Yukihide YT Takiyama is a GUITARIST / BASS PLAYER / COMPOSER /ARRANGER
currently lives in Los Angeles, California. YT attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied Music Arrangement and Orchestration. After relocating to Los Angeles, YT became a member of THE BOXING GANDHIS, who released two albums from Atlantic Records. YT joined COLBIE CAILLAT’s band, performed live and appeared on her first album "Coco".
As a MUSIC DIRECTOR, YT directed numbers of album recordings for Japanese artist, ARASHI and KAT-TUN (J-Storm). YT wrote a song "Lips" for KAT-TUN, which became No.1 hit on the chart, sold half million copies, which is considered as platinum record in U.S. He arranged and recorded Guitars on this song along with Billy Sheehan on Bass and Simon Phillips on Drums. He has appeared as guitarist, bassist and arranger on KATTUN’s other singles and albums as well.
YT has been working with legendary Japanese rock artist KYOSUKE HIMURO since 2010. He arranged and performed guitars on HIMURO’s album “B”orderless", as well as singles "If You Want" (NTV "NEWS ZERO" theme song) and "Warriors" (which features YT's composition called "Play Within a Play" on B side). In 2012, YT and HIMURO created a unit called GOSPELS OF JUDAS, and co wrote "Bloody Moon", which is featured as main theme song for Sony Playstation's "Ryu-Ga-Gotoku 5". YT Joined HIMURO's support band and performed at packed BUDOKAN, Tokyo on Dec 30th and 31st, 2012.