JAPAN, Norfolk VA
When you think of the name ‘Japan’, you probably wouldn’t envision a twenty–four year old, Norfolk, Virginia born musician. We think that’s exactly what this guy is aiming for. Christian Alexander, a*k*a ‘Japan’ graduated from Nile C. Kinnick high school in Yokosuka, Japan and currently resides in Houston, Texas. He is also a proud Prairie View A&M University Alumni where this name originated. His freshman year at Prarie View would prove to be crucial to his development into the musician we see today.
“[I’ve got] that real funky good stuff; sweet like Kool-Aid”
With a background of musical influences ranging from immediate family, church family, and friends, he was encouraged throughout his life to express himself at a very young age. His first solo performance was at Thai Pan restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Less than fifteen people showed up, but the crowd was rocking and that was all that Japan needed to continue his strive toward musical greatness. After completing college, J.A.P.A.N. continued to follow the advice of his mentors and seriously pursue his career as a musician. “I just wanted to do what I wanted to do”, and that explains the artist that is presented today.
So what is J.A.P.A.N.’s style of music? To sum it up, his style is funky, with influences of Ray Charles, Cee-Lo, Bill Withers, The Bee Gees, The Isley Brother’s , KC & JoJo and Pimp C. A list like this can only give insight into the reflection J.A.P.A.N. aims to sculpture into his music, as he states it “That real funky good stuff, sweet like kool-aid”. Every piece of the puzzle being constructed in J.A.P.A.N.’s music is a piece of his life. From being in a military family and traveling all over the world, the vast cultural influences have helped him to construct his sound.
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