Sad news for LOKA fans, due to a personal circumstances LOKA’s bassist Katsumi will be leaving the band officially from 29 September with his last gigs at Shinjuku Loft on the same day. Katsumi had joined LOKA as a bassist at early 2013 after supporting LOKA as an additional member for a while. Soon after, Katsumi had become a big part of LOKA brotherhood with his signature style and skill. Katsumi also soon giving big influence in LOKA development of music with a strong Japanese sound element upon the root of American hardrock sound that become the original of LOKA music foundation.
Here are words from Katsumi regarding his departure from LOKA :
“Hello guys, this is Katsumi speaking.
When I first met LOKA back at 2013, after being away from being in the band for 7 years, I thought that I’d finally have intention to be a part of a band again. When I finally joined as a member, it made me excited with my ways in music. I found best friends, brother, a family. Soon as i joined, we suddenly began going overseas and met a lot of new experiences performing in foreign countries. I was very happy, and I felt that I finally find my right way in music.
But unfortunately, things didn’t always go as how we wanted it.
I am very sorry to announce that due to my personal circumstances, I will be leaving LOKA officially. Show at Shinjuku Loft on 9/28 will be my last gig with LOKA, and will be my farewell to LOKA’s fans that always gave me their biggest support.
However, I will still be involving in LOKA new album production that will be announce soon. This new album that will be released hopefully early next year, will be my last work with LOKA and will be my legacy that I WAS a part of LOKA.
I want to say thank you to everyone that always supported me with LOKA. To all the staff, friends, and importantly, to all LOKA fans all over the world. From the deepest of my heart, thank you very much..
Even though my time in LOKA was short, I really appreciate my time with LOKA. It became a big part of my life, and always will be even after I am no longer a part of the band. My biggest support will always be for my brothers in LOKA.”
This is hard for both LOKA and Katsumi to put an end on their journey together. However, Katsumi was a part of LOKA and LOKA will always supporting him and wish him the best of luck for whatever he will be doing after LOKA.
Though, his official departure was on 29 September, Katsumi will still be involved in working on LOKA new album production which slated to be release at early next year. This new release, will be Katsumi last legacy with LOKA. LOKA gigs at Shinjuku Loft 29 September will be his farewell gigs for all of LOKA fans.
LOKA fans, let’s give Katsumi best support for his future journey on his own because he will always be a brother for LOKA!