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Tetsuya Komuro
Born November 27, 1958 (1958-11-27) (age 51)
Origin Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-Pop, Eurobeat, Dance, Tribal house, Oldschool jungle, Trance, Progressive rock, Hard rock, Contemporary R&B
Occupations Composer, music producer, instrumentalist
Instruments Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Organ
Years active 1975-present
Labels Epic Sony Record / SMEJ 1984-2000
Avex Group 1991-present
Geneon 1995-2001
Pony Canyon 1998-2001
Rojam 2001-present
Associated acts TM Network, Globe
Website KomuroTetsuya Official Blog

Tetsuya Komuro (小室 哲哉 Komuro Tetsuya ?), also known as TK, is a Japanese keyboardist, songwriter and music producer born on November 27, 1958 in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan. He is recognized for introducing dance music to the Japanese mainstream. He was also a former owner of the discothèque Velfarre located in Roppongi, Tokyo.

He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figure in J-pop throughout the 1990s. In the Oricon singles chart of April 15, 1996, he monopolized all the Top 5 positions as the songwriter and producer, a world record. In 1995 he monopolized all Top 3 positions of the copyright distribution rankings for the JASRAC Award, a record in Japan's music history.

At his peak as a record producer the artists he predominantly produced for came to be known as TK Family and at one time included Namie Amuro, hitomi, TRF, Tomomi Kahala and Ami Suzuki amongst others.

To date, singles composed by him have sold more than 70 million, singles whose lyrics he wrote have sold more than 42 million, and all in all records produced by him have sold more than 170 million in Japan alone.

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Life and career

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1979–1994: Early career and TM Network

His career started as a keyboardist for Speedway in 1979. In 1984, he build up TM Network with Takashi Utsunomiya and Naoto Kine. A year later, in 1985, his first solo work was the soundtrack "Vampire Hunter D" for the anime Vampire Hunter D, and his band, TM Network, did the closing credits song "Your Song". He subsequently composed other soundtracks such as Heaven and Earth, Seven Days War.

In 1989 and 1990, Komuro collaborated with Warren Cuccurullo as a solo singer. In 1991, he collaborated with X Japan's Yoshiki as V2.

TM Network changed its name to TMN in 1990. TMN disbanded in 1994, then in 1999 they reunited under their old name of TM Network, and remain active to this day.

1994–2007: Komuro boom and following career

By the early 1990s, Komuro was spending much of his time writing songs for and producing many other musicians and bands. He was also an early pioneer of dance music in Japan, and came to stardom in the 1990s as producer with a long string of hits with artists such as TRF (TK Rave Factory), Tomomi Kahala, Namie Amuro, Ami Suzuki, hitomi, Ryoko Shinohara and H Jungle with t. In 1994, he composed the musical score to the Japanese anime film Street Fighter II, based on the Capcom video game. This score was removed from the US release of the film.

He was mainly helped in this task by the mix engineers Pete Hammond and Dave Ford. Both were working for PWL, which was the home of the British producing team Stock Aitken Waterman. Not only that, "TK" is also credited for the rise to fame of Daisuke Asakura, a popular Japanese composer, keyboardist and music producer who began his major musical career as a backup keyboardist for TM Network. Asakura is reported to view Komuro as his "Sensei" or "Teacher".

In 1997, he started his overseas career with the remix of the theme music of the action movie "Speed 2: Cruise Control". Komuro worked in collaboration with French keyboardist Jean Michel Jarre from 1998 to 2001. The duet wrote the theme song for the 1998 FIFA World Cup Together Now as well as several other tracks and remixes. He and Jean-Michel also performed a concert on beaches in Okinawa on January 1, 2001.

TK also released albums as a solo singer or musician and was involved in the bands Globe, Kiss Destination and Gaball.

2008: Fraud

On November 4, 2008, Komuro was arrested and charged with fraud, for taking ¥500,000,000 in exchange for a promise to sell the copyright to his songs, which he had already sold to somebody else.[1][2][3] Reportedly, he planned to use the money to pay a portion of his ex-wife's alimony.[4][5] He admitted the fraud at his trial in January 2009.[6]

In March 2009 Matsuura Masato, president of the Avex Group Holdings, recovered the losses for the plaintiff, paid him extra ¥100 million in compensation and a further ¥48 million in delay damages. Matsuura also stated that Komuro will work at Avex in a company position directly under his control.[7]

On May 11, 2009, Komuro received a suspended three-year prison sentence. According to the sentencing judge, Komuro's acceptance of responsibility and the fact that restitution had been made greatly influenced the final sentence, and further went on to state that no good to society would come from Komuro's imprisonment.[8]

2009–present: Comeback

At the Avex Group Holdings' concert tour a-nation 2009, Komuro made a surprise appearance on August 22, 2009. He played a medly of his hit songs at the piano and later reunited on stage with his fellow members of the J-pop group globe, Marc Panther and his wife Keiko.

Collaborations

Tetsuya Komuro worked with the following musicians.

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References

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