KEN - Vocals/Mixer/Prog
Birthday: February 28
Blood type: A
HIROKA - Vocals/Drums/Syn
Birthday: December 9
Blood type: AB
Sunrise song sample
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"At first, the name was "Biological Space" and then we changed it to Bioooo. At that time, we had two more members so we shorten the original name "Biological Space" to "Bi" and added four "o" to indicate that we are four." - Ken
And that's how you get the name "Bioooo", the musical duo of Ken and Hiroka. First paired together in 2007, the two have been playing electro music for the dance club scene in Tokyo's Shibuya and Shinjuku neighborhoods ever since. With a diverse and growing song list the two are looking toward the future with hopes of releasing their first album together soon.Till then, come take a listen and learn the story of the duo who say "We ourselves want to continue creating music which musicians can enjoy as their favorite songs for a long time."
On March 14, 2010 the members of Bioooo were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Bioooo.
Tell us the story of how the two of you met and decided to form a band.
We met when we had part-time jobs and we got along. To do music together we formed Bioooo.
What type of music were you both into?
KEN started his music activity with punk rock and HIROKA did with J-POP. And now we both are into the electro-music.
What about each other made you want to make music together?
We wanted to start our joint activity because we both are moved by the electro-music.
How would you describe the band's style of music?
We play dance-music which is suitable for live house, club-scene, and others.
Tell us more about your live show. What can fans expect to see and hear?
Most of our fans coming to our live show are dance-music lovers, they are expecting to dance along to our music.
Btw who came up with the band's name and what does it mean?
KEN named it. At first, the name was "Biological Space" and then we changed it to Bioooo. At that time, we had two more members so we shorten the original name "Biological Space" to "Bi" and added four "o" to indicate that we are four.
Your song SUNRISE has an interesting feel to it. Tell us more about the song.
That is our favorite song which was created imagining a brisk morning.
Tell us more about BORDERLINE. What is the song's message?
We gave our message in the song that "we should proceed to the next stage".
Biological Space has more of a dance sound to it. What's the story behind the song?
Biological Space is kind of our base song which is the most popular one in our live show. We created this song imagining that we should keep filling our imagination. We put our highest priority in the rhythm of our songs.
Can you tell us more about your music creation process. How do you create a new song?
KEN composes all the songs and the process is computerized. HIROKA writes the Japanese words to the songs.
What type of things inspire you musically?
Music is a part of our life and the most enjoyable part of life. We get inspiration from every single event in our life.
Who have been your biggest musical influences?
Underworld, LCD Soundsystem, "The Prodigy", Digitalism, and other similar types of musicians had major influences.
Do you have a personal philosophy that is a part of your music?
We like to sing songs very much. We think maintaining the feeling of that is very important.
What are the band's plans for the rest of the year?
Our immediate event is the festival scheduled in March. We will by any means make it successful. Another and the biggest event this year is to release our first album.
Let's get to know you both better. Can you tell us about your hometowns and what it was like growing up there?
KEN's hometown is the town of Aritayaki, which is famous to the world as a pottery-making village. He grew up there seeing many beautiful potteries.
HIROKA was born in a rich natural environment surrounded by a beautiful sea and mountains. She grew up there peacefully not having been pressed for time.
How did you first get into music?
At first, KEN formed a music band with his friends just for fun. HIROKA was invited to join the band by KEN later.
When you were in high school what type of career did you think you would have?
KEN was eager to get into the music world then and came to metropolitan Tokyo after graduating from high school.
HIROKA wanted to become a government employee.
What do your family and friends think of your musical activities?
All of them are giving us their warm supports cheering us up.
What other bands or projects did you do before becoming a duo?
Before we became a duo player KEN had been a member of a punk rock band BIOLOGICAL SPACE with three other guys.
What do you think about the music industry in Japan? How would you change things if you could?
We think the Japanese music industry is inclining to showbiz. We ourselves want to continue creating music which musicians can enjoy as their favorite songs for a long time.
Can we get a peek into the romantic side of Bioooo? What type of places do you like to go to for a romantic date?
We two like towns in Tokyo so much that we like to take a walk on Tokyo streets.
Anyone married? Kids?
We are still single and do not have a child. We are experiencing a declining birth rate, but HIROKA hopes to have three children although there is no marriage plan yet.
Outside of music what type of things do you do for fun and relaxation?
KEN likes to go shopping. HIROKA likes to enjoy taking a bath and reading books.
Do you have a favorite place to hang out at?
We two like Koenji town which is one of the downtowns in Tokyo where we can still enjoy good old days of Tokyo and we can find many live houses there. We often visit Koenji and are hanging out at the town.
Any plans or hopes of touring overseas in the future?
Our dream is to perform our music at music festivals all-over-the-world.
Do you have anything else you want to bring up or comment on?
We want as many people in the world as possible to listen to Bioooo's music.
Do you have a final message to all your fans?Please stick up for Bioooo. We'll keep on doing our music activities.
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