Tamio Okuda is a rock star, songwriter and producer extraordinaire. He was the original producer for Puffy's first CD, AmiYumi and has been a major factor in shaping the group's distinct sound. He also produced and wrote the music for Kaela Kimura's single Beat which reached #7 on Oricon in October of 2005.
Okuda was born on May 12, 1965 in Hiroshima Prefecture. He was a member of the highly respected group Unicorn. When Unicorn disbanded in 1993 Okuda launched his own solo carear. His first two albums were called "29" and "30" named after his age. Andy Sturmer helped to produce "30."
When Sony teamed Ami and Yumi together they chose Okuda to produce their first project. Ami and Yumi have both commented that they were fans of Okuda's Unicorn when they were in junior high.
His solo works include: 29, (1995), 30 (1995), Fail Box (1997), Matatabi (1998), Gold Blend (2000), Car songs of the Years (2001), E (2002), Okuda Tamio Live Songs of the Years (2003), Lion (2004) and comp (2005).
Tamio also teamed up with Yosui Inoue in 1997 for the album "Shopping" where they did a remake of Puffy's first single True Asia together.
One of Okuda's other interests is black-bass fishing.
Recent News Two albums were released in Japan on October 24 of 2007 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Tamio's old band Unicorn: "Unicorn Tributes" and "Okuda Tamio Covers." Kaela covered the song Marshmallow and Puffy did Kenkou for the "Tamio Okuda Covers" CD.