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Bassist AKi of Japanese Rock Band SID Will Be Making His Solo Debut

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Dec 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST

AKi, bassist for the Japanese visual kei rock band SID, has announced that he will be making his solo debut at the beginning of the year with an album release.

The upcoming album, titled ARISE, will be released Jan. 28 through Tower Records. AKi will hold his first solo concert Feb. 3 in Tokyo at the Tsutaya O-East.

On Dec. 5, Danger Crue Records released a free digital single titled “Freak Show" from an unidentified rookie artist, which has now been revealed to have been AKi. ARISE will come with 11 tracks, one of which will be the already-released track “Freak Show." AKi wrote all of the album's lyrics, including the English ones. Glay's Toshi Nagai, The Mad Capsule Markets’s Motokatsu Miyagami, usagi's Takayuki Kato and MUCC's Miya will be featured as guest performers on the album.

SID was founded in 2003 by AKi and vocalist Mao and are currently signed to Sony Records. They were joined by two support members: guitarist Shinji and drummer Yuuya. The four members released the band’s first demo CD, Yoshigai Manabu 17-sai, on a mini-disc that August and soon after were signed with Danger Crue Records.

The band is known for their visual kei style, a movement among Japanese musicians that is characterized by the use of varying levels of makeup, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Though many believe that visual kei refers to a music genre with sounds relating to glam rock, punk rock and heavy metal, it is possible for visual key to be used in various genres.

Check out AKi with his band SID in the video below:

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