Japanese Stars Tao Tsuchiya and Takumi Kitamura Will Release 'Sparkly, Youthful Duet' as TAOTAK

Tao Tsuchiya and Takumi Kitamura
Courtesy of Billboard Japan

Tao Tsuchiya and Takumi Kitamura

Japanese movie stars Tao Tsuchiya and Takumi Kitamura will collaborate on a music project and release a digital-only single called "Anniversary" under the name TAOTAK.

Both Tsuchiya and Kitamura have starred in numerous film and TV dramas and have been friends since appearing together in the 2011 drama series Suzuki Sensei.

Tsuchiya, who is also an accomplished dancer, says she understands music isn't a genre that can be tackled just because you like it, and that she felt overwhelmed by the prospect at first.

"Takumi and I have encouraged each other like war buddies. He's someone who has been seriously involved in music all along," she says. "I never thought a day like this would come, but since I've been given the opportunity, I intend to put my heart into it."

Kitamura, who sings and plays guitar in the band DISH//, explains, "I've known Tao since I was in junior high."

He said he enjoyed the recording process, saying he felt "the energy of music and a kind of miraculous chemical reaction" in the studio. "Tao has a clear, transparent voice, so I wanted put everything I have to deliver it to listeners," he shared.

"Anniversary" is a cover of a song from 2016 by UKASUKA-G, the moniker used by Mr. Children's Kazutoshi Sakurai and rapper GAKU-MC for their collaborative efforts. The cover by TAOTAK will be produced by Seiji Kameda, a producer, arranger and bassist known for his work with J-pop artists, including Ringo Sheena, Ken Hirai, Spitz, GLAY, and many more.

TAOTAK's "Anniversary," which Kameda describes as "a sparkly and youthful duet that everyone will feel like singing," will be released as a digital single Nov. 16.


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