m.o.v.e - history
he exciting music trio from Japan known asm.o.v.e is set to bring their unique music of rock,rap, electronica and metal to the US this April forSakura-Con 2007 in Seattle, WA.The trio consisting of lead vocalist yuri, musi-cian and producer t-kimura and rapper motsu arecelebrating their 10th year anniversary and have released atotal of 26 CD singles, eight full length albums, seven remixalbums and two best albums in Japan.The group is best known for the opening and closingtheme songs for popular animation and video game series“Initial D”.Unlike many artists featured on an anime series with typi-cally a single song, the group has had a total of nine songsused as theme songs for the “Initial D” series (1st STAGEthrough 4th STAGE) including their music used in the SonyPSP video game for “Initial D” and also “Silent Hill”.Because the popularity of the series, m.o.v.e has a dedi-cated fanbase all over the world.As for the members of the group, producer and musiciant-kimura is known to many J-POP fans for his music for thegroup Favorite Blue (1996-2000).t-kimura has also produced songs for notable talentHamasaki Ayumi, Shimatani Hitomi, V6 and TRF.
The rapper of the group, motsu is an MC for Avex’s online
music show “Channel a” and has been involved in compos-ing and remixing music for groups like V6 and even animesuch as “Crayon Shin-Chan”.As for lead vocalist yuri, she was spotted at an auditionfor the music variety show ASAYAN, and captured the atten-tion of t-kimura who later selected her to become the leadvocalist of the new group he was starting up.The group which eventually became known as m.o.v.egets its name from not settling into one type of music genreand is constantly moving.And that constant moving is not restricted to their music
as the group’s members t-kimura and motsu rarely keep the
same appearance as their hair color and hairstyle seem tochange with each CD single release (as seen on their musicvideos).With the demand for their music to be released in the US,
m.o.v.e’s music can now be purchased and downloaded on
iTunes.The group made their debut back in October of 1997 withtheir CD single “ROCK IT DOWN” (AVDT-20009) which wasthe ending theme song for the variety/music show “ASAY-AN”.The CD single would feature a radio edit, a FAVORITEBLUE DIG-ROCK mix, an English version of the song and aTV mix (instrumental/karaoke).
While t-kimura’s music was known especially with the
synth pop that was used for his group FAVORITE BLUE,m.o.v.e would be different.The group would feature a very cool synth pop music
(which the song in Japan was classied as digital rock)that complimented motsu’s rapping while yuri provided the
The trio’s second CD single would catch the attention of
music fans as the song “around the world” (AVCDT-2011,released on Jan. 7, 2008) was used as the opening themefor the anime series “Initial D”.The CD single would feature two additional versions ofthe song. A “in the midnight (work) mix” REMIX by SoundPressure Brothers and a TV mix.
The group’s third CD single “over drive” (AVDT-20018,rel. on March 18, 1998) would feature more of yuri’s vocals,
as opposed to the last two CD singles, which mainly fea-
tured yuri singing the chorus and motu’s rapping. The CD
single will be used for the ending theme for “ASAYAN”.
mo.v.e’s rst album “electrock” from June 1998 and their second album
“worlds of the mind” released on January 2000