Hotei’s new album, the first international release of his career, was released autumn 2015, also through Spinefarm; the material features a variety of collaborators, with writing and production credits including Youth (Pink Floyd, Verve), Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Paolo Nutini) and Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, the Batman Soundtrack).
Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto: “We are delighted to be working with an artist of Hotei’s stature. His achievements to date are considerable and hugely impressive, and in ‘Battle Without Honor…’ he has a track that even people who don’t follow music will instantly recognise. We’re looking forward to an exciting journey ahead.”
HOTEI began his career in the early ’80s as guitarist in the legendary Japanese rock band BOØWY (pronounced Boy), who enjoyed phenomenal success as one of that country’s most popular rock acts of all time. In 1988, Hotei established himself as a solo artist, kicking off this new chapter with the album ‘Guitarhythm’, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Inspired by music and artists from around the world, Hotei developed his own unique guitar style that revolutionised the aesthetics of music in his native Japan, generating multi-million selling albums and record-breaking chart releases, and motivating future generations of musicians.
A much sought-after collaborator both in the studio and on stage, Hotei has joined forces with David Bowie, Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), INXS, Blondie, Joni Mitchell, Darren Price (Underworld), Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Apocalyptica, Ray Cooper, Jesus Jones, Chicago, and many others. In March of 2014, he also performed with The Rolling Stones, joining the band onstage as a special guest.
Hotei and his family relocated to London in 2012 to focus on his international career; since being in the UK, he has headlined a show at the Roundhouse (2012), and Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2013).