Wednesdays for our community are Kami Band Wednesdays, is the Kami Band Day and our fourth post is about God of Bass, BOH. Read below our artistic biography about the 6 String Basu No Kami, the amazing BOH!
Knowing Basu No Kamisama BOH
Bohte Saisuke the 6 String God of Bass, better known as BOH, was born on August 14, 1982 in Asahikawa, Kamiwaka a subprefecture in Hokkaido.
Asahikawa is the second largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo.
BOH became interested in guitar and bass at a young age. When he was fifteen he began playing 4 string bass and started his first high school rock band. Since the beginning his bass playing has been influenced by his favorite bassists Billy Sheehan and Victor Wooten. His high school band played covers of their favorite bands and he would usually join other bands to play covers of other popular artists.
At 18 years old, BOH began playing the 6 string bass due mostly for his love and admiration of Billy Sheehans shredding and chordal play on the 6 string.
Upon graduating from high school, he attended Human Academy Music College" at Aoyama, Stringed Instruments Department of Music. There he studied under Tatsuhiko Wasada, a reknown Japanese bassist.
In 2004 he joined Aya with SUPER VIBRATION. The band released their first single "Shiny Days" on March 23, 2004 in 2 different versions. Their second single
entitled "Miss You" was released on April 23 and their third single, "Bye" was released later that year on July 27.
On March 12, 2005 they released their first DVD "Aya with SUPER VIBRATION Act 1". Later that same month on March 25 they released their first album, "Asymmetry", a 12 track album.
Their follow up DVD, "Aya with SUPER VIBRATION Act 2" was released later that year on September 21.
On March 11 of 2006, the band performed for the last time in Tokyo on the bands 2nd anniversary. After the show, the band went into hiatus. Part of the "Aya with SUPER VIBRATION" discography can be found at HMV Japan.
During November and December of 2006, Boh played with "Nana starring Mika Nakashima" as a member of her support band when she released her fourth studio album "The End" on December 13, 2006. He played important stages such as Music Station and Utaban as a support band member for "Nana starring Mika Nakashima".
The year before in 2005, Binecks was created as a duet act with "Keita" and Siam Shade guitarist "Daita". Later in 2007, BOH joined the band in their first live performance as their official bassist.
In January and February of 2008, BOH performed with Binecks on the "Binecks Live Tour 2008" in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and other cities. That same year they signed a deal with Imperial Records and later released their first single "Glory Days" on May 21. Their second single, "Real" was released November 19 later that year.
On February 4, 2009 the band released "The Sun", a four track single to promote the first album. One month later on March 4, the band released their first record label album "Permanent Crystals" an 11 song release. The band had previously released a self produced album called "Sacred Vision" in 2007. The single "Blue Feather" was released on July 8, 2009.
February 17, 2010 Binecks releases the lead single "Friend" from their second album "Change and Chain" a ten song album released on March 24.
July 1, 2010 Binecks announced the bands dissolution through a blog post. Since then BOH officially started his work as a freelance/session bassist.
In 2011, BOH began performing on Nico Nico Douga and as backup bassist for Sun Palaza Nakano-kun and JPop/JRock Amuse artist Yuki Nakano. He also started working with Sekihan(Seki-Roma) who later broke from Nico Nico Douga that year.
In 2012 as part of his activities on Nico Nico Douga, BOH joined the "Smiling Super Conference" super band that played on April 28 and 29 at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 1 thru 4. 92,000 were in attendance while 3,000,000 watched by live stream.
In 2013 BOH joined the Mitsuru Matsuoka band called "Michael" as a support band member and the male duo vocalists "Cleanero".
"Michael" is the new band of Mitsuru Matsuoka ex "Sophia". While Cleanaro is led by two young vocalists that go by the names "Clear" and "Nero".
2013 was also the year that BOH officially joined BABYMETAL's Kami Band (God Band) as the "God of Bass" or "Basu No Kami". He played for the first time on the "Babymetal Death Match Tour May Revolution" at Osaka Big Cat on May 10, 2013. He performed the whole tour, a total of 4 dates, alongside Guitarists Takayoshi Ohmura and LEDA with Hideki Aoyama on drums on May 17 and two shows on May 18.
