History Music / TaijiSawada

5th Sep '17 12:31:20 PM SeptimusHeap
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Taiji Sawada (known by his given name/stage name Taiji) was a Japanese rock musician who played bass guitar and guitar, as well as being a prolific songwriter. Having been in a number of famous Japanese rock and metal bands, he was best known for his work with XJapan and with Music/{{Loudness}}. While in XJapan, he co-wrote several songs, developed Toshi's "french fries" mohawk hair style, and heavily contributed otherwise toward the band's musical skill and lyrical and stylistic focus.

He left XJapan in 1992 due to [[CreativeDifferences musical differences]] and a fight with [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]], and proceeded to play with {{Music/Loudness}}, leave Loudness to form his own off-and-on band D.T.R., and experienced a major CreatorBreakdown due to a variety of issues he'd struggled with throughout his life. He slowly returned from his CreatorBreakdown to play with the soon-to-be-disbanded D.T.R., Otokaze, Kings, and with Music/TheKillingRedAddiction and TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S.

to:

Taiji Sawada (known by his given name/stage name Taiji) was a Japanese rock musician who played bass guitar and guitar, as well as being a prolific songwriter. Having been in a number of famous Japanese rock and metal bands, he was best known for his work with XJapan Music/XJapan and with Music/{{Loudness}}. While in XJapan, Music/XJapan, he co-wrote several songs, developed Toshi's "french fries" mohawk hair style, and heavily contributed otherwise toward the band's musical skill and lyrical and stylistic focus.

He left XJapan Music/XJapan in 1992 due to [[CreativeDifferences musical differences]] and a fight with [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]], and proceeded to play with {{Music/Loudness}}, leave Loudness to form his own off-and-on band D.T.R., and experienced a major CreatorBreakdown due to a variety of issues he'd struggled with throughout his life. He slowly returned from his CreatorBreakdown to play with the soon-to-be-disbanded D.T.R., Otokaze, Kings, and with Music/TheKillingRedAddiction and TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S.



In July 2010, Taiji rejoined XJapan as a bassist, playing on stage at the Yokohama Nissan Stadium reunion live, though he did not join XJapan for the North American tour. He had also been a model and jewelry designer for Arizona Freedom, a Japanese rock couture house, and also played with Loudness at the 2009 and 2010 memorial concerts for Munetaka Higuchi. He had planned for a return to the rock scene with Taiji and Shu Project...

to:

In July 2010, Taiji rejoined XJapan Music/XJapan as a bassist, playing on stage at the Yokohama Nissan Stadium reunion live, though he did not join XJapan Music/XJapan for the North American tour. He had also been a model and jewelry designer for Arizona Freedom, a Japanese rock couture house, and also played with Loudness at the 2009 and 2010 memorial concerts for Munetaka Higuchi. He had planned for a return to the rock scene with Taiji and Shu Project...



* DoubleEntendre: "Desperate Angel" for XJapan.

to:

* DoubleEntendre: "Desperate Angel" for XJapan.Music/XJapan.



* HopeSpot: 2009 and 2010. He'd recovered from life-threatening injuries, by all accounts was beginning to get toward FunctionalAddict territory if not on the wagon, he was performing with major bands including his first gig outside of Japan in LA in 2009 and returning to play with XJapan in 2010. He'd formed a new band, was active in creating fashion and jewelry, seemed to be working his way back up from nothing into stardom. Then a BlackWidow came along...

to:

* HopeSpot: 2009 and 2010. He'd recovered from life-threatening injuries, by all accounts was beginning to get toward FunctionalAddict territory if not on the wagon, he was performing with major bands including his first gig outside of Japan in LA in 2009 and returning to play with XJapan Music/XJapan in 2010. He'd formed a new band, was active in creating fashion and jewelry, seemed to be working his way back up from nothing into stardom. Then a BlackWidow came along...
12th Jan '17 11:10:41 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* SurvivorGuilt: Taiji was hit especially hard by the death of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] who was one of his closest friends. He also played in {{Loudness}} and was a friend of late drummer, Music/MunetakaHiguchi, who died of cancer November 30, 2008 - which led to his playing at both the 2009 and 2010 Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows.

to:

* SurvivorGuilt: Taiji was hit especially hard by the death of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] who was one of his closest friends. He also played in {{Loudness}} Music/{{Loudness}} and was a friend of late drummer, Music/MunetakaHiguchi, who died of cancer November 30, 2008 - which led to his playing at both the 2009 and 2010 Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows.
12th Jan '17 11:09:39 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Taiji Sawada (known by his given name/stage name Taiji) was a Japanese rock musician who played bass guitar and guitar, as well as being a prolific songwriter. Having been in a number of famous Japanese rock and metal bands, he was best known for his work with XJapan and with {{Loudness}}. While in XJapan, he co-wrote several songs, developed Toshi's "french fries" mohawk hair style, and heavily contributed otherwise toward the band's musical skill and lyrical and stylistic focus.

to:

Taiji Sawada (known by his given name/stage name Taiji) was a Japanese rock musician who played bass guitar and guitar, as well as being a prolific songwriter. Having been in a number of famous Japanese rock and metal bands, he was best known for his work with XJapan and with {{Loudness}}.Music/{{Loudness}}. While in XJapan, he co-wrote several songs, developed Toshi's "french fries" mohawk hair style, and heavily contributed otherwise toward the band's musical skill and lyrical and stylistic focus.



