DJ Misosiru & MC Gohan

DJ / MC — Shizuoka

Name
DJ Misosiru & MC Gohan

What do you do?
Gluttonous hip-hopper

Where are you from?
Shizuoka

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.

The first track you played on repeat?
‘Whatever’ by Oasis. When I was in university, I loved Oasis. I covered their songs playing a drum.

A song that defines the teenage you?
It’s not a UK musician, but ‘You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!’ from Disney Film 'Peter Pan'. The film was set in UK.

One record you would keep forever?
'Thunder, Lightning, Strike', which has ‘Ladyflash’ by The Go! Team.
It always makes me energetic and I have it with me. When I went to a gig of my favourite band, one of the members of the band presented a mix CD to me. I got to know them from it.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
‘Original London Style’ by London Posse.
They put the word ‘London’ in their group name or song titles, so I like their love of London rather than lyrics. I sing about creative cuisine, and someday I want to make some music featuring Japanese dishes.

Best song to turn up loud?
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis, because this song is slow and it is easy to sing for those who can’t speak English well.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
From Japan, ‘Pa’ By Kana Nishino. I can sympathise with her lyrics very much.

Four new bands you are listening to now?
Blue Lab Beats.
They are a jazz band, and I discovered them when I heard their song in record shop.

Name
DJ Misosiru & MC Gohan

What do you do?
Gluttonous hip-hopper

Where are you from?
Shizuoka

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.

The first track you played on repeat?
‘Whatever’ by Oasis. When I was in university, I loved Oasis. I covered their songs playing a drum.

A song that defines the teenage you?
It’s not a UK musician, but ‘You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!’ from Disney Film 'Peter Pan'. The film was set in UK.

One record you would keep forever?
'Thunder, Lightning, Strike', which has ‘Ladyflash’ by The Go! Team.
It always makes me energetic and I have it with me. When I went to a gig of my favourite band, one of the members of the band presented a mix CD to me. I got to know them from it.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
‘Original London Style’ by London Posse.
They put the word ‘London’ in their group name or song titles, so I like their love of London rather than lyrics. I sing about creative cuisine, and someday I want to make some music featuring Japanese dishes.

Best song to turn up loud?
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis, because this song is slow and it is easy to sing for those who can’t speak English well.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
From Japan, ‘Pa’ By Kana Nishino. I can sympathise with her lyrics very much.

Four new bands you are listening to now?
Blue Lab Beats.
They are a jazz band, and I discovered them when I heard their song in record shop.

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