Coming soon: ‘No More Yellowface!’ EP
Shogun claimed his name in 1996 shortly before debuting at the Racism Beat It festival in front of an audience of 5.000 people. The name stuck because of the meaning and the catchiness. He wasn’t yet aware what the political weight of the name would be.
In the winter of 1997 he took over Ottawa, Canada by storm with frequent radio and live performances.
As an Asian MC he felt there was a gap to be filled so he kept up the fight against stereotypes, eventually releasing a 12″ single on limited-run vinyl in 2003, the ‘Shogun War Chant.’ The single became an underground classic, getting attention and shine from MTV Raw. The tour that followed saw him playing at Paradiso, Amsterdam – the mecca of the Dutch music scene, opening for Jeru da Damaja and sharing stage with Wu Tang Clan, DITC, Bilal and many others.
Shogun went on to take part in Hip-Hop exchange project ‘From Amsterdam to Praha’ alongside abstract Hip-Hop group The Proov.
As keyboardist/MC of live band TrackAddicts he still kept his writing and performance skills sharp as he took center stage during the show to deliver his verses. With the band, he played nearly every festival and venue in the Netherlands, plus shows in France (Nancy Jazz Pulsations) and Romania (B’estival).
When TrackAddicts was disbanded Shogun disappeared from the scene, locking himself up in the studio to learn the art of recording, mixing and mastering.
When meeting Korean producer Loptimist Lee online he became aware of the significance of his name because of the uneasy history Korea shares with Japan. After long deliberation he decided to keep flying the flag because he feels it is time to come together and write new chapters in history.
Shogun returned to the stage at the Lunar New Year festival 2016 and is currently recording new material.