About

Five One, Inc. started as an independent label in 2001 when a Norwegian rock band, Poor Rich Ones asked for our support in the U.S.  We have been introducing music we love ever since.  We are lucky to meet amazing artists from all over the world and share a great journey with them.

Times have changed, and Five One, Inc. has evolved.  Taking advantage of our experience running an independent label over 10 years, we continue to support artists we truly love by providing the unique customized services they need to achieve their goal.

In addtion, Five One, Inc. has been bridging the Japanese and U.S. entertainment industry assisting international partners in grasping the potential of the markets, building successful operations, and strengthening their brand. We have been involved in strategic consulting for artists, managements, record labels, publishers and new business entering and growing in the Japanese market and vice versa in the U.S.  From licensing masters for US and Japanese independent artists to assisting the oversea expansion of global IT firms, we support wide range of projects with passion.

Founder

Kenji Kawaguchi

Kenji has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years.  In his early career, he worked for Sony Music Entertainment Japan as an international A&R/product manager handling all heavy metal/hard rock acts on Epic Records from Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Rush to Cheap Trick to name a few.  After leaving the company in 1992, he moved to the U.S. and opened the U.S. operation for Japanese independent label, Toy’s Factory.   He helped the oversea expansion of their domestic artists such as Hi-Standard, Husking Bee, and Eastern Youth as well as A&R/business affairs of their international department licensing masters of U.S. artists such as Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab For Cutie, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Coheed and Cambria.  After gaining diverse experiences working for majors and indies in Japan and the U.S,  it was the time for him to start his own company to pursue his vision and passion.  The name of the company, Five One came from his other love and passion, Volleyball.  His all time favorite band is Thin Lizzy!