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SHOBI's "only one" [Arrangement & Composition Department] Vol.2 ~Original Label [D-MAC RECORDS]~

Hello everyone! It’s SHOBI’s International Exchange Centre here. Today, we bring to you SHOBI’s “only one”.


[Arrangement & Composition Department (2-year course)] and [Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement & Composition Course (4-year course)] have their own label. Of all the departments in all the professional training colleges in Japan, only SHOBI has its own label.


The label is named “D-MAC RECORDS” . 


The following is taken from SHOBI’s home page:

“D-MAC Records” is the label created by SHOBI Music College’s Arrangement & Composition Department and the Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement and Composition Course. Students’ works are selected through internal auditions and compiled into a compilation album several times a year. The completed CD is sold at major record and CD shops in Japan including HMV and Tower Records.


Also, supporting and introducing the other side of young sound creators with the internet broadcast “Youth Composer” live every month on YouTube/USTREAM!


We will reveal more about the internet broadcast “Youth Composer” next time, but for now we’ll introduce the 4 different series in “D-MAC RECORDS” and the process of introducing our students’ works into the world.


The 4 series are:


[AVE] Series
The vocal and light pops series.

Also known as a "song-writer's gateway to success" in which a number of current professional composers and self-produced artists have participated in during their time in school.



[Re:monade] Series

The BGM and instrumentals series.

A compilation album of background music created in the image of an accompanying movie, television drama, game or anime.




[ZAVA] Series

The club music and digital music compilation album, ZAVA series.

The number of arrangement track data in the 12th instalment released on 2nd February, 2017 was an astonishing 947 tracks! 




[D-Rabbit] Series
A new series specializing in game and anime music.

An Anisong and Idol Song compilation album featuring songs created during collaboration between the Arrangement & Composition Department, Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement & Composition Course and the Voice Acting (Voice Over) Department.


Next, the process.

The「Re:monade」series and the [ZAVA] series begin applications in September.

A large number of students submit their works and through the first round of auditions held in October, averages of 10 student works are chosen.

The selected students improve the quality of their works followed by the second round of auditions and finally recording.

The students basically carry out everything by themselves while receiving guidance from their teachers.

The recordings of instruments used in the songs are achieved with the cooperation of students from the Jazz & Popular Department and the Wind, String, & Percussion Department. Vocals recordings are completed with the cooperation of students from the Vocal Department and the Voice Actor Department. This is the process unique to SHOBI characterized by its collaborations.


The CD is completed!

The BGM/instrumental series「Re:monade」released this time includes the works from two international students.

ZHANG, Shuhao (China) and KIM, Hakyeong (Korea) have both worked hard~ Congratulations!!!

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The CD was released on 8th March, 2017. It can be purchased from Amazon for 1,080 yen. Please do purchase a copy!!~


The [AVE] series and the [D-Rabbit] series begin applications every year in spring and will be released sometime in August.

For the students whose works were released through D-MAC RECORDS, they also receive the right to use this as personal PR to composer offices during the school organized music industry auditions held in the Year 2 fall season. A number of international students currently active in the music industry were able to obtain exclusive contracts with a composer office through this.


While you may face many challenges studying in SHOBI’s Arrangement & Composition Department, the benefits you reap is immeasurable.

To be able provide the best environment possible to you is our wish.