Takahiro Moriuchi

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Takahiro Moriuchi
森内 貴寛
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Background information
Birth name 森内 貴寛
(Moriuchi Takahiro)
Also known as Taka
Born (1988-04-17) 17 April 1988 (age 30)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2003–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website ONE OK ROCK official website

Takahiro Moriuchi (Japanese: 森内 貴寛, Hepburn: Moriuchi Takahiro, born April 17 1988, in Tokyo), known professionally as Taka, is the lead vocalist of the Japanese rock band One Ok Rock. Taka is the main lyricist and composer of his band.

Prior to this, he was in the boyband NEWS throughout 2003 until he left the group and the agency.[1] He can speak English fluently. He sings both in English and Japanese.

Personal life[edit]

Taka was born on April 17, 1988, the eldest son of famous Japanese singers Masako Mori and Shinichi Mori.[2] He has two younger brothers named Tomohiro Moriuchi who works on TV Tokyo, and Hiroki Moriuchi who is the lead singer of the band MY FIRST STORY.[3][4]

He attended Keio Elementary School and graduated in March 2001. Then he began attending Keio Middle School in April 2001 and continued his studies at Keio High School in April 2004. In his first year of high school (March 2005), he dropped out to pursue his musical career.[2] A month later, his parents divorced.

In 2005, he changed his last name from Moriuchi (森内) to Morita (森田) due to the divorce of his parents.[5] However, in the June 2012 issue of the magazine, Rockin'On Japan, he stated in an interview that his real name is Takahiro Moriuchi.[6] In 2013, he is shown again in a photo using his last name, Moriuchi, where all ONE OK ROCK band members held a written sign of their real names. The photo was taken by photographer, Rui Hashimoto.[7]

Career[edit]

2002–2004: Career beginnings and other musical pursuits[edit]

Taka signed with Johnny's Entertainment in 2002 and joined the boy band, NEWS, in 2003. He left in 2004 to "focus on his studies".[2][5] He was briefly in a band called Chivalry of Music in 2004.[8]

2005–present: ONE OK ROCK[edit]

Taka was invited by guitarist/leader, Toru Yamashita, to join the Japanese rock band, ONE OK ROCK in 2005.[8] The band released their first independent CD in 2006 and were signed by Amuse, Inc., whom they made their major debut with.

Taka during an autograph session at Lucky Strike Live, October 22, 2015

The band did moderately well with music sales until they hit with major success in August 2012 upon the release of "The Beginning", which was the theme song for the live action movie adaption of the manga and anime, Rurouni Kenshin.[9] The band's concerts have been sold out many times with high attendance and constantly adding new tour dates in Japan. ONE OK ROCK has also held concert tours overseas in Asia, U.S., Europe and South America.

In March 2013, Simple Plan announced a new version of their song "Summer Paradise" with Taka for a Japanese-only release [10] They later performed together at the music festival, Punkspring 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.[11]

In November 2013, Taka helped Pay Money to My Pain to sing one of their songs on their tribute album "Gene" after their vocalist, K (Kei Goto), died due to heart failure.[12]

In summer 2014, ONE OK ROCK's newest songs, "Mighty Long Fall" and "Heartache" were featured as theme songs for the live action movie sequels, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, respectively.[13]

In February 2015, Taka was featured as a guest vocalist on the track "Dreaming Alone" by Against the Current.

As of July 2015, ONE OK ROCK is signed with the U.S. label, Warner Bros. Records and released an English version of their album, 35xxxv in February 2015.

On October 8, 2016, Sum 41 will have a Japanese edition of their album, 13 Voices, that will include the song "War" featuring Taka. Deryck Whibley from Sum 41 mentioned to Alternative Press Japan that "It was great to collaborate with Taka on our new song called War. I am a huge fan of his voice and of ONE OK ROCK and I think that our voices work very well together".[14]

On September 11, 2016, ONE OK ROCK signed with Fueled by Ramen. Their eighth album, Ambitions, was released on January 11, 2017, for the Japanese version album under the Japanese label A-Sketch and on January 13, 2017 for the English version album under the American label Fueled by Ramen.

In July 2017, Taka was featured on the track "Don't Let Me Go" from Goldfinger's album The Knife as a guest vocalist.[15] On 27 October 2017, he appeared at Linkin Park and Friends – Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, performing "Somewhere I Belong" with the remaining members of Linkin Park.[16] On May 12, 2018, he guested on Linkin Park co-vocalist Mike Shinoda's show at Identity Festival in Los Angeles, performing "Waiting for the End / Where'd You Go" mash-up.[17][18]

Influences[edit]

His greatest influences are Linkin Park,[19] Good Charlotte, Issues, Sum 41, Green Day and Simple Plan. He has also cited Chester Bennington from Linkin Park and Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens as his inspirations to switch from pop music to rock music.

