I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas this year. I started this blog in July 2009, and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2014 now. Time really flies and it’s been fun to record my thoughts and adventures with music on this blog from Japan. This year 2013 was a particularly difficult one for me as my mother passed away in late August from Cancer. She was 69 and so full of life at the time who always love and supported my passion with music. It’s sad she is no longer here to enjoy the music she so much inspired me to listen to and play. However, life goes on and I’m so very fortune to have found the thing I love to do and the time to do it.
So, enjoy the music you listen to and make. Play on and I’ll see everyone in 2014. Happy New Year!! Thanks for the support.
The video is of my friend and I performing our rendition of “3D Dance” by Trans-X, one of our favorite synthpop bands. My friend Kazuki and I both grew up in the 80’s and are the same age. He grew up in Nagano-city, Japan and I grew up in Seattle, Washington. Kazuki is playing the Korg MS2000, Roland D-50, and Roland XV-5080. I am playing the Clavia Nord Lead 2x with the drums and arps sequenced on the Roland Fantom X6. Vocals are run through a TC-Helicon Voicelive Touch 2. We used a Roland VS-2480 for mixing and EV speakers for all the audio and floor monitors. We manage to cram it all into my van that we tour with. We’ve been busy from late November performing in various small clubs throughout Nagano-city, JAPAN playing old 80’s synth hits. Lots of fun.
We decided not to pack around the old analog gear this time around, but we will definitely do so come Spring. Lots of places to play and time to get things sorted for those events. We enjoy it very much. Thanks again!!