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.