Ichiro Yamaguchi

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Ichiro Yamaguchi山口 一郎Ichiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_1_0
BornIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_2_0 (1980-09-08) September 8, 1980 (age 40)

Otaru, Hokkaido, JapanIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_2_1

OriginIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_3_0 JapanIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_3_1
GenresIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_4_0 Rock, pop, electronicIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Ichiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_5_0 Singer, songwriter, guitaristIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_6_0 Vocals, guitarIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_6_1
Years activeIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_7_0 1998–presentIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_7_1
Associated actsIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_0_8_0 Dutchman, Sakanaction, SMAPIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_0_8_1

Ichiro Yamaguchi (山口 一郎, Yamaguchi Ichirō, born September 8, 1980), is a Japanese musician. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_0

He is the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the Hokkaido rock band Sakanaction. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_1

Biography Ichiro Yamaguchi_section_0

Ichiro Yamaguchi was born in Otaru, Hokkaido in 1980. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_2

He grew up listening to a wide variety of music, as his father ran a business that acted as a cafe during the daytime and as a bar at night. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_3

His father had lived in Europe for many years, so often played music such as the German electronic band Kraftwerk. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_4

The business would occasionally hold performances for musicians, such as Japanese folk singer Masato Tomobe. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_5

This variety made it feel natural for Yamaguchi to create multi-genre music. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_6

Yamaguchi began to play music naturally, learning how to play the guitar after picking up an acoustic guitar that was in his parents home. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_7

The first songs he learnt on the guitar were Kaguya-hime/Iruka's 1970 folk song "Nagoriyuki" and Takuro Yoshida's "Kekkon Shiyō yo" (1972). Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_8

He was inspired to write lyrics by the large number of second hand books his father bought, such as those of Kenji Miyazawa, Osamu Dazai, Chūya Nakahara and Yoshiro Ishihara, as well as haiku poets Santōka Taneda and Shūji Terayama. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_9

In 1998, Yamaguchi formed a band with his high school friends from Sapporo Daiichi High School, called Dutchman, which performed British rock-inspired music. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_10

Yamaguchi acted as the band's vocalist and primary songwriter. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_11

Yamaguchi and the band were scouted and trained by Victor Entertainment, however the group never formally debuted with Victor. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_12

In 2002, the band released Demonstration, an album compiled of seven demos the band recorded between 2000-2002. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_13

After six years together, Dutchman broke up due to creative differences, when Yamaguchi tried adding electronic elements into their music, especially on the song "Mikazuki Sunset". Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_14

It was originally performed with a rock sound, but Yamaguchi felt that a purely rock arrangement did not create the imagery he wanted to express, and incorporated dance music. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_15

After the band broke up, Yamaguchi kept the name Dutchman for his solo project as a DJ, where he created techno and club music. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_16

Yamaguchi had the idea that it would be interesting to mix electronic music with Japanese-style "folky melodies". Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_17

When Yamaguchi was asked to create remix of the song "Shiranami Top Water" for the compilation album Music for Pardisco in 2004, he found it difficult to create the entire song by himself. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_18

These two reasons led him to ask Dutchman's former guitarist Motoharu Iwadera to start working with him again, and the pair created the band Sakanaction. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_19

After three additional members of the band joined, Sakanaction made their major debut in 2007, with the album Go to the Future under the Victor Entertainment sublabel BabeStar Label. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_20

After the band's second album Night Fishing (2008), Yamaguchi and the other members of Sakanaction moved to Tokyo in the spring of 2008, and were moved to the main Victor Entertainment artist roster. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_21

moving from Hokkaido to Tokyo in the spring of 2008. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_22

In 2010, the band had their break-out hit "Aruku Around", debuting at number three on Oricon's single charts. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_23

Since "Aruku Around", the band has seen greater commercial success, with their albums Documentaly (2011) and Sakanaction (2013) both certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_24

