Kami Band


Kami guitar members playing Akatsuki at Brixton (2014). Photo credit to Dana Distortion.

The Kami Band is BABYMETAL’s backing band for their live shows.

Kami stands for “God” in Japanese, making it the “God band”. In BABYMETAL lore, the Kami band are gods of Metal sent to help BABYMETAL unite all the peoples of the world as ONE.

The Kami Band did not exist for BM’s creation, or first couple of years. They first appeared in 2012 for LEGEND I. Their first “big test” was the 2013 BABYMETAL DEATH MATCH Tour, 4 shows in Tokyo and Osaka, to prepare for bigger shows (LEGEND 1999 & 1997, Budokan, and the 2014 World Tour…).

Before the Kami Band, and while they were still being integrated into the shows, the BABYBONES were BABYMETAL’s “fake” backing band. They did not play the instruments live, they were there for show.

The Kami Band replaced the BABYBONES permanently at the Budokan shows in early 2014 and have appeared at every show since (except for 3 special shows, 2 of which they played with DragonForce, and the other where they played with Skrillex).

The Kami band plays live. They have played playback only 2 times for a TV show (TV Asahi MUSIC STATION SUPER LIVE 2014 and 2015) due to sound check issues.

In early 2016 they stopped actively referring to their activities within BABYMETAL, only perhaps mentioning that they are travelling, or something to that extent.
We can’t know which kami’s will be at which show, we can only know who won’t be there because they have other commitments.

Liz is the only confirmed woman Kami member to date (all main members have been men, but there were a few unconfirmed players at the LEGEND S shows playing piano and violin).

Active (last played show within the last year):

NameInstrumentFirst ShowLast show*Number of shows*Social Media
Takayoshi OhmuraGuitar2013/2/12018/10/31138TwitterInstagramBlogWebsite
Yusuke HiragaGuitar2018/12/42018/12/94Twitter
Hideki AoyamaDrums2013/2/12018/12/9162TwitterBlog
Eiji MatsumotoDrums2018/10/282018/10/281Twitter
Hidefumi UsamiMusical Arrangement2012/10/62018/10/31131Twitter – Instagram – Blog


NameInstrumentFirst ShowLast showNumber of showsSocial Media
Mikio FujiokaGuitar2013/9/222017/12/3130TwitterInstagram
Kado ShuntarouDrums2013/9/222017/4/2911TwitterInstagram
Yuya MaetaDrums2014/6/242014/11/813TwitterBlogWebsite
Hiroki AraiGuitar2012/10/62012/10/62TwitterWebsite
Shinichi KobayashiGuitar2013/7/212013/7/211TwitterWebsite
Yasutaka NomuraGuitar2014/8/12014/8/64TwitterInstagram
Isamu TakitaBass2017/1/112017/1/293Blog
Shuki MaetaDrums2013/6/232013/6/231TwitterWebsite

*Chart was updated in May 2019

To learn more about the most famous Kami’s, please check out BABYMETAL Newswire’s biographies (updated up till late 2017):

For their social media check the Essential Links page.