I am Kishi Bashi, an orchestral/pop recording artist and a beatboxing, looping, violinist AMA!
This is K Ishibashi, aka Kishi Bashi, and my first AMA. I'm a classically trained violinist, who's dabbled in jazz and rock 'n roll, and now I'm a recording artist on my own with my new second album, "lighght". I'm a singer, I produce my own music, and I play a variety of instruments, including violin, keyboards, and guitar. I beatbox and loop my sounds and create orchestral avante garde pop songs.
I got my start playing violin for Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal. Now I'm on my own, I tour regularly around the world, and have played in most venues in North America and Europe!
NPR featured me as best new artist of 2012. I'm into experimentation and new sounds, and I mix in some Japanese into there as well. AMA!
You can check out my latest album here: http://kishibashi.bandcamp.com
UPDATE: thanks everybody for all your questions! Unfortunately, I'm almost out of time today, but I would love to get back and answer many of them over the next couple of weeks. Please look down and upvote unanswered questions and I'll start with the most popular. See you guys on the road and on the 'nets! sorry in advance for the shitty grammar!