Keyboardist needed for a Deep Purple tribute band (Tokyo)

Hi,

We’re a Deep Purple tribute band looking for a keyboard player to join.
Except for myself (vocals), all members are Japanese in their 50s/60s and are very seasoned players.
Our previous keyboardist quit due to his financial situation.

So far, we’ve had one gig, and with your addition, we’re looking forward to more gigs to come!
We rehearse about twice a month in Kita-Senju (北千住) on weekends.
Japanese language skills are a plus, but not a must.

We mainly cover Mark II materials, but we also plays songs like “Burn” from the Mark III lineup.
Below is our current song list for your reference, but you don’t have to know how to play all of them right now:

  1. Burn
  2. Highway star
  3. Child in time
  4. Black night
  5. Space truckin’
  6. Strange kind of woman

For those interested, just shoot me a demo. (alvisspeaking@gmail.com)

Looking forward to hearing from you soon \m/

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Upcoming gig in mid-Feb

‘Sup, fellas? Drop me a line if you wanna come see me sing a Deep Purple set (30-min) in my band at a live house. We’ll play songs from Mark II (Ian Gillian era) and Mark III (David Coverdale era).

Only two tickets left. 
First come, first served! Hope to see ya there \m/

  • Venue: Studio PACKS 北千住 (120-0035 東京都足立区千住中居町29−1, Google Maps link at the bottom)
  • Price: 1600 yen entrance fee + one drink voucher (500 yen) = 2100 yen in total
  • Set time: 17:00-17:30 (we play the first)
  • Date: Feb 9 (Sat.)
  • Note: For those interested, plz just drop me line as I don’t check my website that often (but i can get notifications when I receive direct messages)

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もしよろしければ、来てくれ。
今回は、僕のディープパープルのコピーバンドです。もちろん、俺はボーカル担当です。ただ今チケット2枚しか無いので、来てくれたい方は僕に連絡してね m(__)m

演出時間:17時:00ー17時:30分

Knock北千住
日本、〒120-0035 東京都足立区千住中居町29−1
+81 3-3870-7799
https://goo.gl/maps/stkG7pMPUT22

 


 

Burn:

Highway star:

Child in time:

Black night:

Space Truckin’:

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day & Acoustic project

Happy belated Saint Patrick’s Day, guys!

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce my acoustic project. It was actually my guitarist’s idea few months back, and so far we’ve got 2 gigs under our belts.

While I didn’t record our first gig, I did remember to do so in our second gig, which happened to be on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Below is the complete playlist, 5 songs in total. Hope you’ll enjoy!

I’ll continue to upload our acoustic recordings on my SoundCloud, so stay tuned, fellas!

Rock on!

Fronting a Black Sabbath (Ian Gillan era) tribute band in Tokyo

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I posted anything here, so I thought I’d bring you up to speed with what I’ve been doing.

My friend and I formed a Black Sabbath (Ian Gillan era) tribute band in Tokyo last year and we’ve been working on a set since (basically the whole Born Again album). I’m of course the one behind the mic, hehe 🙂 Check out one of the songs we’ve performed live so far – Born Again. That’s also my favorite song from the album, but I gotta say that this song requires quite a wide vocal range to say the least, aside from the tone and other aspects one must have to handle this piece.  Hope you’ll enjoy it!

For more tracks, visit: https://soundcloud.com/alvisyu/sets/ian-gillan-era-black-sabbath

Peace out!

張雨生 Zhang Yu-sheng (or spelled as Chang Yu-sheng, my all-time favorite musician and rock singer, hitting one of the highest notes (D3-D6) a male could ever achieve in mixed voice

Below are a few clips of the late Zhang Yu-sheng (1966-1997), a Taiwanese musician who has been my all-time favorite musician, rocker, singer, song-writer, and, above all, my mentor.

He was very talented as a singer-songwriter, but he’s mostly known for his ability to hit ultra high notes, with purity and power at the same time.

It’s a shame that he died young (at the age of 31); while driving on a weary condition, he accidentally hit a traffic island at a high speed. He passed way at the hospital 24 days after. Contrary to what some people think, he did NOT drive under the influence (DUI).

Caveat: All the English translations next to the Chinese titles are mine, i.e. they’re not the official ones (if there’s any). 

Hitting high notes (A5)
He is asked to hit some insanely high notes by the hosts. (After hitting the very last note [an A5], he tells the hosts that he used mixed voice to achieve that.)

Xiaobao Lianxiqu (小寶練習曲) (HD)
(This is a recording of his rehearsal at the studio, about 10-minute long. This clip basically gives you an idea of how monstrous his voice was. All of the songs he sings in the clip are his own creations. FYI, Xiaobao [小寶] was his nickname.)
(He starts singing at 2:50.)

Zhang Yu Sheng’s (張雨生) high note compilation (C5 – D#6)

Zhang’s  vocal range (D2 – sustained D6)

High Notes in Rock: Power, Pt. 2
(Zhang is featured as the last vocalist in this compiliation, indicating that he’s the most impressive vocalist among all the great singers listed in the clip.)

Distortion/fry/hyper glottal distortion (a sustained D5 note in chest voice; isolated vocals)


Blow are some of my favorite songs written by Zhang (both lyrics and melodies)
Meigui De Mingzi (玫瑰的名字/The Name of the Rose) (HD)
(This is one of those rare occasions where he uses distortion and heavier sound.)

Wo Qidai (我期待/I Look Forward To…) (HD)
(This is probably his most famous song.)

Live version of Wo Qidai (我期待/I Look Forward To…)
(This live performance truly showcases his mastery of his vocals. The ending is simply incredible and jaw-dropping.)

