RIP: Ryan Michael Fujiki-Hastings (1978-2012)

Ryan Fujiki-Hastings plays Cappy’s Pizza in Tampa, Fla. on July 7, 2010. | Photo by: Nicole Kibert ©

UPDATE NO. 2: The Fujiki-Hastings Family Trust, which aims to “accomplish what Ryan can no longer do – support his wife Tanya and their 6-month old daughter Anaïs, continue his musical legacy, and prevent such a tragedy from happening to someone else,” is now taking donations.  Visit the trust’s webpage here, or make donations in person at the official memorial for Fujiki-Hastings at New World Brewery on Saturday, September 15.  More information about the memorial is available at our calendar page.

UPDATE: A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, September 15.  More information on the memorial is available at our calendar page + Facebook.  Additionally, New Granada announced on September 10th that from this day forward, 100% of any/all downloads/sales of the Candy Bars album, On Cutting Ti-Gers on CD/digital/bandcamp/etc will go to the Fujiki-Hastings family.  Buy Candy Bars’ latest LP here. You may also make a donation to the family here.

The Tampa music community suffered a staggering loss on Saturday, September 8th, when Ryan Fujiki-Hastings died in a motorcycle accident in Ybor City, FL. reports that Hastings, 34, was traveling north on 15th Street when he lost control of his Harley Davidson.  He was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he died a few hours later. Ryan is survived by his wife, Tanya and their six-month old daughter, Anaïs, along with his extended family and a large community of friends.

Ryan’s most well known contribution to the arts community came through his role as drummer for one of the area’s most promising and enjoyable bands — Candy Bars — whose debut album, On Cutting Ti-Gers in Half and Understanding Narravation, was released by Tampa-based New Granada Records in May 2006.  The LP was lauded by the likes of Magnet, Under The Radar, Stereogum and, the inimitable Pitchfork. But of course, Ryan was more, much much more… he struck a lasting chord with so many people. Already remembrances are popping up on the web including Julie Garisto’s remembrance posted on Creative Loafing, another from Thriller Magazine and from Lucas Jensen of Venice is Sinking on their blog.

Please keep the Fujiki-Hastings family in your thoughts through this very difficult time and listen to On Cutting Ti-Gers below or check out a video of Candy Bars playing at New World in August 2010. Ryan’s memory will live on through his music but most importantly in the hearts and ears of the many people who knew and loved him.

Candy Bars – On Cutting Ti-Gers in Half and Understanding Narravation