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Taka performing in Fort Canningham Park, Singapore (2016)
Personal Info
Name (Kanji) 森内 貴寛
Name (Romaji) Takahiro Moriuchi
Born April 17, 1988
Birth place Tokyo, Japan
Bold type A
Occupations Singer, lyricist, composer
Years active 2003 - present
Labels A-Skech
Associated acts NEWS (2003)
Chivary of Music (2004)
ONE OK ROCK (2005 - present)
Relationships
Relatives Hiroki Moriuchi (brother)
Tomohiro Moriuchi (brother)
Masako Mori (mother)
Shinichi Mori (father)
Friends Toru
Tomoya
Ryota

Takahiro Moriuchi (森内 貴寛) is a former member of Johnny's Entertainment group NEWS[1] and current vocalist of the Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK, where he goes by the name Taka.

He was born as Takahiro Moriuchi but due to his parents' divorce, he changed his surname to Morita. However, in the June 2012 issue of the magazine, ROCKIN'ON JAPAN, he stated in an interview that his real name is Takahiro Moriuchi.[2] In 2013, he is shown again in a photo using his last name, Moriuchi, where all ONE OK ROCK band members held a written sign of their real names. The photo was taken by photographer, Rui Hashimoto.[3] He is been using this last name since 2012.

HistoryEdit

Before joining ONE OK ROCKEdit

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Taka when he was in the boy group NEWS.

Taka was born on April 17, 1988. He is the son of the famous Japanese singer Masako Mori and Shinichi Mori and the eldest brother of Tomohiro and Hiroki. In 2002, he signed with Johnny's Entertainment and joined the boy band, NEWS, in 2003. He left the boy band in 2004 and claimed that he did that to "focus on his studies".

In 2004, Taka was in the band called "Chivalry of Music". When they did their first live, Toru went to that concert and amazed by Taka's strange voice during the performance so after the performance, he approached Taka and ask him to join his band. Taka said that, he is doing his band too so he can't. Chivalry of Music did their second live and Toru was there again. Taka was in his part-time job when Toru approached him again and ask him to join the band. Toru tried convinced him again and again until one time, Toru was a little bit forceful. Toru finally convinced him and finally joined the band.

2005-2009: Joining the band and the Old FormationEdit

Taka is now the vocalist of Toru's band, that they named as "ONE OK ROCK". In 2007, the band started to record for their single with the help of Koichi Korenaga, Satoru Hiraide and INA. They released three singles that same year. Those singles are Naihi Shinsho, Yume Yume and Et Cetera. After those singles, Taka and the band released their debut album Zeutakubyou and had their first tour the Tokyo-Osaka-Nagoya Quattro Tour. In 2008, they released their next album Beam of Light, but in an interview with Rockin'On Magazine in June 2012, Taka and the band said that they don't consider this one as an album, but rather as a part of growing up as a band.[4] After releasing the album they performed a gig at Shibuya AX.[5]

They had planned to release two albums at the same year, so they released Kanjou Effects

On April 05, 2009, Alex was arrested for groping the leg of a twenty-one-year-old female student on a train. After the incident, Taka felt like the world was collapsing around him again, but Toru comforted him and continued the band without him.

2010-2012: New FormationEdit

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Taka at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo on November 28, 2010.

After the Alex incident, they finally moved on and released their new single Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer on February 03, 2010. After four months, Taka and the band released their next album Niche Syndrome on June 9, 2010. The band had their tour This is my own judgement! in five Zepp music halls across the nation in 6 days, starting Sendai, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and ending in a 2-day concert in Tokyo. The second part the tour took place at sixteen different venues until 11 December 2010. They held a final performance in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo on 28 November, followed by the release of a concert DVD "This is My Budokan?!" on 16 February 2011.[6] On August 6, 7 and 8, ONE OK ROCK headlined Rock in Japan Festival and Summer Sonic Festival, followed by Rising Sun Rock Festival, Monster Bash, Treasure05X, Mad Ollie, Countdown Japan 2010/2011, and Radio Crazy.[7]

In March 2013, Simple Plan announced a new version of their song "Summer Paradise" with Taka for a Japanese-only release.[8] Then they performed together at Punkspring 2013.