Since then, BOH has been the only "God of Bass" for BABYMETAL. He has never missed a show as a Kami Band member. Which means he has played the most important shows of the band to this day. Important shows like "Legend 1999" Yuimetal and Moametal's Seitansai at NHK hall on June 30, 2013, "Summer Fes Tour 2013", Summer Camp 2013, Join Alive 2013, Summer Sonic Tokyo and Osaka, Inazuma Rock Festival 2013, Loud Park 2013, and "Legend 1997" Su-Metal Seitansai at Makuhari Messe 2013.
In 2014 BOH continued with BABYMETAL Kami Band performing on Music Station February 6 for the first time, then playing at the world famous Nippon Budokan, a two night performance called "Red Night" and "Black Night". BOH continued with BABYMETAL on their 2014 WORLD TOUR visiting the countries of France, Germany, and England in Europe in June and July and continuing on to the USA where they toured through August as opening act for Lady Gaga's ArtRave tour following a one man show in LA. Finishing off the overseas show at Heavy Montreal in Canada. BABYMETAL had their World Tour closing shows in Japan at Summer Sonic 2014 and on September 13 and 14 at Makuhari Messe. Later BOH returned with BABYMETAL in November with "Back to the US/UK Tour 2014".
On August 13, 2014 Seki-Roma, BOH's other band, released their first single EP followed by their Official Single release of the popular song "Web of the Dead" on November 24. Their first live DVD "Seki-Roma, Live At Shinjuku Blaze" was also released that same day, containing 15 songs and bonus content. The item was at first only available by email request but it is now available on the official Seki-Roma Shop.
In the same month BOH and Hideki were featured in the Japanese Magazine "Rythm And Drums" recording two instrumental tracks.
To close the year, BOH performed alongside Hideki Aoyama on drums, Takayoshi Ohmura and LEDA on guitars at the third Su-Metal Seitansai "Apocrypha S" at Toyosu PIT and then on Music Station Super Live 2014.
On Januaruy 10, 2015, BOH performed in the biggest BABYMETAL show to date at Saitama Super Arena "Legend 2015 New Year Fox Festival" in front of 20,000 fans. He also did a bass clinic for Atelier Z.
In April of 2015 BOH returns to the stage with BABYMETAL for the BABYMETAL THE ONE shows "Apocrypha - The Red Mass" and "The Black Mass", both shows worked as warm up for the BABYMETAL World Tour 2015 which took BOH and the rest of the band to play in Mexico, Canada, United States featuring "Rock On The Range Festival" in May, along with METROCK 2015 in Tokyo, Japan on May 24 and the next part of the BABYMETAL World Tour 2015 in Europe playing in Germany featuring "Rockavaria FEstival" and "Rock Im Revier Festival", France, Switzerland, Italy where BABYMETAL was the opening act of NipPop Event and Austria for "Rock In Vienna Festival" in May and June of the same year.
On June 21 he performed with BABYMETAL at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo the biggest BABYMETAL show at the moment.
In July BOH performed with "MICHAEL" the "MICHAEL Summer Night Circus Tour 2015", performing 8 shows in 8 consecutive nights. BOH received a special certificate from Mitsuru Matsuoka thanks to his awesome performance in this tour.
BOH was featured in the new issue of Bass Magazine released on July 28, Bass Magazine features 55 bassists from the Japanese music scene including IKUO previous God Of Bass and BOH. (Read more here)
On July 31 Oricon Style wrote a very interesting report about BABYMETAL Kami Band featuring, BOH, Takayoshi Ohmura, Leda, Mikio Fujioka and Hideki Aoyama. (Read here)
On August 10, BOH along with Atellier Z put on sale his new 6 String Pink Custom Bass in Japan.
On August 13 his band Seki-Roma celebrated a new anniversary at Akasaka Blitz.
