Recording 'Audacious Terrain' with Steve Fox in Kobe, 2013. Photo by my talented brother Daniel Levy

JON LEVY

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

(scroll down for a detailed bio in English and 日本語)

(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!)

Photos by my talented brother Daniel Levy

FUN FACTS

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.

Photos by my talented brother Daniel Levy

BIO

Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Jon Levy is an Australian/New Zealander singer and songwriter. Primarily a guitarist, Jon’s independent debut release in 2009 “Half A World Away” combines his love for pop songwriting and pays tribute to the guitar stylings of Eric Clapton. When seeing Jon live, listeners can expect to hear a cross between a gentle-voiced Sting singing songs penned by the likes of Johnny Cash and The Beatles.

 

Even at an early age, family and friends knew that Jon was destined for music. Constantly mesmerized with music and trying to recreate it any chance he got, Jon as a toddler, took to playing saucepans, cardboard drums, and old violins. At the age of eight, after a short stint studying the piano, Jon picked up the guitar and began studying formally and performing immediately. Jon wrote his first song a week after learning his first three chords. He’s been writing ever since.

 

Jon was accepted to Berklee College of Music on Scholarship in 2006 and began his studies majoring in Music Production and Engineering. Studying under fellow Kyoto native Tomo Fujita, who also taught the likes of John Mayer and Eric Krasno (Soulive), it was with the help of Tomo that Jon learned to find his style as a guitar player, heavily influenced by the blues and Tommy Emmanuel. Graduating in the summer of 2009 Jon moved to Los Angeles, CA for two years to work as an artist and engineer/producer. Jon is now based out of Kyoto and mainly performs and records throughout Japan. He is also planning tours in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

 

ジョン・レビー

京都の生まれ育ったジョン·レビーは、オーストラリア/ニュージーランド人のシンガーソングライターです。主にギタリスト、ジョンの2009年デビュー·リリース”Half A World Away”は、エリック·クラプトンとポップ作詞作曲の影響を持っていあすます。ジョンのライブを見る時、観客はジョニー·キャッシュとスティング間を聞くことを期待することができます。

 

早い年齢にも、ジョンの家族は音楽のために運命づけられたことを知っていました。ジョンが幼児だったとき、楽器のようにフライパンと段ボール箱を再生するために使用ギターを拾う前に、ジョンはしばらくピアノを学びました。8歳の時、ジョンは正式にギターを拾って、勉強したり、すぐに曲を書き始めました。彼はそれ以来、曲を書いている。

 

2006年にジョンは奨学金にバークリー音楽大学に受け入れられた。彼は、音楽制作やエンジニアリングを勉強し始めました。ジョンはバークリーでトモ藤田(京都育ち)によって指示された。トモ藤田さんはまた、ジョン·メイヤーとエリック·クラズノ(Soulive)を教えた。トモ藤田は、ブルースの影響を受けギター·スタイルを見つけるためにジョンを助けた。2009年の夏に卒業したジョンは、アーティストとエンジニア/プロデューサーとして働くために2年間ロサンゼルスに移動しました。ジョンは今京都に住んでいると日本全国を演奏やレコーディングをします。