This section is for those of you who want to see what other famous people Hyde has worked with in the past. This just includes mostly other musical artists he has been associated with or has done work with—musically speaking. L`Arc~en~ciel and their solo works will not be included here because it’s obvious they’ve worked with Hyde. List credits goes to itachi of Winterfall.
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, often shorted to skapara, are the legendary crazy ska-jazz-punk band originally formed in 1985. They’re famous for their revolutionary remakes of songs, such as the Tetris theme, Jungle Boogie, and their funky shows filled with crazy antics. Honestly, I don’t know much about the band, but I remember hearing praise of them long ago in my childhood, when I was 6 or so, and since they’re still operating as a band now after so many years, then they must be good. Despite the picture provided above, there are currently 10 members, though there have been numerous line-up changes over the years. The band’s current instruments include: alto sax, baritone sax, tenor sax, bass, guitar, trombone, trumpet, keyboards, percussion, and drums. So much sex sax, no wonder Hyde collaborated with these fellows. ;D Skapara has also collaborated with other famous artists, including Shiina Ringo, m-flo, and Puffy.
It’s often overlooked, but Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra collaborated with L’Arc~en~Ciel on the song, Fourth Avenue Cafe. What, did you think that Hyde produced all those wondrous brass instrument sounds? For the specifics, the skapara members who worked on the song were: Nargo (trumpet), Masahiko Kitahara (trombone & horn arrangement), Tatsuyuki Hiyamuta (alto sax), Gamou (tenor sax), and Atsushi Yanaka (baritone sax). Surprisingly, these five guys were all original members from 1985, and are still together in the band today. As for Laruku’s relationship with skapara; there isn’t much to say, since skapara collaborating with other artists is a common thing.
Here we have Puffy (aka Puffy AmiYumi). Composed of Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, this duo produces lots of happy funky energetic pop songs, and are famous in North America for their cartoon show, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, as well as for singing the Teen Titans theme song. Now I know you’re looking at them and thinking, “OMG Hyde was a guest star voice actor on Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi?! But I didn’t know they hired Engrish voice actors ;_;” Or maybe “OMG Hyde totally cheated on his wife with BOTH AMI AND YUMI!? What a playa ;_;” Well, don’t worry. Neither one of those is the case. A long time ago (i.e. the 90s), Puffy had a show called PaPaPaPuffy. It was sort of like Matthew’s Best Hit TV. They were the hosts, and they’d invite guests over and play games or perform skits or something equally entertaining and amusing. One day, in 1998, Hyde and Ken were the guests invited onto the show. To start it off, all four (Hyde, Ken, Ami, and Yumi) performed Honey. Hyde was playing guitar/singing and Ken was playing tambourine, while Ami and Yumi sang back up vocals and danced around a bit. The entire thing looks pretty ridiculous in my opinion, as Hyde’s clearly not REALLY playing the guitar, and Ken just looks funny smacking that tambourine. Plus, the stage setting for that show, it’s like super happy pink fun time. XD After the song, Ken gave Puffy his guitar as a momento, and Hyde gave them special L’Arc~en~Ciel CD Players. The rest of the show involves them eating, playing a mushroom game, and acting out a yakuza movie (directed by Hyde). It’s overall very entertaining.
Anyway, what’s happening between Hyde and Puffy nowadays? Well, L’Arc~en~Ciel, Hyde, and Puffy AmiYumi are now signed onto the same American record label, Tofu Records. But who knows if that means they’ll collaborate ever again. Just on a side note, T.M. Revolution is signed onto the same label, and he happens to be very good friends with Tetsu (L’Arc~en~Ciel’s bassist). Also, interestingly enough, TMR was formerly married to Yumi of Puffy AmiYumi. Seems like all the Tofu artists know each other.
Do we even need to explain who Gackt Camui is? He’s one of the most popular Japanese singers ever. Formerly in the visual kei band Malice Mizer, he went solo in 2000 and since then, has totally stopped being visual kei in any way. But that besides the point. He’s an extremely talented guy who writes all the music and lyrics for all of his songs, and knows how to play like countless instruments. He also has, ~6% body fat and super nice abs XD; Oh, and he was voted Mr. Perfect a few times, and has starred naked in a few Takano Yuri beauty clinic commercials. Anyway, Gackt co-starred with Hyde in the movie Moon Child, which he also wrote. In fact, he first met Hyde for dinner at a restaurant; Gackt called him to persuade him to accept the role of Kei in Moon Child. Oh yeah, nice one, Gackt. A man’s stomach is the way to his heart, or however that phrase goes. As far as first impressions go, Hyde got into a car accident that night and came late to the dinner (geez, the colorblindness really affects your driving after all). Hyde was hesitant to accept the role, and he asked for a camera test to see how the two looked alongside each other on screen before agreeing to the movie (i.e. short man Hyde was self-conscious about his height in comparison to the 6 foot tall Gackt).
