… or at least as introduction. ^^
Here’s a presentation of the popular band LOKA!
Source: Râmen Events
• Vocals: Kihiro
• Drums: KEN’ICHI
• Bass: Katsumi
• Guitar: SIN
LOKA is an Alternative Hard Rock band based out of Tokyo/Japan. But their music does not sound “Japanese”, if you listen to their music you’ll find the music back bone to be more American Hard Rock. Also combined with raging synthesizer and digital drum beats, their music does not stop only at live houses but spread to the club music scene.
LOKA first makes their appearance on June 9th 2012. At that time, only the singer Kihiro and drummer KEN’ICHI were the official members, and bass, guitar players were formed by support members.
On August 8th, LOKA releases their first EP “01″-zero one- and kicks off a nation tour from September.
While on the road they also release their first Album on November 7th, “EnFLAME” and continues their nation touring to the end of the year (approx. 40 shows), both immediately selling 1000 copies
and still growing.
In 2013 April, they welcome Katsumi as an official bass player for LOKA. LOKA is set to kick off another nation summer tour including and international tour to play a summer festival in Taiwan, FORMOZ FESTIVAL. Though it’s only been a year since the band has formed, their musicianship, profession, and performance is considered top class in the country.
In 2013, the band successfully toured Indonesia in October and Europe one month later for 10 shows in France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg.
Reading the members past profile will make you understand that they’ve been around the music industry for a while.
Originally the singer for the band Supe.
In 2003 the band relocated to Long Beach, California to perfect their international sound and expand the reach of their energetic live shows. With the 2006 self-release of their successful six-song EP Grow in the Cold, produced by Sylvia Massy-Shivy (Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Supe launched their first US tour with 50+ dates from coast to coast.
Then in 2007 the EP was picked by Buddy Records in their native Japan and a subsequent homecoming release tour followed to eager fans. This landed the band on the covers of various “in- country” rock magazines and a feature on MTV-Japan.
Back in the US Supe launched a follow-up tour and released their single Shade to radio. The independent EP sold in impressive 30,000+ units. Supe then took to the road hitting over 65 cities in
the U.S. and Japan for their Summer Rocks 2008 Tour including several stops on the VANS WARPED TOUR.
In 2009 Supe toured Japan with (hed) p.e. and then quickly jetted to Taiwan and China to join mega-rock band Story of the Year for a series of dates before returning home to the US to record a follow up CD and launch the much anticipated Hed to Head Tour criss-crossing the US (40 shows)for the summer with (hed) p.e and Mushroomhead.
In 2010 Supe makes they’re first appearance in Japan’s biggest summer festival, Summer Sonic sharing the stage with SLASH, Hole, Dream Theater and Devil Wears Prada.
In 2012, Kihiro took part as vocalist in LEDA ex. DELUHI project band UNDIVIDE along with SUJK & SHOGO Gyze.
Originally the drummer for SEX MACHINEGUNS.
SEX MACHINEGUNS is one of the TOP CLASS Metal band in Japan from late 90′s. After series of member changes, KEN’ICHI is welcomed as they’re original member in 2007, competing against 200+ auditioner.
After joining the band, they release 3 Albums and 3 Singles with few songs hitting high rank on the Japan’s billboard chart. The band performed from 60 to 100 shows every year in the country. After 5 years of SEXMACHINEGUNS, KEN’ICHI decides to leave the band to join LOKA in June 2012. KEN’ICHI is also busy working as a studio drummer.
He has supported or Japan’s top selling artist THE ALFEE’s guitarist solo band in August 2012, and plans to do it again this summer.
Originally the bassist for CLAYFISH.
The band was signed to a Major record company in 2004, sharing stages with RIZE, DefTech, 10-FEET, and other Japan’s major band. The band spread apart in 2006, and Katsumi works as a support bassist
for several bands until he finds LOKA in 2013.
Guitarist : SIN
Officially welcomed as LOKA 4th member at 8/1/2013 after play as support guitarist for LOKA for a while. SIN was a guitarist for band WIZARD, http://wizard-web.syncl.jp/ a visual kei scene band which quiet well known overseas. After series of member changes, SIN is welcomed as WIZARD original member in April 2012.
After joining the band, they release 2 singles. After their reunion in May 2013, WIZARD disbanded at 2013/5/6. SIN then play for LOKA as a support guitarist and finally welcomed as permanent member officially at 8/1/2013.
01/EnFLAME/SINGLE MIX ALBUM
CRISS x CROSS
1.EVERYBODY ROCK N’ROLL
2.CLUB ROCK SHIT
6.LEFT OF ME
8.NAKED TO MY SOUL
10.MAKE IT THROUGH
12.DON’T EVER LEAVE ME OUT(Piano ver.)
Single : FROM YESTERDAY, 2013.06.09 RELEASE
Single: ALIVE Acoustic Version, 2013.05.03 RELEASE
Single: Don’t ever leave me out (Piano Remix), 2013.05.03 RELEASE
LOKA First Album
2. CLUB ROCK SHIT
4. YELLOW CHERRY
6. LEFT OF ME
7. OBLIVION HEART
8. FIGHT NIGHT
Single: Make it Through, 2012.03.11 RELEASE
LOKA DEBUT EP
01 -zero one-
1. The World is Yours
2. Everybody Rock’N Roll
3. Naked to my soul
4. Hey God
5. Don’t ever leave me out