AWOI has been based in Osaka since the band's formation in 2004. With OTOGI’s incredibly unique presence and strongly charismatic aura create a characteristic atmosphere, making AWOI differ from other bands. They will definitely be a next “SOMETHING” for the new era.
The band was originally formed by OTOGI (voice) and SHOU (guitar) in 2004 and had their first show the same year. Then they released their very first single “KOKORO” in March, 2005. SAKI (bass) joined the band in 2005 soon after their temporary bassist left. In 2007, they signed to BRAND’S RECORDS in FACE MUSIC, which is an Osaka based label, and released their third Maxi single “Nakunaranai Uta”. After having SHIN (guitar) and RYO (drums) join in 2010 to become their present line-up, the band became much stronger. In October 2011, AWOI released their mini-album “CHILDREN” and it entered the ORICON weekly Indies album charts at No. 13, and most shows of the tour having the album title were sold out. The band's popularity has grown remarkably and it is getting more and more difficult to get tickets. They have just released “Kumo no ito”, their third mini-album in March 2012 and its tour finale in Tokyo sold out in no time. AWOI’s edgy sound and beautifully melancholic melody capture the attention of music fans. Keep an eye on them.
Chii Sakurabi is a breakout J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan. Chii has recorded original Japanese pop songs notable for their high-energy and fantasy themes. Chii originally performed live as an idol throughout Tokyo, and in late 2010 Chii moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. In November 2011 Chii released her first full-length album Mirage internationally. Mirage has a range of musical styles from dynamic electropop to soaring ballads and includes tracks with a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. Chii has performed live throughout various anime and pop culture conventions in such countries as the United States, France, Mexico, and Japan. In her live performances, Chii is known for her angelic voice, kawaii dances, and lolita fashion.
An umbrella over your heart
Umbrella formed in March 2010 around the core members of Yui on guitar & vocals and Hal on bass. They held their first live performance in June of the same year. Their first mini-album, [Amayadori], was released on July 1, 2011. In about three months, around October 17, the 500 copies of the album's first press sold out and 300 additional copies were quickly printed. From October 14-19 they participated in the Road to V-Rock Festival event at HEAVEN'S ROCK VJ-3 and won, giving them the opportunity to perform in V-Rock Festival '11 on October 23. They performed two songs on the Saitama Super Arena stage. The guitarist Syu also joined the band in October 2011. On December 1 of that year, they released their first single, [Samidare], through Starwave Records. In April 2012 they kicked off a nationwide tour, ending with the Kanto final on June 6 at Takadanobaba AREA, and on June 23 they claimed great success in their first one-man performance at Shinsaibashi club ALIVE!. They released their second mini-album, [Monochrome], in fall 2012.