The project has already earned more than 750,000 JPY (£5000) within three weeks through the Japanese Crowdfunding site "CAMPFIRE“. I would like to additionally launch this project on Kickstarter to make it possible for friends from all over the world to support my dream!
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Hello everyone! I’m Yuji Rerure Kawaguchi, a Japanese drummer born and raised in Tokyo but my heart lives in the streets of London.
With my drum solo project #STDRUMS I perform at venues, clubs etc. but I’m also a busker, touring the streets of the world with my self-made portable suitcase drum kit. Furthermore I work as a drum teacher and play the drums for many bands and Shakespeare's theater company in Tokyo.
#STDRUMS… Upon visiting John Bonham’s grave in the UK, I witnessed many different styles of busking in London and was inspired to start my solo project. A music video of me performing inside the UNDERGROUND (metro) generated hype throughout the world. In 2017 I started to play shows at clubs and venues. With more aggressive tracks and hard beats & drum ’n’ bass grooves, claiming myself "THE DRUMMER VERSION OF SQUAREPUSHER“.
My two previous albums, with a stock of 1,000 units each, have already completely sold out. My latest EP "FUSION PUNK MACHINE" has been published in May 2018.
This project will be my first full album after shifting my domains from the streets more towards venues.
#STDRUMS is a completely a self produced project without management or a label behind it.
By supporting this project you make it possible to create a NEW FULL SOLO ALBUM
Which will be:
- My first full album in my solo career
- Recorded at the secret underground warehouse
- Exclusively recorded with analog tape recording
- Pressed on vinyl in the U.K.
- Featuring collaborations with wonderful guest musicians
All the songs have been written with the iPhone version of "GarageBand“. I like to express myself and my ideas within that limited environment.
*Secret underground dungeon
The recording sessions won’t take place in an ordinary modern studio, but will rather take place at the underground warehouse in Japan - oldschool, SO DOPE! Please look forward to the sound explosion enabled by the unique environment.
*COMPLETELY ANALOG RECORDING
The album will be recorded by using analog tape recorders. No computers will be used during the recording process. (The tracks I made on the iPhone will also be recorded on tape.) A lot of challenges arise during the process, the equipment being very sensitive and finding spare tapes to name just a few. It really takes lots of time and tireless efforts but I believe that sacrificing modern convenience in order to get the slightly imperfect and desired sound with the human touch is worth all that.
Although most vinyl records are nowadays made in the Czech Republic I still want my album to be pressed in the country that gave birth to the musicians I worship (Led Zeppelin, King Crimson…) That’s why the record will be pressed at the factory in the U.K. The record sleeves will be handmade by myself in Japan to save the overall production cost.
*Collaborations with wonderful guest musicians
My own tracks will be on side A of the record but side B will feature tracks on which I collaborate with guest musicians from Europe and Japan. The total running time will be around 40 minutes with 10 to 12 tracks. I’m sure the album will have a great diversity with the help of the following guest musicians.
Tadanobu Asano : Actor, Musician. Known for playing in films such as “Ichi The Killer’’, “MONGOL”, “THOR”. He plays in several bands such as “SODA!”, “PEACE PILL”, “SAFARI”, “R”, and also does a techno solo project.
ACE : Japanese Rapper from Brazil. Appeared in many TV programs. He formed the free style group “Shibuya Cypher” with #STDRUMS and performs mainly on the streets.
Kaiki Ogata : Singer, Composer for the rock band “HERE”, “Invisibleman’s Deathbed”. #STDRUMS supports both bands as the drummer.
Javi Pérez : Guitarist of "CYKADA" and "UNDERGROOVELAND" #STDRUMS met him on the street in London and they became friends. After that they played together many times and even made an album together. ("feat. Javi Pérez") A free spirit that always comes up with interesting ideas and a great talent for improvisation.
COMMENT : "Combining rock, jazz, world music and electronic, Ear Infection will be an epic track that will only get better with Mr. Yuji's awesome drums! My influence from my London band Cykada will also be reflected on the song. ROCK ON!!!"
Recording Engineer: Aritomo Fukushima : Recent works: Anly, MERRY, sukekiyo (DIR EN GREY), BugLug, 2o Love to Sweet Bullet, Dr.UNDY etc…
Album Art Work: Yonarte Tattoo : Tattoo works, painting works, and also the album art works of The laters, BIRUSHANAH, MACHEWQOQUE, HIDEKI ISHIMA (Flower Travelin’ Band), TERROR SQUARD etc...
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Special thanks for translation : Koki Shimamoto, Yves Larboulette.
Risks and challenges
・There is a possibility that the finished product differs from the original description.
・Shipping may be delayed depending on the schedule of the delivery agents.
・All the reward items will be sent as soon as all the products are ready. Please read the description of each reward item carefully.
・Some reward items may be restocked in case the number of supporters reaches the capacity.
・Please note that there is a possibility that the Project’ s schedule is delayed. In that case, I will inform you about the updated status for the actual schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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