Journey to Tokyo through music with AmPm’s New single’ Tokyo On My Mind feat. Nathan Hartono’
Since their breakthrough global debut in 2017 with the single ‘Best Part of Us,’ Japanese masked production duo AmPm has found fans worldwide. Now, five years from their debut, AmPm are preparing to release their first-ever full-length album, themed on the concept of “journeys.” They have released an advance cut from the album, ‘Tokyo On My Mind feat. Nathan Hartono’.
The new track is a collaboration with Nathan Hartono, a singer and actor from Singapore who is famous all across Asia. Nathan sings evocative lyrics with the theme “a journey through early morning Tokyo” over a track featuring AmPm’s signature dance music sound and chill elements, resulting in a danceable mid-tempo tune.
The title ‘Tokyo On My Mind’ refers to the feeling of longing to travel at a time when moving between borders is restricted for so many of us and the desire to return to the enchanting capital of Japan.
This is one of many releases from AmPm themed on journeys, with the key phrase “travel without moving.” Keep an eye on the duo’s social media channels for further news.
Comment from Nathan Hartono
When AmPm told me to write a song about the city of Tokyo, I got very excited by the possibilities. Japan holds a special place in my heart; I’ve gone on several trips with family and friends. As well as for work. And every time, what I experienced was magical in its way.
The city of Tokyo fills my heart and soul with wonder every time I go. The phrase in the song, “I don’t know what I don’t know.” is precisely how I feel when I’m there. Although everything I see and experience in Tokyo is beautifully strange and mysterious, I’m left feeling like there is so much possibility in the world, so many things that I do not know.
Another side to the song describes how much I miss Tokyo. I yearn to walk the streets again. Once again, throw me into a world of discovery. But that isn’t possible because of how the word is now. So until then, I’ll patiently wait, with Tokyo on my mind.
Comment from AmPm
As we mark the fifth anniversary of our debut, we are preparing an album themed on the concept of ‘journeys,’ which is a significant part of our roots.
We’re happy to release the first song from the album with Nathan. The sound expresses the uplifting feeling of embarking on a journey to a new destination and the fresh feeling you experience when arriving somewhere new – and Nathan’s warm and gentle singing voice amplifies the song’s meaning even further.
This is also our first release of the year to include vocals. In addition, Nathan’s impressions of Tokyo are reflected in the lyrics, so please pay close attention to that.
‘Tokyo On My Mind feat. Nathan Hartono’
Released Friday, June 24, 2022
Download and streaming links: https://ampm.lnk.to/20220624_digi
Nathan Hartono profile
Nathan Hartono is a bilingual Singaporean singer-songwriter-actor with multifaceted artistic pursuits. Since his debut in 2006, Nathan has released music in both English and Mandarin, starred in a feature film, and propelled his fame to mainstream consciousness with his participation in Sing! China captivated the hearts of audiences across Asia and beyond with his soulful performances and charisma.
Since his rise in popularity, Nathan has been nominated as Most Popular Overseas Singer at the 2017 MTV Global Chinese Music Awards, featured in Prestige Singapore’s 2018 Prestige 40 Under 40, named a Brand Personality for the Singapore Tourism Board, and represented Singapore as its theme song performer for National Day Parade 2020, on top of a multitude of successful partnerships with global brands such as Amazon and Disney.
AmPm is a masked production duo from Japan who made a significant global impact with their March 2017 debut track, ‘Best Part of Us feat. Michael Kaneko’. The same year, they were the only Japanese artist to perform at Spotify On Stage, a festival in Indonesia hosted by Spotify.
In 2018, they dominated stages worldwide, from ULTRA Miami, ULTRA Korea and ULTRA Japan to a headline concert in New York. In addition to releasing their original music, AmPm has remixed tracks by famous overseas artists such as Afrojack, R3HAB and Nicky Romero, along with remixes for renowned Japanese artists like Gesu no Kiwami Otome (‘Black Parade’) and MONKEY MAJIK (‘Tokyo Lights’), and production for Ken Hirai’s track ‘Holic.’
Furthermore, collaborating with many dance-music vocalists, they have released more than 30 tracks. In March 2019, they were recognized at the Digital Contents of the Year 2018 / 24th AMD Award, winning the Special Jury Award.