Seiko Ito

Tokyo

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Name
Seiko Ito

What do you do?
Novelist.

Where are you from?
Tokyo.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
BECK at Nippon Budokan, in April 2007. They had a puppet show set behind the band and it moved in time to the music. It was fantastic to watch an analogue technique mixed with virtual reality and their performance.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Dub music. It came from Jamaica and via London, then finally arrived in Japan. I heard Dub for the first time in my teens. The live Dub that MUTE BEAT played shocked me. It was the first time a low-pitched sound vibrated my body, instead of just my ears. That was 35 years ago, but I love it so much I joined a band called ‘Dubforce' in 2016.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Shibuya NUTS where I played with Zeebra and Kan Takagi, in 2009. I did a rap gig, after a long absence, and the feeling in front of people who didn’t know me was great. It was an unforgettable moment with my best friend DUB MASTER X DJing with me.

If you could work with anyone in history, who would it be?
It would be great to write a book with Dostoevsky. A book is a thing you normally write on your own, so writing a book together with someone else would be extremely difficult but that’s one of the reasons I would like to write a book with him.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history, who would it be?
Marcel Duchamp. I’ve heard that he spent most of his time playing chess, so I would like to play with him. I’m not that good at chess and I think I’d easily lose, but I want to see how he would approach it and feel his vibes.

Who is your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I would say myself when I was young. Many people helped me to become what I am now, so I would like to know how I would make myself famous without outside help. Or did I really have that ability in me anyway? As a kind of experiment.

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