User:MasaHoyi/Yukihiro "Chachamaru" Fujimura

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Yukihiro “Chachamaru” Fujimura (march 3rd, 1960 - Kansai, Japan) is a Japanese guitarist, bandleader, back-up vocals and technical producer for GacktJOB. People call him The legendary guitarist of Kansai.

Personal Data[edit]

Chachamaru was born on 'March 3rd' in '1960' and is about 170cm and 48kg. He has a pre-concert tradition to eat fruit, plays a Caparison Horus. He enjoys music, drinking, smoking (brand: Camel), cracking lame jokes, walking, the color pink, and collecting anything Egyptian. Also, he is deathly afraid of heights. Chachamaru currently resides alone in a small apartment close to the studio so that he can be within walking distance of work. Jewelry isn’t something strange for Chachamaru, as he always wears his black JOB beaded bracelet along with a few others that he picks and chooses; a silver ring, an Egyptian styled scarab pin given to him by X-mas (guitarist of The TRAX), a pink watch given to him by Camui Gackt and a necklace of some sort (usually a small gold or silver chain with an Egyptian charm on it). Furthermore, Chachamaru wears glasses to read and he is famous for asking Camui Gackt Did we eat today already?, since he often forgets to eat meals unless he is reminded to, and at the studio he will work through the night unless told what time it is.

The Beginning[edit]

At age 12 Yukihiro started playing guitar and at age 13 he first entered a band.[1] Yukihiro “Chachamaru” Fujimura really appeared on the music scene in his early teens, starting out with bands like Ded Chaplin as guitarist, and as a studio manager - by the way of knowing Toshi - which earned him an indication in the credits of X Japan’s Blue Blood[2].

Gerard[edit]

At the start of 1982, Chachamaru found himself fronting the popular progressive band Gerard, thanks to the producer of King Records. The songs on the albums were stories, usually ones paralleling those that spoke of knights and chivalry, and maidens in distress[3]. Their first album was released in 1984 and they have been labeled symphonic progressive rock and hard progressive. Somewhere mid 1990’s Gerard wanted to make a heavier sound and Chachamaru didn’t agree. Rather than stay, he quietly bowed out and was replaced. The leader of the band, keyboardist Toshio Egawa, has been the only permanent member of the band.

Ded Chaplin[edit]

Chachamaru established Ded Chaplin in 1989 and the band originally consisted of Minoru Niihara, Yukihiro Fujimura, Binmi* Nagai and Kouzou Suganuma, but Touru Souru eventually replaced Kouzou on drums[4].

Line-up

Former members

Vienna[edit]

In the mid 80’s Chachamaru joined forces with Shusei Tsukamoto and formed Vienna, another progressive band that mixed hard guitar, driving drum and bass beats against light keyboards, and Chachamaru's wispy vocals. Each album was a story in itself, a novel through music, though this time the themes moved from knights and damsels, to the fairy tales of Aladdin and the mythology of Egypt[5]. Their first album “Overture” was published in 1988. They made two albums and one live CD before they split. In 1998 Vienna starts a comeback with a new drummer. Their new album “Unknown” was published and they once again slipped back into silence.

Line-up

Former members

Chachamaru’s mid 30’s[edit]

In his mid 30's Chachamaru found himself producing and working with other bands more on the sidelines and inside studios. He produced for Masafumi Nishida's (ex Ded Chaplin & Loudness) Girl U Need, and produced and played on Toshi's solo albums after he had left X. In 1999 Chachamaru was introduced to Nippon Crown's new acquisition and he was told to "help him out." This new bit of talent was the now very popular Gackt. Chachamaru worked alongside this man and his friends for several years as bandleader, lead guitar, backup vocals, and producer.

GIRL U NEED[edit]

GIRL U NEED was a Japanese hard rock band formed by Earthshaker’s vocalist after their breakup in the mid-90s; they released one self-titled CD in 1996.

Line-up

Solo and beyond[edit]

It wasn't until late in 2002 did he manage to put out his first solo album, Air. This album brought Chachamaru's storytelling through music back to the foreground, as he brought many of his old friends (Shusei Tsukamoto, Masafumi Nishida, and Ryuichi Nishida) and new (Gackt and You) into the studio with him to record.

Chachamaru's life from 2003-Janurary 2004 was spent with Kamui, in a place where it was just the two of them. Kamui disappeared and seemed to simply fade from existence in the beginning months of 2004, which left Chachamaru alone until late 2005 when he approached Camui Gackt about joining his JOB.

Since then Kamui has made two more appearances to Chachamaru, but the encounters are usually brief and fleeting, leaving the man with no closure and lots of unanswered questions. Despite having his new family and friends, the resurfacing of his old flame tends to open deep wounds and cause Chachamaru to further shut himself off from the idea of any future love and relationships outside the usual friendships he has formed.

GacktJOB[edit]

Chachamaru joined GacktJOB during Gackt’s MARS tour and it is the live support band of this musician since he started his solo career in 1999[6]. The band consists of a standard line-up and several support members when needed.

