Birthday: October 8
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio USA
Chiharu "Chiha" Richards
Birthday: November 20
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
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Tell us a little about your duo and its musical abilities.
Dale: Crab Bubbles is a studio band. But we are in Arizona forming a Live Performance band at this time. I produce and play all instruments as well as write with Chiharu "Chiha" Richards. Chiha sings vocals, can play percussion and is the sexy part of the Crab Bubbles. We play all things in the band and use no samples. I play the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and do vocals.
Tell us about your backgrounds.
Dale: I was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up loving music. I started playing drums at age 6 because of the old TV show the Monkees. That was my fist LP record I ever had. The Beatles, Kinks, Ventures, Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Bay City Rollers were a huge part of my life.
I learned guitar at the age of 15 and went from there. I have been in bands from high school till present day - many years - over 25. In the 80's I had a Punk band and went to England 2 times and played all over the UK.
Chiha: I was born in Fukuoka, Japan and loved music from the beginning. I sang in bands during high school covering the Go Gos, Ann Lewis and many other Pop bands. I learned to speak English by watching old B/W American movies with subtitles.
Dale: In school both Chiha and my favorite classes were Music, Art and Photography. Mine was also Recess...
Fans are often interested in what other jobs their favorite musicians have had. What other types of work have you and Chiha done?
Dale: I was a TV cameraman for a local station and also had a show on local TV in Florida.
Chiha: My past jobs were at a snack shop in Japan, at a French Restaurant and as a Kimono School teacher.
You were a Kimono School teacher?
Chiha: Yes. My Kimono School teaching was very nice. I loved it because I love the kimono and got to put them on everyday. This must be done in a special way to be right. Many people don't put it on in the right way which makes it look strange - that is wrong ha ha... So I loved to teach them the right way. I was a student first at the school and then became a teacher. I miss that at times.
How did you two meet?
Dale: Chiha and I met as Pen Pals and our relationship grew from there. In 2005 I moved to Fukuoka, Japan for a year and we were married. Fukuoka is a great city with much night life and music. In 2006 we moved to the United States.
What was it like to leave Fukuoka to live in the US?
Chiha: I was a little bit sad because of my friends and home country. BUT I love Dale and we wanted a new start in America.
What do you miss most about Japan? What do you like the most and least about Arizona?
Chiha: What I miss most about Japan: yakiniku, the trains and some TV shows. But I am very happy in America. I love Arizona because of the weather and mountains. In many ways it's like Japan. We don't live in the desert, we live in the mountains so we get snow and it feels like Japan at times. I don't have anything I can think of I'm not happy about here in Arizona.
Dale: The thing I often miss from Japan is SUNTORY Green Soda! Man I love that!!!
Where did the name "Crab Bubbles" come from?
Dale: Chiha and I were on a walk and saw a crab in the Sea of Japan and he had bubbles on him. The popping sound of the bubbles made a rhythm beat kinda music and so the name was born from that. Our song "Crab Bubbles" also comes from that story.
How would you describe your group's musical style and philosophy?
Dale: Crab Bubbles style is POWERPOP/Punk/ROCK and is happy and upbeat with high energy. The philosophy of Crab Bubbles is to make happy upbeat music that ROCKS and gets your feet moving.
You currently have a snappy remake of Puffy's song Boom Boom Beat playing at your website. Are you fans of Puffy?
Dale: We are HUGE fans of Puffy and Tamio Okuda. Okuda is an idol of mine and his style and sound is much like my own. I adore Puffy and Ami and Yumi. I wish they would cover our song Crab Bubbles - Hint!
Tell us about your songwriting history and how you pick your cover songs.
Dale: Original songs - I have written over 200. I write songs on what I feel at the time. Sometimes I have no idea what the song will be about - just have a melody or beat in my head. I always hear music in all things and can always find a beat in everyday life or sound.
When we decide to cover a song it is chosen for one reason: because of the impact we feel from the song. We have covered many Puffy songs, also Bay City Rollers, Beatles etc and I did a cover of Okuda's Marshmallow song,
We do songs in both Japanese and English.
Chiha what are your three favorite songs to sing and why?
Chiha: Favorite songs I sing would be:
1) "CRAB BUBBLES" because it was our 1st song we did together as Crab Bubbles.
2) "Gira Gira" Because I wrote the words to that song he he!
3) "Mogura Like" (Puffy's song Mole Like) because it's a fun song with a great beat and Okuda wrote it. We love him!
Fans can listen to some of your songs at your website. Where else is your music heard?
Dale: Our music is heard all over the world on FM satellite and internet radio stations. People can buy our music from us and contact us through our MySpace page.
Do you have a message for your fans?
Dale & Chiha: Thanks to all who support Crab Bubbles. We truly love all our fans. Thank You - Domo Arigatou!
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