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Katayose Ryota

Katayose Ryota (片寄涼太) is a singer, performer and actor. He's a member of the group GENERATIONS.

In 2010, he participated in the EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 2 ~Yume wo Motta Wakamono Tachi e~ to become a member of Sandaime J Soul Brothers, but ended up as a finalist.

Early Life

Katayose Ryota was born on August 29, 1994, in Osaka, Japan. He is an only child.[1]

He began playing soccer at the age of 5 and practiced it until the third year of junior high school. During this time, he was selected to join the city's national team.[2]

He grew up learning to play the piano from his grandfather and father, who are both music teachers. However, he never had a particular dream of becoming a singer or entertainer back then. According to Katayose himself, "I was more of an accompanist at choir contests, and I liked to assist.", rather than being in the spotlight. It was his mother who inspired him to make his debut in the entertainment world. One day, she invited him to go to a live performance of EXILE after Katayose had bought an album by EXILE as a junior high school student. As he watched the live show of the group at Kyocera Dome Osaka, he was so fascinated that he considered becoming an entertainer for the first time. Since he liked to sing and was praised for being good when going to karaoke, he decided to try singing when he entered high school.[3]

Nevertheless, at that point he still didn't think he could or wanted to be an entertainer, just like he was playing soccer even though he knew he would never become a professional player. Katayose desribed this mindset as a realistic or cold side to him.[4]

Career

In February 2010, Katayose participated in the EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 2 ~Yume wo Motta Wakamono Tachi e~. However, he didn't expect to have a chance of winning or make any lasting impression. During the competition, Katayose was inspired by the other contestants who were passionate about their goals, but he still didn't have a strong desire to become a singer yet. In the end, he became a finalist, but was not selected. At a dinner party after the audition, EXILE ATSUSHI told him, "I think it's fine if you end up being a popular person in your hometown, but if you want to make it in this world, you need to keep improving yourself as a vocalist and push forward." Katayose was inspired by these words and realized that even if he gave up on his dream of entering the entertainment world, he could still go on to college and live a normal life, but if he backed off here, he would just be "a popular person in his hometown."[4]

Afterwards, he started attending EXPG Osaka as a special student with a scholarship.

On July 19, 2011, he became a candidate member for GENERATIONS.

On April 17, 2012, he was announced as an official member of GENERATIONS. Later that year, on November 21, he made his major debut as a member of the group with the single "BRAVE IT OUT". Katayose mentioned in an interview that he was excited, but more worried back then. He wondered if he would be able to reach a certain level of success. Despite all of this, his parents were the ones who pushed him forward and had supported him since he came to Tokyo to become a singer.[4]

In July 2014, he made his acting debut in the drama GTO.

The turning point in his career came after his first appearance in a movie, My Brother Loves Me Too Much (2017), in which he played the role of the overprotective but loving older step-brother of the main character. At that point, Katayose realized that his charming and lovely image might be his "weapon" that sets him apart from other male LDH artists. With his prince character established, he quickly gained fans not only in Japan but also in Greater China.[3]

In 2019, he debuted as a voice actor by taking on the role of the main character "Hinageshi Minato" in the animated film Ride Your Wave. In June, he attended the Shanghai International Film Festival where Ride Your Wave had been nominated in the category "Animated Feature Film".[5] At the end of the year, he became the first Japanese male to be selected by Variety as one of Asia's next generation of promising stars, receiving the "Asian Stars: Up Next" award at Macao Film Festival.[6][7]

On September 27, 2020, it was announced that he would sing the title song and star in an upcoming short film from the CINEMA FIGHTER franchise directed by Mariko Tetsuya.

On February 15, 2021, it was revealed that Katayose had been chosen as the first Japanese ambassador of the luxury brand Givenchy.[8][9]

Personal Live

To the question "What kind of man would you like to be in the future?" in an interview in December 2019, he answered "I really admire the idea of marriage and having children, and I have a desire for that from now on. I think that's what brings out the depth and personality of a person, and since my parents gave birth to me, I would like to become a parent myself."[3]

Discography

Digital Singles

  1. [2020.01.07] Possible

Collaboration/Others

  • [2018.10.17] m-flo presents PRINCE PROJECT feat. Katayose Ryota - "PSYCHIC MAGIC"

Works

Music

Lyrics

Filmography

Movies
  • [2017] Ani ni Ai Saresugite Komattemasu (兄に愛されすぎて困ってます; My Brother Loves Me Too Much)
  • [2019] PRINCE OF LEGEND
  • [2019] Gozen 0-ji, Kiss shi ni Kite yo (午前0時、キスしに来てよ; Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight)
  • [2020] Kizoku Kourin -PRINCE OF LEGEND-
  • [2020] Ito (糸; Threads: Our Tapestry of Love)
Anime Movies
  • [2019] Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara (きみと、波にのれたら; Ride Your Wave)
TV Dramas
  • [2014] GTO
  • [2017] Ani ni Ai Saresugite Komattemasu (兄に愛されすぎて困ってます; My Brother Loves Me Too Much)
  • [2018] PRINCE OF LEGEND
  • [2019] 3-nen A-gumi -Ima kara Minna-san wa, Hitojichi desu- (3年A組-今から皆さんは、人質です-; 3rd Grade A Class: From Now on, You Are Hostages)
  • [2019] Nippon Noir -Keiji Y no Hanran- (ニッポンノワール-刑事Yの反乱-) (episode 6)
  • [2020] Byoushitsu de Nenbutsu wo Tonaenaide Kudasai (病室で念仏を唱えないでください)
Digital Dramas
  • [2019] TOKYO COIN LAUNDRY
  • [2020] Byoushitsu de Nenbutsu wo Tonaenaide Kudasai ~Satori Kenshui Tanaka Reiichi~ (病室で念仏を唱えないでください 〜サトリ研修医・田中玲一〜)

Publications

Photobooks

Katayose Ryota - Goodbye, White cover.jpg

  1. [2018.08.07] Goodbye, White (グッバイ、ホワイト)
Stylebooks
  1. [2020.07.24] C'est la vie
Serializations
  1. [2020.07.- Present] Daily Shincho "Katayose Ryota (GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE) x Lyricist Kodake Masato: A Round-trip Letter" (デイリー新潮「片寄涼太(GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE)×作詞家・小竹正人 往復書簡)

Events

Fan-meetings
  1. [2017.08.25] Katayose Ryota Fan-meeting in Shanghai
  2. [2019.03.09] Katayose Ryota Fan-meeting 2019 "EXPRESS MY MIND"
  3. [2021.03.06] Katayose Ryota 2021 Online Fan Meeting "MUTUAL ARROW"
Concerts
  1. [2014.04.24 - 25] VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION Presents "VOCAL BATTLE STAGE 2014" (at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo)

Awards

  • [2018] WEIBO Account Festival in Japan 2018 - Popular Artist Award
  • [2019] 4th International Film Festival and Awards Macao - Asian Stars: Up Next Award

References

Trivia

  • Emoji: 🐶 (Dog Face)
  • Growing up, he wished that he had siblings.
  • He is interested in interior design and fashion.
  • He doesn't oversleep, but he's not a morning person.
  • He has a very close friendship with fellow GENERATIOS vocalist Kazuhara Ryuto. Both are from the Kansai region and used to go to auditions together on the bullet train. Katayose described in an interview that Kazuhara was like a big brother to him back then, and that didn't change after debut. Like siblings, they sometimes clashed, but Kazuhara always stood in front of him and pulled him along despite his low self esteem in terms of singing. He helped Katayose a lot, and and as a result he tried to do what he could as a vocalist in return.[1]
  • He is close friends with actor Yudai Chiba, who co-starred with him in My Bother Loves Me Too Much.
  • He describes himself as a pragmatic and cautious person.

External Links

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GENERATIONS
Gallery | Category | Songs navbox
Members
Members Shirahama Alan (L) | Katayose Ryota | Kazuhara Ryuto | Komori Hayato | Sano Reo | Sekiguchi Mandy | Nakatsuka Yuta
Discography
Studio Albums 1. GENERATIONS | 2. GENERATION EX | 3. SPEEDSTER | 4. Namida wo Nagasenai Pierrot wa Taiyou mo Tsuki mo Nai Sora wo Miageta | 5. SHONEN CHRONICLE | 6. Up & Down
Best Albums 1. BEST GENERATION
Digital Albums Start Up ~Oen Song Collection~ | GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2017 MAD CYCLONE SET LIST | GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2018 UNITED JOURNEY SET LIST | GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2019 "Shounen Chronicle"
Other Albums HiGH&LOW ORIGINAL BEST ALBUM | BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~
Singles 1. BRAVE IT OUT | 2. ANIMAL | 3. Love You More | 4. HOT SHOT | 5. NEVER LET YOU GO | 6. Always with you | 7. Sing it Loud | 8. Evergreen | 9. Hard Knock Days | 10. ALL FOR YOU | 11. AGEHA | 12. Namida | 13. PIERROT | 14. Taiyou mo Tsuki mo | 15. BIG CITY RODEO | 16. F.L.Y. BOYS F.L.Y. GIRLS | 17. Shounen | 18. G-ENERGY | 19. Brand New Story | 20. DREAMERS | 21. EXPerience Greatness | 22. Hirahira | 23. You & I | 24. Loading... | 25. Ame Nochi Hare | 26. Unchained World
Digital Singles 1. G-ENERGY | 2. You & I
Other Singles BURNING UP
Videography
Live DVD/Blu-rays 1. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2016 "SPEEDSTER" | 2. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2017 "MAD CYCLONE" | 3. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2018 "UNITED JOURNEY" | 4. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2019 "Shounen Chronicle"
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. GENERATION EX | 2. SPEEDSTER | 3. WORLD TOUR 2017 ~SPEEDSTER~ | 4. MAD CYCLONE | 5. CHINA TOUR 2018 "MAD CYCLONE" | 6. UNITED JOURNEY | 7. Shounen Chronicle | PERFECT LIVE 2012▶2020
Concerts Online: 1. LIVE×ONLINE | 2. LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION | 3. GENERATIONS LIVE×ONLINE "STRANGE HALLOWEEN NIGHT" | 4. LIVE×ONLINE BEYOND THE BORDER
Concerts Featured In EXILE: EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE"
Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS: Sandaime J Soul Brothers LIVE TOUR 2012 "0 ~ZERO~"
EXILE TRIBE: EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~ | EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR 2014 SPECIAL STAGE "THE SURVIVAL" IN SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 10DAYS | EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~ | EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2021 RISING SUN TO THE WORLD
Other: HiGH&LOW THE LIVE | BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts EXILE TRIBE | Jr.EXILE
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