The Seatbelts ShītoBerutsu(what ?, also known as SEATBELTS) It is a Japanese Blues / Jazz directed or led by composer instrumentalist Yoko Kanno. The band’s name is derived from the description given in the anime Cowboy Bebop, security having artists or groups when playing hardcore jam.
The group performed the soundtrack in the anime Cowboy Bebop and produced a total of seven albums and one DVD live. His style is very varied and ranges from simple big band jazz, blues, acoustic ballads, hard rock, country, funk electronic, hip hop and experimental compositions.
Since the band is dedicated to the instrumental work, lack of vocalist as such. However, Steve Conte (from The Contes and Crown Jewels) and Mai Yamane participated and sang in many of his songs. The lyrics of these songs were written primarily by Tim Jensen and the same Yoko Kanno. Singers Soichiro Otsuka and Gabriela Robin (rumored is the pseudonym of Kanno) are responsible for the vocals on songs such as “Blue”.
After several years, The Seatbelts returned to join in 2004 for the soundtrack of the second video game of Cowboy Bebop, which is currently available in Japan.
Many members of The Seatbelts have worked with Kanno in other projects, and some have been composed themselves work. For example, Tsuneo Imahori guitarist played guitar on the soundtrack of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Wolf’s rain (composed by Yoko Kanno), as well as also the composition of Trigun and Gungrave soundtracks.