Riko Kohara is a Japanese voice actress from Gifu Prefecture. She is currently affiliated with the talent agency Object, Inc. In addition to her band activities, Kohara later debuted as a voice actress in “Soreike! Anpanman”. Since then, she has been active in the fields of animation, game and foreign movie dubbing. In 2018, she took up the role of LOCK, the guitarist of “RAISE A SUILEN” (commonly known as “RAS”), which is a band from “BanG Dream!”, a new generation girl band project where anime, games, comics and live performance and live performance all come together.
LOCK（voice-acted by Riko Kohara) is first a first-year highschool student at Haneoka Girls’ High School. As a hardworking girl she won’t give up easily, she works part-time at Live House Galaxy.
The band RAISE A SUILEN who is attracting attention for their technical performance, consists of Raychell (as LAYER) on vocals and bass, Kohara Riko (as LOCK) on guitar, Natsume (as MASKING) on drums, Kurachi Reo (as PAREO) on keyboard, and Tsumugi Risa (as CHU²) as DJ. Starting with the name “THE THIRD(仮)”, their official name was announced during “THE THIRD(仮) 2nd LIVE” held on July 17, 2018. After that, they successfully stood on the stage of Nippon Budokan on February 22, 2019 only 73 days since their debut. Since then, they have also performed at several musical festivals, drawing audience’s attention with their powerful sounds. Their first full album was released in August 2020.
The guitarmodel Riko Kohara plays is a unique Boden J7 RAS LOCK, a 7 string headless model with alder body to output a heavier sound. The color is Caribbean Light Blue, with the symbolic headphone inlay on the on the 12th fret. Specs: EMG 707X, which can reproduce the nuances of active PU’s is installed to engrave tight riffs.
The Metal model was designed for over-the-top metal sounds that are still articulate and expressive as well as being exceptionally versatile to cover various other genres of music. The model name certainly belies what is hidden beneath its aggressive yet refined look. From brutal heavy to crystalline clean and everything in between, the Metal delivers them all with authority and musicality.