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I just got back from Tokyo where I went to meet up with Redfoo & The Party Rock Crew who'd received an invitation to perform on one of Japan's biggest television programs: Music Station.
I arrived on Thursday (Japan time), dropped my things off quickly at the hotel and headed to the offices of Universal Japan in the subway to present some new Cherrytree music for the team. I've been fortunate to work with the top-notch Universal Japan team for some time now and am lucky enough to count them all as great friends. We've been through some crazy times together over the years so it's always a pleasure to present to them and listen to new music together.
I passed out some Cherrytree Cola to start off the session and we listened, sang and laughed our way through the next 2 hours. My presentation featured music and video from both new and established artists on Cherrytree that we'll also be sharing with you in the coming weeks here on CherrytreeRecords.com.
Afterwards, I got to say hi to the homie Adam Young from Owl City who was in town holding a concert. He gave a great performance including a great rendition of his current smash "Good Time" - a duet with Carly Rae Jepsen who was in town herself bringing down the house next door at The Girls Awards.
Carly was very gracious and sweet, as always, when I got to congratulate her on her rousing performance.
Next, I got in some quality hang time with Cherrytree recording artist Matthew Koma who was also in town and eyeing those guitars at Key Music in Shibuya with me.
Matthew's brother, Chris, plays drums in The Party Rock Crew band and they connected the next day as we went to the set of Music Station for sound check.
Redfoo was in top form, as usual, shuffling his way through rehearsals in anticipation of the evening's live performance to over 20 million viewers. He honed the arrangement of "Party Rock Anthem" and inflated the appropriate number of blow-up zebras. DJ Dainjazone rocked his Cherrytree hoodie as the diligent Universal Japan team worked hand-in-hand with the Music Station staff on a few remaining last-minute preparations.
Finally, after a definitive dress rehearsal of the whole show, it was time to go live. The buzz was palpable back stage with The Party Rock Crew's animal print pants literally out of control!
Next, I spent time with Redfoo listening to some of his new musical ideas. Redfoo never stops working and is a consummate writer, arranger, producer and mixer. In fact, he just co-wrote (with Matthew Koma and Carly Rae Jepsen) - and produced - her new single "This Kiss."
Redfoo's new stuff sounds bananas. All I can say right now is get ready for next year. Pow!
Following the listening session and the impromptu game of indoor "folf" with the new foam Cherrytree frisbees, Redfoo and The Party Rock Crew took the Music Station stage. What followed was a kinetic performance that spread electricity throughout the studio and what felt like the entire country.
Thank you to all of our Japan Rec'ers who not only rep'ed on cherrytreerecords.com and twitter with excited and encouraging comments but also sent the LMFAO "Sorry for Party Rocking" album into the Top 5 on iTunes Japan
immediately following the broadcast with their support.
We capped off the night at the hot tepanyaki spot to toast Redfoo & The Party Rock Crew, celebrate with the Universal Japan team and share some funny stories about shows past.
Before the flight home the next day, I got a chance to go on a nice stroll through Harajuku to check out the latest flyness and pick up a couple of collector's items from Project 1/6. Thanks to Tomoko from Cherrytree/Interscope
and Albert from Undefeated for the spot-on recommendations and fun walking tour.
Now writing from LA where I just landed only a short while ago, I'd like to express my gratitude to Redfoo, his manager Ian and the whole Party Rock Crew for always treating me like family.
I also want to thank Kazu, Kimi and all of Universal Japan for their kind hospitality as well as Tomoko (MVP!) and the entire staff of Music Station. Shout outs to Don, Jurgen and Tyler for the prep and Jericho for the work he's put in all year. More push-up's!
I'm looking forward to more Cherrytree music today when Far East Movement record their appearance on "A Hollywood Christmas Celebration at The Grove." It'll mark the debut of their holiday song "Christmas in Downtown LA" (featuring Cherrytree label-mate MNEK) which I had the privilege of co-writing and producing.
Far East Movement will also be performing their world wide smash "Turn Up the Love" on the show. The "Turn Up the Love" video has gotten over 24 million views on Vevo/youtube already thanks to the support of Rec'ers world wide and, of course, Kelvin's good friend, the dancin' Cherrytree Cola!
I'm so stoked to be sharing these amazing experiences with you here on cherrytreerecords.com. I love my gig and am very thankful for the opportunity to do it as well as share it with y'all. We're blessed that the artists on the Cherrytree roster are not only talented but also kind and generous. It's an absolute joy to work with them and the Cherrytree staff every day.