The Orchard is deeply saddened to share the unfortunate news that our colleague Ken Seki has passed away. Ken recently joined the company to lead our efforts in Japan. In his short tenure, he impressed everyone with his positive outlook, determination and leadership.
Ken’s passion for music started at an early age, with his older brother introducing him to bands like KISS and AC/DC. He made it his mission to see every 80s hard rock band that came through Toronto, Canada, where he grew up.
Ken went on to develop a strong career spanning 25 years in the Japanese music and entertainment industry. He worked in licensing, publishing and artist management, and helped steer the international careers of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Towa Tei, among others. He worked at MTV, and consulted for companies including Marvel, Sony, Omnifone and The Orchard. Ken will be greatly missed. Donations are being collected to support his wife in the wake of his passing, contributions can be made at this link.
The Orchard offers sincere condolences and support to his family during this difficult time.