Born in Japan to Japanese/British parents, Ray moved to the UK aged 5 and has since resided in both countries. He is a rapper, producing his own material, and also a graduate with a BA (Hons) in Sound Technology. He is available for record, management and publishing deals.
Ray began playing the piano at the age of 5 and started rapping aged 14. At 17 he began to write, arrange and produce his own material, seriously considering pursuing a career in hip-hop. As well as performing at various hip-hop events in Osaka, Japan, Ray’s interest in music production led him to work at a studio in the Japanese city prior to his move back to the UK.
Following the relocation, Ray enrolled in the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sound Technology. While in his final year, he self-produced a 4 track EP titled ‘Rebel With A Cause’ which he is currently in the process of promoting.
During his time at LIPA, Ray seized the opportunity to collaborate with artists from a wide range of musical genres. His credits include producing an R&B track ‘Timeless’ that claimed 2nd place in a competition hosted by EMI Japan, as well as winning 1st place as the most downloaded track on the competition website. Additionally, Ray had the honour of having his EP ‘Rebel With A Cause’ reviewed by British record producer Alan Moulder, who amongst many positive comments stated, “I honestly thought all of [the songs] were very strong and the overall package came across great.”
In addition to the above, Ray has performed at numerous venues in Liverpool including the Magnet and the Zanzibar, and made appearances at The Third Degree final year LIPA showcases, the Woolfire Summer Festival and several London based events hosted at venues such as The End, AKA and the Japanese Life Bar.
At a time where a demand exists for hip-hop artists with a unique perspective, creative vision and conscious message, coupled with the growing popularity of Japanese culture within the entertainment industry, it might be Ray’s time.
"It's rare to find a band as young as [Maroon 5] were who play drums and guitars but aren't a stereotypical rock band. My thought was their music was advanced for its time, but when the album came out it would be where music was going. Sure enough ..." Interview with Ben Berkman, EVP at A&M/Octone for Maroon 5