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DOBERMAN INFINITY (also known as D.I, formerly DOBERMAN INC) is a 5-member male Hip-Hop group managed by LDH JAPAN and currently signed to LDH Records.

Members[]

Current Members

Former Members
  • MAB (2000-2006)
  • Tomogen (2000-2013)

History[]

2000-2003[]

In 2000, DOBERMAN INC was formed by the rappers KUBO-C, GS, P-CHO, MAB and Tomogen. Previously, members KUBO-C, GS, P-CHO had been active as the trio "WEST HEAD" in their hometown Nara. After the formation, the 5-member group moved their base to Osaka and started their activities.[1]

In addition to the high level of their rapping skills, all the members were in their early twenties, and they seemed to be attracting attention as a representative act of the new generation, especially in the Kansai area. Looking back on their early years, the members later said: "We were mainly doing mic nights at clubs in Osaka, so it felt like we were on at 2 or 3 a.m." (P-CHO),[2] "We were still amateurs at that time, so our main life was to work part-time to make ends meet, and we would take days off on the days we performed." (GS).[1][2]

In 2002, the band made their indie debut with the studio album DOBERMANN under the production of MATCHSTICKMEN, featuring BACH LOGIC aka BL. The sound production by BACH LOGIC became one of the factors that solidified DOBERMAN INC's position in the Japanese Hip-Hop scene.[1][3]

On April 15, 2003, they released their second indie studio album MEGA CITY FIVE.

2004-2007[]

In 2004, the group got signed to the record label Victor Entertainment and made their major-label debut with the mini-album CONVERSATION PIECE.[3]

In 2006, member MAB left the group and they continued with 4 members.[4]

2008-2013[]

In 2008, the group signed with LDH and started being managed by the agency.[1]

In 2013, after the group's solo live "SECRET BASE" on October 17th, member Tomogen left the group.[5] Since the remaining members, KUBO-C, P-CHO, and GS, still wanted to challenge themselves with music, they consulted with EXILE HIRO, and the idea of adding vocals to DOBERMAN INC surfaced.[6] At the same time, SWAY, a rapper and actor of the theater troupe Gekidan EXILE who had been friends with the members of DOBERMAN INC, told them that he wanted to join the position that had been left open after Tomogen's departure.[6]

2014[]

On June 17, 2014, during the EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 4 ~Yume wo Motta Wakamono Tachi e~, it was announced that contestant KAZUKI had been added to the group as a vocalist and that the group's name would change to DOBERMAN INFINITY. Before the audition started, the three remaining members had exchanged ideas for restarting the group, such as the addition of a female vocalist and a band formation, but they ultimately chose KAZUKI as "the most suitable person for DOBER" among the people they liked in the audition.[7][1][8][9] A week later, on June 24, the group officially announced the addition of SWAY and formally restarted the group.[1][8] Additionally, the group moved record labels to TOY'S FACTORY.

On August 27, the group released the digital single "INFINITY" as their first work with the new line-up and under the new group name.

On November 19, they released the mini-album #PRLG.

2015[]

From February 11 to February 27, the group held a row of live concerts titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE "#PRLG" to promote the previously released mini-album.

On February 27, they released their second digital single "Tomorrow Never Dies".

On July 15, the group released their first physical single as "Doberman Infinity" titled "SAY YEAH!!".

On October 7, they released their second single "JUMP AROUND ∞"; the title track being a Japanese cover of "Jump Around" by the American hip-hop group House of Pain which was also used as the theme song for the gang "Oya High School" in the HiGH&LOW franchise.

On December 2, the group released their first studio album THE LINE.

2016[]

From March 15 to April 17, they held their first tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2016 "THE LINE".

On April 3, they released their third single "Itsuka".

On July 27, they released their 4th single "GA GA SUMMER / D.Island", which was also the first double A-side single of the group as "Doberman Infinity".

On November 16, they released their second studio album TERMINAL.

2017[]

From February 11 to April 6, the group went on their second tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2017 "TERMINAL".

On May 10, they released their 5th single "DO PARTY". The title track of the single had been pre-released digitally on April 19.

From May 13 to 14, the group held a 2-day concert titled DOBERMAN INFINITY 3 Shuunen Tokubetsu Kinen Kouen "iii -three-" to celebrate the three year anniversary of their rebranding and current line-up.

On June 14, they released their second mini-album #PLAY.

On September 13, the group released a collaboration single titled "Shatter" together with Japanese Hip-Hop artist AK-69.

On November 22, they released their 6th single "Ano Hi no Kimi to Ima no Boku ni".

In 2017, the group moved labels from TOY'S FACTORY to LDH's in-house label LDH MUSIC.

2018[]

On April 18, they released their third studio album OFF ROAD.

From May 26 to October 16 the group went on their third tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2018 DOGG YEAR ~PARTY ON THE OFF ROAD~.

On August 15, they released their 7th single "SUPER BALL".

