Travis Japan

As the saying goes, the whole proves greater than the sum of its parts. Travis Japan unites even distinct personalities and their talents to power one global vision. The group, consisting of Chaka,Umi,Shime, Noel, Shizu, Genta, and Machu, hails from Japan and collectively exudes an excitement and energy with the potential to bring the world to its feet. After making international waves at the World of Dance Championships and on America’s Got Talent, attracting a rabidly devoted fanbase along the way, they formally introduce themselves with a series of singles and their forthcoming debut with Capitol Records. “We want everyone to feel our positive and fun energy,” states Shizu.“Whether we’re dancing or singing, we just hope you enjoy it.”

Over the course of a quiet grind, Travis Japan have defined their sound and style. Back in 2012, an award-winning Michael Jackson choreographer Travis Payne was invited to Japan to witness the boys’ skills firsthand in the PLAYZONE theater series. Blown away by what he saw, Travis worked tirelessly with them until the group’s official Japanese launch, whereupon they took his name in appreciation of his support and contributions. Rallying around the mission “to deliver Japan to the world,” in 2019 the group launched their popular TORAJA-NINJAPAN song and dance show case, followed by a string of solo performances culminating in Travis Japan’s 2021 IMAGE NATION live tour at sold-out arenas across 12 major cities.

At the start of 2022, the group touched down in Los Angeles on a journey to expand their horizons and train with world-renown vocal coaches and choreographers. Almost immediately, Travis Japan placed third at the World of Dance Orange County competition, riding a wave of momentum that not only carried them onto the circuit’s international championships but also Season 17 of America’s Got Talent, where they incited a standing ovation for original song “My Dreamy Hollywood” and a spot in the semi-finals. In the wake of this unprecedented success, they caught the attention of Capitol Records and signed to the label in the fall.

Their singular personalities give Travis Japan multiple dimensions. As the oldest, Noel not only handles music production, excels at acrobatics, and possesses incredible vocal range, but he even schedules sessions and rehearsals. “He’s smart,” adds Genta. “He has at least ten professional certifications and has studied Chinese and sign language in addition to English.” Providing a creative element, Machu pens lyrics, runs the group’s Instagram, plays guitar, and loves fashion. “He’s also the shortest of the group,” laughs Noel. As the youngest member, Genta inspires an upbeat sense of positivity and digs soccer and acting. “He’s the energizer of the group—he keeps our vibes up and adds a certain sexiness to the performance,” says Machu. Then, there’s Shime. He serves as one of their regular choreographers and rocks a deep voice. “He has this unique calmness,” observes Genta. Tall and athletic, Shizu assists in choreography and “holds us together from the back,” according to Noel. Meanwhile, Umi runs the YouTube channel and is impressive at hip-hop dance. “He has so many ideas,” Shime goes on. Finally,as the leader of the group, Chaka takes charge with a guiding hand. “He always senses our feelings and makes us who we are,” Genta continues.

With such variety,every member of Travis Japan shines on the group’s introductory single “JUST DANCE!” This high-energy anthem builds towards an instantly infectious and irresistible refrain, trumpeting their mission statement as loudly and boldly as possible. Machu puts it best,“No matter where you’re from or who you are, we can just dance.” With more music and shows on the horizon, Travis Japan will make you want to dance, sing, and,of course, smile. “Our strength is performance,” Machu leaves off. “Whether we’re dancing or singing, we want to stay authentic. All of us have the same level of energy to accomplish that. Additionally, we are really close, like family. We’re all sincere and honest, and we always strive to be unique.”

Shizu concludes,“After being on America’s Got Talent and other stages during our time in America so far, we understand all the more the need to just have fun and enjoy each moment in lights. I hope everyone can feel what we feel and be happy together with us.”