Susumu Hirasawa

Birth:Apr 1, 1954
Years active:1989-Present
Home town:Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
Website Twitter Wiki jp Wiki en In the fifth year of elementary school Hirasawa took up the electric guitar inspired by the surf and instrumental rock bands he heard on the radio and on TV later joining his junior high schools band. In 1973 he formed Mandrake a progressive rock band that incorporated elements from heavy metal and krautrock. Being one of the few Japanese progressive rock bands of its time Mandrake achieved little success and released no albums during its lifetime. After discovering punk rock and working on synthesizerheavy projects Hirasawa felt that progressive rock became just for entertainment and decided to reform the band as the electronic rock band PModel in 1979. Originally met with success they turned to decidedly uncommercial postpunk and experimental rock after Hirasawa went through an averse reaction to his fame. With Hirasawa at the forefront the band went through various lineups and achieved some popularity in the Japanese independent music scene. In 1989 Hirasawa launched his solo career. Unbound by the restraints of a band his albums were marked by a refusal to stick to any particular genre. He continued to evolve his sound while concurrently working with two different iterations of PModel until the group was disbanded in 2000. He has actively been releasing new music since. Hirasawa has achieved international recognition for his soundtracks on Satoshi Kon films and in the Berserk adaptations. Source: Wikipedia