27 Oct, 2012

I Learned To Be Me (remix) 

Posted at 16:21 under MUSIC

It's very simple, but one of my favorite songs from the new album. Maybe it's because of the lyric, which I think is both personal and universal at the same time.

Here's a remix I just made. Press Play to listen!


And here's the lyrics:

If you close your eyes now
What do you feel?
If I touch your heart there
Could it be real?
I learned to live from life
I learned to sing from songs
I learned to trust myself
When nobody would play along

I learned from the clouds
to be free
I learned to be me

Nothing holds you back now
If you let go
Walk, and doors will open
Didn't you know?
I learned to dream my dreams
I learned to walk my way
I learned to face myself
And never ever look away

I learned from the clouds
to be free
I learned to be me

Words & music: J.C. Schtz

26 Oct, 2012

Flyers for 11/18 gig 

Posted at 15:05 under MUSIC, JAPAN

Got the flyers for the November 18 gig at Shibuya Bar Music. I think it looks great!

The size is A6.

22 Oct, 2012

Setlist and photos from Boy Meets Girl 

Posted at 06:38 under MUSIC, SETLISTS

On Saturday's gig in Koenji at Boy Meets Girl @ Club Roots, I played some songs from the new album, and the audience really seemed to like them. Especially the title song Love This World seemed to bring tears to many eyes, so I guess I did a good job with delivering the feeling...

I think I surprised by opening the night with What A Wonderful World - the first time ever I have performed it live (as far as I can remember!

Sekine and Toyopee did great DJ sets, and Sekine's way of mixing the tempo of the songs to make them go seamlessly into eachother really amazes me!

Thanks to Yukimi Koide for the photos!

And the setlist:

1. What A Wonderful World
2. Balans
3. I Love You
4. Piece of Myself
5. Don't Fight The Flow

6. Difficult
7. Let The Sunlight In
8. Changes Changes
9. Love This World
10. This Is Forever
11. Passion

1. So Happy
2. I Guess It's OK

My previous 4 albums, Peacebird badges, and the new 3-song CD-R only for sale at my gigs.

22 Oct, 2012

New remix of Changes Changes 

Posted at 06:30 under MUSIC

I've been working on a 2nd remix of Changes Changes, this time in Bossa Nova style!

Listen and let me know what you think!

You can compare with the other remix and the original in the players here below.

18 Oct, 2012

Remix and new album samples! 

Posted at 01:57 under MUSIC, JAPAN

I've finished the Nujabes tribute remix of "Changes Changes" from my coming 5th album. Thinking about making another remix as well and release them as a single, but no decisions made.

I'm really pleased with this remix, and hope that you can feel my respect for Nujabes, one of Japan's and the world's best jazz/hip hop producers and DJs.

1. Changes Changes (Nujabes tribute remix)

Compare with the album version here below:

Johan Christher Schtz: Love This World (2012):

1. Changes Changes
2. A Smile Will Take You Far
3. Peace Is The Way
4. Don't Fight The Flow
5. Love This World
6. From Here
7. Piece Of Myself
8. I Learned To Be Me

This is my most philosophical album so far. Most songs are inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha (1922), a book I first read about 20 years ago and which I re-read again last autumn just before finishing the songs.

My own favorites are "Love This World" with it's Himalayan atmosphere, "From Here" a musical-type of piano ballad (the first time on an album I play piano and sing without other instruments), "Peace Is The Way" with it's 70's pop approach, and the already mentioned "Changes Changes" (with a guitar breathing in and out like the waves on a shore, intended to symbolize both time and timelessness).

Let me know what you think!

16 Oct, 2012

Live: Saturday in Koenji 

Posted at 16:19 under MUSIC

My next gig is on Saturday at "Boy Meets Girl" at Club Roots in Koenji. I think it's my 4th or 5th time to play there over the years. Please note the time, it's a late afternoon event.

