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2006 June 28th @ 20:54
Behind the Music: Takanori Nishikawa  
I wrote a wiki entry for last.fm (for those not familiar, it's a website that tracks the songs you listen to, tags them, and allows people to friend you based on similar interest). It's basically like an encyclopedia entry. I posted it to my journal, and lala-chan gave me some information to add. I feel it's nearing completion. Is there anything you guys would like to add/change? Maybe I'll send this way of Tofu records or Wikipedia and see what they have to say about it. Or maybe we can turn this into a project, with this being a letter to Nishikawa-san himself, involving fan responses.


=====T.M.Revolution: The Complete File=====
Male Japanese popular musician (real name: Takanori Nishikawa, DOB: 1970-09-19) originally from Shiga Prefecture. Previously signed under Antinos records, but once the company's collapse was foretold from inside information, was signed under Epic Records Japan; was also first artist signed to Tofu Records, a Sony-owned label promoting Japanese pop music in North America. T.M.Revolution stands for Takanori Makes Revolution.

He Officially debuted as T.M.Revolution with his single Dokusai -monopolize- (Dictatorship -monopolize-) in May 1996. Nishikawa-san's first band was originally Luis-Mary, an indie music coordination featuring him as the lead vocalist (with the pseudonym "Haine"). Asakura Daisuke signed on with Nishikawa-san in 1995 under the record label FunHouse to release the first compiled single "BLACK OR WHITE?" (Daisuke Asakura expd. Takanori Nishikawa: Black or White). The selection process and the decision to work with Nishikawa-san was a long, hard choice for Asakura, as he was looking at producing either Katsurayama Shingo or Nishikawa. As it turns out, Nishikawa failed miserably with his first chance to sing for Asakura, and on a second chance, he took the yearning musician under his wings.

Dokusai -monopolize- was welcomed by thousands of fans, and his performance on PopJam with Asakura as the synthesist in June 1996 propelled an additional amount of unexpected sales, making the single sell out of its original printing. Months later, Nishikawa-san followed with another hit, Hesoshukujo -Venus-, and by August of that year, his first album Makes Revolution was released to the Japanese fans with a warm reception. By the release of his third single for the anime Rurouni Kenshin, Heart of Sword- ~Yoake Mae~ (Heart of Sword- Before the Dawn), Nishikawa-san had assured his success among Japanese fans.

T.M.Revolution incorporates many styles and genres of music. Each album differs greatly from one other, but the feeling of dance, techno and excellent vocals mixed with lyrics from Akio Inoue are present in all of his songs.

In March 1999, T.M.Revolution cut The Force, his most successful album to this day. In it, he released characteristic songs and fan favorites, among these being HOT LIMIT, Burnin' X'mas, THUNDERBIRD, and WILD RUSH. A special performance in 1999 at Tokyo Dome with producer Asakura was released, making the original dream of T.M.Revolution become a reality. Later that year, he teamed up with Asakura closely to reinvent the idea of T.M.Revolution, renaming the project the end of genesis T.M.Revolution-evolution turbo type D (T.M.R.-e, for short). Working closely with each other, they slated the album Suite Season, mostly comprised of beautiful ballads incorporating heavy classical piano and really bringing Nishikawa's voice out as the center of the music.

However, the two have grown apart since T.M.R-e, and the album Progress restored the band to its original namesake. This doesn't mean, however, that the sound or style of the music changed one bit. Songs like LOVE SAVER and Madan -Der Freischütz- were part of this post T.M.R.-e era.

Since then, Nishikawa has self produced his music (Starting with the single Out of Orbit -Triple ZERO- in February of 2002. Asakura still composes and arranges much of T.M.Revolution, the only exception being the most recent compilation (UNDER:COVER, but Nishikawa-san has directed and arranged some of the tracks on vertical infinity). His albums coordinate (March 2003), SEVENTH HEAVEN (March 2004), and vertical infinity (January 2005) have been released by Tofu Records and are available for purchase in the US, along with the DVD's Summer Crush 2002 and Sonic Warp: The visual fields Since the release of the ending song Web of Night for the movie Spiderman 2, Nishikawa has sung several songs completely in English, facilitating to his international audience.

Nishikawa-san has made 2 appearances in the US: Otakon 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland and Pacific Media Expo 2004 in Anaheim, California. Thousands of fans of anime piled into the convention arena, waiting to hear T.M.Revolution live, singing his songs from familiar shows as Rurouni Kenshin and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. The reception by an American audience left him speechless, making him an international success.

Some fans today argue over the direction of T.M.Revolution. He has been involved with hosting the musical show PopJam, producing the band Abingdon Boys School, and doing the cover Silver and Gold Dance for the 90s hit dance band TRF (Tetsuya Rave Factory). From the album SEVENTH HEAVEN onward, the music has definately taken a more heavy feeling, incorporating more guitar, bass, and drums than the usual synthesized feeling fans can recall from hits like HIGH PRESSURE. The live band has become more involved with the actual recording of the music. Even his voice has taken a different direction, fine tuning the raw talented vocal spread from his early career to work with the melodious ballad sound of T.M.R.-e. UNDER:COVER took liberty in rearranging 15 of the fans' most favorite songs, all done by election. The result was controversial: bringing songs like WHITE BREATH under a hard rock feeling, and orchestrating ballads like Twinkle Million Rendezvouz into concertos. Asakura worked only on the instrumental version of the Gundam Seed song Meteor (which had no vocals, just piano). His recent work includes the release of 10000000000 -billion-, the compilation CD and DVD of all his singles from Dokusai -monopolize- to his latest, vestige.

He has also stepped out of the music industry and into fashion, debuting DEFROCK, his own clothing line. The term is a combination of the word differential lock (automobiles and turbine engines being a heavy theme for the clothing line) and the word rock.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the concept creation of T.M.Revolution and has been anticipated with much nostalgia for the old, and new, T.M.R.

