家インタビュー 「“世界征服します”とか言うとったな」と祖父. Shinchosha (in Japanese)
- 中元 すず香 – アミューズ オフィシャル ウェブサイト (in Japanese). Amuse, Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "ナタリー – 可憐Girl'sのプロフィール". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- Hudson, Alex (10 July 2014). "Did Babymetal invent 'cute metal' and what is it?". BBC. UK. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
- さくら学院、2012年度卒業式は東京国際フォーラムで実施. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- ナタリー – さくら学院、中元すず香卒業「皆さんがすぅを変えてくれた」. Natalie (in Japanese). 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "[Concert Report] Nakamoto Suzuka from Sakura Gakuin completed all her credits. 'It's every one who helped me change.'". Barks. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
- "The end was the beginning of the new story of BABYMETAL. It has begun at that night. Here is the report from the night at Zepp Tokyo!". Kawaii Girl Japan. 2013-02-14. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
- スクール紹介｜アクターズスクール広島 (in Japanese). Actor's School Hiroshima. Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2017-01-29.