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CHRISTOPHER KENJI LIVE AT PICCOLO PAVILION AT MENKE PARK

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NEVER ENOUGH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

"NEVER ENOUGH" MUSIC VIDEO CREDITS

Production Team: Trickshot Productions

Director: Guillermo Arcaya

Producer: Carla Carolina Pimentel

Executive Producers: Alexander Proctor, Christopher Kenji, Guillermo Arcaya

Director of Photography: Joey Zhao

Actors: Christopher Kenji, Isabella Colffer, Alex Coltharp, Teddy Softcheck

Editor & Motion Graphics: Sheila Da Silva

Colorist: Sarah London

Video Effects: David Leon

Sound Designer: Jose Luis Ramos

1st Assistant Camera: Yuqiao Han

2nd Assistant Camera: Li Ka Wing

Steadicam Operator: Chen Yuan

Gaffer: Joey Zhao

Drone Operator: Yuqiao Han

Key Grip: Jacob Chung

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Aksorn Hoshino

Wardrobe Stylist: Jamie Xiong

Production Assistant & BTS: Chawin P. Terk

Set Facilitator: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

"NEVER ENOUGH" MUSIC CREDITS

Songwriter/Vocalist/Instrumentalist: Christopher Kenji

Producer/Arranger/Mix Engineer: Christopher Kenji

Mastering Engineer: Andres Mayo at Andres Mayo Mastering in Austin, TX.

Guitar Overdub Assistant: Milo Horstman

Special Thanks: Anthony Young

CHRISTOPHER KENJI LIVE AT MILK BAR 

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LIVE FROM THE SEATTLE ESPORTS STUDIO

Click the video above to see to the pro-shot footage of Christopher Kenji performing "One-Way Mirror" live at the Seattle Esports Studio in Seattle, Washington on May 8th, 2021.

NEVER ENOUGH OFFICIAL AUDIO

SUMMER FOG BEHIND THE CREATORS

Click the video above to learn more about the creators of the "Summer Fog" Music Video as well as see some exclusive behind the scenes content from the production filmed in 2019.

LIVE FROM BATTERY SPENCER

SUMMER FOG OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

THE STORY BEHIND "SUMMER FOG"

Christopher Kenji wrote “Summer Fog” in 2014 in his Berklee College of Music dorm room and considers it “the first song he ever wrote that he didn’t hate”. The song was inspired by Kenji parting ways with his hometown near San Francisco, California for the first time to live in Boston, where he would spend the next four years of his life. “Summer Fog’s” lyrics are written in Kenji’s perspective reflecting on his move from months before ––him knowing that everything in his life at that point was about to change and that he was going to be a different person when he came back home but also knowing that it was necessary for him to begin his journey in finding himself. The song serves as a final goodbye letter to his hometown and the child inside of him that grew up in it.

He submitted “Summer Fog” to the 2014 international NewSong Music Competition and was selected as a Top 10 West Coast Songwriting Finalist. For qualifying into the final round of the competition, which would be held at Lincoln Center in New York City, Kenji had the option to either continue using “Summer Fog” or to choose a different song of his to compete with. Kenji chose to go with a different song of his and, unfortunately, did not end up placing into the final round. The first initial recording session for “Summer Fog” took place in his former Berklee professor, Dan Cantor’s Notable Studios in Watertown, Massachusetts in 2015. They tracked the song at Notable Studios initially with a whole band but Kenji ended up re-recording the drums and bass himself years later. The main guitar part was recorded using Notable’s rare, vintage 1928 Gibson acoustic guitar which was played by Kenji. While struggling to graduate and him deciding to take on different projects, Kenji lost motivation and put “Summer Fog” on the shelf for four whole years.

In 2019, Trickshot Productions came to Kenji with a music video proposal and Kenji suggested using “Summer Fog” and played them the demo version of the song recorded from years before. Upon presenting the “Summer Fog” demo and discussing the backstory of the song, director Guillermo Arcaya took the concept, and months later, came back to Kenji with a script, storyboard and game plan for the music video which included multiple storylines, actor casting calls and shoot locations. In each of the different storylines Arcaya wrote, each character faces a difficult situation and comes out a stronger person symbolizing the moral theme reflected in Kenji’s lyrics. The music video was shot using an Arri Alexa camera/over $100k worth of equipment total. For “Summer Fog’s” wardrobe, Kenji contacted award-winning fashion designer William Lei and San Francisco’s renown West Coast Leather to sponsor him with a few outfits to wear in the music video in combination with some of his own.

After seven years of working on the song, Kenji finally sent “Summer Fog” off to be mastered by his go-to mastering engineer Brian Iele at Santa Cecilia Sound in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For “Summer Fog’s” cover artwork, Kenji decided to use a still image from the drone footage in the dock scene of the music video taken by Dylan Van Buren and created the graphic design on top of it. The song was successfully released to all streaming platforms on March 26th, 2021 and received over 30,000 Spotify streams during its first four weeks. The “Summer Fog” Official Music video is now available as of April 30th, 2021.

SUMMER FOG OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO

"SUMMER FOG" MUSIC VIDEO CREDITS

Production Team: Trickshot Productions

Director: Guillermo Arcaya

Producers: Carla Carolina Pimentel, Mathew James Kuhn

Executive Producers: Guillermo Arcaya, Matthew James Kuhn, Christopher Kenji

Assistant Director: Nando Sasco Manrique

Directors of Photography: Lucas Lee, Matthew James Kuhn

Actors: Christopher Kenji, Samantha Girard, Christian Chahin, Gertrudis Colon, Ted Softcheck, Scott Reeves, Bryan Wilks, Rebekka Sola, Trinity Woodward, Matthew James Kuhn, Alex Coltharp, Guillermo Arcaya

Editor & Motion Graphics: Sheila Da Silva

Colorist: Sarah London

Video Effects: David Leon

Sound Designer: Jose Luis Ramos

Camera Operator: Kevin Chang

1st Assistant Camera: Benjamin Noddelund

2nd Assistant Camera: Dylan Van Buren, Daisy Nan

Drone Operator: Dylan Van Buren

Steadicam Operator: Daniel James

Key Grip: Semmi Cole

Gaffer: Catherine Cheuk

Sponsored Clothing Designers: West Coast Leather (Green Jacket), William Lei (Black Denim Jacket and Jacquard-Print Poplin Shirt)

Special Thanks: Richard Cascio, Prosper Mubianga, Jimi Thomas, Monica Sierralta

"SUMMER FOG" MUSIC CREDITS

Songwriter/Vocalist/Instrumentalist: Christopher Kenji

Producer/Arranger: Christopher Kenji

Co-producer/Recording Engineer: Dan Cantor at Notable Studios in Watertown, MA

Mix Engineer: Christopher Kenji

Mastering Engineer: Brian Iele at Santa Cecilia Sound in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Violin: Lily Lyons

Guitar Overdub Assistant: Milo Horstman

Special Thanks: Wesley Coleman, Sean Brennan

ONE-WAY MIRROR LYRIC VIDEO

This lyric video for Christopher Kenji's song, "One-Way Mirror", as well as its hand-painted artwork and customized lettering, was made by popular YouTube creator, Common Sense.