As the ending theme of the movie, the two sang a duet together entitled Orenji no Taiyou. The song is beautiful, as expected. And it lasts for over 9 minutes. Honestly, listening to this song makes you appreciate Hyde’s voice even more… and also makes you realize how much quieter it is than Gackt’s -_-; Gackt gets very passionate towards the end of the song, and he starts his usual yodelling thing, completely overpowering Hyde’s “20 years of chain smoking” voice. It’s still beautiful, though, with touching lyrics about losing somebody/saying goodbye/being a vampire and burning to death at the beach. But trust me, these two have collaborated in MORE than just music and movies, if you know what I’m saying.
Mika Nakashima is an extremely talented and beautiful singer, devoting herself to a musical career since she was 18 years old. With a strong deep voice, she sings jazzy upbeat or slow R&B; love songs for the most part. Some of her most popular singles include: Yuki no Hana, Find the Way, Legend, Sakurairo Maukoro, and Glamorous Sky.
Mika has starred as badass punk rocker girl Nana Oosaki in the movies (based on the manga by Ai Yazawa) NANA and NANA 2. For the first NANA film, Mika sings a song entitled Glamorous Sky, with lyrics written by Ai Yazawa and music composed by Hyde. When I first heard about Hyde and Mika working together, I was thrilled. Judging by Mika’s musical style, she obviously has an appreciation for jazz and blues or whatever, just like Hyde does (remember Roentgen and the fact that he can play saxophone XD). However, contrary to Mika’s usual style, Glamorous Sky is a fast rock song. An excellent single, with its melody and style somewhat reminiscent of Hyde’s Hello, combined with Mika’s powerful voice. If you watch the PV, you may notice Mika seems to have adapted some of Hyde’s singing gestures (soon she’ll be making out with the microphone, too).
If you want more information on the NANA movies, by the way, nana-nana.net is the BEST site for it.
Hyde has said that he’s noticed Mika Nakashima even before she became the star of NANA. Since working together with her, he’s said that they’ve really developed an intimate and deep friendship with each other. Mika has also appeared as a guest at Halloween of the Living Dead in October 2005, during which she performed Glamorous Sky and Yuki no Hana (ROCK version) with Hyde.
Formerly a fashion model and backup guitarist, Anis Shimada is now the vocalist of the band, Monoral. Half Japanese half Moroccan, he knows how to speak English, Japanese, French, and Arabic. So, how is he at all connected to Hyde? Anis is one of the people who double checks the English in Hyde’s lyrics to make sure it is generally grammatically correct. He has helped with the lyrics of Hyde’s 666 solo album (Words of Love, Midnight Celebration, Shining Over You, Fruits of Chaos), as well as some songs on L’Arc~en~Ciel’s AWAKE album. Additionally, he gave Hyde “English Direction” in all of his songs on 666, except for Hello. (I’m not sure what “English Direction” means—perhaps pronunciation? I’m just reading the 666 booklet credits section). He’s provided similar English help for Yasu, vocalist of Janne Da Arc. Anis has also participated in the actual recording of Hyde’s songs; he can be heard saying the short English rap part in Masquerade. On a side note, when Hyde first met Anis, he mistook him for a girl. 8D
No wonder Anis was a fashion model. Maybe Hyde only becomes friends with pretty people? Excluding their professional work together, Hyde and Anis are also close friends. Upon first seeing Anis at the annual DANGER CRUE live concert, Hyde mistook him for a pretty girl. Ever since, they have been friends and have also continued collaborating in live shows (such as Halloween of the Living Dead 2005). Hyde also writes about Anis often on the Hydeist BBS, for example, mentioning how he and Anis shared some wine over the completion of Monoral’s first album. Monoral are currently signed onto Hyde’s record label, Haunted Records.