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Double are defined as 2 different bands, one from Japan, the other from Switzerland.

DOUBLE (Japan) originally started with two members, sisters SACHIKO and TAKAKO. TAKAKO was born into a Niigata family as the youngest of three sisters who got along famously and were always singing together. (TAKAKO does some rare reflecting on this period in an interview on her recently released video, or DVD, “DOUBLE”.) As is the case with most families, it was the oldest sibling who wielded the greatest influence on her younger sisters, SACHIKO and TAKAKO.

Music was certainly no exception. After spending some time studying in the United States, the eldest sister brought back a stack of rhythm and blues CDs by popular artists of the time. In fact, it was the eldest daughter who made sure that R&B music served as kind of the default soundtrack in the household.

TAKAKO’s personal awakening to R&B, however, came not from listening to her sisters CDs but from watching music videos on TV. It was around 1992, the time of Mary J. Blige, TLC and En Vogue’s breakthrough second album. It was only after the videos ignited in TAKAKO a passion for R&B that she remembered her sister’s collection.

“Actually, if I hadn’t seen the videos, I’m not sure whether I would’ve grown to like R&B at all,” TAKAKO confesses. Which is why she’s known as such a perfectionist when making her own videos. The premium she places on ensuring a high-quality integration of audio and visual content is evident in the aforementioned video biography, “DOUBLE.”


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