In 2012, Yamaguchi began writing music for dramatic productions, such as the band's single "Boku to Hana", which was written specifically for the drama Sanjūnana-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku: Kenshūi Junjō Monogatari. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_25

Increasingly, songs Yamaguchi has written for Sakanaction have been used in dramatic works, including "Music" (2013), used as the theme song for the Fuji Television drama Dinner, "Eureka" used as the ending theme for the film Judge!, "Hasu no Hana" (2014), written for the film Close Range Love and "Shin Takarajima" (2015), written for the live action adaptation film version of the manga Bakuman. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_26

Aside from Sakanaction, Yamaguchi has collaborated with several musicians. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_27

In 2010 he wrote the song "Magic Time" from Johnny & Associates veteran boyband SMAP's 20th album We Are SMAP!. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_28

He collaborated with them again in 2012 to write their single "Moment", which was used to promote the Tokyo Broadcasting System broadcast of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and debuted at number one on the Oricon single chart. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_29

In 2010, Yamaguchi was a featured vocalist on Base Ball Bear's album Cypress Girls, on the song "Kimino-Me". Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_30

He collaborated with Base Ball Bear vocalist Yūsuke Koide in 2011 to write the song "Kodona no Kaidan" for idol singer Shiho Nanba, who released the track as a single. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_31

In September 2015, Yamaguchi collaborated with electronic musician Aoki Takamasa and fashion brand Anrealage to create a catwalk soundtrack for the brand's appearance at the Paris Fashion Week. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_32

The composition, Reflects, was released digitally on January 20, 2016, and features two versions of the set: an eighteen-minute live binaural recording of the composition as it was used at the event, and Reflects Live Rec 2015, a thirteen-minute real-time live studio recording of Yamaguchi and Aoki creating Reflects. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_33

Since 2012, Yamaguchi has served as a host for a segment on the Tokyo FM radio show School of Lock!, called Sakana Locks!. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_34

Personal life Ichiro Yamaguchi_section_1

In 2010 right before the tour for the band's album Kikuuiki, Sakanaquarium 2010 Kikuuiki, Yamaguchi suffered sensorineural hearing loss, and permanently lost hearing in his right ear. Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_35

Discography Ichiro Yamaguchi_section_2

Main article: Sakanaction discography Ichiro Yamaguchi_sentence_36

Extended plays Ichiro Yamaguchi_section_3

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TitleIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_1_0_0 Album detailsIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_1_0_1
ReflectsIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_1_1_0 Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_1_1_1

Production discography Ichiro Yamaguchi_section_4

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List of songs that feature songwriting, production or vocals by Ichiro Yamaguchi outside of his work with SakanactionIchiro Yamaguchi_table_caption_2
TitleIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_2_0_0 YearIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_2_0_1 AlbumIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesIchiro Yamaguchi_header_cell_2_0_3
"Magic Time"

(SMAP)Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_1_0

2010Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_1_1 We Are SMAP!Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_1_2 Lyrics and composition. Charted at number 100 on the Billboard Japan Radio Songs sub-chart.Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_1_3
"Kimino-Me" ("Your Eyes")

(Base Ball Bear + Ichiro Yamaguchi from Sakanaction)Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_2_0

2010Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_2_1 Cypress GirlsIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_2_2 Featured artist. Released digitally three months before Cypress Girls, on June 23, 2010.Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_2_3
"Kodona no Kaidan" (こどなの階段, "Stairs of Childhood/Adulthood")

(Shiho Nanba)Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_3_0

2011Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_3_1 Mizuiro GenerationIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_3_2 Composition. Collaboration with Yūsuke Koide of Base Ball Bear. Released as a single, reached number 28 on the Oricon single charts.Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_3_3
"Moment"

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2012Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_4_1 Non-album singleIchiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_4_2 Lyrics and composition. Released as a single, reached number 1 on the Oricon single charts, certified gold by the RIAJ.Ichiro Yamaguchi_cell_2_4_3


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