Taka helped Pay money To my Pain to sing one of their songs on their tribute album "Gene" after their vocalist died due to heart failure.[9]

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Taka at ONE OK ROCK 2011 "Answer is aLive" TOUR.

The band's next single "Answer is Near was released and held the Answer is Alive 2011 tour took place in six Zepp music halls and three other venues from April to June 2011. Taka and the band released their first double A-side single Re:make / NO SCARED and released their fifth album, Zankyo Reference. ONE OK ROCK announced fourteen dates between November and December 2011 for the Zankyo Reference Tour. The band also announced their final tour for this album as a two-day concert in Yokohama Arena on 21 and 22 January 2012. This was their first time playing in Yokohama Arena, the biggest venue in Kantō region.

In 2011, Taka, together with the band was headlined many music festivals, including Jisan Valley Rock Festival in South Korea. In July, they headlined in SETSTOCK 2011 and Jisan Valley Rock Festival, followed by Rock in Japan Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival, Summer Sonic Festival, Monster Bash, Sky Jamboree, and Space Shower's Sweet Love Shower. At the end of the year, they headlined Radio Crazy and Countdown Japan once more.

In April 8, 2012, started to release Music Videos on their Official YouTube Channel. They released music videos at that day.

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Taka performing at Singapore during their first overseas tour.

The band declared their first overseas tour in Start Walking The World on May and June 2012, covering Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore.[10] 9mm Parabellum Bullet, Mao Abe, Hello Sleepwalkers, and Crossfaith were the guest performers of their four concert dates in Japan. They headlined Rock in Japan Festival on the main stage, as well as Summer Sonic 2012, alongside Green Day, Franz Ferdinand and Rihanna.[11] They also headlined Oga Namahage Rock Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival, and Sweet Love Shower.11

2013-2014: the Worldwide TourEdit

The band released their single, The Beginning. The title track was chosen as the theme song for the live action movie adaptation of the Rurouni Kenshin manga. This single won as "Best Rock Video" from the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2013 and award as Best Your Choice in Space Shower Music Video Awards. Currently "The Beginning" is the most popular song by the band, having reached more than 40 million views in their YouTube channel, and became the most watched Japanese rock video, further skyrocketing ONE OK ROCK's popularity.

The single "Deeper Deeper / Nothing Helps" was released on January 9, 2013 and hit 2nd place on the Oricon charts. Their sixth full-length Jinsei×Boku= was released on March 6, 2013 and managed to reach second place on the Oricon weekly chart.

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Taka at PNC Bank Arts Concerts Center, Holmdel during the VANS WARPED TOUR 2014.

In October 2013 the band went on their first tour outside Asia and visited Europe for five concerts. Four out of the five concerts in Europe were sold out almost immediately.[12] In November 2013, they continued the tour in Asia and visited Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan. In February 2014 they visited the US to hold two concerts in New York and Los Angeles and added two more dates in Philadelphia and Toronto in May. They also performed at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, their first festival outside Asia. In April 01, 2014, they played at an opening gig in Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, United States for Warped Tour 2015 kickoff party. Another line-ups are Bad Rabbits, Issues, Wax, Watsky, SECRETS and This Wild Life. In June and July 2014 they joined VANS WARPED TOUR 2014 and performed in eighteen cities in North America. On May 16, the documentary film about their last Europe and Asia Tour, "FOOL COOL ROCK" debuted and played for a limited time of four weeks at select theaters. This movie was directed by Hiroyuki Nakano.The documentary FOOL COOL ROCK will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2014,[13][14] and will include an extra screening from Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong.[15]

2014-2015: 35xxxv, World Tour and U.S. DebutEdit

On January 12, 2014 their album producer John Feldmann tweeted that ONE OK ROCK had already started recording their new album.[16] Their first single from the forthcoming album, "Mighty Long Fall", is the theme song for the movie sequel of Rurouni Kenshin. ONE OK ROCK released new single "Mighty Long Fall/Decision" in July 30, 2014.[17] The song "Decision" is the theme song for their documentary film "FOOL COOL ROCK". A music video for "Decision" released in August 20, 2014 contains a compilation footage from their last tour in Europe and Asia. They also revealed the theme song for another movie sequel of Rurouni Kenshin entitled "Heartache".[18]

On August 15, 2014, Warner Music Japan released the Bottle Rocket Music Video by Grown Kids featuring Taka and Megan Joy.

