Rich Nakatsu
  • 47, Male
  • Seattle, WA
  • United States
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Rich Nakatsu's Friends

  • Fynnie’s Basement
  • JumpStart Tomorrow
  • Viktoria Tocca
  • Old Salt Union
  • JJ Lang
  • Ameir Smith
  • IMC Awards Nominees
  • alchalant
  • Emily Gambone
  • mirek kwiek
  • Kathy
  • Kerry Patrick Clark
  • Paul Hieser
  • Septimius The Great
  • Raymond Widje

Rich Nakatsu's Page

Profile Information

I am an:
Indie Artist
Artist's or Band's Name
RNG - Rich Nakatsu Group
City & State
Seattle, WA
Music Genre(s):
Independent Solo artist from Seattle

My Music

  • 1.
    Into Open Skies
  • 2.
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing - A New Kind of Christmas
  • 3.
    O Holy Night
  • 4.
    My Little Star
  • 5.
    Out of Time
  • 6.
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  • 11.
  • 12.
    Because I
  • 13.
    We Three Kings
  • 14.
    O Come O Come Emmanuel

Artist Bio

Started out as a project with a friend in 1993 writing Christian folk songs. As he moved onto his folk music, I began experimenting with different styles of music. I slowly got myself out of the acoustical folk phase, and went more technical, by incorporating synthesizers, and using various sound modules. Realizing that my strength is in the Rock genre, I expanded out and worked on my guitar skills. I am constantly changing my ideas about how I can improve my song writing.

It's been a couple years that I started to pick things up again since the birth of my daughter. An addition in my life really had brought new and fresh ideas musically. Inspirations are abound. More material to come very shortly.

More About RNG - Rich Nakatsu Group

Why this name?

It's really a solo project. I have members come and go as guest artists. Now, I have many people wanting to collaborate, so I've decided on RNG - Rich Nakatsu Group.
Do you play live? any interesting moments?
I've played live when I was part of a metal group, Fatalis.  I currently a a worship leader at my church.  Special moments? Other than breaking strings on stage? Let's see....I played in a concert of 800 people, and had a bloody nose. Most embarrassing moment I can think of.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
With the boom in making your own Home Studios, there are so many people out there making their own music. With the Internet, the opportunities of having your songs heard is endless. It's great. It's only going to get better. However, at the same time, I think copyright is going to play a vital role in protecting your music.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Music is what I love, and if label companies love what I love, that's what you call a relationship.

Your influences?

I think the best way to see is, what's in my mp3 player? :D Let's see... Tak Matsumoto, Lots of Joe Satriani, David Gilmour, Judas Priest, as you can tell... different ends of the spectrum.
Favorite spot?
Haven't gotten around much. Wherever I go, good food = Good Spot. :D
Equipment used?
Many... That's like asking a chef what stuff they have in the kitchen. =)
Electric Guitars:
  • Ibanez RG320FM
  • Ibanez S470
  • Peavey Wolfgang
  • BC Rich Ice Mockingbird
  • Fender Telecaster

Acoustic Guitars

  • Alvarez Yairi signature 6-string
  • Yamaha FG450-SA Acoustic/Electric

Bass Guitars

  • Ibanez SR-405 (5-String, active components)


  • Marshall G80RCD
  • Fender Princeton Chorus 120w
  • Carvin Pro Bass 200


  • Roland XP-30
  • Roland PMA-5


  • Line-6 XT Live Effects Processor (Settings are all customized)
  • Digitech Harmonizer
  • Boss SD-1
  • Boss DD-6
  • Boss 0S-2
  • Digitech Grunge Distortion


  • Yamaha MT-4 Multitrack Mixer
  • Cakewalk Sonar Producer Sequencer Software
  • Hammerhead Rhythm Sequencer
  • SF Acid Pro
  • Behringer Compressor/Limiter

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Rich Nakatsu's Blog

New humble beginnings

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 2:11am 0 Comments

To all my friends here on IMC, it’s official! I have been asked to step into the bass player’s role for Seattle’s hip band, Fynnie’s Basement. They are a group of fun and talented musicians that bring out some awesome tunes! We’re wrapping up our recording sessions at Synergy Productions to release our first album! We will be doing a release party as well! Stay tuned! I am thankful to all my friends here for the encouragement and the many fist bumps. I will continue to write songs for RNG, as… Continue

New songs posted

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 3:42pm 0 Comments

It's been a while since I last posted songs.  It's also been a a while since I've been together with my bandmates of Fatalis.  Talking with them, we came to an agreement that I can use the songs I wrote for Fatalis, and put them under my Studio band name, RNG - Rich Nakatsu Group. 

The first song you will hear on the playlist is the song that I submitted for this year's IMC Music Awards.  The songs that feature Lance Zielinski (Vo) are the songs I wrote.  The songs are much…


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At 2:38pm on May 5, 2014, Septimius The Great said…

Hey man. I had a blast at IMC 2014 and hope to see you next year and meet face to face

At 3:25pm on August 5, 2013, Tivoli Skye said…

HI Rich,  It was so nice to meet up with so many  talented artists at the awards in April.  I am sorry to respond so late.  I was  in the midst of finishing High school and  a very harried time. It was great to be nominated so many times and win several after making the trip again this year.  Keep up the great work, I know it is a strugle sometimes but  you and your music are worth it.  Congratulations to you on all of your achievements!  Friends on FB?  Youtube? 

Doing my best to continue on, Tivoli Skye *

At 5:51am on May 2, 2013, Kevin Mongelli said…

I remember Rich, it was great meeting you!  CONGRATS to you too!

At 2:17pm on March 31, 2013, MELIA said…

thank you sooooo much!!!!!  Keep Rocking

At 9:05am on May 15, 2012, Paul Hieser said…

Great music, Rich! Keep the tunes coming :)

At 9:06pm on May 2, 2012, alchalant said…

For sure! We have some big stuff coming up! We're a cover story in the May/June issue of I Am Entertainment magazine. And winning Best Alternative Band the other night is gonna hype us up a lot here back home.

At 8:18pm on May 2, 2012, alchalant said…

Nice to meet you. alchalant of Detroit MI wanted to drop by and say hi! Congrats!!

At 2:21pm on May 1, 2012, Raymond Widje said…

Congratulations with the award :)  

At 1:32pm on April 30, 2012, Death Saddle Syndicate said…

Thanks so much man, we really appreciate it!  Had a blast out in LA, hope to see you again next year!

At 2:37am on April 26, 2012, Tivoli Skye said…

Beautiful music ! can't wait to meet :)

 Best, Tivoli Skye


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