jeff hayashi, singer/songwriter

Beginning in the winter of 2003, singer/songwriter Jeff Hayashi combined efforts with percussionist Keegan Rothwell and producer Daniel Duerr to form The Fue. Hayashi’s selection of the band name was inspired by his late father Stephen, as it was his band name in the late 1960’s. Stephen Hayashi, aka “The S”, was Jeff’s most major musical influence, as well as his first and only guitar instructor.

Hayashi began his musical career at the ripe old age of four. As a disciple of the Suzuki method, Hayashi learned to play by ear and feel, a trait he still practices today. Hayashi’s parents exposed him to all kinds of music, spinning Mozart to Motorhead from the day he was born. The fiddle eventually turned on its side, strapped around his neck, and got a lot louder as eleven year old Hayashi began churning out rock and roll. The sounds of the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s classic rock and blues genres still influence Hayashi’s songwriting to this very day.

Hayashi’s guitar influences are Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Mark Knopfler, Robert Johnson, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Duane Allman, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Perry, and Stanley Jordan. Hayashi’s vocal influences include: Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Richard Patrick (Filter), Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin (The Temptations), Bill Withers, Tom Petty, and Glen Danzig. Hayashi is wielding riffs on a reissued 1957 Gibson Les Paul “Black Beauty”, a mid 1980’s USA Fender Stratocaster, a mid 1980's USA Fender Telecaster, and an early 1990's Martin Custom 15 acoustic guitar. Amplification comes through a “Hot Rodded” 150 watt vintage 1964 Fender Twin Reverb Amp.

Off the stage, Hayashi engineers Formula Renault racecars and is the Team Manager of Knudsen Racing, a Southern California based pro racing team that caters to the likes of Marco Andretti (Mario’s grandson), Al Unser III, and 14 year old champion 125cc shifter kart driver Derek Sabol.

songs written by Jeff Hayashi
Headless from The First EP (The Fue) © 2004
Anew from The First EP (The Fue) © 2004
You Don't No from The First EP (The Fue) © 2004
Graduation Day from The First EP (The Fue) © 2004
Eye to Eye from The First EP (The Fue) © 2004