This coming Tuesday, July 26, 2011, Social Passport will hold it’s first event at Mendy’s Grand Central location!!
Come in with your Social Passport (which you can sign up for at www.socialpassport.net) and receive 20% off your purchase. The Social Passport Team will also be there signing people up, and talking about SP.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! GRAND CENTRAL MENDY’S ONLY!
Katayose (15 years old) and Ryuto
Kazuhara (17 years old) were both finalists of the VBA 2, where they became
room-mates during the week previous to the finale. HIRO liked the two boys from
the start, but they seemed too Young to become members of 3JSB so he decided to
start a new project with them.
Ryota (above) and Ryuto (below)
In April 2011, EXPG held an
inside audition where the following performers were chosen to become members of
this new group: Hayato Komori, Mendy Sekiguchi and Reo Sano. The two members from Gekidan
EXILE, Alan Shirahama and Keita Machida were also chosen to
become performers of this new Project. The group name would be GENERATIONS, composed of these 5
performers and the 2 vocalists that were discovered during VBA2.
The upcoming debut of this
new group was announced on July 19th and on the 23rd they
would start their own Musha Shugyo as a way of training and promoting
themselves all over the country before debuting. A year after they had started
touring all over Japan with their van, a 5 members group of support performers
were added into GENERATIONS, getting the role of back-dancers, but without
being actual group members.
For almost two years they
gave small concerts on the streets, shopping malls and other venues just to get
their own fanbase. But during this training process, former member Keita
Machida injured one of his legs that pulled him off the group activities for a
while. Because of this time he had off from GENERATION’s activities, Machida
Keita gave some good thought about his new role as a performer of the unit and
his activities on the theatre troupe Gekidan EXILE, and at the end he decided
to withdraw from the new project and stay as a Gekidan EXILE member. On February of 2012, GENERATIONS became one member
On April 17th it was announced
that GENERATIONS would continue their activities as 6 members, getting ready
for their upcoming debut and starting to appear on other LDH’s acts concerts.
They started a new promotional tour titled Yume-sha
Shugyo ~dai-ni shou~, a second Musha
Shugyo to prepare for their debut.
On September 11th
the support member Yuta Nakatsuka was
promoted to become the new performer of GENERATIONS. It was then announced
their debut on November 21st of 2012 with the single BRAVE IT OUT, that would be released
with the label Rhythm Zone (AVEX).
GENERATIONS were the first group that debuted containing
the label of EXILE TRIBE on their
name and first promotional video, but the name of “from EXILE TRIBE” wouldn’t
appear on their releases’ covers until the second single, ANIMAL. This single was released on January 30th
of 2013, followed on May 15th by the single Love You More. This third single was also the first title
track that was a ballad and showed a different side, less fierce and edgy, of
the group. Their last single before releasing their first album was the
electronic song HOT SHOT (October
9th 2013) that introduced a especial unit from LDH of LED-dancers
GENERATIONS’ music style is
heavily influenced by the UK Urban different genres, such as Dubstep, Trap, Drum’n’Bass
as well as the electronic sound of EDM and the bubbly ballads that are more
usual of J-Pop teen boy groups. BRAVE
IT OUT is written by Jaakko Salovaara, Michelle Leonard and Ryan Scott,
with lyrics by TomoMi; ANIMAL,
is a song by Erik Lidbom (a songwriter that had already worked with EXILE) and
Jon Hallgren, the lyrics are by SUNNY
BOY; Love You More, is
a mid-tempo ballad written by SKY BEATZ, SHIKATA, Chris Hope and J Faith, with
lyrics by Maria Okada; while HOT SHOT
is a song by Ricky Hanley, Kevin Charge, Hide Nakamura with lyrics by
SUNNY BOY. The other b-side and album tracks feature producers that have
already worked with other LDH acts such as Bach
Logic (My Eyes On You) or Pochi
(Ima, Kaze ni natte).
Their image is more edgy
but teen, targeting to younger audiences than EXILE and 3JSB usually aim for.
Their first album was
released on November 13th of 2013 GENERATIONS.