With sales exceeding 40 million in his native Japan alone, and known around the world for his original song “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” which was made famous by its inclusion in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster KILL BILL, HOTEI (pronounced “hoe-tay”) is embarking on the next chapter in his illustrious career and will be releasing his first international album STRANGERS in expanded form in the U.S. in July via Spinefarm Records/Universal.
Featuring an impressive array of 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, STRANGERS finds the songwriter and international guitar virtuoso firmly planting both feet in the U.S, with two confirmed shows in Los Angeles at Troubadour on 13th July and in New York City at Highline Ballroom on 15th July, which are on sale now.
The first single from STRANGERS, “Move It”, was co-written with and features vocals from Richard Z. Kruspe from Emigrate and Rammstein. Filmed in Berlin, “Move It” is Richard’s first-ever vocal collaboration. “Move It” is commercially available 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.
STRANGERS demonstrates HOTEI’s diversity as a songwriter and master guitarist by mixing instrumental epics with contemporary masterpieces, from current single “Move It”, to the atmospheric “Kill To Love You”, a dark and emotive track featuring Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck on vocals as you’ve never heard him before. With the abrasive roar of Iggy Pop on two tracks, alongside vocal contributions from Noko and Shea Seger, the unifying nature of Hotei’s guitar work and electronic wizardry produces a genuinely unique, futuristic, thoughtful and diverse album – equal parts rock, dance, punk and electro.
“British rock has always been a great source of inspiration to me,” HOTEI explains, “and now living in London with a fresh start, STRANGERS allows me to take a step out of this new and relatively anonymous space to introduce myself. A stranger to many, remembering the days when I was young and just starting out, playing gigs to a room of only 20 people, I want to connect with people individually and let them understand me through my music.”
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.
STRANGERS has writing and production credits including Youth (Pink Floyd, Verve, Killing Joke), Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Paolo Nutini) and Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, Grace Jones, Hans Zimmer). It will be released in July via Spinefarm Records/Universal.
TROUBADOUR, LA – JULY 13
HIGHLINE BALLROOM, NEW YORK – JULY 15