We left Los Angeles and headed west across the Pacific, landing in Japan 16 hours into the future ahead of a 3-date tour with 2 shows in Japan and another in Seoul, South Korea. With a day to spare before Sonny and Alex’s Dog Blood set at Womb in Tokyo, the crew took to the streets to experience the city from the ground up…
All photos by Caesar Sebastian
With its bright lights and bustling streets as well as some of the most inspiring street views in the world, Shibuya is an amazing experience. We were lucky to have our awesome friend Nobu show us around some of the best spots in the city including good times with friends in the Toyko nightlife : )
After hitting some stores, we ended up at 354 Club for a beer or two. The bartenders and staff were super friendly, and we ended up staying for some shots, made some new friends, and took part in a bit of the bar’s tradition.
We hit the historic Rockaholic Music Bar next, where Sonny hopped on the bar laptop for an impromptu YouTube DJ set for us and a handful of fellow Rockaholic frequents.
People always ask us…How do you cure Jet-Lag? Stay out and have a few drinks the first night you arrive anywhere. Do that (along with a few large bottles of water) and you’ll be just fine…
More treats around the city…
The next day we were on another adventure through Harajuku, starting out the morning with a visit to the sacred Meiji Shrine.
From there, we headed over to the Good Smile offices, spending some time with the toy designers and owner Aki Takanori, a true artist and legend and now a real friend.
We had heard stories of WOMB and the parties that have been there over the last 10 + years, and it was truly a great night. Excitement for being in a new world mixed with the love we felt from the people of the city and in the club made for one hell of a night. Thank you WOMB, thank you staff, thank you to the people that were there to share with us.
The set at WOMB stands out among the other sets we have seen them play this spring and summer. From classic rave anthems to edits of the now and current, Sonny and Alex worked the crowd into a deep strong hold of tune after tune. The set was fluid from all genres and moved and breathed like it was itself alive.
Through the mid-city Tokyo heat the 800 bodies packed side to side, Dog Blood played almost 2 and a half hours. SLAMMED the set…absolute CRUSH
Afterhours upstairs with the crew.
We all hopped in the van for the drive to Fuji Rock Festival. The drive was a mix of Japanese countryside, small towns, and eventually through the foggy mystical mountains and monkey dwelling highlands of Japan. Around every corner we were mesmerized by the drive and the beauty of rural Japan. Truly the way to enter into a festival environment!
We got to the festival and it was a little wet, but the crowd was waiting and ready. We were prepped and Sonny boarded the Mothership for a set to thousands. Surrounded by new and old friends, we all became part of the same energy, all apart of the same attitude. Music was the common bond both in the festival and backstage and people we overwhelmed with excitement. As lighting struck through the mountains, we watched on and smiled from ear to ear.
The crew rejoins after an amazing show.
We then headed to Seoul for the next 2 days of adventure and shows …
After doing some sightseeing around the city, we headed out to Ansan Valley Rock Festival — one of the biggest festivals in South Korea. This year Sonny headlined alongside NIN, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, and The xx. Like Fuji Rock in Japan, the rain didn’t deter fans from having a great time.
After the festival we hit Octagon, a massive nightclub in Seoul. Sonny went on the decks for an unannounced set and met some great fans after the show. Our 2nd time in Seoul, each time gets better and better. Good people, good times …
Find even more photos from this adventure in Japan and South Korea here.