Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Career[edit | edit source]
In 2006, Tentenko founded the experimental unit FLORIDA with her childhood friend Takizawa Tomoe. Their music was mostly ambient soundscapes that they would record on cassette tape and sell at their local record store.
By 2012 she was singing with a band called Hakoiri Kibun (箱入り気分), but as they weren't very popular, Tentenko got a job at idol bar Dear☆Stage, hoping to draw attention and increase the band's fame.
2013[edit | edit source]
On May 26th, Tentenko joined BiS alongside First Summer Uika and Kamiya Saki. Having been interested in the group before, she attended their audition hoping to meet the members, only to also end up joining them.
Tentenko's first single with BiS, DiE, was released on June 26th.
2014[edit | edit source]
On February 2nd, BiS officially announced that they would disband in July.
Tentenko's only studio album as a member of BiS, WHO KiLLED IDOL?, was released on March 5th.
On July 8th, BiS' first generation disbanded at Yokohama Arena. During the show, Tentenko announced that she would return to being a freelance musician. At around the same time, she also made the decision to reform FLORIDA. Soon after graduating from BiS, Tentenko launched her own magazine, Tentenko ZINE, and began crowdfunding for her own record label and debut single.
2015[edit | edit source]
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Tentenko released her debut single, Good bye, Good girl. on January 14th through her newly-established TENTEN RECORDS label.
FLORIDA's debut album, Florida, was released on June 23rd.
On September 4th, Tentenko collaborated with HALMENS member Kenzo Saeki to record an EP of HALMENS covers, Tentenko sings HALMENS.
Starting with Hibiya Kouen on September 30th, Tentenko also started recording and releasing self-produced CD-R albums on a near-monthly basis. Unlike "Good bye, Good girl" and later studio releases, these albums typically consisted of (usually instrumental) tracks in the dark ambient, dub and noise genres.
2016[edit | edit source]
MikaTen's debut album, Angel Noise, was released on February 17th.
On August 16th, Tentenko released her major debut single, Houkago Sympathy, under the Toys Factory record label.
Tentenko's debut studio album, Kougyou Seihin, was released on December 14th. However, by this point, she had also released many self-produced experimental CD-Rs.
2017[edit | edit source]
On April 22nd, Tentenko re-released the single Wa Shoi! / Good bye, Good girl, for World Record Store Day.
Sometime in Fall 2017, Tentenko formed another noise unit, ZVIZMO, with avant-garde musician Ito Atsuhiro.
On November 11th, ZVIZMO released their debut album, also called ZVIZMO.
Tentenko released her second solo studio album, Kiken na Anata, on December 6th.
2018[edit | edit source]
On March 14th, Tentenko released a vinyl-only single, Nantonaku Abunai / ROBOT, for World Record Store Day.
From April, Tentenko started making frequent appearances on the BYS YouTube channel, along with other first-generation BiS members.
On July 27th, Tentenko signed to the UK record label, Toothpaste Records.
Tentenko's first international album, Tentenko, was released on September 21st.
On December 5th, Tentenko released a cat-themed studio EP, ALL YOU NEED IS CAT ~Neko Koso Wa Subete~.
2019[edit | edit source]
On June 25th, Tentenko released her first photobook, HER, and held an exhibition to commemorate the release.
Tentenko's second international release was the joint EP, Super Mild, alongside fellow noise musician Kopy. The EP was released on November 19th.
On October 11th, another internationally-released Tentenko album, Deep & Moistures: The Best of Private Tracks, was released. It was a compilation album of tracks from her long-running Deep & Moistures series of CD-Rs.
In December, Tentenko opened a Bandcamp account to release her self-published CD-R albums digitally, starting with Deep & Moistures 21 ~ Aimaina Kyoukai-sen.
Starting December 20th, Tentenko held her first overseas performances in Germany.
2020[edit | edit source]
After almost five years, Tentenko finally ended her series of monthly CD-R releases with her fiftieth consecutive release, Deep & Moistures 22 ~ Silver Lining, on January 13th. She stated that, while she would not give up recording CD-Rs completely, they would be released on an irregular basis instead.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Tentenko was born in Kushiro, Hokkaido on the 27th of August, 1990.
She lives with Haack, her orange and white cat.
Profile[edit | edit source]
- Stage Name: Tentenko (テンテンコ)
- Birth Date: August 27, 1990
- Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
- Nickname: Tenten (テンテン), Tenko (テンコ)
- Western Zodiac: Virgo
- Eastern Zodiac: Horse
- BiS Role: Killer Member (殺し屋担当)
- BiS status:
- 2013.05.26: Joined BiS
- 2014.07.08: Graduated (BiS disbands)
- BiS Colour: ■ Red
- WACK Groups:
- BiS (2013-2014)
- Other Groups:
Discography[edit | edit source]
For solo works see Tentenko Solo Discography
For everything else see Tentenko Discography Featured In
Publications[edit | edit source]
Other Media[edit | edit source]
Live Video[edit | edit source]
- [2014.09.24] BiS Kaisan Live ~BiS nari no Budokan~ @Yokohama Arena
- [2015.12.30] Watashi O Noise Ni Tsurette LIVE! - Hijokaidan x Yurumerumo!
Film[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Tentenko is one of only two past or present WACK members to market their own branded socks.
- Her name is taken from a character in a Taiwanese film, aired in Japan as a TV show with the title "Rairai Kyonshiis".
- Tentenko's influences include Togawa Jun and The Residents.