in 2008 or so I made a really weird Christmas album. Shulaka was the name I used for my really old 4track music from the 90s and early 2000s. I resurrected the name for a one off LP of Christmas classics for friends and family. Almost ten years later Here it is on YouTube, just in time for the holidays! A Shulakan Christmas combines experimental electronic music with live drums and weird bit crushed noise turned into holiday music. I hope you enjoy!
Anthill Recordings presents ‘hello’ by hums. hums is a new project by Chiaki Yamamoto, and me, Demonic Sweaters. I met Chiaki though our mutual friend Satoshi Inoue, whom I collaborate with in his project Echoscape.
Satoshi moved back to Japan a few years ago, but he told me his friend was moving close to the area and we should get together. Chiaki and her husband Osamu came to visit Victor and I one weekend, and at the end of the night, Chiaki and I played a bit of music. She was playing guitar and singing and I played my new fretless bass. I really liked how it sounded, and suggested we work on a recording project.
Once Chiaki got back to Long Island, she started working on some new songs and would send me the parts remotely. I would ad my parts and we’d talk a bit about the direction. We decided to focus on two songs and release a single. The result is what you see here, and I’m really proud of these two tracks. Both will be avalible tomorrow on Bandcamp as well as every streaming music service at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hums/hello
The songs were both written by Chiaki, and produced, mixed and mastered by me. Video by Chiaki Yamamoto credits releases December 16, 2019 Chiaki Yamamoto – Guitar / Vocals Demonic Sweaters – Drums / Bass / Synths Recorded by Chiaki Yamamoto and Demonic Sweaters Lyrics and Music by Chiaki Yamamoto Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Demonic Sweaters #indierock2020 #needledrop #spotify #bestnewmusic #demonicsweaters #nonbinary #indie #bossanova #nyc #japan #longisland
The Alesis Nitro Mesh is a great inexpensive electronic drum set that comes with one dual zone snare pad, and 3 tom pads (and kick, cymbal, and hi hat pads). However the 3 tom pads it comes with are only single zone. However, by chance I discovered that all of the tom inputs are actually dual zone, even the expansion one! This means you can upgrade all the pads to dual zone!
Also, if you haven’t already, take a look at my ‘lost manual’ that has all kinds of information not found in the Alesis manual.
Above is a selection of videos where my appearance is quite different in each video. I’ve had a lot of comments lately of people either making fun of my looks or giving me complements. It doesn’t really bother me when people try to insult me (though I really think you should get help), but I wanted to create this post to help others who may be similar to me in how they handle their personal appearance.
First off, I view myself as an entertainer and educator, and when I am at my best, I am taking very good care of my appearance and presenting myself in my videos in a way (or at least trying) that I feel looks good. Second, I guess I could be described as somewhat non-binary, at least in my fashion choices. I like men’s and women’s clothes. I also wear makeup sometimes. I really don’t think it is a big deal at all, but some people can’t seem two wrap their heads around this concept.
Some of my vids, I’m just straight up lazy, and my hair is sloppy, and I’m basically still in my pajamas, haha. But my more recent videos I’ve been trying to change this. I’m using better mics, and making sure to use my good camera, and when I dress up for my videos, I have been wearing some makeup to enhance the features of my face that I actually like (like my eyes).
Being in the public eye is an odd phenomena. My videos have been viewed close to 2 million times at this point. This doesn’t really make me a celebrity exactly, but still it is quite a lot of people to be looking at, criticizing and judging me based on my appearance. I’m also very into fashion, and enjoy taking risks. Sometimes it works, and sometimes… well, it doesn’t. But you don’t really know unless you try it.
So this is me not apologizing, but saying to those who face similar challenges, that you’re not alone and I’m right there with you.
Thanks to all of you who have kindly supported me and keep me moving forward.