massa takemoto (masahiro takemoto) :
Born in Japan, he started playing piano at age 4 and was composing songs by age 15. When he reached 19, he moved to the U.S. to explore his musical dreams and collaborate with musicians from a variety of genres. During that time, he went on tour from Southern California to Utah as a member of the band "May Pole" (currently, 880 records), which was nominated for "Best Out-of-Region Band" at the Orange County Music Awards in 2002 and received the "Best Original Song Award" at the Online Rock Festival in the same year.
He also had opportunities to perform at music festivals and TV shows as a support member for bands and solo artists. After ten years of musical experience in the U.S., he found his own spiritual connection with music and left the "pop/rock" scene, putting out a solo project Spiral Lounge - future paradise - in 2003. "Forever," which was released on that album, was rearranged for a new project, Manners Therapy Sound, and released by MTI entertainment in 2005. In the same year he started "Republic of Cosmic Love Experience" (an improvisational electronic jam band) and toured Japan, releasing a self-titled EP. In 2007, he released a conceptual solo album entitled "desert island mix."