Daisuke Kawai (川合大介 / だいすけ・かわい) was born December 16, 1976, in Tokyo, Japan. He is known best under his stage name KM-MARKIT. In 1998, he was initially part of the Urbarian Gym (URBARIAN GYM / UBG), a Japanese hip-hop group, which also featured popular Japanese rapper Zeebra beginning in 1997. He would go on to sign with the Pony Canyon label in 2004, releasing his first album, Vivid, in April the following year. He would release one more album under the Pony Canyon label before splitting off to do his own projects. UBG would later disband in 2010. After UBG's disbandment, in 2010, he co-founded the Raider Music Record and helped create the underground hip-hop group THE RAIDERS, becoming the executive producer. The group would release one album, The Raiders, along with several singles. KM-MARKIT would also collaborate with other artists, though they were under different labels.