From: JP

Pop, Rock, Jazz


UK Songwriting Contest 2021 Semi-Finalist (Jazz/Blues), 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, Yutaro Ogida, 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.

"I love the mixture of elements. (cultural approach, rock approach) holds a lot of appeals."

- Billboard World Song Contest

"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. "

-Erin (Jango)

Honors & Awards:

2021 - UK Songwriting Contest 2021 (U.K) Semi-Finalist (Jazz/Blues Category)/After All These Years; 2017 - Radio Airplay Staff Picks (Week 47 2017)(U.S) /Snow In Kyoto; 2010 - 100% Music Songwriting Contest (France) Semi-Finalist/Snow in Kyoto (World Category); 2009 -17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/Snow in Kyoto (Rock Category); 2009-17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention/After All These Years (Pop Category); 2009 - 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention (Pop Category)/ Dear My Love; 2008-16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest (U.S.) Honorable Mention (Rock Category)/Every day of My Life

All songs produced by Hisashi Shirahama for Pandars Label