On September 26, they released their 8th single "YOU & I".

On November 12, the group held a concert titled DOBERMAN INFINITY 2018 DOGG YEAR ~FULL THROTTLE~ in Nippon Budokan.

2019[]

On June 26 , they released their first studio album 5IVE, with the title track being pre-released on June 6.

From November 16 November 27, the group went on their fourth tour and first arena tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2019 5IVE ~Kanarazu Aou Kono Yakusoku no Basho de~.

On November 27, they released their 9th single "We are the one / Zutto", with one of the A-sides, "Zutto", being pre-released on November 13.

2020[]

On May 8 , they released their third digital single "2020".

From March 7 to December 26, the group was scheduled to go on their fifth tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2020 We are the one, with an accompanying tour that would have gone from March 28 to July 12 titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2020 We are the one ~PERFECT YEAH!!~ that were both cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On July 4, the group held their first live concert titled LIVE×ONLINE "DOBERMAN INFINITY".

On August 21, they released their fourth digital single "INFINITY ZOO".

On September 22, the group held their second live concert titled LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION "DOBERMAN INFINITY".

On December 2, they released their 10th single "6 -Six-".

2021[]

From May 14 to September 13, the group went on their fifth tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2021 "HERE".

On June 9, they released their 11th single "konomama".

On August 25, they released their 12th single "Natsu Kesho / Updating Life".

2022[]

On July 5, they released their fourth studio album LOST+FOUND.

From August 5 to October 30, the group went on their sixth tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2022 "LOST+FOUND".

On December 7, they released their first live album titled LOST+FOUND "THE LIVE", including the audio recording of the Tokyo concert from the national tour held in October, in the order of the set list.[10][11]

On December 31, they held a countdown live titled DOBERMAN INFINITY COUNTDOWN LIVE 2022-2023 at Zepp Osaka Bayside.[10][11][12][13]

2023[]

From March 11 to April 28, the group held their seventh tour and first fanclub-only live house tour DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE HOUSE TOUR 2023 "SHOUT OUT to D6".[14]

On June 23, DOBERMAN INFINITY released the digital EP milestone, with songs produced by BACHLOGIC.[15][16][17][18]

From September 1 to December 15, the group held their eighth tour titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2023 "DOGG RUN".[19][16][20]

On October 11, they released their 13th single "Anthem / Mamma Mia!".[21][22] The first A-side, "Anthem", was pre-released digitally on August 30.[23][24][25][26]

On December 6, they released their fifth digital single "You're the Reason".[27][28][29][30]

On December 31, the group held the year-end concert DOBERMAN INFINITY COUNTDOWN LIVE 2023▷2024 at Zepp Osaka Bayside to start their 10th anniversary year.[31][32]

2024[]

On April 19, it was announced that the group would release their 14th and 10th anniversary year single "1st SONG" on June 26 and make a 3-month consecutive release period of the songs included in it, the first being "Odore Pierrot", on April 24, the second being "Last Forever", on May 24 and the third being the title track on June 24.[33][34][35]

From June 17 to August 16, they are scheduled to hold a series of live concerts titled DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE 2024 ThanX "THE REVIVAL".[36]

On August 14, they will release their sixth digital single "OH YEAH!!".[37]

Discography[]

As DOBERMAN INFINITY

Studio Albums
  1. [2015.12.02] THE LINE
  2. [2016.11.16] TERMINAL
  3. [2018.04.18] OFF ROAD
  4. [2022.07.05] LOST+FOUND
Best Albums
  1. [2019.06.26] 5IVE
Other Albums
Mini-Albums/EPs
  1. [2014.11.19] #PRLG
  2. [2017.06.14] #PLAY
  3. [2023.06.23] milestone (digital)

Singles
  1. [2015.07.15] SAY YEAH!!
  2. [2015.10.07] JUMP AROUND ∞
  3. [2016.04.03] Itsuka (いつか)
  4. [2016.07.27] GA GA SUMMER / D.Island feat. m-flo
  5. [2017.05.10] DO PARTY
  6. [2017.11.22] Ano Hi no Kimi to Ima no Boku ni (あの日のキミと今の僕に)
  7. [2018.08.15] SUPER BALL
  8. [2018.09.26] YOU & I
  9. [2019.11.27] We are the one / Zutto (We are the one / ずっと)
  10. [2020.12.02] 6 -Six-
  11. [2021.06.09] konomama
  12. [2021.08.25] Natsu Kesho / Updating Life (夏化粧 / Updating Life)
  13. [2023.10.11] Anthem / Mamma Mia! (アンセム / マンマミーア!)
  14. [2024.06.26] "1st SONG"
Digital Singles
  1. [2014.08.27] INFINITY
  2. [2015.02.27] Tomorrow Never Dies
  3. [2020.05.08] 2020
  4. [2020.08.21] INFINITY ZOO
  5. [2023.12.06] You're the Reason
  6. [2024.08.14] OH YEAH!!
Pre-release Digital Singles
  1. [2017.04.19] DO PARTY
  2. [2019.06.06] 5IVE
  3. [2019.11.13] Zutto
  4. [2021.05.05] konomama
  5. [2023.08.30] Anthem
  6. [2024.04.24] Odore Pierrot
  7. [2024.05.24] Last Forever
  8. [2024.06.24] 1st SONG
Collaboration Singles
  1. [2017.09.13] Shatter (DOBERMAN INFINITY×AK-69)

