AA= (pronounced as “a a equal”), is a solo project started by Takeshi Ueda, the control tower of The Mad Capsule Markets, the band which had successes both in Japan and overseas and went into a hiatus in 2006. The Mad Capsule Markets was the first Japanese band to perform at Download Festival, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe, and played many rock festivals in Europe such as Ozz Fest.
He has been active in pursuing his sound with AA= and has been producing many artists, including Babymetal. “Gimme Chocolate!!”, the song he wrote and arranged, has more than 30 million views on YouTube.
The name of the artist was derived from the phrase “all animals are equal”, which was featured on George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”.