November 2, 2021
Today I’ve decided to release my new album, Operating System Sounds, early. It was originally scheduled for a January 2022 release. It is available right now on both SoundCloud and BandCamp. I have been working hard on it since the summer. It is complete package. It is extremely different from my previous albums (as to be expected since this is ‘Era 3’). The album incorporates jazzy, post-rock, experimental ambience with minimal hip hop and trap beats.
October 25, 2021
I am extremely excited to announce that it’s been almost 20 years since I started making music! At the dawn of 2022, I will be celebrating my 20 year anniversary. While technically April would be the 20 year mark, I’ve decided to celebrate early! From my humble beginnings using the moniker “Furik” to the most recent “Guyokai”, it’s been a long time! I started Furik in April of 2002 after going solo from being in a rock band as vocalist/pianist. Going from rock music to electronica was a very different change and feel to me. However as time went on, and other projects were developed (such as Iromega Scandal, digitalmonster) it became very natural to me.
Now despite experimenting with electronica, I also had solo rock music as well. “Razor Frank” was an emo project (the genre was extremely huge in the early 2000s) featuring me vocalizing with a piano. “Cadogan” was pretty popular too. More of a shoegazer rock/emo sound with me experimenting with acoustic and electric guitars over dreamy ambient instrumentals and trip-hop beats.
And not to mention “Chandaka”, a one-album project that incorporated guttural death-metal like vocals over extreme metal guitar playing with a dark and progressive metal aesthetic. That album turned 10 years this year, I believe? Hmm.
Anyway, yes i’ve had many, many projects and I wish I could share them all with you although some (if not, most) have been lost over time. Maybe they’re all hidden on a USB thumbdrive or burnt CD-R somewhere in storage. I would like to share them someday, but only if I found them. A lot of my musical projects have last.fm profiles though!
Like it’s been stated, I have been doing so for well over 20 years. What started as a hobby continued with the notion that I would be getting famous from it. At least that was my dream in my youth. That dream soon became nothing more as more people began getting into electronica music and effortlessly became famous. Despite the dream ending, I continued to make music – just for the hell of it. I realized it was only a hobby, still a hobby, and dealt with it.
I still enjoy making music. Now that I am much older, more mature, and that dream is no longer a thing, I only create music because I love it. I want to share it with you.
With the way the world is now, how we’ve come to terms with the pandemic, how we (as a society) have become so apathetic towards each other – my only freedom from the word IS to make music. Everyday in the news is something negative, sad, and depressing. There is no good news anymore. I don’t remember the last time something good was even on the news. So, to try and sway away from negativity, I tried to create more positive and upbeat music (like 1996, 1996 XP, CyberConnect). If I can make a difference to just ONE person with my music, that would mean the world to me.
Well, with all of that being said, I do have to say something. Guyokai will no longer be on music streaming services. I’ve decided come early 2022 my music will only be distributed on BandCamp and SoundCloud. The reason being, and i’m being honest, I don’t believe the music distribution on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. really benefit the cost. I know it sounds sort of selfish but when I put my music on there, I was initially testing the waters of how my music would be distributed through multiple platforms. Going forward, my music will always be distributed on BandCamp (stream for free or pay with a donation!) and SoundCloud (free as well).
Thank you everyone for all the support over the years. I really appreciate it. Please keep an eye on my website as we continue on!
With much love,
September 10, 2021
It’s been a minute, yeah? Well, I had to migrate to my new host this month. I also had to start from scratch as none of my backups actually migrated correctly. So, I had to re-create every page, graphic, text, etc. So, that took a while. With all that being said, everything should be displaying properly as of today.
With all that out of the way, on to other news. Era 3 (Album 3.0) is officially in development! I can’t announce anything else right now but look forward to it next year! 2022! Look forward to it!
May 28, 2021
Hello! I hope you are all doing well. Well, since my last update, both CyberConnect and F E V E R were released. Two, companion albums for TROLL/EYE and 1996/1996 XP. With all that being said, this marks the end of an era. TROLL/EYE/FEVER are now grouped together in what i’m now calling Album 1.0. 1996/1996 XP/CyberConnect are grouped under Album 2.0. So, to break it down here’s what it looks like. –
Album 1.0 – TROLL
Album 1.1 – EYE
Album 1.2 – FEVER
Album 2.0 – 1996
Album 2.1 – 1996 XP
Album 2.2 – CyberConnect
So, this means technically I only have two full-length studio albums. The 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 are just extended, enhanced, and re-packaged editions of the 1.0 and 2.0 albums. Which is true.
Now, what’s that mean for the future? Well, my next release will most definitely be Album 3.0. Whenever that will release is ultimately up in the air. Nothings set in stone, I really haven’t been working on it. I’ve wrote new songs but I have no clue what the concept, etc. will be. So, considering the two-year time-lapse it took to create “1996” from “TROLL” it will take time. The past few years have been pretty tough when it comes to “writers block” – which also explains why the .1, .2 albums even exist. I’ll let you know, obviously, with any new news!
Until then, please enjoy the albums i’ve released! You can find them anywhere on streaming services. Also, i’d like to do something (or release something, at least – just something small, nothing major) in June since June 1 is my birthday but who knows?
April 15, 2021
TWO NEW RELEASES?! F E V E R, the next companion album to my first two albums, TROLL and EYE, has now been released on all music-streaming services! Features new re-recordings of TRAP and PART along with re-mastered versions of past old songs from TROLL and EYE!
Also, a companion album for 1996/1996 XP will be released next week as well! Titled ‘CyberConnect’. This should hold you over until new music is released.
April 8, 2021
Oh, by the way. F E V E R is coming. The next album in the T R O L L / E Y E series. The album mixes sound similar to my old 2018 sound and is a complete departure from the 1996 series. Look forward to it soon! I’ll keep you posted!
January 5, 2021
As of today, I am no longer going to update my SoundCloud with my albums. My SoundCloud page will be for little extras, ideas, and small releases that will never make it outside of the platform. So, basically consider it just a “bonus page” with extra music.
January 4, 2021
At first I wanted my album, 1996, to be a darker tone due to my emotions regarding the pandemic. However I felt that would not be suitable and that we have all suffered enough. So, the album (and 1996 XP) were changed to feel more positive and uplifting. I’m going to continue with that route with the new music I am currently working on.
October 27, 2020
The companion album to ‘1996’ is out now! Please welcome 1996 XP to my music catalog! A whole new album that compliments 1996 perfectly along with a select few tracks form 1996 but remixed and instrumental. Enjoy on Spotify, BandCamp, Apple Music, etc.
October 10, 2020
I am happy to announce that my music is now back on online streaming platforms and completely remastered! Thank you for waiting!
October 9, 2020
I apologize in advance but I have temporarily taken down my music on streaming platforms (Spotify, YouTube Music, etc.) My music is still available on YouTube, SoundCloud and BandCamp. The reasoning is because I wanted to digitally re-master all my music and re-upload everything back. I have done such and all my music has been processed to be re-uploaded. My music should be back on all streaming music sites early next week. Monday at the earliest. Thank you for waiting!
October 7, 2020
My official music videos are now out on YouTube!
Here is a link to my YouTube page!
October 7, 2020
My second full-length album is 1996 and it is out everywhere on Spotify, YouTube Music, etc.
You can stream it everywhere. If you would like to purchase it, it’s also possible on Amazon, Google Play, etc.
I prefer BandCamp to purchase for the highest quality though.