Xiongdi Ya (兄弟呀/Oh My Brother)  (HD)
(This is the song where Zhang famously hits a D#6 [4:08-4:30]. It’s a shame that there’s no live recording of this song.)

Houzhihoujue (後知後覺/When I realize it, it’s too late) (HD)

He (河/The River) (HD)
(What he does during 4:03-4:20 is simply monstrous…)

Younggongjie De Jiezhang (永公街的街長/The Chief of the Younggong Street)
(Though this piece is almost 10-minute long, I am sure you’ll enjoy it all the way. Please note that the section after 8:14 isn’t sung by Zhang himself, but by a Taiwanese female singer called “馬毓芬.” He dedicated the song to the homeless and the mentally challenged, whose suffering he thinks the society is responsible for.)

Heaven On Fire – Metal Kids (HD)
(With this song, Zhang and his bandmates won the first place in the first Rock&Roll band competition held by Yamaha in Taiwan. Metal Kids was the name of his band. It is said that this studio version is a compromised version due to the demand of the label company; the original version was much heavier than this one, but it is unfortunately no where to be found.)

Koushixinfei (口是心非/False Words) full album
(This is arguably his best album, also his last album, with every single song written by himself.)


TV appearances

Live version of Wo Qidai (我期待/I Look Forward To…)
(This live performance truly showcases his mastery of his vocals. The ending is simply incredible and jaw-dropping.)

Speaking of jaw-dropping, his singing did make a grandma drop her jaw. This is one of my favorite clips.
(Starts at 1:02)

Koushixinfei (口是心非/False Words) (2:22-3:08) & blues jam session (4:04-end)

(Again, the jam session is a rare occasion where he uses a lot of distortion.)

The Phantom Of The Opera (HD) (6:40-8:20)

Love Potion No.9

So Much In Love (0:00-1:07)

Without You (Air Supply)

Tonight (5:25-6:05)/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Unchained Melody (13:39-end)

A medley of his songs
(All of the songs in this medley were written by someone else for primarily commercial purposes, and that’s why they sound so poppy..)

A medley (some of which are not his songs)


Below are some of his epic renditions of classic English rock tunes. Hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do

Paradise city

Crying in the Rain-Whitesnake

Dream on- Aerosmith

Separate Ways- Journey

Turn me loose- Loverboy

Highway star

Keep the faith

Mr.Crowley

Show must go on

Smoke on the water

Final countdown

Carrie

You give love a bad name (incomplete)


For those of you who want to dig more, you’re welcome to check out my playlist where I collect his live performances and songs.

Last but certainly not least, this is a thread on his vocal range in the range place.

R.I.P. Zhang Yu-sheng

Edit:
I’ve complied some playlists of Zhang’s songs by category. Hope you’ll find them interesting! So here goes:

Demos:

Live performances:

Zhang’s “latest” album (雨夜星空; Yu Ye Xing Kong) based on his unpublished demos, compiled by his former colleagues, friends, and fans.

Other recordings that aren’t available on YouTube or SoundCloud:

Keep the faith – 1993 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/34680637
Desperado – unspecified blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/24645258
CHEROKEE – 1988 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/17655730
Rehearsal version of 「跟得上我吧」 – unspecified blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/17557771
We ain’t gonna take it 1988 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/14272068
Holiday (Scorpions) – 1988 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/14271906
Dream (Van Halen) – 1988 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/13871708
Here I Go Again – 1993 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/13759417
Unchain the Night 1988 blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/13714635

Beatles medley -1988 December vlog.xuite.net/play/ZmlZbk10LTczNzIyMjguZmx2
Spread your wings – unspecified blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/12787380
Separate ways – 1993 – blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/13360852
More Than Words – 1993 – blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/12714483
To be with you – June 1993 – blog.xuite.net/mr.tu/guitar/12677024

Looking for singing gigs in Japan

A guy looking for singing gigs in the evening or on weekends within or in close proximity of Tokyo, Japan.


Hi there. This is Alvis, a Taiwanese male expected to start a full-time work in Shibuyaku in this coming Aug.

While I do have a full-time job as I said in the beginning, it’s on a contract basis and the hourly wage isn’t very flattering. My work starts from 10 am to 7 pm, almost always from Mon-Fri. And the folks who interviewed me said that working overtime would be a rarity. That kinda makes sense given I’d be paid by the hour. I’ll get a work visa (under the Engineer/Specialist in humanities/International services category) from my company and I’d stay in Tokyo for at least a year (potentially for good!).

In short, due to my future meager income in Tokyo, I am looking for some singing gigs in the evening after my office work to make some pocket money. Any places that I should look into? I am currently still in Taiwan, waiting for my certificate of eligibility that I’d use to apply for a Japanese work visa at the TW-JP office here. If things work out, I should be able to move to Japan in early August. In the meantime, my schedule is rather flexible for a Skype interview. (Skype ID: alvisspeaking)

I’ve always had a burning passion for singing and do frequent karaoke establishments a lot here in Taiwan. On top of it, I’ve entered several singing contests and won the first place most of the time. I prefer and mostly sing hard-rock songs, though I also like and sing ballads and R&B, albeit to a lesser degree.

Just in case language is a relevant factor, I speak very fluent English. Mandarin (aka Chinese), evidently, is my mother tongue, and my Japanese is somewhat lower intermediate.

You can listen to my cover songs in my YouTube Channel here: http://www.youtube.com/c/AlvisYu

Looking forward to hearing from y’all! Any pointer will be greatly appreciated!