07 Jan, 2013

Chart 


Posted at 03:31 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


Christmas Time (We can change the world) reached #82 on J-WAVE Tokio Hot 100 chart, and was my 4th song (as far as I know) to enter in only 2 years!

Thanks again to all of you in Japan who have voted!

Apart from my new, 5th, album Love This World, I have some other new projects and releases coming up this year.

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01 Jan, 2013

First sunrise of 2013 


Posted at 06:47 under JAPAN, OTHERS


The first sunrise of 2013:



as viewed from eastern Japan as the sun slowly climbed in over the mountain-filled island in the Pacific Ocean.


I feel that this will be a good year!





31 Dec, 2012

Happy New Year! 


Posted at 15:21 under THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


HAPPY
NEW
YEAR!


I wish for 2013 to be a year where we all learn to accept eachother on a true and deep level.

Truly and deeply.

Many of us (not me, but maybe you?) were really worried that the world would end on December 21, because of the Maya indians' calendar.

I just feel, ok, can we go on now? Can we continue with the important things? We're 7 billion (7,000,000,000) people in this world. A child dies every second because of lack of clean water or medicine, and we argue about which day the world will end.

Grow up.

There is a real problem here, because so many of us escape from thinking and caring about the really important things, such as green energy, food for everyone, clean water, education for everyone - including girls in poor countries. It's all connected. We're all connected. Will 2013 be the year when we all understand that?

I hope so.

Here's for a new world.

It starts with me and you.


Happy New Year!





28 Dec, 2012

Guitar & Master Class Lessons 


Posted at 15:54 under MUSIC, JAPAN, OTHERS


Starting from January 2013, I'm offering Guitar Lessons and Songwriting Master Classes.

If you live in Japan, there's also the choice of taking a Music Producing Master Class and Group Guitar lessons.

Please check this link for English:
http://www.jcschutz.com/lesson/index.php?l=en
and send me a message to get prices in other currencies.




2013年1月スタート!ギターとマスタークラス・レッスン!

ギターレッスン
グループレッスン
個人レッスン

マスタークラス
作詞作曲 ・ ソングライティング
音楽プロデュース

是非、もし良ければ、連絡下さい。良いな音楽のお年を!

http://www.jcschutz.com/lesson

85% of the songs I have released are being played in radio. I was REALLY surprised myself to find that out!





24 Dec, 2012

85% of my songs 


Posted at 06:13 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


HAPPY CHRISTMAS ! ! !

This is a simple Christmas card from me to you. First, let me thank you, my fans & listeners, for the love and support!

* * *

My Christmas song entered the J-WAVE Tokio Hot 100 chart yesterday as #100! Big thanks to ALL of you in Japan who voted for the song to enter!

http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/tokioh ... t/main.htm

This is my 4th time on the chart (as far as I know), all 4 songs have been during 2011 and 2012.




* * *

Inspired by the radio airplay, I decided to check how many of my songs that have been played in radio or TV since I released "Passion" in 2004.

The result was VERY surprising. I knew that radio stations in lots of different countries have been playing my songs, but I didn't know it was so many of the songs. I have released 4 albums and 5 singles until now. It's totally 48 original songs.

The amount of songs played in radio or TV is:

85 %

! ! !

That's a pretty amazing result, remembering that they're all indie releases, but the music seems to find its own way out into the world and I feel really blessed and thankful for that!

The song most played is still "Passion" (in different versions):




One of my own favorite songs is "After the Rain" (2011):



* * *


I'll end with one of my newly re-discovered favorites, "The Rainbow Connection" by genius singer/songwriter Paul Williams together with Kenneth Ascher.

This is Sarah McLachlan's beautiful version:




Here's the original from The Muppet Movie (1979):




Have a beautiful and peaceful Christmas, and see you around. On one or the other side of the rainbow.






19 Dec, 2012

Blog update - new photos! 


Posted at 12:55 under MUSIC, SETLISTS, JAPAN


I am hopelessly late with updating this blog, and I'm really sorry. The release of the Christmas song took a good few weeks of my time, and now I'm just finishing a new song for a Children's film festival in Kansai, Japan. It's a theme song for the festival in January,

I have written the music and produce the song, which has lyrics in Japanese by Kazuma Yano (from mamerico which I have produced 10 songs for earlier). It's my "first song" in Japanese, but please note, I do NOT sing in this song, I just play the instruments and stuff (guitar, piano, bass, arrangement).

Vocalist is Lica, a fantastic singer, previously in the band Bophana.

