Charan-po-rantan

Tokyo

Monday 11th March 2019

Name, where are you from? 
CHARAN-PO-RANTAN (Momo & Koharu), Tokyo.

What do you do?
Musicians - Momo (vocalist) and Koharu (accordionist).

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Koharu: Pink Floyd, I was a guest musician when David Gilmour played 'Atom Heart Mother' in its entirety. I saw it in Chelsea in 2008 and my old band was invited to the afterparty. The promoter John, who worked on the Pink Floyd project had by chance seen a video of me playing in a cabbage garden that I'd uploaded to YouTube.

Which sub-cultures have influenced you?
I’ve been affected by Japanese subcultures, such as Komatcha Klezmer, Cicala-Mvta, Garage Chanson Show, Misemonogoya/Freak Show and Chindon’ya - a type of elaborately costumed street musicians in Japan that advertise for shops and other establishments.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
John’s mansion. It was just a house party but 200 people came. That had a kick to it!

If you could be on the line up with any bands in history?
Koharu: Although it seems that I’m a fangirl now, I like Queen.
Momo: Both of us really have loved Freddie Mercury for a long time.
Koharu: We’ve covered 'Bicycle Race' in Japanese.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Momo: I’d like to fall in love with John Lennon for just an hour.
Koharu: I’d like to give out advice to John Lennon not to go home on that day.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Koharu: Martynas, who is accordionist.

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