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INTERVIEW: SHōTA LōDI

Hi SHōTA, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been really good. Just working on my EP, doing live shows, writing a lot, and just trying to find myself again. For every album and every stage in my life I tend to  grow/change a lot and just trying to make an EP that can illustrate who I am right now and what I’m going through now. Just going through a process of rebirth of myself.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Time Was On Our Side (Grey Beanie Original Mix)”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

TWOOS was I went on vacation last year with my producer to make an album, just to find some inspiration. I met a girl and the first time I met her she was wearing a grey beanie. We really clicked and had a strong connection, everything was supposed to work out, except that I didn’t live in that country and had to go back home soon.  So we had everything that love could’ve asked for at that time, although the song is called “Time Was On Our Side” if you listen to the whole chorus I’m really saying “I wish, Time Was On Our Side”.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I just released the lyric video for the song. I really love this video because it has a dark, mysterious, ethereal vibe to it. It doesn’t really illustrate the scenery I was in, but the darkness, colors, and slight neonist of it does express what I was going through showing my feelings. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmxcX-eRpc0)

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording and writing process was awesome. It was very natural and organic. I met the girl and with my producer in Thailand, I just kept on looking at the picture. I wasn’t really planning to write a song about the girl or moment, but the picture of her with the grey beanie came very naturally. Me and my producer sat by the pool and I played some chords and the next day we recorded that straight into the programs.

How has the 60s shape your music? What is it about this decade that you find so fascinating?

60’s are the main source of me. I grew up on that and it shaped everything that I am. The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary those were my heroes. The Beatles has been my number one all-time favorite band forever and that will never change. Though I was a classical musician, The Beatles are the reason I wanted to play guitar, sing, and write my own songs. They defied laws, broke the rules, they made everyone notice that its ok to be different. They talked about love and truth and nothing else. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am and making music

What role does Japan play in your music?

After High School, when I was 17, I moved to Japan. I used to be a classical musician, but I gave up on my dream. With my first paycheck from my part time job there I bought a guitar and a mic and started recording myself. Japan was the birth of the new singer-songwriter SHōTA LōDI that was not a cover artist of Bach or Mozart, where it led me as an original artist. From there it led me to move to L.A., meeting a manager, and getting signed to Amuse (my management) which is a huge company in Japan, so Japan has played a big life changing role in my heart and life.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

I guess when it comes to writing yes. When I write by myself, I tend to just loop a beat or loop a thing and free style. I love collaborating because it gets me out of my own head and puts me in a new perspective. Although it does probably put me in a new approach, but I really enjoy that by being able to get out of my own head and seeing how other people handle things.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – How’s that coming along?

The new material coming out does not sound anything like Grey Beanie (Time Was On Our Side) so it doesn’t quite reflect it. Grey Beanie reflects one moment in my life, so that sound and production will be only for that song. The new project will be a whole new me and a whole different sound.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

All that I can say now is that a new EP is coming out very soon. I am really looking forward to this and I hope everyone reading this would be excited as well.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. We’re working on that now, just waiting for a new EP to drop and I am ready to hit the road soon. See you all very soon!

What else is happening next in SHōTA LōDI’s world?

Honestly other than a new EP and hitting the road, getting settled more in L.A., I am finding myself even more, being confident, and knowing my worth. Every year I think I know everything, which that’s just me being a young and a punk, but every year I grow and realize that actually I don’t know anything. I’m just realizing that I’m becoming less of a punk though every year ha ha.

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