Photographed by Secret Citywalk
The Tokyo Cowboys is a brand new dance music duo from Tokyo. Kota on DJ and Billy on electric guitar. We are currently working on our first album, "Tokyo Cowboy Disco”.
Kota was scheduled to participate in the Christian Death USA Tour 2020, but all tour dates have been cancelled, and completely lost this year's plan. Kota was spending time watching movies on YouTube every day. Kota liked the old short movie "The Great Train Robbery" (Especially the scene where boys and girls are dancing to the band.). After watching it over and over, Kota began to want to be a cowboy himself. So Kota called Billy and asked if he also wanted to be a cowboy. And Billy answered “Yes”.
Problem was that we don't have guns and we can't ride horses. We don't even have a cowboy hat. So we gave up on becoming a western style cowboy, and decided to become a Tokyo-style cowboy. It may sound bit fake, but "fake" is the one of the word we really like. The Tokyo Cowboys carry guitars instead of guns, ride music instead of horses, and put Gucci on instead of cowboy hats.
Kota is known as Christian Death bass player in the 1980s, but has rarely made public appearance after leaving the band. In 2019, breaking 30 years of silence. Kota suddenly returned to music. Kota joined Christian Death UK/EU Tour 2019 as DJ/Agitator.
Known as a jazz DJ in Tokyo, Kota uses a different name. But he doesn't want to talk much about it here, so if you're curious you have to find it out for yourself
Kota says about The Tokyo Cowboys, "I just want to play music like a high school band".
Wanna know more about Kota? Visit Kota's official site.
Billy is a cool cowboy. He has been playing the guitar for decades, drinking, smoking and playing the guitar. He doesn't talk much, but he has one aspect of a psychological counselor and has been consulted by many distressed lambs.His counseling is so well received that there are enthusiastic fans who believe him to be "the reincarnation of Christ".Billy is also known as "Gaisenmons" guitarist "Billy Gaisenmon" in Tokyo.
One thing to worry about is that Billy may not be able to fly during the tour due to extreme fear of heights. The experience of falling out of the jungle gym as a child seems to be a trauma. We are currently looking for a way for him to overcome that trauma.
"Tokyo Cowboy Disco" we are working on is a down-tempo dance tune album. It's basically a simple composition of Billy's guitar added to the rhythms of old funk and soul loops from Kota's sound collection. There are no vocals, no fancy guitar solos, but it's music that makes everyone want to dance. You can listen to sample sound sources on this site, give it a try.
The Tokyo Cowboys live show will be even more exciting. The DJ set will be a cool dub session of DJ and guitar that no one has ever seen. In the band set, we can do more rock and roll shows with real instruments performances. We can play as a simple 3-piece band of guitar, bass and drums (In that case, Kota will play the electric bass.), or even a larger formation like a jazz big band.
So for a while, enjoy listening to the demo tracks from this web site, until our album is complete and released. Also, wait for the day when we visit your city and have a live show. It may not be so far away. ARIGATO!