In September 2014, ONE OK ROCK held a 2 day stadium concert in Yokohama Stadium in front of 60,000 people called "Mighty Long Fall Live at Yokohama Stadium 2014". This was their first time performing in a stadium. Taka showed up on the stage with a new and different hair style. They played more than twenty songs, including three new songs and one cover of A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton.[19]

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Taka singing with the crowd during the Knotfest Japan 2014.

Taka and the band announced USA, South America and Europe Tour in late 2014. They performed at Knotfest, in both Japan and United States, with an additional two dates for the United States in October.[20][21] They hit Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Mexico for South America in November and France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom and Russia for Europe in December. They performed alongside Ghost Town in the US and UK, and with Tonight Alive and Mallory Knox for most dates in Europe.[22][23] In November 27, they acted as guest performer in Hoobastank's Japan tour.[24]

On 9 October 2014, the band announced that new album will be released February 2015. The official website of the band was redesigned along with this announcement.[25]

Around December 16, 2014 - The band revealed the cover and name of their new upcoming album. It will be titled 35xxxv.

The Cry Out Music Video was released on their Official YouTube Channel on January 27, 2015. The music video was described by the fans as everything was "new and different".

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Taka featured at Against the Current's "Dreaming Alone" Music Video.

The single 35xxxv was released on February 11, 2015. The music style has changed and the album was described as "too Americanized" by some fans, yet it managed to get the first place on the Oricon Album weekly ranking being the first time the band achieved the first place. After 2 months, Taka collaborated in the song "Dreaming Alone" by Against the Current and in April 17, 2015, its music video was released on their Official YouTube Channel.

In May 25, 2015, the band announced that they will add two more shows on the tour that will held on September 12-13, 2015 in Chiba Marine Stadium, Makuhari Messe.[26] In May 27, 2015, It was announced that ONE OK ROCK will perform, along with the other bands, in the fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival on October 25, 2015.[27] July 24, Taka had his first Fuji Rock Festival concert at Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata.[28] In July 2015, Taka confirmed that they signed with Warner Bros. Records and planned to re-release 35xxxv as a deluxe edition containing all English tracks on September 25, 2015.[29] Taka along with the band is set to have a North American tour in fall 2015 with a few selected cities as headlining artists, but will spend the majority of their time as the opening act for All Time Low and Sleeping with Sirens.[30] ONE OK ROCK will also have world tour in Europe and Asia to promote their album.[31]

ONE OK ROCK held a project called ONE OK ROCK, Yahoo! MV appeared in 24 cities around the world in the search (ONE OK ROCK、Yahoo!検索で世界24都市のMVが登場). In September 10, 2015 morning at 1:00 "Yahoo! Search" special project of ONE OK ROCK started. When you search "ONE OK ROCK" in "Yahoo! Search," you will find 24 types that change by time the release of "One o'clock" special movie. Twenty-four cities that appeared in the MV are Japan, Nepal, Moscow, Iceland, Brazil, Colorado, Gambier, Antarctica, Shanghai, India, Paris, Cape Verde, New York, Vancouver, Hawaii, New Caledonia, Bangkok, Iran, London, Greenland, Mexico, Alaska, Niue, and Sydney. It will display "1:00" and the city and carries the message "One O ' clock (ONE OK ROCK)" on the border.[32] Two days after this project, the band released a Music Video for the 35xxxv Deluxe version of Cry Out. The song was in all English lyrics.

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Taka singing "Paper Planes" with Kellin Quinn on stage during the BACK TO THE FUTURE HEARTS TOUR 2015.

ONE OK ROCK started their "35xxxv" North American Tour on September 29, 2015 and ended on October 06. This tour was immediately followed by BACK TO THE FUTURE HEARTS TOUR. ONE OK ROCK became a support act in this tour along with Sleeping with Sirens and All Time Low.[33] Taka went to many places and learned new music ideas from the other bands. On the week of October 17, 2015, 35xxxv (Deluxe Edition) debuted at #20 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums and its highest peak position is at #17.[34] This chart is for new and upcoming musicians, which is usually a stepping stone towards Billboard 200 or Billboard Hot 100.

