MONKEY MAJIK is a Japanese pop band based in Sendai. The members consist of two Japanese members and two Canadian members: DICK from Sapporo, tax from Sendai, and the Plant brothers, Maynard and Blaise, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are signed to binyl records and managed by Edward Entertainment Group.
- 1 Members
- 2 Information
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External Links
- Mister (ミスター) (Keyboards)
MONKEY MAJIK began with Maynard Plant from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He became interested in Japan after his drama teacher recommended an exchange program during high school, but unfortunately, he was late handing in the registration form. After graduating from Queen's University, he moved to Shichinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan in 1997 as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). In 2000, he met Urushizaka Misao, a bassist. Together, they started the band MONKEY MAJIK with two fellow ALTs: Tom from England, and an unnamed Canadian.
The one who proposed the name "MONKEY MAJIK" was Tom. As a child, he grew up watching the television show Monkey, the English dub of the Japanese 1970s drama Saiyuki. The theme song of the show was "MONKEY MAGIC" by GODIEGO, and the band adopted that name. Originally, Maynard wanted the band to be called "MONKEY COSMIC", but the other members thought that "MONKEY MAJIK" relates more to Japan.
After working together for six months, Tom and the Canadian had to leave Japan because their ALT contracts expired. Maynard and Urushizaka then moved to Sendai. Looking to continue the band, Maynard showed his younger brother, Blaise, a demo that they recorded. Blaise was intrigued with the recording, and soon, he flew over to Japan to join the band. In Japan, Maynard was introduced by a friend to tax, a drummer. The lineup then settled with Maynard and Blaise on vocals and guitar, tax on drums, and Urushizaka Misao on bass.
In 2001, MONKEY MAJIK released a mini-album called TIRED, limited to 1,000 copies and exclusive to the Tower Records store in Sendai. It reached the top of the store's own chart and stayed there for six weeks. Soon, they created their own record label, UNDER HORSE RECORDS. The name comes from the literal English translation of Geba Station, the closest train station to Maynard's former home. They released their first album, SPADE, in 2003, also exclusive to Tower Records Sendai. It charted well, staying at the top of the local charts for thirteen weeks and becoming the local best-selling album of the year. This helped them release the album countrywide the following year, but to a lesser success, ranking #192 on the weekly Oricon chart. They released their second album eastview two years later, ranking #8 on the Oricon indie chart. This was Urushizaka's final release with the band until he left, with DICK as the new bassist.
With the start of 2006, the band released their debut single, "fly". This marked their major debut with the avex trax sublabel, binyl records. The single received heavy rotation on radio stations in Japan, and was the most played song for four straight weeks. Since then, all of the band's live concerts have sold out. Their second single, "Around The World", was the theme song for the drama Saiyuki. This was their breakthrough single, and it ranked #4 for three weeks on the Oricon weekly chart.
In June 2008, MONKEY MAJIK was named "Goodwill Ambassadors" for the 80th anniversary of Japan's embassy in Canada. The band traveled to Canada and performed two sold-out shows: one in Ottawa, and the other in Vancouver. The following year, they were appointed again for the 80th anniversary of Canada's embassy in Japan.
- [2003.09.24] SPADE (indies)
- [2005.09.21] eastview (indies)
- [2006.05.24] thank you
- [2007.07.25] Sora wa Marude (空はまるで; The Sky Is So...)
