1997 Nominee – Drummer/Percussionist of the Year – 7th annual LA Music Awards “Urban’s Talking”
Since the enhancement of music activities in a foreign land looking fellow more than anything. At Musicians Institute who enrolled in Fortunately ’96 received a private lesson Ray Luzier teacher (David Lee Roth Band, very handsome!) And, guitarist in PCI column writing
Toshi Hiketa including the (David Lee Roth Band) ‘s, surrounded by musicians you are crunchy big success in Los Angeles, we have sent a happy music life that is not applied to the stimulus.
Born Ogikubo of Tokyo. Grew up is New York, Alaska and Germany (Frankfurt). It had in moving life of the father is a transfer group. Drum began from brass band at the elementary school in Germany, Karekore ’15. Teeny Boppers (Epic Sony, girl trio band) from 1990 in Japan and, I was working hard at such as a back of a friend of YUKAI’s (Ex Red Worriors). Although it was abandoned once drum in tendonitis Yara low back pain called drummer occupational disease in 1995, and not completely give up, loss in mind that you want to learn to your father Joe Porcaro at yell to redo from scratch in ’96, I love Jeff Porcaro (Toto) I was studying in the MI. Shortly Swedish born Urban (Vocal, Bass), which has been a lecturer in the MI and formed a invited by rock band BLEND in from Germany Jorg (Guitar) (at the time Urban’s Talking). English band everyone is appropriate. Yet contact matter does not work band (laughs) Also, to obtain soon the management, producer Michael James (Janes Addiction, L7), Interscope Record of Tony Ferguson (No Doubt) and WEA of David Kahn (Sugar Ray, Paul McCartney) and in turn it has signed a provisional record deal (something) like a Japanese band training period. Get the desire of the labor visa (O-1 entertainer visa) through this record contract. Visa problem is in tremendous wall first hit to aim a professional musician in the United States. In Gakari one year, it was anyway very.
This will either LA rock star road full tilt? Although I thought, 1998 – 2000 the music industry of loss turbulent time. Many record company merger, the results between the provisional record contract would be all disabled, and has continued to wait remains of limbo. ’99 On was cut numbness, change BLEND even there band name issue on the contract, release a song that was recorded during this period from the record company, which was launched by themselves. 2001, signed in the wake of the Survival Germany tour was arranged by themselves with the German record company (Artelier) the license agreement, Germany in April 2005 towards the album re-release, and new single release of the current Europe This is in preparation of the tour. Write a series is the first experience. Because we want to carefully continue to hearing from everyone, please letter without hesitation to the BBS “corner of the Community series column” of PCI site.