If the name Tokyo’s Revenge sounds familiar, keep on reading! We got a chance to chat with him, and you’re going to want to stick around to see what we have to say. (Spoiler alert: nothing but good things!!)
For those of you unfamiliar with him, Tokyo’s Revenge is a young, self-taught artist. (You might recognize his name from TikTok) He’s unique in that he mixes heavy metal and screamo with rap; that’s not a sound you get from a lot of artists in the genre. We, at THP, love his distinctive style! When asked about his influences and what inspired the sound, he listed names such as Jay-Z, Slipknot, and even Jimmy Buffet, as well as music his Haitian parents would play. You might also pick up on the 4444 imagery in a lot of Tokyo’s work. It’s an important symbol for him and the direction he’s going; it’s fun to keep an eye out and see if you can spot it.
Another big influence for Tokyo’s Revenge? Superheroes! Comic book fans: this one is for you!
Check out the music video for his song ‘Gotham’
We absolutely love the Sky High-Esque, superhero comic book theme of the music video; we can see that Tokyo is a huge fan of comic books! He listed the inspiration for the music video theme as My Hero Academia, Sky High, and DC comics.
It’s a very special experience to hear what an artist has to say about their life and their career. The experience is even more special when you can see the genuine passion an artist has for their craft. Tokyo’s Revenge is probably one of the best examples of this. He talked about how he makes music for everyone to enjoy; he wants his songs to be motivational and something that everyone can relate to.
To Tokyo, a successful career equals focusing on the art and music; social media isn’t a big game. He keeps a lot about his life private to keep the focus on his art. In a time of social media saturation, it’s refreshing to see an artist who is trying to break away from that. His dedication is to his art shows. One of his favorite roles in the music industry is engineering music. You can see how that comes together in his unique sound and blending of genres. Tokyo also mentioned that he wants to explore new sounds, citing Tame Impala as an example. We wonder if that leaves a door open for a possible collab in the future?!
In addition to talking about his own career, Tokyo had some good advice for those trying to break into the industry.
We asked: Now that you’re releasing your first project with a major label, what is one piece of advice you’d give your past self about reaching where you’re at today?
Tokyo’s advice? “Keep on worrying.” Worrying pushed him to where he is today by helping him keep his mental edge. That sounds like pretty solid advice to us, tbh. Sometimes you need to worry a little to get to where you’re going. In addition to that, he encourages any Soundcloud rappers out there to keep releasing music even if they’re struggling to be heard. The best way to get better is to continue working on your music. Mental health is also important to Tokyo. Mental health comes before everything, and music is his outlet for managing that. It’s admirable to see artists talking about the subject and highlighting the importance of mental health. We commend Tokyo for that and for all of his genuine advice.
Overall, we highly, highly, highly recommend checking out Tokyo’s Revenge and his work. He is passionate, genuine, talented, and all the things an artist should be. We’re confident that he’s going to make a big name for himself, and we can’t wait to follow his career wherever it goes next. Will you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or by tweeting us @thehoneypop!
Featured Image Source: Cian Moore