We had the good fortune of connecting with Tetsuya Koyama and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tetsuya, what is the most important factor behind your success?
For me, it’s been collaboration. After the Covid pandemic began, I wasn’t able to perform live, so I was instead making music at home in isolation. I would produce every part of the song by myself—every instrument, the mixing, the editing, all of it. I could do it, but it was very draining, and I didn’t feel particularly inspired. Later on in the quarantine period, I started reaching out to other artists. Making music with other people is far more rewarding, and it gives me a better understanding of my own strengths and weaknesses.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I came to Los Angeles from Japan to build worldwide bridges with music–across languages, across genres, and across mediums. I’ve worked with live performers, digital artists, and filmmakers to blend perspectives and voices into new types of art. Learning how to navigate the American music industry, on top of my language barrier, has been especially challenging, but I’m proud of my ability to combine different genres and voices into art for the modern generation.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love that you can access both the city and nature from Los Angeles. I like to go hiking at Wisdom Tree, then driving out to Sawtelle for a bowl of Ramen at Tsujita Annex. The Federal in North Hollywood is also an excellent place to go for food and music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Sam Ramirez, one of the talented musicians I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with this year. Check him out on Instagram @professor.texas