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.
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.
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.
Haven't gotten around much. Wherever I go, good food = Good Spot. :D
Many... That's like asking a chef what stuff they have in the kitchen. =)
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