Tetsuya (musician)

Tetsuya (テツヤ, born 3 October 1969) is a Japanese musician, best known as the leader and bassist of the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. Formerly known by the stage name tetsu, on December 1, 2009 he started to use his birth name. While in L'Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as tetsuya, whereas in his solo work it is stylized as TETSUYA.

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Tetsuya (right) performing with L'Arc~en~Ciel at Madison Square Garden in 2012.
Born (1969-10-03) October 3, 1969 (age 50)
Other namesT.E.Z P'UNK, tetsuya, TETSUYA, TETSU69, TETSU P'UNK, DARK TETSU, tetsu, TETSU
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • bass
  • guitar
Years active1989–present
Associated acts

He also does backup vocals in L'Arc-en-Ciel and has composed many of the band's songs, including "Link", "Ready Steady Go", "Finale", "Driver's High", "Stay Away", "Pieces" and "Good Luck My Way". In 2001 he started a solo career under the name TETSU69 (1969 is his birth year). On November 26, 2006, he released one song under his old stage name, and as of December 10, 2009 he uses his birth name. From 2005 to 2006 he was a support member of, Dead End front man, Morrie's solo project Creature Creature.

Playing styleEdit

Tetsuya plays with a melodic style. Many of L'Arc-en-Ciel's songs involve him playing counter melodies with guitarist Ken while still holding a groove with the drums. Tetsuya's composing can be seen as more "poppish" as compared to Ken's who has a heavier and sometimes bluesy approach. He frequently uses slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs in his playing.

He plays with a pick most of the time, but uses finger style occasionally when the song calls for it, such as in "Winter Fall" , "Jojoushi" , "XXX" and "Mirai Sekai". In a few songs he can be heard using the slap style of playing, such as in the L'Arc songs "The Nepenthes" and "Twinkle, Twinkle". Tetsuya has also used distortion, such as in "Stay Away" and "Butterfly's Sleep".

Tetsuya primarily plays a 5 string bass since L'Arc-en-Ciel's 15th anniversary, but is known to occasionally use 6 strings. Such as in "Neo Universe", "Time Goes On", "Get Out from the Shell" where he plays lead melody. In "Perfect Blue" he used a 6 string baritone guitar (an electric guitar between the range of a bass and standard electric guitar). Tetsuya also uses a guitar/bass double neck in the song "Trust".

Even though Tetsuya is endorsed by ESP Guitars and has several signature models, he has used his Zon bass for most of his recording work. Tetsuya is an avid collector of basses and guitars, owning over 120 basses and more than 20 guitars.

Tetsuya now also endorses Lakland basses and his signature model is the US Series 55-69 tetsuya. He was seen using variations of this bass at the band's recent 20th anniversary concerts in aid of the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami tragedy.


Stage name Name Release date Album
TETSU69 "Wonderful World/Tightrope" July 18, 2001 Suite November
"Shinkirou" (蜃気楼, Shinkirō, "Mirage") August 28, 2002
"15 1/2 Fifteen Half" (15 1/2 フィフティーンハーフ, Fifutīn Hāfu) October 23, 2002
"White Out: Memory of a Color" February 13, 2003 Non-album single
tetsu "Can't Stop Believing" March 14, 2007 Come On!
TETSUYA "Roulette" May 19, 2010
"Looking For Light" August 18, 2010
"lonely Girl" November 10, 2010
"Time goes on 〜泡のように〜" September 7, 2016 Non-album single
"Make a Wish" September 7, 2016 Non-album single
"愛されんだぁ I Surrender" June 14, 2017 Non-album single
Stage name Name Release date
Stage name Name Release date
TETSU69 "Suite November" November 20, 2002
TETSUYA "Come On!" January 5, 2011
DVD / Blu-ray
Stage name Name Release date
TETSUYA "FIRST TOUR 2010 ルーレットを回せ! ~LIVE & DOCUMENTARY FILMS~" (DVD ONLY) December 15, 2010
"LIVE SELECTIONS 2010-2012!" (DVD ONLY) October 3, 2012
"THANK YOU!" July 2, 2017
"15th ANNIVERSARY LIVE" April 25, 2018
"TETSUYA LIVE 2019 THANK YOU 4950" August 19, 2020
Other releases
Stage name Name Album
TETSU69 for TRAPNEST "Reverse" Love for Nana: Only 1 Tribute


