Toya Ashizawa


I started Toyako to experiment with art and the value a single creation holds. To make each song unique and essential, I will only create 50 songs in total as Toyako. Every song will have all my effort and care put in to create a profile I can look back to with pride.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Fun. At the end of the day.

What is your music dream?

Make an impact to the people around me.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

From myself.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Joe Hisaishi-One summer's Day

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

King Gnu.

What inspires you to make music?

Music inspires me to make music. Listening, watching, playing.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I strive to create music that sounds cool and interesting to me so a message I would send is that my music sounds cool.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I am really. comfortable with Kareoke but I have never tried to perform an actual gig yet.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Musicians are living in a weird society nowadays with the technology connecting the world and allowing musicians to share their music worldwide. This also meant that streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music cheapened the products for artists. Many attempts have been made to secure the "reality" of artists. like NFT's, but we are not sure If they would succeed.

What do you think of Drooble?

Great interface. Easy to follow. Some features are unique to this website. Overall good!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Writer's block. Creating a unique song from a blank canvas can be exerting If done constantly. I like this process, but it also frustrated me at times.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Vancouver is a culturally established city, but the music scene is yet to be developed. I support my peers and the local scene because It's great to see the city find a sound unique to them.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Personality, charisma, vision, and character trait.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Tempalay is pretty cool.