Cuushe on Cuushe
One of my favourite releases last year was by the young Japanese artist - Cuushe. Her brilliant album 'Red Rocket Telepathy' (on the ever excellent Flau) proved that being female, Japanese and having pop-sensibilities, didn't mean music had to be sickly sweet. It was an album full of wonderful melody and intricately woven moments with some lovely textures, as well as Cuushe's uniquely toned voice. Around the time of her album's release we got to know each other and become friends through a mutual contact, and I decided to hold a small interview with her about influences, gear, living in London and the live scene in Japan.
IS THERE ANY MUSIC WHICH PARTICULARLY INSPIRES YOU?
Pop, Sentimental and Melancholic music like a L'altra, Fishmans, Boards of Canada and so on.
WHEN DID YOU START MAKING MUSIC? WHY?
From when I was a high school student or younger. But I could not complete my songs till my first song "laundry". I think the song was made in 2005 or 2006.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIT OF MUSICAL GEAR?
Old analog synthesizer like a moog. I am using software now, but I want a real one someday!
DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANTED TO SPECIFICALLY SAY / ACHIEVE WITH 'RED ROCKET TELEPATHY'?
Mmmmmm.... I cannot explain well..... but I wanted to express certain feelings or emotions, like crying or human warmth....I am singing these feeling in my lyrics!;)
HOW DO YOU VIEW THE JAPANESE MUSIC SCENE?
CD's are really hard to sell now ( I think its same overseas as well though), so live performance is perhaps more of a testing ground than before. I am thinking how I can perform shows now.
YOU LIVED IN LONDON FOR A WHILE, HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE THERE?
It was exciting! Different buildings and atmosphere compared to Japan. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and seeing some shows! I noticed that people in London liked to spend time in the park ( picnics!), then this changed my thinking towards parks!. Now I like to spend time in the park when its a sunny day! I like Shinjuku gyoen.
HOW WOULD YOU SAY THE MUSIC SCENES DIFFER BETWEEN THE UK AND JAPAN?
Mmmmm.... I think that there is a wider variety of genre and types of music that people appreciate in the UK compared to Japan.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE RELEASES THIS YEAR (2009)?
I am not sure this year... because I haven't listened to new songs recently. However, I found my favorite artist just laying around last year! Its " Cold House" by Hood. And I found my favorite artist in the show in this year. Its OORUTAICHI.
Big thanks to Cuushe and Yasuhiko Fukuzono x
You can buy a copy of Cuushe's excellent 'Red Rocket Telepathy' record in the Home Normal store here: Cuushe - Red Rocket Telepathy