Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Experiencing an earthquake in Japan.

This week, Monday at 9:23pm, an earthquake hit Ibaraki prefecture, about 80km from where I'm living at the moment. It just so happened that I was recording a new song idea on my iPad at the time and captured the moment it hit. My mobile phones earthquake alarm started ringing and everything started shaking. I just had enough time to open the bedroom door and jump under a table with my guitar still in my hand. It quickly died down after that. Quite scary but it was only a small one, although it was the largest I've personally felt during my time in Japan. At the epicenter in Omitama City, Ibaraki, the quake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale.

The only casualty so far seems to have been a teenage boy who jumped out of bed too quickly and broke his arm. It seems that the stronger and much more devastating earthquake that struck Kumamoto city in Kyushu just a couple of weeks ago is still very fresh in peoples minds.

Statistically, Tokyo experiences a massive quake every 70 years or so. It's been 93 years and counting since the last big one. That was the 7.9 quake in 1923 that killed over 140,000 people. Researchers at Tokyo university warned 3 years ago that the chances of a powerful quake hitting Tokyo are 70% in the next 4 years.

I'm going to look into earthquake emergency kits.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Nick Mulvey - Cucurucu - Cover

This is the full video of my cover of the amazing 'Cucurucu'! Live at a sunny BBQ on the DIY Kirin, Sapporo make-shift stage. Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Nina Simone Cover - Love Me Or Leave Me

Love Me Or Leave Me, Nina Simone jazz cover! A little while back I recorded this cover with Robyn, Robert and the nice chaps over at Printers Road in London. I hope you like this home made video of ours. The Bach solo in the middle took a lot of learning.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

You can download my album for a donation. Pay what you can + Italian album review

You can now download my 2015 album 'Nail and Hammer' on a donation basis.

Italian music blog album review of 'Nail and Hammer'. Ondalternative music blog:

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Ben Howard Cover - Oats In The Water - Robert Taira Wilson and Robyn Hemmings

Ben Howard Cover - Oats In The Water
I love this song so I thought I'd cover it. With some help from the big man of double bass Robyn Hemmings.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

'Nail And Hammer' 25 best indie albums of 2015 by Jammerzine music blog + live video

Really happy for my album 'Nail And Hammer' to be included on their list of 25 Best Indie Albums Of 2015.


'Forget Me Not' live at Sunday Acoustic Circus with Robyn Hemmings double bass, Septemeber 2015.