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SHōTA Releases EP “Out of the Blur”

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After his live streamed session on the WorldArts Stage, SHōTA sat down with us to share his story behind his new EP Out of Blur.

At a very young age, he was an accomplished classically trained musician on piano and clarinet. His life took an interesting turn, as he dropped out of school and moved to Japan. Read more about his story, debut EP, and advice for emerging artists below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you get started in music?

I had always played music all my life. I grew up playing piano and clarinet pretty seriously, so it was classical music until high school. Then senior year when I was going to audition for these conservatories like Juilliard, and someone stole my instrument. So I lost all motivation, dropped out of school, and moved to Japan. Then it was there that I decided to buy a guitar and start songwriting. So music has always been in my blood but it wasn’t always songwriting. It was good that I started classical because it gave me good roots. 

What was your experience like in Japan? How did that change your view on things?

It was really wonderful. When I got to Japan I was kind of like a lost dog, I had dropped out of school, I didn’t know what I was doing. But I just kind of found my guitar and my songwriting so I really found myself there and got my head on straight. So honestly, the guy who stole my clarinet, thank you! That was a blessing.

Tell us about your EP Out of the Blur. Why is it called Out of the Blur?

I just don’t like rules, I don’t like to conform. That’s why I didn’t make it in school, and I never wanted to be the same. I don’t really want to contribute to all this social media (although my career requires that). But I chose Out of the Blur because I don’t care about any of this media, music is my main focus.

Who are some of your musical influences?

The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and James Bay. But my roots are definitely back in the 60’s and 70’s!

What advice do you have for other emerging artists out there?

If it makes you happy just keep doing it! It never felt like work for me, it just felt something I was supposed to do. If it feels like that for you then just keep going.

What’s coming up next for you?

I’ll be on the road for a month, starting in California, through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and ending in New Mexico. All promoting this new EP, which I’m excited to share with you guys. 

See all of SHōTA’s tour dates here.

Keep up with SHōTA on his month long tour and download his EP on thisisshota.com & find him at @thisisshota on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!