Takahiro Moriuchi (森内 貴寛, Moriuchi Takahiro, born April 17, 1988 in Tokyo), known professionally as Taka, is the lead vocalist of the Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK. Prior to this, he was in the boyband NEWS throughout 2003 until he left the group and the agency.[2] Taka is the lyricist and composer of his band.

Personal life

Taka was born on April 17, 1988, the eldest son of famous Japanese singers Masako Mori and Shinichi Mori.[16] He has two younger brothers named Tomohiro Moriuchi who works on TV Tokyo, and Hiroki Moriuchi who is the lead singer of the band MY FIRST STORY.[17][18]

He attended Keio Elementary School and graduated in March 2001. Then he attended Keio Middle School in April 2001 and continued his studies at Keio High School in April 2004. On his first year of High School (March 2005), he dropped out to pursue his musical career.[16] A month later, his parents divorced.

In 2005, he changed his last name from Moriuchi (森内) to Morita (森田) due to the divorce of his parents. However, in the June 2012 issue of the magazine, Rockin'On Japan, he stated in an interview that his real name is Takahiro Moriuchi.[5] In 2013, he is shown again in a photo using his last name, Moriuchi, where all ONE OK ROCK band members held a written sign of their real names. The photo was taken by photographer, Rui Hashimoto.[6]

Career

2002–2004: Career beginnings and other musical pursuits

Taka signed with Johnny's Entertainment in 2002 and joined the boy band, NEWS, in 2003. He left in 2004 to "focus on his studies".[16] He was briefly in a band called Chivalry of Music in 2004.[19]

2005–present: ONE OK ROCK

Taka was invited by guitarist/leader, Toru Yamashita, to join the Japanese rock band, ONE OK ROCK in 2005.[19] The band released their first independent CD in 2006 and were signed by Amuse, Inc., whom they made their major debut with.

The band did moderately well with music sales until they hit with major success in August 2012 upon the release of "The Beginning", which was the theme song for the live action movie adaption of the manga and anime, Rurouni Kenshin.[20] The band's concerts have been sold out many times with high attendance and constantly adding new tour dates in Japan. ONE OK ROCK has also held concert tours overseas in Asia, U.S., Europe and South America.

In March 2013, Simple Plan announced a new version of their song "Summer Paradise" with Taka for a Japanese-only release [2] They later performed together at the music festival, Punkspring 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

In November 2013, Taka helped Pay Money to My Pain to sing one of their songs on their tribute album "Gene" after their vocalist, K (Kei Goto), died due to heart failure.[2]

In summer 2014, ONE OK ROCK's newest songs, "Mighty Long Fall" and "Heartache" were featured as theme songs for the live action movie sequels, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, respectively.[2]

In February 2015, Taka was featured as a guest vocalist on the track "Dreaming Alone" by Against the Current.

As of July 2015, ONE OK ROCK is signed with the U.S. label, Warner Bros. Records and released an English version of their album, 35xxxv in February 2015.

On October 8, 2016, Sum 41 will have a Japanese edition of their album, 13 Voices, that will include the song "War" featuring Taka. Deryck Whibley from Sum 41 mentioned to Alternative Press Japan that "It was great to collaborate with Taka on our new song called War. I am a huge fan of his voice and of ONE OK ROCK and I think that our voices work very well together".[2]

On September 11, 2016, ONE OK ROCK signed with Fueled by Ramen. Their eighth album, Ambitions, was released on January 11, 2017, for the Japanese version album under the Japanese label A-Sketch and on January 13, 2017 for the English version album under the American label Fueled by Ramen.

In July 2017, Taka was featured on the track "Don't Let Me Go" from Goldfinger's album The Knife as a guest vocalist.[2] On 27 October 2017, he appeared at Linkin Park and Friends – Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, performing "Somewhere I Belong" with the remaining members of Linkin Park.[2]

Influences

His greatest influences are Linkin Park,[2] Good Charlotte, Issues, and Simple Plan. He has also cited Chester Bennington from Linkin Park and Kellin Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens as his inspirations to switch from pop music to rock music.

Collaborations

YearTitleAlbumArtistNotes
2011"Let Life Be"ALLY & DIAZALLY & DIAZFeaturing Taka (ONE OK ROCK) & サイプレス上野 (Cypress Ueno)[2]
2013"Summer Paradise"Get Your Heart On! (Japan Tour Edition)Simple PlanFeaturing Taka (ONE OK ROCK).[2]
"Voice"genePay Money to My PainP.T.P feat. Taka from ONE OK ROCK.

As tribute to Kei Goto (also known as K), vocalist of Pay Money To My Pain who died in the morning of December 30, 2012 due to acute heart failure.

2014"Bottle Rocket"First WordsGROWN KIDSFeaturing Taka (ONE OK ROCK) & Megan Joy.[28]
2015"Dreaming Alone"GRAVITYAgainst the CurrentFeaturing Taka (ONE OK ROCK).[29]
"Primavera"5.....GOF.T. IslandTaka as a co-composer for both songs.
"My Birthday"
2016"By My Side"バイ・マイ・サイ

(By My Side)

Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS)Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK).

A charity single for the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.

"insane dream"daydreamAimerTaka as a producer, co-writer, and composer. He sings the chorus.[30]
"Higher Ground"Taka as a composer.
"closer"Taka as a producer, co-writer and composer.
"Falling Alone"
"Stars in the rain"Taka as a composer.[31][32]
"War"13 Voices (Japanese edition)[33]Sum 41Featuring Taka (ONE OK ROCK).
2017"Yung & Dum"Headspace (Japanese edition)[34]Issues
"Don't Let Me Go"The Knife[35][36]Goldfinger