- [2008.09.03] TIME
- [2011.02.02] westview
- [2012.03.07] Somewhere Out There
- [2013.10.16] DNA
- [2015.02.04] Colour by Number
- [2016.03.09] southview
- [2018.03.21] enigma
- [2006.03.08] BEST 2000-2005 (indies)
- [2010.07.14] MONKEY MAJIK BEST ~10 Years & Forever~
- [2011.03.02] RARE TRACKS
- [2012.12.05] ENGLISH BEST
- [2015.10.21] MONKEY MAJIK BEST -A.RI.GA.TO-
- [2007.06.xx] Magical Mystery Tour (indies)
- [2007.11.xx] JAPAN TOUR'07 (indies)
- [2007.11.xx] TOUR'07 (indies)
- [2012.07.04] TIME (JAPAN TOUR 07 in ZEPP SENDAI (2007.6.30))
- [2012.07.04] SAKURA (TOUR'09 Fantasia FINAL in Sendai Sunplaza Hall (2009.2.28))
- [2012.07.04] MONKEY MAJIK BEST ~10 Years & Forever~ (10th Anniversary Hibiya Amphitheater Premium LIVE (2010.5.4))
- [2012.07.04] Somewhere Out There (MONKEY MAJIK BEST ALBUM TOUR2010 ~10Years & Forever~ at TOKYO C.C.Lemon Hall (2010.10.31))
- [2002.05.13] TIRED (indies) (Tower Records Exclusive)
- [2005.02.09] Lily (indies)
- [2005.04.13] Get started (indies)
- [2006.01.18] fly
- [2006.02.22] Around The World
- [2006.10.04] Futari (フタリ; Together)
- [2007.06.27] MONKEY MAJIK x MONKEY MAGIC
- [2008.04.23] Together / Akari / Fall Back (あかり; Light)
- [2008.06.25] Aitakute / MORNING-EVENING / goin' places (あいたくて; I Want to See You)
- [2008.08.27] Tada, Arigatou (ただ、ありがとう; Just, Thank You)
- [2009.06.10] Aishiteru (アイシテル; I Love You)
- [2009.10.28] Niji'iro no Sakana / Open Happiness / MONSTER (虹色の魚; Rainbow-Colored Fish)
- [2010.03.17] SAKURA (Cherry Blossoms)
- [2010.11.24] Nurarihyon no Mago Opening Theme EP (ぬらりひょんの孫オープニングテーマEP)
- [2011.10.26] Headlight
- [2012.01.25] HERO
- [2013.02.27] If
- [2013.06.12] Story
- [2014.09.10] You Are Not Alone
- [2016.12.07] A.I. am Human
- [2017.04.05] Is this love?
- [2007.02.07] Picture Perfect (MONKEY MAJIK + m-flo)
- [2007.03.14] Sotsugyou, Soshite Mirai e. (卒業、そして未来へ。; Graduation, Then onto Your Future.) (MONKEY MAJIK + SEAMO)
- [2007.04.25] Change (MONKEY MAJIK + Yoshida Brothers)
- [2012.12.05] A Christmas Song (MONKEY MAJIK + Oda Kazumasa)
- [2014.07.16] Natsu no Jouji (夏の情事; Love Affair of Summer) (MONKEY MAJIK + Yoshida Brothers)
- [2006.01.18] fly
- [2010.11.24] Nurarihyon no Mago Opening Theme EP (ぬらりひょんの孫オープニングテーマEP)
- [2011.01.19] Mahou no Kotoba (魔法の言葉; Magic Words)
- [2011.07.06] Ki wo Ueta Otoko (木を植えた男; The Man Who Planted a Tree)
- [2010.12.08] MONKEY MAJIK MUSIC CLIP BEST
Other Video Releases
- [2007.10.31] m-flo - m-flo TOUR 2007 "COSMICOLOR" ＠YOKOHAMA ARENA (#6 Picture Perfect Love (m-flo loves MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2009.02.25] Tange Kouki - TANGE KOUKI VIDEO COLLECTION (#7 Around the World)
- [2010.04.07] m-flo - m-flo 10 Years Special Live "we are one" (#18 Picture Perfect Love (m-flo loves MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2013.05.15] Live & Documentary DVD "ap bank fes '12 Fund for Japan"
- [2013.05.15] Live & Documentary Blu-ray "ap bank fes '12 Fund for Japan"
Compilations / Other
- [2006.03.01] Saiyuki Original Soundtrack (#22 Around The World)
- [2006.06.07] Thanx (#6 thank you)
- [2006.09.20] bd Snowboard Rulerz Original Soundtrack (#8 One moment)
- [2006.09.20] Yoru no Picnic INSPIRED BEST ALBUM (#1 Futari (English Version))
- [2007.03.28] m-flo - COSMICOLOR (#8 Picture Perfect Love (m-flo loves MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2007.08.01] Movie Saiyuki ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (#21 Around The World -movie ver.-)
- [2007.09.26] m-flo - electriCOLOR -COMPLETE REMIX- (#2 Picture Perfect Love -Kuchiroro remix- (m-flo loves MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2007.10.24] DJ KAORI - DJ KAORI's JMIX (#4 Around The World)
