Monday 24th June 2019

NAHAVAND (Miyauchi and Tokisato)

What do you do?
Miyauchi - Vocalist.
Tokisato - Trackmaker and Guitarist.

Where are you from?
Miyauchi - Hyogo.
Tokisato - Hyogo as well.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Miyauchi - Arctic Monkeys. I saw them at the Summer Sonic 2014 Osaka. It wasn’t too long after 'AM' was released when Alex Turner still had that quiff. Their fifth album 'AM' got slower BPM with the heavy riffs and the beat sounded rather programmed... we felt a resonance with it. We really felt a great deal of empathy.
Tokisato - Same for me though, I realized that I had lost my wallet during the performance and I’m afraid to say that I couldn’t think of anything else, really.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Miyauchi - Fashionable gear. The likes of Vivien Westwood and Dr. Martens and all.
Speaking of music, even though I’m currently listening to a lot of US Hip Hop, my style is influenced by British fashion, for example, the Libertines.
Tokisato - I’m also a big fan of the Libertines. I bought a Gibson Melody Maker because of Carl Barat.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Miyauchi - HELLUVA LOUNGE in Kobe. The stage has floor lights installed underneath and it’s only lifted by inches from the audience floor. I guess these features somewhat resemble venues in the UK.
Tokisato - I like the sound of The Circus. It’s got strong bass and it’s been our choice for self-organized gigs.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Tokisato - Joining the Libertines as a guitarist. The best one would be their 2nd album 'The Libertines'. I could totally play along with them spontaneously if I was to play the lead guitar riffs for the second track 'Last Post on the Bulge'.
Miyauchi - I want to watch the Oasis show in 2000 at Wembley Stadium from the stage. I would be there not to join as a guest but just to watch the view from the stage live.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Tokisato - Pete Doherty with a fireball.
Miyauchi - John Lennon with a deadbeat. Like, listening to him playing piano beside me.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Miyauchi - The Metros. They came out around 2008 and soon split up after their first album. I was listening to it non-stop.

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