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Marty creates new label in Japan
18 October 2010
live info and more-

As announced in an earlier press conference in Tokyo, Marty has created and is now heading the brand new record label, "Gokukara Records."

The label is a subsidiary of Japan`s major label giant, Avex. Marty`s solo releases will continue with Avex, and new artists that Marty works with will come out on Gokukara.

The first release for the new label will be the result of a nationwide search through NicoNico Douga (Japan`s more modern interactive version of YouTube) and its special community devoted to discovering the first artist/band to make its debut on Gokukara Records.

Marty and his staff are sifting through entrants, and make periodic status updates as well as live UStream broadcasts on NicoNico Douga. Due to the sheer number of entrants, only NicoNico Douga community members may create videos for consideration.

As of now the label is Domestic/Japan only and all pertinent information on NicoNico Douga and Gokukara Records websites is in Japanese. However if you are outside of Japan and are able to use a computer in Japanese, all musicians/DTM`s/arrangers are welcome to create videos for submission to NicoNico Douga. Access to NicoNico Douga may be limited outside of Japan depending on territory.

More info (japanese only) at


TV News

10/23 Saturday Night 6:30PM TV Tokyo "Y-Y Jumping"

Radio News

10/24 J-Wave 11AM "Happiness"

Marty with his solo band LIVE in concert!

Two live shows have been announced in Japan and tickets are on sale now.

"BAD D.N.A. Gathering Japan"

!0/20 OSAKA Shinsaibashi Quattro

10/26 TOKYO Shibuya Quattro

Marty`s live band is:

Takayoshi Ohmura - guitar
Ryota Yoshinari - bass
Mitsuru Fujisawa - drums

Celebrating his 10th solo album, "BAD D.N.A.", Marty and his band take to the live stage for the first time in 2010!

Ticket outlets and all related info at

As promised on Japan`s top morning TV show, "Mezamashi TV", Marty and the FANTA band will make it`s first live appearance at the Gasshukoku Fantastic Stadium at Odaiba in Tokyo on July 14th!
The entire audience was chosen by lottery entries and is completely full to capacity. J-pop duo Kimaguren will also perform.

Ride the FANTA BUS!

The FANTA band advertising bus that will be driving throughout the Shibuya area of Tokyo from 7/15 thru 7/25 will be open to the public to ride in the Odaiba Gasshukoku area from 7/27 thru 8/22.
more info on this and the Odaiba show at

Marty made a surprise guest appearance at a sold out Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo for Maki Ohguro`s tour final on 7/9. He performed her latest single, "It`s All Right", which was released last month.

Marty joins the cast for the 2nd season of the smash NHK-FM radio drama "Seishun Adventure GO! GO! Chikinzu"
The show will broadcast every weeknight from 8/2 thru 8/13 at 10:45 PM.

The 4th FANTA commercial is currently on the air in Japan. The latest TV commercial features Marty and the rest of the FANTA band "jamming" inside the Bullet Train for some very unsuspecting passengers.

The Sound Horizon maxi-single, which Marty contributed all the electric guitar work on all of its songs, made its debut on the Japanese singles chart at #1. This is the first #1 recording he has played on in his entire career in any country.
Sound Horizon is known for their epic arrangements, extravagant theatrical concerts and devoted fans. This is Marty`s first involvement with the project.

The 2nd sold out Sound Horizon concert at the Yoyogi Auditorium in Tokyo on 6/20 in which Marty will play will be shown in real time in 3-D in all TOHO Cinemas throughout Japan.

After completing the majority of its recording in LA, Marty is back in Tokyo putting the finishing touches on his latest new instrumental solo album.

There is more info and a video message from the sessions (in Japanese) at New English content, release info and music video info to be updated soon here at this site.

Download new Marty wallpapers from Fanta NOW!
Go to where currently you can get Marty`s photo or animated character in super high quality.

The 4th commercial featuring Marty in the FANTA band has been filmed and soon to be broadcast, more info at

In other news, Marty contributed guitars to Japanese theatrical phenomenon Sound Horizon`s new maxi single, "Hikari to Yami no Douwa". The single was released 6/16 and to commemorate this, Marty will perform live with Sound Horizon at both Yoyogi Auditorium concerts on 6/19 and 6/20.

Japanese legendary vocalist Maki Ohguro`s brand new single, "It`s All Right" features Marty as well. The song is her first new release in three years and the single comes with a making-of DVD with footage from Maki and Marty`s recording session filmed earlier this year.

Marty has commenced recording on his 10th solo album, this time to be done completely at Los Angeles` most legendary recording studio, The Village Recorder. An in-depth making of will be filmed of the entire process. Much more details to come.