10 / 20 (sat)
'Boy Meets Girl vol 093'
Koenji Club ROOTS


Live: Johan Christher Schutz

Resident DJ: Sekine
DJ: toyopee (fabulous Parade) and more

FEE: 2000(include 1 drink+lollipop+freepaper+compilation CD)

TEL: 03-3330-0447
166-0002 東京都杉並区高円寺北3-22-3 群星館B1F

Hope to see you there!

21 Sep, 2012

Old albums & singles 

Posted at 11:08 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD

I'm releasing a new album on November 2, but did you know that you can stream all my previous albums on my bandcamp page?

It's not just samples, but all songs from all releases, including my download singles.

Just click on a cover and then click the PLAY button in the next screen.

(2011) Album

Peace! (Give the people the power back)
(2011) Download single

Hold On Now
(2011) Download charity single

C'est La Vie
(2009) Album

Se solen g upp / Drm
(2009) Download single

Balans (bossa remix)
(2009) Download single

Blissa Nova
(2007) Album

(2004) Album



21 Sep, 2012



I'm late again with the 3 latest setlists, and have no good excuse, so I'll just skip excusing =)

Setlist - Seed Ship (7/9):

I was guest at Chihiro's gig, and I focused on my Swedish songs this night.

1. Balans
2. Se solen g upp
3. Du det r OK
4. Changes Changes
5. Passion duet with Chihiro
6. Baby Just Relax duet with Chihiro
7. Fly Me to the Moon duet with Chihiro, featuring Tetsuro Yafune (piano) and Hiroshi Yamazaki (tenor sax)

Setlist - Seed Ship (8/9):

The second night I was invited by Cellen, we played 40 minutes each. I performed all my songs as a duo, with Kazuya Saka (grand piano), who also plays on my new album. We'll play in Shibuya Bar Music on 11/18 to promote the release, Saka on a vintage Fender Rhodes and me on Guitar/Vocals. More information later...

1. A Smile Will Take You Far
2. Don't Fight the Flow
3. Let the Sunlight In
4. After the Rain
5. Slow Down
6. Passion
7. Pickin' Up The Pieces
8. Love This World

Setlist - Cafe TORi (9/9):

1. So Happy
2. Passion
3. Difficult
4. Balans
5. I Guess it's OK
6. Slow Down
7. After the Rain
8. Changes Changes
9. All You Need is Love livingroom duet with Hitoshi Abe (racoustik)

Three gigs, three days in a row, exhausting but wonderful. I love meeting an audience.

Next Tokyo gig is 10/20, in Koenji at Club Roots:
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/140687 ... ource=1471


21 Sep, 2012

All older posts visible again 

Posted at 08:24 under OTHERS


I have finally fixed the bug in this blog, which has stopped older entries from being shown since December!

Now, all previous posts, since I started blogging in 2007, are visible again, sorted by Year and Month. You can always access them from the menu to the right.

Go to Archives


15 Sep, 2012

Actor debut 

Posted at 03:51 under MOVIES, JAPAN, OTHERS

Last Saturday, September 8, was the first episode of the Japanese TV drama about Shigeru Yoshida, the prime minister who rebuilt Japan after WW2. In this drama series of 5 episodes I make my extra actor debut!

Episode 2 will air tonight.

The drama features Ken Watanabe (as Shigeru Yoshida), Japan's most famous male actor, featured in American movies such as The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha, and David Morse (The Green Mile, Dancer in the Dark) as Douglas MacArthur, commander of the Allied Forces during the occupation.

Here's a 5 minute summary of Episode 1:
http://gyao.yahoo.co.jp/player/00397/v1 ... id=1736629

Did you see me? (hint: 26 seconds in...)

As I'm just an extra, it's really nothing extra (pun not intended!) but I may be in each episode, so keep watching!

If you have satellite TV, it's broadcast worldwide on NHK World Premium.

負けて、勝つ ~戦後を創った男・吉田茂
NHK Channel 1 and NHK World Premium
Saturdays 21:00 - 22:13
Information in English.

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