  • ZON Legacy Elite II
  • ZON Legacy Elite V
  • ZON Legacy Elite 519
  • ESP Bardic
  • ESP Buzz Bass
  • ESP Bugsy
  • ESP Bandit Six
  • ESP Bandit
  • ESP Bass IV
  • ESP ELT W-Neck
  • ESP 百式
  • ESP Jugler Bass
  • ESP Skull
  • ESP Flying Y
  • ESP Thunderbird Type
  • ESP Forest-IV
  • ESP Forest-Proto
  • ESP Forest V
  • ESP RD 5-String Fretless
  • ESP BB 5-String Fretless
  • ESP Acoustic Bass
  • ESP Sprouse Guitar
  • ESP Prototype
  • ESP Electric Upright Bass
  • ESP Custom Nobel Joint Guitar
  • ESP Les Paul Type
  • ESP Les Paul Type 7-String
  • ESP VP-7
  • ESP RS-7
  • Batman Guitar Ninja Warrior
  • Lakland 55-94 Deluxe
  • Lakland 55-94 Classic
  • Lakland 55-69 tetsuya
  • Lakland tetsuya Proto-Type
  • Seymour Duncan DJ-180
  • Fender BASS VI
  • Fender Jazz Bass
  • Fender Pecision Bass
  • Fender Jaguar
  • Sadowsky NYC Vintage 4
  • VOX Phantom IV
  • VOX Panther
  • Gibson V-BASS
  • Gibson Thunderbird II 1964
  • Gibson EB-2D 1971
  • Gibson EB-3 1972
  • Gibson SB-450
  • Gibson SG Special
  • Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard
  • Wal MKI Fretless
  • Wal MKII
  • Fodera Emperor 5-String
  • Hofner Model 459
  • Music Man Stingray 1979
  • Ernieball Music Man Stingray 20th Anniversary
  • Ernieball Music Man Stingray 5
  • Rickenbacker 4001CS
  • Tokai Talbo
  • Tokai Talbo BASS
  • Roland G-77 BASS Synthe
  • Klein Proto Type
  • Born to Rock F4b 1993
  • Steinberger GM4T
  • Steinberger GM7TA
  • Dingwall Designers Guitars Super J5
  • Aria SWB
  • Charvel EVH Art Series
  • Ibanez SR-1000
  • Progauge PS-600AV
  • Riverhead Crazy-Cool-Joe Modified Bass
  • Ampeg SVT-VR
  • Ampeg SVT
  • Ampeg SVT-810AV
  • Ampeg SVT-810E
  • Trace Elliot Quatra Valve
  • Trace Elliot AH300
  • Trace Elliot 1048H
  • Trace Elliot 1048
  • Trace Elliot 1524T
  • Hartke Model 7000
  • Hartke 4.5XL
  • Hartke 410XL
  • Hartke 115XL
  • Basson B410B
  • Basson B810B
  • MXR ten band Equalizer
  • MXR Limiter
  • MXR Flanger
  • MXR Dyna Comp
  • Boss GE-10
  • Roland AP-7 Jet Phaser
  • Prescription Electoronics Depth Charge
  • Fulltone The 69
  • PSK CDV-5 Core Drive
  • Roger Mayer Mable Fuzz
  • Roger Mayer Voodoo Bass
  • Electro Harmonix Big Muff Π
  • Electro-Harmonix Graphic Fuzz
  • Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls
  • EBS Multi Drive
  • Akai C2M Hexa Comp
  • Gretsch Expanda Fuzz
  • Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver DI
  • Tech 21 Sansamp PSA-1
  • Ernie Ball #6166
  • KORG DTR-2000
  • KORG DTR-1
  • KORG DT-10
  • Sonic Research ST-200
  • Subdecay Blackstar Distortion
  • Providence PEC-1
  • Providence P-1MT
  • Avalon Design U5
  • TC Electronic Triple C
  • SamsonUR-5DJ Wireless
  • Juice Goose Rack Power 200
  • Behringer MDX1000
  • BBE 411
  • Weed Freezer
  • Xotic X-Blender
  • Ashdown RPM-1


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