DENKI GROOVE is one of the pioneers and representatives of electronic music from Japan, and remains an icon on both the Japanese and international dance world. The band was formed by Takkyu Ishino and Pierre Taki in the late 1980s, after the breakup of its precursor band ZIN-SAY!, and DENKI made their major debut in 1991 with the album, “FLASHPAPA.”
They forayed into the international arenas when Belgian label MFS released their single “Niji” in Europe in 1995. In 1997, single “Shangri-La” and album “A” sold approximately 50,000 copies. The summer that year, they performed at the inaugural FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’97 which was held at the foot of Mr. Fuji. In 1998, they performed in MAYDAY, the largest dance festival in Europe. They continued to tour six countries in Europe towards the end of the year. (Yoshinori Sunahara, who had been a member since 1991, left the group after this tour.) They culminated the 20th century with their 9th studio album “VOXXX” and live album “Ilbon 2000.”
DENKI went into hiatus after performing at WIRE01 in 2001. After each member went through solo activities, they resumed the activities as a unit and performed at WIRE04 and RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2004 in EZO. In June 2005, they released a full-length studio album of original songs under the name “Denki Groove x Scha Dara Parr”, which was a collaborative unit with Scha Dara Parr.
In July 2006, DENKI headlined the Green Stage of FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 06; the performance was captured on a DVD entitled LIVE at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’06 which was released in October 2007. The release of this DVD was followed by two singles, namely “Shonen Young”, their first single in 8 years and released on December 5, and “Mononoke Dance”, released in February 2008. April 2 saw the release of their 10th full-length studio album of original songs, entitled “J-POP.” Six months later, on October 15, they released their second full-length studio album of original songs, entitled “YELLOW.”
DENKI commemorated their 20th anniversary with limited production single “The Words,” releasing it on February 4, 2009. Later that month on February 25, they released a live DVD entitled “Leonardo Inu Prio,” which captured the final show of their 2008 tour, their first in eight years, entitled “Sakebi Hajimari Bakuhatsu Owari”. They went on to release “20 (Twenty)” on August 19, to commemorate their 20th anniversary. On November 18, they released single “Upside Down.” The title track was the opening theme of anime , and the single also included “Shangri-La (Y.Sunahara 2009 Remodel),” their signature song remodeled by former member Yoshinori Sunahara, as well as “Yarisugi Koji OP,” which was the opening theme of the TV variety show with the same title.
April 2011 saw the simultaneous release of two DENKI products: their greatest hits album “Golden Hits ~Due To Contract” and “Golden Clips ~ Stocktaking,” a music video collection encompassing their career. On April 18, 2012, the duo released single “SHAMEFUL,” the song used in the TV commercial of Lotte’s chewing gum line ZEUS THUNDER SPARK, which featured the artists themselves. That year they went on to appear in a string of festivals such as summer festivals namely FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ‘12 and RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2012, WIRE12, where they made their appearance for the first time in 4 years, and electraglide 2012, which they performed at for the first time.
DENKI opened the year 2013 with the release of single “Missing Beatz” on January 16, followed by their 13th studio album on February 27. They released the album on the day they started their first tour in five years, entitled “Tour Panda 2013”.