In 2009, he dissolved D.T.R., firing all but one of his bandmates claiming a copyright issue, and claiming that he was going to reform D.T.R. as Death To Rive. He played with The Killing Red Addiction (members Music/DynamiteTommy [v], Kenzi [d], Taiji [b], Tatsu [g]), played with his solo act "TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S," which became Taiji Sawada Project, then Taiji and Shu Project (TSP) (members Taiji [b], Shu [g], Takanari [d] who was replaced with Hina from Crazy Danger Mile on drums) and as a session musician with other bands including a return to {{Loudness}} for the Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows in 2009 and 2010.

to:

In 2009, he dissolved D.T.R., firing all but one of his bandmates claiming a copyright issue, and claiming that he was going to reform D.T.R. as Death To Rive. He played with The Killing Red Addiction (members Music/DynamiteTommy [v], Kenzi [d], Taiji [b], Tatsu [g]), played with his solo act "TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S," which became Taiji Sawada Project, then Taiji and Shu Project (TSP) (members Taiji [b], Shu [g], Takanari [d] who was replaced with Hina from Crazy Danger Mile on drums) and as a session musician with other bands including a return to {{Loudness}} Music/{{Loudness}} for the Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows in 2009 and 2010.



He is the second member of the original Music/XJapan and the third formation of {{Loudness}} each to die.

to:

He is the second member of the original Music/XJapan and the third formation of {{Loudness}} Music/{{Loudness}} each to die.
13th Mar '16 4:16:50 PM RevolutionStone
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ArtisticStimulation: Taiji was a heavy user of alcohol, weed, and stimulants. This reflected a lot in his music...

to:

* ArtisticStimulation: Taiji was a heavy user of alcohol, weed, and stimulants. This reflected a lot in his music...music, and his heavy and open use of drugs was part of the reason he was kicked out of X Japan.
1st Nov '15 1:21:05 AM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


In 2009, he dissolved D.T.R., firing all but one of his bandmates claiming a copyright issue, and claiming that he was going to reform D.T.R. as Death To Rive. He played with The Killing Red Addiction (members DynamiteTommy [v], Kenzi [d], Taiji [b], Tatsu [g]), played with his solo act "TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S," which became Taiji Sawada Project, then Taiji and Shu Project (TSP) (members Taiji [b], Shu [g], Takanari [d] who was replaced with Hina from Crazy Danger Mile on drums) and as a session musician with other bands including a return to {{Loudness}} for the Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows in 2009 and 2010.

to:

In 2009, he dissolved D.T.R., firing all but one of his bandmates claiming a copyright issue, and claiming that he was going to reform D.T.R. as Death To Rive. He played with The Killing Red Addiction (members DynamiteTommy Music/DynamiteTommy [v], Kenzi [d], Taiji [b], Tatsu [g]), played with his solo act "TAIJI WITH HEAVEN'S," which became Taiji Sawada Project, then Taiji and Shu Project (TSP) (members Taiji [b], Shu [g], Takanari [d] who was replaced with Hina from Crazy Danger Mile on drums) and as a session musician with other bands including a return to {{Loudness}} for the Munetaka Higuchi memorial shows in 2009 and 2010.
10th May '15 6:28:16 AM RevolutionStone
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* {{Unperson}}: He was this for ''years'' (from 1992 until 1998) to both Yoshiki and the official history of Music/XJapan, though hide and Pata had both maintained their personal friendships with him quietly to some degree. Averted with his 2010 return as a guest bassist for X Japan and with his death, with his being considered the "seventh member," though he ''still'' doesn't get half of the tribute space and attention that hide does.
29th Apr '14 4:25:36 AM LongLiveHumour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* HorribleHistoryMetal: His solo magnum opus for D.T.R. ''Voices Of The Dead,'' opens with a sample of a news report on the First GulfWar, overlaid with a sample of a baby screaming. It turns into a fusion of Western and metal bemoaning the tragedy of war and from the perspective of those killed in it.

to:

