Duncan Walsh - Musician in Tokyo

Duncan Walsh

I'm a musician in Tokyo, Japan

I speak English, Japanese, and German

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About me

Konnichiwa! My name's Duncan, and I'm from Norfolk in the UK. I'm a 5-fruit-&-veg-a-day kind of guy: I like my drinks soft and my music softer. I'm part of an indie folk pop band with my brother based here in Tokyo, and we like to spend our time writing heartfelt pop songs on second hand guitars while sipping on green tea. We call ourselves The Watanabes and we've been strumming our stuff in the smokey, dark and dungeon-like live houses of Japan for over ten years now. We've been fortunate enough to release three records at major record stores nationwide and have had our tunes used by CNN, Triumph Motorcycles, the BBC, and Western Union. We've gained some notable fans along the way including 60's legend Dave Crosby (The Byrds), Academy Award winner Ric O'Barry, and Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver), who shared the stage with us in 2013. TimeOut Tokyo have called us "Tokyo's answer to The Smiths" on our account of our love for Morrissey's miserable but musical gang. I'm always up for making music or being creative, and would love to meet any like-minded artists. Don't be shy.

My Creations

  1. Yuriko Yuriko

    16 December 2015

    Yuriko Yuriko tells the tale of a young girl brutally dumped by her boyfriend, who runs off to Tokyo to pursue his dreams. It deals with the uncomfortable feelings of hatred and bitterness that surface as a result of this break up. It is only natural to feel angry with... continue reading (1, 0 images)

  2. You're Dancing I'm Absorbed

    16 December 2015

    You're Dancing I'm Absorbed is the second album from Tokyo based indie folk pop band The Watanabes. Produced by David Naughton (Mojave 3, Belle & Sebastian), it was released by BabyBoom Records JP in February 2011. The album features guest appearances from American songstress Kate Sikora, British indie Godfather Nick... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  3. There's Something Wrong

    23 December 2015

    One of our latest indie folk pop tunes! Would love to make a video for this if anyone is interested!

  4. Hey everyone
    My brother and I play indie folk pop and call ourselves The Watanabes. We have a new EP out on November 25th, produced by David Naughton (Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fan Club). We joined creative forces with American videographer David Allen and made a music video for the... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  5. Hey everyone
    I'm in a band called The Watanabes and we've been doing our indie folk thing in Tokyo for over a decade now. We teamed up with Australian film maker Matt De Sousa to create this music video. As ever it was filmed on an indie budget! If you... continue reading (0, 0 images)