Bunka Tsushin had a very interesting little article about KEITA’s solo project, so I did a quick translation. There may be errors, but the general ideas are all intact.
EDIT: The author of the original article retracted his statement regarding Justin Bieber; KEITA actually said Justin Timberlake, not Bieber. The translation has been edited to reflect this.
w-inds. Tachibana Keita Begins Solo as KEITA. His Goal: Surpass J. Timberlake
Keita Tachibana, main vocalist of the 3 man dance vocal unit w-inds., has begun a solo project under the name KEITA. I attended his showcase on the 26th in Tokyo. Starting with his single “Slide’n’step” to be released on February 20th, he aims to use his singing and dancing to become an R&B singer of a world level standard. When asked about his ultimate aim, he cited the names of artists like Justin Timberlake, saying “I want to try my best to make my way to that level.”
w-inds. is already famous all around Asia, so on this day, overseas media also appeared. “I’m happy,” he said with a huge grin. “I want to flap my wings and soar into the world.” In addition, many domestic media and entertainment related people also attended the event, in which he performed “Slide’n’step” and “Thinking of You.” With his masterclass performance, he made a huge impression not as Keita Tachibana but as KEITA.
He’d been planning a solo project for about a year. He prepared the lyrics and the choreography by himself, and said “I want to open up more and more of my abilities. I want to use images during my concerts, try and add different entertaining elements to my work, and collaborate with different artists.” His ideal is boundless. He also stated “I want to work as a new artist, exploring and searching for new stimuli everywhere.”
In the world of show business, he is known for his beautiful muscles, but he refused to show them this day. Addressing his fans, he promised “I am going to pull out all the stops in this music video.” In regards to w-inds., he said they’d resume activities by the end of next year.