Friday, 16 September 2016

New Video/ Under Magnolia + Upcoming Tokyo Shows

I wrote this song after learning about Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean high security concentration camp. Born inside a prison camp, Shin never knew freedom. He was pressured into betraying his family while still a child. Like the other prisoners, Shin was stripped of identity and culture and faced starvation on a daily basis. But by reading books and novels that were smuggle into the camp, he began to formulate a picture of what life was like on the outside world. The more he read the more restless he became until he and a friend decided to attempt an escape. His friend died during the escape but Shin managed to survive. He stole an army uniform and made it first to China and then onto South Korea.
The national tree of the North Korean workers party is the Magnolia. This is 'Under Magnolia'.
Featuring the beautiful voice of Cerian. Video filmed by The Attic Group, sound by Awesome Source Music!

I've got some interesting shows coming up this month at some funky and fantastic places. You can catch me at:
Saturday 17th pub republic Otsuka.
Wednesday 21st Rosso 198 Shinjuku
Friday 23rd Music Bar rpm Shimokitazawa 
Sunday 25th Crawfish Akasaka.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Acoustic Village Festival at Saitama Arena 3rd September / Gamin François's 4 page comic

Robert Taira Wilson live at the Acoustic Village festival at the Saitama Arena on the 3rd September 2016. Stage time will be 1:50pm.

Gamin François's 4 page comic.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

It's Here!! New Music Video - Mean What You Don't - Robert Taira Wilson featuring Cerian

I'm really happy to present this new 'Live in the Attic' music video featuring the singer-songwriter Cerian, and myself. I truly think 'Live in the Attic' have done a great job capturing our live performance. Simple, honest and sincere!! I really hope you enjoy 'Mean What You Don't'!!

Taken from the album Nail and Hammer

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

New Video - 'Wasteland' - Cerian ft. Robert Taira Wilson

London based singer-songwriter, Cerian, and I have collaborated on each others upcoming CDs. We filmed four songs together earlier in the year with the lads from 'Live in The Attic youtube sessions'. This is the first of the four to be published. The next video will be released on Thursday, this week. Until then I hope you enjoy 'Wasteland'. 

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

House Man Live Video

I finally got round to recording this song on video. Experimenting with the Zoom5 portable recorder.

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.