How did you get started in photography and has your work always being music focused?
I got started with photography thanks to my dad. He studied it through high school and university, and after graduating, he worked at a camera store. So he had a lot of camera equipment. He gave me my first film camera I was 14 years old. Growing up in the countryside of Japan, there weren’t that many hobbies – which means photography became my hobby.
I was also into international music – and in particular, bands from the US and UK. Ever since I was young, it had been my dream to photograph at concerts. I finally got that chance when I was a bit older, and I took my camera to concerts in NY, LA, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. It was a dream.
You’re from Japan but you’re now based in the US, what got you to make the move?
I first moved in 2008 to enroll in a photography class in NYC for 3 months. During that time, a friend based in Chicago submitted one of my photos into the Lollapalooza rock photo contest. I was fortunate to receive 2nd place, and that’s what kicked off my career as a professional photographer. After 3 years in NYC, I moved to LA. Now I’m traveling everywhere in the US to shoot for the music scene.
Which US city is your favorite to photograph?
That’s a tough question – there are so many cool places in the US. I love NY, LA, Austin – and the desert in California! But if I had to choose, I’d say LA. The LA loco music scene is really inspiring me at the moment.