On December 02, 2015. ONE OK ROCK 2015 "35xxxv" Europe Tour started with We Came As Romans as a special guest.

Taka along with band returned to Japan next year for their ONE THOUSAND MILES TOUR 2016 concert along with All Time Low and PVRIS.[35]

2016-present: Signed to Fueled by Ramen and AmbitionsEdit

ONE OK ROCK started their "35xxxv" Asia Tour on January 14, 2016 at Asia-World Expo and ended on January 22, 2016 at Fort Canning Park. They returned to Japan after the tour to perform on ONE THOUSAND MILES TOUR 2016. On February 2016, they announced that they will have another tour in North America and Europe. ONE OK ROCK went to United States and started working with with Colin Brittain, Kane Churko, Dark Waves and Bruno Agra to make new songs. Taka posted on his Instagram account about their new album tracks.

On March 11, 2016. ONE OK ROCK released a new digital single called "Always coming back". The song was first heard in NTT Docomo's television commercial for iPhone 6s.

ONE OK ROCK started they're tour in The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California. A day after that, the band performed in Self Help Fest 2016 at San Bernardo, California. That same day, Taka was interviewed by Robert Herrera from Punk Video Rock. Taka revealed in the interview that they were working for a new album with a English and Japanese version. Just like what they did to 35xxxv and 35xxxv deluxe.[36] After that day, Monster Energy Outbreak Tour continued and ended at House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois on April 18, 2016. ONE OK ROCK went back to their studio in Los Angeles California to continue working on their new album. In May 2016, they went back to Japan and performed in METROPOLITAN ROCK FESTIVAL 2016. In May 31 to June 08, 2016, they toured in Europe and participated in Rock am Ring and Rock im Park.[37][38]

In June 10, Taka and the band went to Landgraaf, Netherlands to perform at Pinkpop Festival.[39] On June 11, they went to France to perform at the first Download Festival at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.[40] The next day, they went to the United Kingdom to perform at another Download Festival in Donington Park, England.[41]

In June 30 to July 31, the band joined 5 Seconds of Summer on the first North American leg of their Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour along with the band Hey Violet. That news was also announced confirmed by Taka through his Instagram account.

Marking the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance's album The Black Parade, Rock Sound announces that there will be a special cover of the said album inviting some of the world's biggest bands, including ONE OK ROCK. The band covers the opening song on the album "The End".[42]

On September 10 and 11, the band held a special live concert at Nagisaen, Shizuoka, Japan where 110,000 spectators experienced a thrilling concert. ONE OK ROCK also announces that they're going to release a digital single called "Taking Off" on September 16, 2016 under Fueled by Ramen. The song was used as a theme song for the Japanese movie "Museum" starring Shun Oguri. The movie will be aired on November 12, 2016. Later at the special live concert, Taka announces that their 8th studio album will be released early next year following an album tour.[43][44][45][46]

On October 8, Sum 41 will have a Japanese edition of their album, 13 Voices, that will include the song "War" featuring Taka. Deryck Whibley from Sum 41 mentioned to Alternative Press Japan that "It was great to collaborate with Taka on our new song called War. I am a huge fan of his voice and of One Ok Rock and I think that our voices work very well together".[47]

After signing with Fueled by Ramen[48] on September 11, 2016, they released the lead single "Taking Off" from their eighth album, Ambitions, to be released on January 11, 2017. On November 18, 2016 they released "Bedroom Warfare" the second single from the album. The third single "I was King" was released on December 15, 2016. Ambitions will have collaborations from Avril Lavigne, Alex Gaskarth and the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer.[49][50]

On November 19, ONE OK ROCK went to South Korea to held their ONE OK ROCK 2016 Live in Korea at KBS Arena. On November 22, the band then went to Shanghai, China to held their ONE OK ROCK 2016 Live in Shanghai at Mercedes Benz Arena. On December 22, ONE OK ROCK went to Fukuoka, Japan where Taka and Toru promoted their upcoming album "Ambition".[51] After that day, the band participated at AIRJAM 2016 that was also held in Fukuoka.