Collaborations/Others

As DOBERMAN INC

Studio Albums
  1. [2002.06.25] DOBERMANN (indies)
  2. [2003.04.15] MEGA CITY FIVE (indies)
  3. [2004.06.23] FIVESTAR LINERS
  4. [2006.09.21] STOP, LOOK, LISTEN
  5. [2008.04.26] ZERO
  6. [2011.11.09] ONE ~Oretachi wa Hitotsu~ (ONE ~俺たちは1つ~)
Best Albums
  1. [2007.08.29] THE BEST ~ THE PAST & THE FUTURE TIME 4 SOME ACTION
  2. [2015.04.22] DOBERMAN INC MEGA CLASSICS mixed by DJ GEORGE
Mini-Albums
  1. [2003.06.04] THE BOOTLEG E.P. (indies)
  2. [2004.04.21] CONVERSATION PIECE
  3. [2010.07.14] NEVER LOSE YOURSELF
Digital Albums
  1. [2014.11.19] DOBERMAN INC THE BEST (VICTOR YEARS)
  2. [2015.04.22] DOBERMAN INC MEGA CLASSICS

Singles
  1. [2009.09.16] GENERATION / FIREWORKS type D.I
Digital Singles
  1. [2011.03.02] Makenna (負けんな)

Video Releases
  1. [2006.12.20] MILAGRO ~ DOBERMAN INC CLIPS
  2. [2011.05.18] SECRET BASE -VICTORY-

Collaboration/Others

Concerts / Tours[]

Tours
  1. [2016.03.15-2016.04.17] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2016 "THE LINE"
  2. [2017.02.11-2017.04.06] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2017 "TERMINAL"
  3. [2018.05.26-2018.10.16] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2018 DOGG YEAR ~PARTY ON THE OFF ROAD~
  4. [2019.11.16-2019.11.27] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2019 5IVE ~Kanarazu Aou Kono Yakusoku no Basho de~
  1. [2021.05.14-2021.09.13] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2021 "HERE"
  2. [2022.08.05-2022.10.30] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2022 "LOST+FOUND"
  3. [2023.03.11-2023.04.28] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE HOUSE TOUR 2023 "SHOUT OUT to D6"
  4. [2023.09.01-2023.12.15] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE TOUR 2023 "DOGG RUN"
Concerts
  1. [2015.02.11-2015.02.27] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE "#PRLG"
  2. [2017.05.13-2017.05.14] DOBERMAN INFINITY 3 Shuunen Tokubetsu Kinen Kouen "iii -three-"
  3. [2018.11.12] DOBERMAN INFINITY 2018 DOGG YEAR ~FULL THROTTLE~ in Nippon Budokan
  4. [2022.12.31] DOBERMAN INFINITY COUNTDOWN LIVE 2022-2023
  5. [2023.12.31] DOBERMAN INFINITY COUNTDOWN LIVE 2023▷2024
  6. [2024.06.17-2024.08.16] DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE 2024 ThanX "THE REVIVAL"
Online Concerts
  1. [2020.07.04] LIVE×ONLINE "DOBERMAN INFINITY"
  2. [2020.09.22] LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION "DOBERMAN INFINITY"
Concerts Featured In

Works[]

Music[]

Radio
  • [2015.10] WE ALL CAN BE CONNECTED
Music Video Appearances

Trivia[]

  • DOBERMAN INFINITY started out with nationwide arena tours as a goal.[38]
  • The group wants to create a wider range of music, which they call "all-round Hip-Hop".[38][39][40]
  • Since 2016, the group has been holding the summer festival D.Island.[41]
  • The group decided on 5 members for its reformation as "DOBERMAN INFINITY" since they wanted to have a different image from the previous "DOBERMAN INC".[7]

References[]

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  15. 【DOBERMAN INFINITY】初となる全楽曲BACHLOGICプロデュースの6曲入り EP 「milestone(マイルストーン)」6/23(金)0:00リリース決定!同日19:00にはリード曲「Where we go」MV公開
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  31. https://dobermaninfinity-ldh.jp/news/231107_2030/
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  36. 『DOBERMAN INFINITY LIVE 2024 ThanX “THE REVIVAL”』開催決定!
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  40. https://realsound.jp/2019/06/post-378901_2.html
  41. https://realsound.jp/2019/06/post-378901_3.html

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