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.
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, and a dance rock band called Fynnie's Basement. Embarrassing moment, a bloody nose on Stage.
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?
I would definitely entertain the idea
Most of my songs are instrumental and melodic. Some artists that are very influential to my musc writing are, Tak Matsumoto, Joe Satriani, and David Gilmour
Wherever I go, good food = Good Spot. :D
- Ibanez RG320FM
- Ibanez S470
- Peavey Wolfgang
- BC Rich Ice Mockingbird
- Fender Telecaster
- Alvarez Yairi signature 6-string
- Yamaha FG450-SA Acoustic/Electric
- Fender American Pro Jazz Electric Bass, Maple Fingerboard (Olympic White)
- Fender Player Jazz Electric Bass, Maple Fingerboard (Tidepool)
- Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II (750Watt) Bass Head
- Tech 21 SansAmp RBI Preamp
- Furman M8DX Merit Series Spike Protector
- Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless Guitar System
- Galliern Kreuger 4x10 Cabinet
- Peavey 2x10 Cabinet
- Line-6 XT Live Effects Processor (Settings are all customized)
- Pro Tools 12
- Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface
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Hey man. I had a blast at IMC 2014 and hope to see you next year and meet face to face
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!
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Doing my best to continue on, Tivoli Skye *
I remember Rich, it was great meeting you! CONGRATS to you too!
thank you sooooo much!!!!! Keep Rocking
Great music, Rich! Keep the tunes coming :)
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.
Nice to meet you. alchalant of Detroit MI wanted to drop by and say hi! Congrats!!
Congratulations with the award :)
Thanks so much man, we really appreciate it! Had a blast out in LA, hope to see you again next year!
Beautiful music ! can't wait to meet :)
Best, Tivoli Skye
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