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Tak Producing GLAY Guitarist TAKURO’s First Solo Album

Posted on September 27, 2016
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Today it was made public that GLAY’s guitarist TAKURO is releasing his first solo instrumental album 「Journey without a map」. Tak Matsumoto, a long-time friend of TAKURO’s, has agreed to produce the record with him. “We both love music and guitars. I’m sure this record will have something that will make you feel something.”, says Tak. He further adds that he’s very delighted to be working together on a music project with a long-time friend.

TAKURO’s album is out on December 14th, with a Japan tour in support of the album scheduled for February 2017.

Tak Matsumoto and TAKURO Collaborate For TUBE’s New Album

Posted on May 1, 2015
Tak Matsumoto News

Tak Matsumoto and GLAY’s TAKURO join hands to produce a new song for TUBE’s 30th anniversary album 「Your TUBE+My TUBE」, set to release on June 17th, 2015. The title is 「LOVE BEACH」 and the music was written by Tak Matsumoto while the lyrics were written by GLAY’s TAKURO.

A comment from Tak Matsumoto
Congratulations on your 30th anniversary. It is a wonderful thing to have been active for such a long time without any breaks in between. I think it is an achievement only the four of you could’ve made happen. I feel very honored and, at the same time, very happy to have received a request from a long-time friend to produce a song for 「Your TUBE」. They were so kind to meet with us during recording and it goes without saying that their performance quality is very high. As such, it was a very fun experience and recording went smoothly. As expected, once Maeda’s vocals come in, the track gets a 1000% TUBE feel.
Beforehand, I received a request to produce a “upbeat and bright rock tune”, but long before I would start writing the music, I already came up with the title “Love Beach”. I continued to work with a rock’n’roll riffs and melodies while keeping the “Love Beach” image in mind. I also asked TAKURO to write the lyics based on the title. I think he came up with very fitting and a little erotic lyrics. But most of all, I am happy that the members of TUBE have really come to like with what we’ve come up. I am really looking forward to seeing this song performed live.

A comment from TAKURO (GLAY)
A big thank you to Tak Matsumoto and TUBE for giving me the opportunity to work on this wonderful album.

TUBE’s new album is split up into two parts: 「Your TUBE」, on which artists produced songs imagining they were part of TUBE. And then then there’s 「My TUBE」, which has been produced by the band themselves. You can hear a preview of the song Tak worked on below: