Kobayashi Naoki (小林直己), also known by his former stage name NAOKI, is a performer and actor. He's member of the group EXILE and one of the leaders of the group Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS. He was also part of Sandaime's special unit THE Sharehappi from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE and also member of J Soul Brothers' second generation Nidaime J Soul Brothers until their migration to EXILE in 2009.
Kobayashi Naoki was born on November 10, 1984 in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Kobayashi is a Funabashi-higashi High School graduate. While being at high school, he had a dream of being a performer and started to attend a dance school to get sense of rhythm. After graduating from high school he entered at Hosei University at philosophy department but dropped out a few time later to pursue his dream of being a dancer.
Prior to joining J Soul Brothers, he attended EXPG in Tokyo and was a student of the avex Artist Academy.
In 2006, he met AKIRA and the dance team RAG POUND. He joined it in July.
In October, he participated in an audition to join a revival of J Soul Brothers but failed.
In September, he made acting debut on the Gekidan EXILE's stage play Taiyou ni Yakarete.
On November 10, he joined the revival of the group J Soul Brothers and his stage name became NAOKI.
On March 1, J Soul Brothers migrated to EXILE and he became member of the group.
On July 19, he was announced as member and one of the leaders of Sandaime J Soul Brothers, a new revival of J Soul Brothers, being a concurrent member of the group and EXILE.
On January 25, he announced a restriction of activities as a performer due to him developing spinal stenosis. He underwent a surgery and took three months for treatment. He resumed activities on April 14 at the EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~.
On January 1, he was assigned a position as staff of LDH USA.
On November 10, he opened his personal YouTube channel named Naoki's Dream Village.
On June 4, it was announced that Kobayashi was diagnosed with COVID-19. On June 3, Kobayashi reported to the staff that he was feeling unwell, and after taking a PCR test, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 4. He's carefully following the instructions of the public health center and experts for a healthy recovery. Due to this, he will be absent from the EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2021 "RISING SUN TO THE WORLD" concerts scheduled to happen from June 10 to June 12.
-  RAG POUND
- [2007.11.10-2009.03.01] Nidaime J Soul Brothers
- [2009.03.01-present] EXILE
- [2010.11.10-present] Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE
-  DANCE EARTH PARTY
- [2015-present] ®AG POUND
- [2015-2017] THE Sharehappi from Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE
Cinema / Television
-  Tatara Samurai
-  HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE 2 / END OF SKY
-  HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE 3 / FINAL MISSION
-  The Earthquake Bird
- TV Dramas
-  Kuroha ~Kisou no Josei Sousakan~
-  Night Hero NAOTO
-  Shichi Jitsu Gouken ~Ikizama~
- Digital Dramas
-  Ishii Mondainashi no Kai
-  Ishii Mondainashi no Kai 2
- Music Video Appearances
-  Shitte, Kanen Project Theme Song - "Egao no Ashita"
-  EXILE THE SECOND - "YEAH!! YEAH!! YEAH!!"
-  JAY'ED - "Here I Stand" -Dance ver.-