2010 in a blaze lotta' damn thang changed!

Happy new year, everyone! Whee! Hope everyone had a great holiday season. 2010 was such a roller-coaster ride! Sorry I have not provided a follow-up to my first musing for a long while, but hopefully a summary will make do for now! So here's a handful of some of the things that has happened last year in the freelance side of my career, hopefully in some chronological order!:
  • Finally got my bearings together and started a process to solve a certain lifelong issue that has always been an emotionally-painful thorn for me. I wouldn't say it was detrimental to my creativity and strive for professionalism, but it was something that ate away on my personal well-being. My family and good friends of mine know about this very well, but for the time being I'll just merely mention that my personal quality of life has now dramatically improved more than ever -- and that hopefully the final step of my journey thru this will be taken by next year.
  • Met one of my most awesomest favorite moesong singers Mayumi Shindou, and after a turn of events, got a really embarassingly chaotic yet overly fun IM conversation with her inserted into the liner notes of her "Mayumintronica AKiBA SONG BEST" CD. International exchange at its finest, oh gawd oh man.
  • For the CD's release party, met up with my longtime denpasong superheroes MI-KO and Kayamori of MOSAIC.WAV on the top floor of Sofmap Akihabara, and pulled off some trippy moments with them. Including pulling off a tracker song in only 30 minutes and later keyjazzing with it on my laptop as Kayamori rocked the keytar. Seriously: Live tracker keyjazzing. With Kayamori. Take that, uncle Salud! Trying hard to keep composure, I was shaking in my maid dress over the surrealness of what was going on the whole time.
  • Collaborated with denpasong forefather Ruzarin Kashiwagi, and with Mayumi Shindou on vocals, pulled off a rocking live performance at Atelier Peach's Utamatsuri 2010. This was a monumental moment for me -- considering that Ruzarin's music was mainly responsible for kickstarting my career almost a decade ago. Cue "we finally meet" shaking hands sequence X-Men vs. Street Fighter intro-style... then, with instrumental weapons in our hands, turning to our sides and jamming a newly-made Miko Miko Nurse arrangement to a sold-out crowd. How I came from peddling PR and being a lowly studio drone butting heads constantly with temperamental hyphy artists as a career a few years ago... to now collaborating with denpasong masters will always baffle my mind.
  • Performed arguably one of my best live sets I've ever done for Blip Festival Tokyo's afterparty. Dropping the oniichan bomb with more overtly lewd force than ever, at the last minute I managed to get Tokyo's raggamuffin overlord Luke of Chaos Royale to lay his MAD FLOW-MASTAH SKILLZ upon the crowd during a bass-heavy D&B showdown.
  • Had yet another kidney stone occurrence -- with a second one yet to come out! Gee painful chronic maladies are totally awesome folks!
  • Almost screwed up royally one day by accidentally leaving my rollerbag full of my equipment on the racks of one of the JR East Joban rapid line trains. Out of all the expensive computers and audio devices, my NES that my parents bought for me during childhood is the most sentimental item inside that would have devastated me had I lost it. After a couple of extremely stressful days that followed, the bag was eventually collected in safe hands at Narita Station. If this isn't a sign that Japan is one of the safest places ever, I don't know what one is.
  • After 11+ years of using an unfashionable pair, finally got new glasses yayayay! VIVAYOU pink chidori style, if you're curious.
  • Met and talked with ex. Nintendo's Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka for the first time during Cheapbeats 2. The entire meetup and chattime with one of the forefathers on the golden era of VGM was just pure sensory overload for me.
  • Collaborated with galge house/trance-master Blasterhead, and made a chiptune latin freestyle electro dance remake of Blasterhead & Halko Momoi's "MOECOM LYNX" for Comic Market 79 -- thus marking my second Comiket release. Seriously, I never imagined I would be able to pull off a momo-i remix via merging one of my favorite childhood old-skool styles. I can only imagine what electro pioneer Glenn Gutierrez thinks about NorCal-style freestyle dance done in only PSG waveforms.

Anyway, hopefully 2011 will become an even greater time careerwise -- and much more importantly, for YOUR ears! In the meantime, I'll be meeting my American friends at the east coast in a few weeks -- including personally meeting for the first time a majority of the insanely-talented musicians that reside in espernet's #mod_shrine. With such exciting opportunities to look forward to this year, I'll cya'll kitties at Magfest, aaiight!?