Chikako Watanabe (Vocal) and Shigeo Tamaru (Guitar/Producer) came together to form Nana in 1996. Nana's chief goal was to create high quality demo tapes that would showcase their music to the world market. In the summer of 1997, the members sent an e-mail to the staff of the Gut Label Internet homepage. This contact exposed Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto was to their sound. In September of the same year Nana signed a Japanese distribution contract with gut bounce,the Indies label created through a collaboration between Tower Records and For Life's Gut Label. Then they started recording their first maxi single. Nana went to the U.S. and worked with the world famous mastering engineer Ted Jensen who is well known for his work with artists like Garbage, Lenny Kravitz, Pat Metheny, and Madonna. Their work was highly praised. Based on positive radio response Nana signed a major label contract with For Life Records / Gut label and started work on their major debut that was released in October 1998. In October of the same year the major debut single 'Super Star' is released. The second maxi single 'Snake girl' is released in January 1999. The long awaited first album 'VOID' is released in February 1999. Clive Goddard, a London engineer known for his work with Pulp, Sinead O'Connor, and Madonna among others heard the demo tape and requested the remix above 3 titles. Nana performed first live as Nana In September 1999. They acted as a curtain-raiser of 'SUEDE' JAPAN LIVE at Akasaka BRITZ and played 6 songs including new songs. And they also acted as a curtain-raiser of 'Keziah Jones' JAPAN LIVE. On Aug 2000 Nana contracted with warner/east west Japan. In 2001, they focused on recording for the new album and Live, Event. On June 26, 2002 it has decided on that the release of long-awaited new album 'Imaginary man' from 'dream machine/east west Japan'. The music like visualizing image by mature sounds and songs have an excellent reputation beyond last album. The third album is now in progress.
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