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.
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.
abingdon boys school (Jp./ Sound, load-time)
T.M. Revolution (Jp./sound)
WANDS (no longer listed as a member)
Other: (composition only) Takashi Sorimachi, Matsumoto Eiko [music. Lyrics by Aikawa Nanase], TRF; (arranger only) Minagawa Junko, Atsushi, AAA.