DJ Misosiru & MC Gohan
What do you do?
Where are you from?
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The gig of Kenji Ozawa at Nippon Budokan in May this year. I’m not of his generation, but I knew him since I listened to ‘Konyawa boogie back’ by Schadaraparr. His voice vibrates and shakes your body. I was impressed seeing his words and feeling reaching the audience.
Which sub-cultures have influenced you?
I like tartan checks very much. I’ve collected a lot of tartan scarves since I was in high school when I learned that families had their own check pattern.
Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
A kitchen-studio near Horie in Osaka. Last year, I released an album called “Kome-nication” which included a lot of songs about rice (kome in Japanese). I did a gig combining a cooking class and a gig at the same time. We gave the audience a syamoji-spoon and asked them to wave it instead of a glowstick.
If you could be on the line up with any band in history?
Malcolm McLaren. I’d like to carry the radio-cassette recorder from their cool first album “Duck Rock” cover on my shoulder.
Then I want to have a rap session with him on Fish and Chips.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
John Lennon, because it seems that he could speak Japanese a little bit. I think I would experience a lot of love while staying with him even without conversation. I’d like to have dinner with him in the restaurant of his choice.
Purely because of the name, it would be Ringo Starr, because Ringo means an apple in Japanese (joking).
Your greatest unsung hero (or heroine) in music?
Kero Kero Bonito. I added their song into my playlist. When I listened to his song for the first time, I noticed there was some Japanese in the lyrics and I felt a sense of familiarity. They are based in London, but they like Japanese culture.