Takumi Yuge

Tokyo

Monday 23rd December 2019

Name, where are you from? 
TAKUMI YUGE, Tokyo.

What do you do?
Fashion Designer / Adult Oriented Records.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I was really impressed by Jamiroquai’s gig at the Shibuya Quattro, his first tour in Japan. I think it was 1993. It blew my mind. I’d heard he was the new Stevie Wonder, and he had this amazing groove, although his style was overall quite casual. At the time, Britpop was really taking off, so it was good to experience Jamiroquai while I was deep into that genre. Pushed by the trend of ‘Free Soul’, I dived deeply into rare types of groove music.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
So many. If we can divide the human race into two groups - The Beatles type and The Beach Boys type – I’ve always been the latter, for sure. But I was also influenced by Mod culture when I was a teenager: The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones (in their early days). What’s more, I like AOR really from elementary school, but I got into Punk when I hit adolescence. But more like The Jam rather than The Sex Pistols.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Room in Shibuya where I played DJ recently, after more than a decade hiatus. It’s a club where I used to go from my teenage years until my mid-twenties. The sound got much better and I was really quite moved by it.

If you could be on the line-up with any bands in history?
Paul Weller, definitely. If I could pick which period of his career, then I would choose him in Style Council. I’d be happy doing whatever, playing guitar, being in the chorus or anything else as long as I could be part of the band and be in those moments.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I’d join one of Mick Jagger’s hedonistic parties in London, in the ‘70s.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Andy Pawlak, the last neo-acoustic. The sound feels a bit like AOR and I highly recommend it. It was a very modern thing to connect with him via SNS.

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