Takeshi Kobayashi

Takeshi Kobayashi
Born (1959-06-07) June 7, 1959
Origin Shinjō, Yamagata, Japan
Genres Pop, rock, soft rock, film score
Occupation(s) Composer, lyricist, music producer, arranger
Instruments Keyboards, synthesizer, piano, bass
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts Bradberry Orchestra, Yen Town Band, Bank Band, LANDS, Mr. Children, My Little Lover, Remioromen, Southern All Stars

Takeshi Kobayashi (小林 武史 Kobayshi Takeshi) (born June 7, 1959), is a Japanese keyboardist, lyricist, composer, arranger, and record producer.


Kobayashi started his professional career in the late 1970s. After working in the backing bands for singers such as Yosui Inoue, Misato Watanabe, and Anri, he came into prominence as a musical collaborator for the Southern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata's eponymous 1988 solo album.

Although his own leader albums failed to receive public attention, Kobayashi garnered commercial success in collaboration as producer or songwriter with other artists. As an arranger of his own composition "Anata ni Aete Yokatta" co-written and performed by Kyoko Koizumi in 1991, Kobayashi won the 33rd Japan Record Awards for Best Arrangement category.[1] In 1992, he undertook the production work with the Japanese pop-rock band Mr. Children on their debut album entitled Everything. The producer and the band have gone on to record together to date, achieving mainstream success with cumulative sales of over 58 million copies albums and singles as of March 2013.[2] In 1995, Kobayashi formed another multi-million selling pop group My Little Lover fronted by his then-girlfriend and first spouse Akko, and remained as a full-time member of the band until the couple's marriage broke up in the mid 2000s.[3]

Kobayashi has written several film scores, including Swallowtail (1996) and All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001). Not only composing music, he also directed the film Bandage (2010).[4]

In addition to his career as a musician, Kobayashi has also worked as a social activist and a philanthropist. Along with Grammy-winning producer Ryuichi Sakamoto and Mr.Children's chief singer-songwriter Kazutoshi Sakurai, he established a non-profit organization called AP Bank in 2003.[5] Kobayashi and Sakurai have formed the charity supergroup Bank Band since 2004, and have released three albums and two singles to date.


Solo albums




  • Zutto Anata ga Suki datta (1992)
  • Double Kitchens (1993)
  • Dare ni mo Ienai' (1993)
  • Owaranai Natsu (1995)


  • es: Mr. Children in Film (director) (1995)
  • Halfway (producer) (2009)
  • Bandage (director) (2010)

  • Neo Colla! Tokyo Kankyo Kaigi (executive producer)(2008 / 2009)



  1. 第33回日本レコード大賞 [The 33rd Record Awards Winners]. jacompa.jp (in Japanese). Japanese Composers Association. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  2. Yamamoto, Takao (producer) (2013-03-29). "ミュージックステーション2時間スペシャル アーティスト総売上ランキング". Music Station (in Japanese). All-Nippon News Network. TV Asahi.
  3. マイラバ恒例ライブに小林武史参加決定 [Takeshi Kobayashi will rejoin My Little Lover's live]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Original Confidence. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. 赤西初出演映画で主演、バンドボーカル役 [Jin Akanishi Starring the Film for the First time]. asahi.com (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ボランティア継続派遣 支援システム構築へ APバンク. 47 News, Press Net Japan Co.,Ltd. (in Japanese). Kahoku Shinpō. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
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