Even though Japan is the world’s second-largest music market, most of what happens there is unknown to outsiders, largely due to the language barrier. That’s too bad because some of the planet’s more interesting music is being made there.
Geoff Spence is a hardcore fan of Japanese rock. He sent me this note about a tour called Next Music from Tokyo.
I would like to let you know that the critically acclaimed tour of Japanese indie bands, Next Music From Tokyo, is returning to Canada in June!
Next Music From Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind tour that virtually transports the audience into the heart of the world’s most breathtaking underground music scene. The music is unmistakably Japanese and a true representation of the envelope-pushing creativity, energy and talent found in famed Tokyo neighbourhoods such as Shimokitazawa and Koenji.
The man who puts on these tours is Steven Tanaka. He is an anesthesiologist at St. Joseph’s hospital in Toronto. He puts on these tours with his own money. He pays to fly the bands over from Japan and covers related travel expenses and does pretty much everything else associated with these tours all by himself. Obviously, he loses a lot of money putting on these tours ($30 000 to $40 000 per tour!). His goal is to spread the amazing music from the Tokyo live houses to Canadian audiences…….cost be damned!