TriviaEdit

  • In 2005, he joined the rock band ONE OK ROCK as their vocalist and began going under the alias Taka.
  • His parents divorced afterwards and he changed his legal name to Morita Takahiro (森田貴寛).
  • In 2012 Takahashi Yu gave Taka an acoustic guitar as birthday gift. This guitar became Taka's inspirations for the song Notes'n'Words.
  • Since 2013, Taka have been seen using may variants of UNIF Clothing product.
  • His favorite anime is One Piece.

External linkEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/336858/?t
  2. Rockin’On Japan: Taka’s June Interview part 1
  3. https://twitter.com/RuiHashimoto/status/386110982382039040
  4. Rockin’On Japan: June OOR Interview part 3
  5. ONE OK ROCK at Shibuya AX. Jame World, Author: Sarah J.
  6. ONE OK ROCK THIS IS MY BUDOKAN?!. JaME World. Author: Leela McMullen
  7. ONE OK ROCK Past Live Archive
  8. 森進一長男Takaがメジャーデビュー, Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Kobe Shimbun
  9. Pay money To my Pain Unveiled Lyrics PV “Rain”
  10. ONE OK ROCK 2012 “START WALKING THE WORLD TOUR”
  11. LIVE REPORT: ONE OK ROCK Summer Sonic 2011. Gekirock
  12. ONE OK ROCK 2012 “START WALKING THE WORLD TOUR”
  13. "ONE OK ROCK’s Documentary to be Released on DVD/Blu-ray Disc". Arama Japan
  14. "FOOL COOL ROCK! ONE OK ROCK DOCUMENTARY FILM" Gets a BR/DVD Release Date
  15. Rock Out at Paragon, fool!. Bangkok Post
  16. https://twitter.com/JohnFeldy/status/422102797383770113
  17. ONE OK ROCK sing the theme song to ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno / The Legend Ends’
  18. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Film's Main Trailer UnveiledAnime News Network
  19. https://twitter.com/JohnFeldy/status/422102797383770113
  20. ONE OK ROCK to perform at KNOTFEST JAPAN 2014
  21. Daily Lineups Revealed For Slipknot’s US ‘Knotfest’
  22. ONE OK ROCK to Tour South America and Europe
  23. ONE OK ROCK - South American & European Tour Announced
  24. MAN WITH A MISSION & ONE OK ROCK to guest in Hoobastank's Japan concerts
  25. ONE OK ROCK、来年2月にニュー・アルバムをリリースすることが決定!!
  26. https://twitter.com/ONEOKROCK_japan/status/602771668549767168
  27. Aftershock 2015: Line up. Aftershock Concert
  28. http://fujirock-eng.com/frf15/_news/lineup0320.html
  29. ONE OK ROCK’s North America debut. “35xxxv Deluxe Edition” all in English + North American tour confirmed. Barks
  30. ONE OK ROCK News: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
  31. ONE OK ROCK News: ONE OK ROCK 2015 "35xxxv" EUROPE TOUR
  32. ONE OK ROCK、Yahoo!検索で世界24都市のMVが登場. Barks Japan Music Networks, News
  33. [1]
  34. [2]
  35. ONE OK ROCK News: ONE THOUSAND MILES TOUR 2016
  36. ONE OK ROCK talk Country, NEW ALBUM & Tease Good Charlotte Album w/ @RobertHerrera3
  37. Lineup 2016 - Rock am Ring 2016
  38. Lineup 2016 - Rock im Park 2016
  39. http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/en/line-up/
  40. [3]
  41. Download Festival 2016 Line-up
  42. http://www.rocksound.tv/news/read/introducing...-rock-sound-presents-the-black-parade
  43. 【完全レポ】ONE OK ROCK、11万人動員の渚園、圧巻のフィナーレまですべてを観た!
  44. ONE OK ROCK、新曲“Taking Off”を全世界同時リリース!小栗旬主演映画の主題歌に決定
  45. http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/museum/
  46. ONE OK ROCK新曲は小栗旬主演、大友啓史監督「ミュージアム」主題歌
  47. http://natalie.mu/music/news/201371
  48. ONE OK ROCK sign to Fueled By Ramen, announce English language album - News - Alternative Press. Alternative Press
  49. ONE OK ROCK announce new album 'Ambitions,' release new song—listen - News - Alternative Press. Alternative Press
  50. ONE OK ROCK is back with new "Ambitions". ARAMA! JAPAN
  51. pic.twitter.com/MdO8TKKkAq

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