Koki Okamoto

Japan

Sunday 14th May 2017

Name
Koki Okamoto/OKAMOTO'S

What do you do?
Musician

Where are you from?
Shinjuku.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Who in 2008 at Nippon Budokan. I was moved and cried when Pete Townshend sang ‘Baba O' Riley’. Before the gig, they’ve already come to Japan to play in a music festival, but it was the solo Japan tour. I had an entrance examination to college on the same day, but I went to the gig. Of course, an entrance examination was important, but for me, the gig was more important.

Which sub-cultures have influenced you?
It’s magazines in late 90s like “QUICK JAPAN”, “ROCKIN’ ON” and “ROCKIN’ ON JAPAN”. I went buying these magazines in second-hand bookstores when I was in high school. I knew Japanese rock-music in old times like ‘The Roosters’, ‘Murahachibu’ and ‘Happy End’ and overseas music. These magazines were very good openers to identify my taste in music.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
I like a venue which has history, such as Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo. I have played there twice and liked its atmosphere. It’s open-air venue, but it has room-ish feeling, unlike other open-air ones. The sound is great, too.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
I would like to go to the world in 1966. After The Beatles made their debut in 1962, many musicians who were affected by them did their debut in 1966. When I listen to the compilation album “Nuggets”, which is famous Garage Rock, there are a lot of songs of the year 1966. Among them, I would like to play with The Pretty Things.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
It’s Paul Auster, who is an American author. I can’t choose from musicians as there are too many. I would like to talk with him in any age. Or, Stanley Kubrick. It probably doesn’t bring anything, but I would like to see him in a filming location for an hour.

Your greatest unsung hero (or heroine) in music?
I really think Alex Chilton is genius, who formed a cult band called ‘Big Star’.

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