Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Andrew Shiraki (Koji)


Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Andrew Shiraki, better known by his middle and stage name Koji, who was once a staple of community house, hall and basement shows has had a big 2012.  In addition to spending the Summer on the Warped Tour and playing The Fest in Gainesville, he was invited to spend part of the year touring in support of Never Shout Never, bringing his songcraft to brand new, and sold-out club crowds.  Before leaving for the tour, he was robbed of his guitar and merchandise, prompting him to launch a Kickstarter campaign in order to keep the tour from derailing.  The campaign was funded overnight, and reached nearly 200 percent by its end.  If this isn’t a testament to the message of positivity Koji brings his fans in the DIY and punk community, I don’t know what is. 
Ghettoblaster caught up with Koji prior to his run on the Acoustic Basement tour (dates below) to find out what albums kept him inspired him in 2012. 
Title Flight – Floral Green
Mindset – Leave No Doubt
Code Orange Kids – Love is Love // Return to Dust
Meek Mill – Dreams and Nightmares
Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser…
Basement – Colourmeinkindness
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Hostage Calm – Please Remain Calm
Such Gold – Misadventures