We’re sad to share with you that bassist Katsumi of LOKA announced that he will be leaving his duty due to personal circumstances. He will still be performing with LOKA until the last show of September, at Shinjuku Loft and also still help out with LOKA’s upcoming album.
Katsumi officially joined hands with LOKA early 2013 after previously only being a support member. His contribution played a big part of the signature sound LOKA has produced, which you are able to find in their music today!
Before letting go, Katsumi left some words regarding his depature, please have a read:
Hello guys, this is Katsumi speaking.
When I first met LOKA back at 2013, after being away from being in the band for 7 years, I thought that I’d finally have intention to be a part of a band again. When I finally joined as a member, it made me excited with my ways in music. I found best friends, brother, a family. Soon as i joined, we suddenly began going overseas and met a lot of new experiences performing in foreign countries. I was very happy, and I felt that I finally find my right way in music.
But unfortunately, things didn’t always go as how we wanted it.
I am very sorry to announce that due to my personal circumstances, I will be leaving LOKA officially. Show at Shinjuku Loft on 9/28 will be my last gig with LOKA, and will be my farewell to LOKA’s fans that always gave me their biggest support.
However, I will still be involving in LOKA new album production that will be announce soon. This new album that will be released hopefully early next year, will be my last work with LOKA and will be my legacy that I WAS a part of LOKA.
I want to say thank you to everyone that always supported me with LOKA. To all the staff, friends, and importantly, to all LOKA fans all over the world. From the deepest of my heart, thank you very much..
Even though my time in LOKA was short, I really appreciate my time with LOKA. It became a big part of my life, and always will be even after I am no longer a part of the band. My biggest support will always be for my brothers in LOKA.
We hope Katsumi the best and that he will be returning to the stage very soon!