DYGL

Tokyo

Friday 13th September 2019

Name, where are you from?
We are DYGL. Called "Day-glo". From Tokyo, Japan.

Describe your style in three words?
Rock Is Dad.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Hard to choose the best one though but Slaves’ gig at Rough Trade NY was stunning. Quite intense and straightforward. I enjoyed that. I threw my beer can to somewhere. That was a good show.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The View and The Libertines. They gave me the reason why I started music. They’re rock bands, and they are ours.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Music, music, music. And some arts, films and poetry. Some Manga comics. Anything could be the influence and I believe there must be so many things that have been influences on us that we’re not aware of.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Adam from the Bible. Wanna ask him how he feels to be the first man on earth. Or Himiko, the queen of Japan from the 3rd Century. Wanna know if she really existed.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
The Smell, LA. There's just crazy intensity and free spirit. Mostly young teenagers hanging out there, working there and enjoying the moment. We played there a few times. It was fun. And also Too Nice (Kagawa), Shacklewell Arms (London), and Metro (Kyoto) are quite fun places to hang out too. Good music and D.I.Y. spirit.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
James Endeacott, Scottish guy working in the music industry as A&R. The bands that he found and introduced to the world formed my music preferences since I was a teenager. The Libertines, The Strokes, The View, Draytones, The Metros. Such an amazing lineup of the bands. Pure and absolute legend for me.


One of Tokyo's most highly acclaimed indie exports, DYGL released their latest album 'Songs Of Innocence & Experience' in July 2019. The album was produced by Rory Atwell (Test Icicles, The Vaccines, Palma Violets) and sees the band expand and explore their indie influences. Lead song 'Don't You Wanna Dance in This Heaven?' takes its subject matter from the recently relaxed laws that forbade dancing after midnight in the band's native Japan.

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