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Da Pump
Origin Okinawa, Japan
Genres Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop
Years active 1996–present
Labels avex tune
Associated acts Namie Amuro, MAX, Speed, w-inds.
Website http://www.avexnet.or.jp/dapump
http://www.dapump.jp/
Members
Issa (1996–present)
Daichi (2008–present)
Kazuma (2008–present)
Kenzo (2008–present)
Tomo (2008–present)
Kimi (2008–present)
Yori (2008–present)
U-Yeah (2008–present)
Former members
Shinobu (1996–2006)
Yukinari (1996–2008)
Ken (1996–2009)

Da Pump (ダパンプ Da Panpu ?) is an Okinawan male idol group comprising lead vocalist, Issa and MCs Ken, Yukinari, and Shinobu. The group formed as students at Okinawa Actors School in 1996. They made their debut on Avex Trax subsidiary, avex tune, under the guidance of producer Akio Togashi on June 11, 1997 with "Feelin' Good -It's Paradise." As one of the few male groups unassociated with Johnny's Entertainment, they were the first to gain major popularity reaching their peak in 2001 with the release of Da Best of Da Pump. On April 7, 2006, Shinobu formally left the group following a hiatus due to a drunk driving incident in 2005[1]. The group went on an unofficial hiatus at the end of 2006.

On December 18, 2008, it was announced that Yukinari was leaving the group and that Ken and Issa were actively looking for his replacement[2]. Within hours, their management company announced a brand new Da Pump with seven new members and a new concept as a multimedia entertainment group [3]. The group will start their official comeback on July 15, 2009 with the new single, "Summer Rider" and a tour in the fall. It was announed on December 5, 2009 that Ken Okumoto has left Da Pump to pursue a solo career, leaving Issa the only orginal member left.

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Members

Current members

  • Issa Hentona (辺土名 一茶 Hentona Issa ?, ISSA) [Born: December 9, 1978; Blood Type: B / Since 1997]
  • Daichi Kato (加藤 大地 Katō Daichi ?, DAICHI) [Born: December 4, 1988; Blood Type: A / Since 2008]
  • Kazuma Yamane (山根 和馬 Yamane Kazuma ?, KAZUMA) [Born: March 6, 1984; Blood Type: A / Since 2008]
  • Tomoki Nakamura (中村 朋揮 Nakamura Tomoki ?, KENZO) [Born: January 21, 1985; Blood Type: O / Since 2008]
  • TOMO [Born: February 2, 1981; Blood Type: AB / Since 2008]
  • KIMI [Born: April 14, 1983; Blood Type: B / Since 2008]
  • YORI [Born: February 9, 1980; Blood Type: AB / Since 2008]
  • Yūya Tanimoto (谷本 裕也 Tanimoto Yūya ?, U-YEAH) [Born: September 17, 1983; Blood Type: A / Since 2008]

Former members

  • Shinobu Miyara (宮良 忍 Miyara Shinobu ?, SHINOBU) [Born: February 15, 1980; Blood Type: O ; Left DA PUMP in 2005]
  • Yukinari Tamaki (玉城 幸也 Tamaki Yukinari ?, YUKINARI) [Born: November 5, 1978; Blood Type: O; Left DA PUMP in 2008]
  • Ken Okumoto (奥本 健 Okumoto Ken ?, KEN) [Born: December 17, 1979; Blood Type: O; Left DA PUMP in 2009]

Biography

Famed for their ability in both dancing and singing, and for their good looks, Da Pump's debut came in 1997, with the song "Feelin Good - It's Paradise" and breaking through with "Rhapsody in Blue" (and using the song as their entry on the "white" team during the 1998 Kōhaku Uta Gassen). The group originally came from Okinawa Actors School but are now part of the Avex Network and are produced by Akio Togashi. Their songs tend to have a quick tempo and often include elements of rap. Da Pump often appears in TV shows, movies, and magazines throughout Japan.

Issa has stated that he is a fan of the long running Kamen Rider Series tokusatsu programs, and has contributed to the soundtracks of Kamen Rider 555 with its opening theme "Justiφ's" and its film's theme "Justiφ's -Accel Mix-" as well as the theme for the film Kamen Rider The Next, "Chosen Soldier". As a group, Da Pump had performed the theme to the film Kamen Rider The First, "Bright! our Future."

Following a DUI arrest in 2005, Shinbou temporarily suspended all activities from the group. However, on 7 April 2006, he officially announced that he has left the group. The remaining members of Da Pump will continue on as three. During his leave, he returned to Okinawa and in a letter posted on his management company's website he explained that during his time there he felt an urge to perform the music of the prefecture and with those sentiments decided to leave the group. At this time, it has been decided that Shinobu will go solo although no concrete plans have been made.

Discography

Studio albums

  • 1998: Expression
  • 1999: Higher and Higher!
  • 2000: Beat Ball
  • 2002: The Next Exit
  • 2004: Shippuu Ranbu -Episode II-
  • 2005: Lequios

Other albums

  • 2001: Da Best of Da Pump
  • 2001: Da Best Remix of Da Pump
  • 2003: Da Best of Da Pump Japan Tour 2003 Reborn
  • 2006: Da Best of Da Pump 2+4

Notable singles

  • 1997: "Feelin' Good -It's Paradise-"
  • 1999: "We Can't Stop The Music"
  • 2000: "If..."
  • 2009: "Summer Rider"

Solo Projects

Issa

Singles

  • "Justiφ's" (12 March 2003) - Opening for the series, Kamen Rider 555.
  • "Play, This, Satisfy" (23 April 2003)
  • "Chosen Soldier" (17 October 2007) - Theme for Kamen Rider The Next

Albums

  • Extension (21 May 2003)

Collaborative releases

  • MAX / "Emotional History" (14 March 2001)
    • "But My Love feat. ISSA"
  • Album Christmas Harmony: Vision Factory Presents! (21 November 2007)
    • "Shiroi Yuki"

Ken

Collaborative releases

  • Hiro / Naked and True (7 August 2002)
    • "Crazy feat. Ken"
  • Viewtiful Joe (Sotaro feat. Ken) (3 July 2003) Theme of Viewtiful Joe
    • "Viewtiful World"
  • ZZ / ZZB (14 December 2005)
    • "Walk into the light feat. Ken"
  • Tamaki Nami / Don't Stay (23 April 2008)
    • "Gokigendaze!: Nothing but Something feat. Ken"

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