Current line-up

Support members when needed

Former members

Since coming to JRRP, Chachamaru's been dubbed with a new nickname Fujiyuki by Masa, and will now answer to that, he will also answer to Wifey-chan, but only when coming from Gackt. Having a new home has involved many growing pains and adjusting to new ways of life that Chachamaru is not accustomed to. He is always eager to make friends, but can often seem extremely withdrawn or shy around them. He has a tendency to bottle up emotions and not express them for months at a time until they explode, most times with rather embarrassing results.

Discography[edit]

1984 Gerard’s Gerard[7]

  1. Meridian
  2. Orpheus
  3. Lasting Memory
  4. Revenge
  5. Melting Time

1985 Gerard’s Empty Lie, Empty Dream[8]

  1. The acts of the Apostles
  2. Conquest of the dark
  3. Wall
  4. Empty lie, empty dream
  5. Hopeless blue star
  6. Future
  7. Love game (Bonus track)
  8. Again (Bonus track)

1988 Vienna’s Overture [9]

  1. Follow you
  2. Seek a sign
  3. The metamorphic time in paradise
  4. Overture
  5. Magic motion
  6. Canone

1988 Vienna’s Step into..[10]

  1. Step into the vivid garden
  2. . Gathering wave
  3. Schvelle
  4. Magic eyes
  5. Caution!
  6. Sleepless night
  7. Fall in alone

1989 Vienna’s Progress - Last live[11]

  1. Opening
  2. Gathering wave
  3. Schvelle
  4. Follow you
  5. The Planets by Holst
  6. The metamorphic time in paradise
  7. Canone
  8. Sleepless night

1989 Ded Chaplin’s Ded Chaplin 1st[12]

  1. 死ぬまでRock’n Roll
  2. Rock’n Shout
  3. Far Away
  4. モナリザ
  5. プロローグ|限られた時の中で
  6. プロローグ
  7. 限られた時の中で
  8. エクスタシー
  9. トラブル・ナイト
  10. 抱きしめたい
  11. 1999
  12. Let me sing for you

1991 Gerard’s Irony of Fate[13]

  1. Irony of fate
  2. Last night forever
  3. My heart to the past
  4. Prelude
  5. My eyes to the panic
  6. Heaven
  7. Good night, sleep tight

1991 Ded Chaplin’s Rock the Nation[14]

  1. Rock the Nation ~We’re Ded Chaplin~
  2. Money Eater
  3. あたってくだけろ
  4. Dreamy night
  5. Lost in Time
  6. Breath of Fire
  7. Virgin Target
  8. Oneside Love
  9. Take my hand

1992 Ded Chaplin’s Final Revolution[15]

  1. Caos
  2. Genesis
  3. Revolution
  4. Rock'n Roll Hero
  5. Don't Gimme A Shit
  6. Saints In Hell
  7. Wishing Well
  8. Woman The Explosion
  9. Whole Your Love
  10. Dreaming
  11. Don't Break Down
  12. 嵐の金曜日
  13. Jane

1992 Ded Chaplin’s The Best Works of Ded Chaplin[16]

  1. Rock The Nation ~We're Ded Chaplin~
  2. ROCK' SHOUT
  3. Don't Gimme A Shit
  4. FAR AWAY
  5. Virgin Target
  6. SHINUMADE ROCK'N ROLL
  7. Money Eater
  8. Revolution
  9. Breath Of Fire
  10. 1999
  11. Dreaming

1994 Gerard’s Save Knight By The Night

  1. songs unknown

1998 Vienna’s Unknown

  1. Entrance
  2. Shesp ankh (Sphinx)
  3. Legend
  4. Open Sesame
  5. Anubis
  6. Melancholy of matador
  7. Moonstone
  8. The destruction day
  9. For an illusion

2002 Solo Album Air[17]

  1. Arc
  2. Divine
  3. As
  4. Naked
  5. Kagero
  6. Luscious
  7. Metamorphose
  8. Canone
  9. Greive

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crunchyroll Chachamaru article Retrieved: 28-03-2010
  2. ^ Earth-inferno Chachamaru article Retrieved: 28-03-2010
  3. ^ Gerard at LastFM Retrieved: 28-03-2010
  4. ^ Ded Chaplin at LastFM Retrieved: 28-03-2010
  5. ^ Vienna at LastFM Retrieved: 28-03-2010
  6. ^ Official Gackt Site Retrieved: 28-03-2010
  7. ^ Gerard at NEOwing Retreived:03-04-2010
  8. ^ Empty Lie, Empty Dream at ProgArchives Retreived:03-04-2010
  9. ^ Overture at ProgArchives Retreived:03-04-2010
  10. ^ Step into.. at ProgArchives Retreived: 03-04-2010
  11. ^ Progress - last live at ProgArchives Retreived: 03-04-2010
  12. ^ Ded chaplin’s 1st at NEOwing Retreived:03-04-2010
  13. ^ Irony of Fate at NEOwing Retreived:03-04-2010
  14. ^ Rock the Nation at NEOwing Retreived:03-04-2010
  15. ^ Final Revolution at NEOwing Retreived: 03-04-2010
  16. ^ The best of Ded Chaplin at 22Big Retreived: 03-04-2010
  17. ^ Air at cdjapan Retreived:03-04-2010