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Journey to the Heart of Pro Audio

Meet “The New Guy”

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Welcome to a new feature here on the Yamaha Music blog, where Sean Tokuyama gives us an insider’s glimpse as he learns the ins and outs of pro audio. 

 

I’m Sean Tokuyama and my boss refers to me as “the new guy” at Yamaha, which is accurate, so I can’t blame him.

Who Exactly am I and Why am I Here?

I’m 26 years old and I was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, but my heart is in Los Angeles, as I lived there for eight years. After a stint doing music blogging and PR/artist management, I’m now a marketing development specialist in the Professional Audio division at Yamaha, and one of my responsibilities is writing about my journey of learning about audio and more. Pretty cool, right?

As you might have guessed, I’m a “music guy” too. I love listening to and playing music, and in my spare time I’m a guitarist, producer and house/techno DJ. During high school, I performed in a reggae band with my best friends, and later on as a DJ, I played festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and Lucidity in Santa Barbara, as well as venues/nightclubs like the Hollywood Palladium, Exchange LA, Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and San Francisco’s Harlot, among others. Good times!

Even though I’ve done this and that, I had to start somewhere – just like you and everyone else – and you’ll be hearing about my experiences in this series of blog postings. I suspect they might be a lot like yours!

So What’s Next?

Me playing the Avalon Hollywood.

You can expect a lot of postings from me in the months ahead, as well as from my colleague, John Schauer, who knows a thing or two about getting great sound. We’ll be sharing:

– Important info on all things audio
– My personal stories of learning about audio
– Showcases of people using audio equipment – people just like you
– News about cool new Yamaha audio products and technologies
– And definitely much more…

Check back next month to read about the domino effect of learning!

Photo by Oh Dag Yo Photography (Ohdagyo.com)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Sean is an ambassador of all things music. He started as a guitarist and has steadily developed into a producer/DJ who has performed at festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and venues/nightclubs such as the Hollywood Palladium, Exchange LA and Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. In between gigs, he shared his passion through his work as a music blogger and publicist / artist manager for some of the biggest names in dance music. Now a marketing development specialist in the Professional Audio division at Yamaha, Sean aims to build a community of like-minded individuals and help audio enthusiasts develop a knowledge base to build upon for years to come.

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