Yuki “Lin” Hayashi is a multi-genre bass player/music director/arranger born in Chiba, Japan in 1983. Started to play guitar and bass at age 15, then went to school at Tokyo Music & Media Arts SHOBI in 2001 to learn music theory and techniques for playing all genres. Yuki passed an audition for Human Music Products in Shibuya, Tokyo in same year he entered music school. Yuki joined the pop/rock band LEXY and released a CD from an indies label in 2002. Starting then, Hayashi adopted the stage name “Lin” for all his musical activities in Japan. He signed with a new talent agency, Blue Music Entertainment, in 2004. After releasing eight CDs, he had his Major Debut with the label Universal Music Japan in 2005.
In order to pursue his dream of playing with various singers and musicians, he left LEXY in 2006. After withdrawing from the group, he played with top Japanese artists, such as Toshinobu Kubota(Japanese R&B singer/songwriter), YohitoTeraoka(japanese music producer, singer/songwriter), and Nokko(Japanese singer of legendary pop band REBECCA). He also got more involved with studio production, working with Grammy winner recording engineer and music producer Goh Hotoda(Nokko’s husband). Yuki also then got involved with touring, TV performances, recording, producing for others. He released an album titled “Now I know” from April Records as bassist Lin, reviewed in the magazine JAZZ LIFE.
In October 2012, he traveled to Los Angeles to broaden his musical experience. He joined top level jam sessions every week at Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks, Baked Potato in Studio City, and The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. His musical ability caught the attention of percussionist Leddie Garcia, who has worked with Grammy wining artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Stanly Clarke, Kieth Harris of Black Eyed Peas, and Santana. Yuki joined Leddie Garcia’s jazz fusion band “POLUMA” the host of the jam session at Cafe Cordiale.
He met keyboardist and music producer Jason Taylor, who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, and Jill Scott, and started participating in Jason Taylor’s projects. Earth Wind & Fire had release secret party for their new album “Now Then and Forever” at which Yuki performed onstage with Grammy nominated QUATTRO guitarist Kay-ta Matsuno. Earth Wind & Fire has received 20 Grammy nominations, won six as a group, and two of its members each won individual Grammys. Jason Taylor introduced Yuki to the gospel artist Michael Speaks who has collaborated with 10 Grammy award winner Chaka Khan. Yuki performed with Michael Speaks at the House of Blues in west Hollywood, one of the most famous club in the US, for Sunday Gospel Brunch, also at CAAM (California African American Museum).
Guitarist Kay-ta Matsuno recommended that Yuki join the January 2014 recording session for a new album titled “Buena Vista” by the Japanese female drummer Senri Kawaguchi, released on June 2014. Following this recording, Yuki played with Grammy wining bassist Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, D’Angelo) and James Genus (Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Daft Punk). For a live performance of Senri Kawaguchi, held in Los Angeles on January 22nd 2014, Yuki played with Grammy nominated Smooth Jazz and New Age Music keyboardist/producer/arranger, Philippe Saisse , who also played on the Buena Vista album.
Yuki is a highly praised multi-genre bassist, which speaks to his fine technical skills and sense of music. He has recently sat in with top level show bands. Since July 2013, Yuki has been invited to play with Gregry C Smith (founder of Believe Foundation and drummer with the jazz band Chocolate Cake). Since September 2014, he has played with Digo Padovan‘s Brazillian band, Brazil 22 (Madonnna,Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton). Currently, Yuki is planning to play with Bryan Cole (Mariah Carey, Babyface) with THE BACKY CRUZ PROJECT, also Grammy nominated artist QUATTRO guitarist Kay-ta Matsuno.