When he was 15, he started listening to Bay City Rollers, Queen, Kiss, and Aerosmith on the radio.
His interests in the drums started at his Junior High Entrance ceremony, where he was impressed and amazed by the drummer of the brass band. Everyday after school, he ran into the music room and practiced rock drumming when the others were playing classical or pop.
Upon seeing Cozy Powell's drumming in Rainbow, he started listening to Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and expanded his influence. He realized there were so many unique drummers out there and developed a list of idols such as John Bonham, Cozy Powell and Jeff Porcaro.
He formed a rock band and played live during his high school years. After graduation he started to play sessions with several bands mostly in Kyoto (Kansa). His funk-taste rock band built up a good reputation and moved to Tokyo to sign with Rebel a few years later. They then debuted an album with pop-rock band "Replica".
After awhile, he went back to his classic rock roots and realized the importance of having a unique sound, even if you are playing as part of a band.