Thank you all for our continued support of DA PUMP. We have an announcement.
As of today, DA PUMP member KEN has left the group.
KEN has been a founding member of DA PUMP since [their debut in] 1997, but the continuation of their activities has caused artistic differences, and this decision was made after a discussion with the members and the staff.
So KEN, who has supported the band for many years, will be leaving the group, but the remaining members and staff hope to work even harder than before to continue to bring you a new DA PUMP. Please support continue to support DA PUMP.
A message from KEN to the fans:
First off, I want to take this space to announce to all of you, the 'companions' who have supported DA PUMP no matter what situation we found ourselves in, that I will be leaving the group. Even after SHINOBU and YUKINARI, who I shared so much joy and pain with, left DA PUMP, I stuck to the thought that 'DA PUMP must go DA PUMP's road' and put everything I had into DA PUMP.
Even after DA PUMP was down to only ISSA and I, we cheered each other up saying, 'Even if it's just the two of us, let's do our best!', but as ISSA and I continued to talk about DA PUMP, differences in thought and ideas about musical direction arose, and after discussing things, I have decided to leave the band.
I and truly sorry for worrying all the fans who decided to support the new DA PUMP and were looking forward to the shows in January. I'm sure that DA PUMP will continue to aim for ever higher places as a dance and vocal performance group. I have high expectations to see what kind of performances they will deliver, as the retain that DA PUMP style.
As Ken Miyamoto, I plan to continue my music and dance activities, as well as hopefully helping to develop young talent and produce music with them.
I hope you will all give your unchanged support to both DA PUMP and myself as an individual.
Lastly to all of you who continued to support KEN of DA PUMP and watch over DA PUMP, who's style you all loved...
It's thanks to all of you who supported DA PUMP, and to the crew who did our live staging and worried and helped we with our music production that I was able to work and grow as DA PUMP. Thank you so much.
No, Keeeen!! I was okay as long as at least Issa (singing) and Ken (rapping) were there, but this is ridiculous. Now Issa is the only member left!!!! How can they even call it DA PUMP anymore????
DA PUMP = ISSA, KEN, YUKINARI, SHINOBU.
THERE IS NO MORE DA PUMP. JUST LET THE HORSE DIE ALREADY.
This makes me sad. I loved them so much.( ETA: Letter from ISSA )( blog from member Tomo who used to be huge da pump fan for years before he got to join the group. I love you Tomo. )