Andrew Koji Shiraki

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Andrew Koji Shiraki
Also known as Koji
Born (1987-02-12) February 12, 1987 (age 27)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Folk, pop punk, indie rock, hardcore punk
Occupations Singer, songwriter, designer, photographer, activist
Labels Run For Cover, No Sleep
Associated acts La Dispute, Title Fight, Settle
Website kojisaysaloha.com

Koji (born Andrew Koji Shiraki, February 12, 1987, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States)[1] is an American songwriter and activist.

He signed with Run For Cover Records in August 2010[2] where he released a live EP entitled, Spring Song Vol. 1, and his critically acclaimed full band EP, Some Small Way.[3] In October 2010, Koji released his first of two split releases on No Sleep Records, IIOI/KOJI. In 2011, Koji was named one of Alternative Press's "100 Bands to You Need to Know.[4] " On May 3, 2011, Koji's split with La Dispute, Never Come Undone, was released on No Sleep Records.

Since 2010, Koji has toured and performed with a wide range of artists that have included Into It. Over It.,[5] La Dispute,[6] Never Shout Never,[7] Code Orange Kids,[8] and also played the entirety of Warped Tour 2012.[9]

Koji was reported to have finished tracking his debut full-length with producer, Will Yip, at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.[10] The album personnel included long time collaborator, Brad Vander Lugt of La Dispute, on drums, as well as Matt Warner of Balance and Composure[11] and Ned Russin of Title Fight on bass.[10]

On December 11, 2012, it was announced that Koji would be performing as part of the Acoustic Basement tour with Geoff Rickly of Thursday, Vinnie Caruana of I Am the Avalanche/The Movielife, A Loss For Words, and Brian Marquis in February 2013.[12]

Activism[edit]

Koji founded the organization COLORMAKE,[1] as a collaborative effort between artists and activists from all over the country. Colormake began organizing music & gallery shows, skate & bike jams, work shops, festivals, political demonstrations, and other events.[13]

He has partnered with both creative and policy advocacy groups such as The Voice Project and RESOLVE[4] on the issue of the LRA in Central Africa. Koji has also performed and spoken at universities in support of NPO's such as Falling Whistles.[14]

Discography[edit]

  • Matters EP (November 12, 2013; The Native Sound)
  • Crooked in My Mind (April 30, 2013; Run For Cover)[15]
  • "Distance/Divide" 7" (February 2013; Run For Cover)[16]
  • Never Come Undone (Split 12" w/ La Dispute; May 3, 2011; No Sleep)
  • IIOI/KOJI (Split 12" w/ Into It. Over It.; Nov. 23, 2010; No Sleep)
  • Some Small Way EP (Nov. 9, 2010; Run For Cover)
  • Spring Song Vol. 1 (Sept. 28, 2010; Run For Cover)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bryan, Beverly (2012-12-10). "Koji Folks It Up". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "RUN FOR COVER 2013 » Run For Cover Welcomes Koji". Runforcoverrecords.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Koji - Some Small Way EP - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Into It. Over It. and Koji announce UK tour - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  6. ^ "La Dispute post fall tour dates - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  7. ^ "Tours: Never Shout Never / Koji / Kurt Travis / Renee / The Translators". Punknews.org. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Koji announces full band and solo shows for October and November - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Warped plans "acoustic" stage with Kris Roe, Vinnie Caruana, Transit, Koji". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  10. ^ a b Zarrillo, Zack (2012-12-07). "Koji LP Being Mixed; Members Of LD, B&C, TF As Tracking Band". PropertyOfZack. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  11. ^ Zarrillo, Zack (2012-09-28). "Koji Recording New Album With B&C, La Dispute Members As Band". PropertyOfZack. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  12. ^ Zarrillo, Zack (2012-12-11). "POZ Tour: The Acoustic Basement Tour". PropertyOfZack. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  13. ^ "Colormake About". Colormake.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  14. ^ "The Aquinas 2010-04-29 :: University of Scranton Aquinas". Digitalservices.scranton.edu. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  15. ^ "Koji's Upcoming Album in Mixing Stages - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  16. ^ "Koji releases limited edition 7" for Acoustic Basement tour - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

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