Hiroki Ikegawa (Crossfaith)
What do you do?
I’m a musician, bassist and merchandising director of Crossfaith.
Where are you from?
I’m from Japan.
What's the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It was the gig The Used held in Osaka when I was 15 or 16 years old. The band taught me how to change something negative into energy. I exchanged my gloves with Bert McCracken, the vocalist of the band when he came down from the stage. I feel that it made me more positive.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
Many ideas spring to mind, but I think it would be music videos. For kids of a sensitive age, these videos have the biggest impact with 3-D effects. Everything spreads through/from music videos. I knew skateboarding from videos, and my fashion was also affected by that.
Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Forum in Tunbridge Wells, UK. When we did the first UK tour, The Forum was the first place we played. So I have an emotional attachment to the place.
If you could be on the line up with any band in history?
She's not a historical person but that would be Kate Tempest. She is a rapper, poet that BBC hooked up. I like her lyrics. She sings her thoughts honestly about politics and religion. It is always from the UK (neither US nor Japan) that this kind of artist comes out from the new generation.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I would like to take a spaceship with John Lennon.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
It‘s Mr. Ken Kaikou. He is already a well-known writer, but I would like young people to know him. During my tour in Europe, I read his books in the morning. Then I take a walk around the cities with a certain understanding of each country from those books, and I feel I could touch more about things there deep and wide.
I put all the music of my favourite UK bands and some songs from my roots, considering ‘Fred Perry’ and ‘U.K.’ The first part of the playlist is the songs which are my roots. For example, the third song “Low!” is not really popular among those who like heavy music but their music video and the jacket of the CD are awesome. ‘High Contrast’ is drum & bass band and ‘Enter Shikari’ is electronic/rock band like us, but they feature politics/sociology a lot, like Kate Tempest as I mentioned. Then ‘The Libertines’ and other UK bands complete my list.