KIKAGAKU MOYO - GO KUROSAWA
Japanese psych-rock brings with it a level of intrigue beyond that which is cultivated in the Western world. It’s not so much a comparison of the quality of sound being produced, but rather the inspiration behind the sound itself. You only need to take a look at a picture of the band Kikagaku Moyo and you’ll want to know more. The colours, the artwork, the apparent humbleness - it’s a natural world you could potentially become very lost in. We caught up with drummer Go Kurosawa, in the lead up to the release of their forthcoming LP ‘Forest Of Lost Children’.
2014 looks like it’s going to be a busy year for Kikagaku Moyo. Where did it all begin?
We recorded our first EP at the beginning of 2013. It was the first recording experience for most of us, so we just played each song once or twice, and finished in one day. After we posted our music on Bandcamp, a label offered to release a vinyl. Since the beginning, we wanted to go abroad to play shows, so we are really happy about what we are doing. This couldn’t have been accomplished without help from our friends, labels and fans.
Do you think that Japanese culture has influenced your sound?
We all grew up in this country, so it probably influences us somehow. Not only Japanese culture, though. We are always trying to get inspiration from all sorts of stuff besides music; for example, from the movies we watch, the books we read, the visual arts that we encounter, or the stories we hear.
What is the music scene like in Japan? Do things like Tokyo Psych Fest help to broaden the kind of music you’re playing in any way?
I think there are ‘scenes’ for most music genres that you can think of, whether they’re small or big. Yes, that’s what we are aiming for. Even though there are tons of great psych bands from Japan, it seems like most musicians in our generation have not been influenced by them. Also, we are not just looking at the Japanese scene, but we would also love to somehow contribute to the expansion of the Asian music scene.
The fluidity of the music you create is beautiful. It sounds like you could jam for hours on end. Does the recording process limit you in any way as you have to maintain more structure?
Yes, that’s true, we can jam for hours. It limits us, but at the same time, recording gives us an opportunity to work on the structure of songs.
What we can expect from your upcoming LP ‘Forest of Lost Children’?
We hope we can show our interpretation of psychedelia. The songs are newly recorded, but we have been playing them since our last Australian tour. Besides the LP, we have several ongoing projects that we are really excited about.
With such a unique sound, what type of music do you listen to yourselves?
We all listen to different music. I have personally been listening to Luis Perez and Daniel Higgs recently.
What are your live sets like?
It always changes, depending on our moods. Sometimes we play decided sets, and sometimes a totally improvised jam. Also, we really love to play on the street, where there is no time limit for the show. Just a few days ago, we played music in front of a train station for the whole day.
Any chance you’ll be bringing your magic to the UK soon?
We are thinking to hit Europe sometime next year!