SHōTA Lodi

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

I was born Christopher Shota Lodi but nobody ever called me Christopher. I’ve never identified with that name… still wondering why my parents named me that in the first place lol. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20, 1993. My father is a doctor so I moved around a lot growing up. Born in Vegas, moved to Tokyo, then LA, then NY, AZ, MI, back to Tokyo and now finally a place I can call home, Los Angeles.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My name is SHōTA LōDI. I grew up playing piano. I didn’t take it too seriously though. Then in 5th grade I started playing clarinet very seriously. I made it to All-State as a freshman and shortly after that I found myself at one of the most prestigious performing arts high schools in the country, Interlochen Arts Academy. After the classical world didn’t quite work out for me, I moved to Japan and bought a guitar. I’ve been playing guitar, singing and songwriting for almost 5 years now.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

It’s so hard to determine exact genres these days with so many influences and styles coming out now. But if I could narrow it down I’d say it’s acoustic soul-pop.

My song “So Good” is about that moment you bring a girl home and about to seal the deal. You’re making sure everything is straight. Clean room. Appropriate bed.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

During my senior year of high school, as I was preparing to audition for music conservatories, someone robbed my entire house, including my clarinet. So at that point I lost all motivation and moved to Japan. There I found my voice and guitar and my true lane in music. It’s been a bit of a slow journey since then but it’s been absolutely incredible. I moved to LA and was signed to a loving, independent label, which showed me that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I have no band members. I’m a completely solo act. I worked with a couple producers but my 2 go-to’s are Skylar Mones and Abhi the Nomad. We recorded using logic and pro tools.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been in the industry for almost 3 years now. It’s been great. Just gotta keep an eye out for snakes. My future goal is to tour the world and sell records. If making a living off music is all I want.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Girls, truth and culture.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Understanding the concept of the song within the first two lines.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Thank you for all the support. I love music and my fans. Excited to grow with you guys.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Don’t give up and follow your gut.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I recently released my first single “So Good” you can find it on Spotify and Apple Music. We also dropped a music video for it so you can find that on YouTube or VEVO channel. I also just collaborated with a Japanese DJ group called *Groovy Workshops. And they released a single with me as the feature called “Party Girl”. A Full EP will be released of this will be released on November 24th 2017. Other than that I have an EP out called “Out of the Blur” as well released last year which were followed up with several shows in the States and Japan.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I have a couple different ways to my process. Sometimes I’ll just write on guitar or piano and then bring it into the studio to finish it with a producer. Other times, I’ll be in the studio with a producer and writer and we will all collaborate. We start with the music. Guitar or piano. Then as the producer builds the track around that, I start to write lyrics and melodies.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Bob Dylan.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve only collaborated with my good friend Abhi the Nomad. We’ve done a couple songs together which will be released sometime next year. As for future collaboration, I would really love to work with John Mayer and Ed Sheeran one day.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

https://www.facebook.com/ SHOTALODI

https://twitter.com/shotalodi

https://www.youtube.com/ SHōTALōDI

https://www.instagram.com/ shotalodi/

Spotify

https://goo.gl/8aX1Cg

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

iTunes: https://goo.gl/tkK9H9

Google Play:  https://goo.gl/KwDswT

Amazon Music: https://goo.gl/2vyPVx

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

There is no happiest or saddest… but I can give you an example of one of my happiest and saddest moments.

One of my happiest moments was when I moved to LA. I was meant to fly back home to Japan, and a week before my flight, I signed a record deal and stayed indefinitely.

One of the saddest days was the day I lost my best friend. I moved to Japan and I found out a few short months later that he had overdosed on heroine.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would get my family in a better situation. Put my mother and sister in a new house. Take some stress off of my dad’s shoulders… and I would spend the rest building a studio. (:

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