In the ten years since I’ve Sound’s first official release, personnel has changed many a time, with collaborators behind the boards as well as vocalists generally operating on a ‘revolving-door’ policy. Well, ok, so that’s how it was before Geneon had to go and homogenize everything, but whatever. Now, in a rare, unprecedented move for this “100% I’ve content only” blog, I’m going to be taking a look at what some of the girls (and one guy) are doing post-I’ve. Hope you like it!
Years active with I’ve: 1999-2004
Singing both the opening and ending themes for Key’s famous eroge Kanon (a game so ridiculously popular, it’s been made into a TV anime twice), Ayana was a powerful driving force in the early days of I’ve. Unfortunately though, after a few frankly bizarre contributions to the second I’ve Girls Compilation album, she left the group to record songs with her now-defunct band blue velvet. However, blue velvet’s first single contained an I’ve remix of the track “I am calling you” (thanks to Kazuya Takase), and Ayana made a brief return to the collective with a vocal performance of ‘verge’ for I’ve’s 2004 Comiket album “Mixed Up” as well as an appearance at the first I’ve group show at the Nippon Budokan.
As of the present, Ayana’s largely been taking a break from music to raise her child, but in 2007 she had her first live tour as a solo artist and she’s also scheduled to play the Key 10th Memorial Fes (sic) concert later this month. Her personal website has a useful (albeit incomplete) discography of her works outside of I’ve, as well as a diary and news updates for if you want to know more.
Years active with I’ve: 2000-2005
While her status as an “I’ve girl” is debatable (in the 5 years she worked with I’ve, only 4 songs were ever produced), Lia’s work with I’ve produced what is undoubtedly one of the crown jewels of I’ve’s eroge work: the veritable ‘otaku anthem’ Tori no Uta, opening theme from the Key eroge AIR (2000, also Lia’s I’ve debut). She also sung the title track for the I’ve Girls Compilation album Disintegration, early I’ve Comiket single SHIFT, Tomoyo After opening theme Light Colors, and… nothing else. Well, nothing else for I’ve at least.
Outside of the collective, Lia has been keeping incredibly busy with live shows, singles and album releases – in fact, she has more of a discography than any of the I’ve girls do, and in 2008 released a 2-disc ‘best-of’ compilation album. Pretty impressive! You can find more information at her official website.
Years active with I’ve: 2001-2006
The most recently-departed of I’ve’s alumni, MOMO was a part of the original 7-member “I’ve Special Unit”, who ‘graduated’ in 2006 when the decision was made to cut the special unit down from 7 singers to a more manageable 5. While one MOMO song (Cherish) was released in 2007, it is worth noting that the vocals were very likely to have been recorded prior to her departure from the group.
Before, during and after her stint with I’ve, MOMO has been making music with her long-time partner RYO as “POR”, and you can read more about their work at the official POR website.
Years active with I’ve: 2000-2006
The other ousted member of the 7-person I’ve Special Unit, SHIHO has been doing quite well for herself post-I’ve. Self-releasing CDs through her ‘STARAVID‘ label, she has been as active as any of the other former I’ve girls, and you can find some of her new songs at the STARAVID Myspace page.
Years active with I’ve: Damned if I know
Once one of I’ve’s most talented arrangers, wata (real name Shinya Watabe) moved on to other projects maybe around 2004 (it’s really hard to get a date on these things) and started making music under the name of “NueroSocietia” (sic). Enlisting the help of a number of guest vocalists, he’s released three albums under the new moniker, the first of which (the oddly-titled “…SPLIT”) featured I’ve girls MELL, Eiko Shimamiya and Mami Kawada as guest vocalists. Watabe keeps a blog at NueroSocietia.com, and NueroSocietia also has a Myspace.
AKI, MAKO, MARY, MIKI, Reina, etc…
Unfortunately, for the vast majority of former I’ve vocalists, nobody really seems to know what they’re up to these days. We’d like to assume they’re still making music under different names, but unless some sort of announcement is made, these former I’ve girls have pretty much disappeared.