We had the good fortune of connecting with Kai Kurosawa and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kai, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It just all fell into place. They way I learned about things I need to know (and/or do) as an independent professional musician all came from diving head first into the industry. Before I knew it I had some knowledge and just kept adding to it. Since I play such a unique instrument I knew I would get some backlash but was willing to go through that as well.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I can be quite patient when it comes to music. Especially when working on my craft to bring it to the level where I believe it can go. As I mentioned before I am quite used to backlash and also know that I have enough music coming out of my playing and can win most people over if I get the chance. I wouldn’t say it was easy to earn the respect and recognition I have, but I wouldn’t say it was hard either. It’s just something I do and whatever the process brings, whether it be challenges or triumphs, sadness or joy, it is what it is. I still have lots to grow as a musician, and am excited about getting there. I am not in a hurry but I don’t want to take forever, and that’s why I constantly work and practice towards my goals.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Most definitely be enjoying local craft beer, and wine. Most days we will cook our own food, so either go to a fancy organic grocery store, or farmers market. We will play some music, probably shoot some content for our socials as well. (yeah, always have to work a bit.) The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely want to shoutout to my parents first. There is so much I learned from them and I am who I am in large part by who they are. More recently, I would have to say Michael and Daniel Tobias who built my instrument. I changed so much ( and still in the process) of how I play and would it not have been for such an amazing instrument, I’d have never imagined to push myself even further in terms of techniques to make music. I am grateful everyday and every time I look at the instrument.

Website: happysad.org

Instagram: instagram.com/kaikurosawa

Facebook: facebook.com/kaikurosawamusic

Youtube: youtube.com/kaikurosawa

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