Samurai Sorcerers is a multi-racial grunge/J-Rock band featuring three gothic Asian girls and three grungy skateboarders.
Our music is mainly inspired by Asian pop culture and we truly have an early '90s Seattle grunge inspired sound of Nirvana
and Silverchair. This is basically the Silent Minister's version of Slash's Snakepit.
Check out what us gothic Asian homegirls and heavy metal loving skaterboarders have to say through our in-depth Q &
A member profiles on our website. We also have 30 songs on this website, all of the best songs we wrote and made in my house
from the two years we were a rock & roll band. Download the songs, burn them onto a blank CD, and spread the gospel on
us starving artists in Frisco! == > http://www.soundclick.com/samuraisorcerers
Check out my new band Silent Minister! == > http://silentministersexperiencesme.metalhordes.com
Why this name?
I was wondering what name I could of used for a J-Rock/Visual Kei band so I knew that I was Asian
so I wanted to embrace my heritage and culture because I was so insecure and paranoid about being an Asian kid at the time.
So I included "Samurai" from learning to embrace and accept my Asian roots and culture. I was really paranoid about being
Asian at the time because I always assumed Asian women never liked me because I was different and I always wore t-shirts of
hard rock bands and listened to old-school rock & roll music. I got the Sorcerers idea from watching an anime called Angel
Sanctuary at my friend's house. Because I'm Asian (Patrick Lew), I wanted to keep in touch with my Asian side basically and
not reject the women and men of my culture and color basically. Because I wanted to make good music that can entertain and
touch people's hearts through my painstaking lyrics.
Do you play live?
When we were a band for about two years, we did play a few live concerts in the Bay Area. However,
we mostly had abstract music that was done more under a home recording studio setting. Whenever we performed live, it hard
because our music was too abstract and we used primitive musical equipment/arrangements. The Samurai Sorcerers have since
broken up, but we did play live performances before (the best performances were at Haight-Ashbury's Music Shoppe) and we did
play many live shows at Japantown and our own high school. But we usually seem to play for the wrong venues and performances.
We played a GN'R type of show at some ghetto ass high school for some Chinese New Year celebration. We also played a messy
hard rock/heavy metal show for some light/acoustic open mic night at some coffee shop at Haight-Ashbury. Oh well, live and
learn. I guess making music in the studio was more our thing. Funny thing is, mostly Asian girls like my music. At least my
friends. Now? We did form our band in high school but we went through so many crazy changes and now me and Eddie are starting
a new band. This happend after February, after the second tour we did ended in disaster. Now basically Samurai Sorcerers became
an inactive musical project, because we it didn't work out because of bad timing.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It helps bands/artists/musicians get
their music heard.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
HELL YEAH! I want to sign with a major label because I want
to be the first Asian rock star to make an impact on the pop music scene. I HOPE it will happen someday! But as long as I
have creative and artistic freedom, and won't let the major labels destroy my art.
Our music was mainly inspired by '80s heavy metal and early '90s grunge bands/musicians/artists.
But the lyrics/song ideas we had mainly dealt with pain and outrage about being Asian American and in high school, which is
inspired by Nirvana and John Lennon. We mainly used two guitars (lead and rhythm), an inaudible bass, keyboards, PC, and a
drum machine. Our trance music was mainly inspired by me going AZN pride to impress an Asian girl from J-Pop and K-Pop music.
The garage at my house where we made our music/albums was great because that's what we did during
band practices for the two years we were a band. But we enjoyed hanging out at Haight-Ashbury (especially the music shoppe
becuase we got our gear there), J-Town, and the skating rink at the mall.
We use two guitars (Epiphone Les Paul and a cheap battered old Fender Squier), Casio CTK-551
Keyboards, PC, DELL studio microphone, Magix PC Music Maker (for recording our music), Marshall amps, two different basses
(Ibanez GSR200 and Yamaha RBX170), four-track Tascam (for recording some of my solo stuff), Eddie's Digitech RP200 Guitar
Processor (we borrowed it from my good friend to give us the drum section in our songs since nobody we knew owned a drum set),
KORG GA-20 guitar/bass tuner, DOD FX69 Grunge pedal (I used it on my guitar throughout our live gigs in May), Squier amps
(for my bass), and anything that keeps us digitally prepared.
Listen to some of the song http://www.soundclick.com/bands/7/samuraisorcerers.htm