Hi, I'm Goh Nakamura. I write songs and sing them. Maybe you've seen me act in a film called Surrogate Valentine on Netflix, or seen my video "Embarcadero Blues" which was on the front page of Youtube in 2007 (it got over a million hits!) Perhaps you've heard my guitar work in Ridley Scott movies like A Good Year or American Gangster. Either way, I like to write songs about things and people I know or don't know. Last year, I launched two awesome Kickstarter projects, and as a reward I wrote custom songs for people. It was one of the most fun and personally rewarding projects I've ever done, you can hear some of them below. I'd like to do some again, for you, for the holidays. Need a gift for someone? Let me write you a personalized song for you, or someone you love.
How Does It Work?
- I'll ask you a few questions about the subject(s) and if you have any specific phrases or words you want in the song.
- If you have a specific musical style you'd like it in I'll write in that style. Otherwise, I'll choose a genre that I feel fits the lyrics. Check out the examples below (pop, soul, funk, rock, hair metal, yacht rock, reggae, jazz, acoustic, electronic)
Take a listen! If you check out the clips below, you'll see that I'm pretty versatile. I like playing what I call "Musical Halloween." I love how varied the styles are, whenever I get done with a batch of these commissions, it's like I have a mini-album of tunes that I normally wouldn't write. (in a good way!)
I'm going to do all this to fund the production of a 10-15 track Covers Album that I've been meaning to officially release for a long time now. I put up a lot of covers on soundcloud and youtube, but I'd like to do it right by getting them recorded and mixed properly as well as licensed so that I can officially release them into the world.
Funds will go to:
- my time in researching, learning, interpreting, recording the tunes.
- hiring any additional musicians if the track calls for it
- booking a studio and engineer
- for cover songs, the licensing fees to release them.
- Kickstarter and Amazon fees (about 10% of the pledged abount)
Thanks for checking this out! Hope to hear from you, and hope to get back to making some music! All Rewards Above $10 receive a Digital Download of the Covers Album before February 2014.
Past Song Commissions:
My song Embarcadero Blues which was featured the Youtube frontpage
My Cover of The Cure's Just Like Heaven:
Risks and challenges
There will be about 4 week's time to record and write all the jingles to get them to your inbox by Dec 18th. For the Custom Songs writing of the music is very quick, but it's the lyrical content that takes a long time. The more information I receive about the subject, the easier it is to write the lyrics.
For the Covers: I need to research, arrange, and take some time to reinterpret them.
If I use additional musicians, and book a studio and engineer, I'll need to schedule all that out in a very short period of time. I did it all last year with the Dream Sessions, so I have gained many resources since then.
- (10 days)