We had the good fortune of connecting with Yoshihiro Imae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yoshihiro, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk can be the greatest enemy or the greatest ally. We are getting old with every day that passes by and I might lose opportunities like getting a job or getting married right now as I focusing on chasing my dreams as a musician. I know there is always a risks in our lives so I try to see the positive side of it because risk is a great push for me to go forward. I believe my future depends on what I do each day and my strong effort should lead me to a successful music career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m always proud of my songs because my personality, experience and growth reflect on to them. I mean my background, of being Japanese, adds some uniqueness to our songs. Of course, it was really tough process to form a band with a local talented musicians because I had to get a VISA and study English at the same time. In addition to that, I also needed to show my skills, talent and passion through my demos but everything worked out perfectly! All I did was just follow my inner voice and make an effort everyday, with all my willpower. Life is simple. A chance comes and if we really concentrate on doing what we need to do, we would be prepared for the day it happens without regret and will be 100% ready to catch it. My band released some great songs, two of which made it onto two Spotify official playlists, New Punk Tracks and Pop Punk’s Not Dead. We have toured regionally to a growing fanbase as well as headlined a show in Tokyo, Japan. We have opened up for the likes of Unwritten Law and Drake Bell. One of dreams has come true but I still have many more dreams as a musician. The world will be excited about our infinite potential and will see us make a history again and again.
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.
Palm trees are the symbol of the city and they always make me feel free. So I will definitely take my friends to Venice beach first and enjoy some beer while seeing great sunsets. I really love the atmosphere in South Bay so driving there and sleeping on the beach is great chill time. Hiking to the Hollywood sign should also be a great experience for them too because it’s one of the most famous icons in LA and the view from the back of it is just gorgeous. The city view from Griffith Observatory is definitely a MUST after sunset. If it rains, some museums like LACMA are great choices but they are better on a sunny day. The city has tons of great restaurants and the variety is incredible. I would ask my friends their mood is for food each day and bring them the greatest restaurant from their request. Consequently, a week long trip isn’t long enough to enjoy the city!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly my answer is my family, friends and fans. It might sound weird but it’s true. I don’t have a specific person, event or book that changed my life completely but I’ve never forgotten all the support from them. I have always been a music lover and I loved to play instruments since I was 3 years old. A ton of small things led me to what I am. My family always believes in me. My friends have always supported me even when I depressed. My fans were always next to me and have made great memories. Even though I almost gave up when nothing was going well, they helped and encouraged me a lot. I understood toughness and passion were needed for me to keep going. I became stronger mentally little by little and I feel could overcome any difficulties. I really appreciate their love for me especially in my tough days.