Sokabe Keiichi is a singer-songwriter from Kagawaken, Japan. Now a solo artist he was previously lead singer and guitarist for Japanese 90s indie group ‘Sunny Day Service’. As well as releasing his own records, Sokabe runs Rose Records, a Japan based Independent record label.
Sokabe began Sunny Day Service whilst studying law at Rikkyou University, and in 1994 they had their first major debut release with ‘Hoshizora no Drive ;ep. After critical aclaim and a number of album releases Sunny Day Service disbanded in 2000. After a year spent as a magazine contributor (bridge) and DJ, Sokabe came back to the music scene with an independent release in 2001, the single ‘Guitar’. Sokabe went on to release another two singles and an album ‘Sokabe Keiichi’ on a major label.
Sokabe’s second album ‘Shunkan to Eien’(A Moment And Eternity), featured the kind of mellow acoustic pop familiar to fans of Sunny Day Service, while his third album ‘STRAWBERRY’ was more roots rock and roll style without losing the pop sensibilities of previous releases, and his fourth ‘Love Letter’ a further development of this style.
In 2004 Sokabe set up Rose Records, on which he now releases his own music and that of several signed acts. In that year Sokabe also made an appearance in the film ‘Aoi Kuruma’
(Blue Car), for which he contributed the musical score.
Currently Sokabe is hosting an internet radio service from his home page, broadcast every Monday at 12 midnight, and a record shop/bar.
Sokabe has also made numerous appearances at the ‘Dream Power John Lennon Live’ tribute event run by Yoko Ono, and also contributed to YMO and Happy End tribute albums.
Official Website: http://www.sokabekeiichi.com/