More television news, Fanta news and updates at

New Fanta Commercial!

The 3rd TV commercial in the ongoing "rock band FANTA" series is now on air in Japan. This "superband", which has yet to perform a single song together, has captured Japan`s attention has inspired a manga magazine, "The Fanta Band Legend".
check here:

TV and radio news-

Marty will appear with multi platinum producer Tsunku and pop culture icon Shoko Nakagawa on NHK`s new TV show, "Mina de Nihon Go!" April 22 at 10PM

On NHK radio, Marty makes his 2nd appearance on "Kurofune Da!" May 3 time tba

Live in Japan!

One of the biggest tours in Asia right now, Marty will join A-mei as she makes her Tokyo debut on 4/18 at Akasaka Blitz. Japan is a brand new territory for the superstar singer, and her collaboration with Marty for this show is already being met with anticipation from A-mei`s and Marty`s fans alike.

New features!

There are two new regular features in the major mainstream press starting now in Japan, a weekly piece on Marty in Pia and a monthly piece in UGA, the largest karaoke related magazine in Japan.

Meet Marty in Person!

Directly after Marty`s concert with A-mei in Kuala Lumpur on 4/24 at the Putra Indoor Stadium, Marty will make 4 personal appearances in Australia, sponsored by Allansmusic.
Tickets are limited, so get details now at:

2 of the Aussie events are already sold out, as will the others and the KL stadium show so get your tickets now.

After the third sold out Arena show in Taiwan, Marty flew to China for the The 2010 "V" Awards (the Asian version of Grammys/MTV music awards). It was broadcast live on 3/28 to the entire continent of Asia, and featured as its finale a live performance of Marty and A-mei.
A-mei, who is known for her emotional ballads and elaborate pop numbers, after receiving 2 awards stunned the Asian music world with a performance which was closer to heavy metal than anything she had previously done. It began with Marty rising up on a stage lifter playing a guitar solo by himself and then A-mei joined him for the song (english translation) "Straightforward" which ended in a barrage of pyro explosions and furious guitar riffs from Marty.
More details and video links to come.

Due to upcoming musical activities, which will be reported on this site shortly, Marty will be taking a hiatus from one of his regular TV programs, "Transporter".

For 2 years and 100 episodes, the show is one of the highest rated on Japan`s Space Shower network.

The final episode will air on 3/30 at 9PM. If you have access to Japan`s Space Shower network, be sure to watch as Layla and Marty say their farewells and show some clips of Marty`s best performances on the show.

He is also leaving his TBS radio weekly program, "Kakiiin" and well as his monthly feature in Big Comic magazine.

Marty`s most recent performance with Shoko Nakagawa was re-broadcast this month on NHK. Marty produced and arranged the song, "Makkana Atashi" for Shoko and played it Live with her on "Paphooo", a program which Marty was a regular on for its entire run on NHK.


In between Marty`s solo activities and TV and radio responsibilities in Japan, he is also making news in Asia outside of Japan collaborating with one of Asia`s brightest superstars, A-mei.

A-Mei and Marty made national breaking news in Taiwan with their performances at the Taipei Arena.

The news clip below was filmed at the beginning of the concert and was broadcast while the nearly 4 hour long show was still in progress.

Marty appears towards the middle of the clip. More info to come.

Both March 19th and March 20th shows were sold out months in advance and were both filmed for a live DVD for release later this year.

We will have an exclusive link in English for visitors to this site who wish to purchase the DVD. Stay tuned-

If you are visiting Japan, or live in Japan, it will be impossible for you to miss the giant FANTA billboards up throughout the entire country.
In particular, the entire front of the landmark Shibuya Station in Tokyo (see photo here- )is covered with 2 massive FANTA mural billboards, one with the entire "rock band FANTA" and the other featuring each member separately.
Both have Marty with his blue Ibanez MF1 signature model guitar.

Check out Marty`s latest video for "Kiba" (featuring Andrew W.K.) here:

Be sure to take a look around Marty`s revamped Japanese site here:


Marty is currently on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine`s internet version, "GP2", see it here:


Marty Trivia!

Marty appears in the new Fanta commercials, (see them at but there are several commercials on the air right now which feature Marty`s guitar playing-

Sapporo Draft One Beer
AU cellular (with Anna Tsuchiya)
Daiwa House
Mitsubishi Marunouchi

He also plays on fellow Fanta band member Nana Tanimura`s brand new single, "Believe You"
Marty is also featured in Newsweek Japan (in Japanese here:

Marty is planning activities outside of Asia this year, including live touring with his solo band as well as other unique events. Please stay tuned...