Japanese musical icon Hotei will be releasing his first international album STRANGERS in expanded form in the US in July via Spinefarm/Universal. He is best known for his original song “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” which was included in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster KILL BILL film.
The album features guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop, Emigrate/Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger. Stream “Move It,” featuring Kruspe below.
HOTEI’s career began 35 years ago in the early 80s as the guitarist in the legendary Japanese rock band BOØWY (pronounced ‘boy’), who enjoyed phenomenal success and are one of the most popular Japanese rock acts of all time. In 1988, HOTEI established himself as a solo artist, kicking off this new chapter with the album Guitarhythm, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage, HOTEI has previously joined forces with music royalty such as David Bowie, Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), INXS, Blondie, Joni Mitchell, Darren Price (Underworld) and more recently performed with The Rolling Stones on their 50th Anniversary tour.
Now living in London to focus on his international career, HOTEI has headlined shows in the capital at the Roundhouse, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Islington Assembly Hall. In February 2016, HOTEI showcased the STRANGERS album to audiences in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin, and has just completed a sold out tour in Japan to celebrate his 35 years in music, including performing his debut solo album Guitarhythm in front of an arena full of fans in Tokyo.
“Move It” is commercially available from today as a two-track single, featuring a “Hounds” remix of the song, done by Olly Burden, known for collaborating with The Prodigy on their most recent album.
Hotei has two confirmed US live performances in July:
Jul 13: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
Jul 15: Highline Ballroom – New York, NY