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From: Japan

Folk, Pop, Rock


Internationally renowned, multiple Billboard World Song Contest award-winning Pandars Label's artist, Toshiya Ochiai was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital. He made his television debut as an actor in 1982 (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.). Toshiya studied music theory and jazz guitar under Jim Kelly (Gary Burton and the Berklee All Stars). He composes songs in English, inspired by British and American songwriters. Heard with Toshiya as a rhythm-lead guitarist in his songs are vocalists Rin Yamato, Monique Mo Melody (photo), Emmi Meibergen, Nacomi Tanaka, Erina Nakajima, Aki Inamori, bamboo flutist Toshiya Mizukawa, and rhythm-lead guitarist/bassist Hisashi Shirahama. Toshiya received his Master of Arts degree from New York University, where he studied law and philosophy.

"Really digging the tunes. I really like when "Snow In Kyoto" kicks in. I chose it as my Staff Pick of the Week! Keep me updated on new music. "


Honors & Awards: 2017 - Radio Airplay Staff Picks (Week 47 2017) /Snow In Kyoto; 2010 - 100% Music Songwriting Contest (France) Semi-Finalist/Snow in Kyoto ; 2009 -17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/Snow in Kyoto; 2009-17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/After All These Years ; 2009 - 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/ Dear My Love ; 2008-16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/Everyday of My Life

All songs produced by Hisashi Shirahama for Pandars Label