Toru Kitajima, better known as TK, is the lead singer of the Japanese rock three-piece Ling Tosite Sigure—which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The band is particularly well-known for its post-hardcore, progressive rock and math-rock sounds.
While fronting the band, he also began releasing solo music as “TK from Ling Tosite Sigure” in 2011. Last month, he released As Long as I Love and Scratch, both featuring singer and lyricist Koshi Inaba of Japanese rock duo B’z, one of the best-selling music acts in Japan.
To date, he has released four albums, three EPs and 10 singles as a solo artist. His 2014 debut solo single Unravel became the opening theme tune of the popular anime series Tokyo Ghoul in the same year, propelling him to prominence.
In an exclusive interview with Tatler, the 39-year-old rock star looks back on the highs and lows of his 20-year career.