T.M.Revolution, however, is still a project for everyone in Nishikawa-san's following. He wants to reach fans of every age, all over the world, bringing the revolution into the hearts of all. The line between vocalist and fan can only be separated by a sheet of music.
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Bufflepuffequalinvain on June 29th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
I never got a chance to reply to this when you posted it on your own LJ, but I think it's really good! And THANK YOU, dear god, for not putting STUPID FAN RUMOURS in it. e.e Spencer and I are always combing Wiki articles and removing inane speculation from DA Family articles because we're Nazis like that...
Linz: tmr pity the FOOLvioletcloud on June 29th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
she's right, fan rumors are lame. this is not!
Actually I'm surprised there isn't a TMR wiki entry already O_o!
Linzvioletcloud on June 29th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
...>.> i meant last.fm -_-;
Stevie: Madanrampart on June 29th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
There was, but it sucked hard.
Stevierampart on June 29th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
I stayed away from the marriage issue completely. And even though some of his origins as a musician are shaky and sketchy, it seems salient enough to not be a rumor.

What rumors are circulating about him anyway?

\\TMR is all about the ego.
Bufflepuffequalinvain on June 29th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
Blahblahblah DA and Takanori had a falling out blahblahblah that kinda shit.
Stevie: Push the drugrampart on June 29th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
I saw the wikipedia abominations that some people wrote and tried to pass off as facts. I'm sure a lot of my article doesn't need to be stated, but I'm pretty sure everything that's need to be known about TMR is in there.
Linzvioletcloud on June 29th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
wait hold upo i missed something... "As Sunao, guitarist for J-Rock band L'arc~en~Ciel, "

sunao isnt and never was in l'arc en ciel O_o
Linz: sunao red guitarvioletcloud on June 29th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
ohh also sunao has been performing with tmr since live revolution 98 so im not sure if it's accurate to say that sunao took part in the change of tmr's music. i think after tmr-e, takanori saw it as a rebirth of tmr, and again after coordinate the music took a big leap. youre right that the band members have a more prominent role in tmr now- because as you said it has more of a band feel to the recorded music than before.
Linz: tmr defrock hotnessvioletcloud on June 29th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
D8; i'm sorry for comment spamming! this must be annoying now, but i forgot to remind you about defrock XD;;;. im not sure if it applies though, since its not music
Stevie: Nishikawa no magic armrampart on June 29th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
OI. Sorry. I thought that he was. That's a MAJOR mistake on my part. *edits it immediately*
Stevierampart on June 29th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
well don't forget after progress, he was in a pretty deep slump. the rebirth of TMR wasn't just musical, it was a change on his entire philosophy and outlook on life. i like to think of coordinate as a send-off album, pushing him away from his old style, and building a bridge to the type of music he's doing today.

personally, I see it the most in the songs Mugen no kokou and crosswise. Perfect combination of synth and rock.
Linz: tmr motivationvioletcloud on June 29th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
i think it was also a sign of him going back to his roots

i heart those songs x__x, so much.
慈理安waywardstar on June 29th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Hey there^^b. This is me giving you a high-five for all your hard work (really! awesome job!) and popping in to point out some phrasing I thought sounded odd. I've put all the suggestions I made in brackets:

[He was] previously signed under Antinos records, but once the company's collapse was foretold from inside information, [he moved to] Epic Records Japan. He was also the first artist signed to Tofu Records, a Sony-owned label promoting Japanese pop music in North America. T.M.Revolution stands for Takanori Makes Revolution.

[He] officially debuted as…

Nishikawa-san's first band was originally Luis-Mary, an [indie music] coordination [featuring] him as the lead vocalist.

The selection process and the decision to work with Nishikawa-san was a long, hard choice for Asakura, as…

T.M.Revolution incorporates many [styles and genres] of music. Each album differs greatly from [one another…]

A special performance in 1999 [at the famous Tokyo Dome] with producer Asakura was released, [making the original dream of T.M. Revolution become a reality.]

…most recent compilation (UNDER:COVER, but Nishikawa-san has [directed] and arranged some of the tracks on vertical infinity)

Nishikawa-san has made [two] appearances…

…waiting to hear T.M.Revolution live, [and] singing his songs…

[Since] Sunao, guitarist for [the] J-Rock band L'arc~en~Ciel, signed with Nishikawa, the music has [definitely] taken [on] a more heavy feeling…

…fine-tuning the raw talented vocal spread from his early career [against] the ballad sound of T.M.R.-e.
This may just be picky of me, but: as far as I know, you can't fine tune against something, so I'd suggest changing that to "into the ballad sound." Might just be me, though.

And lastly: I'm with violetcloud on wondering how much Sunao had to do with the change in the music (though I love him), and I'm also with her on mentioning defrock. It's not music, but it's Nishikawa related, so I guess that's your call.

Anyway, good work! I applaud you leaving out rumors and how you got a lot of information out in a relatively concise and informative manner ^_^. Gold star for you~!
Stevie: Scary Madan Ladyrampart on June 29th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
I made most of the suggestions that you offered. I wish I had proofread a little better, I might have picked out some of the mistakes. Thanks!

I added some things to it, mostly the pieces about his English songs, DEFROCK, and the change about Sunao (stupid me).

Thanks for the support, it means a lot to me. :)
慈理安waywardstar on June 29th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, don't worry about the proofreading: that's why you posted it, right? (I'm a terrible proofreader of my own work, myself XD)

Oh, yeah! I forgot about his English songs as well. Good idea ^_~.

Always happy to lend a hand d^_^b.
Jesshideincarnate on July 6th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
sounds really good to me! I even learned things I hadn't known before!