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Seiji Kameda

Seiji Kameda
Born (1964-06-03) June 3, 1964
Origin New York City, U.S
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, music producer, instrumentalist
Instruments Bass
Years active 1988–present
Labels EMI Music Japan(as Tokyo Jihen)
Associated acts Shiina Ringo, Tokyo Jihen

Seiji Kameda (亀田誠治 Kameda Seiji, born June 3, 1964) is a Japanese music producer, arranger and bass guitarist. He has worked extensively with Ringo Shiina, serving as her producer and touring bassist for many years, including his tenure with their band Tokyo Jihen from 2005 to 2012.

Biography

He was born in New York City, and went to Japan one year after birth. He started piano classes with his elder sister when he was 3 years old. In 1970 he moved to Osaka, Japan. One year later he joined the Chisato Elementary School. He began to study classic guitar in 1975 with his elder brother.

In 1976 Kameda moved to Tokyo. He developed a hobby of trying to intercept radio signals from across the ocean, using an instrument called BCL (Broadcast Communications Limited), to hear western-style music. In 1977 he started broadcasting his own radio station (FM KAMEDA) from his room. Three years later he joined Musashi High School and bought his first bass guitar, a Yamaha BB2000. In 1984 Kameda exchanged his Yamaha for a Frettor and got his first Fender Jazz Bass. In 1987 he graduated from Waseda University and began to record self-made demo tapes with his arrangements. One year later he finally began his bassist and arranger-producer career.

In 1999, he participated in the production of Ringo Shiina's first and second album as an arranger, and they were big hits. Because of those hits, he received many commissions to produce music. That started his great success. Since then he has been producing for musicians and bands like Spitz, Ken Hirai, Shikao Suga, Do As Infinity, Angela Aki, and others. He also participates in many musicians' recordings as a session bassist, or plays a bass guitar as a member of various solo singers' tour bands, or temporary bands like Bank Band (2005–present).

From May 2 to 3, 2009, Kameda gathered many artists who were related with him, and promoted the music festival "Kame no Ongaeshi."

Related musicians

The followings are Japanese musicians and musical groups related to Kameda.

They were produced, or their songs were arranged by Kameda, and also he offered songs to them.

External links

  • – Seiji Kameda Official Web SiteMakotoya (Japanese)
  • Tokyo Jihen Official Web Site (by EMI) (Japanese)
  • The introduction of the member of Tokyo Jihen (by Ringo Shiina Official Web Site)
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