In August, BOH performed with BABYMETAL at Summer Sonic 2015, third consecutive time for him and BABYMETAL playing with Kami Band. After Summer Sonic BOH as God Of Bass played the second part of the BABYMETAL World Tour 2015 in Europe playing in Germany and England at the Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 29 and August 30.
On September 13 took place the first BABYMETAL Kami Band Seminar for MI Japan. The event took place at MI Japan in Osaka, the sold out seminar was hosted by Takayoshi Ohmura, Mikio Fujioka, BOH and Hideki Aoyama. (Read more here)
Meanwhile also in September started with BABYMETAL the "Zepp Concerts Tour" as part of the BABYMETAL World Tour 2015 in Japan playing in September at Zepp Namba in Osaka 2 Days and Zepp Sapporo in Hokkaido.
Starting October Mikio Fujioka, Yuya Maeta and BOH announced that they will perform together at ShowBoat, the event hosted by Mikio Fujioka will take place on November 30. This project is going to transform in a new parallel project for the three in the future.
Also this month BABYMETAL World Tour 2015 in Japan continued, BOH performed at Zepp Fukuoka, Zepp Nagoya in Aichi 2 Days and Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo 2 Days.
On October 24 Mikio, Takayoshi and BOH were featured and interviewed by NEO Oyaide to talk about the NEO Cables in their gear to perform live with BABYMETAL at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo on October 16. (Read more here)
On November 22 BOH performed for the first time with BABYMETAL at Ozzfest Japan at Makuhari Messe.
On November 30 Mikio Fujioka, Yuya Maeta and BOH held a performance together at ShowBoat. After the performance they announced a new project called "Kari Band" (Provisional Band).
BOH ended 2015 performing with BABYMETAL at the Yokohama Arena "The Final Chapter Of Trilogy", place where BABYMETAL closed the World Tour 2015 on December 12 and December 13. In addition this month BOH as God Of Bass played with BABYMETAL at Music Station, and at Countdown Japan 15/16.
BOH started 2016 performing the game music of the Wii-U game "Splatoon" at the Game Party Japan 2016 at Makuhari Messe. BOH's performance was set on January 30.
On "GODs DAY", February 7 took place the first New Year's Guitar & Bass Festival BOH representing Atelier Z and Takayoshi Ohmura representing ESP will held at Kurosawa Music Shop.
BOH started official activities in February with BABYMETAL at the NHK Broadcasting Center for a private & secret show for THE ONE members on February 18.
Three days after on February 21 BABYMETAL Kami Band members Mikio Fujioka, BOH and Yuya Maeta created "Kari Band" to perform at Showboat on November 30, after that they decided to play an additional show on February 21 at Shibuya JZ Brat in Tokyo.
Then BOH held the first Bass Clinic and private lesson of the year, the event took place on February 27 at the M-Bank Studio.
On April 2 played with BABYMETAL the biggest headline show outside Japan at the Wembley Arena in London, England, just 2 days after on April 4 performed also with BABYMETAL at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, this show marked US TV Debut for BABYMETAL..
On April 18 as part of promotional listings, BABYMETAL Kami Band members received very important features on CD Japan (Read more here)
before the next part of the World Tour 2016, BABYMETAL held 2 "Apocrypha" performances at Shinkiba Studio Coast for THE ONE members on April 20 and April 21. A day after BABYMETAL played for third consecutive year at Music Station Live.
On April 27 Bassist BOH appeared in the Page 54 along with Tetsuya Kanmuri of "The Crown". BOH was featured as bassist of BABYMETAL Kami Band and Kari Band. The content of the Vol.001 included a photo session and also in a long interview with "Motto2"
On May 3 and before the BABYMETAL US Tour East Coast, NEO Oyaide Electronics wrote a report from BABYMETAL's rehearsals before the World Tour 2016 including details ofKami Band members gear featuring Takayoshi Ohmura, Mikio Fujioka and BOH (Read more here).
