Rina Katahira

Fukushima

Thursday 26th July 2018

Name, where are you from?
Rina Katahira, Fukushima

What do you do?
Singer/Songwriter.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Paul McCartney at The Nippon Budokan in Tokyo last year. I was surprised because he didn’t drink water at all during the gig and sang well and passionately. It was a performance with fire but then he showed his surprise and joked "This is bad for my heart". I could see his humour, too.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
After I turned 20, I started to listen to a lot of reggae songs. I was awakened by the comfort of the backbeat - especially after I collaborated with Tokyo-Ska-Paradise-Orchestra. I’ve been inspired by various things from them.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Hibiya-yaon, where I played a gig for teenagers only and it brought me to make my debut when I was 19. I remember that the looking out at the sky and the buildings from the stage and it was so nice. The gig was impressive because the dusk linked with my thoughts of wanting to achieve something at the end of my teenage years. I’d like to play there again - in time with something special.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Beatles even though it is a common answer. I’d like to compose with them around when they made ‘Rubber Soul’.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I’d like to talk with John Lennon, whilst driving a car.

Your greatest unsung hero (or heroine) in music?
Laura Mvula, who I put in the playlist. I saw her gig at the Billboard Live, TOKYO.

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