Takahiro Yamada (musician)

Takahiro Yamada (山田 貴洋, Yamada Takahiro, August 19, 1977) is the bass player and backing vocalist of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Yamada met fellow band members Masafumi Gotoh and Kensuke Kita while attending a music club of Kanto Gakuin University. The three formed Asian Kung-Fu Generation in 1996, with drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi joining the band shortly after.[1]

Takahiro Yamada
Birth nameTakahiro Yamada
Born (1977-08-19) August 19, 1977
Fujinomiya, Japan
OriginChūbu, Japan
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Bassist, vocalist, backing vocalist, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, vocals
Years active1996present
LabelsKi/oon, Tofu
Associated actsAsian Kung-Fu Generation

While Gotoh acts the main songwriter of the band, Yamada has composed music for certain songs, such as After Dark, Re:Re:, Siren and Sore dewa, Mata Ashita. He retains a degree in literature and his favourite bands are The Beatles, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pet Shop Boys.[2] The band once had the opportunity to meet the Gallagher brothers while opening for a tour Oasis once held in Japan. The brothers turned out to be quite nicer than they expected. Noel Gallagher in particular reportedly told AKG to, "Keep rocking."[3]


  1. "ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION: Biography". ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION Official Website. Ki/oon Records Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  2. Asian Kung-Fu Generation Fansite Flash Back! - Profile Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Hoban, Alex (2009-03-10). "Turning Japanese: On the Road With Asian Kung-Fu Generation". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2009-03-11.

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