Kensuke Ushio

 

Thursday 13th December 2018

Name
Kensuke Ushio / agraph.

What do you do?
Artist/ Producer

Where are you from?
Tokyo

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Underworld at Zepp Tokyo in 2010, I watched them from the side of the stage because I played as the opening act. When my show finished and I went off the stage, they were watching my show and told me "keep on techno". I keep these words close to my heart even now.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Music. Techno among others. The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Warp Records etc, a lot of musician from the UK. I noticed later that I liked UK techno.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Ebisu LIQUIDROOM. Not only because I’ve watched many artists there, but because playing a show there is a meaningful part of the culture. In recent years, the quality of the sound there is getting better and better. The graffiti-covered backstage by artists lifts me up.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
I’d like to make a second 'Polygon Window' with Richard D James. Meaning he'd let me put my name in another ‘Polygon Window’.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I’d like to talk with Brian Eno about how he went through a transition to ambient, because I feel that I’m in that transitional period now. I want to know how conscious of it he was at that time.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Rainer Veil. They released songs from the label called MODERN LOVE. This label’s leading artist is Andy Stott. Rainer Veil has a cool track, so I think they should get more attention.

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