Japan’s Chikuzen/Sing Like Talking with John Hampton and Adam Hill
Our long-time client and friend Chikuzen returned to Ardent recently to mix a new project with John Hampton at the helm and Adam Hill assisting. Our previous projects with Chikuzen were solo ventures, but for this project Chikuzen was reuinted with his band, called Sing Like Talking.
Band members include Sato Chikuzen (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Fujita Chiaki (synths, keyboards, BGVs), and Nishimura Tomohiko (guitar).
The band, who took a hiatus between 2003 and 2009, have been playing together in Japan for more than 20 years. Their debut came in 1988, and they have seen the top of the charts many times, producing a body of work spanning twelve full-length albums. This includes the most recent one, mixed here at Ardent by John Hampton. The album is entitled Empowerment, and it will be released on April 6th, 2011.
The band also has a reputation for putting on sensational live shows. They’ve toured many times throughout Japan and have even performed with Hall & Oates in Nippon Budokan. Their much awaited national tour is scheduled to start soon after the release of the album.