1.G.K

1.G.K

 Kyoto, Kyōto, JPN
BandRockEDM

Fusing techno, drum and bass, filter disco and break beats with the energy of club music and the passion of rock, 1.G.K describe their sound as ‘DIGITAL-GROOVE-ROCK’. Combining live instruments, samples, sequencers, & scratching, the band aims to create a digital sound at clubs and on live stages.

Biography

1.G.K

1.G.K is a Kyoto-based band comprising:

Katsu (Vocals, Programming, Dance, Scratch, Production)
Hiroki (Guitar)
Shohei (DJ, MPC, Programming)
Jodie (Drums)
Kyohei (Bass)
Andy (Vocals)

1.G.K, despite being an international lineup, each with his own experiences and backgrounds, found they share a selection of influences and a core ethos that transcends borders. The band has strong ties to the dance world and Katsu is still known worldwide for his innovative and emotional style of breakdance. The band aims to bridge the gap between analogue and digital musical worlds.

In 2010 Katsu finished in the top 10 of a Linkin Park remix competition (link http://www.linkinpark.com/profiles/blogs/linkin-park-featuring-you-1). His remix of the track ‘The Catalyst’ was personally mentioned by Linkin Park on YouTube and there the band plans to use the track online in the future.

Head over to the music page on our website to hear Katsu’s remix.

Timeline

2006

1.G.K frontman and mastermind Katsu had been a long-time DJ and breakdancer whose kru finished a close (and still-controversial) 2nd in the international breakdance championship Battle of the Year held in Germany (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBuqq6KdOzc) Up until that point Katsu’s kru, Ichigeki (“One strike, one kill” in Japanese), had been remixing existing music to use as backing tracks. Deciding that he wanted to create his own music, Katsu started production under the DJ name 1.G.K. Katsu’s mission was to take the passion and feeling of the best live bands and combine it with the speed and digital sophistication of dance music to create a hybrid genre for the 21st century.

Assisted by Shu-K, Tsy and Riki, Katsu set about creating music and performing live.

2007

Katsu released the independently produced mini-album ‘Coming Out Of My Shell’. The first run of 400 copies quickly sold out at musical venues across Kansai. With a help of a fleet of dancers and other performers Katsu held a launch party/live event that brought in a crowd of 300 people. The event was remembered for a long time to come.

He then released an EP entitled ‘One Shot’ that was released across Japan. The EP set impressive sales records for an independent release throughout Kansai and was the only unsigned release to be displayed in the best-sellers section alongside established artists.

2008

Katsu decided to stop using 1.G.K as his DJ/producer monicker and establish it as a fully fledged band that could reproduce live what had previously only been possible digitally.

2009

Katsu mobilized a lineup consisting of DJ Shouhei, guitarist Maiden, drummer Jodie from Canada, with Katsu himself on vocals.

At this point the band started collaborating with dancers to produce shows that were neither club dance event, nor traditional live band, but a fusion of the two.

Shu-K joined the band as main vocalist.

2010

Laylah joined 1.G.K as a satellite member.

When main vocalist Shu-K was forced to join the roster of satellite members, Katsu decided to close the first chapter on the 1.G.K story and start again from scratch with a new, more heartfelt musical direction.

Andy from England joined the band as main vocalist and Hiroki, a long term friend of Katsu, joined the band as lead guitarist. The last to join was funk bassist and sound-tech Kyohei. The new main members, Katsu, Andy, Shouhei, Jodie, Hiroki and Kyohei decided that although they were rebooting the band, they didn’t want to lose the name. 1.G.K was reborn.

Manager Manche joined the team to organize scheduling, live events, web page management and other duties.

The new line-up played their first live gig in P9 on October 3rd 2010. It was the first step in an exciting new direction.

In November 2010 the band’s first single ‘dragon’ went on sale on the iTunes Store. It was subsequently licensed for use in several movies and then used by Japanese breakdance crew Mortal Combat in the Battle of the Year break dance championships in Germany.

1.G.K

Lyrics

Random

Written By: 1.G.K

you lie you’d better stand and shake your head see yourself, cos if you do you will start your will grow why? what’s going on? lock that sh*t up now what do you know? they lock themselves up let’s go let’s get wasted til we feel and chill you’ve got to want be there, wake up and break out I can’t stop these random attacks I climb down but then I relapse I unload my poise and my tact I come down with anaphlylactic random mishaps power ??????? let's go, break up, my box, get the f*ck down ?????????????????everyday no no no no no no ??????????????????????????????????????????????????? oh seal ???? non stop don't stop on top I can tell you why I can stop you whine can you hear me? ???????????? bomb, so ???????? box ?????? let's dance

Dragon

Written By: 1.G.K

I been killin it my way, I ain't gonna change call me crazy where else in front of dragon #why are you gone I want you to stay, you know, in front of the dragon you’re thinking that you’ve seen the world and seen the top, you’re thinking that you can live the way you live, my strong will and my weak heart, let it out # ??????one day????? double dragon????fusion but ??? confusion ??????? no f*ck ups because, calm down ??????????????????? knock down ???????????????????? My f*cking dragon ??????????????????? Fly high in the sky we are waiting for you ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? now2?????2??friend????on the go I can't stop go why are you gone I want you to stay? you know, in front of the dragon I know that you hear me I know that you feel me I know that you see me I know that you’re real in front of the dragon you’re my soul I won’t fall

Life

Written By: 1.G.K

take a breath compression pulls me away muffled screams of pain emerge and meet the day lifeline knifed away blind eyes and shakes wrapped and taken away a closed circle is safe all the faces the same symbiotic phase bin mouthing my name lullabies us away you wanna carry it like your own weight we're one body we alone we're one whole flesh cut off blind mouthing suck and hold we cradle and we’re warm we face a mirror of two faces I am born we are starving I don't wanna kill the man that's in my way I don't want her see her old and slip away so lay down your own way so lay it down I lay it down in my wayI can’t let her grow old I'll kill, she'll stay my own it's time to awake I can't stand and separate wait on empire awaits I'll claim horizon's aflame my halo it's time to awake lunar halo stand and separate battles wage on empire awaits armies horizon's aflame under my control I found her miles away another body to claim oblivion awaits possession's a game bodies merge the same he comes my way alone warm skin moon kissed high on chemicals and hormones evolution controls she comes my way turned on it’s our turn to pass on what we can to our son existential game’s done no essence til we’re born your project is your own we are starving I don't wanna think that life is short I don't wanna feel that death is long so lay down your own way so lay it down I lay it down in my way life is short death is long no reason beyond love when I was young I wanted you to tell me why my breaths were numbered and why I couldn't find the words to say what was inside of me we're down, we're down here in the gutter looking up though we're down now we're dancing life has taken our breath away

One Shot

Written By: 1.G.K

I gave it all one shot it's party time welcome everybody this is 1.G.K world??????????????????music right now ?????????????????? sound ????????, my brain I have it all one shot echoes in my head break to just break out ???????????????????6??????????????????????????????? it’s crazy, this project ?????????? f•ck up gun shot??????? one shot I gave it all one shot echoes in my head you can’t do it after you’re dead you never forget what I said

Discography

Random Attacks, Dragon, Life, One Shot, & Starry Dynamo all available at: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/1.g.k/id404347126

Set List

One Shot > Random Attacks > 1000 Miles > Belief > Life > Dragon