Japanese bass players

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Michael lucas, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. hey I'm a really nerdy guy so I've seen a few anime well I've noticed that almost all anime openings are like rock ish but the bass lines are amazing over there then I start researching like Japanese bass players and a lot of them are really good any other nerds notice this?
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    I've been told I'm a geek rather than a nerd so I guess I can't comment. :beaver:
  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Casiopea's bassist is pretty good. Yoshihiro Naruse

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  4. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    I play a Japanese ‘51 reissue can I be in? :)
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  5. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    I think that musicians who get hired to play those types of gigs are very skilled regardless of nationality, religion, gender etc.
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  6. Whippet


    Aug 30, 2014
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  7. Eyesee7


    Jul 17, 2005
    70's British art-rock band Be Bop Deluxe had a Japanese bassist, the late Charles Tumahai.

    You should also know about Atsushi Hasegawa for Japanese prog trio Gerard. Plays an aggressive turbo-charged style...

    and an ELP cover:
  8. tim gueguen

    tim gueguen

    Sep 19, 2016
    Tumahai was a New Zealander, and said he was Tahitian on his father's side and Northern Maori on his mother's.
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  9. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Great bass throughout this album. I do not know his name though.
  10. Tetsuo Sakurai

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  11. tim gueguen

    tim gueguen

    Sep 19, 2016
    Haruomi Hosono, best known in the West as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra.

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  12. -Shaun-


    Feb 10, 2018
    New Zealand
    Yip, not only Happy End and YMO, but also a stunning solo career, including this gem:

    He's still going, too. Unfortunately I missed a few chances to see him while I was living in Japan.
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  13. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    I don't know if this is a marketing scheme, or "1 step forward and 2 steps back".
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  14. osv


    Dec 1, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Tetsuya Ogawa of L’arc en Ciel is one of my favorite players.
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  15. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Seiji Kameda

    He played with Tokyo Jihen between 2003–2012. He's also a producer, arranger, and session bassist for many other acts.
  16. FantasticFour


    Dec 14, 2013
    HJ Freaks is originally Korean, although I believe he's currently working in Japan.
  17. colantalas


    Mar 26, 2014
    I listen to a fair amount of Japanese music. One of my favorite bands is tricot. They play jazzy math-rock with some emo/post-hc influences. Their bassist Hiromi "Hirohiro" Sagane is a great player with awesome tone.

    Takeshi from Boris is also awesome. Holds down lead vocals and bass with a giant doubleneck. Absolutely monstrous distorted tone.
  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Awesome, now I don't have to look up his name to reference him. I have only listened to early Casiopea but they are amazing, bassist included. He is obviously a HUGE Jaco fan.

    I am also a big X Japan fan so Taiji and Heath come to mind but, honestly, Taiji is in a league of his own.
  19. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Yeah, there's some cats over there with serious chops


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