- Disambiguation: "IMMI" also refers to the International Modern Media Institute and to the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.
Birth name 中澤真由 (Nakazawa Mayu) Born January 26, 1983 Genres Pop, Electronica Occupations Singer, songwriter Years active 2001–present Labels Universal Music Japan (2001-2002)
Grand Trax (2007-2009)
DefStar Records (2009–present)
Website Official website
Mayu Nakazawa (中澤真由 Nakazawa Mayu), currently known by the stage name immi, is a Japanese Electronica singer and songwriter. She is currently signed onto DefStar Records. While she writes and composes her own music, she is also regularly produced by N.A.i.D. and JETBIKINI.
Nakazawa has had experience with the arts since childhood. She learned to play piano at the age of five and took several art classes over the next seven years. After entering high school, she began to create her own music and perform live at various local venues. At the age of 16, she met producer Satoshi Kadokura through a family friend. He recommended that Nakazawa begin to pursue a music career in Tokyo. Shortly after graduating from university in 2001, Nakazawa signed onto Universal Music Japan using her real name, where she released four singles and one album over the course of one year. However, sales flopped and her material failed to chart on the Oricon rankings. Nakazawa then stopped releasing further material with Universal Music as she was dismissed from the label.
In 2007, she adopted the stage name immi and made several releases with the label Grand Trax (a division of her management agency Grand Funk), along with digital distribution by iTunes, Napster, and Mora. Her first single, “Cosmic Pink”, was released on November 28, 2007 on iTunes Japan and was downloaded over 50,000 times in one week. The song "Local Train" was used in a commercial for Canon. Her second single, “Klaxon”, was released on March 12, 2008, and contained a cover of “Lovesong” by The Cure. On August 6, 2008, she released her first album Switch on iTunes, and a physical CD edition was released on September 10, 2008.
Immi's fourth overall single and first maxi single after signing onto DefStar Records, "Sign of Love," was released on May 19, 2010. The title track is the opening theme for the noitaminA anime House of Five Leaves. On May 27, 2010, Immi's official website announced the release of her first major studio-length album, Spiral, to be released on June 16, 2010. The album includes the title tracks from Wonder EP, Alice EP, and "Sign of Love."
As Mayu Nakazawa
- "Hoka no Daredemo Nai Anata Wa" (November 28, 2001)
- "Changes" (February 27, 2002)
- "I wanna let you know ~Ai no Michijun~" (July 10, 2002)
- "Funky Flushin'/Not One of Us" (November 6, 2002)
- Step into My Heart (November 27, 2002)
- "Cosmic Pink" (November 28, 2007)
- "Klaxon" (March 12, 2008)
- "RimmiX (HMV Limited)" (January 7, 2009)
- "Sign of Love" (May 19, 2010)
- Wonder EP (July 22, 2009)
- Alice EP (October 14, 2009)
- Switch (August 6, 2008; September 10, 2008)
- Spiral (June 16, 2010)
- RimmiX (March 25, 2009)
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- ^ "Step into My Heart Oricon profile (Japanese)". oricon.co.jp. http://ranking.oricon.co.jp/free_contents/search/detail.asp?itemcd=493894&samecd=1. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- ^ "Grand Trax (Japanese)". Grand Funk INC.. http://www.grandfunk.net/grandtrax/. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
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