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Album Artist Notes
2011 "Let Life Be" ALLY & DIAZ ALLY & DIAZ Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK) & サイプレス上野 (Cypress Ueno)[20]
2013 "Summer Paradise" Get Your Heart On! (Japan Tour Edition) Simple Plan Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK).[21]
"Voice" gene Pay Money to My Pain P.T.P feat. Taka from ONE OK ROCK.

As tribute to Kei Goto (also known as K), vocalist of Pay Money To My Pain who died in the morning of December 30, 2012 due to acute heart failure.

2014 "Bottle Rocket" First Words GROWN KIDS Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK) & Megan Joy.[22]
2015 "Dreaming Alone" GRAVITY Against the Current Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK).[23]
"Primavera" 5.....GO F.T. Island Taka as a co-composer for both songs.
"My Birthday"
2016 "By My Side" バイ・マイ・サイ

(By My Side)

Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS) Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK).

A charity single for the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.

"insane dream" daydream Aimer Taka as a producer, co-writer, and composer. He sings the chorus.[24]
"Higher Ground" Taka as a composer.
"closer" Taka as a producer, co-writer and composer.
"Falling Alone"
"Stars in the rain" Taka as a composer.[25][26]
"War" 13 Voices (Japanese edition)[27] Sum 41 Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK).
2017 "Yung & Dum" Headspace (Japanese edition)[28] Issues
"Don't Let Me Go" The Knife[29][30] Goldfinger

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News | Oricon News". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  2. ^ a b c "KAT-TUN田口が脱退とジャニーズ退社を報告。ジャニーズ退社後の芸能人". Livedoor (in Japanese). November 26, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "兄弟でも敬語!?ワンオクTakaら育てた森昌子、子育て本発売へ". Sanspo (in Japanese). February 1, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "岡田家以外もこんなに!「一家まるごと芸能人」ファミリー". @nifty (in Japanese). August 16, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "森進一長男Takaがメジャーデビュー". Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Kobe Shimbun. March 10, 2007. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "ROCKIN'ON JAPAN 2012年6月号". Ro69.jp. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  7. ^ "橋本塁(サウシュー&STINGRAY) on Twitter: "宮古カウンターアクションで、ONE OK ROCK、木札作戦に参加だう!皆様も大船渡や石巻で是非ご協力をば!*\(^o^)/* 写真は木札作戦遂行したワンオク!*\(^o^)/* #サウシュー "". Twitter. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  8. ^ a b "As Global Domination Beckons, Taka Suggest The Rest of The World is Catching Up with His Band Being "The Best"". Kerrang!. January 11, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Loo, Egan (May 29, 2012). "Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin's Theme Performed by ONE OK ROCK". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Summer Paradise Ft. Taka From One OK Rock - Simple Plan Latest news". Simpleplan.com. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  11. ^ "LINEUP - Tokyo - PUNKSPRING 2013". Punkspring.com. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  12. ^ "Pay money To my Pain Unveiled Lyrics PV Rain". JpopAsia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  13. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (July 23, 2014). "Video: "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" Theme Song PV by ONE OK ROCK". Crunchyroll. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "【PREMIERE】Sum 41 "War feat. Taka(ONE OK ROCK)" 公開". Alternative Press Japan (in Japanese). September 22, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  15. ^ Wilce, Tamsyn (April 21, 2017). "Hear Taka from ONE OK ROCK's Guest Vocals for the New Goldfinger Album". Rock Sound. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  16. ^ Appleford, Steve (October 28, 2017). "Watch Linkin Park's Powerful, Star-Studded Concert Honoring Chester Bennington". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  17. ^ Buchanan, Brett (May 13, 2018). "Linkin Park Members Reunite to Perform "Castle of Glass"". Alternative Nation. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Childers, Chad (May 14, 2018). "Mike Shinoda Revisits Demo Version of 'In the End' at 2018 Weenie Roast Concert". Loudwire. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "ONE OK ROCK's Taka: "We Never Give up"". Rock Sound. July 28, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  20. ^ "[フル] ALLY & DIAZ 「Let Life Be with Taka & サイプレス上野」". YouTube. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  21. ^ "Simple Plan - SUMMER PARADISE feat. Taka from ONE OK ROCK". YouTube. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  22. ^ "Grown Kids - Bottle Rocket Feat. Taka & Megan Joy [Official Video". YouTube. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  23. ^ ""Dreaming Alone" - Against The Current feat. Taka from ONE OK ROCK (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  24. ^ "Aimer - Insane Dream". YouTube. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  25. ^ "Aimer、ワンオクTaka提供「Stars in the rain」MV公開 - 音楽ナタリー". Natalie.mu. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  26. ^ "Aimer 『Stars in the rain』※Taka(ONE OK ROCK)楽曲提供". YouTube. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  27. ^ "SUM 41「13 Voices (Japanese Version)」を Apple Music で". iTunes.
  28. ^ "Issues「Headspace (Japanese Version)」を Apple Music で". iTunes.
  29. ^ "Instagram post by Taka • Jul 22, 2017 at 2:52am UTC". Instagram.
  30. ^ "Instagram post by John Feldmann • Mar 28, 2017 at 7:06am UTC". Instagram.

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