If you watched AYABIE’s airing on their Nico channel (Yes! They have an official Nico channel now) on the 24th of this month, you would know that they had special news for all their fans– a new member would be joining them! AYABIE fans, please welcome Taito on the keyboard.
Taito is not present in the picture, but if you search up “AYABIE Taito” on the search engines, you’ll find quite a few screenshots of him from the broadcast floating around.
AYABIE’s OHP has yet to be updated with Taito’s profile, but here’s a lovely message from him (translated by Elena from S-T’s translation staff).
Nice to meet you.
I’m AYABIE’s keyboardist, Taito.
Please let me say a few things.
I first met AYABIE last September,
during their ANSWER tour.
Because they were looking for a keyboardist, I had a meeting with all the members.
After that, we decided to try a session, and at the tour final rehearsal at EAST, I was able to play with them in two songs, “Niji” and “season.”
At that time, I remember thinking from the bottom of my heart that music is really fun.
Until now, as a support musician I’ve performed behind various artists, but I never felt any of those times were as fun as this.
I was able to participate in the tour final, and after that for several sessions I was allowed to stand on the same stage as a support member.
For me to really become a member of the band, we had so many meetings over and over again to make sure the feeling was mutual.
As for myself, I really liked the music of AYABIE, and the members of AYABIE also had a thought towards me, so I really got the feeling that I was needed.
And now, as a member I can officially make this announcement.
It’s such a sudden announcement, we must have really surprised all the fans.
I think everyone is having various thoughts, regarding AYABIE and regarding myself.
But I think I want to firmly catch everyone’s feelings, and as the keyboardist of AYABIE I want to deliver wonderful music.
I will always, always treasure not only the band, but all of AYABIE’s fans also.
From here on, please continue to treat the 5-member AYABIE well.
In any case, on March 19, we’ll be waiting at Shibuya O-EAST!
I hope it becomes a fantastic time.
As he mentioned, Taito will be making an appearance at Shibuya O-EAST on March 19 with Yumehito, Kenzo, Intestsu and Takehito. This live show also marks the end of their live hiatus that they went on about half a year ago. Here are the details, if you are interested in attending!
2013/03/19 AYABIE『Five Stars “EAST”er』
Performance Date: 3/19/2013 (Tuesday)
Venue: Shibuya O-EAST
Ticket: All standing
-￥3,500 in advance/￥4,000 at the door
-Drinks are ￥500
That’s about it! What do you think about the news? About Taito! I know a lot of fans think it is sudden news! AYABIE did mention that they were on a live hiatus so they could focus on creating better music. Perhaps Taito is their answer to that!
Translation: Elena of S-T
Source: AYABIE’s Nico Channel, twitter