Tomoyasu Hotei’s debut international album, Strangers, will be released on October 16th. Strangers will showcase Hotei’s diverse musical styles – equal parts rock, dance, punk, and electro. It features an array of special guests from around the globe including the Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe from European rock giants Emigrate/ Rammstein, Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine, and Noko from electronic band pioneers Apollo 440.
“British rock has always been a great source of inspiration to me,” says Hotei, “and now living in London with a fresh start, Strangers allows me to take a step out of this new and relatively anonymous space to introduce myself. A stranger to many, remembering the days when I was young and just starting out, playing gigs to a room of only 20 people, I want to connect with people individually and let them understand me through my music.”
Now living in London to focus on his international career, Hotei has headlined sold-out shows at the Roundhouse (2012), and Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2013), and recently played a one-off intimate show at The Lexington, North London, to showcase Strangers material, where he was joined by album guests Apollo 440 and Shea Seger on vocals. Hotei will be playing live at the Islington Assembly Hall on October 21st.