Hotei, (pronounced “hoe-tay”), best known internationally for his original song, “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”, instantly recognizable as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movie, boasts a stellar career spanning more than three decades. Hotei’s accomplishments as a guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, and producer place him firmly among the ranks of global music legends.
Inspired by music and artists from around the world, Hotei developed his own unique guitar style, which revolutionized the aesthetics of music in his native Japan, generated multimillion selling albums; record-breaking chart releases, and continues to inspire future generations of musicians. Hotei’s innovative sound and electrifying live performances continue to win him acclaim and admiration wherever he goes.
After relocating to London to further build his international career, in 2015 Hotei finished his first international album, Strangers, which includes collaborations with the legendary Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe from German rock gods Rammstein, Matt Tuck from UK rock band Bullet For My Valentine, as well as longstanding friend Noko, from electronic band pioneers Apollo 440.
In 2016 Hotei celebrates his 35th Anniversary in music. Alongside an extensive year-long programme of live activities in Japan, Hotei has also been performing live in UK and Europe, and is bringing his exciting live show to New York with a return to the Highline Ballroom. Hotei will be showcasing songs from the Strangers album as well as fan favorites like “Battle Without Honor or Humanity”.
Hotei’s career originally began as a guitarist in the legendary Japanese rock band BOØWY (pronounced Boy) in 1981, enjoying phenomenal success as one of Japan’s most popular rock bands in history. In 1988, Hotei established himself as a solo artist, kicking off with the album Guitarhythm, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. This was the beginning of a series of albums achieving multimillion sales. In 1989-1990, Hotei formed the rock duo COMPLEX, releasing two albums which both went to number one in the charts. Alongside his own album releases, Hotei has written and produced numerous hit songs for other artists, making him one of the most important and widely respected active musicians of his generation.
Hotei has also collaborated extensively with other artists. In March 2014 Hotei was invited by the Rolling Stones to join them as a guest onstage in Tokyo, performing the Stones song “Respectable”. Hotei has also worked with David Bowie, Jesus Jones, Joni Mitchell, Lee Ritenour and David Sanborn, amongst many others. In 1996, Hotei played guitar under the baton of Michael Kamen at the closing ceremony for the Atlanta Olympics, which then led to their collaboration on Kamen’s album Guitar Concerto.
As well as successful selling albums, Hotei’s music has been placed in numerous international movies, including Kill Bill, Mission Impossible and Transformers, and he scored Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. His music also continues to be used in a wide variety of different TV adverts around the world.