- [2007.12.05] CHEMISTRY SUPPORTED BY MONKEY MAJIK - Kagayaku Yoru
- [2008.04.09] DRIVIN' J-POP for love & joy (#5 Tada, Arigatou)
- [2008.07.23] 20-nen 200 Kyoku
- [2008.10.28] Tsuchiya Anna - NUDY SHOW! (#5 GINGER (Tsuchiya Anna feat. MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2008.11.26] Ai no Uta 2 (#7 Tada, Arigatou)
- [2008.12.03] Fantastic Plastic Machine - Sound Concierge × Numero TOKYO -Utopia- Selected by Fantastic Plastic Machine (#2 1 more night (ravex feat. MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2009.02.18] ravex - Believe in Love feat. BoA (#3 MEGA ravex feat. ANNA TSUCHIYA, BoA, DJ OZMA, LISA, MAKI GOTO, MONKEY MAJIK, TOHOSHINKI, TRF & YUKO ANDO)
- [2009.02.25] Sotsugyou no Uta (#8 Sotsugyou. Soshite Mirai e. (MONKEY MAJIK + SEAMO))
- [2009.03.04] I ~Zutto, Zutto, Aishiteru~' (#8 Aitakute)
- [2009.03.04] Do Girls! ~Tokyo Girls Collection Official Compilation Album~ (#8 GINGER (Tsuchiya Anna feat. MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2009.03.04] 20years 200hits Complete Best + a LOVE HiQualityCD Edition Box
- [2009.03.11] Hayate - Haya! Haya Uta NON STOP Mega Mix (#10 Around The World)
- [2009.03.11] ravex - 1 more night feat. MONKEY MAJIK
- [2009.03.25] Yesterday Once More ~TRIBUTE TO THE CARPENTERS~ (#4 RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS)
- [2009.04.29] ravex - trax (#10 1 more night feat. MONKEY MAJIK)
- [2009.06.24] Love & Beer (Nama) (#11 Aitakute)
- [2009.08.26] Lupin The Third DANCE & DRIVE official covers & remixes (#1 Lupin The Third <Lupin Sansei no Theme>)
- [2009.09.02] J-Girls' Celebrity Mix (#3 GINGER [J-Girls' Celebrity Mix ver.])
- [2009.09.09] "COVERS" FreeTEMPO COVERED ALBUM (#4 Trees)
- [2009.10.07] Kimi no Mikata (#8 Together)
- [2009.11.01] Little Charo Song Book (#13 MORNING-EVENING)
- [2010.01.27] NO MUSIC, NO LIFE. SONGS (Disc 2 #4 With you (NO MUSIC, NO LIFE. version))
- [2010.03.03] Arigatou no Uta (#5 Tada, Arigatou)
- [2010.04.28] HOLIDAY tunes ~Ouchi Mode~ (Disc 2 #1 Sora wa Marude)
- [2010.07.07] GAGLE - SOREIZEN ~mixed by DJ Mu-R~ (#1 Soreirai feat. MONKEY MAJIK)
- [2010.07.14] murasaki sports Muraspo Music LIFE vol.1 (#7 Sora wa Marude)
- [2011.03.02] VOLTA MASTERS - Suite (#1 Around The World feat. MONKEY MAJIK, 1773)
- [2011.08.24] SEAMO - Collabo Densetsu (Disc 2 #2 Sotsugyou. Soshite Mirai e. (MONKEY MAJIK + SEAMO))
- [2011.12.21] Kokoba ni Dekinai ~ Oda Kazumasa Best Covers (#15 my home town)
- [2012.03.07] Dramatic Tunes (#5 Around The World)
- [2012.03.28] Kokoro Stretch ~ CHEERING (#5 Picture Perfect Love (m-flo loves MONKEY MAJIK))
- [2012.11.28] Again! 00's ~ BEST OF HEARTFUL J-POP SONGS (Disc 1 #6 Around The World)
- [2017.10.25] Thank You Disney (#10 "When She Loved Me")
- Plant, Maynard. (February 26, 2009). "original monkey!". blanc.'s MySpace Blog. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- MONKEY MAJIK (Interviewee). (2007). J-MELO. [Television]. Japan: NHK
- Cummings, Laura. (October 31, 2008). "East-end brothers hit the big time in Japanese music scene". Orléans Star / East Ottawa Star. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- "Goodwill Ambassadors, Monkey Majik, arrive in Ottawa to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Japan-Canada Diplomatic Relations". Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- "Tsukamoto-kun mo Kandou! MONKEY MAJIK no Eizou MAJIK!". Yumereji. October 27, 2006. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- MONKEY MAJIK Official Web Site. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- "Monkey Majik named goodwill ambassadors". The Japan Times Online. June 20, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2009.