The value of music is not limited to its power to entertain and serve as a soundtrack to life’s most trivial and most important moments. This year alone proved that songs could be wielded to comfort, educate, and empower. Additionally, artists have long utilized beats and lyrics to send across messages that matter, and Jonathan Kasai, better known as kazaizen, is one such musician who creatively and strategically harnesses music’s ability to make a difference.
Kazaizen is the psychedelic pop-rock product of the imagination, vision, and talent of multi-instrumentalist Jonny Kasai. Through his distinctive approach to music, he bridges the gap between the 60’s psychedelia and the contemporary styles of today. At the heart of his artistry is the refusal to be boxed into one genre. He makes it a point to challenge and address the conventions that are at the forefront of the industry, questioning where genres begin and end.
Throughout his career, kazaizen has earned recognition for the different faces that his creative outputs have taken. While he does have tracks that feel surreal and melancholy and feature reverberating electric pianos and organs, he also boasts ethereal and dazed songs with full synths.
Fueled by his love for music, art, and creating and driven to influence individuals and communities positively, kazaizen considers his songs as a way to present an original and unique interpretation of current events and issues. This emphasis on relevant and impactful happenings lies as one reason behind his steady climb to the top. Included in his inventory of notable releases is the first single off of the upcoming debut album, “Cyclops Dragon Light Switch.” Its controversial music video, entitled “Oranjtanman,” acted as a direct call-out to the hypocrisy prevalent in the nation and was dropped shortly before the US Presidential election.
At the time of the premiere of the attention-grabbing music video, next to nothing was known about kazaizen. But his artistic piece spoke for his artistry and showcased his potential as a potential force in the music scene. The release of “Oranjtanman” was then followed by the music video for the single “What The Funk,” which referenced the ongoing pandemic and propelled this rising star to the forefront even further.
Last December 13, kazaizen introduced the video accompaniment to the song “Telephone (All Alone,” a track that explores people’s obsession with their mobile phones. His recent work, “Bye the Sea,” introduced to listeners worldwide on December 27, touches on the COVID-19 imposed quarantine continuing all over the globe.
These four songs are set to grace this emerging powerhouse’s debut album, and the release of the said collection is in line with a music endeavor that will hit the music industry in 2021. As part of a group of multifaceted musicians who are all releasing solo albums and collaborations in 2021 and the succeeding years, kazaizen will bank on the craft to start an artistic revolution and make a difference in the lives of people and in the world.
Learn more about kazaizen by visiting his Youtube channel.