* * *

I have received some more great photos from my live gig at Bar Music last month. Sakami-kun, I'm sorry that I couldn't upload them before!



Bar Music, Shibuya, Tokyo. The logo and sign is already a classic!



Great photo evidence of the warm atmosphere.



Perhaps checking the tuning of the guitar.



Sakami-kun and me.



I borrowed Sakami-kun's hat for a special photo.


All photos by Kentaro Sakami (twitter) (facebook)


Thank you again for the great photos!


The previous post with more photos and the setlist is here:
http://blog.johanchristherschutz.net/in ... 129-090007


Peace!





17 Dec, 2012

Japan radio 


Posted at 06:23 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, JAPAN


J-WAVE, TOKYO FM, KAMAKURA FM and radio in FUKUOKA have all been playing my Christmas song, and this week Japan FM Network, JFN, will play it every morning in OH!HAPPY MORNING, broadcast all over Japan!
http://www2.jfn.co.jp/oh/tiger.html


And last week, Swedish newspaper Corren linked to the video from their facebook page, and wrote:

"Champion singer/songwriter Johan Christher Schtz has created one of those Christmas songs that feels like an evergreen already when hearing it for the first time"
(Corren Kultur, Sweden)



Japanese:

J-WAVE、TOKYO FM、KAMAKURA FMなど各FMでもオンエアされ、JFNの「OH! HAPPY MORNING」では12月17日から21日まで、週間の推薦曲としてプレイされます。
http://www2.jfn.co.jp/oh/tiger.html

Thank you!!!

We can change the world!




14 Dec, 2012

Open letter to my friends in Japan 


Posted at 04:01 under MUSIC, JAPAN, OTHERS, THOUGHTS, DEMOCRACY


http://nation.time.com/2012/12/13/elect ... -honestly/

To my friends in Japan:

Sunday's election is very important. This election can change the constitution of Japan (Peaceful since the bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and even wars with China or North Korea if people really vote for ABE.

* Prime minister NODA will lose his job, because opposite of the people's wish, he wants Nuclear Power.

* Expected new Prime minister ABE will boost the army and spend more public money on the army, weapons & aggresive foreign policies ("war"). Shouldn't public money go to rebuilding the country after the tsunami or improving schools? ABE also wants to put Japanese citizens to live/work on the disputed "Senkaku" islands, and you can only guess China's response. Several western countries have expressed worries about him from an international peace point of view.

* And nationalist canditate ISHIHARA, 80-years-old, wants Japan to test Nuclear weapons. Doesn't he remember the bombs?

* There are many small candidates as well. PLEASE check what they want, even though there's an accepted policy in Japan for politicians to lie about everything and suddenly change opinion.

Follow your heart. This election is Very Important.


Sincerely,
Johan Christher Schtz





11 Dec, 2012

Thank you for the wonderful response! 


Posted at 18:47 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, OTHERS, THOUGHTS


I've been totally overwhelmed by direct messages and tweets from people about the music video and the song. Probably about 25 % of everyone who has watched it has written to me. I was even blocked on twitter for writing too many direct messages to say thank you! I didn't even know there is a 24-hour limit.

I decided to collect some of the feedback from messages, tweets and youtube, in some cases translated to English for the sake of simplicity.


- I just watched this 2 times without breathing.

- I love this song... So beautiful & wonderful message!

- I watched it 4 times!

- It makes me really warm!

- Your beautiful song and video made me cry. Thank you for creating such lovely music!

- I love it!

- Wonderful!

- I was very very deeply impressed.

- Sooo cuuute music video - warm voice, warm melody and warm video.

- What a beautiful song! It makes me so excited.

- It fills the chest!

- The song and video is a perfect match!

- Thank you for the inspiration!

- It's amazing!



The video has just been up for three days, so please continue to tell me what you think!!!





You can also send me messages on facebook:
http://facebook.com/jcschutz


Thank you!!!





10 Dec, 2012

Amazon mp3 


Posted at 09:52 under MUSIC


Here are the links for the Amazon stores where the christmas single is available as download (mp3, I guess):

U.S.A.
http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Time-Ca ... B00AK89OD6

Japan
http://www.amazon.co.jp/Christmas-Time- ... B00AKF7IUK

U.K.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AK9YLTW

France
http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00AK9DG5M

Germany
http://www.amazon.de/Christmas-Time-Can ... B00AK3VX2G

Italy
http://www.amazon.it/Christmas-Time-Can ... B00AKD8Q08

Spain
http://www.amazon.es/Christmas-Time-Can ... B00AKCRXFI

=)






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