What do you do?
Where are you from?
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Rolling Stones. I went to America to see them when I was 20. It was ‘Steel Wheels’ Tour. I went there because they hadn’t come to Japan, but, soon after the gig, they came here. It was an awesome experience to see them live in America. When I stopped over in Chicago before a show in Saint Louis, I saw blues musicians like Otis Rush performing in the Bourbon Street. I got a big shock with their way of life.
Which sub-cultures have influenced you?
I liked animes, especially Hayao Miyazaki’s. I have watched his anime from ‘Future Boy Conan’, and my favourite is ‘Castle of Cagliostro’. When a laser disc became common, I always watched them.
Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Definitely Nippon Budokan. Seats are placed like a bowl, so the audience appears vertically long from the stage. When you look up, it’s such a unique view. I also have sentiment because The Beatles played their first show in Japan there.
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Though from different music genre, it’s Miles Davis, because he always tried something new. I can imagine he would play hip-hop, club-music, Electronic Dance Music if he were alive now. I would join him as a part of his band.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I like history, so it’s Takamori Saigo (politician/ army commander of 19 century). Like the ‘Last Samurai’ movie, I think he lived in the exact era. I would like to ask him how he wanted to change Japan at that time and also how he sees current Japan.
Your greatest unsung hero (or heroine) in music?
Sabrina Claudio, female R&B singer. I like '70s soul music, so often I listen to these genres too.