Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Skateboard movie?

Some of you may know Tak (guitar/singing) started skateboarding since last year October.
Now he has made this skateboarding movie on YouTube.
He combined some of his skateboarding footage with some Imari Tones' songs.

It's something different from Imari Tones and I'm not sure if you guys like this or not.
This is different from usual skateboarding movies and dvds, that are full of great skaters and amazing tricks. Because Tak has only been skating for 8 months now.
But we believe this is something that will make you smile.

[Skateboarding log of Japanese musician]

Hi my name is Tak.
I'm a local musician based in Japan.
This is my little story about skateboarding.

I've been skating for 8 months now.
8 months as of June 2013.
That's when I recorded these movies.
Yes I'm still a beginner.

We went to the United States last year,
to play music.
We played some skatepark concerts.
That was my first time seeing skateparks and skateboarding.
I was blown away and fell in love with this thing.
And I decided I would start skateboarding myself.

I'm not very young.
Growing up in a local town in Japan,
I have never seen skateboarding and skaters when I was a kid.
I'm, well, I'm already over 30.
But I think, nothing is too late.
Because I'm having so much fun now.
I didn't know skateboarding could be so much fun.

Me and my band Imari Tones,
we are just unknown, independent musicians.
Now we are playing music for international market and we toured in USA 4 times.
People say things are getting better and we have some bright future.

However, frankly, we feel tired sometimes.
We have come a long way.
We have done everything we could imagine.
I wrote so many songs and I'm not sure if I can write any more song.
We have spent time and money so much for playing music and we are not sure how much more we can go.

Even though people say things are starting to get better,
we always wonder how much we can keep doing this
and I'm always thinking about quitting.
For me, sometimes I feel like I have already done enough.
Yes, we have come a long way.

But now, God gave me this skateboard.
And that was my medicine.
To me, skateboarding is a spiritual healing, spiritual rest.
On this board, looking back on my life, I can feel relax and I can have some peace inside.
This is a present from God.
Time to rest my soul a bit in this crazy life.

After I started skating, I wrote so many songs.
I didn't think I could write again, but those songs just came to me.
And those songs are just fresh.
I feel fresh inside, just like a teenager.
Skateboarding has brought me this fresh feeling again.
With this fresh feeling and passion, I can probably take another step.
Another step into our next journey.

This is my passion.
Music is my passion and now I found this new passion called skateboarding.
I still suck on the board, I know.
I'm just a beginner.
But for a Japanese guy who started skating after the age 30, this is not very bad, right?

I'm a good guitar player. I'm second best rock guitarist in the world, second after Eddie Van Halen. (just joking)
But I'm not a good skater. I know I'm not going to be the best skater in the world.

However, I know I'm going to skate all over the world.
I will keep doing this, until I push every street in every town in the world.
Because skateboarding, is so much fun.

Songs used in this video:
"Nanika Wo Shinjite"
"Hatsu Haru Renpoo" (Japanese version of the song "Karma Flower")
both included in the album called "fireworks".
One of the older albums we made before we become "Christian rock band".

For more of our music.

Thank you very much and God bless you all.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Video Upload Week 5

Finally, we finished uploading all the movies using the last year material.

Since we came back from the last year tour, we had so many things going on in our personal life. We had to face those things. It was something we had to face and now we have answers. We are getting ready to take the next step and go strong.

Here is the music video of the song "Testimony".

This was the first track of the album called "Victory In Christ".
Spiritual wise and Faith wise, that album "Victory In Christ" is still our best album. It's not really a "modern" metal album. Sometimes it sounds more like "indie rock" rather than "heavy metal". But that's our music. We are a garage pop rock band who's wearing a heavy metal mask. (By now you probably know that?)

Next video is from our "high school" performance during the last year The Extreme Tour. It was a high school gig in Montana.
Playing a high school gym is, kind of like playing a big arena. Soundwise, it's not really good venue, but it was fun. We felt just a bit like a big band playing an arena concert. I hope you can feel the fun, too.

The last video is from our last gig on the last year tour.
It was indoor gig at Great Falls MT.

Sound issue, too much bass in the movie, but it was a blessed gig.
We feel happy when our music make you smile.
Thank you for all the people there enjoy our music.
And we really want to say to each of you, thank you very much for finding us.

We are an unknown independent band from Japan.
We didn't choose a popular path. We don't play J-Pop. We don't play cookie-cutter heavy metal. We play, Christian-J-Pop-Indie-Garage-Metal, so to speak. Our music is not for everyone. But we play our music for someone who needs hope, faith and love. Because we ourselves need those things.
So thank you very much for finding us.

Sharing songs on YouTube is fun.
Making videos for YouTube is fun, even though they are home made style movies.
We have so many songs on our catalog, including our "Before Christian / Japanese alternative pop band" era. Maybe we want to upload more of those Japanese language songs. We are not sure if you guys will appreciate those Japanese language songs, but we will do it in a future.

I don't know how long it will take. Not all of our songs are on iTunes yet. It will take some more time to get our music really out. But let us do it and give us some more time.
Because we came here to share our music and love.

Tak / Imari Tones