Kato Kazuki, Date Koji form new unit JOKER


Kato Kazuki (27) and Date Koji (23) have formed a new musical unit together, called JOKER. They have announced that they will release their debut single “No.1” on December 7.

At a release event for his best album “K.K Best Sellers” (released in September), Kato declared that he would be starting activities as part of a unit, and that he was taking suggestions for the unit’s name. At the time, the other member was unknown, but now Date’s identity has been revealed.

The two of them have known each other for years, since they both appeared together in the “Prince of Tennis” musicals.

Out of all the suggestions for the unit’s name, they and the staff decided on JOKER. They explained, “We want to aim to be like a trump card that will throw the Japanese music industry into chaos.”┬áJOKER’s musical style is described as “solid and aggressive” and as being a “manly sound that “evokes good old Japanese rock.”

The title track of the “No.1” single is written and composed by Kato. The single will be released in a CD-only edition and two CD+DVD editions, with one DVD containing a long interview and the other containing the music video for “No.1.”



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