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Zettaimu

JAPAN - artrock, alternative rock, pops, psychedelic, experimental, ethnic(Japanesque), progressive rock

Zettaimu - Band Background

JENUINE JAPANESQUE ROCK

The literal translation of the band's name Zettaimu is "absolute nothing". Japanese independent band Zettaimu is simply but refinedly expressing Japanese YUGEN (mysterious profundity) in the various and different styles of music, alternative, psychedelic, progressive rock, pops...
Also Zettaimu has the flexibility that can never be fixed by only one genre of music. It is directly connected with the power of Zettaimu's sound itself. The works are highly regarded all over the world.

Act 1 - The Zettaimu's early period (1983-1991)

In 1983, Hisashi Furue had some doubts about his own originality. Because he liked not only rock music but old Japanese roots music, melody and "Ma" (Japanese intervals between notes). He formed Zettaimu for mixing Japanese-like sound with rock music.

In 1989, their first album My Grandma Says... (LP) was released by Garando Records.

In 1991, the live cassette Zettaimu Live! was released by Garando Records.

Act 2 - The dawn of Zettaimu's sound (1996-2002)

In 1997, once Hisashi Furue put his new song clips on his website, some labels, music critics, musicians in various countries, such as Europe and America appreciated his stuff. Some labels asked for him to give some of his tracks.

In 1998, Zettaimu joined the compilation cd COWBOYS IN TOKYO by US label TWIN BHUDDA RECORDS with some indie bands from Texas.

In 1998, Zettaimu joined the compilation cd Pop Goes The World by US label RPM (USA) with some famous indie bands from Europe, US and Oceania.

In 1998, their second album In The Decadent Times was released abroad earlier than in Japan by Garando Records. It was highly regarded abroad, especially in Europe and US as an alternative rock music. Zettaimu expressed their originality in the various and different styles of music, alternative, psychedelic, progressive rock, pops….

In 2000, they restarted their live after ten years ago.

In 2001, Eugene La Branch (US producer) visited their live. He liked Zettaimu sound and offered US tour, recording in Miami, Europe tour to them.

In 2002, Zettaimu signed a three-year contract with Eugene's company for the recording etc. Their first US tour mainly on the West Coast, thanks to Eugene's kind help and his financial support. But the contract was canceled because of some troubles on the tour.

Act 3 - The period of building up Zettaimu's sound (2003-2007)

In 2003, the 3rd album What Can I Do was released on October 8th in Japan after an interval of five years.

In 2004, the song CLASS V(five) of the album was selected on Japanese compilation cd J-Indies Archive/Secret famous tune from JAPAN.

In 2005, the 4th album Oiran was released on Jun 3 in Japan. In 2006, the title track of the album was selected on the compilation cd ROCK IN ASIA by a foreign label.

In 2007, the 5th album MIROQUE was released from MUSEA (the biggest progressive rock label globally, from France) and POSEIDON (Japanese label for progressive rock) in March 5th.

Act 4 - The mature period of Zettaimu sound (2008-2014)

In 2008, Zettaimu joined the compilation cd Jap's Progre by Japanese label YggrDrasill Records (JAPAN) with some famous progressive rock bands from JAPAN. They featured the unpublished song On Sowaka.

In 2009, a world-famous producer STUART EPPS contacted Zettaimu. He has been producing many of the world-famous artists including ELTON JOHN, LED ZEPPELIN...) in the UK.. He is so interested to work with Zettaimu!

In 2009, Madonna's Record Producer Andre Betts contacted Zettaimu. He really loves Zettaimu's sound and said "Very creative!!"

Act 5 - The period of returning to the origin of Zettaimu (2015-)

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