Shibasaki Hiroshi (a.b.s)

柴崎浩

Shibasaki Hiroshi (柴崎 浩), vocalist, composer, arranger, and guitarist, was born on December 13th, 1969 in Arakawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Blood type: A. Height: 168 cm (5’5″). Weight: 53 kg (about 116 lbs).

Many of you are probably only familiar with the name Shibasaki Hiroshi due to his role as co-composer/arranger and guitarist of J-hard-rock super-group abingdon boys school. What you probably don’t realize (especially considering the age-group of many a.b.s. fans, you’re probably not listening to that much ’90s Jpop) is that this guy has gotten around. A lot.

Although he is currently making hearts and ears bleed with his shy charm and disgustingly killer guitar-riffs in the hard-rock band now destroying our concepts of good music and rock as we know it, Shibasaki Hiroshi has been going strong since 1991. His career really took off when he co-founded popular Jpop band WANDS. WANDS lasted until 1996, when Shibasaki and the vocalist left the band to form al.ni.co.

In 2001, al.ni.co split, and Shibasaki went ronin, turning to work on various projects with various artists as a session musician. As a session-musician, he composed, arranged, and performed a lot of on-the-rise and well-known Jpop of the 2000’s.

In 2002 he toured live with Aikawa Nanase, as well as composing and arranging several of her songs. In 2004 he arranged an upbeat, jazzy version of pop-idol Ozaki Yutaka’s legendary Oh My Little Girl, which, although enraging Japanese audiences with its audacity of interpretation, explodes the brain with its compositional perfection.

T.M. Revolution

In 2004, and 2006 (UNDER COVER tour), Shibasaki toured live with T.M. Revolution, along with fellow-a.b.s. guitarist and composer SUNAO. Shibasaki also contributed arrangements and some compositional work to the almighty T.M. Revolution project.

Presumably during this time, concepts for abingdon boys school were thrown around, because by 2005, the super-group had recruited keyboardist and programmer Toshiyuki Kishi, and come 2006 they had super-debuted with their first single and D.Gray Man OP: INNOCENT SORROW.

Currently, Shibasaki is still going strong– in fact, stronger than ever before. He is flexing his compositional muscles in abingdon boys school as the band produces increasingly incredible music. He shows his versatility and adaptability in taking on a whole new style of music. The genius moved from Jpop ’90s WANDS, and electric pop dance-o-rama T.M. Revolution, to hardcore Jrock with a metal twist. This man is playing the field and tearing up the tracks on the way.

His more recent activity includes devastating fans world-wide (well…) with an a.b.s. European tour (November ’09). And now what? We anticipate the arrival of new album Abingdon Road like a pack of malnourished, starved wolves lurking in the bushes, waiting for the wounded, blood-oozing stag to wander into the clearing. And then we will strike, and the limited edition will be gone.



Shibasaki Hiroshi Official Website (Jp)

Composition, arrangement, and other works- complete list (Jp)

+Associated Acts:+

abingdon boys school (Jp./ Sound, load-time)

T.M. Revolution (Jp./sound)

WANDS (no longer listed as a member)

al.ni.co

Other: (composition only) Takashi Sorimachi, Matsumoto Eiko [music. Lyrics by Aikawa Nanase], TRF; (arranger only) Minagawa Junko, Atsushi, AAA.

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10 responses to “Shibasaki Hiroshi (a.b.s)

  1. Pingback: Pop Quiz: abingdon boys school 2009 « Secret Garden

  2. Thank you very much for the sites…
    i want to know about shibasaki hiroshi..he’s very cool ^^ i love him…:)

    • You’re welcome.
      Shibasaki has great natural style and charisma, it’s definitely easy to be drawn to him. I’m glad you were able to find what you were looking for here!

  3. Thanks for this! I am so happy! It’s very hard to find any info about Shiba-san, his official website is in Japanese and it takes me ages to finish reading it! Anyway, thank you very much. I really love Shiba-san!^^

    • Excessively late reply, and for this I apologize. However, I wished to acknowledge your comment, and say that I hope you were able to find some useful information here.
      It’s true that information about Shibasaki, and other members such as IKUO, is somewhat more difficult to find in English, as many of their collabs and works have been with less internationally renowned artists, or have less active fanbases. Hopefully this is changing day by day, and more info is becoming readily available.
      If you’re ever totally stumped, or if there’s an artist you can’t find English info on, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m currently looking for more active excuses to get back into studying and reading Japanese.
      Take it easy.

    • You’re welcome.
      It’s def interesting to see, and sense, his modesty and even a hint of awkwardness on stage, however the moment he starts playing, it’s all confidence and overwhelming badassness. a.b.s had a brilliant live, and I would really like to see them tour overseas again (and more extensively) so that more and more Visualists can bask in their glow.

  4. Nice but please consider WANDS as JRock / J-Rock or whatever you call it. WANDS I, II & III can be clasified on to many different generes of Rock, the same as The Beatles or Bon Jovi. Pop-Rock could be one but JPop makes me think of Ayumi Hamasaki…

    Cheers :)

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