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Welcome - ようこそ


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Welcome - ようこそ


MOST RECENT

(I promise to read your message, and I do my very best to reply to all. Sometimes it might take me a while, but I'm getting quicker!)


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MY GIFT TO YOU

I've done my best to make almost all of the music above available for free! That being said, please scroll down to the "How Can You Help?" section to give a little back ;) 

チィアーズ and Arigatou, ありがとう and Cheers.

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Fun Facts


JAPAN JON

京都生まれ育ちのジョン ・レビー ・ Made in Japan. Caffeinated since 2002. Goats make me laugh.

You were born where? - Kyoto, Japan in 1987.

 

So you're Japanese? - Unfortunately not. Becoming Japanese would have meant giving up my Aussie/Kiwiness. 

What goes through your head before you step up onto a stage? - Connect. Keep your eyes open and make everyone feel like they matter (great advice from my favourite class at Berklee with Livingston Taylor). Don't be afraid to go small and quiet. There can't be a peak without a valley. Push yourself. Play or sing something you didn't rehearse, it will make this performance unique and keep you on your toes. Also, remember to smile and have fun. Happiness seems to be slightly contagious. 

 

When did you start playing guitar? - At eight years old. I began by learning songs by The Beatles.

 

Where was this background photo taken? - Jittoku in Kyoto which was once a sake brewery. Jittoku opened in 1973 as what the Japanese call a 'live house'. I performed on this stage for the first time when I was thirteen.

 

When did you start writing songs? - The week after I learned my first three chords.

 

Did you go to university? - Yup, I studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston i.e. pushing buttons, moving microphones, and staying out of the song and artist's way.

 

What is your biggest strength? - I'd like to think it's my ability to wear different hats. I love design, photography, videography, playing drums, and figuring out how to create a beautiful sound out of an instrument I've never played before. I incorporate all of that into everything I do concerning music; this website, posters, youtube etc. Give me a space and some tools where I can run wild with those ideas and I'm a very happy guy.

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Fun Facts


JAPAN JON

京都生まれ育ちのジョン ・レビー ・ Made in Japan. Caffeinated since 2002. Goats make me laugh.

You were born where? - Kyoto, Japan in 1987.

 

So you're Japanese? - Unfortunately not. Becoming Japanese would have meant giving up my Aussie/Kiwiness. 

What goes through your head before you step up onto a stage? - Connect. Keep your eyes open and make everyone feel like they matter (great advice from my favourite class at Berklee with Livingston Taylor). Don't be afraid to go small and quiet. There can't be a peak without a valley. Push yourself. Play or sing something you didn't rehearse, it will make this performance unique and keep you on your toes. Also, remember to smile and have fun. Happiness seems to be slightly contagious. 

 

When did you start playing guitar? - At eight years old. I began by learning songs by The Beatles.

 

Where was this background photo taken? - Jittoku in Kyoto which was once a sake brewery. Jittoku opened in 1973 as what the Japanese call a 'live house'. I performed on this stage for the first time when I was thirteen.

 

When did you start writing songs? - The week after I learned my first three chords.

 

Did you go to university? - Yup, I studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston i.e. pushing buttons, moving microphones, and staying out of the song and artist's way.

 

What is your biggest strength? - I'd like to think it's my ability to wear different hats. I love design, photography, videography, playing drums, and figuring out how to create a beautiful sound out of an instrument I've never played before. I incorporate all of that into everything I do concerning music; this website, posters, youtube etc. Give me a space and some tools where I can run wild with those ideas and I'm a very happy guy.

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How Can You Help?


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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

A little generosity goes a long way. 

SUBSCRIBE

The web is an interesting place. There are wonderful outlets like iTunes, Paypal, Amazon, and Shopping Carts, but the true currency of the internet is community and trust. Which usually means your email address. I don't expect you to hand over your email addy willy nilly after stumbling on this page or any of my work for the first time. Soak it in. Download some tunes, play them in the car or on the train, burn them onto CD's for your friends. Check back after a few days or weeks and if you feel like you're ready hit the 'yes, please' button. :)


You can always subscribe on YouTube, or Like on Facebook, or follow on Twitter, but I sometimes get lost in those worlds. If you send me a message through the form below I'm more likely to respond, and I love having little chats with new folks. * I promise to do everything in my power to protect your privacy and not flood your inbox. 

GIVE

Head over to the music page and download some FREE tunes, copy a few songs over to a USB stick or burn a CD and GIVE a copy to a friend...or five friends! That simple. Sharing and word of mouth are powerful in this game. Your help in sharing with just one friend or family member does wonders. Send me a message when you give to someone, it will give me something to smile about :)

TIP JAR

Super simple, super easy. If you hit the shopping cart icon in the corner of any of the tracks on the music page you can pay any amount you'd like: $2, ¥0, £5 . Or leave a tip through PayPal below.

P.S. For those misled by the term "Tip Jar" here's a tip.

A tip for you!

- Live to love, love to live, and give someone a smile.

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