moved to Japan in 2009. I experienced a lot of changes very quickly, but suffice it to say I soon started playing in bands. Then I started recording and gigging, booking concerts and running series, managing tours, and more. There’s a huge amount to learn in the non-standard business practices of the underground, and much of it is extremely risky.
Members of the scene struggle stoically through the many ridiculous circumstances of independent music. I can understand this to an extent, but I am not one to let undue risk persist. So, after a few years of learning the idiosyncrasies of Japan’s extreme music ecosystems, I started Kaala to deal with the many hurdles holding it back.