About Takaakira 'Taka' Goto

Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto is best known as Tokyo-based Instrumental Rock band MONO’s leader, composer and guitarist.

Formed in Tokyo in 1999, MONO has now been active for 18 years. The band has a reputation as the Asia’s most successful international touring band, and the offers are endless. Each year, the band travels around the world; from North America, South America, Europe, Asia to Oceania, playing around 150 shows a year, touring half of the year, every year. Recently, the band successfully performed on one of the Spanish Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, the first Japanese band to do so. Up to this point, the band has visited over 55 countries.

It is common for Japnese artists to struggle at a local level, let alone make it overseas. Through sheer willpower and dedication, MONO has triumphed. Instead of utilizing their home country’s marketing systems and connections, the band has let their abilities lead and have succeeded. MONO are well respected in Japan, as a treasure within the independent music world.

Fans of MONO often say “Their songs are beautiful beyond words, but yet aggressive,”, “Their performance is a life changing experience,”, and “MONO is one of the best live bands in the world”. Music Magazine NME also praised MONO as “This is God’s music”.

Since their formation in 1999, the band has released a total of 10 albums, including 1 live CD/DVD album with Wordless Music Orchestra from NYC in 2009. The works of MONO are highly regarded throughout the world, and MONO themselves are praised as one of the world’s top artists by many major music and review websites.

In 2015, Taka released his first solo album “Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty”, under his own name, Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto. The album held old unrevealed recordings of Taka, and was released via Pelagic Records worldwide and Magniph in Japan.

In 2016, Taka started a new solo project “Behind the Shadow Drops”, in order to create more original soundtrack music as a composer. With Behind the Shadow Drops, Taka incorporates more electronic elements into his compositions.

In the same year, “Behind the Shadow Drops” provided music for global website of Pierre Hermé and modern artist Nicolas Buffe’s collaborative art project; the interactive novel “The Story of the Kingdoms of the Moon and of the Sun”. The website received “Online Campaigns – Silver Awards” by Epica Awards of France.

Behind the Shadow Drops’ debut album was released worldwide in 2017.

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Artist History


MONO - Hey, You (2000, EP)
MONO - Under The Pipal Tree (2001)
MONO - One Step More And You Die (2002)
MONO - New York Soundtracks (2004/Remix Full-length)
MONO - Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined (2004)
MONO - Memorie Dal Futuro (2006/EP)
MONO - Pelican / MONO (2006/Split)
MONO & World’s End Girlfriend - Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain (2006)
MONO - You Are There (2006)
MONO - The Sky Remains The Same As Ever (2007/DVD)
MONO - The Phoenix Tree (2007/EP)
MONO - Gone: A Collection of EPs 2000-2007 (2007/Compilation)
MONO - Hymn To The Immortal Wind (2009)
MONO - Holy Ground: NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra (2010/Live CD+DVD)
MONO - For My Parents (2012)
MONO - Kanata (2013/Single)
MONO - The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness (2014)
MONO - Trascendental (2015/EP)
Takaakira 'Taka' Goto - Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty (2015)
Takaakira 'Taka' Goto - Good Night (2016/Single)
MONO - Requiem For Hell (2016)
MONO - Live In Melbourne (2017/Live)
Takaakira 'Taka' Goto - Sukiyaki - Inori (2017/Single)
Behind the Shadow Drops - H a r m o n i c (2017)
MONO - Nowhere Now Here (2019)


"Snow Angels" 2007年 アメリカ: 長編映画 (監督: デヴィッド・ゴードン・グリーン)
"神の子どもたちはみな踊る" 2008年 アメリカ: 長編映画 (原作: 村上春樹, 監督: ロバート・ログバル)
"かなたの子" WOWOW TV オリジナルドラマ 2013年 日本: TV ドラマ (監督: 大森立嗣)
"Wildlike" 2014年 カナダ: 短編映画 (原作 & 監督: フランク・ホール・グリーン)
"Where We Begin" 2015年 アメリカ: 短編映画 (原作 & 監督: 宮崎光代)
"リアル鬼ごっこ" 2015年 日本: 長編映画(監督: 園子温)
"レイ・ドノヴァン ザ・フィクサー: Ep 406" 2016年 アメリカ: 『ショウタイム』オリジナルTVシリーズ (製作者: アン・ビダーマン)
"フォース・カンパニー" 2017年 メキシコ: 長編映画 (監督: Mitzi Vanessa Arreola, Amir Galván Carvera)

Behind the Shadow Drops:
"太陽と月の王国のものがたり" 2016年 フランス/日本/イギリス: グルーバルサイト (製作者: ピエール・エルメ & ニコラ・ビュッフェ)


2015 "アイディワイルド・インターナショナル・フィルムフェスティバル: ベストスコア賞" (短編映画: Where We Begin)

Behind the Shadow Drops:
2016 "Epica Awards: オンラインキャンペーン・ラグジュアリー部門 - 銀賞” (グルーバルサイト: ピエール・エルメ×ニコラ・ビュッフェ 『太陽と月の王国のものがたり』)

Awards Nomination

2017 "アリエル賞 - 音楽賞" (長編映画: フォース・カンパニー)


Sukiyaki - Inori
2017, Single

Good Night
2015, Single

Classical Punk and Echoes Under the Beauty
2015, Full-length