The whole world reacted differently during the lockdown, some of us were determined to take shelter and catch up with Netflix while eating stress and watching the news for daily updates, others decided to learn a skill or to perfect their culinary arts. For famous and talented LA musician Kazuki Tokaji, it was a chance to grow as a musician and acquire skills that led him to come out on the other side of this pandemic with vengeance.
Growing up in Japan and settling on the sunny shores of Los Angeles at the age of 7, Mr. Tokaji is no stranger to shifting tides and changes as they arise. Passionate about music from the very beginning, he has developed a vivid and unique perspective on the field of hearing excellence with a range of different and eclectic styles and sounds that have developed steadily throughout his life.
His rise to notoriety manifested itself with the completion of his studies at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he was able to collaborate and jam with headliners Steve Vai and Marty Friedman to name a few. With a climax that pushed him from genre to genre, he was able to develop quite effectively a listening ear and a sense of the distinction between his Japanese roots and his Westernized growth, allowing him to stand out from the start from his competitors.
Then, 2020 arrived. A period that everyone will remember for a long time. Kazuki Tokaji, however, was not to be put off by the lack of opportunities to tour and perfect his art in front of a crowd. Instead, he found himself at a crossroads that many creatives have found themselves in this year, grow or shrink – he chose correctly.
In an inspiring turn of events, he worked on an aspect of his creative career that he felt needed some tweaking, his songwriting, spending the majority of the time working tirelessly to get the right rhythms and s ‘ensuring that this facet of his creative flow is now a central aspect of his entire work ethic.
Artists like Kazuki Tokaji have taken containment as a way to discipline an art form, to work to develop a skill set that has great core value. A big test was thrown on the young artist, and he came out rocking, his latest single ‘Entropic’ seems to show that the lockdown hasn’t been messed up, it looks like his meteoric rise has only just begun.
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