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“I wasn’t born with the name Tomihira, it was my mother’s maiden name. I changed it in my early twenties to honor my grandfather and as something for my mother.” – Dean Tomihira
Two generations ago a Japanese musician named Tomihira left his hometown to fight and die for his country on the battlefields of World War Two. Thirty years later his grandson Dean would be born, not in Japan, but in the country Tomihira had gone to war against. While young Dean’s upbringing was a world away from his grandfather’s, he has been gifted with the same love of music as the man whose name he now proudly calls his own.
Now joined by his band members Markkus Rovito on drums and Susie S Kim on bass, Dean is working on a follow up album to his 2006 debut, “Play Dead.” With a voice that has been described as exuding “an amorous warmth” and a musical style inspired by the likes of The Cure and New Order, one can only wonder what his grandfather might have thought of his progeny across the sea.
On October 12, 2009 the members of Tomihira were kind enough to give an interview to J-Pop World. Tomihira Interview.