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Performed in a band since middle school.

Became interested in Hip Hop started performing Rap. 

Simultaneously self-learned track making, songwriting, composing, and editing.

 

Provided many of his works to major / indies artists and companies in the past.

Moved to Tokyo in 2010, and Kobe in 2020 working as a composer.

Currently working as an instrumentalist (beatmaker).

Won the Grand Prix for the 2019 world contest “Lo-Fi Song Contest #1” held by SKIO MUSIC and streaming music all around the world.

In which country do you live? What is your favorite part of the country or town where you live/work? 

Kobe, in Hyogo, Japan. It’s enjoyable here for having both cities and nature nearby so I can just drive where ever I feel like going. I love to be surrounded by nature so whenever I have time, I put myself in the woods and relax.

I’m looking forward to spending a night in the car or try beat-making in the car. I’m also interested in camps.

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Please tell us about your favorite food and culture in your country. And why? 

After all, I love my hometown’s local cuisine back in Okinawa. Especially Soki Soba, and Chamnpuru cuisine like Goya Chanpuru. I often become craving for Okinawan cuisine.

Could you show us a photo of your workroom? What is your favorite point? 

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I usually sit facing the computer for the whole day when I work, my point is to create a natural atmosphere by putting plants so it makes me feel relaxed. When I’m tired, I evacuate to nearby nature to heal.

Introduction and explanation of the song

Finding Out

An instrumental song called “Finding Out”

The theme is a breaking ball of Lo-Fi Hip Hop. I emphasized the “Neo Chill” by using synthesizing sound and electronic drums. I feel fancy when I listen to this song while walking in the street. It also matches the chilling drive bathing the sunsetting light.

Hope you enjoy it!

Any artists who influenced you?

Teddy Riley

I was shocked to find [New Jack Swing] in the R&B genre that he created.

I was instantly captivated by his catchy tone and unique sense of rhythm, and then I began to listen to songs produced by him, including [Guy], [Keith Sweat] and [Bobby Brown].  He was one of the producers who had a big influence on my music.

The album I was listening to on heavy rotation at the time [Guy / Guy].

Dr.Dre

His beats were like a textbook for me when I did "BeatMake".

I was into West Coast at that time (early 2000), and I listened to [Dr. Dre / 2001] every time I drove.

I still remember how often his music was played in clubs and how I would start dancing when his songs started playing.  I also remember forcing myself to drink alcohol, which I couldn't do every time, and throwing up.

Also, Snoop Dogg was one of my favorite rappers, and I loved the tag team of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg the most.

Musiq

It's been 15~17 years since I heard his music, but I think it has been the biggest influence on the beats I make now.

His music is called "Neo Soul" and it just makes me feel good. It's the kind of music that makes you fall asleep.

I remember the days when I was intoxicated by his simple beats and sweet voice.

The album I listened to the most [Musiq Soulchild / Aijuswanaseing].

What artists are you currently listening to or what artists are you most interested in? 

Andrew

I like his unique sound and catchy beats, and I listen to him during coffee breaks.

When I listen to his music, various images come to my mind, and I feel as if I am the main character of the movie.

Kiefer

His music makes me feel as if I'm in a maze.

It makes me want to peek inside his brain and wonder how he creates the music.

He is my favorite artist because of his Jazzy atmosphere.

Tone by Gridge aims to be a community that connects artists and listeners from around the world! Send a message to the listeners!

Music has a magic that cuddles the heart of one’s who listens to it.

These sounds recall one’s background story, scene, smell, and change of emotions.

I will keep making warm, light, and powerful music.

Also, my songs are instrumental so I will be satisfied if people listen to my music while working, studying, or as a nibble for alcohol.

Thank you so much!

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