After than and as Kami Band member BOH played 8 dates with BABYMETAL during the first part of the US Tour staring on May 4 at the PlayStation Theater and finishing on May 14 at Northern Invasion Festival.
Next month, in June BOH played the BABYMETAL European Tour playing in Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, and closing on June 10 at Downlaod Festival in United Kingdom and on June 11 at Download Festival France. During the European Tour on June 8, Kami Band reached 100 live performances with BABYMETAL.
After the European Tour, BABYMETAL returns to United States to play the second part of the BABYMETAL US Tour, this time in the West Coast. BOH played 5 shows in 8 days playing in Seattle on July 12 where BOH reached 100 live performances as Kami Band 6 Strings God Of Bass (Show report), then visited San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and the exclusive performance at the Alternative Press Music Awards 2016 in collaboration with Judas Priest's leader Rob Halford. (Read more here). The the performance BABYMETAL played for first time at Fuji Rock Festival on July 24.
On August 3 BABYMETAL and their amazing Kami Band were featured on 33Man about Idols performing with live bands, since turned out very common in Japan that Idols started perform with back tracks, 33Man features Idols with amazing live bands. (Read more here)
In August BOH performed with BABYMETAL a series of festivals including Rock In Japan Festival, Rising Sun Rock Festival, and Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka. Summer Sonic in Osaka was the 5th consecutive BABYMETAL performance at Summer Sonic and the first time headlining a stage at Summer Sonic Festival, Sonic Stage. In addition in August BABYMETAL performed 6 Shows as part of their "The White Mass" Tour, performing in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya.
On September 14 BOH was announced as part of the team who worked for J-Pop group "amiinA" set to release their debut album "Avalon" on October 26. (Details)
On September 19 and September 20 BOH performed with BABYMETAL at Tokyo Dome, the biggest performances of the group to date. Both shows gathered 55.000 fans.
On November 5, BOH along with Mikio Fujioka and Yuya Maeta played as Kari Band at the Portable Audio Festival Live 2016 (also known as Pota Fes Live) in Tokyo. The same day NEO Oyaide introduced BABYMETAL Kami Band Gear for Tokyo Dome "Red Night". (Read here)
In December 2016 BOH performed with BABYMETAL supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers UK Tour from December 5 to December 18 closing the tour at The O2 in London playing Judas Priest "Breaking The Law" and "Painkiller" along with Chad Smith on the drums. (Show report)
Starting in 2017 missed his first show since he performs as Kami Band member as BABYMETAL played in South Korea supporting Metallica on January 11, the replacement was his friend Isamu Takita.
From January 21 to January 29 played with BABYMETAL supporting Guns N' Roses Japan Tour, BOH missed January 25 show being replaced once again by his friend Isamu Takita.
BOH appeared on Takayoshi Ohmura's new Album "Cerberus" CD/DVD released on January 25 featuring "The Gathering Of Metal Warriors" performance which took place in January 2016.
On February 12 BOH joined Takayoshi Ohmura's seminar at EMS Sendai School as special guest.
On March 12 BOH and Takayoshi Ohmura hold a special seminar bout Shure GLXD 16 Wireless at Rockhouse Ibeke Ikebukuro Studio. (Report here)
From April 12 to April 29 BOH played with BABYMETAL in United States supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers US Tour. In the last show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami the Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared dressed as Kami Band members to play along with the girls and Kami Band "Gimme Chocolate". (Show report)
On April 25, BOH was interviewed on DiskUnion talk his beginnings, favorite bassists and Kari Band! (Read here)
On April 26, BOH along with Mikio Fujioka and Yuya Maeta released their debut Album of their side project Kari Band. "Kari Ongen - Demo" features 6 tracks produced and distributed by Bellwood Records. (Read more here)
On May 31 BOH appears on Valkyrie's official trailer of their new live video "Valkyrie Ga Tomaranai at Yokohama Arena" from performance on January 29, 2017. Reason why BOH missed his first performance ever with BABYMETAL since he is Kami Band member.
To be continued...
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