* HorribleHistoryMetal: His solo magnum opus for D.T.R. ''Voices Of The Dead,'' opens with a sample of a news report on the First GulfWar, UsefulNotes/GulfWar, overlaid with a sample of a baby screaming. It turns into a fusion of Western and metal bemoaning the tragedy of war and from the perspective of those killed in it.
16th Mar '14 3:48:53 AM RevolutionStone
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His entire life had so much WhatCouldHaveBeen that this almost deserves its own page, but here's a few:
** What if he had never been introduced to stimulants? Had he never gotten involved with the amphetamine-class drugs (or had but had been able to remain a FunctionalAddict) he likely would have had a much better life. He likely would never have spent all of his money and royalties from Music/XJapan and Music/{{Loudness}}, he wouldn't have had the stroke/the epilepsy it uncovered to be far worse, his career and home life probably would have been far more stable, and even the situation leading to his death probably would have been averted.
** What if he'd never gotten kicked out of Music/XJapan or Music/{{Loudness}}? Again, he would have had a far more stable career and income, and both bands would have produced even better bodies of work than they already did. If you can imagine Taiji's bassline on, say, Dahlia instead of Heath's, you can just imagine how epic this would have been.
** What if on their departure from Music/{{Loudness}} he and Music/MunetakaHiguchi had formed their own thrash band, picking up guitarists and a singer? Had he gone this direction rather than the far more experimental (and only much later appreciated) D.T.R., they would have likely been successful even with metal going out of style being heavy drum and bass ThrashMetal.
** Much of D.T.R's music wouldn't have been out of place in a SpaceWestern - and since the genre was being made in TheNineties, it's just another odd thing that he and YokoKanno, for example, never worked together. (If you want to imagine how Anime/CowboyBebop's soundtrack could have been ''even more'' badass...)
** What if he had learned to adapt D.T.R.'s sound a bit more, and/or worked with another band until its style of metal rode the PopularityPolynomial back up in the late 2000s?
** What if he *had* gotten valid, legitimate help for his addictions and illnesses and stuck with it at least enough to remain the FunctionalAddict and not well but alive and surviving?
** What if Music/XJapan had let him stay in 2010, either as sole bassist or in becoming a double bass band along with Heath?
** What if he had told Toshi about Shinso/Shinsho in early 2011? Probably one of the saddest of these, as Toshi, from his own experience with a ScamReligion, probably would have given him the information that would have saved what was left of his money and his life - that he needed to get away from the guru, lawyer up to break the contracts etcetera, and get real help.
** What if he had just gone blank instead of fighting/having an overt seizure on the plane?
** What if the arresting officers had noticed his unwell state and had him sent to a place with valid neuropsychiatric care outside of Saipan and banned Kitami or Shinso from any contact with him until the situation had been sorted out?
** What if he ''had'' at some point before he died gotten a competent lawyer who had immediately bailed him out of jail and gotten him out of Saipan?
** What if someone had called BS on Shinso's requisitioning the body and had demanded an autopsy?
16th Mar '14 3:48:06 AM RevolutionStone
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* OutlivedItsCreator: TSP as a band, which Shu kept ongoing as a memorial and as an act in and of its own right until announcing disbandment in October 2013 but agreeing to play shows ongoing into February 2014.
16th Mar '14 3:47:06 AM RevolutionStone
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CreatorBreakdown: Taiji went from being one of the most successful and acclaimed rock musicians in Japan to, at one point, being [[OffTheWagon addicted]], divorced, homeless, and [[TheMentallyDisturbed severely depressed]]. He got into fights while living on the streets, suffering from [[ScarsAreForever a broken jaw and other facial injuries]] that gave him a speech impediment and permanently changed his appearance. Then, [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], who had been one of his closest friends, died in 1998, adding grief and SurvivorGuilt to his [[DespairEventHorizon depression]].
** The story of his final days is also CreatorBreakdown - albeit one mostly allowed and imposed from the outside. First he joined Shinso's religion for help getting clean/coming to terms with himself and his problems. Unfortunately, Shinso provided very little meaningful mental health help and did introduce him to Kitami Terumi, and pressured Taiji to bring on Kitami as his manager and keep her as such. The trips to Saipan and the draining of what little remaining cash Taiji had from his 2010 gig with X Japan and his other ventures ensued - as did Taiji being told to keep everything away from the people who could have helped him. By the time he had realized what was going on, he was likely using methamphetamine and abusing alcohol again (in his final photos, his arms showed evidence of injection), was in a desperate financial and social situation, and in a horrible enough place mentally to think ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption - on an airplane, no less - and got into a fight with Kitami on the flight, and things only got much worse from there...

to:

* CreatorBreakdown: Taiji went from being one of the most successful and acclaimed rock musicians in Japan to, at one point, being [[OffTheWagon addicted]], divorced, homeless, and [[TheMentallyDisturbed severely depressed]]. He got into fights while living on the streets, suffering from [[ScarsAreForever a broken jaw and other facial injuries]] that gave him a speech impediment and permanently changed his appearance. Then, [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], who had been one of his closest friends, died in 1998, adding grief and SurvivorGuilt to his [[DespairEventHorizon depression]].
** The story of his final days is also CreatorBreakdown - albeit one mostly allowed and imposed from the outside. First he joined Shinso's religion for help getting clean/coming to terms with himself and his problems. Unfortunately, Shinso provided very little meaningful mental health help and did introduce him to Kitami Terumi, and pressured Taiji to bring on Kitami as his manager and keep her as such. The trips to Saipan and the draining of what little remaining cash Taiji had from his 2010 gig with X Japan and his other ventures ensued - as did Taiji being told to keep everything away from the people who could have helped him. By the time he had realized what was going on, he was likely using methamphetamine and abusing alcohol again (in his final photos, his arms showed evidence of injection), was in a desperate financial and social situation, and in a horrible enough place mentally to think ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption - on an airplane, no less - and got into a fight with Kitami on the flight, and things only got much worse from there...
This list shows the last 10 events of 87. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Music.TaijiSawada